Let’s face it, your RV is parked in storage most of its life, often for months on end. Every single day environmental wear and tear is taking a toll on all exterior surfaces and those visible through windows. There is an easy way to slow down the drop in your vehicle’s value, reduce maintenance expense and keep the RV in optimal condition for your next trip. Cover it!
Do the Math
The relatively small investment you make in protective covers goes a long way for your RV. For example, let’s say you spend $240 on a cover for your Travel Trailer. When you consider that most off-the-shelf RV Covers last about two years, you are essentially paying $120 per year or $10 per month to protect your RV from the elements. If you were to visit your RV on a cold day in January or a hot day in August, it would be hard not see the value in spending $10 per month (about 30 cents per day) to prevent your RV’s sidewalls from yellowing, the rubber roof from cracking, the plastic from clouding, the decals from peeling and the exposed surfaces inside the windows from fading. The prevention of such deterioration can have a drastic impact on resale values as well as general upkeep for your own usage and enjoyment. When you do the math, suddenly purchasing an RV cover seems like something you can’t afford not to do.
How RV Covers Came to Be
ADCO, a fourth generation, family owned business, invented the concept of universal-fit RV covers almost 30 years ago. The owners lived in South Bend, Indiana and watched the birth of the RV Industry. In fact, ADCO stood in line behind Fleetwood when they originally incorporated. RV manufacturers were popping up on every corner in Northern Indiana and regularly called upon ADCO for a variety of products to be used in vehicle production.
The First RV Cover
ADCO saw a need in the market for a line of protection products and designed what would later be called the first Universal-fit RV Cover, meaning that one size cover might fit several different length RVs. The first covers produced were little more than giant polyester bags, lacking shape or any significant elements of design. Nonetheless, Camping World decided to test market this product in what was then a three store chain. RVers immediately responded to this product and enthusiastically purchased all of Camping World’s stock. ADCO refocused energy on RV cover engineering and began to introduce new models in stronger fabrics.
Explore the Options
Camping World offers several models of ADCO RV covers to suit your climate, your budget and the time in which you plan on owning the vehicle.
SFS Aqua-Shed RV Covers
SFS Aqua-Shed by ADCO is a great cover solution for vehicles that are stored in mild environments or for short periods of time. The triple-ply roof provides an essential barrier from dust, rain, bird droppings and light snow. Convenient tie downs make installation painless and intelligently placed reinforcements promote a longer cover lifespan. Need to access your RV while in storage? Zipper panels make entry a breeze.
Designer RV Covers featuring DuPont TyvekRV?
If you are like the majority of RVers, you probably store your RV where it’s either really hot or really cold. In both scenarios, the weather will rapidly take a toll on your RV. ADCO’s Designer RV Covers, which feature patented TyvekRV? fabric by DuPont, are an excellent solution no matter where you live. TyvekRV? fabric is durable, lightweight, and scientifically designed to prevent dirt, dust and bird droppings from coming in contact with your RV’s exterior. Triple-ply sidewalls and roof panels take the brunt of Mother Nature’s fury, be it sunshine, snow or rain. While it’s always advisable to remove RV covers in the event of strong wind, ADCO has added vents to these covers to both reduce moisture build-up and allow trapped air to escape the cover. As an upgrade to ADCO’s Aqua-Shed covers, the Designer covers offer strap and buckle attachments on the end as well as weighted assist buckles for the bottom, both of which allow for easy installation. Features aside, these covers simply look fantastic. Subtle swirls and bands of color are sewn into the sidewalls of each cover, mimicking contemporary RV paint schemes. If you have been reluctant to cover the RV in your driveway for fear it would look out of place, this product will solve that dilemma.
Custom-Fit RV Covers
Some RV owners may love their RV so much that they plan on keeping it for many, many years. Given that most off-the-shelf covers last about two years, why not spend a few extra dollars and invest in a custom-fit RV cover that will not only fit your coach like a glove, but last in upwards of five years or more (depending on fabric selection). In addition to custom-fit covers in DuPont TyvekRV® fabric, ADCO also offers Sunbrella? by Glen Raven Mills. Available in Tan or Gray, Sunbrella? can be fabricated into a cover that will last five years or more and will be a product that your fellow RVers will envy. If you aren’t familiar with this fabric, perhaps you’re not aware that all of the blue fabric used in the marine industry is Sunbrella?. This woven acrylic fabric is as good as it gets when you want to protect your RV from the elements.
How to Buy a Cover that Fits
Have you ever noticed that your RV’s model number doesn’t exactly reflect the true length of the coach? Nine out of every ten RVs are longer than their owners think. This is why it’s very important to actually measure your RV before you invest in an RV cover. For Class A and Class C models, measure the farthest two points on the body, including bumpers, spare tire and ladder. There is no need to worry about height and width; ADCO takes these into account when designing covers for specific types of RV and allows sufficient material length for adequate coverage. Measuring trailers is just as easy but you should exclude your hitch if it protrudes past the trailer’s nose. Most RV covers feature zipper doors and they are located about every five feet down the passenger side of the RV cover. This way, access will be available to storage bins and entry doors regardless of location on the passenger side of the vehicle. Covers for toy haulers also feature a rear zipper door to access the “garage” area.
Protection for your RV’s Accessories
ADCO also offers a full line of protective accessory covers to compliment their RV cover selection. The most popular of these products is ADCO’s Ultra Tyre Gards. These are essentially tire covers that are intended to cover the RV’s tires that touch the ground as opposed to the spare tire on the rear of the RV. Ultra Tyre Gards are an inexpensive method of prolonging the tire’s life by blocking the sun’s damaging UV rays. They help eliminate sidewall cracking which can lead to on-road blowouts and premature tire replacement. Considering how costly RV tires can be, ADCO’s Ultra Tyre Gards can save you tons of money.
ADCO now features Designer Tyre Gards to compliment their Designer RV Covers. Designer Tyre Gards boast matching color schemes and upgraded Velcro® fastening systems. Sold in sets of four in a handy duffle storage bag, these covers are a must for anyone who purchases a Designer RV Cover.
The tire on the rear of your RV deserves protection too. To protect your spare tire and dress up the rear of your RV, why not replace the tire cover that bears a dealer’s name with one of ADCO’s beautiful US Flag spare tire covers or perhaps the popular Support Our Troops model.
Have you ever sat in your Class C RV with one of ADCO’s vinyl windshield covers and wished you could enjoy both your privacy and the environment outside your RV? ADCO’s Deluxe Windshield Cover for Class C’s feature roll down windows with privacy screens so that you can enjoy the view while people outside can’t enjoy the view in. These covers are a great way to keep an eye on the kids while they play outside as well.
ADCO also designs covers for travel trailer propane tanks, motorhome mirrors and windshield wipers, 5th wheel storage skirts, rooftop air conditioners—even boats and motorcycles.
Service, Warranty and Fit
Camping World and ADCO have over 30 years invested in perfecting the art of RV storage. When you consider your storage options, rest assured that your ADCO Cover will be backed by exceptional customer service, the strongest warranty in the business and the best universal fit of any comparable product. For more information about ADCO covers, visit adcoprod.com