PilotRPI wrote:I noticed that many of you keep your planes outside, and I was curious if there are any steps you take to do so (custom covers, treatments, etc). Most people around here that tell me I need a hangar for a fabric plane have never actually owned one. I would love to hear from those with real experience!
One person pointed out that the $300 plus I save on storing outside every month more than makes up for the more frequent recoverings needed.
While I recently built a hangar for my Husky, I have been parking my planes outside for the last several decades. There isn't an airplane in Alaska -- fabric or metal -- that hasn't spent thier time tied down outside in the snow, ice, rain, wind and intense sunshine.
Don't know what kind of wind conditions that you will be experiencing there in NJ, but up here in the banana belt part of Alaska, 80 kt winds area an annual occurrence so wind is an over-riding concern when tying down outside.
My recommendations are: use double rope tiedowns for both wings: one through the tiedown rings, and one around the struts wheres they attach to the wing. (Tiedown rings eventually break off over several seasons of wind and corrosion).
Regarding the wing covers, make sure they have spoilers, and get "all mesh" material. Many wing covers are mostly mesh, but have solid fabric along the trailing edge. These will balloon up in the wind and cause damage to your airplane. I have tried all variations of covers over the years and find the all mesh to be the best for high wind regions. (besides, I kind of get turned on when putting black mesh on my baby.)
And don't be surprised on those really windy nights that you are out at the airport parked in front of your airplane for hours at a time while watching all of the other airplanes dance around on their tethers.