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Old 05-31-2015, 03:00 PM   #1
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Storing outside in Florida?

We are still in the research phase and are wondering how necessary it is to store an AS under a cover or inside a building? (have to build this cost into the fun factor of the AS) Living near Orlando, the sun gets pretty intense. Would outside storage just be a no-no?
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Old 05-31-2015, 03:09 PM   #2
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We live in Santa Rosa Beach in the Florida Panhandle. We have had Airstreams for the past ten years. We store ours in the alley behind our house not under any cover. Our Airstream sits three houses off the ocean. Even though covered storage would be preferable, we are satisfied with our current situation.

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Old 05-31-2015, 03:20 PM   #3
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The original owner of my 34ft had it parked in Fl. for 3 years. The clear coat on the roof was gone when he brought it north to trade in. Fl. is a long state and covers significantly different temperature ranges. Your in the middle of the extremes.

I would opt for cover. bigboytoy.com is throughout Fl. Or a canopy at home if the zoning and space will allow it.
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Old 05-31-2015, 03:42 PM   #4
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We also keep our AS not outside at our home in St Petersburg. Since i have an 2011 without the clearcoat concern I keep it clean and a good coat of pure Carnuba wax on it. I would love to have covered storage for the convenience and security but with regular maintenance I have no concerns. The fact that I have a full hook up outweighs other concerns.

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Mistake

previous post I meant to say I keep the AS outside.

Sorry for confusion,

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Old 05-31-2015, 03:59 PM   #6
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We live in north Florida and keep ours outside due to lack of space on our small property. My husband cleans it pretty regularly and keeps it waxed. So far, so good. It's nine years old and many people ask us if it's new!


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Old 06-01-2015, 08:11 AM   #7
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Store it outside and be diligent about washing and waxing when necessary. Keep your eyes on the tires on the sunny side, might want to cover them I don't. I have a home hookup and run a square house fan inside to keep the air circulating. I also run the Air once in awhile and check for water pump operation. Keep an eye on battery water level. The sun can fade curtains and interior material especially on the sunny side. Throw covers can help. A cover for the electric jack and hitch cord is nice to keep moisture away. Keep the hookup lubed or sprayed with silicon to avoid rust. Perishables inside can be affected by the heat buildup, our Avion can reach a hundred degrees inside on extreme days, even with the fan. That's all I can think of now, hope it helps. I leave the fridge on all the time so when we want to go it only takes a few minutes to uncover everything. Keeping track if the battery and tires and leaving the fresh water full means we can get on the road very quickly. This is hurricane country. Jim
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A covered pole barn can cost just a few hundred dollars. I built one in North Florida for $600 using four used telegraph poles, cut in half, to form eight uprights, linked these with 2 by 8s, and fitted a steel roof. The south side is partly clad with thin used plywood for additional sun protection. I wouldn't be without the pole barn. It's served us well for 15 years without any maintenance. Photos here: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f161...tml#post643361
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Old 06-07-2015, 03:50 PM   #9
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We store our trailer outside, in Tucson 9 months of the year and in the mountains of Colorado the rest. My clearcoat is still good ( 2004 Safari) but I wax the trailer once a year.
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I put mine in covered storage in Pasco. I just couldn't bring myself to let it bake with Florida's humidity and weather.
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