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How to Choose the Best RV Cover

Our Covers Guide has been made with our opinions and our suggestions based on our covers experience of covers, fabrics, and customer feedback.

Opinions and Ratings are our own company opinions, we have given a comparison also to covers which we no longer sell, non woven polypropylene covers. Our own experience over a number of years has shown us that these cover type do not perform to the same level as other covers used for comparison. This is a general guide only. All lifespans are guidelines only and do not constitute part of any warranties. Each cover type requires its own level of care and maintenance in order to achieve full lifespan or weather capabilities.

In general when selecting a cover the price determines the quality of the material used in regards to its longevity under Australian UV conditions.

When deciding to protect your RV you will find that more expensive covers last longer than cheap covers and do not need to regularly replaced.  If you have bought a new van the price of a good quality protective is small compared to the price of the asset you are protecting.

Other manufacturers or suppliers may provide different opinions.  We try to be 100% honest, upfront and open about all of our covers features, benefits or drawbacks that they might have so that you can make an informed decision about the best cover to purchase for your specific needs.

For example customers living in the tropics would normally be looking for maximum breath-ability in the cover: Ultimate, Ultimate Plus or SunCover.  Whereas a customer living in a Hail prone area would certainly be best investing in a StormCover or a Fabric with a Storm Blanket or StormCap to use during Storm Season.

A very agile RV owner might not require a 3 piece zip on cover, whereas a customer who would prefer a 3 step installation process may be bettter suited to either of our two zip on design covers.

Whatever your protection needs please fee free to contact Coverworld at any time.

Coverworld and StormCovers are the same company so you only need to make one enquiry to these companies.

 


 

Adco Cover

Ultimate

StormCover

SunCover

Cheap Covers

UV

***

Very Good

***

Very Good

****

Excellent

*****

Exceptional - Best

*

Quickly Breaks Down

 

Coverworld are only offering for sale covers which have been tested and or

supplied by a reputable manufacturer with good warranties, see detailed description about fabrics and UV here

Hail / Impact

n/a

n/a

*****

Excellent - Best

n/a

n/a

 

Coverworld and Stormcovers are the same company, Stormcovers were designed in Australia before 2005 and have been made and used since that time. They provide a high level of protection from damage from hail or other impact such as falling branches, see detailed description about impact protection

Rain / Water

***

Very Good

***

Very Good

****

Excellent

***

Very Good

*

Quickly Dimishes

 

First of all you should be very vary of claims of covers being waterproof. If a cover is made from waterproof materials then it must have insulating properties. The Ultimate, Ultimate Plus and Suncovers all have excellent water inhibitors built into the fibres of the fabric providing excellent water resistance and breathability, see detailed description about water and breathability here

Heat / Humidity

*****

Excellent

*****

Excellent - Best

**

Good

*****

Excellent - Best

**

Good

 

For very High Humity Places then the best covers for your specific stoarge needs are Ultimate, Ultimate Plus and SunCovers, all made from Exceptionally Breathable Materials.

Ultimate and Suncover do not have any Coatings on the Material

Salt Air / Rusting

**

Good

***

Very Good

***

Very Good

***

Very Good

**

Good

 

A cover over the body of the van will help reduce damage from Salt Air but other precautions may be necessary

Dust / Dirt

***

Very Good

****

Excellent

***

Very Good

****

Excellent

**

Good

 

A cover over the body of the van will protect from dirt and dust. Fabric Covers: Ulimate, Ultimate Plus and SunCover wrap under the body a bit more so can stop dirt entering inside. Note in dry conditions static charge can cause build up of dirt on van or cover, see desription here about Static.

Storage Space

***

Normal Size

***

Normal Size

*

Largest Size

***

3 Seperate Pieces

**

Large Size

 

All covers for Caravans and Motorhomes are a large size due to the very large number of metres of material used to make them. Stormcovers are the largest in size but the weight is distributed into 3 sections, see notes on cover weights

Price

*****

Best

***

Mid $$$

****

High $$$$

*****

Highest $$$$$

******

Low $ Short Life

 

The lowest price covers can be found in stores or online, Coverworld do not sell these cover types, our philosophy with RV covers is buy it once and buy it right, note that cheap covers normally break down quick, beware of often misleading claims by some retailers.

