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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-17-2007, 04:18 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone have any suggestions on a good outdoor jeep cover?

I want to cover the whole jeep...not just the cab.

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16x20 tarp. Comes in Silver (strongest), Green, Blue and camo...Cheap and easy. Add bungie cords to hold it on.

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When I finally had to kick my Durango out of the garage to rebuild the CJ last winter, I carefully washed and waxed it and covered it with one of those high dollar car covers. The grey coloredones that resist all moisture and are super soft on the underside.

Well, the cover was on the Durange litterally for about ten to twelve weeks, with me only unzipping the door opening once in a while to start and run it.

The weather cleared up and warmed up and I removed the cover, expecting to wash her up and take her for a drive.

The clear coat was badly scuffed nearly everywhere, from the wind buffeting the cover as far as I could tell. It took hours and hours to clear it up. At first I wondered if it even would.

Why am I telling you this? When I was just out of high school, I had a Mustang that I tarped at my mother's house for an entire winter. I used one of those cheap light blue, very light weight covers. I was concerned about it freezing to the paint with moisture so I kept the snow swept off of it as much as possible. When spring came and I took off the cover... I rinsed her off and took her for a spin. No visible paint damage.

I figured more expensive would equal better quality, but I was wrong. If the wind will get to the cover, I say use the lightest possible, just to keep the bird crap, dust and sun off the paint.

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i used a 24 X 20 tarp over the CJ last winter

first time ive bothered to cover it up for the winter, but winter '05-'06 was rough....blew the doors open ... and caused a bit more damage to the old, dead soft top, than i thought it would

anyways, when i pulled the tarp off last spring--half expecting it to be moist and moldy inside--- it was dry as a bone, and as a bonus....

the front corners of my front end had been buffed to a high gloss!

almost fainted---looked real nice in those spots, better than when i first got the CJ

'74 CJ5232 ci,Dana 30 & 44,basically a stock rig with fiber body
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I have had a similar experience as the one jdoggmoney described, it happened to a truck I owned and to our boat. If you have a tarp on and the wind blows it will rub the finish off what ever you are trying to protect, the thinner the material used to cover the better.

The $200.00 you would spend to buy a pvc framed portable garage is IMHO the best way to go, it protects your rig now and then you can reuse it when the next project comes along. Plus it gives you extra space to work in if ever needed.
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Thanks guys...thats the kind of information I was looking for....

I'll go buy the cheapest cover I can tomorrow.

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