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Old 10-05-2015, 07:37 PM   #1
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Protecting an Airstream in the winter

Good evening -- Thanks for reading my post.

My family and I are very close to purchasing a 27ft Serenity. Naturally the issue of how best to take care of it during the winter is of great concern. To us, the Airstream will be a treasure so we want to do what's best. Anyway, the option of purchasing a custom cover has come up. Whatever you can share about this topic would be appreciated.

We had a great opportunity to store it in a barn but have subsequently learned that we are off by about 6in. on height

Many thanks.

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Old 10-05-2015, 07:46 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forums.

Covers are not recommended -- they will move in the wind and abrade your aluminum shell. Ideal storage is indoors. As a former CT shoreline resident, I know that you'll have plenty of indoor storage competition from boats. Prices aren't cheap. If you do store it outdoors, make sure you leak check it regularly and keep your seams well sealed. The enemy of an Airstream is water getting to the floor, which is the most vulnerable structural component.

That said, the best place for an Airstream is on the road. In winter, head south!
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Old 10-05-2015, 09:57 PM   #3
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The height of the Airstream is to the AC, correct? I'm curious if you could take the cover off the ac and maybe air down the tires to get it in the barn? My Airstream is in a garage. I would never store it outside, but that's just me.
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Thanks. Do you know how much space there is between the air conditioner and its cover? AK
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Old 10-06-2015, 12:10 PM   #5
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We too are close to buying a serenity 27FB but have not been able to find indoor storage in eastern Massachusetts. Any suggestions?
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Old 10-06-2015, 12:58 PM   #6
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Airplane hangars at smaller private fields - lots have some spare room - especially if you're lower than the wingtips. You could be the "Air beneath my wings"..
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Old 10-06-2015, 04:40 PM   #7
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Winter Storage for Airstreams

Covered in a hard structure such as a garage or barn/shed is best. No doubt; no argument. Some of us don't have such a structure available and use a cover even in areas such as the north east US where snow fall in the winter can be extreme. My fabric cover for the 22' AS International Serenity worked well last season even with record snow falls. This year we have the same plan unless I can convince my wife that we really need a separate structure and we can agree on where to build it. My recommendation, find indoor storage if possible. If such storage isn't available buy the best RV cover you can find. Ideal? No. But life demands compromise. Cheers and have a blast with the new AS.
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Old 10-06-2015, 04:50 PM   #8
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65cv, what product do you use for seams? And are you talking about the rails along the side or which seams? Thx
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Mine is stored indoors. If you do store it outside be sure to cover the tires to protect against UV. Close the shades. Store the trailer as level as possible to allow water to run off naturally. Of course be sure to winterize the plumbing system and remove anything stored inside the trailer that is liquid based and could freeze. When winterizing don't forget to drain the holding tanks, water heater and drain lines, especially any which might have outside outlets. I blow compressed air through the system and follow up with RV antifreeze which i pump in via the water pump. Don't forget to blow out the lines and open the low water drain valves to get the water out of them. Add sufficient RV antifreeze into the sink and shower drains to displace water in them. Also add some RV antifreeze in to the toilet bowl so that the seal stays immersed and doesn't dry out. Don't forget to pull the water filter out if you pump antifreeze into the system. Remove the battery(ies) and put them on a trickle charger. Leave the door on refrigerator and freezer popped open.

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AK,

We let Mother Nature do the covering....10yrs SFSG.

Covered our 63 Safari the first Winter we had it....big mistake. Wind damage/scratching from a flapping, frozen tarp, water damage from the tarp freezing to the aluminum, never again, lesson learned.

Just a good Winter make ready is all we find necessary here in WNY.

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Ours is stored outdoors. We winterize well and carefully as above (don't forget to winterize the sink sprayer too - lesson learned). Only once have we been concerned about snow load, 2 winters ago. Snow pushed off, and no problems. Our bigger concern is hail in the summer... Oh well.
Our son learned with his Jayco, that critters like the covers too for nests on your roof.
Put her to bed carefully, and she'll sleep like a baby till spring!

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Need to winterize the toilet as well. Look at the separate manufactures instructions to disconnect the input line and drain the valve,
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We had a carport erected next to our garage (on pavement) I called carports.com and they were great, I chose to get it 28' long by 14' wide as this is 392 square feet and in my town no building permit is required if structure is under 400 square feet. The opening is 11' high and back wall and side walls come down 6 feet. Heavy duty to hold any snow load in northeast and I paid about $4500 that was 3 years ago. Best investment we made.
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65cv, what product do you use for seams? And are you talking about the rails along the side or which seams? Thx
Seams? Anything that shows bubbles on a leak test.

I've used Acryl-R and Vulkem. Can't say that I've noticed a quality difference. My best guess is that the structural integrity -- or lack thereof -- determines what seams open up enough to leak.
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