Warranty

***

3 Years

****

4 Years

****

4 Years

*****

7 Years

*

1 Year

 

A warranty indicates a worst case scenario of material / cover lifespan. All covers lifespan can be improved as long as the cover is properly looked after and maintained. In our experience we know of

retailers selling covers with warranties that are not a genuine indiciation of lifespan.

Time to Install

*

20-60 minutes

*

20-60 minutes

*

20-60 minutes

*

20-60 minutes

*

20-60 minutes

 

The Cover installation time depends on how agile you are how large your RV is and if you have assistance during the installation process. See our notes about cover installation for quickest results. We do not recommend dragging covers onto the body of your RV

Ease of Install

**

Normally needs to be re-rolled prior to installation

***

Supplied pre-rolled for installation

****

3 Step process with zip on sides

*****

3 Step process with zip on sides

**

Normally needs to be re-rolled prior to installation

 

Installation of all covers takes time and for large vehicles is best done with two people. However all of our RV covers have been installed by one person on very large RV’s. Three piece zip on design install process is easier, but the time taken is the same as our ultimate and ultimate plus covers.

Fitment / Design

**

60cm Increments

***

Semi Custom 30cm Range

****

Specific for RV

*****

Specific for RV

*

60-90cm Range

 

The StormCover and SunCover are made for the RV shape based on the side profile. Note some manufacturers base covers on length only and require straps and ties to make the RV shape.

The Ultimate and Ultimate Plus covers are both semi custom fitment, made to order and with only a 30 increment in sizes. Heights available for Full Size and Pop Top Van heights.

Note most shop or online covers have a size range between 60cm to 90cm often resulting in very loose cover fitment.

Weight

**

Medium Weight

*

Heavy

****

3 Seperate Pieces

*****

Lighest

*

Heavy

 

The Ultimate Covers are both one piece covers (traditional RV cover design) and as they are made from Marine Fabric they can be quite heavy. A typical cover weighs around 12 KG’s for an average sized RV. The Ultimate Plus fabric is lighter in weight.

** Note that light weight does not mean inferior quality, in many cases cheap covers are bulky and thick and are of inferior quality.

The SunCover is a Marine Fabric which on its own is heavy but becuase the cover is split into 3 seperate pieces each piece is easy to lift up

The Stormcover is bulky in size rather than heavy in weight but our cover has been designed to be a manageable size. This has been carefully considered in the cover design see our detailed explanation about fabric weights and cover sizes

Lifespan

***

Excellent 3 + Years

***

Excellent

3-5 Years

*****

Excellent

5-8 Years +

******

Excellent - Best

10 Years +

*

Poor

Often 1 Year or Less

 

Note that lifespans are greatly influenced by cover maintenance, specific storage conditions and method of installation and storage, please see detailed notes about lifespan, all lifespans are Guides only and are dependant on a number of factors.

Cleaning /

Maintenance

***

303

***

303

****

303 and Damp Cloth

***

303

*

no known method

 

For all Fabrics you should use Specialist cleaning products and Fabric Guard. On the Stormcover you can use all purpose cleaner (303 or Simple Green) and Aerospace Protectant.

Tear Resistance

***

Good

****

Reinforcement Kit Supplied

****

Reinforced Bottom layer, easily fixed if damaged

****

Reinforcement Kit Supplied

*

Once UV damged hard to Repair

 

Adco cover is supplied with repair patch. Ultimate Covers are supplied with a heavy duty sticky patch that can be used on all stress points on the cover to protect from damage from shapr objects. Extra packs can also be purchased. The Stormcover if damaged can easily be repaired, we can provide detailed instructions, foam is protected by film layer

SUMMARY

***

VERY GOOD

***

VERY GOOD

****

EXCELLENT

*****

EXCELLENT - BEST

*

POOR

 

Superior Ready Made Cover

with Good 3 Year

Warranty. Ready Made

Very good for UV

Heavier Marine Fabric

Made in USA

Best for Hail

Zip on Design

Made in Australia

Best Fit / Pattern

Best for UV

Zip On Design

Easier to Install

Made in Australia

Best Fit / Pattern

Most in store covers are ideal for indoor (shed) storage