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Old 01-20-2016, 09:32 PM   #1
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Default Huge snow prep for parked van?

I live in the area that's about to get schwacked with up to 2 feet of snow this weekend. My '97 American Cruiser is parked on my curb/street (passenger side wheels are on the curb/lawn, driver wheels are on leveling blocks---this was my solution to be able to get work done under the rig without a proper jack setup ).

I was planning on taping some scrap cardboard on the street side as a sort of makeshift skirt to keep some of the nastier snow from getting piled up under/on that there anything else I should set up for? It's already winterized with antifreeze. I've got a big tarp I could probably throw over the whole thing. Should I be concerned about the roof's structural integrity under heavy snow? Should I head out there every couple of hours to brush it off?

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Old 01-20-2016, 09:49 PM   #2
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I would try to get it to a storage lot that gets plowed in the winter. Having it on the street with that much snow could turn out very badly, I fear.

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Old 01-21-2016, 12:31 AM   #3
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I shouldn't think the roof will be an issue... but the snowplows can be when they try to clear the street.
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Old 01-21-2016, 01:02 AM   #4
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I live in Northern Michigan where we get tons of snow. I gave up shoveling snow off the roof or from underneath after the first year. It's been nine years and the snow has never damaged it. Save yourself a lot of work and stay nice and warm inside. If you can't move it make sure to turn your mirrors in and place some reflectors behind it so the plow sees it.
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Old 01-21-2016, 01:43 AM   #5
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One piece of advice I can give you is to make sure that air can flow under the van. Front to back, side to side, whatever. This will prevent moisture from being stuck under the van and accelerating corrosion.
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Old 01-21-2016, 02:05 AM   #6
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Get off the street.
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Old 01-21-2016, 05:30 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by Davydd View Post
Get off the street.
yeah really !

You could get smacked or buried by a snow plow
or towed
or smacked by some one "learning" to drive in snow.

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Old 01-21-2016, 01:36 PM   #8
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Off the street because of the plows and road ice prevention equipment.

In that mass of snow in front of the plow are big chunks of ice, sticks, twigs and other debris - you won't recognize your van after they sweep up against it.

The road ice prevention equipment that comes by after is either throwing out (1) salt (2) gravel or (3) a combination of both. Does not mix well with vehicles.

Find a friend with a driveway to park it for a few days. Buy him a nice gift.
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Old 01-21-2016, 09:56 PM   #9
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Great advice here---I have a driveway, it's just super steep (and used more for my everyday car), so I rarely park the van there. I guess I'll pop it up in there tomorrow morning

Thanks so much for the help! Y'all really know your stuff

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