Measuring your RV before purchasing a cover is an important step. You want to ensure you get the right size and allow for as custom a fit as possible.
You may be able to find these measurements online, but it’s best to double-check manually.
Here’s how to do it:
1.Measure from front to back
Grab a measuring tape and measure from bumper to bumper. Make note of anything that sticks out past the end of the front or back bumper. You don’t need to include the tow hitch in your measuring.
2.Measure the height of your RV
To accurately measure the height of your RV, start from the top of the outside roof down to the bottom of the frame. If you measure to the top of the wheel wells, your cover will be too short. And if you measure all the way to the ground, your cover will be too long.
3.Measure the width of your RV
Measure from side to side, both front and back, at the widest part. You don’t need to include accessories that stick out like awnings or side mirrors. The cover you buy should account for these.
How to install an RV cover
This part might be a little daunting. The first time is always the hardest. After that, you’ll get the hang of it pretty quickly.
Each RV cover will have slightly different instructions, but here is the general process. Before starting, read some of the Amazon reviews for your cover. Many reviewers leave handy tips and tricks that make installation easier.
1.) Set your cover at the back end of the RV first, finding the front of the cover as you spread it out on the ground.
2.) Make sure all accessories (antennas, side mirrors, etc) are lowered or folded in. Pad any sharp corners or objects that stick out. One of my favorite RV hacks is to cut pool noodles and tennis balls to cover protruding areas.
3.) As you move to the top of the RV (with a ladder or up on the roof) bring the front of the cover with you, piling as much of it as you can onto the top of the roof. Then stretch it out towards the front of your RV.
4.) Head to each of the corners and pull the corresponding corners of the cover over them. Think of it like putting the fitted sheet on your mattress.
5.) Once all corners are covered and the fabric is draping over the sides, you can head back down to the ground and start pulling the cover with you, starting with the front, then each side, and then the rear.
6.) Adjust the cover as needed, securing the rear corners under the RV first and then the front corners.
7.) At this point, once you’re happy that the cover is placed properly, you can start adjusting any straps and buckles to fully customize the fit of your RV cover.
Be careful fitting your RV cover. It’s best to have a friend with you to help or at least hold the ladder to ensure your safety.
Many RVers like to use long poles to assist, especially if it’s too dangerous to get on the roof.
And there you have it! Your RV is now ready to withstand the varying weather conditions of winter.