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January 2018

The Tempo® tip sheet for winter

What would winter in Quebec be without the ubiquitous white portable car shelter? Some call them by their brand name Tempo, others prefer to call them an eyesore. Call them what you will, but there's no denying the fact that they are mighty practical, protecting cars from the effects of winter and saving their owners countless hours of snow shoveling. If you have one, make sure you do some regular upkeep so your car shelter can keep doing its job.

Here's how:

  1. Clear the snow off your shelter. Even the thinnest layer of snow can damage the structure or the fabric over time.
  2. Use a scrub brush or a roof rake to clear off the snow. In times of very heavy snowfall, clear off your shelter simultaneously on each side so that you don't throw off the balance. Ask a friend, neighbour or a brother-in-law to help you and offer them a beer in exchange for the favour—a win-win!
  3. Never leave your car running in the shelter.
  4. Regularly check the tension of the fabric, the anchors and the nuts. Time and snowfall can loosen the tension over time. This is one rare instance in life when tension is actually a good thing, so make sure everything's tight! 
  5. Close the doors at each end to reduce damage from wind.
  6. In spring (which seems so far away right now), clean your car shelter carefully before putting it in storage, and give it enough time to completely dry before you fold it up.
  7. Finally, check with your municipality about the official deadline for removing car shelters.

A car shelter may not be beautiful, but it serves a great purpose. Take care of yours to make sure it lasts for years to come.

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