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Best RV Covers: The Best Material To Cover Your Rig With in 2020

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"To cover your RV or not to cover" That is the question!

Full Disclosure- This Article Might Make You Not Want An RV Cover!

Ask more than one RV owner if they think you should cover your RV.

Or go to an RV forum on the subject.

You will get about half and half answers.

Half say yes, half say no.

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The points of view are all valid, and we address those points below.

Be advised- we are not going to paint a shiny picture story about RV covers.

We cover the benefits AND the drawbacks of this product.

Whether you are looking for a 5th wheel RV cover, a camper cover, or a motorhome cover, you have come to the right place. 

We cover travel trailer cover reviews, motorhome cover reviews, RV cover reviews and more all on one page. 

Already know all about this subject? Just looking for the reviews? Click the button below to jump down to the product reviews.

RV Cover Guide

RV covers are designed to protect your rig from Mother Nature when you are not using it.

But are they worth the investment?

Will they protect your rig from the element?

Should you, or shouldn't you, buy an RV cover?

Below we will cover good reasons why you should or why you shouldn't cover your rig.

Spoiler alert- we are not going to candy coat the idea of getting an RV cover.

Reasons To Not Cover Your RV

Conventional thinking (and RV dealers who sell covers) will tell you that you need to cover your RV when it's not in use.

It will 'save the paint and from the damaging UV rays of the sun etc, etc, etc'. 

Here's why you might want to re-think that idea.

  • UV Light Damage

Yes, the UV light will eventually damage unkept or untreated paint and other exposed parts of your RV.

However, keeping up with waxing your RV also goes a long way for sun protection.

Some owners keep their rigs under the cover of a building.

Of course, this isn't possible for everyone, so some use a cover.

  • Billowing Covers Can Scratch Paint

One big argument against covering your RV is that in windy conditions, some RV covers have been known to rub and/or scratch the paint.

In such a case, a cover does more harm than good.

Though most of our reviewed RV covers have wind vents that are supposed to help with this billowing issue.

  • Not Truly Waterproof

Then there's snow and rain.

Some people argue that rain will cause the black streaks on the side of your rig.

For this, they tell you to get a waterproof RV cover or water-resistant RV cover.

Is any cover really totally waterproof?

How can they be, without risking mold issues, inside and outside of your RV?

This is why most are breathable (water-resistant), except for maybe on the roof area.

To keep your rig completely dry, the only 100% solution is to keep it indoors.

  • It Adds An Extra Chore

Don't be fooled, putting on an RV cover is quite a process.

It usually involves two people.

It's possible to do with just one, but it's a heck of a lot harder and it takes twice as long.

We have heard of couples who get along flawlessly... until it comes to putting the RV cover on their rig. 

They almost kill each other during the process!

How's that for a 'no' vote?

However, if you are going to keep it covered for half of the year, then you only have to do this once a year. 

If you plan on taking short trips once a month or less, you may want to reconsider getting a camper cover.

Installing an RV Cover - Does This Look Like Fun?

  • You Might Fall Off Your RV Or Break Stuff

This opens up a whole other mess of issues to consider.

You have to walk on top of your roof while standing ON the cover- now you can't see what you are stepping on.

You may end up stepping on a vent cover and breaking it.

In addition, you could break a solar panel.

You could fall if the cover slides while you are walking on it, and you could potentially fall off of the rig.

Just sayin'!

It could happen.

Is a broken leg (or a dead you) worth that kind of risk?

  • Rain And Moisture Issues

What if your, say, travel trailer cover or fifth wheel cover is wet when you need to take it off?

It's going to be ten times heavier and that much harder to get off.

Not to mention getting it dried out again if you aren't putting it back on your rig.

Where and how are you going to store your travel trailer cover or fifth wheel cover without it getting moldy?

Ugh.

  • Something MORE To Store

ALSO- storage.

Depending on the size of your rig, you might need a VERY LARGE garbage can to store it in.

(Most of the storage bags that the companies include with their covers are almost always impossible to get the cover back into the bag. Best to use a large garbage can.) 

Do you have space for this?

  • RV Covers Are Not Long For This World

Most companies, due to the extreme elements of UV light and wind/rain that can damage their product, have only a 2-3 year warranty on their covers.

They know that the chances of a cover lasting longer than that are slim to none.

That doesn't speak of having much confidence in their product.

There are a few companies that offer 3-6 year warranties, but the cost is much higher. 

NO companies guarantee that their product will not tear.

They know better. 

Warranties cover manufacturing and material defects only and come with all sorts of ways companies can deny your claim.

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  • They Seem To Tear Easily

Time and time again, people have reported that their cover tore WHILE PUTTING IT ON THEIR RV.

Even before it had a chance to tear due to the wind!

Sure, some tears are caused by human carelessness during installation, but other times it's caused by cheap material.

You are encouraged to use something like a tennis ball on gutter spouts and other protruding parts around your RV.

Use pipe insulation or a pool noodle to cover ladders, which are notorious for tearing RV cover fabric.

  • Your RV Could Get Pretty Stuffy Under There (Even Moldy)

There are covers that have zippers to allow you to access your door(s) and get into your RV. 

But unless you have vent covers, you are going to have a hard time airing out your rig.

Without a vent cover, you won't be able to open any vents.

Windows?

Probably.

But most windows allow rain/moisture to get in. 

Still, it's not going to have much airflow and if you live in a very humid climate, you need to watch out for mold growth. 

  • It Won't Keep Out The Rodents

Yes, we have seen another site or two that ridiculously claim that covering your RV "will keep the critters out".

BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! 

What a lying load of crap!

Sorry but no... do not believe that covering your RV will prevent ANYTHING from getting into your rig.

You're not saran-wrapping the thing.

Even that wouldn't keep them out.

Plugging up any holes from the outside, however, will.

Pretty much.

