Has anyone ever had an airstream shrinkwraped for storage?
There are marinas and corporations that do it for boats and buildings, and large objects. I have seen kits for around 800 dollars that would cover a bambi 4 or 5 times.
The wrap wouldnt flutter from the wind and they say its good for up to two years. Comes in many sizes and 3 colors white, clear or blue. Also has vents that can be put on the wrap to let moisture escape. And zippers for entry. Might be a good option for protecting a plasticote.
2012 25' FB Eddie Bauer
Vintage Kin Owner
Join Date: Sep 2004
Some brave soul...
Sounds like a GREAT idea... but we are all waiting for some brave soul who will be the "crash test dummy" for this idea.
It seems like it could work very well. One possible consideration... I was always warned never to store silver in plastic as it causes it to discolor - (and it really does turn it a nasty brown-black. It even seems to degrade the plastic and make it sorta melt onto the silver.)
I'd suggest testing it on a piece of scrap A/S aluminum first. Make a mailbox shape out of the scrap to approximate the curved top, cover tightly, set in the hot sun, cold and rain for three months, then report.
1994 30' Excella
Join Date: May 2004
I have always heard to never use a cover on an Airstream. Never questioning this advise, I never covered any of my Airstreams and they have survived cold and snowy winters. Maybe the aluminum used by Airstreams is superior to the fiberglass used by the SOBs which need to be covered up for the winter. Our Airstreams on the other hand can stand proud and true in the cold and blowing wind with snow building up on their roofs and escape with barely and cough. Then again why would we want to cover up a thing of beauty like an Airstream just for a winter season. I need to look out when it is snowing and cold and see Chummy sitting in the driveway just waiting for me to climb aboard and take him on a trip. Imagine a shrink wrap cover, now I am getting the chills. Maybe that is why no one answered this thread before!
Forest River Forester 2501TS
I don't know if shrinkwrap would work... but I respectfully disagree about leaving Airstreams outside unprotected. Airstreams are similar to small aircraft - both are aluminum, and have long periods of non-use. Both can be stored outside, and often are. However, in my experience, both get wrecked by doing so. A plane's paint will last 5 years when stored outside, maybe 25+ years inside (think of all the plasticoat problems discussed here). A hail storm will destroy a plane (or a trailer) in 10 minutes. The sun bakes electronics and ruins fabric. A wind storm can flip a plane over, or bring a tree limb down onto an Airstream. Rain - well, think of all the rotted floor discussion here! If it's worth having, it's worth storing inside - IMHO. Okay, I'll get off my soap box now...
If you live next to the ocean like myself and don't have indoor storage as an option, this might work. Since the shrink wrap conforms to the object its applied to there would be no wind abration like from a normal tarp. And if trapped moisture is a concern there are vents that can be applied to the plastic wrap. Also there should be some air movement because the entire trailer is not completly smooth. The awnings, AC unit,vents and the such would bulge out and allow moisture to escape in some areas if a vent were appllied. For now this is all a hypothetical since we know of no one doing this.
I suppose there will have to be a brave sole. Since my tailer was smashed by a tree and is not in excellent condition I think I will enquire at the local marina to see what they think and how much.
"No good dent goes unpunished."
I shrinkwrapped my boat for a few years and can offer some suggestions: place vents in the shrinkwrap and install a zippered door for access and inspection inside. To remove any internal humidity build-up, consider the D-Humidify product from http://www.westmarine.com or keep a low wattage light bulb on inside.
If you vent it well, allow the zipper door for inspection and made sure that the cover doesn't move or abrade the aluminum surface, I think you'll be fine.
Maybe if you could do something like putting it in a balloon. That way nothing would touch the skin. I think that a thin layer of plastic touching the metal would react something like a greenhouse effect. Any moisture, and I mean any might cause sever oxidation of the skin. This would leave permanent stains on the aluminum. Then theres always the condensation that always finds its way in.
If you think about anything long enough. It will never get done. Believe me I've had lots of practice. I've been trying to think my airstream to polish itself for years.
Just a thought...I saw someone in Maine who built a knee wall about four feet high and went up and over his boat with 1 x 4 wood like an upside U and braced it from moving front and back and covered THIS with the shink wrap and cut in a door and it looked and worked very well ....... I once needed a temporary storage unit to hold sand in the winter for a large job and we built up a metal scaffold put on a temp roof and for $300 had someone come in and shrink wrap it...... It held all winter and I was thinking of an out building that every year or so just having it rewraped.... because it would only tear at the wear points and after a couple of years the wear points would be softened by the old plastic...
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