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Car Cover recommendation for G-Series Van
#782613 September 21st 2021 5:02 pm
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To whom may be able to help:
My ‘88 G2500 has some leaks that I unfortunately will not be able to address for some-time and I need to keep the van parked outside for a while. Also, the spot where the van sits is under a big tree. Can anyone suggest a nice quality outdoor cover which would keep water from coming in, would keep sap/crap off of the paint and would fit the g-series Van well? Please list the brand/model of the cover provide images of it on you van if you have them.
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Mercuryfox50 #782616 September 21st 2021 7:23 pm
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TBH - I have two "waterproof" covers and neither of them do their job properly. They'll then get really wet, keep your paint/windows wet and will let some water in. I had a cover on my vintage tbird all winter and it was just mostly wet under the cover so I don't really know what that did to help. My suggestion would be to get a carport type of thing that you can park under and let the van be in the open air. You can certainly cover it with a cover, but when they get wet, they really are kinda useless or tough to deal with, in my experience even with nice covers.


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Mercuryfox50 #782636 September 22nd 2021 1:26 pm
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I am curious to what covers people like as well. my van gets parked in the garage, but i would like a nice cover to keep the dust and such away.

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I use a heavy duty tarp ( plastic ) and tie it down with bungees, It does the job, I would assume you can do custom; however BIG $$$$$.

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Mercuryfox50 #782685 September 23rd 2021 9:14 am
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I use a regular cloth car cover and then i throw a clear thin plastic dust cover over that to keep the moisture off of it. they sell the plastic covers on ebay cheap like 10-20 each and they last usually 3-4 months before needing replacement. you must use a cloth cover under it to prevent it from bonding

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Mercuryfox50 #782686 September 23rd 2021 9:45 am
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I want to add to this one thing:

If you keep your car/van outside and are putting a cover on it, be mindful of the environment you are in. I kept a very reputable brand's cover on my 67 Impala shortly after moving to SC. it was a fancy one that was advertised like it was amazing: 4 layers, soft inside, super breathable, water resistant, etc... well, after a couple of good days of SC rain the sun came out. anybody that has been to the coastal south knows that when that happens, the humidity skyrockets! I decided to pull the cover off around lunchtime and dry the car off before it left spots or anything and was going to drive it back to work. I noticed a bunch of small spots that looked like tree sat spots, but they wouldn't come off with a clay bar or by any means. I learned (from a couple of well known painters and then backed up by the car cover company itself) that once that cover is soaked, the breathability of it is non-existent and not that sweltering southern humidity takes its toll. it lifted the paint and those spots were paint blisters. i had to get the entire car stripped and repainted. I will never keep a thick cover on an outside car again down here. I am sure the thinner ones are much better suited in this environment.

EDIT: The idea above of a plastic cover over a nice soft cover may actually be a great idea and prevent what happened to me. in theory, the cover would retain its breathability, and without the moisture the humidity levels would stay consistent with the outside air.

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SDMickey #782692 September 23rd 2021 12:27 pm
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Originally Posted by SDMickey
I use a heavy duty tarp ( plastic ) and tie it down with bungees, It does the job, I would assume you can do custom; however BIG $$$$$.

This works in a pinch but beware (from experience) that this will scratch your paint, especially if the wind picks up and jostles the bungee ends back and forth. I finally ended up doing a tarp over a soft cover on one van a few years ago. The tarp is beneficial atleast because there arent any seams to leak but they just fit kinda bullky.


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Put some of those pool worms on your van to keep the tarp up so air can get in so the van wont sweat.


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My impala has been covered this way for 4 years and still looks fine. i only put the plastic dust cover over the cloth cover at night to prevent the morning dew and always during rain storms. after it stops raining i blow the cover off with a leaf blower and remove it to prevent greenhouse heat but i must say it keeps the car warm in the winter and snow slides right off of it

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Good to know guys. I cover it when it rains and didn't think about the wind whipping up and scratching it. Man I have to get on it and get my garage back.


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