October 15, 2014
It’s Fall ! leaves are changing, football is back on the TV and your planning for that much anticipated hunting trip. This season outfit your ATV or UTV side by side with these great QuadGear branded ATV Rack Bags or UTV Double Gun Holder, and Seat Covers. You can also keep warm and dry with one of their drivable enclosures or ATV Handlebar Mitts. Shield your machine from the elements while in transport or when stored with one of our durable storage covers .
September 25, 2014
Have you ever wondered how to properly measure your RV for the right fitting storage cover ?
Well wonder now more. This instructional video will answer the most commonly asked questions.
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September 16, 2014
Think this is crazy? Not as crazy as our pricing on travel snowmobile cover at just $5 for medium size.
September 29, 2011
Ripstop is a method of weaving fabric that makes it harder for tears to occur and spread compared with traditional weaving techniques. Basically, threads are woven in a cross-hatch pattern with thicker threads interspersed with the thinner base material. Ripstop techniques are used in fabrics intended for hard use, like battle dress uniforms and protective clothing for firefighters, or those with tear characteristics are critical to functionality, like parachutes, hot air balloons and parasails.
Now on to covers. Large covers in particular are prone to tearing due to the increased surface area that is exposed to exterior forces like wind and rain water weight. RV covers in particular are greatly at risk of tearing due to the surface area issues, their relatively high weight and the risk of snagging on ladders, bumpers, AC units, etc.
Polypropylene and Tyvek covers were among the first types of materials used to make RV covers due to their low cost; unfortunately, these materials tear relatively easily and are difficult to repair after doing so. Polyesters and Sunbrella came next, woven materials that are much stronger than polypropylenes and capabable of being repaired with needle and thread. But, they are made of a standard weave in that once a tear is made, it is likely to increase in size quickly due to the natural stresses on any RV cover.
Enter Ripstop. Ripstop RV covers are much more tear-resistant than standard polyesters with increased durability and tensile strength. Small tears will not become big ones should you snag the cover on something. The cover will be able to support its own weight indefinitely, even with a weakened panel. It’s really pretty cool, actually. Anyone who has replaced their RV cover every season can tell you that!
I think they’ll be out in six months or so, but I’ll keep the blog updated. Thanks for checking it out!
February 16, 2011
I have new car covers in. The material is the same as the old single-layer polypropylene models though the color is grey instead of tan now and I have several more sizing choices including hatchbacks and crew cab long bed pickups.
These covers have a non-scratch liner and can be locked to the car through a leash that the trunk or cargo doors close on. OverDrive car covers bring a wider range of sizes to the semi-custom market at a very competitive price, with most models under $50 including shipping. Not a bad way to go if you need a dust cover or something light and easy to put on the car for shorter periods of time.
July 1, 2010
Everyone is familiar with Dupont, right? The gigantic chemical/textile/materials company that sells Sunbrella and Tyvek, common materials for RV covers? Well, I have a secret. Like a generic prescription drug, they have been knocked off, to the point that the ‘fakes’ are almost as good as the original materials.
Tyvek is used to seal houses, among other things, making it a natural choice to use to cover your RV. Unfortunately, it’s kind of expensive. Not least because the manufacturers have to pay a licensing fee to Dupont for the privilege of making it. Well, what’s one to do? Use Polypropylene! A suitably layered polypropylene RV cover will approach the durability and impermeability of Tyvek with a much lower price tag. Typically, the polypropylene versions are at least 20% cheaper.
Now, if you want an even better cover without the sticker shock of Sunbrella, try treated polyester. The tensile strength of a polyester RV cover rivals that of Sunbrella with nearly the same resistance to UV penetration. Warranties typically meet or exceed 4 years, making them a great buy for those sick of replacing their cover every season.
All-in-all, I encourage you to explore these less-expensive options. It’s my guess you’ll get a very similar level of performance.
June 30, 2008
Anyone who has had a vehicle for any stretch of time knows that the outdoors can be very unfriendly to paint. Water, salt and sun all come together to put a time limit on your shiny clear coat, making paint dull and without luster as time goes by. Surprisingly, salt and water are not terribly destructive to your paint job, at least while it is still intact.
Sun is the most destructive culprit by far when it comes to ruining the paint on your vehicle. Today’s paints are really just very tough layers of plastic that are impervious to materials as corrosive as sulfuric acid; let alone a little salt. So, it’s not the salt, or the water, but the sun that can make your car look 10 years older. Sunlight has enough energy to literally break down the chemical bonds that exist within your paint. Over time, it will effectively ‘eat’ through the numerous layers, eventually getting to the metal.
Once the metal is exposed, that is when salt and water take over, oxidizing it until it rusts. In other words, if you protect your vehicle’s paint from the sun, it should be able to handle pretty much anything else mother nature throws at it. A great way to protect your vehicle? Cover it up! Relatively cheap covers are nothing compared to a new paint job, and will last several years. Further, most aftermarket paint jobs kind of suck. They never get all the little nooks and crannies, and I’ve always been able to find some bits of long-forgotten color when I open the doors and look in the jambs, for example. I’m not bitter.
A car/boat/PWC/RV cover will save your paint from fading, and keep it doing its job, which is to protect the metal from oxidization, or rusting. So protect the paint which protects the vehicle and you will have much less to worry about in the long run.
June 12, 2008
Rumors in the cover biz indicate that certain manufacturers are developing products with an emphasis on environmentally-friendly materials. These efforts revolve around eliminating the use of environmentally-harmful materials like PVC (polyvinyl chloride, like the pipes) and reducing waste in the manufacturing process. Getting rid of PVC is the big one here, as it can be pretty nasty, especially in the manufacturing stage. More news when its available.
June 11, 2008
Hurricane season means different things to many people. It’s prime time for weathermen. It means overtime for emergency services. Al Roker gets slammed to the ground by 100 mph winds. And, of course, it also means destruction for thousands of people. Unfortunately for boaters, boats and their covers are not immune. I have talked to many people who have lost their covers when a hurricane struck, and surprisingly, most were just using a storage cover, i.e. one without straps. Some even weighted it down with stones or concrete blocks. This is not the best way to hold on to your cover in a hurricane.
Those of you living in hurricane-prone areas should have a trailerable boat cover with at least four straps for this time of year. These covers are designed to stand up to highway winds, and while there’s no guarantee that the cover will hold up in hurricane-force winds, at least you have a fighting chance. Keep your storage cover for easy access to the boat, but keep a trailerable cover in reserve for use when high winds are expected.