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What to Consider When Buying an RV Cover

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Earlier this month, we wrote about Jayco’s Climate Shield, which can protect your recreational vehicle in the height of summer and winter to help extend your camping season. But what about protecting your RV when you’re not using it?

Most people only use their RV during a certain time of the year, and the remaining periods of inactivity can lead to damage from rain, wind, dust, dirt, and snow. One of the simplest remedies to that problem is a good RV cover, but knowing which one to buy isn’t always straightforward.


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When buying an RV cover, you’ll need to take a few factors into account.

Type of RV

This one is fairly easy. RVs comes in different shapes and sizes, and so should your RV cover to match. Measure your RV completely before making your purchase: height is the distance from the mid-wheel to the top of the roof, length is the distance from the front to the rear bumper, and width is the length of the windshield and the rear bumper.

Material

Most RV covers are made from polyester (best for hot, cry climates), polyethylene (best for rainy climates), polypropylene (best for humid climates), or solution-dyed acrylic (good protection against both sun and rain). Pick one that best suits the climate where your RV will be stored. Some covers may also have additional layers sewn into them for extra protection.

Features

All RV covers are designed to act as a barrier between your RV and potentially damaging elements. But some can also offer additional features, such as extra weatherproofing if you live in a particularly harsh environment, or air vents to help moisture from building up underneath — or to prevent strong winds from tearing the cover off. You can also find covers with zippered door panels that make it easy to access the interior during storage.


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Depending on the type of RV cover you buy, you can expect to spend anywhere between $50 and $500, with the more expensive covers providing greater durability and more features. If you plan to store your RV, don’t cover it with a tarp or let it go uncovered — invest in a nice cover and it will save you money in the long run that you don’t have to spend on repairs and paint jobs.