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5 Best RV Covers to Protect Your RV

5 Best RV Covers to Protect Your RV

We recently published a post about the pros and cons of RV covers. Because (as outlined in that post) there are many advantages to covers for anyone who stores their RV for an extended period of time, and because many of our readers are interested in covers to protect their RVs, we decided to do some research and put together a small list of some of the best RV covers available.

In today’s post, we bring to you five of the best covers available for the purpose of protecting your RV.

What Makes a Good RV Cover?

A good RV cover has a number of criteria to fulfill. Let’s take a look at what makes a cover worthy of the responsibility of protecting your RV.

Breathability

The breathability of the cover’s material is one of the most important aspects of a good cover for your RV. If the material covering your RV is not breathable, you stand a very good chance of suffering some mold and mildew issues.

Water trapped between your cover and your RV is something that needs to be avoided at all costs. Not only can mold and mildew wreak havoc, but sealants around openings on the roof of the RV can fail and ultimately allow water to leak into your RV. And in case you didn’t see our post on RV roof leaks, doing all you can to avoid this kind of damage is imperative, and that includes throwing a non-breathable material (like a tarp) over your RV.

Ease of Use

Installing and removing the cover on your RV can be very difficult, especially if you have a very large RV. With Class As and Cs, 5th wheels, and large travel trailers, someone will need to be on the roof to assist with the covering and uncovering process. A cover that makes this process easier – rather than harder – is a good point to consider.

The best way to understand the ease or difficulty involved in the use of an cover you’re considering is to consult as many reviews from real-world users as possible. And look on Youtube for any videos that may be posted showing the process.

Vents

Vents are an important feature for the same reason breathability is important. Air vents reduce moisture. Vents are also necessary to help reduce the stress on the cover’s fabric & retaining straps caused by wind.

Without air vents, neither of these protective mechanisms will be engaged for the benefit of your RV.

Air vents and straps are important features

Air vents and quality straps are essential to a good cover. (Photo credits: King Bird via Amazon.).

High-quality Straps

The straps that hold your cover securely to your RV must be of high quality so that they won’t break under stress. The closures also need to be strong and durable.

The way the straps adhere to the cover is also important. Reinforced attachments mean that the stress from wind, rain, snow, and ice won’t compromise the security of the cover. If straps break or rip away from the cover material, your cover could cause damage to the finish of your RV by flapping against it in the wind and by allowing moisture to penetrate through the open areas.

UV Protection

A good cover needs to offer UV protection for your RV. The sun’s ability to permeate your RV renders a cover of little use. If a cover is not UV resistant, damage from UV rays can occur to the cover itself and to the RV it’s supposed to be protecting.

Durability

RV covers need to be durable, not only to protect what they’re covering but also to remain useful for many years. Covers are an investment, after all, and no one wants to have to replace a cover in a year or two due to a lack of durability.

Depending on the climate in the area where you’ll be storing your RV undercover, the sun, wind, rain, snow, ice, hail, hurricanes, etc. may be endured by the cover you choose. Buying a durable cover means you have a way to protect your RV for several years.

Ability to Access the RV

Access to the RV while it's covered & stored is important to check for rodents

Your your RV is stored and under cover, you’ll want access to your rig so you can keep an eye out for this little dude who’s just waiting for a chance to get inside for a winter party.

The ability to get into your RV for maintenance during the period when it’s covered can be a very important feature of a good cover. You want to be able to get inside the rig to keep an eye out for any issues with rodents, water intrusion, the effects of cold, or anything else that can occur during an extended period of no use.

Moreover, RV generators need to be exercised and motorhome engines need to be run periodically. The ability to gain access to your RV while it’s covered is an important feature to keep in mind when shopping.

The Best RV Covers to Protect Your Rig

With all of these considerations in mind, let’s take a look at several of the best covers available to take on the job of protecting your RV.

