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May 21, 2014

Different Kinds of Materials Used in Our Covers

At DuraShield, we’ve mostly written about how fabulous our covers are, how to use them with your furniture and vehicles, and provided general maintenance tips for everything that our covers can go on. But one thing we’ve realized is missing is why we’ve chosen the fabrics and materials for our covers that we have, and it’s important that you know what’s in your covers. We don’t just take a tarp, tape it together and call it a cover — our work goes far beyond that, and we want you to know exactly why our covers are as high of a quality as they are.
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ProtekX™ Plus

This heavy-duty fabric is a win all around for our covers, and provides optimal year-round protection from the elements. It’s tough, durable and breathable, and doesn’t sustain damage from bugs, the sun, dirt and other pollutants as other fabrics do. There’s also a metallic heat shield on it that helps guard against heat damage when placed close to hot exhaust pipes, like the ones on your motorcycle, golf cart, or ATV/UTV. Plus, it comes with air vents so there’s a steady airflow in and out that cuts down on moisture buildup. If too much water gets in and settles, it can cause rust on your vehicle, leading to a lot of problems down the road. You can find it in our motorcycle covers section.

ProtekX™ Extreme

This is like our ProtekX™ Plus fabric, but one step further: it’s a lot more heavy-duty for the really tough elements, and is mildew-resistant for extra guarding against moisture damage. The backing is made of an incredibly tough polyurethane blend, which means it stands up well to extreme weather and abrasion or scratching. It also comes with a no-scratch hood liner for that extra little bit of protection, and you can find it in our deluxe snowmobile covers section.

Stellex

When you browse the covers in our boats section, you’ll find Stellex. You’ll notice a theme when we say it’s a tough fabric, and that’s because Stellex is a type of polyester specially fabricated to withstand sun fade and weather shrink. It comes with a fabric-coating technology that’s resistant to mold, dirt, bugs, UV damage and mildew, but is still incredibly light and strong.

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Lunex RS™

The term “ripstop” may or may not be familiar to you, but it means a nylon fabric that’s stitched in a grid-like, cross-hatch fashion to protect against scratches, rips and tears (sort of like the parachute material you go skydiving with). There are thick threads sewn into light fabrics, which gives it a bit of a 3D texture, and is a hallmark sign of its strength and durability. It’s also really, really light, but can withstand trailering easily. You can find this in our boats section, too.

Cotton-Backed Vinyl

Cotton is a natural fabric, while vinyl is a synthetic one. Together, each fabric grabs the best of the other’s qualities and combines to make an almost superhuman material that’s strong, flexible, light and durable. You’ll see this in our tire covers section because our covers have to be able to fit a range of tire sizes, yet still provide protection to all of them. The seams are double-stitched for an added level of protection, ensuring your tires don’t see the sun at all and enjoy a bit of extra life to them.

Rain-Tite™

Not all homeowners store their patio furniture in the garage or in a carport, so it’s important that these covers are able to withstand snow and rain for months at a time, as well as not cracking when the mercury dips down really low. Our covers with this material are thick, durable and tough so snow and dirt can’t make their way in, but come with zippers so you don’t have to fight at squeezing cushions and furniture into the covers.

WeatherPro 3-Ply

Just like “ripstop”, you’ve no doubt heard of PVCs, or polyvinyl chloride. It’s a really widely-used polymer, but we’ve avoided using it in our barbecue and grill covers because of its sensitivity to weathering effects (it can get brittle and crack easily). Instead, we skipped the PVC part so it stands up well to weather, and added a special solution to resist fading. It also comes with air vents inside for excellent breathability.

It’s important to know exactly why certain fabrics are chosen for specific covers, as each one has been specially chosen and designed to best fit each need. We want to give you only the best quality covers, but more than that, we want to make the whole shopping process as easy as possible on you. This is why we have free shipping to the lower 48 states, as well as a daily sale you can always capitalize on.

