What are PUGS for trailers? (examples, pros and cons)

In this blog post, we will answer the following question: What are PUGS for trailers? We will discuss the pros and cons of PUGS for trailers, and explain how to choose the best model for your camper. 

What are PUGS for trailers?

What is known as PUGS for trailers are in fact protective covers for pop-up campers, also known as PopUp Gizmos.  

PUGS are particularly used during the cold and rainy seasons. Make sure to clean the camper well before putting it in the garage so that no dust can get into the camper. 

A camper with a protective cover can be safely stored inside and outside. A camper cover has many advantages, but these are the most important ones:

  • The camper stays dry no matter the weather;
  • The camper is protected against dirt, dust and UV rays;
  • The protective cover consists of several layers in order to protect the camper as well as possible from any possible damage;
  • A financial advantage above all.

The resale price of a camper is assessed according to its equipment but also its general condition. The better it is stored, the better it will sell in terms of speed of sale and value.

Whether your vehicle is stored inside or outside, if you use a pop-up gizmo, you ensure its protection and delay its degradation. The less it is subjected to climatic hazards or dust, the longer it will retain its resale value.

Likewise, your camper will be much easier to maintain and you will save the expense of replacing corroded or mouldy parts.

What type of PUGS for trailers to use?

There are many types of PUGS to choose from. In the table below we briefly describe each one available at the moment. 

PopUP Gizmos Products

Pop up Gizmos ModelDetailsVersions & Price
Standard High Wind CoversSolar cover;
Withstands up to 14 MPH wind;
Easy to attach with clamps and bungee cord.
Single Bunk Cover         $54.95
Two Bunk Covers     $109.95
Three Bunk Covers (Hybrid ) $139.95
Super High Wind CoversWithstands up to 25 MPH wind;
Easy to attach with a bungee cord (included in the price);
One of their most popular models.
Single Bunk Cover $ 89.95
Two Bunk Covers $ 169.95
Three Bunk Covers (Hybrid) $239.95  
Livin’ Lite CoversAlso available for tent-trailers and hybrid campers;
Can be custom made.
Livin’ Lite 6.0 Camper $ 199.00
Livin’ Lite 8.0 Camper $ 229.00
Livin’ Lite 8.1 Camper $ 229.00  Livin’ Lite 10.0 Camper $ 229.00
Livin’ Lite 141 Camper $ 229.00  
Interior BunklinersA great option to maintain the heat in the pop-up camper;
Easy to install and fit no matter the size of the camper;
Ideal for winter travels.
Single Liner   $34.95
Set of Two     $69.95
Set of Three  $104.95

The Pros and Cons of PUGS for trailers

There are many camper covers and tarps currently on the market. The best of them allow moisture to evaporate and are tough. Some even have zippers that allow you to enter the vehicle without having to remove the protective sheet. Others are tailor-made. 

Covering your pop-up camper during the winter has its advantages and disadvantages. Here are a few…

Advantages of PUGS for trailers

Without a doubt, a tarp protects your vehicle from the elements. In areas where it snows, it prevents water from melting accumulated snow from entering the camper through the solder joints. Leaves, pine needles, branches and the like will also not find their way inside. In the spring, your vehicle should, in principle, be as clean as the day you covered it. Lots of commercial tarps like this help protect your camper in the winter

Disadvantages of PUGS for trailers

On the other hand, it is sometimes difficult, even dangerous, to put up a protective canvas. Indeed, you have to climb everywhere on the camper, including the roof. In addition, mould sometimes forms under canvases, especially tarpaulins, due to the condensation that occurs in the spring when you wait too long to remove them.

Finally, PUGS, unless properly installed, sometimes hold up very badly because they tear or get blown away.

Should I cover my pop-up camper in winter?

Here are some suggestions for those who want to cover their pop-up camper. First, make sure your vehicle, including awnings, is clean and dry. Then be sure that the tarp is securely attached and that it will not be damaged by sharp corners such as solar panels, brackets, etc. 

If you are using a commercial tarp, such as PUGS, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for how to attach it to the RV. To prevent mould from forming under the tarp, do not leave it in place for too long.

