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Storing boots/helmet in car for summer

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by FNM, Mar 26, 2020.

  1. FNM

    FNM Early Days

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    Hi guys,

    So far I’ve had two plane tickets cancelled and looks like we will be making a mad dash to Vancouver to catch a direct flight to Melbourne.

    Due to time restrictions, car will be going into cheap storage - secure location, paved ground, but outside (no shelter). I may buy a car cover - do they keep cars cool in the sun?? .. I’m guessing this virus won’t be under control for several months so I imagine the car will be sitting there through summer.

    I planned on leaving all my ski gear but then read about rodents getting into cars and worried they’d do damage, as well as possibly heat. At this stage I’m planning on leaving skis/poles and ski bag. How do you think boots, helmet and goggles would go sitting in the car? Having some difficulty packing my luggage...

    Cheers
     
  2. Slowman

    Slowman One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    A light coloured cover would help a bit if the car is a dark colour. Aluminium poles could cope with the heat. Skis - not so sure. I suspect the plastics and foam in boots, helmets and goggles would suffer a bit. If you have only have a bit of room and the goggles are expensive pack them. If you have a bit more space and they are worth a bit try to bring the boots or helmet as well. If they are old you may as well just leave them in the car.
     
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  3. FNM

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    that was my thinking as well - prioritise the boots. I’ll be leaving the car in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island and I’ve just read that the temperatures rarely reach higher than 26 with an average around 22. That’s a bit cooler than I was thinking it would be.

    All my gear was new this season and all at the higher end of quality (but found on discount).
     
  4. robbo mcs

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    Skis can delaminate if exposed to very high temperatures. It is the glass windows in a car that really concentrate the heat. An external car cover would help reduce the heat. I think if you have the windows covered it wouldn't be a problem at those type of temperatures.
     
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  5. DidSurfNowSki

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    Strap the skis under the car ? Sunlight being the killer.
     
  6. Moondog55

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    Grab a couple of/quad of plastic crates, put the car cover over the plastic crates giving an air space. It may not be perfect but it should help a bit, even better if you can find any are the foam boxes still used to ship seafood in, styrofoam plus dead air space. Depending on the size of the car you may need a half dozen. Tie the cover down very very well too. Perhaps a sheet of aluminised styrofoam building insulation board cut to fit over that airspace would work better
     
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  7. Hermannator

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    boots will stink out the car and possibly grow mould - remove liners and take with
     
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