Should you tarp your RV in the winter?

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Should you tarp your RV in the winter?

While it’s not always necessary to tarp your RV in the winter, it can be a smart idea to keep it safe from the elements if done correctly. Proper tarping can protect your RV from snow and ice, but it’s important to consider some factors before doing so:

  • Ventilation: Tarps can trap moisture and cause mold and mildew growth inside your RV if not ventilated properly.
  • Wear and tear: Tarps can rub against your RV and cause damage to the exterior finish if not secured tightly.
  • Sun damage: Direct sunlight can cause damage from UV rays, leading to fading, cracking, and other exterior damage.
  • Pest problems: Tarps can provide shelter for rodents and other pests, causing damage to your RV’s interior and exterior.


To tarp your RV correctly, choose a breathable material, secure it tightly to prevent flapping in the wind, and periodically check on your RV to prevent moisture buildup and other problems. Ultimately, whether or not to tarp your RV in the winter depends on your specific circumstances and needs.

When choosing a tarp for your RV, there are a few things to consider. Look for a tarp made from high-quality materials like polyethylene or polyester, that is breathable to prevent moisture buildup and mildew growth, and that fits your RV properly. Choose a UV-resistant tarp if your RV will be exposed to direct sunlight, and look for a tarp with grommets and tie-downs to secure it tightly. Finally, opt for a light-colored tarp to reflect sunlight and prevent heat buildup. By following these tips, you can choose a tarp that will keep your RV protected during the winter months.

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