They are determined little boogers.

Reasons You SHOULD Cover Your RV

Ok, RV covers are not ALL bad.

There are some positives to using one.

The less windy of an area you live in, the better your chances that an RV cover will be more beneficial than a nuisance.

  • Reduced Maintenance

If you park your rig under trees, a cover is going to reduce your maintenance of having to blow or sweep the leaves off of your rig periodically.

It will also keep sap and bird droppings from damaging your RV.

  • Protect From UV Damage

Most materials will help keep the UV light off of your rig to help preserve all parts and paint.

Some covers also come with tire covers, which we highly recommend that you use if you are storing your rig most of the time.

Many RVs have rubber roofs that are susceptible to UV damage.

An RV cover can prolong the life of these rubber roofs.

Also, roofs have caulking that seals all "holes" caused by the installation of RV roof vents, skylights, antennas, and anything else RV manufacturers stick up on top.

A cover can help preserve the life of this caulking as well.

If you live in the extreme Southeast or Southwest, a good travel trailer cover or RV cover might be a good investment.

Especially if you live in an area that doesn't get much wind.

These areas have higher UV exposure so it could help preserve your paint.

  • Less Exposed

A cover can keep the nosy neighbors (or drive-by criminals) from knowing what you have under there.

The less they know and the harder you make it for them to find out, the better.

No, we are not saying that an RV cover is a theft-proof device.

Not what we are saying at all.

  • More For Saving The Paint

Used properly, they do keep your camper protected from leaves, UV light, bird droppings, sap, sandstorms, and whatever else you may come up with that could be damaging to your rig.

Thoughts On RV Covers

Marshall

Marshall

Camp Addict Co-Founder

I live in my travel trailer full-time so I have zero need for an RV cover. 


I mean, can you imagine putting it on after every move? And having it on while living in it?


Of course not.


StilI, I can see a need for a travel trailer cover, or a cover for a motorhome, etc. 


Despite what might have seemed like nothing but doom and gloom in the above section, there are situations where something like an Adco RV cover might be right.


Let's face it, in an ideal world, your RV would be stored in a garage or under some sort of permanent shade structure.


But that's not practical for most of us, so an RV cover comes in handy for long-term storage.


Just be aware that you are getting what you pay for.


And depending on where you live, the environment won't be kind to your cover. Its life expectancy isn't going to be stellar.


Just make sure you have your eyes open when you make the purchase.


A cheap RV cover is just that. The best RV covers cost money.


And not even the best RV cover is a match for the true force of Mother Nature.

RV Tire Covers

If your RV is stored for most of its life, it's a very good idea to cover the tires. 

UV ray damage will greatly shorten the life of your tires if you don't protect them from the sun. 

Tires are made with UV inhibitors that eventually wear out as the tires age.

Exercising your tires will also help to keep cracks from forming in the tires.

The exercise (driving) repeatedly 'stretches' the rubber, keeping it pliable.

Again, most RVs tend to sit for long periods.

This means cracks tend to form faster since the tires aren't exercised and are exposed to the sun.

Covering your tires can at least minimize the UV exposure.

This will slow down the aging process.

Some people use tire covers, others just use plywood leaning up against the tires to create shade.

Here is a good quality tire cover we found if you're not into plywood.

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Summary

However, as you can tell if you have read this far, cover or no cover will always be debated and for good reasons on both sides.

We understand that for some owners, a camper cover is right.

Because of this, and despite the negatives mentioned above, we still decided to show you the best of what's available to purchase in our reviews below. 

Warranties

Warranties covers defects in material and workmanship. 

Normal wear and tear aren't covered, nor is neglect, damage by animals, water damage, etc.

In other words, there are a lot of 'outs' that manufacturers can take when it comes to honoring their warranties.

On top of this, the warranty might be pro-rated, which means even if the warranty is deemed valid by the manufacturer, they might only reimburse you a portion of the original cost (depending on how long ago you originally purchased the cover).

Best RV Cover Reviews

Whether you are looking for a 5th wheel RV cover, a camper cover, or a motorhome cover, you have come to the right place.

We are not going to candy coat the idea of getting an RV cover. We cover travel trailer cover reviews, motorhome cover reviews, RV cover reviews and more all on this page. 

Best Overall RV Cover Material

Goldine

goldline class a rv cover

Pros

  • Marine grade material
  • 5-year warranty (pro-rated)
  • Reinforced corners
  • Zipper anti-scratch sleeves
  • Best quality RV cover available

Cons

  • Cost

Goldline is the 'mack daddy' of RV cover materials and is the premier RV cover line by Eevelle.

Why? Because they use Marinex marine-grade fabric.

It's a heavy-duty 7 oz polyester with a 99 thread count.

It is coated with a UV inhibitor and an antimicrobial finish, which makes it UV and mildew resistant.

Open the 'Find Your Goldline RV Cover' section below to get sizing and pricing information.

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Best RV Cover Material for Harsh Sun

Goldline

Runner-Up PolyPRO 3

PolyPRO 3 is reviewed below (Goldline is reviewed above)

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Pros

  • 3-year warranty
  • Triple layer top
  • Zippered access panels

Cons

  • Single layer sides
  • Not as durable as the top pick

Goldline will last the longest in a harsh Arizona sun, but you may not be prepared to dish out about $500+ for an RV camper cover and we realize this.

As a more affordable alternative, there is the PolyPro3 material, used by Classic Accessories.

Open the 'Find Your Classic Accessories PolyPRO 3 RV Cover' section below to get sizing and pricing information.

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Best RV Cover Material for Wet Conditions

Tyvek RV Covers

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Pros

  • 3-year warranty
  • Triple layer top and sides
  • Zippered access panels
  • Tire covers included
  • Offers good wet weather performance

Cons

  • Corners not reinforced
  • Not as durable as the top pick

Tyvek RV covers, made by Dupont, are really good for areas like the Pacific Northwest.

