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Old 11-27-2014, 09:41 PM   #1
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E350 Cover for Outside Storage

Don't have the luxury of indoor storage for my SMB and looking for a cover that will protect it from sun and rain of the winter. Any suggestions on manufacturers with good construction and durability that will also have enough 'slack' to accommodate the solar, racks and pop top?


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Old 11-28-2014, 12:37 PM   #2
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Re: E350 Cover for Outside Storage

A little different than the focus of your post, but because our new place currently only has a one car garage, I have been thinking of adding this for some of our outdoor equipment. It has good ratings even for snow shedding. I don't know if you have a tall top, but if you do you would likely have to add poles to raise the sides by at least four feet. With a 20% off coupon it is $168 w/o tax.

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Others may have better experience, but my bad luck with car covers is that they promote rust.

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Old 11-28-2014, 04:26 PM   #3
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Re: E350 Cover for Outside Storage

Not specifically SMB, but I have heard many good reviews of Calmark covers for other small van-type RV's. Not the cheapest, but pretty much everyone who has had one for awhile says they have no regrets. I think that's what I'd be looking at if I were storing outdoors.

That said, for a fixed location and if it is an option, I prefer something that doesn't touch the vehicle. Less chance for chafe and you can get in and out easily and do projects in the extra space (something like a metal/fabric temporary "garage" is what I'm thinking of). Somewhat depends on space available plus snow/wind propensity.
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Old 11-28-2014, 07:34 PM   #4
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I had a custom cover made for my ford 350 from California covers. cost 700 dollars. great cover. used it once then found storage for van one block from my house. it fits over my sky box which also has solar panels on top of box. it also was custom to fit over my bike rack that has Velcro to access bike. will sell for half price.
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Old 11-30-2014, 10:16 AM   #5
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Re: E350 Cover for Outside Storage

My 2 cents ..

I did the cheapie route and bought a white 16ft x 24ft tarp from Amazon. I think it costs about $24.99. I fasten it down using bungie cords. It works and isn't particularly pretty but my house is in a small cul-de-sac so most people can't even see it. The sun will likely kill the tarp in a couple of years after which I'll go get another one. Better the tarp than my PH top.

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Old 12-01-2014, 09:11 PM   #6
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Re: E350 Cover for Outside Storage

I am starting my fourth year on a Formosa cover. It has held up well and fits over the solar panels. I usually put a 10x20 tarp under it to make sure no rain gets through. Here is the writeup, viewtopic.php?f=2&t=7471&hilit=+cover

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