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Old June 27th, 2007, 03:29 PM
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Jack Quinlan
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car cover solutions for the odd shaped vehicle?

I really need to cover up the disco.

I don't drive it that frequently and it spends a lot of time sitting exposed to the elements.
Basically, I drive it to the car wash and then it sits till I drive it to the carwash again.

I want to cover it up.

I'm not willing to go all out and get a custom car cover.
If I did that I'd want it to fit absolutely perfectly and it's not unforseeable that my roof(rack) line would change somehow and then it would be all screwed up.

What's a good off-the-shelf covering for a vehicle with as funky a shape as this:


So far the only solution I can come up with is getting a surplus parachute. It seems like the thing to cover up funky cars like trail disco1s or DeLoreans set up for time travel or what have you.
Not really a great solution though.

Does anyone happen to know if the dimensions of any other stock vehicle match that of a modded disco?
Say a cover for a full size Bronco or something like that?

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old June 27th, 2007, 08:23 PM
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Old Izuzu Trooper or GX470 maybe? They're about the only SUV's I can think of that are tall, skinny, and short enough to match a racked Discovery.

I can't imagine that a parachute would be the best choice as I'd think it'd let UV rays through and can't really be all that water proof, can it? Your best non-car cover bet may be to find an old cheap tent/rain fly to make work or maybe even a boat cover.

Probably the cheapest and easiest option is to measure your truck and go with a generic car cover based off of those measurements.
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Old June 27th, 2007, 08:39 PM
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I bought a cheap semi-custom cover at Pep Boys for ~$70. The box claimed it fit certain size SUV's including Discovery's, RRC's, Ford Explorers, etc. It definitely is NOT form-fitting and has alot of extra room.

I use it to camouflage the '87 RRC parts truck from the wandering HOA nazi's that haunt the neighborhood. Even thought it's parked kind of out of sight, if it was uncovered it would be obvious it's not a runner.
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Old June 28th, 2007, 06:28 AM
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I use the LR factory cover for my 90, however with the rack, the cover just rides a little bit higher right at the level of the sliders. I would imagine you would see the same result with the Disco. However I believe the 90 cover was made with extra frontal room for the bull bar (something to check on). Not sure how tight fitting the disco cover would be. It is cut to fit a rig with no rack and thus nearly reaches the ground. My disco II cover is this way.

Of course, you could get the factory cover and modify it with fabric from the parachute, etc. Would be easy to open up some of the seams and add some fabric where needed to get a solid fit.
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Old June 28th, 2007, 10:07 AM
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i say you get one of these, lol. maybe they make one for SUV's.

http://www.carcapsule.com/index.html

you'll be the hit of your neighborhood.
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Old June 28th, 2007, 11:49 AM
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Perhaps something like this?

http://www.coverbonanza.com/7514/262...ler-Cover.html

Not exactly elegant and wouldn't be form-fitting. Even the smallest size might be too much. About 20'L x 8.5'W x 8.5'H for the Model 1. Length seems to be the biggest problem.
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Old March 17th, 2008, 03:27 PM
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Jack,
Were you able to find a suitable cover for your Disco?
I also want to cover my Disco, but haven't found a good method.
Thanks.
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Old March 19th, 2008, 10:21 AM
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Jack Quinlan
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I followed Greg's advice and went to pep boys.
I got the cover sized for an Escalade.
It fits everything I have well enough and fits the 110 like it was make for it.
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Old March 19th, 2008, 10:29 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by JSQ
cover sized for an Escalade...fits the 110 like it was make for it.


Thanks Jack!
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Old April 16th, 2008, 03:51 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by JSQ
I followed Greg's advice and went to pep boys.
I got the cover sized for an Escalade.
It fits everything I have well enough and fits the 110 like it was make for it.

Jack, went to Pep Boys got a cover sized for an Escalade, and it ended up a bit small. Basically the bottom third of the door was still exposed. Is that how yours turned out to be too?

Don't know if it makes any difference in regards to height, but which was yours sized for?

The regular Escalade:

or the Escalade ESV:
Thanks.
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Old April 17th, 2008, 07:50 AM
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problem solved. went to pep boys and exchanged my undersized escalade (not esv) cover with one sized for a ford excursion. it's definitely not form-fitting, but it covered everything except maybe half of my tires. disco is happy now.
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Old May 19th, 2011, 05:20 PM
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dusting this one off.

it's time to park the disco on the side of the house and relegate it to weekend warrior.

how are these covers holding up? good / bad / indifferent?
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