It's also a good camper cover for mild climates.

They claim that "The unique non-woven structure of Tyvek RV covers protect against acid rain and salt spray by holding out water better than cotton, polyester, or cotton/polyester blend covers."

Open the 'Find Your ADCO Designer Series Tyvek Plus Wind RV Cover' section below to get sizing and pricing information.

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Best RV Cover Material on a Budget

PolyPRO 1

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Pros

  • Affordable
  • Good basic cover - just don't expect it to last

Cons

  • 2-year warranty
  • Single layer top and sides
  • No zippered access panels
  • No wind vents
  • Not built to last

Classic Accessories' PolyPRO 1 is a lightweight, thin cover material.

An RV cover made from PolyPRO 1 is among the cheapest available, with prices starting under $200.

This may be a case of you get what you pay for, so don't expect longevity.

The manufacturer does offer a 2-year warranty.

Open the 'Find Your Classic Accessories PolyPRO 1 RV Cover' section below to get sizing and pricing information.

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Conclusion

There you have it.

Do you still want to get an RV cover? 

It may be the right thing for your situation.

The sun is harsh, whether it's harsh on your RV or on your cover.

Something will eventually give!

If you get one, enjoy. it

Just know that you have the knowledge now to pick the right one for you.

Camp on, Addicts!

Camp Addict Kelly
Kelly Beasley

Kelly Beasley is co-founder of Camp Addict and loves sharing her enthusiasm for the RVing lifestyle. As a full-time RVer since May 2015, Kelly's playful writing style helps make learning about the sometimes dull subject of RV products a bit more interesting.


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Marshall Wendler

Camp Addict co-founder Marshall Wendler brings his technical expertise to help explain RV products in an easy to understand fashion. Full-time RVing since April 2014, Marshall loves sharing his knowledge of the RV lifestyle.

    • Hi Bill,

      I’ve never wintered in Anchorage so I don’t know the weather that the weather extremes that your Class C will be experiencing. Though I suspect it’s the extremes of many types of weather.

      So I’d be inclined to spend a bit more money on a cover. Though, as I’ve said many times in the comments below, don’t expect it to last a long time. RV covers are definitely a disposable commodity unfortunately.

      Some sort of shelter building is your best bet, but I understand it’s not at all practical for most people. So just go with a cover at a price point you are comfortable with, and don’t expect decades of life from it.

  • Of all the descriptions I have seen for covers, I cant find one that fits where I am storing my 5th wheel.. Florida.. obviously sun is going to be an issue but then again dealing with almost daily rain in a tropical environment.. Most reviews seem to cover one end or the other (hot / dry or cold /wet) I will be dealing with the sun and heat, but have to consider high humidity, moisture and the possibility of high winds. Not sure which is the best option. Reading so many reviews, yet I’m still not sure which direction to go. Exactly as you mentioned in your article I have seen reviews and comments go about 50/50 on almost every brand and style.. I have a 5th wheel toy hauler, 40′ long.. Ive been lucky enough to have it in “covered” storage until now, I was subletting the space, and in November it will have to be moved outside until they complete more covered storage on the property. I realize that no cover will last more than a couple of years, and the trade offs.. just trying to figure out the best value for my $$$.. and the best option for that environment as I realize it has a better chance of surviving longer if its better suited for that environment.

    • Hey Scott,

      All very valid concerns when it comes to shopping for an RV cover.

      In your case, I’d probably just go with a decent cover for a decent price. I wouldn’t spend a small fortune on the ‘best’ heater since it may not last more than a couple/few years in the Florida environment (sort of the ‘best’ of all worlds, minus the cold).

    • Hi Scott; I’ve owned 3 covers for my 5th wheel in FL. The first Adco was replaced after one season under warranty with the top model for additional $. Got 2 seasons out of that. Just trashed my 3rd cover, a Classic ripstop nylon unit after the 3rd summer. I think the Classic nylon was easiest to install and store. I’ll probably go that route again. The UV rays are the cause of all my failures.

  • Just got a 2020 motor home end of last year. Bought a cover, waiting for rain to stop and got really ill. In hospital Since January. Wife bought a cover and heard cover will scratch new rv paint job. What do I do. She paid $400. She thought it was a good one. I’m thinking any cover better than no cover. Plus tire covers.

    • Hi Richard,

      Boy, we are sorry to hear you have been in the hospital that long! Hope you get out soon, all better.

      While we aren’t fans of RV covers, they can at times be beneficial. Whether or not it will scratch your RV is an unknown. It WILL keep off bird droppings, leaves/twigs (if under trees) and sap if applicable, and likely will protect it from UV rays.

      Are you in a very windy area? Wind is the factor that will mostly determine if there will be rubbing or not.

      Honestly, if it does rub, it may not be noticeable. Maybe it’s something I have not looked for, but I don’t ever recall seeing an RV and saying ‘woah, there’s some bad rubbing there from an RV cover’.

      If you and your wife won’t be able to give it any TLC in the near future, unless you’re in a SUPER windy area, I’d say go ahead and throw it on. You bought it, may as well use it.

      And yes, for sure use the tire covers!

      Again, we’re sorry to hear you’re in the hospital, and we hope you recover very soon and get some use out of that RV! (After this Covid-19 thing settles, of course)

  • I live in Arizona where the heat gets up to 120° or higher. Can you please tell me what is the best cover for extreme heat. I have a Winnebago Vista 27N which is 28 feet bumper to bumper. Also which is the best roof cover for heat when I am out camping in the summertime.
    Thank you for your time and help .

    • Hi Linda,

      In Arizona, you’re contending with high heat, strong sun, and winds. We recommend the strongest material you can get, which is either the Goldline or the Poly Pro. With those conditions, even the best covers are apt to fail in not too much time.

