alohart
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Car Cover?

Mon Jan 27, 2014 7:27 pm

Have you found a car cover that works well with your i-MiEV? I will be storing mine for 6 months in my condo parking garage where no rain can fall on my parking space but outside air with dust certainly blows through. So I don't need a cover that protects the paint from rain or sun, but I'd like to return to a car that's not covered in a heavy dust layer.

I haven't been able to find a custom cover (no surprise), but I have identified this cover as a possibility. It's probably a bit too large, but my i-MiEV will be on jack stands, so if the cover hangs down a bit too low, it should be fine.

I would love to hear your comments and suggestions.
Aloha,
Art
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Don
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Re: Car Cover?

Tue Jan 28, 2014 7:26 am

They claim this one fits the car

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mitsubishi-i-Mi ... 0798990193

. . . . and they'll take it back if it doesn't - But I'd feel a bit more confident if they actually had a picture of it on one ;)

I suppose not everyone has ready access to an iMiEV for photo shoots though :lol:

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Re: Car Cover?

Tue Jan 28, 2014 10:14 am

The cab cover for my F250 megacab could practically cover the i. :roll:
California Pop Top in Valencia, CA was willing to sew up a custom design if we could send over a car for the pattern and do a small group buy.
http://www.capoptop.com/

I like the tyvek cover since it sheds rain better, can be shaken dry, and packs into a tiny bag, while my bulky Kimberly-Clark Evolution III blue felt cover lost it's water repellency fairly fast and became a big 'ol chamois sponge (which grows moss in about a month up here)...
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Re: Car Cover?

Tue Jan 28, 2014 11:51 am

alohart, is there a draft in your parking garage? If so, be sure to run a side-to-side rope/strap under the car. Our iMiEV length is 144.7", but she's tall. If the car cover proves to be too long, you can always also run a fore-aft strap under the car. The cover+straps will also be a deterrent to the casual pilferer. Just thought of a funny: put a sign on it saying CAUTION - Electric Vehicle -DO NOT TOUCH :)
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alohart
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Re: Car Cover?

Tue Jan 28, 2014 2:25 pm

Don wrote:They claim this one fits the car

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mitsubishi-i-Mi ... 0079899019

Thanks for the reference! This seller also sells a simple 1-layer cover designed for indoor use, supposedly also custom-fit for the i-MiEV, for about $30 including shipping. This same seller has its own Website as well, but the car covers available don't seem to be the same as those offered through eBay. I'm not convinced that these car covers are custom-fit for the i-MiEV, so I will contact the seller to see what I can learn.
Aloha,
Art
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alohart
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Re: Car Cover?

Tue Jan 28, 2014 2:40 pm

JoeS wrote:alohart, is there a draft in your parking garage?

The trade winds blow through our parking garage, but it's not very windy in my parking space.

JoeS wrote:If so, be sure to run a side-to-side rope/strap under the car.

That's what I do when I have stored my Honda Insight in its Swedish carport parking space that was exposed to wind, rain/snow, and even some sun. The locking cable I used always kept my car cover in place. So I'll do the same here in Honolulu.

JoeS wrote:Just thought of a funny: put a sign on it saying CAUTION - Electric Vehicle -DO NOT TOUCH :)

I've occasionally fantasized about installing a Tesla coil "burglar deterrent" in my i-MiEV. With our high-voltage, high-capacity battery pack, I thought that it might be possible to power a Tesla coil that would discharge long sparks inside my car. This would be particularly impressive at night :)
Aloha,
Art
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alohart
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Re: Car Cover?

Wed Jan 29, 2014 4:39 pm

alohart wrote:I'm not convinced that these car covers are custom-fit for the i-MiEV, so I will contact the seller to see what I can learn.

The seller, The Car Cover, told me that these car covers are not custom-fit for the i-MiEV (no surprise). The cover that they ship is based solely on the length of one's vehicle with no regard for the vehicle's shape (e.g., sedan, van, hatchback, etc.). So I don't expect either of these indoor covers, 1- or 2-layer, to fit particularly well. Maybe that's OK for my intended use. Including shipping, the cost of the 1-layer cover is about $20 less than the Budge 1-layer small SUV cover sold by Amazon which might fit slightly better since it's designed for a small SUV shape. I'll probably go for the least expensive option.
Aloha,
Art
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Re: Car Cover?

Thu Jun 18, 2015 6:07 am

From the Golf Cart thread,
Phximiev wrote:...Speaking of additional stuff, we bought a Budge car cover, the Premier Tyvek, for the iMiev and it works quite well. After leaving the iMiev in the sun for an hour so so, it felt, after returning to the car, as if there was a 30+ degree temperature difference between the outside air and inside the car. One of these days, I will actually measure the difference.

Its a full car cover: http://www.budgecovers.com/car-covers/m ... -miev/2012
Phximiev, thank you for posting this and would you be kind enough to perhaps post a photo? I was about to see if a cover for the original Honda Fit would fit our i-MiEV.
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Re: Car Cover?

Thu Jun 18, 2015 9:04 am

Depending on what the plans are, I will try to get a pic today.
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Re: Car Cover?

Tue Jun 23, 2015 9:07 am

Ok, here is the Budge Cover. Again we are particularly pleased with it.

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