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#4534165 - 10/04/17 08:42 PM Winter storage in a carport?
OCDriver Offline


Registered: 04/13/16
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Loc: Canada
I've been debating in my head whether I want to pickup a winter beater and store my car, making it a spring/summer/fall car only. The only thing I have access to is a metal carport (where I currently park). I can pretty much seal up the ends with heavy duty tarp. The metal panels are ribbed, leaving a series of ~1 sq in. gaps between the frame and the panels. The floor is made up of concrete patio blocks, with a foot or so of dirt and/or gravel between the edges of the blocks and the bottom of the frame.

I've never stored a vehicle before. Is this a workable option or is it going to allow too much moisture to sit on the car?

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#4534168 - 10/04/17 08:49 PM Re: Winter storage in a carport? [Re: OCDriver]
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Registered: 11/22/11
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Loc: Lima, Ohio, USA
the real trouble isn't moisture, the moisture is bad enough, but for storage the problem is Rodents finding a home in your car. plugging the exhaust, chewing up the wiring, and chewing up the seat foam/ insulation for nesting material.
also their droppings can carry nasty diseases
to keep them out, you need to plug any openings bigger than a dime.
crafty little buggers they are.

last winter my brother rented a storage unit for his Challenger. cost him about $80/month.


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#4534183 - 10/04/17 09:20 PM Re: Winter storage in a carport? [Re: OCDriver]
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Can you buy one of those bags you drive it into?
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#4534241 - 10/04/17 11:38 PM Re: Winter storage in a carport? [Re: OCDriver]
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Registered: 04/19/10
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Loc: Chicago, IL
Originally Posted By: OCDriver

I've never stored a vehicle before. Is this a workable option or is it going to allow too much moisture to sit on the car?



Moisture won't be the problem. You will need to protect against rodents and bugs, as someone else mentioned. These are problems even in garages -- possibly worse because animals are looking for shelter during inclement weather and a garage is quiet and warm.
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#4534244 - 10/04/17 11:50 PM Re: Winter storage in a carport? [Re: OCDriver]
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It needs to be up on four metal jackstands...
1) keeps rodents out
2) keeps tires off the ground
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#4534255 - 10/05/17 01:02 AM Re: Winter storage in a carport? [Re: OCDriver]
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When we lived in an apartment, my cav had a carport spot.

In my case, I just kept it out of the salt. If we got some rain to wash away the salt, the car moved around some to keep animals and stuff out of it. Car stayed safe when it needed to, but never sat for too long of a period of time.

Mine did just fine....
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#4534328 - 10/05/17 06:46 AM Re: Winter storage in a carport? [Re: Brybo86]
OCDriver Offline


Registered: 04/13/16
Posts: 83
Loc: Canada
Originally Posted By: Brybo86
Can you buy one of those bags you drive it into?


Go on...

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#4534357 - 10/05/17 07:16 AM Re: Winter storage in a carport? [Re: OCDriver]
Miller88 Offline


Registered: 04/09/08
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I'm not sure if they have a specific name - but there are car tent bag things that you drive your car into for storage. Keeps the rain and moisture out.
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#4534365 - 10/05/17 07:32 AM Re: Winter storage in a carport? [Re: Linctex]
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Registered: 12/06/14
Posts: 350
Loc: Minnesota
Originally Posted By: Linctex
It needs to be up on four metal jackstands...
1) keeps rodents out
2) keeps tires off the ground


That won't keep mice out. And leaving the suspension uncompressed is not good for the rubber bushings. If you put the jack stands under the suspension that would be fine. When I store my car for the winter I use an old set of steel wheels with junk tires. That way I can bring my tires/wheels inside the house and the car/suspension is in a natural state.
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#4534368 - 10/05/17 07:39 AM Re: Winter storage in a carport? [Re: Linctex]
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Loc: Chicago, IL
Originally Posted By: Linctex
It needs to be up on four metal jackstands...
1) keeps rodents out
2) keeps tires off the ground



No it doesn't. Rodents can still get in, and the suspension is not designed to be hanging like that for an extended period. Tire flat-spotting is not going to be an issue unless the car is sitting for years.
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#4534376 - 10/05/17 07:56 AM Re: Winter storage in a carport? [Re: OCDriver]
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Loc: Michigan
Buy a car cover for extra protection. For mice buy dryer sheets and put them in trunk, under the hood and inside the car.
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#4534415 - 10/05/17 08:59 AM Re: Winter storage in a carport? [Re: OCDriver]
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Registered: 03/30/14
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what kind of car are you wanting to store instead of drive?
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#4534418 - 10/05/17 09:02 AM Re: Winter storage in a carport? [Re: OCDriver]
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Registered: 01/27/17
Posts: 1139
Loc: USA
Originally Posted By: OCDriver
Originally Posted By: Brybo86
Can you buy one of those bags you drive it into?


Go on...


Please...
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#4534423 - 10/05/17 09:04 AM Re: Winter storage in a carport? [Re: ZZman]
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Registered: 01/27/17
Posts: 1139
Loc: USA
Originally Posted By: ZZman
Buy a car cover for extra protection. For mice buy dryer sheets and put them in trunk, under the hood and inside the car.


D-Con rat poison around the car works nicely.

After pack rat damage to my vehicles at the ranch it is a full on war...take no prisoners.
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#4534435 - 10/05/17 09:24 AM Re: Winter storage in a carport? [Re: OCDriver]
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Registered: 11/11/12
Posts: 234
Loc: NorCal
An old boss of mine battled the rodents for years. Tried everything from dryer sheets to bars of soap, poison, cats, moth balls. There is even a product called "mouse blocker" that you wire it to 12v source and it emits some kind of noise that rodents are supposed to hate...

Still had problems after all that. He ended up getting smooth sheet metal panels and cutting them into 8' long strips about 18-20" wide. Riveted the ends together until they were long enough to encompass the perimeter of the vehicle when stood up like a little wall. Bolted the ends together and stored his vehicles like that.

That was the final solution. Rodents can't climb smooth metal surfaces. He stole the idea from a fancy tropical resort he visited once. They had sheet metal collars about 20" wide wrapped around palm tree trunks to keep the rodents from climbing them.

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