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Technical forums => Vanagon concerns => Topic started by: jdbs3 on September 20, 2020, 05:55:49 PM

Title: Winterizing Vanagon With No Garage
Post by: jdbs3 on September 20, 2020, 05:55:49 PM
1990 Vanagon GL, 2nd owner

For the last 17 years, the van has never been used in Winter.  At the first sign of snow (mid to late November) it was stored in a garage until April or May.  This kept the rust on the exterior and underbody to virtually zero; the exterior is in great shape. 

Or as my mechanic noted the other day, looking at the underside of the van, "it does not look like a New England van, rather more like a California or Florida van."

But now we have moved to a house still in NE, but with no garage and a driveway that is 100 yards from the mouth of a river leading to the ocean.  Again, I will not use the van once the first snow arrives.  It will sit on a driveway covered with pavers, with a 4' fence on one side, and the house on the other side, now exposed to the elements year round.

What would folks recommend I do to minimize the effects of the weather on the van in winter? 

- Should it be parked on a trap to mitigate the effects of ground moisture effecting the underside?

- Should some added level of protection/undercoating be used to deter any rust buildup on the underside?  And if so what?

- What would be the best protection for the exterior body of the van, possible a cover for it over the winter months?  And one that would not nick the paint with constant flapping from the wind?

Any and all feedback will be appreciated.