Best way to remove/store a solar cover


Active member
Mar 3, 2010
I had a reel for my solar cover, but that broke and was a pain to move from the pool to behind the garage. I'm looking for an easy solution to remove the cover. During the spring and fall I will frequently remove the cover on the weekends and then replace it during the week. I've read about cutting it into thirds or I could just roll it by hand from one end, but I wanted to see if there were any other creative ideas.



Well-known member
May 8, 2009
I'm bumping this back up in the hopes of more input... My wife wants a solar blanket and a reel to roll it up on. I feel that since we have multiple teenage boys, a reel would be superfluous. What do you all think? How necessary is that reel?
(PS: considering a 12mil double layer blanket)


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LifeTime Supporter
Jun 24, 2011
Long Beach, CA
A lot depends on the shape of the pool and how much room you have for the reel. Pools that are rectangular will be easier to roll and unroll compared to a free flowing shape pool where the cover is dragging on the walls while being rolled up. Either way, having 2 or more people is going to make everything easier. One nice thing about having a reel is that the cover isn't left on the ground.


LifeTime Supporter
Sep 11, 2010
Orange County, CA
I've been using the Solar Roller ( for a couple of years now. It's somewhat similar to the home-grown solution that dschlic1 mentioned. It solved the problem of not being able to put a reel anywhere. My experience is that it usually doesn't work quite as well as the videos seen on the site, but I have seen it work that well occasionally. I found it works much better if pool circulation is turned off when putting the cover back on. It's not perfect, but I like it much better than a solar reel (before I put in a slide I had a place to put a solar reel and used one for several years). The owner/inventor is good to work with and honored his warranty when I had a piece break. It's worth a look to see if it meets your needs.


New member
Jun 15, 2014
North Branch, Michigan
I constructed a cradle from 3/4 inch PVC it hooks to the posts of the pool ( no drilling into the posts)It holds the cover in an accordion fold and it's easy on easy off never touches the ground. This was so simple and inexpensive to make its the best idea I've ever had��


New member
Jun 4, 2016
Jenison, MI
We have a 24' round and have not had a solar cover for several years because our reel broke. (It was a pain anyway!) I like your idea. I have seen the commercially made "solar cover saddles", but am interested in how you made yours of PVC. Could you post a picture of it?


Gold Supporter
May 12, 2016
Cincinnati, OH
20 x 40 rectangular, two people at the 20 ft end opposite diving board, fan fold it in about 2 to 3 ft folds, then roll it up toward the shady side so it doesnt cook in the sun all day. to put it back on, roll it out, grab a corner and pull toward the diving board end. i would like a better way to store it while off, but dont really have a place for a reel. still looking for a better way.

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