Generally, an RV cover protects the entire vehicle from water, sunlight, and UV rays. Also, it protects from leaks and prevents moisture absorption.
Moreover, a high-quality cover can last around 2 to 4 years but, inappropriate handling, weather effects, and low-quality product can result in a torn cover. As a result, the fabric gets ripped, and holes appear in various spots.
How to Repair Torn RV Cover? You can repair torn RV cover by sewing the ripped parts and using reinforcement patches with the self-adherence property. Moreover, utilize glue to repair patches, a heat gun to settle adhesive material, and tape on torn parts. Furthermore, add iron patches on small holes and fix them.
Take immediate fixing actions by spotting 3 to 4 small holes. I have surveyed a group of 200 people across the USA.
All of them had their RVs with full-size covers. From them, 70% to 80% preferred patching techniques over all other methods.
They commented about the benefits of patching and durability of these kits. But, around 10% to 20% of people supported other sewing and taping techniques.
The self-sewing technique is beneficial for those people who cannot afford external help. But, the process is far trickier because the torn parts are lengthy.
Also, the holes and rip parts can lead up to several feet. Handling the torn RV cover is one of the most challenging sections.
Also, the involved material is economical, and the repair lasts for a long time.
Remove the cover from the original surface. Also, access the ripped sections, and mark them with a non-permanent marker.
Select the similar color threads and sew them with machines. Hold the material from torn sections. Slowly sew it while leaving enough fabric for appropriate fixation. Reinstall the cover and fix it.
Also, you can sew them directly on their positions by hand sewing. But, it takes more time, and you can tear the fabric.
In addition, avoid the tightening of material during sewing. Negligence leads to inappropriate adjustment and fixing conditions.
Moreover, while sewing a patch, leave ample fabric between the pints of sewing and the significant holes.
In addition, consider the puncture holes because they provide water penetration. Use glue and tape techniques while filling the puncture holes. Also, protect the sewing parts from water penetration and further damages.
Also, get help from shoe repair and a tailor for the sewing procedure. The professionals repair the torn covers in 3 to 4 hours.
Patching of RV cover
The torn RV cover patching is beneficial because it is less time-consuming.
Also, anyone can perform the patching, and it prolongs the cover life.
In addition, the patching kits are durable are contain one square yard of material with the self-adhesive property. It provides excellent padding on the stress spots and hides the wearing of fabric with time.
Access the torn section on your trailer cover and clean it. Use a damp towel and rub it around the patch while removing the dust.
Measure the patch size and cut the adhesive material of the kit accordingly. Leave the extra fabric to cover the sides and corners of the cover patch.
Fold the sides and corners to maximize the spread. Also, prevent the new repairing patch from peeling.
Apply the patch on the hole and apply a specific amount of pressure. Now, apply another patch from the other side of the hole, hold both repairing parts and apply pressure. Both of them join together due to their self-adhesive property.
Use glue and a heat gun
The technique is effective while the RV cover tears from the sides and corners.
In such conditions, the patches appear while the fabric leaves edges from the surface.
Apply the glue between both parts join them. In addition, gorilla glue is one of the best options to repair the torn sections of the fabric.
It is effective glue for solid materials like stone, glass, and wood. But, you can set it with the help of a heating gun.
Apply the glue on the ripped fabric surface and hold it with slight pressure. Provide heat and set the adhesive material immediately.
In addition, a few covers fabric is not heat resistant. Therefore, avoid the heat guns for such fabric and save them from further damages.
In such circumstances, select the fabric glue for repairing.
Now, access the torn fabric section and clean it. The dust particles do not allow glue reaction and resist attachments.
Spread a thin layer of glue on one section and join it with the other. It is one of the best non-sewing and repairing methods.
Also, it takes around 3 to 4 minutes, and people prefer it for emergency repairing. In addition, add glue to a piece of fabric and attach it with the torn cover.
Select a similar color fabric for such methods. But, it is a non-permanent repairing procedure in emergencies.
It is one of the quickest and long-lasting ways to repair the patches and torn cover. You can purchase different types of repairing tapes from the auto part stores.
Also, it stores provide these supporting and sticky items in different designs, sizes, and price ranges. It will also help RV covers keep water out.
Duct tape is the most efficient and affordable. Also, it requires minimum time for application.
Eternabond tape consists of synthetic polymers, and it works on the cover torn parts. In addition, it can seal different patchy parts and adhere to the fabric.
It is temperature resistance that makes it a demanding tape.
A few people use marine salt tape for repairing that is waterproof and lasts for long periods.
Clean the fabric surface and hold the patch from both sides. Measure the torn parts and cut the tape accordingly.
Apply one piece of tape at a corner and move to another side.
Follow the underside path and cover the patch appropriately. Slightly press both sides of the tape and prefer the waterproof tapping material.
Use iron patches
Iron patches are best for small fabric holes and cover the torn part immediately. They are available in authentic online stores in different sizes and colors.
They are water-resistant and keep the fabric surface safe for a long time. The process takes less than two minutes with precise techniques.
Now, clean the holes with a fiber-free cloth and remove dirt. Adjust the iron temperature and leave it for some time. Maximum heat is necessary for one-time patching of these iron fabric blocks.
Now, put the iron patch on the hole and adjust from all sides. Cover every side and cut the excessive threads.
Then, add wax paper on the small patch and fusing web. In this way, you can prevent the iron from sticking to the fabric.
In addition, hold the iron on the fusing web and patch for around 8 to 10 seconds. It takes a few seconds to attach over the ripped surface.