Why Cover my Outdoor gear?
One question we often receive is: “why cover your outdoor gear?” It’s a good question, why should you cover a grill, boat, patio furniture, RV, car, etc.? For that matter, why should you cover patio furniture or anything really, in a dry climate? Will the rain cause some kind of damage to my gear; it’s meant to be outside, right?
Want to know about a specific category of covers? Check out these posts:
Patio Furniture Covers
Lawn and Garage and Lawn Equipment Covers
Car Covers and Truck Covers
UTV, ATV, and Snowmobile Covers
Golf Cart Enclosures and Covers
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Patio Furniture Covers,
Lawn and Garage and Lawn Equipment Covers,
Car Covers and Truck Covers,
UTV, ATV, and Snowmobile Covers,
Golf Cart Enclosures and Covers
Great reasons to protect your outdoor furniture, equipment, and gear with a cover. Covers:
- Protect from water damage
Covers help limit water accumulation directly on the product, especially when the cover has water resistant or waterproof qualities.This can help prevent rust and corrosion. Additionally, standing water and moisture can lead to mildewing.*
- *Mildew (and mold) are fungi that occur due to the interaction between water and organic material. Covers are only able to help limit this and require some cleaning and ventilation, so that organic elements that have made their way onto your gear don’t have a chance to grow.
- Keep out dust and debris
Wind can blow dust, dirt, and debris against your gear, causing weathering and scuffing. Covers are a layer between your gear and the elements.
- Protect from damaging UV rays
Direct exposure to UV rays can cause fading and material deterioration. Covers, especially those with UV treatments, can block some of this light, increasing the longevity of your product at its current exposure level.
- Prevent pests
Animals and insects will make a home anywhere. Covers can’t fully prevent them from nesting in your furniture and gear, however they can deter the discovery of these hidden places by making it more difficult for critters to find their way in.
- Provide for savings
All of these factors lead to you spending less time dealing with avoidable problems with the assets that enable your favorite outdoor activities. Investing in a cover can reduce your time and cost spent on maintenance/repair, likely reducing the frequency at which you need to replace your furniture, car, boat, RV, etc.
- Reduce cleaning time
By protecting your gear with a cover, you will not have to spend as much time cleaning your outdoor equipment at any given time of the year.
- Maintain your yard’s aesthetics
Covers provide a tidy, and pleasing look to your outdoor space.
We believe that covers are a great investment for the future of your outdoor gear. We love getting outside to enjoy our yards and nature with friends and family. That time together is a huge part of what people love about their patios, boats, RVs, and vehicles. Saving time not sweating the small stuff (like cleaning and avoidable deterioration) is a benefit that’s hard to talk down. Regardless of your cover use or disuse, we hope that you are able to find time to care for your gear so that it’s there when you really want to get out and enjoy the experience.
Why Cover A RV?
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RV’s are more than a box sitting in your driveway. They are exploration vehicles, the best way to get away, your home away from home. As such, they deserve more reverence than a box. They deserve a cover. RV covers….
- Provide protection from damaging UV rays
UV rays can crack the paint and fade the finish on your RV
- Help keep nature out
Sitting in your yard or driveway, your RV awaits its next adventure. Typically, RV’s will sit for several seasons waiting for spring to allow to time and weather to really travel. During this movement hiatus, your RV is exposed to all kinds of elements. After ensuring your RV is properly winterized, cleaned and dried, applying a cover helps keep dirt, pollen, leaves and water from directly hammering your RV. For additional cleaning tips, click here.
Note: Due to the Gel Coat Finish on some RVs (especially fiberglass RVs), clouding may occur after extended use of a cover. If spotting or clouding appear after using a storage cover, clean and wax the vehicle to remove any trapped environmental pollutants like dirt and moisture. To prevent reoccurrence, clean and apply a top quality wax between 2 and 4 times a year, depending on the level of exposure to the elements.
- Reduce cleaning time
While you did spend the time cleaning the RV in the winterization process, covers will help speed up the spring clean immensely by limiting the dust, debris, pollen, and leaves that find their way onto your RV and sit.
- Help deter pests
Rodents and other critters are known to burrow or make nests in your RV. While covers cannot totally prevent an invasion, and cannot prevent you from trapping animals in your RV, they do add a layer between the outside and your RV. This would, ideally make it more difficult for a mouse to find its way into your under-cabinet and under-bed storage areas to nest in the backup fishing gear and towels to make its winter home.
For those with strict HOAs or less than perfect campers, covers provide a tidy, and pleasing look to your outdoor space.
Also consider other RV accessories to get similar benefits of reducing UV exposure to your steering wheel, dashboard, and tires. Our tire covers are available in a variety of sizes. if you have any questions, please reach out to one of our helpful Customer Service Representatives at 1-800-854-2315.
How to Measure a RV for a Cover
According to Lisa Zuroff, one of our customer service representatives, RV covers are a hot topic for customer support. Many of the questions they receive revolve around fit and how to measure. Here are three measurement tips for Classic Accessories RV Covers from our Customer Service Team:
- Height: Measure from the top of your RV to the ground. Do not include the air conditioning unit on the top of the RV in this measurement.
- Length: Measure bumper to bumper. Do not include the tongue and hitch in the measurement.
- Width: For teardrop or R-pod RVs, do not include tire guards in your width measurement.
This will result in extra, loose fabric existing for your cover which will thus lack fit
Customer Service also recommends not using the manufacturer’s measurements, because the manufacturer will account for elements that are not part of the main body. This happens quite often for any trailer with a tongue and hitch as oftentimes the listed manufacturer’s measurements include them (because it’s part of what you are towing behind you). It is instead recommended to see what your measurements are by physically measuring the RV, which is not the easiest task. We highly recommend having a team (or at least partner) to help with the measuring process.
Please feel free to reach out to one of our helpful Customer Service Representatives at 1-800-854-2315 Mon – Fri, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm PST if you have any additional questions regarding any topic related to our products. The Classic Accessories website also has information regarding warranty, as well as FAQs.
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Discover more time outdoors with Classic Accessories.
We love the outdoors. Everything from lakes to the mountains. From Winter to Summer. At Classic Accessories we have teams of people who design for all seasons. Whether that means our customers who play host to Summer BBQs, to those that like to party in the fresh powder. We design for them, and for us.
Sometimes it’s the destination, and sometimes it’s just right outside your window. That’s why we work through all the products that will get you there, or simply give you peace of mind to protect them while you are enjoying the moments away from home.
Today we are reminded of a simple fact, something worth sharing with friends and family.
It’s the little things in life that bring us the most joy, and we are very thankful that we can be part of your great adventures in the great outdoors – at home or on the way! We are saying thanks for the rest of this LOVE week by taking 20% off site-wide on classicaccessories.com
How do you enjoy your outdoors?