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Old 12-29-2012, 11:07 AM   #11
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I have an Adco cover on ,now. It is NOT water proof and though it is tied down it is not "wrapped". Right now it has about 15 inches of snow on it and I have to get over and try to shovel some of it off. I suppose the "ventilation" doesn't work as well with snow blanketing it.

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Old 12-29-2012, 10:41 PM   #12
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We had a basic trailer cover given to us. It was a challenge to get it up on the roof and pulled correctly in place. It has grommets near the bottom and we were able to attach rope to it and throw it half way under. Our nifty reacher tool pulled it to the underside. I found some big black clothespin tarp holders at Walmart. Only two something and these worked very well. It is good for us that live in snow country to be reminded to brush off the fifteen inches of snow that we have received in the last few days.
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Old 01-01-2013, 01:41 PM   #13
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I saw the end result of a RV that was covered, or more like wrapped, with a blue tarp. No it was not a HiLo, but I suspect the end result would be the same.

Mold EVERYWHERE! They probably made it worse by leaving the windows "cracked" for ventalation.

Do not use anything that does not breathe to cover your RV - At most all you are trying to do is keep the elements off it and give it some UV protection - if it's not "waterproof" (the RV) in the first place, you have other issues and a tarp is just "temporary" protection...
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I will have to disagree with you, I just sold my 91 award 30 footer and it was covered by adco...the dirtiest under the cover since dust must get through, a heavy tarpaulin which worked great but extremely heavy and GREY reinforce poly tarp for almost 10 years and never had any mold or other mositure issues again I used styro foam swimming type tubes to keep an air channel. I even had a tree limb puncture the cover and the roof of the trailer which went unnoticed for almost 1 year without any issues even inside since the cover kept the hole covered
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I saw the end result of a RV that was covered, or more like wrapped, with a blue tarp. No it was not a HiLo, but I suspect the end result would be the same.

Mold EVERYWHERE! They probably made it worse by leaving the windows "cracked" for ventalation.

Do not use anything that does not breathe to cover your RV - At most all you are trying to do is keep the elements off it and give it some UV protection - if it's not "waterproof" (the RV) in the first place, you have other issues and a tarp is just "temporary" protection...
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I will have to disagree with you, I just sold my 91 award 30 footer and it was covered by adco...the dirtiest under the cover since dust must get through, a heavy tarpaulin which worked great but extremely heavy and GREY reinforce poly tarp for almost 10 years and never had any mold or other mositure issues again I used styro foam swimming type tubes to keep an air channel. I even had a tree limb puncture the cover and the roof of the trailer which went unnoticed for almost 1 year without any issues even inside since the cover kept the hole covered
wow, so I didn't see the end result?...

Keep in mind, I said it was wrapped - think like a x-mas present. No air "channels" and the windows were cracked, so any moisture traveling "up" the side went right in those windows... and a blue tarp is waterproof, at least to an extent. Also consider the solar gain you get with it wrapped up.

Let's not even mention the fact that you are talking about a different kind of tarp...
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Are you talking the shrink wrap that some people do to boats?
That could be extremely damaging if the unit is damp when it is put on. There was a lot of research done on trapped moisture and mold. Many people who have second homes who shut off the heat for the winter create big health issues from mold that grows in the walls, many aren't aware of the mold till it starts to affect their health and this internal mold doesn't show itelf
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Are you talking the shrink wrap that some people do to boats?
That could be extremely damaging if the unit is damp when it is put on. There was a lot of research done on trapped moisture and mold. Many people who have second homes who shut off the heat for the winter create big health issues from mold that grows in the walls, many aren't aware of the mold till it starts to affect their health and this internal mold doesn't show itelf
Nope - it was a blue tarp... a very BIG blue tarp - 24 x 30 something... As far as I can figure, the moisture had no place to go... nothing to make "air channels" like you did. So any moisture that made it way in had no place to evaporate to.

If you leave something under a cover that does NOT have a way to breathe it will trap condensation - the way this one was done, the condensation went inside the RV because of the windows. Then the sun would hit it creating a "solar oven" effect - and that just made it worse.

You may get away with a tarp just over the roof - but if you surround the RV (the way this one was done) you are not giving moisture a way out.
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