At last year's AVC we were lucky in that it did not really rain during the competition.
I think that we had some minor showers at the awards ceremony, but that was the extent of the rain.
Since the weather has been so screwy this year I decided to provide some waterproof protection for my rover chassis navigation platform.
It turns out that a GLAD Potluck Size plastic container with an interlocking lid fit the navigation platform just fine.
After making the necessary cutouts to clear a couple of items located on the edge of the platform I was good to go.
The wife recommended that I cut the front section out of the lid and snap it onto the front of the container to help minimize water coming inside the cover when thrown-up from the track by the front wheels.
The only item I cannot waterproof are the two Maxbotix MB1240 sonars mounted ahead of the navigation chassis.
I have had the sonars get wet and they do not work well in that condition. They can be restored to functionality by cleaning with 91% rubbing alcohol.
Also, they tend to false trigger on the rain drops coming down in front of them so I plan to take them off if it rains during the heats.
I have included pictures of the rover with and without the cover below.
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