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Hi all. I've recently got my first T5 and I unfortunately can't find any under cover storage in my area (Walsall, west mids) so will be storing the van outside. My question is should I get a cover or not. I've read mixed reviews - some say they are good, some say they cause more harm by the condensation caused etc. any advice much appreciated.

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Keep it clean, give a wax occasionally and it'll be fine. VW vans always rust from below due to salt corrosion. Parking a wet salt covered van in a sealed atmosphere will just condense the salt solution making it corrode faster. You're better off leaving it outside. Classic cars which don't get exposed to winter salt and grime are better indoors to protect all the paintwork from the sun and chrome from oxidation but VW paint isn't like that any more.
 

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So are you saying it's better kept outside in the elements than in a garage ?? I was only asking about a cover as can't find garage in area. I've read some reports the covers are great and others that they cause condensation and rust. Reall confused ...
 

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If you have a garage, that's the optimum - but garages allow air circulation and don't touch the sides of the vehicle. I hope not anyway!

Covering a vehicle with a cover which touches it encourages the condensation problems, and also any tiny piece of grit you get caught in the cover will then nicely scratch your van - usually in the most obvious possible place. Getting a cover onto a T5 is not especially easy, either.

I used to own an MX5 which lived out all year and was my only vehicle and I never had any problems whatsoever with stuff growing on the fabric roof.

My T5 lives outside. I do try to keep it clean, which I think does more to avoid corrosion problems etc than putting a cover over it.
 

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Apparently the best protection, if you use your vehicle frequently is an open car port, to keep the elements off but allow free flow of air to dry vehicle. A garage is fine as long as the vehicle is dried before parking in the garage. All my vehicles live outside, washed and waxed on a regular basis.
The one vehicle I owned that was a daily driver and garaged started showing rust areas after 4 years from new. Other vehicles kept outside showed no rust even after 6 or 7 years.
Or this maybe. http://www.ebay.co.uk/bhp/portable-garage-carport. T:
 

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Only cover I ever used ruined the paint on my TVR. Wind blew rain underneath and then cover sat on wet paintwork and caused big blotches of discolouring. I will never use a cover again.
As said above, just keep it polished and washed periodically. Also as mentioned, wash the underneath off with a hose if you take it out in salty winter conditions.
 

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A friend of mine is a bodywork specialist, he says stay well away from covers as they do more damage than good!

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Thanks all for the advice - I think the concensus is to avoid covers :) think will keep on the drive and wash and wax well. Though I'm waiting on the chance of maybe getting a container storage :)
 
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