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Old 11-24-2014, 12:03 AM   #1
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Snow concerns questions

Well my first week of ownership is fast approaching and I may get to celebrate with a snow storm. My AI is parked in my driveway and plugged in to a 20 amp circuit. It's been properly winterized, but we do (and have) intend to use it on fair weather days as large group transport.

That said, we don't have a cover for it and I'm wondering if I should tarp it for the impending winter storm, or just let it ride it out? Some day I hope to build shed roof carport for it but not this winter.

Any words of advice are welcome.

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Old 11-24-2014, 12:17 AM   #2
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The Interstate has a quality finish as good as any, if not better, than any other vehicle. A cover would probably do more damage than it would prevent while being a real PITA to put on. Mine sits out every day just as do our other two vehicles. The AI actually seems to stay cleaner than the others.

There was a discussion about this subject a while back. You might try searching for it to see others pros and cons.
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Old 11-24-2014, 12:18 AM   #3
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Tarps are not reccomended because wind or other movement makes the tarp leave scuff marks on the shell of the vehicle...
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Old 11-24-2014, 05:57 PM   #4
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Skip the tarp or cover as others have mentioned. It will do more damage than good. I leave mine out in my driveway year round. We are forecast to get our first snow on Wednesday here near Baltimore/DC area. As 73shark pointed out the finish on these Sprinter vans is good - especially if you have a silver or black Interstate.


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Old 11-24-2014, 05:59 PM   #5
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I've got the silver. Any issues keeping it plugged in?
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Old 11-24-2014, 06:39 PM   #6
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I've got the silver. Any issues keeping it plugged in?
Mine is parked in the driveway w/ everything turned off that can be turned off. The solar panel keeps all of the batteries topped off, even on cloudy days. But there's nothing wrong w/ leaving it on shore power.

Of course if you want to leave something(s) turned on, then I'd recommend plugging in the shore power.
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Old 11-24-2014, 06:46 PM   #7
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I've got the silver. Any issues keeping it plugged in?
We keep ours on shore power all of the time while stored. I would suggest a small table top heater set on low and a small dehumidifier. We've never had a musty smell or dampness issues. Did this with our Bambi for eight years and it smelled as fresh as new when we traded it in on the AI.
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Old 11-25-2014, 04:57 PM   #8
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One more veto of a cover of any kind.

They do scuff the surface in wind, and anything that melts and then freezes on the roof will freeze the cover in place.

Yes, that is the voice of experience speaking.

We want to keep them pristine, better just to bite your lip and let it be exposed to what it will be exposed to.

Snow and ice won't hurt it a bit.


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I'm going to second, or third (I lost track), the advice to Not put a tarp or cover on it. We had a convertable parked in our driveway with a tarp on it. The paint in ruined. Car is in storage awaiting it's fate.
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Old 11-26-2014, 07:17 PM   #10
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I agree fully with what others have said. Many years ago I had a racing hydroplane that had a beautiful epoxy paint finish. I completely ruined the finish by covering the boat outdoors on a trailer one winter with a tarp. It completely took the gloss off the finish. Might have been some chemical reaction, but I suspect it was the tarp moving in the wind and abrading the paint.

I have heard folk say the same about moving a motorcycle on an open trailer - i.e. never to put a tarp over the bike.

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Old 11-26-2014, 08:26 PM   #11
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The jetski dealer told me the same thing when l started to put the cover on for the drive home. Not a good idea.
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I guess one way of answering this question: Would you tarp your car sitting outside? Sure there are a few more items attached than your car, but would you tarp your car I think answers it.
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this might be a horse, or deer of a different color, but

My mechanic strongly advised me not put the cover and tarp over my John Deere tractor. He said it was the cause of my rust issues, in that the moisture didn't evaporate. Also, he felt that I was encouraging rodents to nest there, because I was making a nice home for them.
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... the finish on these Sprinter vans is good - especially if you have a silver or black Interstate.
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My husband and I decided to be good little doo-bees and get the actual brand name polymer coating product that Airstream recommended, which is called Rejex (at least that is what was promoted in our paperwork).

That stuff is amazing, particularly in the way it sheds dirt. We now use it on all of our vehicles. The only downside: many small puddles of wet dirt inside my garage if I happen to drive my minivan in there after a light rain or mist (the dirt slides off that would normally remain stuck to the van).
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