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Old 07-19-2007, 12:32 PM   #43
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Originally Posted by slowolf
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.

I agree. You should not cover clearcoated Airstreams.

Argosys are OK. They are painted with multi-stage automotive paint.

That is not the same as the clearcoat on the Airstreams.

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Old 07-19-2007, 01:27 PM   #44
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My 2007 25' Classic is going to be covered, so this can be the test.

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Old 07-19-2007, 01:34 PM   #45
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Originally Posted by craftsman
I think ,if you have any doubts at all ,you shouldn't do it.
I have doubts so I don't think I will. You don't seem to have any doubt about it so I think you should cover yours and report back to us after a few years and let us all know how it went.
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Old 07-19-2007, 05:06 PM   #46
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well ,I'll chime in briefly: took the soft, breatheable, JCWhitney cover off my '72 with original OK looking clearcoat, nothing real shiny or special, after 2 years- AND....... it looks the same. There were already some rubbed-through marks from the PO, don't know if from a stiff tarp, or branches, or what- they're still there but no new ones. I think it goes without saying to wash all the grit off your coach before covering, IF you're thinking of covering.
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Old 07-20-2007, 05:45 PM   #47
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Ah Ha! At last...a reasonable answer! Thank you for your research and diligence! Now, that that is fairly resolved, once again, does anybody or everybody recommend covering the tires for long periods of time with no use? Or is that a myth?
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Old 07-20-2007, 07:18 PM   #48
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Not a myth, the uv rays from the sun will dry the tires. Cover them.Try 303 Products - Aerospace Protectant, Fabric Cleaner, Car Care Kits
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Old 09-01-2007, 09:10 AM   #49
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Hey Craftsman
Did you get your cover yet? How is the fit? I'm thinking of getting one because of tree sap and debri.
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Old 09-01-2007, 11:20 AM   #50
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I went to a garage sale and bought some old sheets. covered the motorhome with them,put a thin plastic sheet over that and then a tarp. And where the tie downs touch the body put foam rubber or something between.
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Old 09-02-2007, 11:44 AM   #51
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I should have added that I covered my MH because I had a huge tree across the ally from me which in the spring dropped these sticky seeds all over the MH and stained the paint. The tree's gone now.So I won't cover it now. But I do wax it in the fall and again just before I use it for the summer
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Old 09-27-2007, 09:30 PM   #52
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I wish we could cover our Airstream while 'on the road'. We built a Sunbrella awning beside our garage at the house to shelter our trailer the last three years. It kept the leaves and bird exhaust and limbs and rain and sun off the top. I would have liked having the ends and side covered too but, unlike Craftsman, didn't challenge the old school about covering an AS. We covered two sports cars but only when they were freshly washed or, as 2Air says, dusted.

Now we are living in our AS so it covers us. We'll pray for no hail in our sites and carefully handwash the unit and keep it waxed. Oh, and cover the tires on the sunny side. Hmm, wonder if I should bother getting another pair of tire covers? Maybe, or watch if its mainly the western side to worry with? We'll just have to see.
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Old 10-04-2007, 05:01 AM   #53
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THe best solution..........take it to Florida for the winter. Your Airstream will love you for it.
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Old 10-04-2007, 06:55 AM   #54
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Originally Posted by Dureedesign
i never hear of anyone covering their trailer during the winter etc.....I know that other RV'ers do......what's the story? If so, is there a special brand that would fit our aluminium bubbles?
NEVER! Unless of course it's under a roof
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Old 03-22-2008, 08:19 PM   #55
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I've seen what happens to vehicles parked outside with a half-decent cover, and then, after a week of the usual 28-30 mph winds (with gusts to 50 and 60 mph) what is left: tatters.

I'd like to think that a cover would work well, but local climate would dictate. Our anodized skin is tougher than AlClad, but not to the point of being immune to wind whipped fabrics.

Will look forward to learning more about you all's success; please include climate data.
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Old 06-12-2008, 05:44 PM   #56
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It`s OK to cover when it`s in the shop,out of the wind and dust,even though my GTO is not a $200,000.00 car I tried the super soft cover in carport,after a month there was all kinds of dust and sand ,tis stuff had came thru that breathable,custom fit cover,the dust and sand had done quite a job on my clear coat.There will never be a cover on my AS. Dave

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