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Old 07-26-2004, 01:54 PM   #1
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cover ?

i'm looking for a cover for my 24 ft. tradewind.

does anyone have any recommenations on universal fit vs. custom fit?

any thoughts on sunbrella fabric, tyvek or SFS Aqua-Shed fabric?

know of any retailers--i have camping world.

let me know. thanks.

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Old 07-26-2004, 02:55 PM   #2
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Do you mean like the RV covers they sell for the other camper brands? Don't do it, you mess up the finish something awful. A carport is the acceptable "cover" for an A/S. A fabric cover leaves irremovable black stains on you Airstream.

If you mean awnings, then check out Zipdee.

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Old 07-26-2004, 04:45 PM   #3
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thanks john. yes, i meant the RV covers they sell for the other brands. i'm glad i asked--thank you very much.

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Do you mean like the RV covers they sell for the other camper brands? Don't do it, you mess up the finish something awful. A carport is the acceptable "cover" for an A/S. A fabric cover leaves irremovable black stains on you Airstream.

If you mean awnings, then check out Zipdee.

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Old 07-26-2004, 04:47 PM   #4
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Please listen to AYRSTRM2. He speaks the truth. A fitted fabric cover is just about the worst thing you can do to your finish. In no time at all (a day or two), the slight movement of the fabric by the wind will abrade the plasticoat finish and dark grey marks will appear which can't be removed without removing the plasticoat finish, polishing out the marks and the rest of the affected panel, and replasticoating. Though it can be done, it is almost impossible to remove the plasticoat in just the affected area without the remover running down on other panels and removing the coating on panels below which perhaps were not affected. If it does, then those panels must be reconditioned as well. Removal of the plasticoat, polishing and recoating is a VERY expensive proposition approaching $150 per linear foot of trailer, perhaps more.

Put it under a carport, in a warehouse, or a barn. Leave the RV covers alone.
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Old 07-26-2004, 05:07 PM   #5
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thank you! i'll trust you and AYRSTRM2 for sure. not sure that my 1960 has plasticoat, but i will take the advice given. thanks again.

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Please listen to AYRSTRM2. He speaks the truth. A fitted fabric cover is just about the worst thing you can do to your finish. In no time at all (a day or two), the slight movement of the fabric by the wind will abrade the plasticoat finish and dark grey marks will appear which can't be removed without removing the plasticoat finish, polishing out the marks and the rest of the affected panel, and replasticoating. Though it can be done, it is almost impossible to remove the plasticoat in just the affected area without the remover running down on other panels and removing the coating on panels below which perhaps were not affected. If it does, then those panels must be reconditioned as well. Removal of the plasticoat, polishing and recoating is a VERY expensive proposition approaching $150 per linear foot of trailer, perhaps more.

Put it under a carport, in a warehouse, or a barn. Leave the RV covers alone.
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Old 07-26-2004, 05:47 PM   #6
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Related question

The place I keep my trailer is inside a large barn. The owners laid a plastic tarp on top of my trailer just to keep the bird droppings off since they nest in the rafters. Should I have them NOT do that? It hangs about a foot over each side from the roof line. Wouldn't the bird droppings be worse?


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A tarp covering the unit is not a problem as long as it doesn't move. The movement of the tarp will grind grit into the skin. IF the barn is fairly airtight you should be OK, I would use a canvas tarp vs. a blue plastic one. Or if possible could the tarp be suspended over the trailer just a bit higher than the top of the trailer?
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A tarp covering the unit is not a problem as long as it doesn't move. The movement of the tarp will grind grit into the skin. IF the barn is fairly airtight you should be OK, I would use a canvas tarp vs. a blue plastic one. Or if possible could the tarp be suspended over the trailer just a bit higher than the top of the trailer?
That might be an option. They're very cooperative. They do use some lightweight strips of cello-tex to keep the tarp from moving.

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