As our final step in the winterization process, we decided to purchase a cover for Aunt Glady. Since we were wintering over in Pennsylvania this year, we knew that we would be facing snow and ice, and we wanted to make sure that our RV was protected from it. We also have some existing delamination going on, that we will be addressing this Spring, which further pressed the need for added protection. Using a cover is ultimately your choice, some people do and some people don’t. Since our RV is our only home, we decided that it was worth the extra investment.
After some research, we chose the Camco 28′ ULTRAGuard 5th Wheel Cover for about $200.00. It is appropriate for snow and colder regions, and we made sure to buy the appropriate size for our fifthwheel (they do have a chart listed to help you). It has a zipper feature that allows us to get in and out of Aunt Glady and also access storage compartment doors without having to remove the cover, which has proved very beneficial with the mouse event.
For some extra fun, we filmed the process of actually putting the cover on Aunt Glady. Chris is a very methodical person, so reading instructions and following them comes naturally to him. Me? I have a very analytical mind, so I skim the first instruction, look at a few pictures, and then proceed to chuck the instructions and try to figure it out for myself. Now you know why Chris took on this project, and I stuck to the filming.
If you are considering a cover, then the following video will be informative in terms of evaluating the cover we chose and how to use it…
As you can see, the process was pretty simple, and could be done by one person if necessary. The only other tools we used were a gas blower to quickly remove the leaves from the roof (a broom would be fine) and a ladder to ease the cover over the top corners. As Chris mentioned in the video, he also used a few extra bungees on his own accord. (That man loves a good excuse to use bungees.) We also made sure to leave our vents open, so that humidity would not build inside our camper promoting mold. Our cover has been on for a few months now, and we are very happy with it. It has withstood the winter winds and has stayed in place without any extra assistance from us. It still looks to be in new condition at this time. This is our first RV cover, so we can’t make any comparisons, but we are grateful for ours (and will be even more grateful the day we can remove it and hit the road again).
Do you have any pros & cons for RV covers to share? Leave a comment!
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