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Old 09-03-2005, 05:45 PM   #1
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Protective Cover

I have read in past posts that it is not advised to cover an AS trailer. Can anyone point to why this is? Has anyone tried and had problems? I can't impagine these things are so fragile/sensitive that the would be harmed by a protective cover. I know a partial tarp would have rubbing issues with the ropes, and perhaps some discoloration (though I can't imaging how), but I'm talking about a complete, form fitting cover.
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Old 09-04-2005, 07:12 AM   #2
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I do not know what happens chemicaly, but when you lay something tight against aluminum like a tarp or a piece of plastic the metal under the tarp will corode. It wont where the clear coat is but anywhere there is bare aluminum it will turn white and eventualy will pit clear through. I am Rag hauler, or a sailboater and the french have biult more aluminum sail boats than any other country. They never even put a clear coat on them because if it gets loose anyplace and holds the same water up against the surface for a short time the surface will corode. Mac
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Old 09-04-2005, 08:28 AM   #3
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Hey frozen, please send us some nicer weather! Cool and dry would be good.

I haven't archived any threads on this topic for my personal use but it has stood out as a big no-no. To add to slonezy's comments, one of the big issues is wind moving the plastic and damaging the clearcoat in a big way. I seem to recall it's even bad for stripped, polished units. Snow load is not an issue for Airstreams.

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Old 09-04-2005, 10:06 AM   #4
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The consensus on the board, and from Andy and Inland (I believe he previously weighed in on this) is that don't lay a cover ON the Airstream. I can guess what happens:Older units the clear coat gets worn and then the Al Clad layer of the aluminum goes next and you definitely have a mark that will NEVER go away. You cannot even polish it away, because it was the out layer that you polish and the inner lay you can't.

However, for those of us with older units that spent 30+ years riding around on unbalanced running gear, we're leaky, and need some long term protection during the rainy and snowy months, there fore put it under a pole barn or one of those erectable shelters, anchored firmly to the ground.

Here's a good link to just one thread talking about shelters, there are others:

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