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#1 coldel

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Posted 11 November 2019 - 05:00 PM

Fortunately living in zone 2 London means I have a lovely pollution cloud over me that helps stave off snow drifts and flooding. But this year over winter my VX will be living outside, any tips?

 

  • The soft top, can I put something over it that might help it through?
  • I am considering a car cover but aware the damage these can do to paintwork if a few bits of much get under them and the wind picks up...
  • I will be putting in a solar trickle charger and starting her up each weekend and driving where possible


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Posted 11 November 2019 - 07:17 PM

 

Fortunately living in zone 2 London means I have a lovely pollution cloud over me that helps stave off snow drifts and flooding. But this year over winter my VX will be living outside, any tips?


  • I am considering a car cover but aware the damage these can do to paintwork if a few bits of much get under them and the wind picks up...

I leave my car outside on SORN for part of the winter and I live in a high wind area and I'm aware that chafing of from the car cover can very quickly abrade the paint.  I've done two things to address this.  Firstly my Stormforce coverwas a very poor fit so I put it on upside down, marked pleats to be sown together with a sowing machine (extra strong needle) where it was way too loose, and then seam sealed the result.  Also I have a genuine Opel indoor cover which is very tight.  I put this on first and the Stormforce over the top which has allayed any wind chafing problems.  Depends on how much effort you're prepared to put in.  I suspect just the indoor cover by itself underneath an unmodified Stromforce would be sufficient to prevent chafing. 



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Posted 11 November 2019 - 08:02 PM

Thanks Oblomov, would the indoor cover get damp under the outdoor cover and cause moisture to sit on the car unvented? It just seems too simple a solution  :happy:  Great if it works though!



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Posted 13 November 2019 - 07:36 PM

Thanks Oblomov, would the indoor cover get damp under the outdoor cover and cause moisture to sit on the car unvented? It just seems too simple a solution  :happy:  Great if it works though!

I've not had a problem with that but I do take the covers off at every opportunity when it's fine day. 

I have played about with a couple of 75w space heaters on a timer, one in the cabin and one in the boot (boot lid not closed), and  small plywood A frames I made to raise the covers above the boot and off the windscreen and bonnet.  I wasn't sure if it was worthwhile or not.


Edited by oblomov, 13 November 2019 - 07:36 PM.


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Posted 13 November 2019 - 07:39 PM

Oh, and I put a piece of cardboard under the soft top, especially if I put the heater in.






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