Originally Posted by goldundug
Interesting, for some reasons I thought shorter trips would not make a difference since the skis would be exposed for a shorter time to sand and salt.
When they are in the car, they are ALWAYS in their bag for safety. Even then, do you think that keeping them in the car in their bag can br dangerous in accidents?
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I made the mistake of riding my Honda Interceptor one warm day between Christmas and New years. Before I got home the weather turned and we had a spot of freezing rain, and the salt trucks came out. The bike was only exposed to the salt spray for 15 minutes. That salt got into every nook and cranny. Damn, there are a lot of hex bolts on those things.
Makes no difference how long. I have a hatchback, and used to have a stationwagon, and the skis live in the car when they travel - good for skis, not so safe, and the long ones keep bumping into the radio.box. If I was rich, I would have top box.
In a sealed box outside the car, good for skis and a lot safer than in the car.
In a ski bag on the rack - Well you gotta do what you gotta do. Just chekc the bag often for holes, make sure to dry them off and get them out of the bag ASAP because those ski bags seal in moisture, and modern skis have edges made of a special metal designed to rust so fast you can almost see the rust forming. Leaving them in a bag in the car overnight will do it!
Exposed to the elements on the top of the car - Never do that.