Once every now and then won't hurt them, but by the way you are talking you are keeping them outside. I would def. put something over them if you are keeping them outside all the time. Maybe even invest in a little shed or something.
I live in a subdivision with a homeowners association and they dictate how much air we can use . So putting up a shed or any type of covered area is not an option. And the garage has been converted into a Den. I will put a tarp over the equipment when weather threatens. Thank you for your help.
Try to invest in an enclosed trailer when you have the extra money. Not only will it be a portable garage to store your equipment in, but if it's anything like the DOT in MN here, you won't have nearly the headache. Plus it makes for a very nice billboard.
The LCO I work for, we always cover the trailer at night with a tarp. Once in awhile, the rain dosent hurt them, but especially with machines that have electric starts or electronic components, rain will start to have them cause problems.
Rain and weather is one thing...... what about your $$$ equipment getting stolen? If you're in a development, atleast try and "hide" it under a tarp. I leave my equipment in the back of my dumptruck, with a tarp tied down, then backed up against my garage. They could probably still get mine, but they'd have to work at it, and do it very quietly.
Ever think of getting a van, that you could just park and lock up, also safe fromt he weather conditions.
What type of equipment are you using, wb's? 21"'s?
Go top the top of this site and hit the sponsors button. Then click on W.E. Chapps. They have covers for everything. We run an open trailer for many reasons, but when we travel down the road, and in a storm our stuff is covered. Some of our covers came from W.E. Chapps and they work OK.