      As far as using something WHILE you are camping, there’s nothing that you can use that would be even moderately helpful and convenient that we are aware of.

      Our recommendation would be not to go camping in the dead of the summer, or to hit some elevation where it’s cooler. Even then, it can be very difficult to escape the heat.

      Good luck with your endeavors!

  • Hi- I got a really good deal (90% off) on a new rv coach cover. The thing is, I have a travel trailer. I got it in the same size as the trailer (31′-36′- my trailer is 32′). Since it was so inexpensive, I figured that it is worth a try. They look fairly similar and the box even said scaled to fit trailers with X height and x width. Do you have any thoughts on why this wouldn’t work and if so (or if not), what issues I might run into. Thanks for any feedback in advance.

    • Hey Tom,

      Both trailers and motorhomes are basically boxes, so I’d think if you bought a cover to fit a box that is sized very similar to what your trailer is, then it should work.

      Sounds like you got a great deal, so I’d say make the best of it! Unless it’s just nowhere near the right size, it should do the trick.

  • I need a cover for a 21 ft Lance Travel Trailer. My main concern here in Lakeview , Oregon is snow. By next Spring, I will have a RV carport in place, but I would appreciate any suggestions regarding this winter.

    • Hey Greg,

      So you just need the cover to last one winter? That should be pretty easy to do with any of the covers mentioned on this page. As long as you secure it well to your RV and don’t have some freak storms come rolling thru. So it’s really up to you which one you want, but I probably wouldn’t go crazy spending a ton of cash if it’s only needed until Spring.

      Smart to have an RV carport!

        • Hi Mark,

          We have answered this question a few times in the comments below. Bottom line is that RV covers are not designed to be used on RVs that are being lived in. They are for storage only.

    • Hi Pam,

      We don’t have personal experience with a roof-only RV cover but they may exist.

      Why do you want to only cover the roof?

  • My fifth wheel is also my permanent home …recently it has started leaking everywhere …I’ve had the roof repaired several times. I’m looking for a tarp to put over the top during the winter ..

    • Hi Patricia,

      None of the RV covers are designed to be used while you live in them. As far as a tarp, we have zero experience with this ‘solution’ and I’m not really sure it’s the best way to go about solving your problem.

      You really need to have your roof permanently fixed. A new roof, or a complete covering of your roof with one of the available RV roof restore/redo options on the market. Yes, this is going to cost you more money than a tarp, but if done right, it will solve your problem.

  • WE live in Ontario and will have to spend part of the winter this year in our class A. Is there any cover to prevent snow and ice on our slide outs when slide outs are out or partially out?

    • Hi Sher,

      RV covers are only made for storing RVs. There is no cover you can use with slides out or that has enough ventilation to live inside while covered. However, you can get slide toppers for this purpose. They are made to keep snow and leaves and such off the top of the slide.

      Good luck surviving the cold in your RV!!! ????

  • Hello Marshall, I live in Sudbury which is situated in Northern Ontario and fell upon your review of motorhome covers. I’m reaching out to you because I’m leaning towards purchasing the Goldline cover, but you rated the Tyvec as a better joice for wet conditions. What is your opinion if I purchase the Goldline over the tyvec especiaslly given where I live. Thanks.

    Phil

    • Hey Phil,

      Either one will probably do fine. Since you don’t live in a sun-harsh environment (think Arizona) you probably don’t need to spring for the more expensive Goldline. The Tyvec on should be just fine.

      I hope that helps! And I hope your RV cover lasts many seasons.

  • We live in Arizona, and the UV rays here are very intense, we purchased a cover awhile back from a company which said it was designed to resist UV, I put it on our RV and it lasted one year. One of the reasons we purchased it was because it was made from a parachute type material and was suppose to be light (up in years). The class A unit we have is only 34′ in length (big enough for two old people [don’t tell my wife I said that]), we’re looking for a good quality cover that will last in high heat, very intense UV area. If you have pricing on your covers, please let me know what the cost would be for our 34-foot unit.
    Thank You

    • Hi Rudy,

      Just to clarify, we don’t manufacturer or stock covers. We simply provide product information about them and point you to a few suggested brands, which you can then purchase via Amazon.

      Regarding finding a cover that will last in Arizona, that is going to be tough. As we mentioned in the above article, UV is incredibly damaging to RV covers. In an extreme environment such as Arizona they simply don’t last.

      You will need to find an RV cover in the price range you can handle replacing every couple of years. And they won’t be lightweight. The better quality covers are heavy.

      I know this isn’t the answer you were looking for, but the simple truth is nobody makes an RV cover that will last a really long time in Arizona.

    • I do believe that there are covers for the RV roof only, but I wouldn’t recommend using any sort of a cover on an RV that is lived in. Nor have we looked at any for review purposes.

      Using a cover on an RV when you are occupying means that you don’t have the use of any roof vents (including roof fans) or the Air Conditioner.

      It’s best to just do preventative maintenance on your RV’s roof (keep it clean and reseal as necessary) to help prolong it’s life.

      Thanks for the question and Camp On!

      • I was hoping there was one that had vent cut outs. I planned on using it just in the winter, so covering the air conditioner is not a problem

        • I highly doubt there are any RV covers of any sort that have cut-outs for items on the roof. This would have to be model and floor plan specific. Not to mention year specific as RV manufacturers tend to change things on the roof from year to year. All for a very small market of people who don’t want their vents covered.

          An RV cover is meant to protect all parts of the RV, including plastic vent covers that get damaged from UV rays. And they definitely aren’t designed (as I mentioned before) for people to occupy the RVs full-time with covers on.

          Unfortunately, if you are going to be living in your RV during the winter, then you are not going to be able to use an RV cover.

