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Old 09-02-2012, 10:04 PM   #1
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Question Snow-region Argosys - Tarp or no tarp?

I know I've read a lot about not putting a cover on Airstreams, though I'm not sure I understand exactly why.

I'm curious if the folks who live in snow-prone areas (we're just outside Chicago) put covers on your Argosy trailers.

Any thoughts?

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Old 09-02-2012, 10:13 PM   #2
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no cover

We are on the southern coast of L. Erie...sw of Cleveland. Snow belt area. NO cover. The covers rub against the trailer finish and make tiny little scratches in the paint job.

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Old 09-02-2012, 11:04 PM   #3
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I have tarped several Argosy's over the years with good results. None had super paint jobs and so they did not change in appearance. I would never tarp a silver Airstream though, the surface and finish, if any, is always damaged by the tarp.
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Old 09-03-2012, 06:17 AM   #4
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Tarps will move and scratch the surface, I have seen it rub the paint completely off of a few spots on a trailer before. Maybe a tarp shelter?

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Old 09-03-2012, 07:54 AM   #5
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Never tarp a car or Argosy outside. The wind will move the tarp and it can wear through the paint, or at least scratch it. If it has nice paint wax it before winter and most of the snow will slide off of it.
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Old 10-13-2013, 08:09 PM   #6
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Padding for tarp cover

I have to store my Minuet outside in our Canadian winter, and was concerned about the tarp rubbing on the paint. The Salvation Army Thrift store sold me about 10 quilts and flannel sheets for a total of $60. I then used self adhesive velcro strips to bind pairs of quilts together, then threw the pairs over top of the trailer so they hung down the sides. THEN I covered the trailer with the tarp, and "wrapped" the tarp with 4 ropes around its body, and then two ropes around the length of the body. All the rope used was cheap and will minimize any tarp movement. If one were to just tie down the tarp at the grommets the wind will likely cause it to flap.
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Old 12-27-2013, 03:28 PM   #7
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A tarp can trap the heat from the sun and blister the paint. Ruined the paint on my '55 Pontiac.
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Old 12-28-2013, 03:14 PM   #8
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Watch for moisture being trapped in blankets laying directly on your argosy. A tarp covering can create a barrier for blankets, and not allow them to thoroughly dry. Makes for any paint issues to progress rapidly in the spring.

Mine is sitting under multiple feet of snow, as it has been for the past few winters. Just requires an extra scrub in the spring. Will have covered storage once there is fresh paint. Minuet exterior is kinda rustic, just like me.
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Old 12-29-2013, 12:08 PM   #9
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Tarping your Argosy / Airstream in Winter

Thanks Alberta Bound and Janel.P for sharing your experiences with tarping trailers (and cars).

After I posted my e-mail about my trailer tarping intentions, I waxed the Minuet, including the roof. Then I tried to "tie" the blankets to the top of the trailer.
I should have had a camera and submitted a video to America's Funniest Home Video! The blankets would not stay on the slippery waxed roof long enough to get them tied on, and I ended up with a pile of blankets, quilts and ropes on the ground around the trailer. Not wanting to just throw the plastic tarps over without soft protection underneath, I just gathered up the blankets, rope, and ladder, and walked away.
Like others, I'm hoping the wax and the clear coat paint will protect the trailer through the winter. Because we've had so much snow (again), I did gently snow rake and brush the snow off the top of the trailer - not sure whether the aluminum skin can support 3 feet of wet snow.
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Old 12-29-2013, 12:31 PM   #10
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Aside from paint issues, I have read about trapping moisture, thus inviting mold. Exterior mold might not be an issue but interior mold??? I don't want it where I sleep.

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