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RV & Trailer Covers Advice & Tips

Your RV is a major investment and you want to protect it. An RV cover is one of the easiest and smartest ways to do just that.
Covers shield your RV from harmful UV rays, rain, snow, road dirt and debris and may even act as a theft deterrent.

There are just a few simple things to know in order to ensure you get the right cover for your needs and also maximize the
lifespan of your cover.

How to Measure Your RV or Trailer for a Cover

How to Install Your RV Cover

Care & Cleaning of Your RV Cover

RV Cover Warranty

How to Measure your RV or Trailer for a Cover

Selecting the right RV cover involves just a few key measurements—follow these tips to ensure proper fit:

Measure your RV
To ensure you have the right measurements, be sure to measure your RV vs. relying on the owner’s manual or other literature.
You will need three measurements—the height, length and width.

  1. Height—measure from the mid-wheel to the top of the roof edge

  2. Length—measure from the rear bumper to the front bumper

  3. Width—measure the total side-to-side of your unit at the windshield and rear bumper

    • Carver covers are built to accommodate air conditioners, ladders, hitches and other such items; do not include
      these items in your measurements

    • If your unit is even 1” longer than a specific cover, order the next size up

    • The manufacturer’s specification for height is from the ground up; for an ideal fit, your cover should fall mid-wheel

    • See the following images for more detail on how to measure your specific vehicle type
Measure Class A RV
Measure Class C RV
Measure Class B RV
Measure Travel Trailer
Measure 5th Wheel Trailer
Measure 5th Wheel Toy Hauler
Measure Pop Up Camper
Measure Toy Hauler

If you are unable to measure your RV...
You may be able to identify the proper measurements from the manufacturer’s specifications.

  1. Height—subtract your wheel height (15” for units < 20’ and 18’ for units > 20’) and air conditioning unit (15” average)
    from the manufacturer’s spec sheet height

  2. Your owner’s manual shows a spec sheet height of 12’6” (150”) and a length of 19’8”. That means your wheel height is 15”
    (because your RV is less than 20’ long). Your “cover height” will be 120”, as follows:

     Spec Sheet Height  -  Wheel Height  -  AC Unit  = Unit Height for Cover
     150"  -  15"  -   15"  =  120"

    • Manufacturers may or may not include air conditioning units in the overall spec height listed. If this is not specified either
      way, you will need to physically measure your RV in order to ensure the proper height and then fit for your cover

  3. Length—this should be stated in your owner's manual.

    • If you have a Travel Trailer or a Travel Trailer Toy Hauler, you need to verify if the tongue length is added in to the stated
      length or not; if it is added, typically the model number will differ from the actual specs listed and, therefore, you will
      need to subtract 3” from the length in the owner’s manual to find the appropriate length for your cover

    • If you have a Fifth Wheel or a Fifth Wheel Toy Hauler, you need to verify if the length stated includes the hitch (it may be
      called “Length Overall” if it is) and, if so, you will need to remove 2” from the length in the owner’s manual to find the
      appropriate length for your cover

  4. Width—this should be stated in your owner's manual.

    • Covers for Pop-Up Campers will only fit units up to 90” wide; newer pop-up camper models are up to 100” wide but we
      do not currently have standard covers in this size—please contact us if you need a cover for this size

    • For Class A and C Motorhomes, Class B Conversion Vans, Fifth Wheels, Fifth Wheel Toy Haulers, Travel Trailers and
      Travel Trailer Toy Haulers, covers fit units up to 102” wide

    • For Class B Conversion Vans, covers fit units up to 76” wide

How to Install Your RV Cover

Putting your cover on your RV properly will ensure its integrity is intact and that it will last for years to come—
follow these tips to ensure proper fit:

Prepare your RV
  1. Make sure your RV is clean—soiled covers cannot be exchanged or refunded so if you notice a problem with your cover
    after putting it on your RV but it becomes soiled in that process, it cannot be returned

  2. Examine your RV for sharp areas—items like mirrors, awning mounts, etc can be sharp and tear the cover; pad these
    areas before installing your cover to prevent unnecessary wear and tear on your cover

  3. Fold in extended mirrors to ensure proper fit and prevent tears

  4. Make sure your RV is cool; contact with hot surfaces such as exhaust systems will damage the cover

Install the Cover
  1. Place the rolled cover on the front end of the roof

  2. Roll the cover to the back end of the roof

  3. Working front to back, spread the cover to the side edges of the roof

  4. From the ground, use a stepladder and work from front to back to pull the cover down over the sides of the RV;
    adjust the fit as necessary

  5. Use the included reinforcement/repair kit to add protection to stress areas

  6. Secure the elasticized hems under the front and rear ends of the RV

  7. Secure the cover with the provided 40’ tie down straps to create a snug fit

  8. Use the adjustable strap system attached to the front of the unit to provide a more secure fit

  9. Slide attached tie-down straps at the bottom sidewalls of the cover under the unit and connect on the opposite side

  10. NOTES:
    • Your cover is for storage only; never attempt to travel with the cover on
    • Always take care when walking on the roof of your RV

Care & Cleaning of Your RV Cover

Your RV cover protects your RV—you can protect your cover with just a few simple steps:

  • Avoid letting water or snow stand on the cover

  • Always tie cover down securely

  • Make sure to pad areas that could snag or tear the cover such as mirrors, awning mounts, etc, before installing the cover

  • Clean your cover after use—and store in appropriate storage bag

To clean your cover:

  1. Mix a solution of mild soap and warm water in a bucket

  2. Open cover and lay flat on ground

  3. Rinse cover with hose

  4. Using soft brush, scrub cover lightly with water/soap solution

  5. Rinse thoroughly with hose

  6. Let cover dry completely

  7. Fold carefully and put in storage bag

  8. NOTES:
    • Never put the cover in a washing machine or dryer

    • Never dry clean the cover

    • Never iron the cover

RV Cover Warranty

Carver RV covers are guaranteed to be free of defects in materials and workmanship at the time of manufacture.
The warranty does not cover normal wear, weather soiling or environmental pollution stains. The RV cover must be
properly installed, utilized and maintained.

Carver RV covers feature a 5-year limited warranty (from the original purchase date). This warranty is in lieu of
all other warranties, expressed or implied.

To process your warranty claim:

  1. Call Carver at (864) 457-5820 to obtain a Return Good Authorization Number (RGA#)

  2. Write a note describing the defect; be sure to include your full name and address

  3. Package your RV cover and note with your contact information

  4. Send the sealed package to:

    Carver Industries, Inc.
    212 North Lyles Ave
    Landrum, SC 29356

  5. NOTES:
    • For defects detected within 30 days of the original date of purchase:
      Carver will repair or replace, at its discretion, the RV cover free of charge,including freight to and from the factory

    • For defects detected more than 30 days after the original date of purchase:
      Carver will repair or replace, at its discretion, the RV cover free of charge; the customer will be required to pay
      freight to and from the factory