I FINALLY read the manual.... so glad I did.

Discussion in 'Camper Storage / Winterizing & De-Winterizing' started by rookiecampers, Apr 9, 2007.

  1. rookiecampers

    rookiecampers New Member

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    We can't get our pop up in the garage b/c we have about 4 inches to spare so we don't want to chance putting a big dent in A) our house or B) the camper. (we have 2 seperate garage doors so it makes it very tight when trying to get it in there)

    So we decided to store it under our deck instead. I really wanted to put a tarp over it just to keep it from getting dirty but after reading the manual, it advises you NOT to. Would a camper cover be worth investing in or no? Or perhaps just a cover for the a/c unit?

    Our camper was stored in the garage by the previous owner and I really hate to store it outside b/c it looks so nice and clean.

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  2. theseus

    theseus Living the Darkside...

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    I use a camper cover only because it is fitted and tucks neatly. It will help keep it clean too.

    Now to be honest, I have always gone beyond the tarp solution and put black or clear plastic under the cover to prevent water damage. I know the manuals say don't but I think that is mainly because any water that gets trapped under the tarp will cause mildew to grow on the outside staining it. I always put the plastic on when it is very dry out and the camper is absolutely dry. Others may think I am a heretic, but that's what I do...

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  3. jhower

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    We cover our PUP with a tarp over the winter but leave it uncovered the rest of the year. When we tarp it, we put a large tub upside down over the vent and lay some 2x4 lumber along the edge of the roof to allow some air space underneath.

    Putting a tarp over it during the summer can build up too much heat underneath, unless you have enough spacers to keep a good amount of air circulating.


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    We used a pup cover this year (first year with the pup!). There was PLENTY of air circulation! DH swears he measured it the way the catalog said to do it, but the cover was HUGE! I guess it kept the snow off OK. We'll see how it fared when it's finally warm and dry enough to pop.

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    I only have about 4" to spare with my garage, also. I use one of these things... http://tinyurl.com/28rrz2 and with a little help from my wife have no trouble jockeying it into place without hitting anything.
     
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    suprz may you never doubt yourself....

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    I got that same trailer dolly at northern tool and it was cheaper, i called them directly because they had an "in store" special for 29.00 but there isnt one around me, i told the phone salesrep that and they honored the in store price of 29.00. of course it was 20.00 shipping, but it was cheaper <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle>

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    I bought my cover from JC WHITNEY. www.jcwhitney.com Look under the RV CAMPER tag at the top of the page.
    They are made for campers and let them breath. Love ours. Nice fit too.

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  8. rookiecampers

    rookiecampers New Member

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    What does the dolly do? THe problem with ours is we are on a slight incline. We thought we could push it in the garage too but b/c we are on an incline, the camper almost got away from us. We don't want to chance it. I would REALLY love to put it in the garage though. I'll have to show my husband the dolly. Oh and we are also on a "side entry" garage.. Its just a pain in the butt trying to get it in there. LOL. but if we can do it, i would love to.

    2000 Coleman Westlake
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    "THe problem with ours is we are on a slight incline."

    I can see where that would cause a problem. My driveway is fairly steep near the street, but levels out in front of the garage, so I just use the car to back the PUP up to right in front of the garage and then push it in (with the dolly) from there.
     
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    2000 starcraft starflyer New Member

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    We don't have a trailer dolly, just the little wheel on the tongue jack. My mom and I can push it from the street up the inclin to driveway level, about 6 inches high over 4 feet long. Then one pushes and the other steers and we have no problem with it.

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  11. rookiecampers

    rookiecampers New Member

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    Does your camper weigh 3200 lbs? My hubby is a big guy and if it weren't for my truck being in the way, it probably would have ended up hitting a tree. LOL

    2000 Coleman Westlake
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    4 kids.. ages 12, 11, 7 & 6
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    We have a Coleman too, and I believe the cover or tarp issue on a Coleman is a heat issue that can crack the solid white top. Mildew, of course, is always going to be an issue in our wonderful Atlanta humidity. I leave ours outside and uncovered in the winter to store it and I just washed it about 3 weeks ago and it looks just as good as the day I bought it. Even after all the wonderful yellow blanket of pollen this year.

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    We bought a PUP cover, it is breathable, and even though we measured it was huge!

    But camper looks great under there...we are thinking about keeping it on this summer to keep the pollen and tree sap and bird droppings off...

    Lynn

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  14. 2000 starcraft starflyer

    2000 starcraft starflyer New Member

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    Yep, no our pup doesn't way 3200 LBs, probably cloer to 1500-1800 range.
    I guess that would make a BIG difference.

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    rookiecampers New Member

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    LOL. I think we have the biggest/heaviest camper that Coleman makes.

    2000 Coleman Westlake
    Atlanta suburbs
    4 kids.. ages 12, 11, 7 & 6
    Married 15 years. Ready to EXPLORE!
     

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