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Old 09-10-2019, 10:25 AM   #1
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Tarps for covering 5er

Does anybody have any experience with covering 5er with standard Home Depot plastic tarps. Do they rub and cause problems if grommets don't touch? Maybe put plastic wrap on first to keep dust particles out. I would assume the canvas type tarps would be more of a "rub" issue. Since retired back to Colorado; sun is more intense than TX and my home city has too many restrictions for building an awning even though I have two acres.

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Old 09-10-2019, 08:15 PM   #2
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Do not cover your trailer such that it can't breath. Air has to move otherwise condensation will build and lead to mold and mildew.

Check the covers designed for RV's and you'll see they are all designed to let air through.

If you use plastic tarps, use them like a tent where you support them above so air can flow under them.

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Old 09-11-2019, 05:46 AM   #3
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Jack, what ^^^^ he said. It is fairly common to see pool noodles laying on the roof to support the tarp, but that will support NO SNOW LOAD whatsoever.
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Old 09-11-2019, 10:02 AM   #4
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Has anybody here had a good experience with a cover called Gold Shield 5L from They are really expensive ($440) but say they have a "Lifetime" Warranty. I am the second owner of this 2006 Montana that was well kept. Previous owner kept it in a shed during the winter months. I currently have to keep it at a storage facility that sees the Ohio elements. Is $440 overkill for a camper this old?
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Old 09-16-2019, 04:15 PM   #5
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My sister covered the trailer with regular tarps and it wore the paint off even though the grommets were not rubbing the trailer. You need to buy a cover for the trailer the lets the condensation escape and does't rub the paint off. I recommend the Adco. It has made it through 2 seasons here in CO and we have some pretty strong winds that shredded a Classic cover in the first season.
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Old 10-07-2019, 09:28 AM   #6
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Just got my Montana winterized yesterday and new ADCO Designer Series-All Climate cover installed. Seems too light weight for the winds we get; how long have you had your ADCO? Nice sewing job and plenty of straps; just hope it lasts more than one season.

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