Originally Posted by stanvernon
Looking for advice on covering for an E 150 parked outdoors. I live in New England so we have sun, rain, ice and snow. Any experience with covers that will be sure to cover the extra inches of the penthouse pop top?
Our van is parked outside in southern California climate, different from your conditions, but this is what has worked for us so far. Bbasso has a good point, it's best to first prep the vehicle with high quality surface sealants.
In January I detailed the van by claying, then applied Klasse All-In-One followed by Klasse High Gloss Sealant Glaze. This is a clear acrylic coating which is UV resistant and is claimed to be good for one-half to a year. It forms a protective layer over the paint and the clearcoat, and I can vouch that it keeps bug splat and other crud from sticking to the finish and makes washing the beast a (relative) breeze. Appears to be still good after 8 months.
Next I purchased a cover from Camping World made by ADCO "SFS top/polypro sides Class B cover, P/N 12230", mainly to protect from the sun and atmospheric debris. Only needed to tuck in a bit of fabric at the front to conform to the hood/windshield profile, cost ~$200. Had looked into California Car Cover, who does custom fittings with, I'm sure, high end material, but for over twice the cost, ended up going budget.
The van is an EB E350 with the penthouse and a full Aluminess roof rack, bumpers w/ rear Deluxe box plus spare tire mount, and the cover fits pretty nicely; so far so good. Remains to be seen what will transpire during the rainy season. I personally believe the Klasse is the key factor in protecting the surface finish against any possible abrasion from the cover.