Product Review: ADCO RV Covers
Author: Cathy Anderson
Buying a motorhome is a big investment, and one you’ll want to protect from the damaging effects of the sun, wind, hail and trees - especially when it is not in use.
It’s not always practical, feasible or affordable to store an RV under cover during your ‘home-time’ periods, so the option of an RV cover makes pretty good sense.
The ADCO range covers C Class motorhomes from 7m (23ft) to 7.9m (26ft). We used a cover to encase a four-berth Kea Discovery.
This is, without a doubt, a two-person job. The cover uses sturdy, polypropolene material for the side panels, and the top is a four-layer Dupont Tyvek material which beads water on contact. ADCO claims the cover will block 99.8 per cent of the sun’s UV rays to prevent fading (good news for those with flashy paint jobs and decals).
The cloth feels soft and light, but there’s quite a bit of it to cover the surface area of the ‘Disco’, so the bulk of it is weighty. There is reinforcement on all four corners to protect against sharp edges and reduce the wear and tear of those pressure points as well. It’s a breathable product that is designed to prevent mould and mildew thanks to air vents on the side.
The cover is grey on the sides and white on top - it looks pretty smart even in the box, but doubly so once unveiled and the Disco was all wrapped up.
In a nod to those who always get things round the wrong way (that could be me when camping and trying to erect a tent), ADCO has kindly added large ‘FRONT’ and ‘REAR” stamps on the material at each end so there is no confusion or marital stress when covering the motorhome.
SETTING IT UP
The process for using the cover is pretty simple. We unfurled it from its casing and spread it out lengthways down the side of the RV, ensuring we had the front part at, well, the front and the rear end at the back. The front sections, which cover the bonnet, are unzipped for greater maneuverability. We then took it to the rear of the vehicle and prepared to lift it up and over, pulling from rear to front.
The Discovery is quite tall so Rhy and Dave from RV Sales Centre have come up with a great way to easily pull the cover over. They have two poles which hook into the front two corners which they then leverage above their heads to gently yet firmly pull the cover from the back to the front. Anyone using this method will need to be aware of rooftop obstacles such as solar panels and air-con units. A household ladder will come in handy on one side to guide the cover on.
Once the front was well and truly over the nose of the Discovery and the cover lined up with the shape of the RV, it was time to wrap it up, literally. There are three straps at the front and rear which have a simple buckle. Clip it in and fasten the strap to remove any slack between the sides of the cover. Rinse and repeat for the rear. There are a few weighted buckles on each side which we simply tossed underneath to the other side of the motorhome and fastened.
A bonus feature is that there is a side zipper to allow access to the RV through the passenger-side rear door. So f you need to pop in to grab something from your RV, you won’t need to go through the whole process of removing the cover, and then putting it back on again. Phew.
PRICE AND WARRANTY
The ADCO covers range in price from $479 to $563. To my mind, it’s a small price to pay to avoid damage if your RV is sitting unused for more than a few weeks. It looks smart and it’s an investment for an RV’s resale future, too. The cover also comes with its own hard-wearing bag to store away in your garage when not in use and has a three-year warranty.