  • Hi and thanks for your very informative information on RV covers! We recently purchased our first RV and the people who owned it previously took very good care of it. I understand they were able to keep it in a building at all times, so we want to preserve the lovely shine and paint by getting an RV cover. We recently came across a car cover company that offers a 5 layer polypro top and 3 layer sides. It has zippered panels, straps and buckles, air vents, rain gutter cover, ladder cap and a patch kit (bad sign, lol!) AND a lifetime unlimited warranty (so they say). All the purchaser has to do is pay the $30 shipping charge, yet I wonder why a patch kit is necessary if the warranty is full and complete and lifetime. I was wondering if you have ever heard anything about the reliability of an RV cover coming from a company that specializes in car covers. Perhaps they get them from an RV cover company…

    Thanks so much and thanks again for all the good information!

    • Without knowing the exact company you are referring to, I can’t give you my precise thoughts on this product.

      However, I see no reason why a car cover manufacturer wouldn’t be able to produce a quality RV cover. The general principle is the same, right? Protect a vehicle/object/whatever you want to call it from the elements and have said cover last (something that is often easier said than done).

      I would assume the patch kit is to repair a minor tear/puncture so that the user doesn’t have to go thru the arduous warranty claim process. And yes, more than likely you will be needing that patch kit down the road.

      RV covers are a crap shoot, but if you know that going in, then maybe, just maybe, you won’t be so irritated when something goes wrong with the cover.

  • This is a notice to anyone considering a Goldline cover from National RV Covers. I purchased this product soley because of the warranty, 5 year, because my the Travel Trailer is stored at approx. 5900 ft. It was put into service 10/18. One of the seams separated 4/19 due to their machine NOT double stitching through that area. Catastrophic failure in less than 8 months. I submitted a Warranty claim upon failure. The documentation requirements for their Warranty claim were extensive, i.e., Original Purchase Date, Order Number, Product Code, Product Tag JPG from the cover & JPG of the failure. 5 weeks later I received a denial of replacement because the cover also covered the top of the Tongue Jack motor. There was no abnormal stress as the cover had ample coverage for the length & not statement of exclusion in the warranty is evidenced. My opinion is that this was their reason to NOT honor their warranty. My recommendation is to find another vendor!

    • Hi Mark,

      Sorry to hear about the warranty issues you had with your Goldline RV cover.

      We’ve covered the warranty gotchas in other comments below, as well as in a warranties feature in the guide above.

      When it comes to RV covers, I’d assume the warranty isn’t going to be honored for many circumstances (there are just to many ‘outs’ for the manufacturer in a warranty). I’d buy the best quality cover I could afford and assume it is an expendable commodity that will have to be replaced every X number of years.

      Obviously I’d do everything in my power to make sure the cover lasted as long as possible, by installing it in a way to minimize the chance of chaffing and tearing. But ultimately these are pieces of fabric that are subject to extreme weather conditions and have a finite life span.

      Thanks for your feedback. Sorry to hear about your experience with your RV cover.

    • You also need to note that they likely have limited warranties. That is, limited to one replacement over the 5 years. The covers really lost thickness in one year with strong CA sun. Then ripped very easily in second year. We had 3 of these top cost 5 year warranty covers and none lasted more than 1 year.

  • Hi guys,

    You should really look into Classic Accessories PermaPro RV Covers. Made from “rip stop” fabric, these covers are air permeable, have a 97% wick rate, are 40% lighter than any other cover on the market (the heaviest cover they make is only 32lbs for a 48′ class C coach), have full length zipper pulls on all sides of the coach (not just the entry side…and class C and toy hauler covers have a full access panel in the rear to access the engine compartment or “garage”), have tension pulls on the front and the rear along with belly straps that pull all the linear and vertical slack out (preventing finish damaging wind buffet), is UV resistant, and has polyurethane mesh over all the vents to prevent insects and pest from gaining entry.

    The most impressive feature of these covers is that it is a LIFETIME warranty product. Not only is this limited lifetime warranty only limited in the fact that it is non-transferable, but if you should need to file a warranty claim, the customer is recommended to fill out a warranty registration when purchasing the cover. This “pre-registration” includes uploading the receipt for proof of purchase and providing customer contact details. When filing a warranty claim, the customer contacts Classic Accessories directly and provides their contact information and photos of the damage and the “run number” (which every cover has a run number tag) and Classic will make the warranty determination based on this information. If indeed it is a warranty claim, Classic tells the customer to dispose of the damaged cover and ships a new cover to the customer (which usually arrives in less than 10 days).

    • Hey Bill,

      Thanks for the information on this particular line of Classic Accessories RV covers! Definitely looks intriguing.

      We will eventually go back over this page and see if our initial findings still stand. Of course we will take your input into consideration!

      Regarding RV cover warranties… We talk a bit about them in the guide above. There is the potential for a lot of ‘gotchas’ when it comes to manufacturers honoring their warranties that I wouldn’t rely on getting a replacement under all circumstances, regardless of how long the warranty is.

      RV covers live such an abused life, to think that an RV cover could last a ‘lifetime’ is not being too realistic IMHO. And I’m pretty sure the RV cover manufacturers know this and put enough loopholes in their warranties (especially since they have the final say) to make sure they aren’t losing money with warranty replacements.

      Thanks again for the information and Camp On!

      • warranties always leave outs. Ive found lifetime warranties DONT mean what you think. It dont mean years. it means what the MANUFACTURER determines is useable life. My Tomtom gps meant it was guaranteed until Tomtom determined they didnt update software or maps for it anymore (lifetime map updates too). Thats turned out to be 5-6 years even though its in perfect condition.

        • Hi R,

          Yep, many manufacturers, for their own reasons (Often $$) make up their own rules at times.

          The only way to begin to fix this is to call them out on it. We would recommend you put in a complaint with the BBB (Better Business Bureau… who also has it’s major faults, by the way) and maybe also on their Facebook page, etc. If we just put up with it, they will continue to jerk us, the consumers, around.

