Left out in the open, your snowmobile is exposed to dust, dirt, garbage, and debris, as well as bright sunshine that can fade the paint and make plastic parts brittle. Additionally, rain, ice, snow, sleet, etc. can not only corrode the vehicle but also make the paintwork look dull. Moreover, you have to contend with pollen, tree sap, and nesting rodents, birds, and insects. Investing in a strong, durable, and weatherproof cover is the way to go for protecting your valuable snowmobile. However, buying a cover that performs well can be somewhat tricky. Read on to know more about the important considerations involved in the purchase of a snowmobile cover.
Indoor or Outdoor Use
If you keep your snowmobile in your garage, the selection of the cover becomes easier, as the vehicle is sheltered from the elements and other things like bird poop, tree sap, and sunshine. All you need is a strong, but lightweight cover that can protect it from dust and accidental knocks and scratches from bikes and toys kept alongside. However, covers for outdoor use have to be necessarily robust enough to be able to take strong sunshine, high winds, rain, snow, and much more in its stride. The cover must be waterproof because the ingress of moisture can not only cause corrosion of the metal parts but also lead to the development of mold and mildew when the cover is kept on for long. A snowmobile dust cover intended for outdoor use should also come with straps and tie-downs to prevent it from being blown away by high winds or rubbing against the vehicle causing damage to the paintwork.
Generic Fit vs. Custom Fit Covers
Buying a custom fit cover from the snowmobile manufacturer ensures that it will fit the vehicle properly, protect it optimally, and accommodate features specific to your model. However, these covers are significantly more expensive than generic covers. These covers are designed to provide a universal fit, and when you pick the correct size, they can give you good protection. They are also more easily available; you get to choose from a wide range of fabrics and colors and are cheaper.
Waterproof or Water-Resistant Covers
A waterproof cover will not allow any moisture ingress. However, if the snowmobile is wet from use, you will need to dry it thoroughly before putting the cover on as otherwise the trapped moisture will cause corrosion and encourage mold and mildew to form. If you choose a water-resistant cover, you can expect some degree of water to pass through the cover but since the fabric is breathable, the moisture will evaporate, leaving the snowmobile dry. According to Fiber to Fashion, it is possible to manufacture waterproof-breathable fabrics with a dense weave or by adding special membranes and coatings.
Conclusion When buying a snowmobile cover, you must pay attention to the quality of the fabric, as well as the manufacture. Choose a material that will protect the vehicle from damage by the elements and offers protection from UV radiation and dirt, and debris. A good quality cover will not only perform well but also last for years without needing more than routine cl