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Protecting Your Camper From the Elements

What are the biggest investments most people will make? Their home, their Camper Trailer and their car. Homes are built to withstand the elements to a point, but we all know the costs of maintaining a home, or neglecting it. We perform regular maintenance on our cars, and we can run them through a car wash and perhaps keep them in a garage. But what about the Camping Trailer, how do you protect your camper?

Camping trailer buyers spend thousand of dollars to purchase their home on wheels. And for the most part, these homes on wheels are made to be lightweight and flexible so they can put up out door elements every time they go down the road, which means their components are less durable than, say, our homes. So, if we want our camper’s to last as long as possible, we need to maintain and protect them, and that’s where Camper Covers come in. Aside from putting the Camping Trailer inside a building, they’re the best protection currently available.

Protecting your Camping Trailer from the Top Down
So, what is it about camping trailers that need better protection than a home? Let’s start at the top—the camping trailers roof. Most camping trailers have a membrane roof made of either EPDM rubber or TPO, which is a form of plastic. These roofs do a really good job of protecting the trailer from the elements, but only to a point. There are aluminum and fiberglass roofs also, but again, they also have their limitations. The biggest limitations are the seams, common in every single camping trailer. Every mobile structure is, by its very nature, flexible.

The seams on our camping trailers are the same, and we use flexible sealants at those joints so they can move as the trailer moves. Unfortunately, nothing lasts forever, and when these sealants eventually age and fail, they have to be renewed. The thing is that they a) last longer if they’re protected from UV and moisture and b) if the seals fail when the camping trailer is covered, no damage occurs, because the seams are protected. Not to mention that the highest probability for damage in the northern half of the country is from snow and snow melt water.

Then there are the sides of the camping trailer. Most tarps, which we’ll discuss in a bit, only cover the roof. This leaves the sides of the trailer completely exposed to UV and moisture. The accumulated effects of this are quite noticeable and can include faded fiberglass or aluminum siding and end caps; dried out window, door and other seals; and black streaks that get ground into the finish and will never come out, especially if the roof is left unprotected and unmaintained all the time. These faulty seals lead to leaks and associated damage.

Regular maintenance prevents this damage from occurring while the coach is in use, but when in storage, the only thing preventing unseen damage from occurring is the RV cover.

Camper covers have been around for some time, but the technology has changed, with newer, better camper coverproducts coming on the market. But what exactly do camper covers do, and what makes it better than a tarp?

Camper Covers vs Tarps

Which is Best at Protecting Your RV
As you would expect, camper covers protect a recreation vehicle/trailer from the elements, but the key is in how it protects the camping trailer. A good-quality camper cover is constructed of materials that resist the elements and release moisture that develops under the cover from condensation, thus reducing or eliminating the buildup of mold and mildew. Well-made camper covers are strong and rip resistant, are relatively lightweight and easy to deploy and have fasteners that help to cinch up the cover without damaging the surface of the camping trailer. 

I have seen many Camping Trailers over the years that were covered by tarps. Now to be fair, tarps come in many sizes, are readily available and are cheap. They also retain heat and moisture like a plastic bag, which can lead to mold and mildew. Tarps fray in the wind and elements, and have metal grommets, which scratch and gouge the camping trailer where they come in contact with the sides of the trailer.

And, what most people don’t realize, is that the abrasive nature of tarp “fabric” or plastic causes wear to the sides and corners of the trailer, causing anywhere from minor abrasive cosmetic damage to aluminum, plastic and fiberglass surfaces, to rubbing completely through the corners and edges of the roof, causing significant damage. Tarps provide little or no UV protection, especially to uncovered sides, and if they’re not tied down properly, winds can cause them to shift, and the then a flapping tarp now causes even more damage to the coach.

An camping trailer cover is a substantial purchase, and maintaining and covering that investment not only makes your camping trailer travel better, it’s money in your pocket. Protecting your camping trailer while you’re not using it goes a long way in making your trailer last longer. Get a FREE Fast Qoute today by visiting www.CalMarkCovers.com