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Old 02-18-2016, 06:30 AM   #1
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Storage - covered or uncovered

We are getting our new airstream in three weeks and while looking for storage down here we have found both uncovered, and covered storage areas.

The prices are way different, but the questions is, is leaving your airstream exposed to the Florida elements while it awaits us to go somewhere bad?

Also, how often does it need to be cleaned?

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Old 02-18-2016, 06:45 AM   #2
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Of course it is bad, UV is your enemy for all of the sealants and the clearcoat. You will have a longer life with less preventative maintenance with covered storage. Aside from the cost, the only downside is solar charging but you can remove the batteries or if you have AC, use a maintainer.
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Besides being protected from the rain and sun, with covered storage you'll feel more secure with leaving your fantastic fan vents open. Which will be necessary for air circulation and keeping the humidity down on the inside.
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Covered storage is always preferable. Especially if your Airstream is going to spend most of its time in storage. If it is affordable for you, you should consider doing it.

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If we had an option we would always go covered, but we do not so she sits outside all year, either in storage or on the road.
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Old 02-18-2016, 08:23 AM   #6
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Old 02-18-2016, 08:37 AM   #7
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The salt air will accelerate corrosion on both steel and aluminum. The moist air will generate mold. So a dehumidifier inside the trailer would be a big help with the mold issue. Spraying the appropriate chemicals around the wheels, jack stand and power cord earth contact areas will hep reduce insect infiltration.
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We bought our Airstream out of an estate. It appeared to have been left outside for an extended period of time. We did not notice the effect until about a year later when we discovered a soft spot under the dining table. After inspection we found water was coming in around the rear windows because the rubber seal had numerous cracks, apparently from constant exposure to the sun.
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Old 02-18-2016, 09:33 AM   #9
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Even if I had an SOB I would have covered storage. I keep mine in covered storage but its open. I have a site that is away from the afternoon sun and facing away from the southwest where most thunderstorms bearing hail seem to come from in our area. I have a leak in my rear window that I still haven't been able to find. Waiting for warmer weather to tackle. If it had been in uncovered storage it would be subject to more leaking.

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We also park under roof. One disadvantage with a new unit is it may take longer to discover a leak. If you have sunny weather when camping one could even be out of warranty. Maybe park it outside during some heavy rain just to be sure.
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Of course it is bad, UV is your enemy for all of the sealants and the clearcoat. You will have a longer life with less preventative maintenance with covered storage. Aside from the cost, the only downside is solar charging but you can remove the batteries or if you have AC, use a maintainer.
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Yes on covered! Just disconnect the negative terminal on the battery to keep the parasitic load from discharging them.
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Another vote for covered. I am fortunate that mine fits in the garage. I have 30 amp service there too.
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I am storing mine outside, so we'll see how that goes over time. I keep it clean and waxed, and it's not far away so I can keep an eye on it. It has been in very heavy rain, both camping and not camping, and there haven't been any leaks as far as I can tell. I figure they are meant to be outside, and some people are full-timing, which means those units are outside most if not all the time.
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The salt air will accelerate corrosion on both steel and aluminum. .
If I had a choice between covered next to the ocean or uncovered away from the water I would take the later
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