When I get my factory-built RV-12is in mid-2024, I plan to keep it outside in a tie-down. Good information about tying down both the nose and the tail, but how the heck can I do that when tie-down spots at my airport have only three tie downs per plane? Maybe use a heavy weight for tie-down number 4?
I plan to get a full Bruce's cover -- wings, fuselage, tail feathers, etc.
It's fairly temperate where I live -- San Martin, CA., (E16) although it can get HOT, windy, and last year (finally) drenching rains. No salt air, thankfully.
I did have a C-150 that I tied down at that airport for 17 years, so I know a bit about staying after corrosion. Wax, wax, wax; and anti-corrosion treatments like Corrosion-X.
I don't plan to keep my plane for more than a few years before I resell it.
Hangers at my airport start at $700 a month if you can get one. And, the price just goes up from there. I will do zero work on my plane. All work -- including oil changes -- will be done by A&Ps at either the on-field FBO, or one at nearby airport. Tiedowns are plentiful and cheap -- $57 per month. So, it's a no-brainer that I keep it outside. There are some nice planes sitting outside at E16.