Do you cover your HTT or TT over the winter with a typical blue tarp? I know it is bad for popups due to condensation and it affects the roofs but with a TT or HTT there is much more air circulation inside the trailer and the roof is a rubber membrane.
I know the best thing is a breathable cover but I don’t want to spend $300 for a cover that will be a major PIA to put on and off. I just want to cover the roof from berry goop that is currently falling from a tree nearby and the winter snow/ice/rain/wind.
Matt O 2006 Skyline Nomad 27′ travel trailer. Previously owned 1986 Coleman Columbia / 1992 Coleman Senecca / 1989 Born Free Class C RV.
We sprang for a good, breathable cover for our TT, although we only use it in the off-season; too much work to do every time we arrive home from a trip. We had used a less expensive breathable cover on our popup, for UV protection as well as tree sap and bird poo. The Retro has an EDPM or similar roof and we wouldn’t want to risk heat build-up to damage it or the vent covers, etc. on the roof. (We had a new flat roof installed on the house a couple of months ago, and the owner of the company commented about the high quality of the TT’s roof, he had a good view from the house.)
It wasn’t all that fun to put on, especially since we didn’t have a tall enough ladder (guess what DH got for Christmas last year?). However, it was a lot easier to secure than trying to rig up a blue tarp would be, at least on our Retro. Is is also pretty easy to zip open a panel to get into the TT, which is nice.
We have a good breathable cover for our HTT. Got it brand new on craigslist for 1/3 the cost if new. It is actually fairly easy to put on and off. But do need a fairly windless day. Use to Protect in winter. But have thought of using in summer if it will sit more than 3 weeks between trips to decrease UV exposure.
Etrailer has decent priced covers for pop ups. I used and now my brother has used the same cover so nice 2011. I always covered the pop up whenever not in use, because it was easy to take on and off.
I also have a cover for the hybrid and its actually not that bad to put on as long as you fold it right when you take it off. I only cover for winter, but it keeps it clean and come spring I can just pretty much go.
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Not trapping moisture is part of the solution to not collecting moisture under any cover. The cover we had for our popups was completely breathable – rain or melting snow would soak through, but dry quickly. Our goal was to protect them from UV, dirt, sap, bird poo. Some people do use tarps such as the blue ones, but using the a/c or pool noodles and the like to ensure air circulation is key. (I’ve even seen frames built over the whole camper, as well as a frame set on top of the popup, though that requires other safeguards.)
What we did last year, and will do again this winter, is have the TT detailed before covering it up. That way, there’s less chance of dirt and grit on the surface being rubbed in as the cover blows in the wind. (Even with straps it billows some.) It’s also ready to go as soon as we uncover it. We have it detailed 2 or 3 times a year, since I can’t do that type of task anymore and DH only has time for so many jobs around the house. It just be working, I had a couple of compliments this fall that it looked new.