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 Post subject: Winter Car Storage
PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2018 2:03 pm 
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Rather than running the dehumidify all winter this year I am thinking of getting a Carcoon/Air Chamber unit.

Anyone used these and which they recommend?


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 Post subject: Re: Winter Car Storage
PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2018 8:11 pm 
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I have a Cair-o-port that I used when my car was in temporary storage. Overall it was excellent so I'd be happy to recommend the idea rather than a dehumidifier. A couple of improvements I made were to insulate the floor with foam tiles and I upgraded the fans. The tiles help hugely to stop condensation as the car's low ground clearance isn't ideal for good air flow. The fans are standard computer type units, so I fitted higher flow ones with ball-bearings in place of the plain bearing ones that came with it.

Humidity & condensation are the biggest storage issues - not temperature - and the unit kept both at bay. As an aside, we work with electronics that are prone to moisture ingress and a good flow of air is far more effective to remove it than heat; indeed the latter can cause more problems as it just helps damp work it's way further in rather than removing it.

One of the problems with dehumidifiers is that - unless the garage is sealed - they just keep pulling moisture from any air that enters so, essentially, they're just trying to dehumidify the whole street! If the garage is well sealed to let the dehumidifier work, then you don't get a good flow of fresh air.


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 Post subject: Re: Winter Car Storage
PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2018 8:36 pm 
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Thanks for info bud.

I already have tiling on floors and your right about dehumidifier drawing in air from outside as the one I have is an industrial unit.

Seems like a no brainer to replace the dehumidifier with a sealed chamber.


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 Post subject: Re: Winter Car Storage
PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:18 pm 
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These seem to be decent value for money and come with a free trickle charger (not that I need another)

https://www.airflow-uk.co.uk/product/car-airchamber/

If anyone else is after one I will see if they will do a group buy.


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 Post subject: Re: Winter Car Storage
PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:48 am 
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Winter storage! Get it used, chum!
Last run out on Sunday?


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 Post subject: Re: Winter Car Storage
PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:55 pm 
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Had a carcoon for years , it’s been great , As long as you don’t need to get to the car or want to take it out once it’s inflated, you can get others with a frame that do the same but you can still access the car easily.


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 Post subject: Re: Winter Car Storage
PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:26 pm 
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I bought an air chamber about 20 years ago and it was working brilliantly last year when I 'de-commissioned' it. I'll use it again when I get my garage space sorted.

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 Post subject: Re: Winter Car Storage
PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:22 pm 
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Probably about to get flamed but , isn't a breatheable outdoor cover the answer ?
Cars and other stuff in enclosed spaces are a recipe for damp.
Outside storage has the advantage of airflow.


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 Post subject: Re: Winter Car Storage
PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:37 am 
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jfk wrote:
Probably about to get flamed but , isn't a breatheable outdoor cover the answer ?
Cars and other stuff in enclosed spaces are a recipe for damp.
Outside storage has the advantage of airflow.


That’s my view as well, actually a well ventilated garage. If it has decent airflow condensation will not form on the car and it will keep dry if it’s not in the rain. In Derbyshire, where I live, it’s very damp. Saws and other hand tools go rusty if stored in my tool cupboard. Left on the bench they are fine. No airflow in the cupboard. I do put dust covers over my cars but I think that’s generally a bad idea. I have lots of foot traffic for bikes and gym stuff which can easily scratch a car so the covers help in that regard.

My perfect solution is a badly built modern garage which has plenty of drafts around the doors.

Keith


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 Post subject: Re: Winter Car Storage
PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 6:55 am 
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Carcoons blow filtered air into the chamber with two fans that circulates around the car and also inflates the chamber , you can put a wet car in one and it dries much faster .


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