          It wastes your money and now, a perfectly good working GPS will be garbage sooner than later. It’s unnecessary, it’s false advertising, and it’s wasteful.

  • Any ideas how to keep squirrels from going into storage areas through the extra space around the retractable legs. Can’t seal the space because the legs wouldn’t be able to retract. Any kind of cover available for those areas or tips for temporary sealing them during winter?

    • Hi Rob and Sherri,

      Huh. Hadn’t known that this could or was an issue! I found a mouse building a house under my old aerobics step the other day. Critters, man, they love our stuff!

      We don’t know of any seals out there made specifically for this, but your problem made something pop right into my head. I have seen motion detectors out there that when motion is detected, it automatically sprays water or something at the movement.

      This keeps critters out of places they shouldn’t be. I think it’s commonly used to keep cats out of gardens, pretty successfully.

      I Googled “motion detector critter sprinkler” and good stuff popped up. It could work well if all the pieces come together in that the area is ok to get wet!

      Hope this helps. Any other readers have this issue have any suggestions out there? Please comment if so.

  • Two things I don’t know why no one talks about: 1. If there’s no soft material on the underside of the cover the paint will get scratched from slight movement caused by the wind. 2. What about protection from hail?

    • Hey Kevin,

      As you can tell by our RV Covers page, we aren’t big RV cover fans. We lean mostly against having them, so we hear you. Yes, scratching is a valid issue, and we do address the scratching issue in the review. Under “Billowing covers can scratch paint”, we say this:

      “One big argument against covering your RV is that in windy conditions, some RV covers have been known to rub and/or scratch the paint. In such a case, a cover does more harm than good.​ Though most of the above-reviewed RV covers have wind vents that are supposed to help with this billowing issue.”

      Even if it has a soft material underneath, there is still the potential for the rubbing action to scratch the paint.

      As far as hail goes, we did not address it as we believe that everyone would inherently know that a cover is not going to protect from a bad hail storm. It may give a tiny bit of cushion, but hail comes in all sizes. The only way to truly protect your RV from the weather is to have it under an enclosure such as an RV carport or to keep it inside of a building.

      Thanks for reading, and Camp On!

  • I am live in Missouri and do not have a place to store my motorhome so I was thinking until like coded to buy a cover what would be a good cover for the Midwest. Missouri has the rain ice snow & wind. It is our first RV and we want to do what’s best to keep it app we will only probably travel for five times a year. Any help would be appreciated

    • Hey Susan,

      Any cover should do the trick for you if you are just looking for it to keep the ‘elements’ at bay. Just keep in mind, as we mention in the RV cover guide, that you shouldn’t expect your cover to have a really long life. The more harsh the environment it is in (sun, wind, rain, snow, etc – basically everything Mother Nature has to offer) the less life expectancy it will have. Order a cover at a price point you are comfortable with, and accept that this is a disposable product with a finite life expectancy (which may be less than you’d hope for).

      Best of luck and Camp On!

    • Susan I bought a cover for my Fifth Wheel trailer in the fall thinking the same as you. The cover did not last even a month. The lower corners ripped, the edges on the slide out ripped the cover and even the heat exhaust vent wore through the cover. I figured that you would have to spend a couple of days just to cover any edges or corners before covering the trailer. I feel that it is just as good to wash and wax the trailer in the spring and not worry about a cover.

  • Hi,

    I live in Connecticut and we are interested to cover our class-C motorhome for the winter. One aspect I don’t see addressed in this article is that in a place like CT, where the winters see such frequent cycles of freeze/thaw, the benefit of a cover is to keep the moisture (at least the worst of it) out of the window seals and other joints where it will freeze and expand and degrade them. Do you agree?

    • Hey Chris,

      The only type of moisture that an RV cover may help keep away from air seals would be precipitation (snow/rain). It won’t keep the moisture that is in the air (frost) away from the window seals.

      When you say ‘the worst of it,’ you mean rain and/or snow, then yes, I agree. But an RV cover will never keep all moisture away from a rig as it cannot keep moisture that is inherent to the air away. But I’m guessing you aren’t referring to this moisture. So, yeah, I’d agree with what you are saying.

      Thanks for the comment and Camp On!

  • ABOUT 15 YEARS AGO I PURCHASED A COVER FOR MY 1994 ALPENLITE 5TH. WHEEL-29′-IT LASTED THAT LONG. I AM TRYING TO FIND THE SAME QUALITY-APPROX. WEIGHT WAS 75LBS. HEAVY MATERIAL. ANY SUGGESTIONS?
    THANK YOU

    • Hi Gilles,

      Wow! Your cover lasted 15 years? ? That’s impressive. How often was the cover exposed to the elements?

      Sounds like you had a cover that used some pretty quality material. As far as a replacement, it comes down to how much do you want to spend? The Goldline is one of the better materials out there for RV covers, but you are going to pay for this. That’s a choice you are going to have to make.

      Best of luck finding a suitable replacement for your cover and may the new cover last the same length of time!

    • Hi Jeanne,

      First, pick which type of cover you are interested in, then click through to the type of RV you will be covering, then the “buy on Amazon” button will appear, which takes you to the correct Amazon page with prices for different sizes. Hope that helps, and camp On, Jeanne!!!

    • Hey Brian,

      No, RV covers are not intended to be used while you are living in the rig. You won’t have any light in the rig, there will be no way to get adequate ventilation, etc. Some RV covers let you access your rig’s door via a zippered panel, but this is only to go inside temporarily. Not to live in it. Any particular reason why you’d want to have an RV cover on while you are living inside the rig?

      • We are going to be living in our 24 ft travel trailer for about three months this winter in North Idaho. We were thinking of purchasing a cover to help protect the roof when it snows (and then melts from the heat escaping from the trailer) and to insulate a little. We’d leave the door area unzipped as well as the dining slide-out area to help with ventilation. Curious about your thoughts on this idea. Thanks.

