Originally Posted by Whoapiglet
most folks I know use covers while stored, and trailer the boat naked. sure, you might get some funk on it from early season runs or muddy roads, but for the most part, I'm not sure that it is a problem that needs solving.
I never took a picture after my failed trip early this spring, but I ended up on a forestry road covered in wet snow. My raft and cooler and everything on the trailer was so caked in dirt I had to scrub to get everything clean. It was quite the ordeal to deal with, and I'm on roads like that a lot around here.
What I was hoping is that I could store it covered as you describe, but just leave it covered for transport. If that just won't work, I'm OK with a cheap tarp for a cover while not in transport. I'm only willing to consider the expensive option if it serves an extra benefit. I think I might get better mileage and smoother driving with a more aerodynamic load on the trailer, and this isn't possible with just a tarp.