March 27, 2014

Protecting Your DuraShield Goods from Springtime Flooding

Now that spring is officially here, it’s almost warm enough to take your DuraShield cover off your car, ATV, boat, motorcycle, golf cart, barbecue grill or patio furniture. But before you do, remember that one of the quickest routes to needing a new any of the above is wrecking it with flooding. Take the following precautions to make sure your valuable gear doesn’t get waterlogged, and you’ll be able to put your DuraShield cover on them again next season.
Classic Accessories OverDrive PolyPRO™ 3 Car Cover

Classic Accessories OverDrive PolyPRO™ 3 Car Cover

Cars, Motorcycles, Golf Carts and ATVs/UTVs

One of the worst ways to damage a motorized vehicle is with water. The mechanical and electrical parts inside need water like a fish needs dry land, and the two should be in contact as rarely as possible. Water can very easily lead to rust, which will weaken the entire integrity of your vehicle and lead it to breaking down much sooner than it should.

Protect it at least parking it on an incline so water can do its natural thing: find the lowest space possible and spread out there instead of in your car, golf cart or ATV/UTV. On a regular basis, run your hand under the seats to check if water has crept in, take off the spare tire to check for moisture there, and, for cars, run the A/C with the windows up and sniff for mildew or mold.

Boats

It may sound silly to read about how to protect your boat from water damage precisely because they’re meant to live in water, but it’s a real risk that’s always present (especially with saltwater).

Regularly inspect the traps under the sinks, sea cocks, strainers, and holding tanks for any hiding water, and remove it as soon as possible to ensure they’re protected. These areas should stay relatively dry, and it doesn’t take much to keep them that way.

Barbecues and Grills

Your barbecue or grill should be washed regularly to avoid ashy buildup, but not draining and letting it dry properly can lead to big and expensive problems down the road. And as with vehicles, saltwater and chlorinated pool water are especially big concerns.

For ocean side grilling, try and keep the cover on as much as possible. It won’t form a perfect seal, but it’ll be pretty darn close. To complement that, regularly inspect and clean the grill, taking time to scrub off any rust that’s developed and coating it in oil to prevent more from building up.

If it’s pool party barbecuing you’re after, the chlorine can be a real killer (or bromine, if you use that instead). The biggest precaution you can take is not setting your barbecue right by the pool so the chlorine/bromine vapors have a harder time sneaking in, and repositioning the grill upwind to further combat the vapors (as well as inspecting and cleaning it regularly).

Classic Accessories Villa Patio Table and Chair Set Cover - Round Tables

Classic Accessories Villa Patio Table and Chair Set Cover – Round Tables

Patio Furniture

Generally, keeping patio furniture from being water damaged isn’t a problem if it’s made of plastic, only if it’s made of wood or metal. It’s also relatively easy to protect it from water damage because the form of patio furniture naturally lends itself to water running off, not collecting on the tops and sides. But you should still tilt the furniture after a heavy rainfall to avoid water collecting, and spray it a protector for that extra boost.

When it comes to whatever valuables you’ve covered in a DuraShield cover, water damage can easily undo everything the DuraShield cover has protected. Take no chances and browse our selection for the DuraShield cover that’s just right for you, and enjoy free shipping to the lower 48 states.

March 12, 2014

Getting Your ATV Ready for Spring

The recent days of warm weather herald one thing: spring is on its way. That means it’s time to uncover the ATV or UTV and take it out for a ride. But first, there are a couple of things you need to do to make sure it’s in good working order.
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Make Sure There’s Enough Fuel in the Tank

If you’ve been following our tips on how to get your ATV/UTV ready for winter, you’ll know that prepping the fuel tank and filling it fill of gas is one of the things to do. However, an ATV/UTV that’s been sitting in your garage over winter has been largely unattended, and there are a number of things that could have happened:

  • Fuel leak from small, unseen damage when getting it ready for winter
  • Holes or pinpricks somewhere along the line caused by mice, cats or raccoons
  • Insects or water finding a new home
  • General dirt or grit making its way in there
  • Either way, you should check the fuel tank by draining both the tank and carburetor, and then filling the tank with fresh fuel. You may not have enough fuel on hand to fill the tank entirely, but what’s in a jerry can will do until you can.

