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    Outdoor winter car storage - Carcoon or similar

    One for the vehicle enthusiasts: anyone got any experience/advice on using a Carcoon or similar to store a car over winter? My 928 is moving out of London at the end of the summer - we have ample outdoor parking (with power sockets) at our place in Hampshire (as opposed to one cramped driveway in London) and it seems to me to make much more sense to keep the Porsche down there where it can easily be used and free up the driveway in London for easy charging of our hybrid LOLvo.

    Problem is, we have no garage. Now, eventually we plan to build one, but that's a longer term proposition given other things we have on at the moment, so I need a way of keeping the 928 dry and cosy through winter. I mean, it's fine, it doesn't leak or anything, but sitting in the rain is never good for a car and now she's getting to 30 years old I'd like to cosset her a bit.

    I've seen things like the Carcoon, a double-skinned bubble type cover with humidity control and so on - are they actually any good? And are they a total faff to set up? Ideally, I'd like to be able to use the 928 on the occasional crisp/sunny winter day as well. As ever, advice gratefully received. :)

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    I've seen them inside garages and the owners have been very positive about the benefits. Not sure about outside though, thinking about wind & weather plus higher humidity?

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    When I had my 928S4, I used these people - the Stormshield Plus - https://www.specialisedcovers.com/car-covers/ I was very pleased with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BSB View Post
    When I had my 928S4, I used these people - the Stormshield Plus - https://www.specialisedcovers.com/car-covers/ I was very pleased with them.

    I have in the indoor version and they a really good. No exprience of the Stormshield, but if it's half as good as the Elite then you will not be disappointed.

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    Thanks all - Iíll check those out and see what looks suitable.

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    Another fan of their indoor covers.

    Iím always wary about outdoor covers and the continued movement of the cover marring the paint, even if the car was spotless when put away.

    A friend has a storm shield and finds it gets condensation inside, which is less than optimum storage for a car.

    I remember seeing an automated carcoon type of device on FB a couple of years ago. Drive into it, get out of the car & it then opens out to encapsulate the car automatically. No idea whether they actually made it into production. They look ugly as hell, so it is best being something you donít see daily...plus will speed up your desire for a garage lol.


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    I've a couple of the outdoor ones.

    Essentially a good job, they even include a battery charger so the car rolls out as if it rolled in yesterday after even the toughest winter. They are frost proof and can handle a couple of inches of snow but best cleaning it off when you can. They don't like wind and the blowing about in higher winds can cause the connectors to come off and it deflating, hence I always use an indoor cover underneath to protect against scratches.

    Downside is the company is crap to deal with, I had a couple of warranty issues eg one of the fans failing at 3 months old and they weren't interested, I'd go as far as downright rude. So expect just to pay for any replacement parts you need.


    Just put the ground sheet down, put the car square centre.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Mj2k View Post
    Another fan of their indoor covers.

    Iím always wary about outdoor covers and the continued movement of the cover marring the paint, even if the car was spotless when put away.

    A friend has a storm shield and finds it gets condensation inside, which is less than optimum storage for a car.

    I remember seeing an automated carcoon type of device on FB a couple of years ago. Drive into it, get out of the car & it then opens out to encapsulate the car automatically. No idea whether they actually made it into production. They look ugly as hell, so it is best being something you donít see daily...plus will speed up your desire for a garage lol.


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    Never had any problems with condensation or paint marring with my Stormshield Plus. There are straps that go underneath the car to tie everything together tightly which stops the movement of the cover in high winds etc.

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    This guy knows a bit about laying a car up for the winter on a domestic drive.


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