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Old 05-01-2008, 04:04 PM   #15
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Hello Groovepapa,

I've heard that you should not tarp an Airstream as that will fog the clear coat. So if you do store it outside don't tarp it. Can anyone validate this?
Not sure about fog'n the clearcoat.

But know for sure that if you LAY a cover over anything, car, boat or rv

moisture WILL get between the cover and unit, which is never a good thing.

Plus the wind can cause significant damage with a poorly fitted cover.

Ask me how I know...BTDT.
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Old 05-01-2008, 04:29 PM   #16
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Mine is outside in Colorado, where it's generally dry, however, I have built a shelter over it from one of those portable garage kits (plastic garage) that you buy at Checker Auto parts. My thought is that our frequent spring hail storms can beat the heck out of the portable garage and not hurt the airstream. We will see what happens.
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Old 05-01-2008, 04:36 PM   #17
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This is a great thread - I'm thinking we'll do the tire covers (never heard of anyone taking their tires off before like Robert Cross! That's an interesting one and probably not a bad way to go.

We're storing outside and near a bunch of overhanging trees, actually. I'm hoping we can get permission to erect a metal pole/nylon canopy, like the kind you see at art fairs.

If anyone has a lead on that type of canopy I think it'd be a good fit in people without the "indoor storage" kind of budget.
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Old 05-01-2008, 07:27 PM   #18
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Re tarping:

My owner's manual specifically says not to ... but the reason is that if it flaps in a breeze, etc., will scratch the surface / clearcoat, etc. Mine lives indoors when not "out" and the POs kept it inside also. It's nine years old and looks like new to my eye.
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Old 05-02-2008, 06:58 AM   #19
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Brad....I bought mine at Checker Auto Parts for $100 on sale. I anchored it in buckets of cement to give it the weight it needs to anchor it down. The roof is high enough that the material doesn't "flap" on the trailer and cause any scratches. It protects her from sun, snow and we will see how it does in hail storms.
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Outside. But lots of sun damagage. Had to replace all plastic on the roof this season as I was starting to lose stuff when on the road. Inside would be cleaner as well, but the main thing is that it sure would be nice to get it out of the sun.
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Old 05-02-2008, 08:43 AM   #21
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Brad....I bought mine at Checker Auto Parts for $100 on sale. I anchored it in buckets of cement to give it the weight it needs to anchor it down. The roof is high enough that the material doesn't "flap" on the trailer and cause any scratches. It protects her from sun, snow and we will see how it does in hail storms.
Thanks for the tip - that's just about perfect - too short to cover the Wagoneer, but I could get two if I'm that picky. I've also seen 'em with curved tops that would be even more apropos to the trailer shape, but this is really nice and that price - fantastic.

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Old 05-02-2008, 09:52 AM   #22
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My trailer loves the shade at the storage area we keep her in. Covered storage is the only way to go in the Phoenix area.
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More pricey, but a good alternative - thx for the link. Might go with the first one and just leave the Jeep uncovered. Of course I'd have to get a thumbs up on any of these with the owner of the lot first.
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More pricey, but a good alternative
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LOL You're so right. Why spend the bucks up front to get them, but not the additional $500 or $1000 to protect 'em?
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I store my trailer inside... costs too much, but the alternative is weathered clearcoat, cracked plastic, sun damaged interior, water leaks and associated floor rot, hail damage, etc. I keep my cars in a garage and my airplane in a hangar for the same reasons.

However, if it's an older trailer the expense for indoor storage may become too large a percentage of the trailer value.
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Its just like adopting a child. You made a commitment, now you must follow through with it. NOTHING is too good for your airstream!!!
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