    Are the Tires Inflated?

    So, your fuel tank is full and good to go, but unless your tires are firm and inflated, you’ll be going nowhere fast in a hurry. Start with a visual inspection of all four. If they look okay, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are; it can mean all four are equally flat. If this is the case, give them a light kick or squeeze to check. They may appear okay, but a bit more air in the tires—and be careful of how much you inflate them because replacing burst tires is a lot more arduous than just slowly inflating them—is probably a good thing after a full season of non-use.

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    Air Filter and Oil

    Now that your ATV/UTV is majorly good, you have to look to make sure it can run smoothly and without overheating or clogging up. Depending on how well you take care of your ATV/UTV the rest of the year, a complete oil change may or may not be necessary. The same goes with changing the air filter. Take a look at it to see how grimy it is. You may be able to get away with just cleaning it off, or you may need a new one (the latter especially goes if you do a lot of desert riding where fine particulate matter can quickly clog it up.)

    Battery and Brakes

    It would be awfully terrible to get in the middle of a great ride and either not be able to stop or have it stopped for you. Your brakes and battery are two of the most important things to make sure you’ve got ultimate control over how long your quadding session goes, so run quick tests to make sure both are in top shape.

    Miscellaneous

    Some of the other things you should be looking at include:

  • spark plug (doesn’t necessarily have to be changed every season)
  • drive chain, to make sure it’s not worn, warped, bent or broken in any spots (also doesn’t have to be changed every season or year)
  • steering rods to see they’re straight and firmly secured in place
  • hand grips
  • fan or radiator so your ATV/UTV doesn’t overheat
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    Now that you’ve got your ATV/UTV in great working order, it’s time to take a look at DuraShield’s line of ATV and UTV covers to keep it that way when you take a rest. Our covers come quickly and of high quality, and there’s free shipping to the lower 48 states.

    October 10, 2013

    Getting the Most out of Your Vehicle with an ATV/UTV Cover

    Autumn is the perfect time to go ATVing. There’s a smoky crispness to the air, tinging your cheeks a mischievous red as you bundle up tighter in your sweater. As the leaves swirl around your feet, providing a satisfying crunch when trod upon, those still in the trees glow magnificent oranges, yellows and reds. Yes, autumn is the perfect time for ATVing. But when you do go out, it’s inevitable that you’re going to meet with some unseemly weather, the likes of which can do lasting damage to your ATV/UTV. With a couple of easy tips, though, extending the life of your ATV/UTV will be as easy as admiring autumnal splendor.

    ATVing in the autumn

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    Reducing Damage from the Elements

    Anytime you take your ATV/UTV out in the wild, you’re bound to meet with mud, twigs, branches and water. Happening across these once or twice won’t damage your vehicle, but repeated exposure without clearing it off can. Another surprising way your ATV/UTV can be damaged is by..not being exposed to the elements at all! Even stowing your vehicle in the garage leaves it susceptible to things like water accumulation and rust, dying battery and subpar tires. It’s so important to get a cover for your ATV/UTV, if only to save yourself oodles of money and headaches down the road.

    Size Things up Right

    First, check out the measurement specifications your ATV/UTV manufacturer listed in the vehicle manual. It’s a lot easier to have the numbers in hand when you go to pick out a cover instead of looking at a selection and thinking they’d all fit your vehicle. Once you’ve got that done, look at covers that fit and have a ventilation system. Without one, your ATV/UTV is at a big risk of trapping water, leading to rust. And because rust is like an iceberg, what you see is only the tip of the damage.

    Trail-er Cover with You

    Chances are, unless your backyard is on acres and acres of forest, you’re going to be driving your ATV/UTV to a specific spot. And to do that, it makes a lot of sense to cover it as you’re cruising down the freeway: it’ll protect your vehicle from any flying debris- or just plain flies. But make sure you get one that form fits, so it doesn’t fly off when you’re changing lanes. A cover with straps and an elastic hem is just the thing you need to keep it on nice and tight.

