barry4495
Hi all- I apologize if this subject is somewhere else but I am wondering if Riverside owners cover their camper or just simply wax it (or better yet garage it!!). I also have a small popup that my 166 is replacing and I always covered it and it looks great after 11 years. But, I went through 3 covers because we get very strong winds here along the Front range of Colo. Anyway, I have been looking for a camper cover for my 166 but can't seem to find one specific to this (or any Riverside) camper. There are covers for "R-Pod" campers that kind of look like they might work but it is my understanding that the R-pod cover only fits that specific camper. Just found a company Calmark camper covers that make them "to order" but my guess is they are expensive. I also know from other groups that many people complain about damage to the camper caused by the cover (e.g mold, mildew, wind scuffing). I am curious what retro owners think about covers. Thanks! Barry
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Robin C
Barry,
I had a cover for my teardrop camper, a Little Guy Silver Shadow, that was made by PahaQue in California. Little Guy has a working relationship with PahaQue, so they sell covers custom-made to fit all their different sized teardrops. I never had problems with mold or mildew with my cover, mostly because it's so dry up here in Laramie, but the cover held up very well with the strong Wyoming winds. Yes, the PahaQue covers are expensive, but they are well made.

Have you done a search on the Internet for covers that would fit a vintage canned ham-shaped camper?


Robin
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V & T
We garaged our previous Aliner Camper and it looked like new after 3 years. We rented covered storage for our Retro. Expensive, but helps keep it in good working condition.
Van & Terri
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barry4495
Hi all- I am calling a company called Calmark covers to see if they have a cover or will make one. I doubt mildew will ever be a problem in semi-arid Colorado (although this month might be the exception!) but I worry about the wind ripping the cover...the good news on the 166 is the lack of any exposed rubber seals that I can find....its all aluminum and I wonder how that stands up to the sun...for now I will wax it in a few weeks and see about the cover. Robin- I got great news on warranty service. I spoke with a very nice lady (I forget her name right now) at Riverside and she told me I don't have to go to Denver for service and that she would work with the guys at Boulder RV (7 miles away) and I can do the work there..I am hoping I won't need it but it is nice to know they are flexible at Riverside!- Best Barry
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brezgo
Paha que makes a great cover. We were advised not to cover ours here in the Midwest because of mold problems - cover just traps moisture. If you don't have humidity, you shouldn't have the problem. Our dealer (who could have just as easily sold us an expensive cover) said if we were in Florida in midsummer, the UV damage could be significant, but otherwise not to cover it. 

We travel in the winter, but leave it parked most of the summer, and we will throw a tarp over the top to keep the dripping tree yuck off of it.
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barry4495
Thanks for your opinion and input. It seems most people are 50-50 on covers. I might just try an easy to apply car wax a few times a year and go with it. Humidity is generally very low out here so mold is rarely a problem but wind is and ripped covers abound. Thanks, I will check out that company you recommended- Barry
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AJ
Anybody cover a 177se? I've looked around and doesn't look like they make one specifically for that model.
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Mark Chatagnier
This cover works great !
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Retrogirl
I like your cover Mark. I live in florida. We are thinking of doing something like you have too. We have a car cover now like that. It just might not be high enough. We may need to raise it.  

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WittyWomanWriter
I'm concerned about a cover, too.  My rented storage is uncovered, and it is very windy here in the north SF Bay area.  I'll keep looking, but any suggestions are welcomed.

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Vicente
Hello,
We are new to the forum but have had our 177SE for almost 1 year and love it. We needed a cover to protect the RV from all the trees, pollen, and birds that we have to deal with on our lot. We also wanted to protect the RV from the extreme heat we are seeing now where we live in NC.  After some research on the internet and pricing some covers at local RV dealers, I purchased one from Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Classic-Accessories-73163-OverDrive-PolyPro/dp/B0009I1WXW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1469894828&sr=8-1&keywords=rv++cover+73163.
We have had the cover now since October of 2015 and we are very pleased with it. You can pay a lot for covers, especially custom ones.  We could not afford to spend a lot and decided on this one after reviewing the specs and the price advantage. It is the Classic Accessories 73163 Overdrive Poly C1H773163 cover. The cover I ordered is a few feet larger than what I needed but I did not want the cover to be too tight. The cover design was developed more for a rectangular shaped RV, but it works fine for the 177SE shape as well.  I have attached some photos for you to reference. The cover has vents across the top to let out heat and humidity but I still make it a point to unzip the trailer cover once a week and let it air out.  I usually leave the door open, screen door shut and I hand crank the bathroom fan up partially and turn it on to let some of the heat and humidity out.  We also leave three of the windows half open to keep the air flow going when the cover is closed. Hope this information is helpful.
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richardtc17
Do you think the PolyPro 3 smaller cover that fits up to 18 feet could possibly fit the 177SE? We have just purchased a 2016.

Thanks!

Richard
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wvretro177
richardtc17 wrote:
Do you think the PolyPro 3 smaller cover that fits up to 18 feet could possibly fit the 177SE? We have just purchased a 2016.

Thanks!


I just purchased the polypro3 for my 2017 177SE and I haven't tried fitting it yet- I'm going to cut tennis balls to go over the four "rain gutter" things which stick out on the corners. From the photos, dimensions given, and some comments on the amazon site, it looks like it'll be a good fit. Did you have any luck with yours, Richard?
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wvretro177
Ok- so here's the good and the bad news: The polypro3 cover I purchased (for a T@B teardrop, up to 20' in length) is waaaay too small for our Retro 177se. That's the bad news. The good news is, after the snow melted, I was doing my pre-spring inspection of all things retro and discovered a small (2cm max) tear in the rubber roof material. The tear was right on the edge, where horizontal meets verticle and was easily repaired and no damage done to the underlying OSB. But between my discovering the tear and my ability to get it under a roof at the local RV center (to insure a dry roof sheathing before sealing the tear), I had more snow and rain coming. So I finally unpackaged the cover and put it on......sort of.....
It didn't fit worth a darn but I was able to get enough coverage to protect our camper for the short term. 

In terms of quality for the money, I'd say the polypro3 is a fine cover, as long as you get one that fits. This one might have fit length wise, had it not been too narrow for the 8'wide retro.
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