Are Towing Covers Really Worth It?
If you’re new to caravanning, or you’ve been fortunate enough never to encounter any window damage and the cost involved, you may feel a towing cover is an unnecessary purchase when it comes to caravan accessories.
When driving down the motorway, it surprises me how many caravans I see unprotected on their travels. So, you’re clearly not the only one who is asking themselves, ‘are towing covers worth it?’
Caravans are most vulnerable to damage whilst on the road, whether it be stone chips, road debris, or even rogue branches. A towing cover is a great solution to protect against these elements. But does the cost, and effort of fitting a towing cover, make them worth the protection they provide?
We’re here to give you some valuable information so you can make the best decision for you and your caravan when it comes to towing protection.
The cost of replacing a caravan front window or repairing paintwork or bodywork caused by stone chip damage can vary depending on the age of the caravan and the size of the window. On average, replacing a caravan window can set you back £200 – £800, including labour.
With certain models of caravans, replacement windows can also be difficult to source, leading to delays or added costs for your repairs.
Investing in a towing cover would negate the need for such costly repairs and also keep the caravan front free from scratches and other damage.
Keeping the caravan front damage-free with a towing cover also helps to maintain the condition of the caravan, preserving the caravan’s value if you ever come to sell or upgrade your holiday home on wheels.
The last thing you want to do once you’ve reached your holiday destination and finished hitching up your caravan is to clean the caravan.
Picture this scene.
You set off driving, caravan hitched up to begin your next adventure. Flies, dirt and dust are hitting the front of your unprotected caravan as you make your way to your chosen site. You get to your destination and are officially in holiday mode; you are now hit with the task of cleaning all of the road grime off of your front window, so you can have a view of the outside when you’re relaxing inside your caravan.
Doesn’t sound like a fun time, does it?
Having a towing cover fitted gets your caravan from A to B sparkling and keeps your holiday hassle-free.
Purchasing a towing cover is an investment for both you and your caravan. Therefore, it’s important that you spend time picking the right one.
There are a lot of generic towing covers on the market that can be tempting to purchase due to their price – but they often don’t look the best due to their universal fit, are cumbersome to fit, are not long-lasting, and are not road legal. (Read our blog on the road legalities of towing covers here to make sure you’re clued up.) This can lead to you paying more in the long run when you find you have to replace these covers.
Buying a cover that is made out of high-quality fabric, follows all road legalities, and is tailored to your model will help ensure you’re getting the most out of your purchase and that your caravan is getting the best protection possible during transit.
However, some tailored covers can be quite hard to fit or heavy to handle (especially if you’re a solo caravanner). And what is the point in spending hundreds on a cover if it is so complicated to fit that you never end up using it? Check out online fitting guides for a cover before you decide to buy it to make sure you can comfortably and confidently use your towing cover.
It’s important to bear all of these factors in mind when deciding how to care for your caravan and what accessories you should add to your shopping list.
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