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Old 09-18-2012, 06:48 AM   #1
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Car Covers

It's getting to be that time of the year that it's time to be thinking of a car cover for this car for winter storage. Since I do not have a garage, I'm going to be looking soon for a climate controlled storage facility for my ZL1.
So what car cover have you purchased (or will be purchasing), and why. I'm looking one which will be an indoor cover and will be the safest to use to keep the car from being scratched from taking the cover off.

Also have you replaced the tires with nitrogen, and will you be over inflating your tires or using some thing like flat stoppers.

Any other tid bits you would like to share for winter storage of our ZL1's
would be appreciated.
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:02 AM   #2
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I got the ZL1 cover from Becky at Rogers!! As far as winter storage, I live in NM. It won't be stored too long here.
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:03 AM   #3
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I think nitogen is a waste, I got my cover from a shop in Texas, they also do patio furniture. its a NOAH cloth, seems to handle the elements good, under 300.00
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:17 AM   #4
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I bought the GM outside all weather cover and It fits really good. I probably should have bought the inside cover but this will be fine. Sorry picture is not the greatest.

I am curious what other people are doing for storage as well although that is depressing because it will be away for a good 5 months. I looked at the flat stoppers and they seem like they work. Between that and keeping the battery charged I think that covers it ok.
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:35 AM   #5
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I got a new indoor ZL1 GM cover from ebay for 205 including shipping. Talk about being at the right place at the right time. If you can't find what you want PM Maureen@rodgersChevrolet, she's in charge of parts, great people to deal with. I went with the GM cover feeling that it definitely wouldn't scratch. I'm sure GM doesn't want everybody calling and bitching them out about how their cover scratched there ZL1 that was purchased from them. I wish I didn't need it but am also looking at about 5 months covered up.
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:44 AM   #6
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Rodgers Chevy Maureen hooked me up with the new ZL1 black cover
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Old 09-18-2012, 09:01 AM   #7
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Does anyone think these cars will develop a "flat spot" in the tire from sitting for so long? If so what are your solutions to that problem? Put different tires and rims on?
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Old 09-18-2012, 09:16 AM   #8
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I am sure that Rodgers has great covers. I got mine from Tom Henry racing. It is a really nice cover and says Tom Henry Racing on it and ZL1 under it. If you are interested, I can post pictures.

I typically try to over inflate the tires to try and prevent flat spots. I will drive it anytime there is no salt and sand on the main roads so that helps too. Finally I make sure I have a full tank of gas and put Stabil in it.
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Old 09-18-2012, 09:38 AM   #9
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I am sure that Rodgers has great covers. I got mine from Tom Henry racing. It is a really nice cover and says Tom Henry Racing on it and ZL1 under it. If you are interested, I can post pictures.

I typically try to over inflate the tires to try and prevent flat spots. I will drive it anytime there is no salt and sand on the main roads so that helps too. Finally I make sure I have a full tank of gas and put Stabil in it.
Over inflate to say 50-60 PSI?
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Old 09-18-2012, 09:49 AM   #10
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I'll be reusing the GM car cover I bought for my 2011 Vert. It has a wonderfull soft lining to it.

I'll be storing mine in the same unheated storage locker I used for my 2011, and I'll use the same battery tender.

No I will not be filling the tires with nitrogen nor will I overinflate the tires.

As far as worrying about flat spots on the tires, I wouldn't worry unless the car will be sitting for a couple of years. Over the winter? nah.

The one thing I'm semi concerned with is the tires and the temperatures. IIRC, when the ZL1 was first announced, it was published that the tires weren't to be even stored where the temps would fall below 20F.

If that's indeed the case, then I still have an extra set of wheels/tires from the 2011 Vert that I should be able to mount on the ZL1 while it's in storage and move the ZL1 wheels/tires to the basement of the house for the winter.
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Old 09-18-2012, 12:07 PM   #11
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I bought my floor mats from Maureen and Becky, there a great. Ok so the GM cover sounds like a winner. Nitrogen is not needed, and a full tank plus some additive for storage sounds like a good idea. I knew about the battery tender, have to see if they have electricity at these storage facilities.
I thought I read some where on the forums to block up the tail pipes due to mice crawling in.

Thx for the info keep them coming.
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Old 09-18-2012, 12:20 PM   #12
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I bought my floor mats from Maureen and Becky, there a great. Ok so the GM cover sounds like a winner. Nitrogen is not needed, and a full tank plus some additive for storage sounds like a good idea. I knew about the battery tender, have to see if they have electricity at these storage facilities.
I thought I read some where on the forums to block up the tail pipes due to mice crawling in.

Thx for the info keep them coming.
In my un-heated storage locker (10x30) they don't have electric outlets on the wall, but they do have a single overhead light bulb (hint hint).

