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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10 11 9:55 pm    Post subject: RV Help / Forum's / Suggestions To My Dilemma? Reply with quote

I'm relatively new to the RV scene, so have some questions for some of you in the know that can perhaps point me in the right direction.

I bought a 10 year old Flagstaff (made by Forrest River) Super-light this summer.

We will use it around town, and then it will go semi-permanently to our property in north Georgia.

The roof is a membrane type (TPO I believe they call it), and is currently in good condition.

My dilemma is what to do while it is in storage for long periods of time?

I know from car covers and bike covers that you don't want to trap moisture under them and cause more problems than no cover at all (mold/mildew).

I also don't want leaves etc. building up over time and rotting the roof.

One of the RV forums suggest the Tyvek breathable type of covers made by Adco.

Anyone with experience here?

Short of building an RV carport is there an alternative I'm missing?

I do have year round neighbors that look after the property (mowing, etc) that may be willing to clean off the roof as routine maintenance.

What I don't want is leaks causing unknown damage and a rude surprise on our return visits.

Or am I just being overly cautious and paranoid?

Any help/insight would be appreciated!
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10 11 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BBQMAN, My camper also has the same roof and I keep it covered in the winter time only. I bought a cover for mine that is "breathable" so it doesnt mold. This is the 2nd year I have had the cover on and so far, no problems. The cover is starting to show some wear though, from wind and such beating against it, so I figure a couple more years and Ill have to buy another one. I found this cover at my local RV dealer and then went online and found it alot cheaper. Also, check with your RV dealer on treatment of the roof. You are supposed to clean and condition the roof at least once a year. Something to do with the UV rays and so on. My roof is in so so shape and was never taken care of or covered up by the previous owners. My plan is to install a pvc plastic roof this fall, alot cheaper than the rubber roof and does not need the yearly treatments either. One other thing, with the rubber roof, you have to use the sealant/silicone designed for the material only, I found out that any other form of sealant or caulk will not seal on the material.

My plan after I get the new roof installed, is to build a carport style cover for it, I think in the long run, for me, it will be the way to go.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11 11 1:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you considered something along these lines?

http://www.carportsandmore.com/outdoor-canopy-twelve.htm
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11 11 2:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bite the bullet and build the car port you will be happy you did
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11 11 6:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TrailerBuilder Thanks much for the tips!

patruns It doesn't snow often, but it does snow. Not sure on how well that will hold up?

killswitch505 I'm leaning in that direction Denny, thanks. I have enough (I think) standing seam heavy duty aluminum roof (left over from a job at Tampa International Airport).

The panels are only 9' in length, the trailer in 8' in width.

I've thought of making a "hat" so to speak as opposed to having posts but securing it from high winds going that route will be an issue.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11 11 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you have 9' panels, build a gambrel type roof.
http://rooftrussdesign.net/tag/gambrel-roof/
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11 11 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bought a 'custom size' metal carport (metal posts and roof) and also ordered extra material to go down one complete side all the way to the ground (the wind side).

18' wide (my big smoker also stores there) by 24' deep with 5' extensions for height for the RV, was around $2500 from HD. I think it comes out of Canada.

My RV is 29' but it covers MOST of it and is doing what it was designed to do...protect the RV.

Also, you DON'T need a building permit to install it as it is NOT considered a permanent structure.

On occasion we get 10"-12" inches of snow and has never caused a problem.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11 11 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the alternate idea Marv.

Right now, a $350 cover looks better than a $2500 carport and the labor involved to go with.

I decided to forgo summer travel this year to purchase the dang thing, my finances are not (unfortunately) unlimited.

Perhaps next summers project to be sure though!

Gunny- I have 28 panels so that roof design will not work with the existing materials.

Semi-flat would be the best I could do with what I have.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11 11 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mike if you go with the pole barn idea which I would as I hate "temporary fixes", check with some local truss supply companies. I picked up a set of 12 gable trusses 16' span 4-12 pitch for 400.00 that a builder didn't pickup due to the downturn. You could not build them for that.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12 11 12:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.rv.net/forums/index.cfm?utm_campaign=RNN009924_11232010&utm_source=cheetah&utm_medium=email
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12 11 12:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.rvforum.net/SMF_forum/
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12 11 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SoEzzy wrote:
http://www.rvforum.net/SMF_forum/


Yupp, found this one and joined a few days ago.

Seems to mainly be comprised of out west folks, but looks to be a good forum.

So far no answer to my question posed there.

I've gotten more response here! Razz
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12 11 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jess wrote:
Mike if you go with the pole barn idea which I would as I hate "temporary fixes", check with some local truss supply companies. I picked up a set of 12 gable trusses 16' span 4-12 pitch for 400.00 that a builder didn't pickup due to the downturn. You could not build them for that.


I'm with you there! Smile

Thanks for the tip, great idea for next summer.
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