I had a "carport" installed the following my first year of ownership with my Scamp
. No turning back. BUT... when I mow grass....and/or it's dry and dusty in the summer, I STILL find myself at LEAST rinsing off the Scamp
because it still gets very dirty. That's not good for the gelcoat finish.
The only TRUE way to protect it is in a 4-walled environment sealed from the wind etc- ala... a garage. I would like to put ends on my carport eventually, but I doubt it will happen. But it's still protected from direct sunlight, heavy rains/snow/ice.
For what it's worth, I used a "breathable" cover for mine for one year. It cost about $100. After one year it was WORTHLESS. I also had to wash the Scamp
every time before putting the cover on for reasons described in other posts. Calmark makes a nice cover with a 6-yr warranty. I would go with that if I was doing a cover. If I was going to use a cheap plastic tarp, I wouldnt use anything and just keep it waxed and clean. But you still have to think about plastic lenses, hoses, snapcaps, window/door rubber seals.... tires
being exposed continually to the elements.
I remember telling the wife after the first year of using an aggravating cover, "Either we're having a carport put up next year or the Scamp is for sale
." (No, obviously i'm not a Scamp or camping "purist") Here's the carport and installation we did.