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Indoor Car Covers

Post by Mike0Ryan » Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:08 am

My long restoration project is now close enough to the end that I am starting to think about how to take proper care of my SP250 once it is finished. There is a garage space waiting for my SP250, but I am now wondering if an indoor car cover might also be a good idea. I expect the my SP250 will only see weekend pleasure driving and that it will need to be tucked away for 4-5 months of winterish weather each year.

I am looking forward to your thoughts on indoor car covers. I will also appreciate your recommendations on what to look for in a car cover and which suppliers I should consider.

Thank you!

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Re: Indoor Car Covers

Post by John-B » Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:23 am

There were a lot of topics in the old forum, search for carcoon. This is one of them
http://archive.dloc.co.uk/forum/topic.a ... ms=carcoon

Plain covers, all-surrounding covers which you drive over and zip up and artificially ventilated covers.

Why leave it unused in the winter? I use my car every week when the roads are dry to keep the engine in good nick. It gets the car warmed up, gets rid of any condensation at least for a day or two and gets a fresh breeze blowing through the chassis. The battery gets charged up too.

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Re: Indoor Car Covers

Post by RadfordJim » Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:10 pm

I bought a tailor-made Carcoon as detailed in this thread. The staff at Carcoon are very helpful and quality is excellent.

viewtopic.php?f=34&t=1983&p=10932#p10932


I've been very pleased with it and use it over winter. It comes with it's own mains powered battery conditioner which also allows the fans to run on reduced power from the battery in the event of a mains failure. Running costs are around a penny a day (honestly!). The Carcoon inflates through foam and carbon filters and if you put the car in when the engine is warm, the circulating air will dry off any moisture.


I also bought this as I found it prevents the dust build-up when in the garage during the summer, even for a couple of days. A real bargain for less than £12!

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Cobra-Medium ... 2749.l2649
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Re: Indoor Car Covers

Post by RadfordJim » Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:33 pm

The Carcoon in use.
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Re: Indoor Car Covers

Post by Mike0Ryan » Wed Jul 18, 2018 5:07 am

Thank you for the responses!

I wasn't aware that high end options like the "carcoon" even existed (although it looks more like a "carballoon" to me). My thinking has been more along the lines of a cloth cover to drape over (or wrap around) the car, and whether or not a cover specifically made for an SP250 would be worth the added cost. The "carcoon" is something for me to think about.

I also appreciate the suggestion that I should try to occasionally exercise the car even during the winter months. Once I have the car back, it will be interesting to see just how many winter days I think are warm and dry enough to take the SP250 out for a drive. It would be best if the car cover is easy to take off and put on.

More thinking to do...

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Re: Indoor Car Covers

Post by John-B » Wed Jul 18, 2018 6:30 am

If you want something simple, Halfords have one that people have said is good value.

I use old sheets just as a dust cover in the garage. These absorb condensation drips from the corrugated iron roof and don't keep damp locked in.

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Re: Indoor Car Covers

Post by Big Col » Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:05 am

If you do go for a fitted cover, which would be my choice, then I would advise going direct to a manufacturer, one of the ones that advertise in relevant press.
I bought through a Dart trim specialist to realise at my cost that all he did was buy it in then put his mark up on it.
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