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.