September 25, 2014
Have you ever wondered how to properly measure your RV for the right fitting storage cover ?
Well wonder now more. This instructional video will answer the most commonly asked questions.
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March 14, 2012
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.
January 24, 2012
Truck campers are among the most popular portable living accomodations out there. Much cheaper than an RV, they offer comfort and convenience at a relatively affordable price. Campers have been around for years, and if you have an older camper, you may be having some maintenance issues caused by exposure to the elements. Remember that a camper cover can make a big difference over the life of the camper, especially for older models. Most have rubber roofs that can crack if repeatedly exposed to sunlight. Mitigate this risk with a camper cover and you’ll save thousands down the road.
Also note that there are zippers at each corner for access through the rear and sides. Even if you have an older model with a door on the side instead of the back, these covers will accomodate you.
December 7, 2011
There are thousands of accessories for your home RV, including covers for your windshield, wheels, the RV itself, and even things you carry on the RV, like bikes, for example. RV covers bring a lot to the table. They are cheaper than semi-permanent shelters like straight legged canopies, and offer similar protection. They are also portable and can be taken with you regardless of where you end up parking the RV for the night. Sunlight is incredibly destructive, especially to those very popular rubber roofs, and a cover is a much better thing to replace after a few years than a roof!
If you’re tired of cleaning road grime and mud off of your bikes after driving, consider a bike cover for RV’s. These durable covers feature clear plastic for the taillights, meaning unobscured turn signals and brake lights for safety and a patented split-back design for easy installation and removal. The 2-year warranty ensures peace of mind, and a reflective logo heightens visibility. These are a great accessory for your on-the-go lifestyle and will prolong the life of vulnerable bike parts like chains and seats.
December 5, 2011
Classic Accessories Class B RV Covers are gaining in popularity as more and more people decide to go with less costly and more fuel efficient Class B RV’s over more traditional Class A’s and Class C’s. Class B RV’s offer a nice compromise between spaciousness, cost and fuel usage. They are built on common van chassis, letting manufacturers take advantage of lower costs on these more heavily-produced underpinnings. If you have a Roadtrek, Airstream, Sprinter or Pleasure-way, I have four different sizes that can accomodate pretty much any make and model.
December 2, 2011
RV’s are among the most expensive things a person can buy, after a home. While trailers can be had for less than $10k, true RV’s, powered vehicles like Class A’s and Class C’s, can easily surpass $100K if bought brand new. RV’s are expensive for a number of reasons; they are very large, requiring large amounts of materials. They are not sold in the volume of cars and trucks, meaning that fixed production costs are distributed over a smaller number of units. Large Class A’s are essentially a bus chassis that is then transformed into the final product; it is practically a custom, rather than mass-produced, job. Further, large engines are expensive to design and produce. Everything about an RV is big, and big generally means expensive.
Keeping all this in mind, and I should point out that ‘why are rv’s so expensive’ is the number one RV-related question on the major search engines, it is evident that RV owners should use an RV cover. Anyone who has had to replace their roof on an RV can tell you that spending a few hundred dollars every 3-4 years is much more cost-effective. Rubber roofs are used on an estimated 85% of all RV’s. Anyone who has seen a rubber ball left out in the sun has seen the results: rubber cracks, and then your roof leaks. Class C covers, class A covers, truck camper covers, whatever you have, you should cover it. Protect your investment with an RV cover and avoid expensive repairs down the road.
September 29, 2011
Ripstop is a method of weaving fabric that makes it harder for tears to occur and spread compared with traditional weaving techniques. Basically, threads are woven in a cross-hatch pattern with thicker threads interspersed with the thinner base material. Ripstop techniques are used in fabrics intended for hard use, like battle dress uniforms and protective clothing for firefighters, or those with tear characteristics are critical to functionality, like parachutes, hot air balloons and parasails.
Now on to covers. Large covers in particular are prone to tearing due to the increased surface area that is exposed to exterior forces like wind and rain water weight. RV covers in particular are greatly at risk of tearing due to the surface area issues, their relatively high weight and the risk of snagging on ladders, bumpers, AC units, etc.
