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Care and Upkeep Let's face it, it has to be done. Have questions of what to do or how to do it, this is the place to talk about it.

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Doug I like the simplicity of that design! Curious if the tarp is connected to the rib structure anywhere other than the bottom. Is there a sleeve on the open ends where you drive in and out? You used 1" conduit to tie the ribs together on the long side?-how did you bind that to the 3 x 1" conduit arches?
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Doug I like the simplicity of that design! Curious if the tarp is connected to the rib structure anywhere other than the bottom. Is there a sleeve on the open ends where you drive in and out? You used 1" conduit to tie the ribs together on the long side?-how did you bind that to the 3 x 1" conduit arches?
Hi Ed,
Appreciate the compliment!

1. There are sleeves on the ends of the tarp, so you can feed in conduit to give the edge of the tarp structure and support. But it is not attached to the skeleton further. I did attach guy wires to the wooden pony wall mostly to keep the tarp structure end to end. Like the bottom hold downs, they are poked through the tarp and wrap the conduit within the end sleeves. The tarp is tough material. I haven't seen any holes tear further and it is even difficult to put through a rope or cable.

2. On the sides, I used heavy duty zip ties to tie the longitudinal conduit to maintain the rib spacing. And note at the top, I used Tees and 4-way Crosses to glue the top longitudinal support to each rib. After zip tying, I wrapped the zip tie with duct tape to protect the tarp from wear. The duct tape is long gone :-( however.
I also used zip ties to tie together the bundles of 3 X conduit. Again, if I did it another time, I'd probably assemble 3 or 4 sections of 1 1/2" or 2" and see how it bends. This would probably be easier and stronger.

3. Deploying the tarp wasn't easy - it weighs 150 lbs or so and is very bulky. I flew a 2"x4" mast 5' or 6' above the center of rib and tensioned it to the 2"x4"s at rear of the base and then with some nylon rope to the bumper of my truck after feeding through a 20' section of conduit on the rope. The truck was parked 100' away, so it wasn't too steep.

The 20' conduit sleeve would slide up and down the rope. We used this haul the tarp to the center rib and then unfolded from there.

4. if you wanted more straight sides at the bottom, you could probably install longer rebar with bushings within the lower sides to take up the slop or use rebar stakes and cable to tension it. Given my boat is only 8' wide and the base 13' I didn't bother shaping it any differently. If I remember correctly, my tarp is 32' x 30' and I left 6 " where the ribs are 33' long. So I left 6" on each side to tie down.
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We use a cover on our FC33 regularly when in storage mode. We park at our home driveway where falling leaves, rain and UV are the main issues. I normally get about 3-4 years of service out of a cover before it starts to show serious wear/weakening of the fabric.

On & off is a two person job: a ground person to feed the cover "up" and to assist with a long broom handle and a roof person to pull and drape. I'm also glad that my bus is 33' and not 40' as the bigger cover would be very hard to work with due to the increased size and weight.

My opinion is that the cover does a very good job in UV and weather protection and keeps our coach looking younger than her 32 years...but is sort of a PIA to place/remove.

Generally buy them online/ebay...ADCO is a brand I recall as good.
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Most bus covers are lightly used.
Once is enough for most people.
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I tarped up enough flatbed loads to know I ain't doing it to the bus!

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I haven't tarped any trucks, but I'm also not signing up to be the "roof man".
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Stick, maybe the hysteria police would accept a structure with a "barn quilt" on the sides?
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I used bird netting to keep the leaves from accumulating on the roof. We live in the woods. Worked reasonably well. Fits over antennas etc. without modification, lightweight. Not too hard to cleanup for re-use. CHEAP.

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I used bird netting to keep the leaves from accumulating on the roof. We live in the woods. Worked reasonably well. Fits over antennas etc. without modification, lightweight. Not too hard to cleanup for re-use. CHEAP.

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Great idea. I'll give that a try. Thanks.
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Perhaps some sort of "horse carriage style" pole barn could pass muster.
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