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Old 08-13-2009, 07:25 PM   #15
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Covercraft makes excellent custom covers. They cover cars with paint jobs that cost as much as Airstreams. Most everyone on this forums says you can't cover an Airstream without causing damage to the clearcoat but I disagree and and so do people at the factory but they won't officially say that do to liability issues. A tarp would cause damage.
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Old 09-01-2009, 11:40 PM   #16
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More pics of those tarp marks?

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The previous owner of my *new* Airstream covered his trailer with a tarp last winter because he was worried about hail and later snow damage. The tarp left marks all over the top on both sides. He sold it due to health issues, so the Airstream came with these marks. Hey, I'll be learning how to polish it.

I'm also trying to figure out an RV carport for it. This picture doesn't show the marks very well. I should take another one straight on from the side. Will try and get that and post it here.
Hi Barbara,

Would love to see a close up picture of those tarp marks. I've just covered my recently acquired 1972 AS with one (only the very top portion of the roof, from the "rail" where the awning would normally attach to about the same height on the other side) in an attempt to cover any potential leaks while I live in it for the winter. Unfortunately, I didn't know that the tarp could do damage to the skin!

It may be just as well, as I probably won't be able to polish it anytime soon anyway due to the time and expense involved, but it would be good to be aware of the consequences; maybe I'll decide to remove the tarp after all and take my chances with possible leaks...

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Old 09-02-2009, 08:03 AM   #17
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At our previous home I had no way of protecting our Airstream from the elements or the birds making their berry rich deposits. When we built our retirement home I had a requirement that I have a large building for the Airstream, my antique car and other equipment that usually went in the garage leaving our truck and car outside. I built a 30 X 36 metal pole building that is large enough to park a 34 footer if I go there. It is gray like the house and not obtrusive. Now all that stufffff is where it belongs. I no longer worry about hail damage at home and no longer have to brush the snow off my car in the winter.
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Old 09-02-2009, 08:19 AM   #18
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Covercraft makes excellent custom covers. They cover cars with paint jobs that cost as much as Airstreams. Most everyone on this forums says you can't cover an Airstream without causing damage to the clearcoat but I disagree and and so do people at the factory but they won't officially say that do to liability issues. A tarp would cause damage.
Most car guy's I know wouldn't store there P&J outdoors in the elements covered or not, thats the difference.

The exception would be leaks, water damage can be a much bigger problem than some marks on the skin.
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Old 09-02-2009, 08:49 AM   #19
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First I would check with the powers that be, and look at the local zoning laws. Then I would take a look at Northern Tool and Equipment. They have an online catalog. Look under Shelter Logic. If I recall correctly there are 219 items. All sizes of Portable Shelters if you are not able or do not have room for a permanent building. We have a 30 x 40 Airstream hanger. Its not big enough fer all my stuff. You never have enough room and if ya do, ya just go out and get more stuff,LOL TOO answer your question,No I do think its a good idea,a tarp will leave marks that you will have to polish out AGAIN .
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Most car guy's I know wouldn't store there P&J outdoors in the elements covered or not, thats the difference.

The exception would be leaks, water damage can be a much bigger problem than some marks on the skin.
True enough.
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Old 09-02-2009, 09:45 AM   #21
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FYI....

Here is a reply to an email I sent.......

There is no guarantee that it will not scratch or leak. The fabrics are NOT waterproof. They should repel most of the water but they are not waterproof.

The fabric has a reasonably soft touch against the vehicle but if dirt is trapped between the Airstream and the cover and the cover moves around due to high winds it is possible that some scratching might occur but it is unlikely.






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Is there a guarantee that one of your custom outdoor covers won't leak or scratch/damage the clearcoat on my Airstream? What is your recomendation?



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Old 10-29-2009, 07:29 AM   #22
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I am interested in building a permanent camp structure on land I own in the mountains, and wondered if there was a location where pictures of shelters forum members have built are posted. I want a shelter that is fairly open so that we can fully use the airstream during good weather, and is pleasing to the eye. Any pictures would be very helpful in planning this shelter.
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Old 02-13-2010, 07:58 AM   #23
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Covercraft makes excellent custom covers. They cover cars with paint jobs that cost as much as Airstreams. Most everyone on this forums says you can't cover an Airstream without causing damage to the clearcoat but I disagree and and so do people at the factory but they won't officially say that do to liability issues. A tarp would cause damage.

What kind of material is your cover made from and since some time has gone by, do you still stand by your statement above about covers?
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Old 04-08-2010, 09:28 PM   #24
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We just had a 33X13 pad poured for our AS next to our driveway. We are using a pergola design plan that is quite attractive and will finish it by landscaping around the pad. We are using agricultural metal roofing material on top of it. There are trellis type screens on the side next to our neighbor's house (curb side of AS toward our driveway). This style might work with some cities building ordinances and neighborhood covenants.
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How bad is un-covered?

I will be able to store my 23' Airstream (once purchased) in the back of my driveway, but probably cannot use a "canopy" due to neighborhood restrictions. How bad is it to leave it uncovered? There are no trees, etc. overhead. My primary concern is sunlight.
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I would like to re-visit this topic; our garage was destroyed in a storm and the AS will spend this winter outside.
I have had good experience with ADCO covers for other RVís we have owned, including our current TC.
These covers are water proof (top panel) and breathable (side panels). They have kept our other RVís clean and protected.
I would like to hear from anyone who has actually used an ADCO or Covercraft on their AS.
I do not want to discuss the merits of covering/not covering, inside/outside, plastic tarps, etc, etc.
I would like to hear only from those that have actually used either of these covers.

craftsman...you still around? Any data to share?

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Bump.

So no one has actualy tried one of these covers on an AS?

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Old 09-02-2011, 02:20 PM   #28
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not to hijack the thread.........but

I have a 2006 Bambi that has spent the last couple years stored in the Florida sun. I'm debating the following choices....

1-continue storing her outside in the elements for free.

2-Sharing an indoor storage facility with a friend, 4 miles from my house. My share of the cost would be $100/month.

3-Try a covercraft cover. Cost ~$1,000

Any thoughts?
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