In hot places to reduce the risk of mould, I strongly recommend purchasing a tarp made of breathable fabric. An electric dehumidifier might even be a good idea to keep the RV clean and dry.

Do you have to cover your pop-up camper with a protective sheet? Only you know the answer. With the help of the above, you will find the best way to protect your vehicle when not in use.

How to choose the right PUGS for trailers

Material and protection. Among the different camper van covers made from different materials on the market, choose one according to the type of exterior elements to which your camper is regularly exposed.

For example, if you are always travelling in summer or in hot climates, you should give priority to an RV cover with superior UV protection. A polyester camper cover would be ideal for hot climates.

That said, you need to get yourself a cover that can repel all other outdoor elements, including rain, snow, and wind, so you can travel smoothly all year round in any weather. For example, while UV protection is your main buying factor, be sure to choose one that is treated with a waterproof coating to protect against moisture.

Additional features. It may be advisable to purchase a tarp that offers some useful additional features. A ventilation system reduces wear and tear from swelling in windy conditions and also allows moisture to escape.

In addition to the air vents, the zippered panels are very handy as they allow you to easily get in and out of your camper or inspect specific parts and components without removing the entire tarp.

Cut. Remember, a well-fitting waist is absolutely essential. Your cover must be adapted to the dimensions of your camper: not too loose for better protection against the elements (the wind in particular) and not too tight for easy installation.

Keep in mind the dimensions of your camper, bike port included, when making your purchase. The measurements you will need are:

  • Length: starting from one bumper to the other, and possibly a bike rack
  • Width: measure both front windshield and rear bumper;
  • Height: from the bottom of the wheels to the top of the roof.

Even the best RV tarps deteriorate over time. However, proper maintenance will extend the life of your tarp.

  • Repair any damage as soon as visible: minor tears in the canvas can turn into huge holes if you don’t close them in time. If you notice any damage, repair it as soon as possible.
  • Remove anything that can accumulate: A lot can accumulate on the tarp in the open, straining the tissues. Thus, remove leaves, snow, dust and others regularly.
  • Fold and store your tarp: when not in use, keep the cover in its storage bag after cleaning and drying it well. Sometimes you can ruin your tarp by carelessly putting it away.

Conclusions

PUGS for the trailer are totally worth it and you shouldn’t hesitate in investing in a good one. Protective covers are particularly used during the cold and rainy seasons. Make sure to clean the camper well before putting it in the garage so that no dust can get inside. 

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FAQ on What are PUGS for trailers?

How much are pop up gizmos? 

Pop up gizmo prices vary from $30 to $239, depending on the size and model you need. Pop up gizmos care covers specially designed for pop-up campers, tent trailers or hybrid trailers. Many campers will tell you that pop up gizmos are the best acquisition. But we will speak more about their advantages below. 

Are pop up gizmos worth it?

Yes, pop-up gizmos are completely worth it. Protective covers are particularly used during the cold and rainy seasons. Make sure to clean the camper well before putting it in the garage so that no dust can get into the camper. 

Do you store a pop-up caravan with the top up or down?

The correct way to store a pop-up caravan is with the top down to prevent sun and wind damage. Extreme temperatures and adverse weather will affect a pop-top caravan more than other RVs and campers. 

Should I store my camper water tanks empty or full?

You should store your camper with empty water tanks. If you leave water in the tanks for a long period, your tank is likely to fill with viruses and bacteria that can affect health. 

What are the best brands of camper covers?

If you know for sure that a particular tarp is perfectly compatible with your camper and wallet, buy it without worrying about its manufacturer. However, as with any other purchase, it is strongly recommended that you purchase your tarpaulins from reputable brands such as Hindermann, Roc Line, Tyvek, 1PLUS.

How do you store a pop-up camper for the winter?

Storing a pop-up camper for the winter is no different than storing a caravan, fifth wheel or travel trailer. Here are our essential tips for winterizing your camper to protect it against bad weather.

  1. Empty the tanks and the water heater.
  2. Close the water inlet.
  3. Pump the antifreeze with the water pump.
  4. Empty the antifreeze.
  5. Move to caulk.
  6. Remove the batteries and shut off the propane.
  7. Clean the camper and store it.

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