2007 - Volume #31, Issue #6, Page #39[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Airchamber Protects Collectible Vehicles
Kevin Dittler of Mesa, Arizona, discovered Airchambers while searching for an inexpensive way to protect one of his cars. Made in Britain, it was too expensive to import just one unit. So Dittler decided to become the U.S. distributor.
The portable Airchamber has a frame made of fiberglass poles. A fan pumps in air. If you ever lose power, the frame still holds it up, notes Dittler.
There are other "frameless" shelters around but if they collapse, moisture can condense and damage paint jobs.
Airchambers come in various sizes from small for motorcycles to a 22-ft. by 7-ft. 3-in. by 5-ft. 11-in. tall chamber. Some tractor restorers have adapted the units by shortening the side frames and increasing the center height, Dittler adds. He knows of one tractor restorer who keeps parts in a unit. Some customers with horses in humid climates protect their tack and blankets inside Airchambers.
Because of easy access doors, restorers can go inside the chamber to do work. The floor, a durable nylon-plastic weave, repels oil, antifreeze and brake fluid. Airchambers also make it easier to take a vehicle in and out. Dittler knows one 1956 Porsche owner who never drove his car because it was so difficult to get at. With the Airchamber he drives it often.
Airchambers cost $599 for a motorcycle size to $979 for the largest units. Dittler emphasizes that Airchambers must be used inside a barn or building. He's working on adding a line of portable outdoor units that can handle snow loads and wind shear.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Kevin Dittler, 1307 N. Los Alamos, Mesa, Arizona 85313 (ph 888-992-6773; email@example.com; www.copperstarproducts.com).
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