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Looking for a good cover for an RV in Arizona. I cover mine, but I'm on my second cover with each lasting about nine months. The summer sun is really brutal on these covers and they become so brittle, they start to tear in my hands when I pull it off. Went to camping world, but the warranties there only cover tears along the seams, and that is not where these are tearing. Its almost as if the warranties are written not to file claims.

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Cover Craft is a good choice.
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Went with a camco ultrashield cover from camping world. Its holding up better. After seven months, the roof is still solid. Its at least two layers with some kind of treatment. The sides are a little tougher, but is starting to show signs of wear. There's a couple of holes worn in the side, despite me covering the sharp edges like the gutters with Styrofoam pool noodles. The side is startign to get brittle from the AZ sun, so more tears will follow soon. The three of the nylon straps disintegrated in the sun. I expect this cover to last good for another year or two. Thhere's supposed to be a three year replacement warranty on it from Campingworld. That warranty was about a third of the price, so I hope replacement warranty means the cover gets replaced.

Next time I think I'll by a cheap cover, and replace it every few months. I think the covers provide better sun a and weather protection than North side shaded parking.

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when it comes to covers you really get what you pay for.

My @Covercraft has treated me well and I would buy it again.
Also consider covering the car cover with a reflective tarp to help with the rays.

@DalesSuperStore may have some insight

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Looking for a good cover for an RV in Arizona. I cover mine, but I'm on my second cover with each lasting about nine months. The summer sun is really brutal on these covers and they become so brittle, they start to tear in my hands when I pull it off. Went to camping world, but the warranties there only cover tears along the seams, and that is not where these are tearing. Its almost as if the warranties are written not to file claims.
Speaking of the Arizona sun...I usually pop a vent / crack window on mine but last summer I did not and the interior wallpaper on the west facing wall bubbled and peeled. I've had the unit over 20 years but for all but three of those years it's been parked inside, so I guess I'm still learning about the elements. Now I gotta find a paper-hanger...

Anyway -- word to the wise, don't let this happen to you...lol. I know many covers use materials that allow some air to flow-through but I don't know if all do that. I imagine if a simple tarp-like cover was used, it would intensify the interior heat build-up.
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when it comes to covers you really get what you pay for.

My @Covercraft has treated me well and I would buy it again.
Also consider covering the car cover with a reflective tarp to help with the rays.

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How long has this lasted you? I guess what I'm looking for are covers that will last in the desert sun.

The first two I bought both would tear, not along seams, after 6 or 9 months, just by lifting it off the RV. Duct tape and sewing helped, but by a year or 18 months of use, the cover would tear and be lying on the ground.

For my 3 vehicles, I'm lucky enough to be able to garage all three of those. Its just the RV I'm trying to cover. All three covers I bought were definitely breathable, more so on the sides than the top.

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I'm pretty sure this is my 5th year on it, but I use the tarp also.

Have you priced the metal roof (pole barn) style covers?

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I'm pretty sure this is my 5th year on it, but I use the tarp also.

Have you priced the metal roof (pole barn) style covers?
5 Years is good. For me, I park the RV at a lot, so I guess I could use the pole style tarps. I's have to price that out. I would be the only one of about a thousand RVs at this lot that would have the tarp.

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I'm pretty sure this is my 5th year on it, but I use the tarp also.

Have you priced the metal roof (pole barn) style covers?
5 Years is good. For me, I park the RV at a lot, so I guess I could use the pole style tarps. I'd have to price that out. I would be the only one of about a thousand RVs at this lot that would have the tarp.

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yea, I know its odd, but it works. FWIW I dont mean an old blue tarp like grandpa used on the woodpile.
https://www.tarpsnow.com/shade-tarps.html

Being on a lot definitely makes it harder, so scratch the poles.

Give @Covercraft a shout and get their thoughts.

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