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Old 09-23-2013, 02:58 PM   #1
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Got my new baby! And a question about storage/damage.

Hey guys,

We got our Airstream this week! Bought it used, a 2013 16' Sport from a guy in New Hampshire that says it was never used and I absolutely believe it after seeing! We are more than excited and I just had a question (I'm sure the first of many).

I called AS to see what they recommended for a cover as we don't have a garage big enough to store her in and they said they do not sell one, nor recommend using one. Is that what you guys think, also? This thing looks brand new on the outside without a single bit of weathering or corrosion on the outside and we'd love to keep it that way. We passed up a few trailers that had damage on the outside because it bothered my husband a lot. Sounds like now that this is a normal thing?

What do you guys do for this? Anyone use any covers or anything?

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Old 09-23-2013, 04:21 PM   #2
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cloth covers

Most folks do NOT use cloth or vinyl covers on their Airstreams, for fear of rubbing marks and grooves into the aluminum. It is easily burnished which causes rubs in the clear coat and that can cause premature aging and peeling of the clearcoat. It would be nice if you could give it a car port or other solid roof overtop to protect it from sun and hail damage. Even if that roof has no side walls. I am sure others will chime in here!
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I called AS to see what they recommended for a cover as we don't have a garage big enough to store her in and they said they do not sell one, nor recommend using one. Is that what you guys think, also? This thing looks brand new on the outside without a single bit of weathering or corrosion on the outside and we'd love to keep it that way. We passed up a few trailers that had damage on the outside because it bothered my husband a lot. Sounds like now that this is a normal thing?
To be useful, any cover has to have substantial air space (several inches) between it and the trailer. Covers that are supported by the trailer itself do more harm than good.
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Yes, the general consensus here on the Forums is that covers that touch the surface are not a good idea for the care and feeding of your Airstream for reasons mentioned above. It sounds counter-intuitive, but if you've ever seen the result of a tarp or cover rubbing on an Airstream's skin you would be convinced. Many store their Airstreams in the open air and survive fairly well (outside of potential hail and storm damage), but the better solution is a sturdy roof overhead. Even better is inside storage with climate control. But not everyone can manage that. Check out local storage facilities and see what you can find. You might find something just right!

We store our Bambi under a "port" attached to the end of our house...with canvas tarps on the exposed sides of the "port" to keep off as much direct sun as possible. It is never in direct sunlight or the elements unless we are traveling. I have to say that this has been a very good thing for our rig ...

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