    Keep your vehicle looking brand new no matter what you put it through with the perfect DuraShield ATV/UTV cover or classic accessory that blocks out dust, debris, and water. Free shipping on all orders to the lower 48 states.

    April 18, 2013

    ATV / UTV Storage Covers

    Filed under: ATV Covers & UTV Covers — Tags: , , — probus @ 8:40 pm

    Now that it’s time to explore the outdoors with your ATV/UTV again, you need to figure out how to protect your vehicle from exposure to harsh climate conditions. Both ATV covers and UTV covers will protect your vehicle from dust if stored indoors and protect against sun, water, and rain if stored outdoors.

    UTV cover

    Use an ATV / UTV cover to protect your vehicle.

    Why Use an ATV Cover?

    ATV covers can prevent sun damage, outdoor debris, dirt and water from damaging your vehicle if stored outdoors and can prevent damage from dirt and debris while transporting your ATV on an open trailer. Whether you store your ATV in a garage or out in the open, you’ll want to use an ATV cover to make sure your bike keeps looking and working like you want it to.

    Choosing an ATV Cover

    The ATV cover or UTV cover that you choose depends on a few important factors, such as where you store your vehicle, if you plan to trailer with the cover, and what make and model you own.

    Where you’re storing your vehicle—outdoors or indoors—makes a big difference when it comes to choosing the right ATV cover or UTV cover for your ride. If you use your garage for storage, you can get by with a more loose fitting ATV cover or UTV cover, but if you’re planning on using the cover for trailering, you’ll need one that fits nice and snug, with plenty of straps to keep it in place.

    Trailerable ATV Covers

    A trailerable ATV cover or UTV cover should be form fitting to prevent the cover from flying off while you’re driving down the road, and to prevent dirt from sloshing up underneath the cover. An elastic hem and straps will help keep your cover in place on the trailer.

    Ventilation and Sizing

    When it comes to choosing the best ATV cover or UTV cover for your vehicle, you should strongly consider choosing a cover with a built-in ventilation system. Without a ventilation system, water can get trapped underneath the cover, so choosing a cover with this feature could allow you to prevent water damage.

    Getting the right size is also something you’ll need to think about. Buy an ATV cover or UTV cover that is made for your specific vehicle and that fits the dimensions listed by the manufacturer.

    ATV / UTV Covers

    Want to keep your ATV or UTV looking and working like new? Prevent weather damage with an ATV cover or UTV cover from DuraShield Covers or Classic Accessories that blocks out dust, debris, and water. Free shipping on all orders to the lower 48 U.S.

    January 21, 2013

    ATV Winter Riding Tips

    Filed under: ATV Covers & UTV Covers — Tags: , , — probus @ 9:23 pm
    ATV cover

    Use your ATV cover as an emergency blanket for winter riding.

    Winter doesn’t have to mean putting your ATV in cold storage. The solitude of a winter landscape can be just as appealing as a summer mud hole. Follow these tips to stay warm and safe this winter on your ATV.

    1. Dress for the weather.

    If you’re riding your ATV in the winter, your first priority is to stay warm. That means dressing in layers and covering any exposed skin, especially your neck under the helmet.

    Wear a full-face helmet (such as a snowmobile helmet) if you have one. You can also wear a bacalava underneath your ATV helmet, along with a pair of goggles to protect your eyes from the cold and snow.

    If you ride often in the winter, you might want to consider installing a pair of heated grips and/or hand guards to keep your hands warm and deflect the wind.

    2. Get off if you get stuck.

    If you hit deep snow and can’t get through, try getting off the ATV, hitting the gas, and walking alongside the ATV. If you stay on the ATV and try to power through, you’ll most likely just end up deeper in the snow. Get off, lighten the load on your ATV, and walk until you hit firm or shallow snow. You can also try airing down the tires, if walking doesn’t work.

    3. Pack an emergency kit.

    When you ride in winter, you need to be prepared for emergencies. Pack an emergency kit, including extra food, water, and dry clothing. Use your ATV cover as an emergency blanket or as a wind break in case your ATV breaks down.