        • Hey Trisha,

          You’re going to live in an RV for 3 months this winter in North Idaho? You are braver then me! ? Then again, my body doesn’t like the cold.

          OK, back to the subject at hand. As I mentioned in this same comment thread, RV covers aren’t meant to be used on an RV that you are living in. While I understand your desire to protect your roof, is there any particular reason why? Does it leak? Melting snow would be similar to rain, so I may be missing the reason why you want to specifically protect against melting snow.

          If you have a leaking roof, and are unable to repair it, maybe some sort of tarp that covers JUST the roof would be a better solution? Of course, either a tarp or an RV cover would render any roof vents unusable. With proper ventilation in winter time being a MAJOR issue, this is something to cover.

          “Enjoy” Idaho this winter. Thanks for the question and Camp On!

        • Id suggest the covers that ONLY cover the roof. That leaves all your doors and windows uncovered. Its also a lot easier to install and remove. Remember though you wont be able to use roof vents, ac, or satellite antenna while staying in it. Some of those are less than $100, so no big deal if they only last a year or two. I worry more myself about my rubber roof than the paint. I do lots of cleaning and waxing on the rest.

          • Eagerly awaiting a reply from Roger on brands. As I would like to also but a roof only cover for the winters here.

          • It doesn’t look like Roger checked the box to get notified about replies to his comments, so I doubt he’ll be seeing this. I am not aware of any specific brands, but you could start with the brands we discuss above and see if they offer roof-only covers.

          • The commercial ones for roof only dont seem to last at all. Buy a premium grade tarp and cut the width to fit. Fold that cut edge over on itself a few times for strength. then buy several u install plastic tie down grommets and put them every 2-3 feet and then use rope or ratchet straps to hold it to rv. Mine is 30 feet and i cut a 20×30 foot tarp to 30×12. most rvs are a little more than 10 feet wide. the silver heavy duty tarp was $60 and the grommets were $6 for 4.

  • O.K. – I had an ADCO for my first 5th wheel. It lasted 3 years. Given the Colorado winters, with snow and lots of wind, I count that as not too bad.

    Look – how long do people think these things should last? Further, given the cost of the RV, the cost of the cover per year is trivial. A couple of tanks of diesel would cover it.

    I’m currently considering the eevelle – I think the roof straps should help since wind is a big issue.

    • Hi David,

      That’s great that your ADCO lasted that long! We agree with you that the price is fairly negligible, depending on what kind of RV you have and how much you paid for it. Still, we aren’t the biggest fans of them as you already know. But, to each their own in what they want and prefer.

      They can help, but they can also fail, be a pain to put on and store, etc. The straps should help, as should the premium fabric used in the Goldline (Eevelle). How long they last will mostly depend on the weather. Phoenix, Az should only expect a year or so due to the harsh sun. Wherever you are might be a little less demanding. Good luck with your choice and let us know how it fares!

      Thank you for coming to Camp Addict for your RV product information, and Camp On, David!

  • I had a 2003 Springdale fifth wheel with a rubber roof, I don’t remember the brand of cover but it rub a hole thought the rubber. when I uncovered it in the spring, the damage was done, my question is out of the list you gave us, which cover will not damage the rubber roof?

    • Hey Joe,

      Wow! Sorry to hear about that. Was it the actual RV cover material or a piece of metal (such as a corner grommet) that caused the damage? I’m curious how fabric can rub thru rubber (the only scenario I can think of is if there was a lot of movement in the fabric, but still that would be weird). I’d think a lot more likely scenario would be something that is much tougher then rubber (such as a metal attach point) did a number on your roof. Sucks either way, but definitely the first report we’ve had of this happening.

  • I have had two RV covers from Adco since to 2014 both have been the designer series the good thing is the roofs are awesome they’ll probably last forever and they fit really good and really tight on my 28 foot travel trailer in San Diego, too bad the whole cover isn’t made out of that material. The problem is the sides they get beat up by the Sun and in less than two years they will be in shreds if you even look at them sideways. Right now I have a grey tarp covering the front of my trailer where it has badly ripped from last time I removed it, which I do every 3 months or so to camp. In two weeks I will have to install a new one after I remove my Adco again because I’m sure it won’t survive going back on.
    I’m going to take my chances on the Goldline I’d be very happy to get 3 to 4 years out of that cover I hope it does.

    • Hey Michael,

      Thanks for the feedback on your Adco cover experience! I’m not surprised that this is what you experienced. The cheaper covers really don’t last, especially in any sunny environment (hello San Diego!). Hopefully Goldline will last longer. If any brand should, it’s Goldline. But, dang, I think RV covers were invented to frustrate the heck out of those that buy them. ?

  • purchased a ADCO for my 22′ APEX aug 2017.FL sun turned the material to dust at corners.The material is no thicker than a tissue.Im going to check out the warrentee .It says good for 2 years.Ill keep you posted.

    • Hi Dwight,

      Sorry to hear that your ADCO cover didn’t hold up, but we aren’t terribly surprised. We don’t rank the ADCO covers best for harsh sun (which Florida sun definitely is) for this very reason. Prolonged exposure to UV rays will deteriorate the material.

      Let us know what you find out and Camp On!

  • Thanks for your RV cover opinion. Very helpful! Had adco cover for my old trailer. Lasted 2 yrs before wind did it in. Have new trailer now and trying to determine if a cover is worth the money. With your info and opinion, I’m almost convinced they’re not. Thanks for info! Keep up your website! It’s good to have an open opinion.

    • Glad you found this page helpful, Jim! The choice to use/purchase an RV cover is definitely a personal one, but we feel like the realities of cover use should be disclosed. Some people love them, yet some people haven’t had great experience.

      Thanks for the comment and Camp On!

