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Thread: Solar Cover Reel - Rocky's 3A or 5A?

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    Solar Cover Reel - Rocky's 3A or 5A?

    Looking to pick up a solar cover reel on wheels for our first season. We have a 16x40 rectangle fiberglass w propane heat and located in New England. I intend to use a solar cover and I've read great things about the Rocky's reels. Is the 5A worth the additional $80/90 over the 3A? Will the 3A suffice?

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    Re: Solar Cover Reel - Rocky's 3A or 5A?

    I have a 3A and it works just fine. I believe the only difference is a longer handle and lockable caster wheels on the 5A. My reel sits in the landscape rock behind my pool deck when not anchored over the pool, so the locking wheels don't do me any good. Longer handle is insignificant in my opinion as well, especially with the thin 8mm cover I use that is very light.
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    Re: Solar Cover Reel - Rocky's 3A or 5A?

    Quote Originally Posted by JVTrain View Post
    I have a 3A and it works just fine. I believe the only difference is a longer handle and lockable caster wheels on the 5A. My reel sits in the landscape rock behind my pool deck when not anchored over the pool, so the locking wheels don't do me any good. Longer handle is insignificant in my opinion as well, especially with the thin 8mm cover I use that is very light.
    Thanks... and you find that the 8mm cover is adequate?

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    Re: Solar Cover Reel - Rocky's 3A or 5A?

    I have only had my cover for one season, which is short, of course. It worked very well for keeping the heat in the pool. Regardless of thickness, they all prevent evaporation and cooling at night. The only reason I can think of to get a thicker cover is to have it last longer, maybe it's more durable. From my standpoint, I'd rather have a lighter cover that may or may not last as long as a thicker cover because it's easier to handle for myself and my family. I'm hoping to get 3 seasons out of it. We'll see how it holds up, especially because I didn't winterize it very well this year...
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    Re: Solar Cover Reel - Rocky's 3A or 5A?

    I am planning to install the reel myself and researched a bit about rocky's reel system.

    Here is what I found,
    3A is good for covers upto 40' length (both 3A & 5A come in 2 widths 20' and 24')
    5A is good for covers upto 50' length. Also, 5A has more clearance to hold lengthier covers. 5A has bigger casters (4' versus 2' in 3A)
    Other than that, I couldn't find much difference. So, it really depends on pool size I guess.

    Recommended cover thickness max is 12mm itseems.

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