We bought the outdoor Carcoon to protect the Trans Amâ€™s new paint work. I was a little dubious to start with but have to say I am very impressed. The outdoor Carcoon comprises of two main parts, a base mat and the cover, which zips to the base mat. The cover is a double layer of special alloy-coated material with an insulating air gap between. This special material protects from dampness, as well as from ultra violet and infra red damage. It also helps stabilise temperature fluctuations.
The Carcoon comes with a control unit, which not only powers the fans that inflate the Carcoon, but also keeps the vehicleâ€™s battery in condition. An added bonus is that if the power fails, the vehicle battery is automatically selected to power the fans.
The two fans, which inflate the Carcoon and keep it ventilated, are similar to the cooling fans found inside computers and are very economical to run. The Carcoon website states the running costs are about Â£10 per year. Air is recirculated around the Carcoon and is cleaned using a patented Active Airflow system, which utilises active carbon filters.
After using the Carcoon for the summer, we have found that the silver material of the top colour has discoloured a little due to bright sunlight. This is only slight and I doubt there will be any detrimental effect â€“ Carcoons have been used for years and I have not heard of any problems with the material degrading.
The only weather the outdoor Carcoon would have a problem with would be heavy snow, the weight of which I believe would deflate the unit. This is not a problem for us as we use ours under a carport.
It takes a little time to get the car in the Carcoon and zip it up, but this gets quicker with practice. The Unit only takes a few minutes to inflate.
The noticeable advantage of using the Carcoon is that the car comes out in the same condition as when it was put in. Clean and shiny every time.
Carcoons are available in a wide range of sizes, both indoor and out, and versions are available for motorcycles too. The lovely people at Carcoon will also tailor make one to your specification, so if you have an extra wide or tall vehicle, you can still take advantage of this clever unit.
The units are not particularly cheap to buy, however they are competitively priced when compared to other â€˜portable garagesâ€™, and are much more convenient to use. If you look at the price as insurance against your carâ€™s paint degrading or tyres getting damaged by UV light then itâ€™s very cost effective.
For more information visit the Carcoon website.
Karcher Pressure Washer Snow Foam Nozzle and Demon Wash Foam
I decided, after hearing rave reviews from friends, to try out snow foaming the cars. There were lots of foam lances available on the internet but the only one I could find in a store was the Karcher Pressure Washer Snow Foam Nozzle, from Halfords. I had read a few bad reviews about this product with complaints that the bottle was too small and it only held enough detergent to clean half a car. So I was a bit dubious about this product and even more so when I saw it in store with an even smaller bottle! However, I decided to give it a go. The Demon Wash Snow Foam Shampoo was on special offer and so I decided to stock up on that at the same time.
I used Demon Wash Snow Foam Shampoo, neat, in the bottle and managed to foam up my Chrysler 300c with enough left to do the Audi and the Smart Roadster too! One bottle was even enough to do the motorhome. Iâ€™m not sure what the other reviewers were using but this combination is a winner.
Once sprayed on the car I agitated the foam with a ‘noodle sponge’ and rinsed off. This cut the car cleaning time by about a third and the result is more than acceptable.
Look at Life: Volume 1 – Transport
Look at Life was a series of over 500 short films made by The Rank Organisation’s Special Features Division for screening at their Odeon and Gaumont cinemas in the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s. This compilation comprises 54 of their 9 minute long ‘slices of life’ with a transport theme. The films are digitally remastered ensuring excellent picture and sound quality. Perfect nostalgia for anyone, especially classic car enthusiasts!