  • I use mothballs under my boat cover and it seems to keep the rodents (otters) out. They did some seat damage a couple of years ago and have not been back. They are still in the area but must not like the smell and its not too bad when I crawl under there.
    Dale

  • A good way to keep out rodents is dryer sheets. I buy the cheap ones with a lot of scent to them the more scent the better. I started using them on my truck under the hood. I had mice or chipmunks tearing up the hood insulation after using the dryer sheets I never had anymore damage to my truck. I use them on all my vehicles and never had a problem. You will need to change them every month or so and the more you use the better good luck hope this helps anyone with this same problem

    • Hey Jeff, Yes, we have heard about this hack, though we have never tried it personally. Glad to hear it worked for you! CA Kelly had a mouse once, but CA Marshall found where it had gotten in, closed the hole, and CA Kelly has not had one since. Same thing happened with Marshall’s rig. One mouse, one hole covered, then no more mice. One thing to watch out for is your power cord door. CA Kelly’s, when the cord is out and the door is closed, still offers a good runway and an opening for a mouse to come right in. Kelly blocks it by stuffing a rag in the hole area when she has to use her generator. The best prevention for mice is not to give them a place to get in. However, this can prove difficult in a Class A where you can’t see under to the potential openings. Thanks for the advice, Jeff, and Camp On!!

    • Jeff, you say you use the dryer sheets in your truck (yes, I’ve heard of this hack and it’s effectiveness) but my question is, is your truck being stored? Or do you keep the dryer sheets in while in use. Please excuse my ignorance, just wondering…how did you attach them to the hood roof? thanks!

  • We live in CT and head down to Florida for week in February. We have a Class A. I was thinking about a roof cover instead of a full cover as I keep good wax on the rig, I and am in the Northeast, and I have to pull it off and on in the middle of February which isn’t a lot of fun. Could I ask you for your thoughts?

    Bill

    • Hi Bill,

      Great question! My first impression, when checking out roof-only covers, is “wow, those would make great sails!”. Sure, they definitely would provide protection for the roof, but it sure looks like wind would have a super easy time getting under the covers and a) work really hard at tearing the cover to shreds and b) make the cover smack the side of the rig, causing wear damage (on both the sides and the windshield).

      I don’t know. I’d probably go all in or do nothing at all. You definitely can give it a try! Just don’t expect it to last long and keep a sharp eye on what it’s doing abrasion-wise to your paint job.

      But I’m with you – I wouldn’t want to be pulling a cover off in February in your neck of the woods. Heck, the idea of EVER having to pull a cover sends shivers down my spine. ????

      Camp On!

  • Why is there no product on the market that will cover harsh winters in Colorado ??? Wind , rain , snow , ice , are the prevailing factors. If we send folks to outer space, why not have a product that can withstand earthly climate changes. a one- time investment , that stands the test of time. sincerely ; J.P. Davis in Lakewood , Colorado

    • Hey JP!

      Valid point! But think of it this way… You don’t want to see how much it would cost to purchase an RV cover that utilizes technology that would stand the test of time. I mean, the price to send people to outer space is a bit astronomical, right? ????

    • So what cover have you had success with? I also live in Colorado at 8,000′. Winter and harsh UV would seem to be the things you want to protect against, right? I’m looking at my first cover on a new camper.

      • Hey Russell,

        Honestly, there is no perfect RV cover. Kelly and I don’t use them since we both live full-time in our RVs (thus, a cover isn’t necessary).

        It comes down to a couple of things: 1) Do you really even need a cover? If you park under trees or somewhere else that debris, etc will end up on your rig and you want to protect from that, go for it. 2) How much money do you want to spend on a cover, realizing that this is money that you will never get back and you (most likely) will have to buy a new cover on a semi-regular basis (granted, there may be years in between covers, but they aren’t going to last forever, so don’t expect them to).

        The ideal situation would be to have a garage to park your RV in. For the 90% of us where that isn’t a possibility, and you really think you need a cover, purchase the best one you can. Then expect to replace it every X-years. That’s the reality of RV covers. Definitely not all rainbows and unicorns, but we are just trying to keep it real.

        Thanks for the question, and Camp On!

  • The Goldline Rv covers with the 5 year warrenty are now pro-rated with one replacement cover then no warrenty at all. It also now states they can change the warrenty whenever they like. What kind of crap is that?

    • Hi Dan,

      Great points! Goldline does have a 5-year pro-rated warranty. After the first year, it is pro-rated based upon the remaining warranty time. Also they do only allow for one replacement during the warranty period. However, they only warranty manufacturing and material defects. They do not (nor do any RV cover manufacturers) warranty again wear and tear, misuse, neglect, damage from the elements, etc. In other words, their coverage is limited.

      Goldline is manufactured by National RV covers. You can read more about their warranty here.

      We have updated this page to clarify the warranty.

  • Before we went full time in our motorhome we bought a cover specifically because we used to live in Utah. Brutal sun drenched summers with high UV (we used live at 6000+ ft) and the high heat that goes with it, along with long snow covered winters. The cover really helped to keep the shine on the RV as well as stopping leaks etc from the heavy snow. No, they are not waterproof but they do help, and yes they do blow about a bit in the wind so it had way more tie downs than are usually used. BUT it did help protect the plastic vent covers and AC shrouds so they didn’t become brittle and fall apart sooner than they should have.

    I have to say this review really goes into detail and from my experience of having a cover you pretty much cover (every pun intended) all the bases. My thoughts are that if you are spending that much money on an RV it isn’t rocket science to also think about protecting that investment. Very well laid out review, wish I had seen it before I bought the cover I did as I think I would have gone for the Goldline.

    • Thank you for the comment, Sonja! We wish we were around before you bought your cover, too. : ) Glad to hear we have it all ‘covered’. (CA Kelly might insert a pun or two here or there. You have been warned.) ???? Even though I sort of stole it from you.

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