Last updated on June 5th, 2023 at 12:22 pm
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RV covers are a great way of protecting your camper from the damages both summer and winter weather can cause. However, installing an RV cover is easier said than done, especially if you have a class A RV!
It may initially seem like the only way to install an RV cover is to get on the roof, and if that scares you then you need to know that there’s a safer option, especially if you are assembling the cover on your own.
So, how do you install an RV cover without getting on the roof?
To avoid getting on the roof, you’ll first fold the cover down to a smaller size on the floor, then using a step ladder you’ll place the cover at the center point of the RV roof. Next, you’ll unfold the cover, let it roll into position, and after bringing the sides down you’ll secure it.
Getting on the roof of your RV can be nerve-wracking and might not be the best idea if you have a fiberglass roof, so let’s look at all the steps you need to take in order to install the cover without getting on the roof!
How to Install an RV Cover Without Getting on the Roof
Installing an RV cover can be a daunting task, especially if you’re faced with the challenge alone and although it may take a little longer doing it solo, it can be done with just one set of hands and a few basic tools.
Get The Right Equipment
Speaking of tools, I always find taking on such jobs much easier when I have the right equipment so let’s see what you need!
High-Quality RV cover
Not all RV covers are created equally, so it might take a bit of time and research to find the one best suited to your RV and climate.
So, it’s important to get an RV cover that fits your camper perfectly as a cover that’s too small may not protect the whole RV. A cover that’s too big also isn’t the wisest option as it may be susceptible to ripping and tearing on windy days.
Although this method doesn’t involve climbing up onto the actual roof of the RV, you’ll still need to gain a bit of height to fit the cover over the whole camper. Make sure you have a solid step ladder that can handle your weight, and while you could do it solo, it’s always best to have a friend or family member with you to foot the ladder.
A stick may sound like an odd piece of equipment to use, but it’s an essential component for the process to be successful and keep you off your RV roof!
If possible, it’s a good idea to attach a hook at either end of the stick to help move the cover around when it’s on the roof. Try to use a stick or even a broom handle that’s roughly a third of the size of your RV roof.
One of the most important parts of this RV cover method is to have a rope that’s pliable and around double the length of your RV. It’s useful to have a knot or loop tied at one end so you can easily attach it to the stick, grab it and move it when needed.
Once you’ve got the right equipment, it’s time to go ahead and install your RV cover without getting on your roof!
Step 1: Fold the RV Cover
The first step is to lay out the RV cover on the ground and fold it down to a far more manageable size. Take the two long ends and fold them in, then go ahead and fold the short ends in too.
Use the stick to measure roughly a third on the short end of the RV cover and bring the long sides in, one at a time, creating a long rectangular shape.
Step 2: Roll the Cover
Go ahead and tie the rope to the middle of the stick if you haven’t already, place it on the short end of the RV cover and start to roll it up with the stick inside. You should start to see the rope coming to the middle of the rolled-up RV cover.
If the rope starts to move to either side of the roll, unravel the cover and start rolling again as it’s a lot easier later on in the process if the rope stays in the middle!
Step 3: Place the Cover on the RV Roof
This is a good time to recruit a friend or family member to give you a helping hand if your RV cover is heavy or difficult to maneuver. Using a step ladder, carry the cover up to the roof of the RV, allowing the rest of the rope to hang down. Gather the loose rope up and throw it to the opposite end of the RV roof.
Step 4: Unroll the RV Cover
Move your step ladder to the other end of the RV and grab hold of the rope you threw over the roof in the previous step. Start to unravel the cover by gently pulling the rope towards you. Try and keep the rope in the middle of the roof as this will allow the cover to be in the correct place later on.
Step 5: Unfold the Cover
Once you’ve unrolled the RV cover all the way, you can remove the stick but keep it close by in case you need it later in the process.
Fold the sides out, so you are left with the cover over the whole of the RV roof. If your camper is on the large side, you’ll either need someone on the front end of the RV to unfold the cover on that end or simply just move to the front side to unfold the rest of the cover yourself.
Having a hook on the end of your stick is a good idea, particularly for this part of the process as you can use the stick to help you pull the cover out from the middle of the roof as it might be difficult to reach.
Step 6: Bring the Sides Down
Bring the stepladder to one side of your RV and unfold the sides of the cover. The cover should naturally fall down the side of your camper but you may need to give it a helping hand to get in the correct position. Go ahead and repeat this on the other side of your RV and coax the cover down until the entire camper is concealed.
Step 7: Fix the Cover in Place
Now it’s time to fix your cover in place so it doesn’t get blown away in windy conditions. Different covers may have different fastenings, so whether your cover has straps, zips, or velcro, this is the time to secure it in place.
It’s worth having a final walk around your RV and checking the cover is fitted correctly and protects every inch of your camper. Once you’ve had a double-check, the process is complete!
The video below is a great example of how to install an RV cover without getting on the roof of your RV. It breaks down every step of this method into easy-to-follow instructions so it’s worth a watch before going ahead and attempting it yourself.
If you’re worried about your step ladder damaging the sides of your RV, it may be worth attaching some foam or rubber to any point of the ladder that will come in contact with the RV, thus helping prevent any scratches or dents.
So, Are RV Covers Worth Installing?
RV covers can be a nightmare to put on your camper as they can be heavy and awkward to move around, especially if you’re completing the process on your own. If you think you may struggle to fit the RV cover, try the method above and ask a friend to help, as things are always easier with an extra pair of hands.
If you’re still not sure if an RV is worth the hassle then here are some good reasons you should install one one way or the other!
When storing your RV outside during winter, the cold, rain, and snow can put your RV in a vulnerable position. Problems such as leaks, damaged paintwork, and freezing pipes can occur, so it’s important to winterize your RV and protect it in the best way possible.
If you’re storing your RV in a hot climate, be sure to use a cover that’s breathable and provides UV protection, as you’ll need a specific cover suited for summer extremes.
An RV cover adds an extra layer of security when storing your camper outside as it keeps everything hidden away from prying eyes and also reduced the risk of vandalism.
If you don’t have a garage to store your RV, renting a storage space can be expensive. An RV cover is a great alternative, offering similar benefits for a fraction of the price.
Installing an RV cover is something many RVers dread as it can be a difficult task, especially if you have a sizable camper!
My biggest piece of advice when it comes to installing an RV cover without getting on your roof is to take your time and break down the process into manageable steps.