KING BIRD Upgraded Class A RV Cover

Beginning with a cover for a Class A rig, this King Bird RV cover offers five layers of protection, with a UV-resistant top panel. This Class A cover is breathable while also being waterproof, and comes with extra straps and (very importantly!) four tire covers.

This particular cover fits a 40’- 43’Class A motorhome, but the same cover is available for Class A motorhomes that are anywhere from 30’ to 43’ long.

The anti-UV fabric is extra strong and is tear-proof, waterproof, and wind-proof, and the cover has six air vents on both sides. Rollable zippered doors allow access to the RV and the engine, without the need to remove the whole cover.

The hem and corners are reinforced and elasticized. Coupled with the adjustable windproof straps and buckles, this cover fits snugly over a Class A motorhome for maximum protection.

KING BIRD Upgraded Class A RV Cover, Extra-Thick 5 Layers Anti-UV Top Panel, Durable Camper Cover, Fits 40'- 43' Motorhome -Breathable, Water-Proof, Rip-Stop with 2Pcs Extra Straps & 4 Tire Covers
  • ✅【TEAR PROOF】–Newly developing Mixed Anti-UV Composite Fabric for top panel, extra-thick, extra strength, Rip-stop; White Composite Fabric up...
  • ✅【WIND PROOF】–The change of position of the middle tension panels on the side effectively increases the stress area and provide 2pcs extra...

Classic Accessories Over Drive PermaPRO Tall Class B Cover

This one is for the Class B and “Class B Plus” owners among us.

Classic Accessories offers the Over Drive PermaPRO in several sizes to fit Class B RVs from 23’ to 27’ long and up to 128” (10.7’) tall.

These covers are made of breathable ripstop fabric that is resistant to UV rays. The PermaPRO fabric with air vents is noted to be quick-drying and capable of reducing wind stress and preventing interior moisture.

These covers have elasticized hem corners and adjustable tension panels to securely cover the RV. Zippered panels allow access to the RV as well as storage compartments, and extended zipper pulls allow access without the use of a ladder.

The Over Drive PermaPRO Class B RV covers come with a zippered storage bag.

Classic Accessories Over Drive PermaPRO Tall Class B RV Cover, Fits 23'-25' RVs
  • Class B Motorhome Cover: Fits Class B Plus RVs 23' - 25' long, 128" high from ground to roof
  • PermaPRO ripstop fabric defends your RV from water, dirt, and sun damage. Air vents combine with quick-drying PermaPRO fabric to reduce wind stress...

KING BIRD Upgraded Class C RV Cover

For our friends with Class C RVs, this King Bird Class C RV cover is very similar to the King Bird Class A cover noted above, with its extra-thick five layers and anti-UV top panel.

This particular cover fits Class C RVs from 20’-23’, but these covers are available for Class Cs from 20’ to 32’.

Like the King Bird Class A covers, the Class C covers are breathable, tear-proof, and wind-proof, and offer the ability to access the RV and the engine via rollable zippered doors.

The Class C covers also come with extra straps and those ever-important tire covers.

KING BIRD Upgraded Class C RV Cover, Extra-Thick 5 Layers Anti-UV Top Panel, Durable Camper Cover, Fits 20'- 23' Motorhome -Breathable, Water-Proof, Rip-Stop with 2Pcs Extra Straps & 4 Tire Covers
  • ✅【TEAR PROOF】–Newly developing Mixed Anti-UV Composite Fabric for top panel, extra-thick, extra strength, Rip-stop; White Composite Fabric up...
  • ✅【WIND PROOF】–The change of position of the middle tension panels on the side effectively increases the stress area and provide 2pcs extra...

KING BIRD Upgraded 5th Wheel Cover

King Bird makes similar covers for 5th wheels from 26’ to 41’ in length.

These covers offer the same extra-thick five layers of breathable, waterproof protection, and come with extra straps and four tire covers.

With six air vents on both sides and rollable zippered doors for access to the RV, the King Bird 5th wheel covers offer secure, accessible coverage for 5th wheels of all sizes.

