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- April 27, 2008 at 3:10 pm #11751
I gather it is not good to have the Oliver set out in the sun for long periods of time. Is this a real concern?
For us to have our trailer out of the sun would mean under trees – like pines or cedars. These are bad about pollen, etc. I guess this is not good either, is it? Plus there would be some chance of limb falling.
If, in fact, the sun is bad, and under trees is bad, what’s left? Maybe some carport like roof. Or is there a good cover of some kind available (seems last resort in my mind).
Are we worrying too much about this?
TomApril 27, 2008 at 5:00 pm #13766
We’re in the same situation… We built a nice little parking pad from turf blocks in the side yard next to the garage, so at least the trailer gets some shade from the south side, and a little from the neighbor’s house on the north and a tree to the west, without having a tree right over it. In our subdivision, we wouldn’t be allowed to erect a canopy "carport", so that’s out. What we have done, and will continue to do, is wax the Oliver with the same good marine paste wax we use on our boat, which also has to sit in the sun, plus has constant exposure to the saltwater. This is the brand we use:
It’s not inexpensive, but one can lasts a long time. It offers good UV protection, and a barrier between the gelcoat and road dirt, bugs, etc., making cleanup easier after trips. A thorough cleaning and a good coat of wax a few times a year have protected our fiberglass boat very well, for many years, even in the hot Florida sun. We expect it will do the same for the Oliver.
I’ve looked at fabric covers, some of which have a "door" so you can still get in and out of the trailer while it’s covered, but we haven’t let the trailer sit still long enough yet to warrant using one. If I find something really interesting, I’ll post it.
2008 Ram 1500 4 × 4
2008 Oliver Elite, Hull #12April 27, 2008 at 5:14 pm #13767
Thanks a lot for the information. That sounds like a compromise that would work for us.
TomApril 27, 2008 at 8:27 pm #13768
Maybe something like these covers for large vans would work. I saw a post sometime ago on the Casita website and saved the link in favorites.
http://www.empirecovers.com/SearchByIte … x?size=V-2
Sounds promising! GeriApril 29, 2008 at 3:36 pm #13800
Geri, thanks for the link. I suspect the cover for full size van (19’6") would cover the top and most of the sides… might not go to bottom of the trailer, but would certainly cover up and protect the important stuff on top from sun, dirt, leaves, tree sap and bird droppings at a very economical prices. I see they list several fabric and poly types in this size. Also, they look light and easy to use… and for me at least, what’s easy to use actually gets used when it should be
I found one of the links I was looking for. These have a "door" so you can go in and out… and are made of Tyvek, the same stuff used in housewrap, postal express envelopes, and disposable labcoats, etc. Breathable (important here in steamy Gulfcoast to let the moisture out" to avoid mold and mildew) but liquid/ water repellant, and blocks almost 100% of UV rays… biggest threat to our shiny finishes. Lightweight to store. Looks interesting to me, and lighter than the ones made of Sunbrella type fabric, by far:
Here’s some info on Tyvek from Dupont:
Has anyone tried one like this?
(PS: I think these are often on sale)
2008 Ram 1500 4 × 4
2008 Oliver Elite, Hull #12May 6, 2008 at 1:41 am #13848
im just visiting from the casita forums and i saw this post.i have had this cover for 3 yrs now and it still is ok.here is the link for ebay it is a van cover for a bubble top van.these covers are not offered all the time but they are offered a lot.
$80 plus $12 shipping.this is the cover on a 17 ft liberty.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayI … 0222223625May 6, 2008 at 7:13 am #13849
The latest/current edition of TrailerLife has a pretty comprehensive section on covers for travel trailers.May 6, 2008 at 11:09 am #13850
Sherry, Geri, CarolAnn, Steve,
Thanks so much for all of the good information on the covers. Now I’ve got homework to do.
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