to cover or not to cover...

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  1. Jazzbow

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    that is the question :ROFLMAO:

    we live right next to a wood and get tons (only a slight exaggeration) of leaves all over the house and driveway. So, would you cover it up? Was thinking about protec but quite dear eh!
     
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    Hi Jazzbow,

    If you do decide on a MH cover, try Neil at the Caravan Shop, Gt Western Rd Glasgow, he stocks the Maypole range and will be a good price, good on mail order too,

    Maypole are a very good quality, as good as any ........ how do I know... I just retired from handling their sales in Scotland after 40 yrs, so believe me I know !!!!!!,

    Ken (Beerdrinker) :thumb: :drink:
     
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    HI, Like you we live in a forest area, and at this time of year it not only looks great with all the great colors, but get all the leaves all over our property, i read an article not so long ago that its good to leave the leaves where they are as when rotting down they turn into a good composte,we only clear leaves from the rain gutters these day's,have it good Alf:Smile:
     
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    Which forest are you in, any where near Loch Lomond


    Our house is adjacent to Balloch Park ,we've got a view of the loch when the trees have lost their leaves (in my garden). I'll send hubby round to help with your shed as soon as he's done ours ::bigsmile:
     
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    For my new van I am getting one that just covers the roof - Fiamma I think is the make.
     
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    A cover will only obsure solar panels and chaffe the bodywork. in high winds they can break free and do a lot of damage.
     
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    As Roger says, but on the other hand, it saves a whole lot of work cleaning the roof when you take it off !! :thumb:

    I personally will not use one as we tend to use the van all year, but number one son bought a cover at the end of last year and was VERY pleased with the results.. Yes, it takes ten minutes or so of awkward mucking around to get the cover on ( he has a biggish Compass ) but as said, when he removed it he did not have to spend a day cleaning the ol' girl before hitting the road....
     
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    A lightweight breathable cover would be suitable. They are similar to a strong, perforated felt type material which although not waterproof - it does stop the debris landing on/sticky to the vehicle.

    I had one on my spitfire outside for a couple of years, and did it's job very well. I think it was a Maypole brand
     
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    I need my solar panels to work as my van is in storage with no hookup. Best bet is to use it, the leaves soon blow off at motorway speeds.
     
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    I couldnt even lift mine onto the roof....used it a couple of times then stuck it in the garage.

    thinking of butchering it to fit the front section of the RV as i have no choice but park partly under a very large douglas fir.

    pine needles aint a problem, its the tree sap dripping down come spring.
     
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    Yeah, I had read that covers could cause damage but surely bits of tree will too. Dunno what to do, it's a dilemma :Doh:
     
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    Topcovers v Full covers

    It probably was a Maypole cover, and you described the material build perfectly !, they are Britains biggest supplier of car, caravan and motorhome covers, as i have said in my previous post, I handled the sales of these in Scotland for a long time,

    Everyone has their own opinions for and against, the new top covers make it a damn sight easier to fit and protect the roof which, of course is the most vulnerable part to sap, moss, etc, but as pointed out by fellow posters, a full cover provides tatal protection and its nice to start off the season by just removing the cover, wow no black streaks, baked on crap on the roof etc, etc,

    I intend using my MH all winter again, and don't suffer too much from moss, sap etc, just a few black streaks, ( which Maypole Black Streak Remover here we go again, shifts in no time he he ! ) but lots of funsters do lay up for the winter months, saving the Tax and Insurance, everyone has their own agenda, whats good for one is not exactly what others want,

    Finally, after selling hundreds of covers over the years, I have never had a single complaint of Maypole covers creating any problems re chafing or any other similar problem, in fact the only " complaint " I ever had was a guy trying it on, " the seam split whilst I was trying to fit it " was the complaint, because I was prepared to visit the guy and check the "problem" out, I found that he had ordered the wrong size and couldn't be ars**d returning it for the correct size, had tried forcing it on, yeah faulty right!,

    Ken ( Beerdrinker ) :thumb: :drink:
     
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    roof top covers

    Could anyone please advise on top covers - adviseability and make. I've read previous comments about the pros and cons but would like something easy to put on and off. I've seen one by Fiamma but it looks like an ordinary tarpaulin.
     
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    That must have been a funny shape, must have been expensive if it was one-off from Maypole? :roflmto:
     
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    from my mind it is not the leaves that are the problem but the green algie that seems to grow on roofs that are near trees, major job every year is to clean the green off the roof and top edges of the van. Ours is parked in storage so i wouldnt cover it just incase it came off as i wouldnt know untill i did my weekly/fortnightly check.
    If i stored at home and could check the cover daily i would probably cover the roof area to stave off the green stuff
     
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    Just thinking of your post, it would be massive cover to to cover the house and driveway :ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO: Pete

    I did try a MH cover once but sold it on eBay after a while
     
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    The trouble with leaves is that if left for a long time they leach out tannin and leave unsightly brown marks.

    It used to be de rigeur to apply a layer of car wax and leave it of without polishing it off. This gave a good protective layer and made cleaning off after the winter lay-up much easier.
     
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