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KING BIRD Upgraded 5th Wheel RV Cover, Extra-Thick 5 Layers Anti-UV Top Panel, Durable Camper Cover, Fits 26'-29' Motorhome -Breathable, Water-Proof, Rip-Stop with 2Pcs Extra Straps & 4 Tire Covers
  • ✅【TEAR PROOF】–Newly developing Mixed Anti-UV Composite Fabric for top panel, extra-thick, extra strength, Rip-stop; White Composite Fabric up...
  • ✅【WIND PROOF】–The change of position of the middle tension panels on the side effectively increases the stress area and provide 2pcs extra...

RVMasking 2021 Upgraded 6 Layers Top Travel Trailer Cover

For our fellow RVers with travel trailers, we’ve got a couple of well-rated covers from RVMasking.

These RVMasking travel trailer covers fit trailers anywhere from 15’ to 37’. With six layers and an anti-UV top layer, these covers include a tongue jack cover and four tire covers.

Noted to be tear-proof, water-resistant, and windproof, these travel trailer covers are covered by a 3-year warranty. They have weighted buckles, a rollable zippered door on the side for RV access, air vents, reflective strips, and thick handles to assist in the removal of the cover.

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RVMasking Heavy Duty 6 Layers Top RV Cover Travel Trailer Cover Windproof Camper Cover Fits Up to 15' RV Trailer - Anti-uv Prevent Top Tearing Caused by Sun Exposure…
  • ✅ Abundant Accessories & 3 Years Warranty: 1*travel trailer cover perfectly fits UP TO 15' RV(PLEASE MEASUE BEFORE PURCHASE!); 4*tire covers; 1*...
  • ✅Upgraded Anti-UV - The proportion of UV resistant additives increased from 3%(2020) to 4%(2021), and the anti-UV ability increased by 25% ! Top...

Can I Cover My RV With a Tarp?

As we noted in our post on the pros and cons of RV covers, it is ill-advised to cover an RV with a tarp. A tarp is not made of breathable material and is highly likely to cause moisture to form on and possibly inside your RV. Covering an RV with a tarp for anything other than very short periods of time (like while you’re working on replacing your roof vent fan or RV skylight) can lead to all sorts of problems and expensive repairs.

If you’re unable to purchase a high-quality cover for your RV, you may be able to pick up some RV tire covers to start with. And you may be better off leaving the rig uncovered until you can buy a good-quality cover to use.

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Raymond McDonald

Sunday 5th of December 2021

After going through 3 covers that were not very robust and were poorly designed I finally have found a cover that has withstood the test of time. I settled on the Classic Accessories Permapro for my 39' class A. My criteria prior to purchase had to check all the boxes you mentioned in your article. Also an acceptable warranty. Classic Accessories warranty is the best I have found so far. Something else that should be mentioned is exercising the water heater, refrigerator, furnace and any other propane fired appliance cannot be done when the cover is on. It will burn. If you are not adept at roof walking a cover is not good for you. It requires cat like balance to avoid everything on the roof while simultaneously placing and positioning the cover. But, all that being said, a cover is the best option when no permanent structure is available.

TheRVgeeks

Sunday 5th of December 2021

Hi Raymond. Good to know you found the Classis Accessories PermaPro cover to be a good choice.

John Schretlen

Sunday 5th of December 2021

The first thing that popped out to me reading this post was "Hey, Peter and John, what about 45' Class A Motorhome covers?"

Did a quick search and was surprised that the first several RV cover companies displayed were all to a max of 43'. I kept going and finally found one (Goldline) that does cover a 45' unit. But, yikes, the price is normally $1400 (on sale for less).

Where I live I do see many RVs and boats covered for the winter but have to admit that I've never noticed a 45' Class A under a fabric cover - only a steel framed tent cover.

TheRVgeeks

Sunday 5th of December 2021

We're guessing that's because most people who own 45' motorhomes drive them to warm weather to avoid having them in the cold... OR store them indoors! LOL! Different problems for big RVs! :D

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