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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-16-2013, 08:52 AM Thread Starter
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Does anyone park a vehicle in an outdoor canopy/tent?

This may not fit into this thread but it sort of has to do with a garage I suppose...

I just got My Elise this month and only have one available spot in my garage therefore my daily driver needs to spend the day outside often during the week as the Lotus now get's the special treatment, thinking of getting an outdoor car tent like this wondering if anyone has any warnings or recommendations as to which to buy, please note I'm looking for the most economical option.
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What kind of daily driver? I mean if it's just a beater it should be fine outside I would think as long as you drive it. If it's a nice car that you want to protect from the elements that's something else.
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The decent ones (like about $2000) aren't too bad if they are pinned down. I've seen the cheapy ones flying or collapsed with the first decent wind storm though.

I have enough room to park 3-4 cars between two garages... everything is outside
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I just bought the 10x27 Hercules from King Canopy (actually, from Home Depot, as it was the cheapest place to get it from). The Elise and a '69 Olds are sitting under it. I'll be adding the side wall kit shortly. The way it's wedged into my side driveway, there's not much wind that can get to it to turn it into a car destroying sail. I figure the sidewalls will only help that issue.
Not sure why nate379 would mention a $2000 tent. $1500 gets you a solid metal one that is basically a permanent structure.
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I have a permanent one on the side of my house, wedged in there really good. I don't store my Elise under it...the Elise gets the garage for sure. The car I store under it is an old beater I can't bring myself to get rid of. The only thing the canopy is good for is keeping out the sunlight. The car is horribly filthy. The canopy won't keep out dirt, leaves, spiders, rodents or cats.
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Not if I care about my car.
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My wood carport keeps my car in great condition...but this part of LA isn't that dirty.
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10 years with 2 tents - knock the snow off after every snowfall. Also secure it against the wind.

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