If you’re new to storing an RV, you might wonder what types of coverings you should use to keep your RV protected while in storage.
While you can buy dedicated RV-specific storage covers, some RVers simply use those large blue tarps you can find at most big box home goods stores. But are those blue tarps really a good idea to use with your RV?
Mike says that using a blue tarp directly against the exterior of your RV could damage the molding that surrounds the edges of your camper or motorhome, often wearing the plastic down to the bare metal. He also mentions that you should never cover your RV completely in a blue tarp, because this will restrict airflow.
You might consider a compromise using a dedicated RV cover, and only placing a blue tarp over the top portion of the RV cover to keep water from dripping down from the roof.
It seems that combining both an RV specific cover and a blue tarp is the way to go. You get the benefits of a soft fabric and good ventilation from the RV cover while retaining the waterproof integrity of a blue tarp.
Plus, your RV cover might last longer than normal since the blue tarp will take the brunt of the UV damage during the time the camper is in storage.