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Old 08-13-2016, 01:18 PM   #1
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Cover Options for my Airstream

Was wondering if anyone uses a partial cover for just the roof? I'd like to cover roof without the sides for air circulation. Any help or thoughts would be appreciated. We have a 27 fb.
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Old 08-13-2016, 01:21 PM   #2
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We are in NJ, no cover except for tires and jack. Ideally best to keep indoors. I do not have that option.
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I have cobbled together many shade covers supported by trees and/or posts in the ground. Always worth the trouble to me. However, it takes a lot of work to make sure the cover doesn't blow away! I've always wanted to use 2 of the Costco portable garage covers and make a really nice year around cover but haven't yet tried that due to the need to extend the legs for clearance. I've thought to set peeler core posts in the ground to fasten the metal frame legs to. Never tried this yet for several reasons but will probably try it when I'm going to stay in the right spot for a year or two. Shade makes all the difference in the world for comfort in my climate!
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I was leaning more toward a cover to put directly on roof to keep leaves and whatnot off of it.
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I guess if you put something just on the roof it would not be an issue, but for a larger cover where it overlapped the clear coat, you'd have to be careful.

I had a plastic tarp I put over a boat many years ago, and either through some sort of chemical interaction or continual movement and abrasion due to wind, the tarp took all the gloss off the the boat's finish wherever it was in contact.

I have heard similar paint damage happening due to wind acton on fabric covers when motorcycles are transported on open trailers with covers. Probably why you don't often see them with covers on when being towed that way.

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Old 08-13-2016, 04:24 PM   #6
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Thats a nice setup. How tall and wide is your cover? Is this considered movable so I don't get hassled by code enforcement?
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Covers on Airstream

Other posts on this forum discuss the damage that is done due to direct contact of a cover on an Airstream. It isn't recommended due to the abrasion it causes. You might want to look up those discussions.
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I used a very expensive cover on the camper I had before my Airstream. It allowed the pollen through it AND it scratched the finish in many places. Now I wash my Airstream weekly but I sure would like to get a carport like BGibbs has! Or maybe a Shelter Logic portable garage. I'm interested to see what others have done.
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Nice cover. How tall the side poles.
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Tarps and covers of that type are a bad idea and cause more damage than the protection they provide. The wind whipping the cover will rub through the clear coat.
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Thats a nice setup. How tall and wide is your cover? Is this considered movable so I don't get hassled by code enforcement?
I know that those carport metal covers can be made to meet the codes in coastal FL. But they do have to meet code since they are required to be tied to the earth with some type of anchor or foundation. Auger anchors, a knee wall foundation, or a concrete slab can be used for anchorage.

I have seen those sized for motor homes 20' x 60'. When I got a quote on a 14'W x 40'L x 12'H a while back, if memory serves me, I think it was a little over $4,000, installed onto a foundation I provide. This was in NC.
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My cover is 12' wide and about 10 1/2 ' tall. You can order any height you want by ordering different posts. Is it moveable? You could unbolt everything and disassemble it but it would be a lot of work. Mine is anchored to a concrete slab, but they will anchor it to soil if it is level. The city threw me a curve when they said they needed engineering drawings. The only drawings that Carolina Carports offers are for their wind rated structures, hence a couple of hundred more for the structure. Dealing with the city is always such a pleasure! We cannot build within 10' of the side property line and the city had to have a survey. "It won't cost much. We just need that one property line surveyed". Try to find a surveyor that will do a partial survey. We have over an acre and the structure is about 40' from the property line. "We still need a survey". Cheapest one I could find was $400 and most were closer to $750.

I have since partially covered 2 sides with shade cloth to keep things a little more protected. I was worried about wind, but we had 70 mile winds last week and no damage to the cover. Can't say that about a few trees!
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I see the carport idea in my future also - very nice
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