Golf Cart Covers & Enclosures

December 18, 2008

Dedication

Dedication

For those of us in the northern US, golf this time of year is almost unthinkable. But there is a whole region of America that is not freezing right now! Although it is snowing in Las Vegas, many southern inhabitants have been outfitting their golf carts with winter enclosures to protect against those sub-70 degree temperatures.

Some things to consider:

– Generally, the more clear plastic there is, the shorter the lifespan of the enclosure.
– Four-sided enclosures (includes a windshield) are easier to make than three-sided versions, which means they’re probably less expensive.
– 1983-99 club cars have a weird tubing support structure that makes most 3-sided enclosures require an adapter to work.
– Get lots of zippers. The more zippers, the more convenient it will be.

That’s all for today. More pearls of wisdom to follow.

Golf cart covers

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Waterproof Covers

December 18, 2008

Waterproof?  Or just resistant?

Waterproof? Or just resistant?

Everyone wants to keep the elements off of their outdoor gear.  Sun and rain are the usual suspects when it comes to damaging equipment, and a question I hear often is, “How waterproof are these covers?”

Well, covers have to do a balancing act between breathability and water-resistance.  There’s a reason people don’t just Visqueen their gear.  While almost completely impermeable to moisture, the same is true of air, meaning that with little circulation, the interior of these covers become little terrariums, with closed ecosystems that produce mold and mildew.  That’s not good.  So, manufacturers use synthetic fabrics for breathability, then usually coat them with a layer of plastic or acrylic to make them more resistant to moisture, not to mention UV radiation.

If someone promises that their covers are waterproof, be wary.  Even if they’re telling the truth, you probably don’t want to use them.

For instance, probably a lie:

Water proof covers

More accurate:

Water resistant covers

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They're even colored green!

They're even colored green!

I know, I know.  Could the timing be any worse?  A crippled economy and plunging gas prices have pushed environmental concerns to the back burner, but I applaud Classic Accessories for taking this step towards cleaning up their cover business.  They’ve basically duplicated their very successful Veranda line of covers in form, style and function, but have eliminated half the packaging, made the rest recyclable, and eliminated the use of PVC.  Long the bane of factory workers everywhere, PVC, or Polyvinyl Chloride, is very nasty stuff to make, and has actually been found to cause cancer in those who handle it in the manufacturing process.  Some studies have also shown that PVC can release small amounts of toxic stuff into the air or liquid around it.  The FDA has deemed these amounts too small to hurt you, so don’t worry about it too much.  But its still bad stuff.  So kudos to Classic Accessories. 

Here’s a link to where you’ll be able to find them:

Eco Patio Furniture Covers

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