Why Should You Cover Your RV? 8739

Fall is approaching and that means RV season is starting to wind down. As the cold weather draws near, and rain, sleet, and snow are practically within sight, covering your RV and protecting your investment should be a priority.

Covering your RV for the season can seem daunting and expensive. But what happens if you leave your RV unprotected?

  1. The sun’s damaging UV rays beat down on your RV causing high heat build-up on the surface, which can cause seal damage.
  2. Your RV can reach interior temperatures of up to 144° F.
  3. If heavy snow builds up on your RV and melts as warmer weather approaches, water will be left on top off the roof and cause a backup.
  4. Harmful weather like snow, sleet, and rain can leave an unprotected RV vulnerable to leaks.
  5. The paint, graphics, and trim on your RV will fade, crack, and deteriorate.

6. Dirt and debris wash off the roof of your RV, causing black streaks.

RV weather impact

What happens when you protect your RV with an RV cover?

  1. An RV cover helps to repel UV rays, ensuring that your RV does not suffer seal damage.
  2. Interior temperatures reach up to only 81° F and deflected sunlight means lower interior and exterior temperatures.
  3. Your RV will be protected from rain, sleet, and snow which helps prevent the risk of leaks.
  4. The exterior paint, graphics, and trim will be protected from fading and cracking.

5. Dirt and debris will not build up on the roof of your RV, leaving your RV without any black streaks.

6. Fewer washings, waxings, and roof treatments are required.

7. Covering your RV protects your investment and preserves your RV’s resale value.

RV covers

So how do you find the right cover for your RV? The Elements RV covers are available in sizes for almost any RV and in two different fabrics, each stronger than the leading brand. The Elements All Climate (LINK) RV covers are 10% stronger than the leading brand and the Elements Premium All Climate RV covers are twice as strong as other fabrics.

From pop-ups to travel trailers to Class A motorhomes, Elements RV covers will protect your RV so when spring rolls around, you’re ready to hit the road!

Shop RV covers here: https://www.campingworld.com/search?q=elements%20rv%20cover

An RV with a cover on it

If you’re looking to sell or trade in your current RV, Camping World can help make that process as simple as possible.


  1. As you said here, not covering your RV can lead to numerous and costly repairs. I don’t have a cover for mine so it might be a good idea to invest in one. Before I do, I should also get it looked at just to be sure that it’s mechanically safe to use.

  2. I have an rv with a wooden deck and I am considering putting a permanent awning over the deck. Is there any kind of cover that I can use to cover it through the winter especially since the cover will no longer be able to come down over the door side of the camper? I also read in your blog why you should not use a blue tarp. Thank you for that information and hopefully some new idea for a cover after I put up the permanent awning.

  3. Reviews on numerous covers suggest they last only one to two years. In theory, a cover will offer protection from UV and the elements. Having said this, full-time RVers do not cover their rigs…are they more vulnerable or more likely to be damaged? Would like to hear from owners rather than sales folks.

  4. When covering your travel trailer and having a heavy wet snow with the way the cover lays on the ac unit does it put more pressure on the roof

  5. If covering an RV/Trailer is so important why doesn’t Camping World cover the RV/Trailers they sell? The lots are filled with them year round and they are not covered.

    1. Hi Chris, the RVs on the lots are there to sell. It’s hard to show them to prospective customers if they’re fully covered. Out models don’t sit on the lot very long generally, so it doesn’t make sense for us to have them covered.

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