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Re: lets talk about the best way to keep our teardrops dry

Postby Shadow Catcher » Wed Mar 14, 2012 5:22 am

Mike Yes PahaQue makes custom covers and most anything else you can think of related. http://www.pahaquecustom.com
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Re: lets talk about the best way to keep our teardrops dry

Postby mikeschn » Wed Mar 14, 2012 6:25 pm

Shadow Catcher wrote:Mike Yes PahaQue makes custom covers and most anything else you can think of related. http://www.pahaquecustom.com


Kewl! Tucked that one under my hat!

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Re: lets talk about the best way to keep our teardrops dry

Postby Rvankeur » Tue Mar 27, 2012 9:26 am

Shadow Catcher wrote:Mike Yes PahaQue makes custom covers and most anything else you can think of related. http://www.pahaquecustom.com


We have a PahaQue cover for our 2011 Silver Shadow, and have used it for the last 2 winters. Most of the time in the summer it's not covered. The PahaQue covers are very well thought out and are a durable fabric. Ours has zippers by the door to allow for access without removing the cover. It has faded over time, but still seems to be in good shape otherwise. We had to have them do a little custom work on it - they were very good with that as well - we would recommend them to anyone who needs a cover.

In the winter we also put one of those buckets of dessicant - Stay Dri or some such.


Our Silver Shadow has the hurricane hinge on the galley covered with a reinforced waterproof fabric of some sort, and the hardware for the hinge goes slightly wide, so that any runoff won't go into the galley.

We haven't had any leaking issues with the tear as yet. We did have a lovely time with our 2004 Fleetwood (Coleman) popup leaking however, so we'll be sure to double check every possible place for water instrusion on an annual basis.
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Re: lets talk about the best way to keep our teardrops dry

Postby mikeschn » Tue Mar 27, 2012 5:59 pm

How about just using an easy up or two in the backyard over the teardrop? Folks do it at the campground all the time. And surely those easy ups can handle a little bit of rain and snow and wind...?

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Re: lets talk about the best way to keep our teardrops dry

Postby Rvankeur » Wed Mar 28, 2012 4:53 pm

mikeschn wrote:How about just using an easy up or two in the backyard over the teardrop? Folks do it at the campground all the time. And surely those easy ups can handle a little bit of rain and snow and wind...?

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We've got 2 EZ Ups, one is 8 years old, the other one we got last year. Both are brand name EZ Up. They are sturdy, and we take very good care of our equipment, but you can see the age on the old one. The corners sag now, catching rain. They would not hold up to a large amount of rain or snow collected on them. As for wind - we ALWAYS tie ours down - either with straps down to the picnic table, or to the tear.

We had one of those "garage" things blow away once, and we thought that we'd had that one tied down well. We had to go fetch it from the neighbor's yard.

I wouldn't count on EZ Ups for long term storage.
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Re: lets talk about the best way to keep our teardrops dry

Postby Socal Tom » Fri Mar 30, 2012 6:28 am

mikeschn wrote:I wonder if a garage type roof could be designed, that could bolt onto the top of the teardrop for the 50 weeks a year that you are not camping. In theory a bolt on roof would not be subject to the constraints of the village, that allow a maximum shed of 10 x 12 feet. Hey, that might work!!! :thinking:

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I have considered putting an aluminum skin over mine but leaving an air gap between the Al and the current roof. Land Rover did this with some early models. besidws the extra rain protection, it also keeps the roof inconstant shade, keeping the tear cooler. this could also allow better drying when water did get inside.
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Re: lets talk about the best way to keep our teardrops dry

Postby Larry C » Fri Mar 30, 2012 6:38 am

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Re: lets talk about the best way to keep our teardrops dry

Postby slowcowboy » Fri Mar 30, 2012 8:02 am

my teardrop getts dried every day by the constant wind in wyoming. trapped moister or water with our daily windy dry no humity climate doest last long enough in wyoming to do any damage.

as for a ez-up all winter up. good luck in wyoming.

trees don't even stand up here all winter.

the wind would have lots of fun with a tent like thing up all winter.

even tied down the constand rippling of the canvas like materal on the roof of the ez-up IF it was to stay on the roof of the ez-up all winter would be wore so much just like my 2 year old carcover on my teardrop.

that it would get in one winter so thin it would just tear at the touch it would be sun fade so bad too.

and it would not hold one drop of rain being it would get so wore with the constant daily rippling effect from daily wind storms in wyoming.

this is why we normaly don't tarp a thing in wyoming .

its the daily winds.

your far bettor off if your going to tarp something in wyoming to get a heavy duty tarp. like a semi truck uses to tarp.

a load on a flat bed trailer with. something so rubber and thick you can't hardly drag it.

you notice semi trucks don't go by with blue tarps on there loads like you buy in walmart.

a lot of this is the wind force as they drive down the road.

same principal in wyoming with daily wind force. on a hay stack the flapping tarp tied down. will eat a hole in the hay bale under it.

my walmart car cover is split in 3 places and is wore so thin I can see though it.

it is not blue any more but more a tan brown blue.

I really should have bought a new car cover and ditched the one year old one.

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Re: lets talk about the best way to keep our teardrops dry

Postby Socal Tom » Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:04 pm

I apologize in advance if this has been covered, but what about cranking the nose of the trailer up high when stored? This would reduce the likely hood that water could settle on the roof. If it can sit, it will find a way in.
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Re: lets talk about the best way to keep our teardrops dry

Postby Rvankeur » Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:13 pm

slowcowboy wrote:my teardrop getts dried every day by the constant wind in wyoming. trapped moister or water with our daily windy dry no
as for a ez-up all winter up. good luck in wyoming.

trees don't even stand up here all winter.

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Re: lets talk about the best way to keep our teardrops dry

Postby mikeschn » Fri Mar 30, 2012 3:23 pm

Larry C wrote:How about one of these:

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That would be perfect. Problem is, the village won't let me put one of those up in the back yard. :cry:

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Re: lets talk about the best way to keep our teardrops dry

Postby Larry C » Fri Mar 30, 2012 4:42 pm

mikeschn wrote:


That would be perfect. Problem is, the village won't let me put one of those up in the back yard. :cry:

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Would they allow a Pergola? Add some roof panels to keep water out, and I won't tell anybody about your new carport :twisted:

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Re: lets talk about the best way to keep our teardrops dry

Postby working on it » Fri Mar 30, 2012 7:54 pm

The second roof idea would be a good idea when camping as well. An easily attached second roof skin, reflective of course, and waterproof, could be made from a "silver tarp" and put up as needed. I've seen examples of old-school trailers that used a double-layered roof (with air gap) for insulation. The Texas sun is brutal, and I see this as a way to carry "portable shade" with me. I finally cleared a bay in my garage to store (and complete) my TTT, so idle time storage is not a problem now. But, I like the detachable cover concept for this other use.
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Re: lets talk about the best way to keep our teardrops dry

Postby mikeschn » Fri Mar 30, 2012 8:17 pm

Larry C wrote:
mikeschn wrote:


That would be perfect. Problem is, the village won't let me put one of those up in the back yard. :cry:

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Would they allow a Pergola? Add some roof panels to keep water out, and I won't tell anybody about your new carport :twisted:

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The pergola is an interesting concept. I wonder if I could get away with that!

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Re: lets talk about the best way to keep our teardrops dry

Postby LarryB » Fri Mar 30, 2012 9:21 pm

I keep mine in the garage, under the car cover.... and the car sits outside ! :D
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