Polypropylene and Tyvek covers were among the first types of materials used to make RV covers due to their low cost; unfortunately, these materials tear relatively easily and are difficult to repair after doing so. Polyesters and Sunbrella came next, woven materials that are much stronger than polypropylenes and capabable of being repaired with needle and thread. But, they are made of a standard weave in that once a tear is made, it is likely to increase in size quickly due to the natural stresses on any RV cover.
Enter Ripstop. Ripstop RV covers are much more tear-resistant than standard polyesters with increased durability and tensile strength. Small tears will not become big ones should you snag the cover on something. The cover will be able to support its own weight indefinitely, even with a weakened panel. It’s really pretty cool, actually. Anyone who has replaced their RV cover every season can tell you that!
I think they’ll be out in six months or so, but I’ll keep the blog updated. Thanks for checking it out!
July 13, 2011
If you camp often, it is likely important to you that your trailer stay in good condition for years, making travel trailer covers a requirement. These can protect your vehicle against snow, rain, ice, mold, mildew, and UV rays from the sun, any of which can gradually destroy your trailer. Whether you use your camper often or keep it in storage for much of the year, you should check out what Cover Bonanza has to offer those who wish to keep their camping equipment in top shape for as long as possible.
If you want your cover to fit as if it were custom made for your trailer, you will appreciate our travel trailer covers, which are adjustable with elastic hems. We offer a cover for nearly any trailer size, and each one allows interior moisture to escape to the outside while protecting the trailer from moisture coming from the exterior. Zippered panels and a travel bag in which to store the cover are also extra features that you will not find on all RV trailer covers on the market.
Travel trailer coversfor large RVs are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to our protective gear. We also offer smaller covers that are perfect for truck campers. Much like most of our other covers, our truck camper covers are made of polypropylene, a material that is known for keeping out moisture and UV damage while preventing the buildup of mold or mildew. This means that you can protect your truck camper from various types of damage, whether while on the road or while it is in storage.
Whether your goal is to shield your travel vehicle from sun damage, moisture, or dirt, we at Cover Bonanza can help. Our RV trailer covers come in all shapes and sizes to provide a near custom fit for your vehicle, which means that you will get protection for every part of your trailer. Not to be outdone, our truck camper covers are the perfect size for smaller RVs that need to be shielded from the elements, whether during travel or storage. If you are not sure whether we have a cover that perfectly fits your RV, feel free to contact us to find out today.
July 1, 2010
Everyone is familiar with Dupont, right? The gigantic chemical/textile/materials company that sells Sunbrella and Tyvek, common materials for RV covers? Well, I have a secret. Like a generic prescription drug, they have been knocked off, to the point that the ‘fakes’ are almost as good as the original materials.
Tyvek is used to seal houses, among other things, making it a natural choice to use to cover your RV. Unfortunately, it’s kind of expensive. Not least because the manufacturers have to pay a licensing fee to Dupont for the privilege of making it. Well, what’s one to do? Use Polypropylene! A suitably layered polypropylene RV cover will approach the durability and impermeability of Tyvek with a much lower price tag. Typically, the polypropylene versions are at least 20% cheaper.
Now, if you want an even better cover without the sticker shock of Sunbrella, try treated polyester. The tensile strength of a polyester RV cover rivals that of Sunbrella with nearly the same resistance to UV penetration. Warranties typically meet or exceed 4 years, making them a great buy for those sick of replacing their cover every season.
All-in-all, I encourage you to explore these less-expensive options. It’s my guess you’ll get a very similar level of performance.
August 13, 2008
RVs are big. As such, RV covers are big, too. They can weigh 20-60 lbs depending on the thickness of the material, and, be as long as 40 feet. How to put one of these on single-handed? Sure, you could struggle for half an hour putting each corner in place, climbing up on the ladder and scrambling to keep the thing straight. Or, you could follow the diagram above for an easy and stress-free experience. Just tie two ropes to the ends of the long side of the cover. Throw ropes over cover to side you will pull cover on from. Walk around to side ends of rope are one. Grab ropes. Walk backward slowly, keeping cover decently aligned with the RV. Use broom stick or something else long to fine-tune the fitment. You are done. Wasn’t that easy? Congratulations on your new bit of knowledge.