    Always let someone know where you’re going and when you plan to be back. Never ride alone in winter. The risks of hypothermia or becoming disoriented in a snowstorm are too great to risk.

    ATV Covers for Storage

    Need an ATV cover to keep your quad safe and snug during the winter months? Take a look at our DuraShield ATV covers and ATV/UTV covers by Classic Accessories and DOWCO. Free shipping to the lower 48 U.S.

    November 16, 2012

    Taking Care of Your ATV Cover Will Make It Last Longer

    Filed under: ATV Covers & UTV Covers — Tags: , , — probus @ 8:18 pm
    ATV cover

    Keep your ATV cover clean to make it last longer.

    A dirty ATV cover won’t provide the level of protection that you need for your quad. Taking the time to properly clean and care for your cover will make your ATV cover last longer and will keep your ATV clean and dry.

    Some types of ATV cover materials may require special care, so check with your manufacturer before using just any old cleaning product.

    Cleaning Tips

    Follow these tips when cleaning your ATV cover.

    1. Don’t wash your ATV cover in a washing machine unless approved by the manufacturer. Your cover will last longer if you wash it by hand, and it will also protect the factory coatings for waterproof and UV protection.
    2. Use a soft terry cloth to brush off dirt and grime before washing your ATV cover. You don’t loose dirt to turn into mud and sink deeper into the fabric.
    3. After you’ve brushed away loose dirt and debris, wash the ATV cover with warm water and a clean sponge or terry cloth. Avoid using soap or any chemical cleaning products, since these can remove the protective coatings on the cover. If you need to clean stubborn stains, contact the manufacturer for a list of approved cleaning products for your cover.
    4. Rinse the cover thoroughly.
    5. Let the cover air dry completely. Never fold a wet ATV cover for storage, since this can promote the growth of mold and mildew.
    6. If needed, reapply a waterproof coating using a water-repellent spray, such as 3M Scotchguard. The original factory coatings will eventually wear away over time, or you may simply want to reinforce the coatings with an extra waterproof layer.

    Other Tips for ATV Cover Care

    Keep in mind that if your ATV cover is regularly exposed to direct sunlight, the color of the fabric will fade with time. This is normal wear even for covers that are treated with a UV resistant coating.

    The ATV cover must fit your ATV cover snugly. If the cover is too tight, it can rub on sharp points and wear quickly or create holes in the fabric. If the cover is too loose, the wind can cause the cover to flap in the wind, which causes wear and tear on the fabric.

    ATV Covers and UTV Covers

    If you need a new ATV cover or UTV cover, check out our selection of covers from DuraShield and Classic Accessories. Free shipping on all orders to the lower 48 U.S.

    October 5, 2012

    ATV Pre-Ride Checklist

    Filed under: ATV Covers & UTV Covers — Tags: — probus @ 9:01 pm
    ATV cover

    Get your ATV ready to ride with these maintenance tips.

    Whether you’re getting ready for the riding season, an ATV camping trip, or just a long day on the trail, you’ll want to check over a few things on your ATV before heading out. Here are just a few things to check before you hit the trail.

    1. Gas

    Running out of gas in your vehicle on the side of the highway is one thing. Running out of gas with your ATV in the middle of nowhere is another. Make sure you have enough gas to get in and get out. Bring along an extra container of gas for long trips or overnight, and make sure you have more than you think you’ll need. If you get lost or take the scenic route, you’ll need some extra gas in the tank.

    2. Fluid Levels

    Checking the oil, coolant, and other fluid levels is something you should be doing on a regular basis, as well as before a long ride. Top off or replace fluids as needed. Remember that extreme temperatures are harder on your engine, so keep a close eye on the oil and coolant in hot weather.

    3. Brakes

    Good brakes are important for safe riding. Check the pads for wear periodically. They should be at least an 1/8 inch thick—preferably thicker. Before starting each ride, do a quick brake check just to make sure you don’t run over the person in front of you or get out of control going down a steep hill.

