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Old 07-18-2007, 12:58 PM   #29
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Today I have been in contact with Airstream Inc., Alcoa Aluminum,The Aluminum Assoc., Sunbrella,Technical Frabrics Division ,Glen Raven Custom Frabics (Sunbrella Mill) and Covercraft the maker of the custom Airstream rv cover, and haven't been told by anyone that I've talked to ( and i've talked to a lot of people today)that an Airstream can't be covered. Now these are the companies that make the Aluminum supplied to Airstream and the company that makes the fabric. Believe what you want, but most of it's based on outdated information.
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Old 07-18-2007, 01:45 PM   #30
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So what is your view if dust gets under the cover?

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Old 07-18-2007, 01:57 PM   #31
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dust, dirt and road debris UNDER the cover can be an issue...

in addition to covering the airstream i've been covering some cars for 20 years too.

some indoors and some out side. at least 1 car for 19 years with the same custom fit cover.

certainly it's not wise to cover a filthy vehicle...

mainly because the interior of the cover gets dirty.

if not freshly washed i often use a duster before the cover goes on...

yes dirt between the cover and paint is a potential abrasive...

but i've not noticed ANY abrasion from this...

modern covers really don't move much once in place,

so unless something/someone is MOVING or PRESSING the cover i don't think dust is an issue....

i did have a neighbors cat decide to use one side of a cover as a 'claw board'...

and i once burned a small hole in a cover from a still hot exhaust.

all gadgets carry some risks...

living is a 'sand enriched' region might be different.

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Old 07-18-2007, 02:09 PM   #32
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Yup - In New Mexico we are blessed with sand enrichment, and lots of wind - gets into everything.

Now if we could just figure out what to do with the stuff - can't grow things with it, can't burn it.......

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Old 07-18-2007, 02:17 PM   #33
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Sand or abrasive dust could be a potential problem. If the Airstream is washed and polished before the cover goes on and assuming that you don't live in a sandy wind swept area, I don't think your going to have any problems. I don't believe a cover would be right in every area of the country but a blanket statement that your going to damage the finish by using a cover is just simply not true. Everyone has been repeating it for so long it's become an Airstream fact to most. Well a little research will tell you that it's just not true.
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Old 07-18-2007, 02:51 PM   #34
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Believe what you want, but most of it's based on outdated information.
Well, I own "outdated" trailers so I guess the outdated informataion is applicable ~

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Old 07-18-2007, 07:44 PM   #35
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the best cover is....the sky, the stars, the clouds, so everyone can always see the beauty of a Airstream. Why cover it!
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I think one of those metal garage type covers would be best. They are open ended so you wouldn't have to worry about trapped moisture. You wouldn't have to worry about contact rubbing. You may still get a little sun around the sides but no direct rain and no direct sunlight. Plus you can still easily access it for winterizing and those winter storm outages. If you are still concerned about weather you can upgrade for ends and sides, or buy the cheaper tarp ends. Sounds like the biggest bang for your buck at around $1500. Or something like this...
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Old 07-19-2007, 10:04 AM   #37
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I contacted Airstream about using covers and this was their official response:

"Airstream does not recommend a cover. The cover can hold moisture and cause the skin to oxidize and will also scratch the finish."
Dick Deardurff / Customer Relations

Dirt and grit on the Airstream will be an issue. Every time you put the cover on and take it off it will scratch. Every time the wind blows it will scratch. I prefer to keep mine waxed and uncovered.
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Yes, that is their "OFFICIAL "response. There is and was a non-official response also that had more to do with common sense. I think ,no matter how many times it's brought up there are going to be those that just believe it can't safely be done without some kind of damage. That's fine, Airstreams new and old are expensive and you want to protect that investment. I think ,if you have any doubts at all ,you shouldn't do it. Remember though cars that cost hundreads of thousands and have paint jobs and clear coats worth more than some Airstreams are covered and I'm sure their owners have the same concerns. What is that you think they do that's different?
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Remember though cars that cost hundreads of thousands and have paint jobs and clear coats worth more than some Airstreams are covered and I'm sure their owners have the same concerns. What is that you think they do that's different?
Let me start off by saying I agree with you craftsman. But I would think that the obvious thing with cars that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars is that they are probably stored indoors as well.

I am now stongly considering getting one of the same covers you are getting. Thank you for the links crafty and 2air. My Argosy has a really nice paint job on her and I'd like to keep it that way for as long as possible. Unfortunately I do not also have a roof to put over her. I think if I did however I probably wouldn't get the cover.
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What is that you think they do that's different?
I don't think they are much different at all other than the fact that one is steel and one is aluminum which is a much softer metal, and the fact that autos generally use a 3 step prime-paint-clearcoat process and the Airstream is just clearcoat on bare aluminium. I purchased a 2001 Miata British Racing green SE that was kept covered outside by the previous owner. The paint job was full of swirl scratches as a result which really show up on BRG paint.
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I purchased a 2001 Miata British Racing green SE that was kept covered outside by the previous owner. The paint job was full of swirl scratches as a result which really show up on BRG paint.
My 1990 Red Miata has the softest paint I've ever seen.
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Here are a few cars that have aluminum bodies:
Ferrari
Range Rover
Land Rover
Aston Martin
Audi A8
Accura NSX
Honda Insight
Jaguar XJ8
Mercedes CL
The clear coat is protecting the finish.
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