Garage storage, cover on or off?

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Garage storage, cover on or off?

Post by SBVW59Mango » Tue Feb 11, 2014 10:10 am

I am going away for 4 months (RAF) and my bus is in the garage. Will it be better to keep the cover off and let the air circulate? Or put the cover on? It's a JK waterproof cover and the bus is water tight freshly painted.

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Re: Garage storage, cover on or off?

Post by JacksHere » Tue Feb 11, 2014 10:32 am

If your garage is a nice dry space then it would be nice to keep the dust off, otherwise it depends on the dampness of your garage floor.

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Post by SBVW59Mango » Tue Feb 11, 2014 11:18 am

There is a vent in the back corner for circulation and there is a gap under the garage door. So it's a little damp when it's been raining bad.
The bus has water on it every now and then that's what makes me think I should keep it off or the water won't dry and it will sit between the bus and cover.


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Post by Reggie » Tue Feb 11, 2014 11:46 am

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Re: Garage storage, cover on or off?

Post by beetleben » Tue Feb 11, 2014 1:02 pm

I personally put a cover loosely over the roof to keep the dust off but don't roll it all the way down the body. I also disconnect the battery everytime I park it up with a cut off switch


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Re: Garage storage, cover on or off?

Post by SBVW59Mango » Tue Feb 11, 2014 1:17 pm

Ok cool thanks for the tips.

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Post by vwbuzzers » Tue Feb 11, 2014 8:33 pm

I made the mistake of putting a jk cover on my bus last winter in the garage I'm not joking when i say rust started to appear like never before. So now I just keep a tarp on the roof itself to keep dust off.

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Post by OP » Tue Feb 11, 2014 8:38 pm

vwbuzzers wrote:I made the mistake of putting a jk cover on my bus last winter in the garage I'm not joking when i say rust started to appear like never before. So now I just keep a tarp on the roof itself to keep dust off.

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Exactly, if your cover is designed for being outside then it'll most likely sweat inside a garage even with a vent. Covers for garages seem to be a thin cotton type for this reason.
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Post by Aspro » Tue Feb 11, 2014 9:15 pm

Definitely no cover inside. Traps in condensation. Especially the JK ones.

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Post by beetleben » Tue Feb 11, 2014 10:00 pm

Mine is a breathable cover but think I'm gonna check under it for condensation on a regular basis now. You got me worried now


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Post by Aspro » Wed Feb 12, 2014 12:04 am

beetleben wrote:Mine is a breathable cover but think I'm gonna check under it for condensation on a regular basis now. You got me worried now
Doesn't make a difference.I had a highly regarded Hamilton breathable cover which fits large and sat very loosly over my pickup. It was still covered with condensation every time I looked under. Use a proper indoor cloth cover as mentioned above or nothing at all.

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Post by OP » Wed Feb 12, 2014 12:10 am

beetleben wrote:Mine is a breathable cover but think I'm gonna check under it for condensation on a regular basis now. You got me worried now
If it's designed for outdoor use then it makes no different if it's breathable or not. Breathable allows wind to blow through it allowing it to dry out naturally. Something that'll not happen in a small garage space. Either use a proper thin indoor one and don't use one at all ;)

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Post by Choc » Wed Feb 12, 2014 1:31 pm

No cover indoors, dust can wash off easily upon your return.

I cover the Mrs Golf when its in the garage with a cotton bedsheet during the summer months only to keep the dust off, the rest of the year it sits without a cover.

If I don't you can feel the dampness in the sheet when you remove it each time.

Dust is better than rust. :D

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Post by vwJim » Wed Feb 12, 2014 10:51 pm

If its freshly painted, (which I think you said it was), then definitely no cover.

I have an old cotton bed sheet over the samba to keep the dust / bird poo off the bus, but I wouldn't use an outdoor cover inside.

Brick / concrete garages create more condensation than wooden garages, but that is mainly when the door is opened and the sudden air exchange happens.
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