To cover or not to cover (1 Viewer)

Rnidpete

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Hi guys
I'm new to this motorhome lark lol sorry if this has been asked before but I pick up my new ( to me) autosleeper on the 28th and don't know if I should get a cover for it. Been looking on the web and there's such a mixture of answers both pro and against so should I cover or not
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Unless you can keep the cover from rubbing on the motorhome I wouldn't bother.

If you can put it in a garage or a carport then that's another can of fish!

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Only had moho for 6 mths, but had caravans for 20 years. Had a cover for one and the constant movement of cover in wind scratched the windows, so sold it
 
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Puddleduck

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Just another bit of advice / heads up, unless you pay your sub you only have a couple more posts before ou become "read only". As a paid subscriber you get all sorts of discounts (soon save your membership sub) and access to all the site - plus you can come on the rallies and to the meets. It was the best value £10 I have ever spent on the motorhome :) :)
 
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Just another bit of advice / heads up, unless you pay your sub you only have a couple more posts before ou become "read only". As a paid subscriber you get all sorts of discounts (soon save your membership sub) and access to all the site - plus you can come on the rallies and to the meets. It was the best value £10 I have ever spent on the motorhome :) :)
Might be the best £10 you've spent for yourself but it was the worst for the rest of us!!!:whistle2::imoutahere:
 
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I would agree with other that have said that unless you can tie the cover down so that there is absolutely NO movement in the wind, don't was your money.
The other issue is they are a real faff to fit. I had one for my caravan and actually only fitted it 3 or 4 times.
Again like others say, spend £10 and you can ask as many questions as you like and join in the Fun (y)
Welcome to the forum by the way :welc:
 
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If you intend to lay your van up for a length of time then a cover is practical ,but you need to tie them in a way that stops the wind moving it ,personally I use a descent wax ,a two pack such as diamond bright

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Johnnyb

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Can only agree with what others have said, the paintwork won't like it. I've used them on cars before and the paintwork on corners of the wings and roof often gets marked. This was with the covers tied down securely using more than just the supplied fastenings.
 
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cover goes on in november and comes off april, road tax does the same [opposite way round]:cool:

don't get makes but it is a custom fit one

don't get as much fading and sun damage

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Might be the best £10 you've spent for yourself but it was the worst for the rest of us!!!:whistle2::imoutahere:

Good job I have waterproof, fireproof and bulletproof feathers....... anyway you haven't met me yet! :)

Certainly the worst Tenner I ever spent, and I begrudge it every year I spend another one,

.....where could I buy a business where so many people pay me a tenner and then so many more bully others into paying me a tenner.......:wub:
 
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Another reason not to use a cover is if you have solar panels fitted which keep your vehicle battery topped up.
Not much light will get through the cover!
 
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Might be the best £10 you've spent for yourself but it was the worst for the rest of us!!!:whistle2::imoutahere:

Right, @Gellyneck and everyone who put a like on the post are off the Christmas Card list and I'm now cream puffed. :) :)

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Definitely not they can do some serious damage to paintwork. Mate of mine used one his first winter when he removed it paintwork was damaged on corners from wind buffeting and mould everywhere. Took ages to clean and get rid of the mouldy smell plus the cost of paint damage. Went in a skip and hes had no more problems when storing.
Best way use the van all year.
 
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We had a cover for our caravan and it seemed to cause a lot of condensation over the winter months. I was mopping the ceiling! It was a pain in the neck to put on and off. then if wet you need some where to spread it out while it dries. We would never get another one. To be honest the main reason we got one as we park it near some trees and it stopped the roof getting grimy. Much easier to wash the roof :)
 
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I was in the yes camp but realised that having a cover would be a disincentive to using the motorhome. Also with a solar panel, oyster sat dish and a/c on the roof I just knew it would be a faff pulling a giant sheet over the top of all that kit.

So mine sits out in the sun, snow and rain. The solar panel keeps the battery charged so I don't ever have to think about it. I wash it thoroughly in the Spring, it gets a damp sponge when needed throughout the summer and gets a good wash in Autumn.

This year I got up and washed the roof (my van is now two years old). I parked on a slope, took up a hosepipe, sponge and tub of miracle cleaner and it came up sparkling.

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FJmike

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I'm so glad that people are getting the message about the downsides of using covers. Every spring I see several vans that have been damaged by covers and or covered in green mold inside and thats the so called breathable covers.
 
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I'm so glad that people are getting the message about the downsides of using covers. Every spring I see several vans that have been damaged by covers and or covered in green mold inside and thats the so called breathable covers.

That's good to hear from one so knowledgeable Mike, thank you as I have this brand new Moho and often think how can I protect her better.
Another valid point is the amount of use, if I had to dis-robe her just to pop over to see a pal, I wouldn't bother, take the car or bike instead.

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FJmike

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Popeye flattery will not earn discounts :) The best protection for motorhomes is a good coat of wax
 
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Don't cover it - use it! :)

Your MH is a motor vehicle and they were made to be outside in all weathers. Spidey (above) has it spot on.

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Looks like we are in the minority on this one! We use a Maypole breatheable cover & no problems just a nice clean unweathered motorhome even after several months of storage :) A motorhome height garage/covered area would be easier or to have it in constant use but neither possible yet... Have had caravans in the past & tried both with & without covers & covers win hands down for us :imoutahere:

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Looks like we are in the minority on this one! We use a Maypole breatheable cover & no problems just a nice clean unweathered motorhome even after several months of storage :) A motorhome height garage/covered area would be easier or to have it in constant use but neither possible yet... Have had caravans in the past & tried both with & without covers & covers win hands down for us :imoutahere:

I'm with you there! If you're not using your van during the winter, it's just common sense to cover it and give it some protection. We use a Pro-Tec cover which is lined and breathable. Make sure your van is clean when you cover it, and that's how it will be when you remove it in the spring - no bird droppings, no debris, no green staining from trees and you've saved yourself hours in restoring it to how it was months before! I've certainly had no issues with paintwork damage, which I guess may be down to the quality of the cover used.
 
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SAM_0021.JPG SAM_0020 (Medium).JPG Having a cover on that fits properly and doesn't flap about, is like other's have said, "good to protect your pride and joy". The other alternative is to have a motorhome type carport.
Mine is a great, keeps the worst of the weather off as well as the bird droppings (dam pidgins') and the van is kept dry, well worth the money to protect your investment, Pics attached I hope.
 
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Bizarrely quality ( or price) doesn't seem to be a factor. I have seen interior mold in vans fitted with covers mentioned by Campercalie as well as the cheap covers. I have also seen vans damaged by said covers.

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