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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

RV Storage Question from Down Under

We live in Australia but own a 30-foot, C Class motorhome in the USA and come over every 12-18 months to travel around, usually for around 2 months at a time. When we aren't using the motorhome we store it at a friend's house just outside of Las Vegas and we have heard conflicting opinions of late as to whether or not we should keep a cover over the motorhome while it is stored because of the heat. It is open to the elements, although it is parked between the garage and 6-foot high fence so it does have some protection. We currently have it covered with an ADCO RV cover and it is one recommended for use against extreme temperatures. We also have tyre guards on all wheels. Could you please give us your opinion regarding whether or not you feel that our motorhome should be covered or not while not in use. Thanks. Noel & Pam W. (Ipswich, Australia)

By all means, I do recommend a total coach cover during lengthy periods of downtime, Noel and Pam, especially in a climate like Las Vegas. The ADCO cover is probably your best bet, though I’ve not personally tested their products. They do seem to get high marks from other RVers, however. It’s probably also wise to keep one roof vent opened a little, even under the cover. And a window slightly opened at the opposite end of the coach. This will allow for a little free-flowing convection air movement through the coach.

Protecting the tires is paramount and keeping them covered is a good idea. UV and ozone are two of the killers of RV tires. Realize that, even though not used extensively, the tires will probably only last 5-7 years, regardless of how the tread looks. RV tires usually do not wear out, they typically age out.

But overall, you’re probably doing the best by keeping the coach covered while you’re away.
 

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