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Old 10-07-2008, 04:18 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Covering your Airstream

I have recently stripped and polished my 77 Land yacht with Nuvite products and thanks to all at this Forum for the information as to how to proceed with this very tedious task. There appears to be an issue with covering the AS for storage during various times of the year with with a RV cover. I have not and do not intend to seal the unit with a coating as it seams user friendly to use the products to keep up on maintenance for the mirror finish. This will be my first year after polishing and I do not know the outcome of the AS being in the elements during winter or summer. Has anyone any ideas as to what should be done? Where can a cover for the Airstream be purchased. I have read many threads and searched the internet for a cover and no manufacturer shows the AS under cover

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Old 10-07-2008, 04:27 PM   #2

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Welcome aboard, glad you could make it.
I think most will agree, use a good wax or paint sealer and leave un- covered. You will not be able to keep moisture from getting under the cover and it could do more damage than good.

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So when is this..."old enough to know better" supposed to kick in?
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Old 10-07-2008, 04:42 PM   #3
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Wazzup- Covering a newer AS with clear coat is a big no, no. As for a polished rig I would say the same. There is a reason you can't find an AS cover. All the chaffing of wind and what have you will scuff your skin. You can always purchase on of those portable garages if you'd like. I leave both of ours out all the time and just keep them cleaned and polished.
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Old 10-07-2008, 06:36 PM   #4
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Ditto. A cover will do more harm than good.
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Old 10-07-2008, 06:48 PM   #5
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I'm all for the "portable garage" idea, keep it cleaner, and eliminate potential sun damage to curtains, etc.

But not in a residential neighbourhood, right? They look like crap when used as a permanent structure.
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Old 10-07-2008, 08:46 PM   #6
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Aage -

Well, there you go.... that must be why none of the neighbors talk to me anymore..... OOh well. Gotta do what you gotta do to protect what is important to you - Aluminum RULES!

BTW - I am kidding. I don't have a perma-garage over the AS. I DO however, have an AS in the driveway in a residential neighborhood. All but 1 neighbor really like the SilverToy. Several think that it adds a neat element of character to the area.... Me too!

Thanks for the chuckle.

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Old 10-07-2008, 10:00 PM   #7
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I have a permanent industrial lean-to that I put the Airstream under for safe keeping. It is a very heavy duty unit that would typically be installed at a commercial shop, that is attached to the shop out back. No one sees it, it works great, and there is very good air circulation. I call it my Air-hanger.

I would not put a cover directly on it. I left mine out until I acquired my set up. The weather did not hurt it. My Silver Streak I had first I covered and it looked like crap in the spring with rub marks that were a bugger to polish out.

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Old 10-08-2008, 04:43 AM   #8
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RV Carport Ideas???

I have the same issue. We let our AS hang out under the tree last winter and spring and scrubbing her clean took days. I move the shed from one part of the yard to the other so I could build a carport(RV port). The problem I am having is finding one that does not look industrial and doesnt cost more than the AS.

Any suggestions or pictures would be greatly appreciated.


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Old 10-08-2008, 06:46 AM   #9
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Don't know if I could bring it in for under 3 Grand today or not, but I have certainly recouped my investment by keeping the projects out of the rain while I work on them.

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Old 10-08-2008, 02:43 PM   #10
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Mine is under a portable garage that I have planted around and made to look very neat. The neighbors are fine with it and it protects the Airstream from sun bleaching, keeps the curtains nice etc.....and when it hails I just crack open a beer and watch as it bounces off the portable garage.
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Old 10-08-2008, 10:05 PM   #11
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This looks very nice for your set up. Thanks for the additional ideas
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Old 10-08-2008, 10:24 PM   #12
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Thanks for the info and nice polish job
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Old 08-13-2009, 04:20 PM   #13
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I will be storing my As from Mid Oct to Mid march 2010 and was wondering about putting a plastic tarp over it. Its a 98 . Any pros or cons to this?

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Old 08-13-2009, 05:03 PM   #14
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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.
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