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This morning I drove my little one to nursery - 'weeeeee' she said. It is a special treat to go in the 'cool car'. However it was a bit of an ordeal for 'taxi mummy' , as the inside of the car was quite damp, and the front demister was struggling, the side windows almost opaque, and forget about seeing out the rear hatch. Okay, I realise it is a bit of a sin to drive a 1975 Alfetta GT in the rain, and even more so to keep it outside. but until our house purchase goes through that is the way it is. So has anyone any comparison on the Covercraft or Specialised car covers? They are both stupid expensive, fitted car covers. I know the car leaks a bit, so I want something that will keep most of the rain out, and won't mind my running a dehumidifier inside the car over night.
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What do you call stupid money? We put the wifes 939 spider in a Carcoon over winter, I think it cost about £500 but worth every penny as it circulates the air driving out any damp.
 

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I think Martin (Joe90) keeps his car outdoors and covered all year round.. I'm sure he will be along soon!

Like yourself I have period of time when I need to keep a car outside until we moved to our new house with garage etc, I just purchased an outdoor cover from our local car shop and I have to say it cost me 35 quid and it was spot on... I used it for 4 months.. In fact I kept it and on the odd occasion that I need to park a car in the drive I will still use it.

I'd say if its short term just pay what you need too.. if its long term then I would invest in a good quality version.. (A second hand outdoor carcoon is amazing)!


This morning I drove my little one to nursery - 'weeeeee' she said. It is a special treat to go in the 'cool car'. However it was a bit of an ordeal for 'taxi mummy' , as the inside of the car was quite damp, and the front demister was struggling, the side windows almost opaque, and forget about seeing out the rear hatch. Okay, I realise it is a bit of a sin to drive a 1975 Alfetta GT in the rain, and even more so to keep it outside. but until our house purchase goes through that is the way it is. So has anyone any comparison on the Covercraft or Specialised car covers? They are both stupid expensive, fitted car covers. I know the car leaks a bit, so I want something that will keep most of the rain out, and won't mind my running a dehumidifier inside the car over night.
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I've ordered a Specialised one now. Mostly I think as it is made in the UK, and you get to choose two nifty colours to make the cover from. Apparently it is in the cutting room at the moment. £359 ;0 Cheaper than a twinspark engine though.
 

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Thats not that much cheaper than the carcoon. Anyway, I suggest you fix a blanket over your paintwork because as a cover blowing in the wind can over time can damage the finish.
 

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I think Martin (Joe90) keeps his car outdoors and covered all year round.. I'm sure he will be along soon!

Like yourself I have period of time when I need to keep a car outside until we moved to our new house with garage etc, I just purchased an outdoor cover from our local car shop and I have to say it cost me 35 quid and it was spot on... I used it for 4 months.. In fact I kept it and on the odd occasion that I need to park a car in the drive I will still use it.

I'd say if its short term just pay what you need too.. if its long term then I would invest in a good quality version.. (A second hand outdoor carcoon is amazing)!
Looks like I'm too late Rod, mine is a Covercraft Noah and has lasted over (just) four years with constant use, through thick and thin, need to get a new one this year as it has a few holes and rips in it, I've put mine away wet and dirty and its been fine , it dries out under the cover, no paintwork scratching. you have to bear in mind these covers are breathable which means your car will get wet but it dries out quickly. I've thought about Carcoons but its just not practical for me, mines parked over my car pit.
 

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Thats not that much cheaper than the carcoon. Anyway, I suggest you fix a blanket over your paintwork because as a cover blowing in the wind can over time can damage the finish.
I watched the carcoon youtube video of the guy with the bits of angle-iron. Hmm I think I've made a terrible decision, wish I'd seen that video first...
 

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I watched the carcoon youtube video of the guy with the bits of angle-iron. Hmm I think I've made a terrible decision, wish I'd seen that video first...
If that's the one with the drive in Carcoon inside the garage then that's fine inside, it will act as a kite if its outside and bend and blow away, waste of time and money outside, also if you use your Alfa regularly it will be a right PITA to keep putting it back inside the cover, they are good for long term outside storage but a cover is the way to go if you need to use it now and again
 

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Here is the guy with a BM* in a silver carcoon, it is a long term evaluation, with some actual science in it . He is by the seaside, which reminds me never to buy another alfa from the seaside.


I do want to drive the Alfa as much as possible, and I do hope to have a garage soon, but winter is coming.
 

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Hazel, if you need to use the car regularly it would be a pain, this will be our 4th year using a Carcoon just like the one in the video and without any problems. It does collapse under the weight of snow, which I use a broom to push off.
 

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Hmm, car was soaked on the inside this morning, the rear demist doesn't work either, so a challenging drive. Apparently my car cover is not ging to be ready for at least another 12 days. So I guess I will have to revert to plan 'A' - using a tarp and a dehumidifier over night. grrr grumble grumble.
 

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The Carcoon website recommends a size 4 Carcoon, and by the time you get to the checkout it is up to £612 including shipping.
 

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I Would give it a damn good wax and just leave it outside unless this tarp is a nice material, wont it just rub on your paintwork
It leaks like a leaky thing that just got out of leaky university with a 2:1.

The paintwork is not great, apart from the bonnet and tailgate which are acrylic, the rest is cellulose and is bubbling and cracking and looks like the YTS student did it. However having a car that is so misty on the inside you cannot see out the side windows at all makes it unusable. I've ordered a set of door seals from Highwood, and got a £60 Halfords car cover, which seems pretty good actually, all I need is for it to cover up the leaks and seal the fly window a bit where the extension cable goes in to power the dehumidifier (38% it says, so its doing something). My humidifier is excellent, it takes 5Litres of water out the air over night so a handy source of distilled water too.
 
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