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Old 07-16-2007, 07:54 PM   #1
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Does anybody cover their Airstream...?

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?
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Old 07-16-2007, 07:59 PM   #2
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By cover - I suppose you mean tarp or some other canvas or plastic cover that is direct contact with the skin of your AS. Then the answer is NO, and the why is explained elsewhere in more detail but the gist is - "it's bad for the clearcote".

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Old 07-16-2007, 08:04 PM   #3
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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?
Airstreamer owners in the know say...

Covet don't Cover-it

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Old 07-16-2007, 08:08 PM   #4
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I think I must have transgressed and faux pauxed? i would have thought that with the advent of all sorts of technologies that there would be a breathable cover that would provide protection from UV as well as hail and such! Thanks, A.
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Old 07-16-2007, 08:19 PM   #5
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I don't know how many times I've heard that you can't cover an Airstream because it's bad for the clear coat. You can cover a $200,000.00 exotic car but you can't cover an Airstream? Come on, is the clear coat that fragile? They can make clear coats that can stand up to acid rain and the clear coat on an Airstream can't take some of the super soft covers that are made today. Somehow , I find this hard to believe. Maybe some of the older sprayed on clearcoats of yesteryear but has anyone really investagate this any further than just repeating what's been said before? I wouldn't cover my Airstream with a canvas or plastic tarp but there are some pretty soft covers being made today. I'm going to look into this myself because I just don't believe that it's 100% true. I may be proven wrong but with the paint and clearcoat formulas today and the new fabrics being used for car covers it doesn't make sense. I think people just love repeating what they've heard some other "expert" say, makes everyone feel like they're in the know.
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If you don't believe it go ahead and try it.
Any repeated movement of the cover can damage the clearcoat AND aluminium. Do a search and see what others have had to say on this subject.

Let us know how it works out.

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Let us know how it works out.

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Old 07-16-2007, 08:36 PM   #8
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Well Gary, at this point, I don't believe it. If you can wash your Airstream , say every week for years and and assuming that you wash it with a soft cotton cloth and not damage the clearcoat, why would one of these super soft covers damage it? I'm not saying that it's NOT true but until I learn more about the clearcoat and process of applying it , I'm just not buying it.
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I don't cover my 1956 Thunderbird in the garage because it traps moisture. I have had this Tbird for 30 years. I sure wouldn't even consider covering my Airtream that sits outside.
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Just strip the clearcoat and polish it...then cover it.
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Old 07-16-2007, 08:47 PM   #11
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Airstream on Airstream action

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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?
See what you started, Airstream on Airstream action.
Hope your happy

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Old 07-16-2007, 08:50 PM   #12
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Don't buy it just try it.
To bad I lost the pictures or I would post the damage caused by a cover on the front curved panel and a hole through the aluminum where a grommet just happen to rub. And this in less than 30 days.

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Besides rubbing, doesn't the cover also trap condensation which is one of the issues, especially in winter?
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Covering your Airstream

We live in Southern Maine and have never covered our unit except for a cover over the air conditioner. This must work out okay...the mice have never complained.
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