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Old 01-27-2009, 06:39 AM   #15
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Old 01-27-2009, 07:19 AM   #16
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Hi Steve;
My 26' Argosy is painted with Pettit Marine Epoxy paint, but I would never cover it with anything other than carport. Plastics or vinyls especially can damage the finish with the help of the wind. Vinyl or plastic will lock in the moisture. After reviewing available carports I have decided to build my own. Just finished welding 1.5" x1.5" SS "A" frames and horizontal connectors. Have 20 pc of painted both sides 0.042" aluminum sheeting. Shelter will be 11' X 31' X 12" at the peak of the A frame. As soon as weather permits I will drill ten 6" X 30" holes for foundation and erect the shelter. Thanks, "Boatdoc"
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Old 01-27-2009, 08:10 AM   #17
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Hi Steve;
My 26' Argosy is painted with Pettit Marine Epoxy paint, but I would never cover it with anything other than carport. Plastics or vinyls especially can damage the finish with the help of the wind. Vinyl or plastic will lock in the moisture. After reviewing available carports I have decided to build my own. Just finished welding 1.5" x1.5" SS "A" frames and horizontal connectors. Have 20 pc of painted both sides 0.042" aluminum sheeting. Shelter will be 11' X 31' X 12" at the peak of the A frame. As soon as weather permits I will drill ten 6" X 30" holes for foundation and erect the shelter. Thanks, "Boatdoc"

That's not a cover, but it is a "castle".

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Old 01-27-2009, 05:44 PM   #18
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When I asked the AS salesman about covering an AS, he was very adamant with his negative answer. "Absolutely not!", we were told.
Next time you are at your dealership, ask the nearest saleman how many Airstreams he owns.
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Old 01-27-2009, 07:19 PM   #19
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We looked into covers and canopies. Canopies (any structure with some sort of side and top) can be very expensive or cheap. We thought about building a pole barn. Didn't do it, after all it's easier not to. From time time we use snow as a cover.

I understand certain materials can be used for covering and are not abrasive. I believe one called Technalon is supposed to be ok. The point about washing is well taken, but then wipe down with something very soft to get all dust off. A cover could be stalked down to prevent flapping and keep dust from getting under it.

There is a poll showing 85% of Airstream owners leave it out in the elements.

Last Fall there was a thread on canopies: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f161...ight=technalon

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Old 01-27-2009, 07:30 PM   #20
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I restored a Jaguar mark 1 about 25 years ago. When finished with the paint job I broke my back and after several months in hospital I was able to just cover it with sheets and a waterproof cover. After the winter winds I was suprised to find that the paint was gone down to the undercoat. I learned never to cover anthing you want to keep even with thick sheets to prevent scratches.
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Next time you are at your dealership, ask the nearest saleman how many Airstreams he owns.
I have owned 2 and would not cover them with any material that the wind can move and cause chafing to the skin.

Now a man with you and knowledge may experience different results than the majority here. I propose you take some nice before pictures and periodically update the pictures with after shots, the results would provide the conclusive evidence as to cover or not to cover.

I personally keep my trailer under a canopy type cover to block the sunlight. The car type cover would limit my access to the unit, I enter the trailer almost daily.
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Old 01-27-2009, 07:35 PM   #22
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I restored a Jaguar mark 1 about 25 years ago. When finished with the paint job I broke my back and after several months in hospital I was able to just cover it with sheets and a waterproof cover. After the winter winds I was suprised to find that the paint was gone down to the undercoat. I learned never to cover anthing you want to keep even with thick sheets to prevent scratches.
If you want to learn about chafing purchase a sail boat. I have a sail rated sewing machine just to keep up with the repair work on sails and canvas work. I have a nice investment in anti chafing gear alone, wearing through rawhide is nothing.

Do you still have the mark 1, I currently have a TR6 and MGA, wife and I were out in the TR6 Sunday, had a great time.
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Everything if you are asking him advice about anything regarding your new Airstream other than maybe financing.
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Old 01-28-2009, 03:17 PM   #25
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When I asked the AS salesman about covering an AS, he was very adamant with his negative answer. "Absolutely not!"
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Old 01-28-2009, 06:17 PM   #26
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If I have to repolish a few spots more often, it won't kill me.
Maybe not, but you will polish through the Alclad layer sooner...the result of that is shadowing in the aluminum that can not be removed without replacing the panel.

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I'm anxious to see how everyone weighs in on this. I have lots of trees in my yard that leave a nice layer of black goo on the AS which is a real pain to clean off. It would be nice to not have the headache of cleaning that off every few weeks. I've heard all the warnings about it scratching, but I'm planning to polish it. If I have to repolish a few spots more often, it won't kill me.
I think everyone has weighed in, time to get on with the polishing and re-polishing. Post some pictures of the before and after of the polishing work I really enjoy how seeing how much difference polishing makes especially on a late sixties trailer.
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Old 03-22-2009, 10:31 PM   #28
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Hello
This is all new to me but I read your blog and thought I would ask.
I just purchased a 1972 Sovereign 31". It has some sort rectangular vinyl looking cover on the roof. Does anyone know what this is? I never noticed it until after I purchased the AS.
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