I saw a camper just like that with a protective cover on it that looked like it fit like a glove. I think I saw it on one of my Bus trips either to New Hartford or North Utica area. Hey Clipper if you pay my way I'll come down and assist you and cook for you and Kathy and even take the doggy out to poop.
Hahaha! Yes. The covers such as the one we have is custom made to fit a certain length trailer and has straps across the front and back and across under the belly to draw everything tight and make it fit without any slack that can flap when the wind blows. We had a 24'x36' vinyl tarp that we paid over 90 bucks for and used it on some of our past trailers, but when we bought the last two they were both 28 foot trailers and the cover is waterproof on top, but breathes on the sides so mildew and mold don't become a problem. With the tarp pulled over the trailer and the sides all tied down, we couldn't get into the trailer without untying the tarp and pulling it up onto the roof in order to be able to swing the door open. With the cover there is zippered panels on the side that can be unzipped to access the doors, front and back.
The only thing that can't be helped is the weight and bulk in handling the cover. It is about 45' long when you figure it covers the 28' roof and 8 foot on each end. that makes it quite bulky to get onto the roof to unroll and drape over the sides, not to mention it is quite heavy to lift. I am not comfortable walking around about 10 or 12 feet off the ground with nothing to hold onto.
I feel bad for all the people affected by the flood who will now have to deal with this winter storm. I'm sure there are some who don't have heat. Gonna be a long winter for some. I've been watching to see if there's any clothing drives going on. I have some clothing I'd like to donate that is still in good shape that I'm sure someone could use, including a couple winter jackets & work boots that i dont wear anymore. We also have some household items stored in the basement just collecting dust.
I would hope that most of them can get heat back on soon, but I imagine that anyone that repairs or replaces furnaces is overwhelmed with business between Whitesboro, Waterville, and the West Canada Valley towns. There is also the fact that many of them may be waiting for either flood insurance payments or some sort of government aid from FEMA to recover and fix anything.
Before they can even turn on their furnaces I would assume that the first priority would be an electrician. Especially if it filled the cellar and flooded the first floor half way up the walls. Even with the cellar dried out, there will be wires running through soggy wet insulation unless they remove the sheetrock and tear out the insulation. I can't even fathom the idea of having to deal with such a mess.
If you don't have power to run a dehumidifier or furnace you DON' T dry out a basement other than to pump out and then mop up the remaining water with a mop and bucket.
If I still owned my carpet cleaning, floor maintenance business I would be working around the clock on water damage remediation and restoration. I had a five thousand watt generator when I lived on the lake in case of power outages. That would run the carpet machine, vacuums, fans, dehumidifiers and anything else related to the job. Used it a couple of times to do jobs for people who had vacation homes and hunting camps that were off the grid.
I would probably lose money because I don't think I could leave anyone to struggle if I could help. Elderly folks would tug at my heart strings and I would probably end up doing the work for them for a heavily discounted price or for free. I have a real soft spot for those that struggle through no fault of their own. Back when I HAD the business I cleaned carpets for the elderly for a 25% discounted price. I had one customer that was a single mom with a kid with cystic fibrosis. She had mostly bare floors because the lad's respiratory problems but I would clean her living room carpet, living room upholstery and even vacuum the mattresses with the high powered vacuum from the carpet extractor to get rid of dust mites. It usually involved a half a days work and I would do it for her for $50 to cover materials. My helper at the time would also donate HIS time. We also had done a couple of minor smoke removal and clean up jobs for people with no insurance.
I hope there are businesses in the area that will donate some of their services for those that simply can't afford to pay. There comes a time when it is not about the money. It is about helping neighbors in need.
The big issue once the water is pumped out is black mold. The stuff is toxic to breathe & the only sure way to get rid of it permanetly is to tear out anything it's found on including sheetrock, carpeting & anything else it appears on. A couple years ago there was a warm spell in early March with snowmelt & rain & we had about an inch of water in our basement. Within a couple days after I used a shopvac to vacuum up the water black mold appeared on some cardboard boxes that we had Xmas decorations stored in. I got rid of the boxes pronto. Like I said the stuff can be toxic to breathe in.