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Old 10-06-2021, 08:59 PM   #1
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Too many cars and not enough garage

I have six cars and a two-car garage. The obvious solution is to get rid of some of them, and maybe I can pare it by one or two, but two are classic cars that I've owned for many years (and I won't sell) and the others each serve a purpose (such as my toad).

I've been thinking that maybe I could keep the toad at the storage yard where I keep the motorhome and I'm wondering about whether it's safe to keep it long-term under a car cover?

I did this with another car many years ago and the cover left a permanent stain on the paint after it rained and then baked the cover in the sun. Could it be that the modern covers might breathe better and allow moisture to escape?

Anyone here storing their toad outdoors under a cover?
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I have a custom made car cover for my F350, always on it when not driven, but it's not cheap. I buy the "Supremeweave All Weather Outdoor Custom Car Cover with Fleece Lining" from California car cover. This material has a 5 year warranty.

I've had the truck for over 15 years, covers last a good while. Great customer service and the stand behind their warranties. I have ripped a couple over the years, they replaced one and fixed the other... no charge, no arguments. If it does sun rot before warranty is expired, they replace it for free.

The covers are made specifically to fit your vehicle snuggly, these are not "universal" fit car covers.

www.calcarcover.com


However, my truck gets driven usually a least once a week. The longest I've left it without uncovering it was two months.

If the car is in storage for longs periods I would reccomend removing the cover every once in a while and washing the car. The cover, if you get the material I mentioned above, can also be washed in a cloths washer.
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I'm not a fan of car covers. .....how tall is your ceiling?
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I'm not a fan of car covers. .....how tall is your ceiling?
Only 8 feet! Trust me, I'd have lifts already if I could. Am planning to build a second garage, but living on a hill and HOA restrictions are working against me. If I didn't otherwise like where I live I'd sell. All I need to keep me happy is a 5-car garage and a microwave oven, lol.
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I don't like the idea of my toys baking in the sun. I'm in MN but working on a similar issue.

https://toybarnstorage.com/
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If your toad sits outside at home, why can't it sit outside at the storage place?
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I don't like the idea of my toys baking in the sun. I'm in MN but working on a similar issue.

https://toybarnstorage.com/
I don't even want to know the rent on one of these
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I don't even want to know the rent on one of these
I don't know about rent but they sell those here; pricing is $500,000 to $1,000,000 depending on size.....finishing is not included. A buddy has one.


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If your toad sits outside at home, why can't it sit outside at the storage place?
That's what I'm planning to do and why I'm asking about car covers. I had the use of a friend's garage until recently when she sold the house.
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Get it ceramic coated and don't cover it. Park it.
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I know the feeling. I have a box truck, rv, suv, pickup, and two classics. Then I have the go karts, tractor, and utvs. I am planning on building a large garage once things slow down.
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Have used car covers on the outside car for about 20 years. They last 12-18 months before the UV destroys them. They are custom tailored to fit the vehicle and cost is $300-400. The old construction (NOAH) is no longer available. The new construction is more like nylon. Appears to be longer lasting than the prior covers. My source is Griot's Garage. Certainly will look at the covers mentioned above that are guaranteed for five years if I need another one.
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I’ve been towing my 2004 Jeep Liberty for 18 yrs. it’s been outside for 18 yrs.
Still runs great, built like a tank. Solid.
I drive it once a week so the brakes don’t get rusted.
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Mine's a 2005 PT Cruiser, so not exactly a show car I'm trying to protect here, but it makes for a great toad and the paint is in good shape so I'd like to keep it that way.

I presently cover both my motor home and also a car hauler trailer I have, and I do know that polypropylene covers are not good for much more than a year in our AZ sun. Polyester covers do better, but their added weight makes them a bit if a chore to get up to the roof of the moho. A heavyweight polyester cover might be a bit abrasive for car paint though, so I think for the toad I'll just go with a cheapie cover and plan on replacing it every year.
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