I don't worry about blocking the tailpipes simply because my storage facility is a fairly new steel walled structure on a cement floor with no apparent places for critters to get in. If I did however decide to block teh tailpipes, I'd do it with something that starting the car would be able to blow out all by itself rather than use something like a big cork or a potato that might cause harm if you forgot to take them out when you started the engine.

If anything, some people will buy containers of dissacent and place 1 or two inside the car to absorb moisture.
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Old 09-18-2012, 12:38 PM   #13
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Old 09-18-2012, 03:09 PM   #14
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i have the optional camaro factory cover, and ill be storing my Zl1 in a private facility that is heated, so im good
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Old 09-18-2012, 07:03 PM   #15
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Can someone post pics of the inside of the GM car cover and how it fits on the ZL1? I have a Covercraft Dustop for my TA which is flannel (super soft) and it fits perfects, doesn't scratch and washes nicely and is a lot cheaper so I might just get that one.

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Old 09-18-2012, 07:15 PM   #16
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AdvanceAuto.....$39... and also covered while in the garage to keep dust away....
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Old 09-18-2012, 07:37 PM   #17
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Got mine with my Camaro ZL1. Real nice looking and it fits great! It must be a GM accessory.
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:24 PM   #18
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I usually put 50 PSI in the tires.
I also use a battery tender.

My garage is heated (stays about 50F in the winter).

Love my Tom Henry Cover because it is like a heavy flannel. If anyone happens to knock something against the car, it will not scratch it (but I will be arrested).

I hate putting it away so I try to keep a format that I can take it out if we get a nice winter. Of course last winter I could have driven all winter but instead spent it waiting for my car to get done.
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Old 09-18-2012, 10:39 PM   #19
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Mine came with a cover, no problems with storage in SoCal. Can drive all winter! Ya'll are go go through ZL1 withdrawal.
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Old 09-19-2012, 12:39 AM   #20
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I would not worry too much about storing a vehicle for a few months. Todays tires do not develop flat spots like they did a few decades ago, and if they do, just drive around the block slowly until the flat spots come out. The fuel in the tank will not go bad over that short time.

I have stored both my Blazer and my '01 SS (when I had it) for 15 months at a time, and when I did, I put them in a storage locker, put them on jack stands (jack stands were on the A-arms and rear axle to keep the suspension compressed), pulled the batteries, and put a couple moth balls inside of each. When I got back to them, I changed the oil, took them off the jack stands, put the battery back in, cranked the starter for a few seconds, waited a minute, and cranked it again and they both fired right up on the second attempt.
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Old 09-19-2012, 07:01 AM   #21
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Z4me, If you do go with the GM indoor cover they make two. One is a camaro and the other one is made for the Zl1. If you look at the cover it actually has ZL1 embroidered throughout the entire cover. I haven't taken mine out of the bag but have seen the ZL1 all over when I looked in. I think you could get some thick matting for the tires, if you really want something, and that would do the same as the flat stoppers. Oh yeah and be a hell of a lot cheaper. I personally am putting nothing under mine. I also believe with todays technology it isn't really necessary and agree with HDRDTD.

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Old 09-19-2012, 07:34 AM   #22
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Z4me If you do go with the GM indoor cover they make two. One is a camaro and the other one is made for the Zl1. If you look at the cover it actually has ZL1 embroidered throughout the entire cover. I haven't taken mine out of the bag but have seen the ZL1 all over when I looked in. I think you could get some thick matting for the tires, if you really want something, and that would do the same as the flat stoppers. Oh yeah and be a hell of a lot cheaper. I personally am putting nothing under mine. I also believe with todays technology it isn't really necessary and agree with HDRDTD.

Hi I actually talked to Becky yesterday afternoon and ordered the ZL1 car cover. Concerning flat spots she uses a piece of plexi galss under each tire, and does not over inflat the tires. In her experiance if the tires seem a little flat, that after a short bit of driving they come back to thier normal shape. She also uses some bait around the storage facility for mice. Plus uses a battery tender and some freshner for the inside of the car to ward against mildew.
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Old 09-19-2012, 10:49 AM   #23
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Just make sure if you use a car cover, that it's breathable. If not, then it will get moisture between it and the car (sweat, condensation, devil's spit, whatever you want to call it...) and cause things to happen that you would not want to happen to your baby while he/she is in storage. Many outdoor covers are not breathable since they are meant to protect the car from the external elements. Indoor covers are meant to protect from dust, etc. and are not usually waterproof so they don't sweat.
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Old 09-23-2012, 08:24 PM   #24
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Based on the discussions I am also in the market for storage items. Based on a couple of comments made some have the GM specific Zl1 indoor car cover, can they post pics of what our options are/look like?

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