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My Fairclough Cover Failed

Had the cover for 4 winters and this year, although not a ton of snow, 3 out of the 6 pairs of frame legs collapsed under the weight of snow. Frustrating because the guy next to me has a one and his held up.

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Re: My Fairclough Cover Failed

You mean the metal tubing? That's surprising, I would think I could park a car on ours. Did it bend or break at a connection?


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Metal tubing

Where the bendis from the upper section to the side section. All 6 kinked at the bend. My guess is the once one went, the rest went

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That really stinks, have you called them? I've always found them to be very helpful, so I'll be curious what they do about it? In theory, the pitch of the side should not hold enough snow to weigh that much. I guess there is heavy snow and light snow. Sorry for your trouble.


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Had the cover for 4 winters and this year, although not a ton of snow, 3 out of the 6 pairs of frame legs collapsed under the weight of snow. Frustrating because the guy next to me has a one and his held up.
You did have the snow struts?

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Re: My Fairclough Cover Failed

MS, what do you mean by snow struts? The 1x2 longitudinal fir strips?

There should be two rows of them. I had an installer use only one row a couple of years back and made them do it over.


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MS, what do you mean by snow struts? The 1x2 longitudinal fir strips?

There should be two rows of them. I had an installer use only one row a couple of years back and made them do it over.
No they are additional braces for heavy snow load areas... If you are not busting snow off a Fairclough after each storm then you really better have the snow struts... Even then these covers need to have the snow removed so the don't collapse..

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No snow struts.

I follow the video on how to install and instructions booklet that came with kit. My boat is in MA and when I bought the cover that is where the boat was located and cover delivered. If I needed a snow strut, they should have advised.

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I follow the video on how to install and instructions booklet that came with kit. My boat is in MA and when I bought the cover that is where the boat was located and cover delivered. If I needed a snow strut, they should have advised.
They are an option..

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Re: My Fairclough Cover Failed

Interesting. I've never heard of them, nor did the sales folks at Fairclough ever mention them.


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