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Author Topic: Bus cover? Recycled Billboard signs!  (Read 692 times)
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« on: June 06, 2013, 04:56:12 PM »

I have recently seen a bunch of advertisements for vinyl tarps that are old billboard signs. The inside is white or black and the outside is the printed copy. I wonder if anyone in the group has used one of these tarps to cover their bus? I know that the "ink side" must go on the outside and that the material is very thick and will stand up much better and longer than more traditional RV covers. I can cover the entire bus for less than $100.00!!!!! if I decide to go this route.

What are the real downsides and experiences encountered with these tarps?

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« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2013, 05:07:01 PM »

Your neighbors wont like the 40 foot Viagra or Preparation H signs but anything else sounds pretty good!
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« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2013, 05:15:35 PM »

Lucky for me the bus is not seen by the public!!! Perhaps this might lead to a new way to generate income for those of you who store your bus at a location that can be seen by the public? Just enough to cover your costs and make storage a neutral expense. Code enforcement would have to find policy that prohibited RV covers!!!!! Grin

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« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2013, 05:29:26 PM »

That advertizing angle sounds pretty good. Let you store your bus protected and make a buck off it.
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« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2013, 08:18:32 PM »

My daughter's high school winter guard uses recycled billboard tarps to protect the gym floor.  They are HEAVY!  You will have a tough time getting them up on top of the bus.  Of course...where there's a will there's a way!  I'm sure you could rig up something. They would certainly provide good protection. 


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« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2013, 08:28:49 PM »

The total weight for a combined 26x41 tarp is approximately 120 lbs. The tarp comes in three pieces. First piece is 21x41 and weighs about 90lbs and the second and third pieces are 6x41 and about 15 lbs each. We are thinking with two or three people we can cover the rig on top (rolling 12 foot ladder) and escape hatch and then two people to attach the bottom pieces (skirts!).

The way we have the system set up, we will only use the factory pockets to attach the main cover to the skirts.

This will help significantly with the UV damage as well as the other weather elements that cause long term damage! 

Pictures will come later!

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