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Old 12-14-2013, 05:13 PM   #1
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Covering her up

Sorry if this has been "covered" before, but I live in north Georgia. Winterizing is not as big an issue as up north, because we can have 60-70 degree weather in the winter months., but can have 10 degrees and snow.
I am very close to finishing my dream AS, my first. We live in a neighborhood lot where there is NO place to put a garage, etc. in fact, we will probably violate covenants wherever we park her. But I have located a back up spot to put her. I planned to plant some camouflage around her, but we would still like to use her during the winter months.
I know she still has some sneaky leaks, so I am looking for a tarp-type covering to keep out the rain (which is falling everywhere as we speak). Yes, I know that I need to locate and fix the leaks. But in the meantime, i have no shelter for her, still renovating (2weeks away?!) she has not been polished.
Any economical/practical, mainly rain proof ideas? We only have snow about once a year, if that. Mainly rain..and those leaks

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Old 12-14-2013, 05:23 PM   #2
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I use a portable garage to keep sun and rain off my trailer. They are available on line. Just Google "portable garage" for links. Amazon also many different styles and sizes.

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Old 12-14-2013, 06:04 PM   #3
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The general consensus among Airstreamers is that it's not good to use tarps, etc that come into direct contact with the outer shell because its constant movement and rubbing can mar the finish. I have seen rigs that have been covered ... the results are not pretty. However, if your rig has not been polished that may not be as much of a concern for the time being, at least. Your best bet would be a shelter as Michael suggests. We store ours uncovered, but in a "Bambi Port" attached to the end of our house.
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Old 12-15-2013, 03:13 AM   #4
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Well, ain't that the darndest thing! I haven't seen those-only the metal carports. Next question is size. My Safari is 23'. Y'all have 19 and 17 ' ers. I'm guessing the 20' one won't fit mine, and next size up is 30. I may have seen a 24 or 25 ft. one. Do you know the dimensions of yours-height, width, length?
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Old 12-15-2013, 06:37 AM   #5

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I 'tarped' our 63 the first Season we got it.... I should have known better from past car storage experience.
Of course our weather is a lot more extreme here, but as noted, it wasn't so much the snow & cold as the buffeting from the wind.
Unwanted 'patina'.

A portable unit would help with the leaks and give some UV protection also.

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