Polyester is cheap again... for now

Polyester Class A RV Cover

RV covers are usually not the largest expense to come along with an RV purchase, but they’re not exactly cheap. If a buyer doesn’t have the space or money for a more permanent shelter for their RV or trailer, a cover is a necessary compromise to protect a very sizeable purchase from harmful UV radiation and moisture. With most trailers and RV’s having rubber roofs that are easily damaged by exposure to sunlight, some form of protection is a prudent decision.

With two major RV cover manufacturers in the American market, Classic Accessories and ADCO, one’s choices are fairly simple. ADCO is generally more expensive, though not necessarily better. Much of the increased expense is due to licensing agreements with textile licensors such as Dupont in order to offer materials like Tyvek and Sunbrella. Tyvek is the less expensive (and durable) option, and is used for a number of different purposes, including temporary protection for construction projects, durable maps, and postal envelopes. Sunbrella is a woven fabric that has been treated to resist UV damage. It is durable and lightweight and is used for any purpose where sun exposure will be a factor.

Classic Accessories generally competes on price, and could essentially be considered generic versions of the ADCO products. Polypropylene, especially when multi-layered as in the PolyPro III line, will look and feel similar to Tyvek, and, in my experience, offers comparable protection and product life. Their Sunbrella-fighter is a treated Polyester fabric that, again, looks and feels similar with comparable product life and protection.

Keeping all this in mind, I’ll get to my point. It is a transitional product year for Classic Accessories as they launch a replacement for their polyester RV covers, the new PermaPro RV Covers. As such, the old polyester models, the PolyX 300s, are extremely inexpensive right now. Most sizes of these covers were originally north of $500, and, in most cases, can now be had for less than $300. These covers have a 4-year warranty, are lighter but stronger than their non-woven polyester and Tyvek little brothers, and are available at a bargain price.

If you’re looking for an RV cover right now, it’s a great time to buy.

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Pontoon Boat?  Or Float Tube?

Ponderay frameless pontoon boat

The Ponderay frameless pontoon boat is an excellent blend of functionality and comfort. Large pontoons add stability and an extremely comfortable seat allows for long hours out on the water. It has nearly the ride-height of a pontoon boat with the light weight and ease of transport of a float tube, coming in at only 27 lbs. Large pockets offer significant storage capacity and adjustable foot rests accomodate all shapes and sizes. With a 350 lb capacity, this boat can handle almost any angler. I have sat in this boat and it is honestly the most comfortable one I’ve been in. The padding is at least 2 inches thick and the seat back is infinitely adjustable. Just a great combo of portability, comfort and capability.

Veranda Table and Chair Cover

Polyester lasts, like your dad's suit from the '70's

When searching for a garden furniture cover, the type of material it is made from is almost as important as a snug fit. Cheaper covers will be made from polypropylene. You’ll notice because it will feel like plastic, because, well, it is. It’s not a terrible material, but will only last you a single season, at best. If you need something more durable, consider a polyester, especially if it’s 600 denier. Denier refers to the thickness of the individual threads used in the fabric, and, as you might guess, the higher the number the thicker the fabric, with increased durability and reduced permeability. The Veranda line is made from 600D, as is the Veranda Elite. 300 denier polyester would definitely be a compromise, but it is certainly better than polypropylene. If cost is a major issue, consider the Terrazzo line.

DryGyard ATV Cover

March 2, 2012

DryGuard ATV Cover

Waterproof, not water-resistant

Up until now, most ATV covers were water-resistant rather than water-proof. The problem, for the most part, was not with the material, but with the seams. Water would seep through these weak points in the cover, saturating the ATV and encouraging mold and mildew growth.

Now, we have the DryGuard ATV cover from Classic Accessories. With taped seams to prevent seepage, laminated material for extra water-proofing and an integrated attachment system for towing, this cover is one of, if not the, best on the market. Happy ATVing and protect that machine!