Do You Need an RV Cover?

Let’s be honest – there are a lot of accessories to buy when you are an RV owner. At some point, you might get tired of paying for various accessories to add to your rig, and you may ask yourself, “Is all of this stuff necessary?” Well, that all depends on what you are buying. It is certainly true that many of the RV accessories on the market are completely optional, and not required to have a great time with family and friends on an RV trip. However, when it comes to an RV cover, you will need to think carefully before deciding to skip out on this important piece of the RV ownership puzzle.

These RV's Could Have Used a Cover!
These RV’s Could Have Used a Cover!

The financial investment you have made in your RV is significant. For that reason, you should be doing everything you can to protect the condition of the RV to preserve its value in the long run. For most people, that will mean purchasing an RV cover to place over the rig when it is not in use. Specially, covering your RV during the winter months is a great way to make sure that it is ready for you to use when spring and summer roll around.

Numerous Benefits, Little Downside

The only downside to speak of when it comes to an RV cover is cost – but even that point is minimal in the grand scheme of things. To purchase a quality RV cover, you could spend anywhere in the range of $200 – $600 or so depending on the size and model of your rig. When you compare that investment to the overall value of the RV, it becomes obvious that this is a worthwhile investment. When used regularly, a good RV cover should easily be able to pay for itself by protecting your RV against damage that would have to be repaired.

Useful in All Climates

When your RV is not in use, it should be covered. This basic rule of thumb applies in all climates, even if you live in a location with nice warm weather and little rain. UV rays can do damage to the exterior of your RV, so covering the rig in all conditions is your best bet for a long and hassle-free RV ownership experience. In addition to the weather, unwanted critters can make their way into your RV and do extensive damage if they are not blocked out by a properly-installed RV cover.

A Carport Isn’t Enough

Some RV owners have a carport-style structure on their properly specifically for the protection of their RV. This kind of open sided garage has some benefits, but it is not going to do the same job as an RV cover. Unless you have a fully-enclosed RV garage that can totally protect your rig from the elements, you will be better off buying a cover that you can use anytime the RV is going to be stored. Be sure to measure your RV carefully when ordering your cover to receive one that fits perfectly.

In the end, it will be worth your investment to add an RV cover to your collection of accessories. While not all RV accessories are necessary, this is one item that you should purchase as soon as possible.

  • If you live full time in your RV and can’t cover it for obvious reasons what do you suggest? Still need to protect your investment. Thanks for your time.

  • We’ve owned RVs for 34 years. Never covered one. They are like cars. They are built to withstand the weather. We wash the roof, check it, make sure it’s sealed, properly winterized, washed and waxed. But we’ve never covered one. In fact, we leave the max air vents cracked so it can breathe. Never have had mold, either. And we keep it sealed good to keep the critters out. Just saying. Covers really aren’t necessary, IMHO.

  • There is a downside to covers in that movement from wind can damage the RV over time. Its a trade-off and not so clear on the net benefits.

  • We have a cover and use in the winter an it definetly makes a difference. No they aren’t like a car on the outside, it is a fiberglass paneling. UV light fades it pretty badly, take a look at some older trailers, so covering when not in use or storing in doors is saving a lot of weather wear.

  • We are first time owners of a 32 ft. Fifth wheel – looking into purchasing one of the soft zip covers. What do you think? Ever had one, if so thoughts, please. Need recommendations. Your advice will be appreciated!

  • Wondering if there is a manufacturer incorporating a custom transparent panel in their cover to accommodate the “footprint” of my solar panel (to keep my batteries charged) when stored? I have a 27′ Lance travel trailer with a solar panel mounted on the left rear portion of the roof. Just having a “cut out” in the cover for the solar panel defeats the purpose, allowing moisture and dirt getting under the cover.

  • All I got out of this article was a very vague ‘An RV cover is very important…’ and nothing to back up this claim. The mention about protection from rodents is laughable. Rodents don’t drop onto a cover like rain, they access from below where absolutely no cover in the world will do any good at all in preventing this.
    I’ve had lots of trailers and never a cover on any, and have never saw a need for one. I read this article to see what I might have been missing and I found out: Not a thing. 😀

  • I do not agree with this as the plastic cover will prevent breathing. Winter temperatures vary and with changes in air temperature air capability to hold moisture changes. Where does the condensation (destructive moisture) go if the trailer is unable to breath.

  • This article is just nonsense, with claims that make no sense. Here in the Yukon where real winter lasts for 6 months, pretty much nobody uses a cover. A cover makes getting the snow off in the spring very difficult – shoveling the majority off an uncovered roof is easy.

  • Did not use a trailer cover for my 1st two trailers both had metal siding and even with waxing on spring opening, twice thru the summer, and again on closing up for winter the paint still did not hold up and there was almost always minor damage on the roof after the harsh Canadian winter.
    Purchased a new trailer in 2001 and bought a cover from Adco thru Camping World. Sold her in 2013 and the exterior still looked like new when sold. Buyers were very pleased with the condition of exterior. I only had to wax it spring and fall.
    Bought new 2014 trailer and another cover from Adco have had very good luck, less maintenance and more time to relax and camp. Adco covers are a durable fabric with a padded roof, only thing I would also recommend is buying a pool noodle and cover your rain gutter spouts on them. One noodle will last 3 plus years and longer if you do not misplace them.
    Do not use plastic tarps as them will rub the paint/finish of your rig.
    See you out there.

  • Have had several trailers and motorhomes. I covered my first one only. It worked to keep snow off etc but I was told it would cause the unit to sweat therefore causing mold and rot. Only reason you should cover your unit is if you know of a leak or have a bad area. Invest in an AC cover for rooftop units, Thats all I use on mine now.