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Old 12-11-2018, 08:38 AM   #1
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Cover for a 2018 Interstate Grand Tour EXT

Reaching out for any wisdom on which cover to purchase for my 2018 Grand Tour EXT. Also will be purchasing wheel/tire covers.

My rig will be exposed to southwest Ohio climates during outside storage.

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Old 12-11-2018, 09:06 AM   #2
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I have an unused full cover that I purchased for my 2016 interstate. I've since changed plans , and built a carport for it. It's made for the 24 foot version and is a soft, water proof fabric with correct entry zipper access. if you are interested please let me know.
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Old 12-11-2018, 09:58 AM   #3
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I have black vinyl wheel covers, elasticized and stay on nicely.

Conventional wisdom, mine included, is against a full cover, particularly when you live in areas of snow and ice.

They are hard to keep secure in wind, and the shifting causes abrasions to the finish.

Also, snow and ice will pool on the cover on the roof, difficult to remove when you want to get the cover off for travel.

Ours was a waste of $300.

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Old 12-11-2018, 01:36 PM   #4
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Conventional wisdom, mine included, is against a full cover, particularly when you live in areas of snow and ice.

They are hard to keep secure in wind, and the shifting causes abrasions to the finish.

Also, snow and ice will pool on the cover on the roof, difficult to remove when you want to get the cover off for travel.
LUCKYSNUCK - I agree with MAGGIE. When used outdoors, a full cover protects from sun UV and bigger things like leaves and some good measure of dirt protection. But the better it is at doing those functions, it also increases the issues MAGGIE mentions. It is virtually impossible to keep the finish of your rig 100% clean before putting on a cover. It is also impossible to keep the inside of cover 100% clean. It only gets worse with every passing day. The trapped dirt quickly acts like sandpaper and causes abrasions. While the best covers can also be so effective at keeping weather out, but that also means the moisture will get trapped under it. It also makes the area more attractive to pests nesting in there. So you just end up trading multiple issues with multiple new problems.

Many decades ago, I used a full cover on 1 of my cars & stored it outside (Chicago). Will never do it again. Damaged the paint with scratches and rusted areas where moisture got trapped. I will only use a cover immediately after car is washed and then rolled into garage. If I need to keep a car outside for long period of time, I may cover windows to keep UV from interior. But leave body uncovered and just wash/wax it often. If it is out of commission the entire winter, put up on blocks, cover tires, cover all glass at least from inside (outside covers are better if you can buy them or make your own), treat all rubber & vinyl moldings with 303 Protectant.

BTW California Car Cover makes many different types of Outdoor Car Capsule - The Original Car Storage Bubble. It is an innovative product in that the entire car is protected all around, including bottom. You roll the car onto the bottom shield and then zip it up all around. Unfortunately, there is nothing that a huge AI will fit into.
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Old 12-11-2018, 03:01 PM   #5
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We leave ours outside Apr-Oct and store it inside for Nov-Mar, the five months when we don't use it. I don't cover it (or the wheels) the seven months it sits out. We put on enough miles (15,000 /yr) that we don't need to worry about the tires rotting from age before they wear out from usage. I suppose 7 months of sum might be a bit hard on the plastic parts (AC cover, etc.) but ought not have any impact on the MB silver paint. And if it does, oh well...
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Old 12-11-2018, 03:35 PM   #6
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As noted above...no cover here.
Tried it with our first AS...bad choice.👎
But then again...it doesn't Sno-in-Bflo 😂🥴
I do unload the axles & store the tires though.

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Old 12-11-2018, 04:20 PM   #7
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I leave my 2013 Interstate parked outside in Maryland where we get the full four seasons. I never cover it as I use it for my second vehicle, driving it about 20,000 miles/year. Finish on van still looks great. I wash it fully 2-3 times a year. Had it detailed at the FMCA rally last March and looked like new. The only obvious exterior wear is slight fading of the painted plastic trim added by Airstream. Also some of the painted plastic trim has road damage from gravel roads. I don't think a cover is worth it and more trouble with possible damage.
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Old 12-13-2018, 12:16 AM   #8
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Keep it indoors and plugged in.
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