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Old 07-16-2007, 06:54 PM   #1
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Does anybody cover their Airstream...?

i never hear of anyone covering their trailer during the winter etc.....I know that other RV'ers do......what's the story? If so, is there a special brand that would fit our aluminium bubbles?
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Old 07-16-2007, 06:59 PM   #2
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By cover - I suppose you mean tarp or some other canvas or plastic cover that is direct contact with the skin of your AS. Then the answer is NO, and the why is explained elsewhere in more detail but the gist is - "it's bad for the clearcote".

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i never hear of anyone covering their trailer during the winter etc.....I know that other RV'ers do......what's the story? If so, is there a special brand that would fit our aluminium bubbles?
Airstreamer owners in the know say...

Covet don't Cover-it

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Old 07-16-2007, 07:08 PM   #4
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I think I must have transgressed and faux pauxed? i would have thought that with the advent of all sorts of technologies that there would be a breathable cover that would provide protection from UV as well as hail and such! Thanks, A.
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Old 07-16-2007, 07:19 PM   #5
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I don't know how many times I've heard that you can't cover an Airstream because it's bad for the clear coat. You can cover a $200,000.00 exotic car but you can't cover an Airstream? Come on, is the clear coat that fragile? They can make clear coats that can stand up to acid rain and the clear coat on an Airstream can't take some of the super soft covers that are made today. Somehow , I find this hard to believe. Maybe some of the older sprayed on clearcoats of yesteryear but has anyone really investagate this any further than just repeating what's been said before? I wouldn't cover my Airstream with a canvas or plastic tarp but there are some pretty soft covers being made today. I'm going to look into this myself because I just don't believe that it's 100% true. I may be proven wrong but with the paint and clearcoat formulas today and the new fabrics being used for car covers it doesn't make sense. I think people just love repeating what they've heard some other "expert" say, makes everyone feel like they're in the know.
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Old 07-16-2007, 07:29 PM   #6
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If you don't believe it go ahead and try it.
Any repeated movement of the cover can damage the clearcoat AND aluminium. Do a search and see what others have had to say on this subject.

Let us know how it works out.

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Let us know how it works out.

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Old 07-16-2007, 07:36 PM   #8
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Well Gary, at this point, I don't believe it. If you can wash your Airstream , say every week for years and and assuming that you wash it with a soft cotton cloth and not damage the clearcoat, why would one of these super soft covers damage it? I'm not saying that it's NOT true but until I learn more about the clearcoat and process of applying it , I'm just not buying it.
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I don't cover my 1956 Thunderbird in the garage because it traps moisture. I have had this Tbird for 30 years. I sure wouldn't even consider covering my Airtream that sits outside.
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Just strip the clearcoat and polish it...then cover it.
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Airstream on Airstream action

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i never hear of anyone covering their trailer during the winter etc.....I know that other RV'ers do......what's the story? If so, is there a special brand that would fit our aluminium bubbles?
See what you started, Airstream on Airstream action.
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Old 07-16-2007, 07:50 PM   #12
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Don't buy it just try it.
To bad I lost the pictures or I would post the damage caused by a cover on the front curved panel and a hole through the aluminum where a grommet just happen to rub. And this in less than 30 days.

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Old 07-16-2007, 08:15 PM   #13
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Besides rubbing, doesn't the cover also trap condensation which is one of the issues, especially in winter?
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Covering your Airstream

We live in Southern Maine and have never covered our unit except for a cover over the air conditioner. This must work out okay...the mice have never complained.
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the condensation and trapping moisture is not a big issue. Tyvek has breathable cover for trailer. But the contact of the cover on the skin would be the big problem...
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You can cover it but it has to be afree standing fame. Nothing must touch the trailer shell. Nasty scratches will occur.
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Last night I watched a RV Roadtrips show and the episode covered a couple from California who had a polished AS and kept a cover on it.
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yes a cover can be safely and effectively used.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f312...cht-19620.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f458...eam-25784.html

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Old 07-17-2007, 05:15 AM   #19
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Finally a voice of agreement. I did just a small search and found that the material in the new covers are soft , won't produce scratches, will let moisture out but not in and seem to generally dispel this myth that you can't cover an Airstream. Now, I'm on the search for one that will fit my 07 25' Classic.
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Old 07-17-2007, 05:48 AM   #20
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The quality of covers has improved significantly (as has everything else it seems) over the past few years. Personally, I wouldn't do it unless I had no other outside cover options. My preference is for a cover that does not touch the aluminum and thus reduces the risk of rub/wear marks (a real bugger to polish out as I learned on my Silver Streak), however, I would not leave the trailer completely uncovered through winter. A soft cover designed specifically for outside inclement weather storage would be preferable to me than to have the trailer sit without. It is definitely a personal choice issue though as it is with car covers and people are either strongly one way or the other it seems.

If you do find a quality cover that is promoted as good for outdoor usage, in very wet weather conditions with the occasional snow and high wind, I'd be interested in getting more info from you on it. There's a trailer I've been keeping my eye on for a very long time that I am hoping is going to come up for sale this fall and if it does it will be worth the severe beating from my wife to drag it home. For at least this year and possibly the next I'll be space challenged so it will have to sit out. I want it covered, less because of corrosion or other issues in that regard as to keep it somewhat disguised from prying eyes. At the same time I don't want to cover it with something that will damage the skin.

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