    4. Tires

    Got enough air? Fill up the tires if needed. Then do a quick onceover to check for nails or objects stuck in the tire. For a worst case scenario, carry a tire patch kit in your ATV storage compartment.

    5. Steering

    Your handlebars should be able to turn all the way to either side. Make sure any wiring that’s attached to the handlebars is long enough to allow full steering capability. Attach the wiring to hard points on the ATV with electrical tape and/or zip ties to avoid getting tangled in the wires.

    6. Battery

    A fully charged battery will give you the power you need for riding hard and operating an ATV winch. It’s also the key for starting your engine. Keep an eye out for corrosion on the battery connections, which can affect the performance of your battery.

    ATV Accessories

    Need an ATV cover or an ATV winch cover? Protect your ride with accessories from DuraShield, Dowco, and Classic Accessories.

    July 20, 2012

    How to Load an ATV on a Trailer

    ATV cover travel

    A trailerable ATV cover protects your quad during travel.

    Getting your ATV loaded on a trailer is the first step in hitting new trails. Exploring new trails lets you ride with friends, see new places, and sharpen your riding skills. Here are a few tips on loading your ATV on the trailer.

    1. First, hook up the trailer to your vehicle. This will keep the trailer steady and level during the loading process.

    2. Next, attach the loading ramp to the end of the trailer. Make sure the ramp is rated for the weight of your ATV and your own body weight, if you plan to drive the ATV up the ramp.

    3. Start up the ATV and drive it slowly up the ramp in the low gear. Keep driving until you’ve got the ATV loaded on the ramp right where you want it. Avoid stopping in the middle of the ramp. If you are only hauling one ATV, make sure the weight of the ATV is balanced in the middle of the trailer. If you are hauling more than one ATV (or motorcycle, UTV, etc.), make sure the load is balanced on the trailer.

    4. Put the ATV in park and turn it off.

    5. Block the wheels to make sure the ATV won’t move during the trailering process. Heavy wooden blocks or concrete blocks will do the trick.

    6. Install a trailerable ATV cover to keep your quad clean and dry. Use all the cover tie-down straps provided.

    7. Strap the ATV down to the trailer with tie-down straps. There should be two straps for the front of the ATV and two for the rear. You can make sure the ATV is secure by trying to rock it back and forth. The wheels should not lift up from the ramp surface.

    8. Secure the strap ends on the ATV cover and the ATV tie-downs. This will keep them from flapping in the wind or getting tangled in any moving parts while you drive.

    9. After driving for a few miles, stop and check the ATV again. Make sure all straps are tight and the ATV is securely tied down to the ramp.

    May 23, 2012

    How to Install an ATV Cover for Trailering

    Filed under: ATV Covers & UTV Covers — Tags: , , — probus @ 7:09 pm
    Trailerable ATV cover

    Tie the cover down tightly for trailering.

    Ready to hit the trails with your ATV? Transporting your ATV on a trailer is a great way to explore new trails and meet up with your riding buddies. Just make sure your ATV is fully protected with a trailerable ATV cover.

    Install the Cover

    Before strapping down the ATV to the trailer, install your trailerable ATV cover. Use all tie downs included with the cover. The more secure your ATV cover is, the less you have to worry about it blowing off on the road.

    Secure the Straps

    Tighten all straps on the ATV cover before taking off. Make sure the ATV is securely tied down to the trailer. The tires should not lift off the surface of the trailer when you try to rock the ATV back and forth.

    To keep straps from flapping in the wind, tuck them inside the cover (if the cover includes slits for this purpose) or tie them off with the tail end of the strap pointing towards the rear of the trailer (in line with the wind flow).

    Check It Twice

    Double check that all of the straps are properly attached, according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

    After you start driving, pull over after the first few miles and check the ATV and trailerable cover again to make sure they are secure.

    Storing the Cover

    Once you get to your destination, loosen the straps and remove the ATV cover. Fold it up and place it in the storage bag included with your cover. If the cover is wet, let it dry before you place it in the storage bag.

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