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Tips for Winter Caravanners

Holidays really haven’t been the same this year but as a caravan owner, you are in the fortunate position to have your own home away from home, allowing you to get away and have a much-needed change of scenery.

A lot of caravanners are looking to get out on some adventures in the UK this winter and for some, this is their first winter of caravanning, so there are some extra considerations to be aware of compared to caravan trips in the summer.

Here are some tips for a safe and enjoyable winter staycation in your caravan:

Pack for all weathers

Whether you are heading up to the Scottish Highlands, or a beautiful coastal spot in Cornwall, the UK weather can be very unpredictable, so it is best to pack for all weather types. Make sure you pack your wellingtons and waterproofs if you want to get out for walks and plenty of warm clothing too.

Fit winter tyres

To give your caravan some extra grip for a safer journey, you can get winter tyres fitted. Alternatively, you should make sure that you give your tyres a thorough inspection for any cracks or damage and check the tyre pressure is correct before you set off. You should also check the tread, as even slightly worn tyres will be dangerous on icy roads.

Take a spare battery

You really don’t want to take any risks with your battery, as being without heating or power will be a worse-case scenario in freezing temperatures, so it is a good idea to take a spare with you just in case.

Change to propane gas

Butane gas is ineffective when the temperature drops below zero, so you should switch over to propane gas for your winter caravanning trips.

Add anti-freeze to waste water

To prevent your waste water from freezing, you can add anti-freeze. Remember, anti-freeze can be poisonous if ingested, so never add to drinking water. However, you can try insulating your piping and water carrier to prevent freezing.

Take grip mats

When the weather is wet or icy, remember to take slip mats to prevent you from getting stuck in the mud or snow/ice.

Check your heating system

Give your heating system a check over before you go. You might want to get it serviced to give you extra peace of mind that your heating won’t break down while you are away.

Drive more carefully

In winter weather, all drivers should be more cautious and drive slower than usual, but this is even more important when driving a caravan. Check your lights are all working and give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination before it turns dark. Make sure that contents in your caravan are evenly distributed.

Take a towing jacket

A towing jacket will help protect your caravan from picking up grime and dirt while in transit and prevent issues such as stones cracking your window. The towing jackets from Pro-Tec provide excellent protection against the elements.

Shop our towing jackets for your winter getaway by clicking here.

Road Safety Week – Safe Towing

Road Safety Week takes place between November 16th and 22nd this year, as our yearly reminder to be safe on the roads. Unfortunately, car collisions in Britain still occur with someone being injured on a UK road every 4 minutes* – which is why Brake host this annual awareness week every November.

To play our part in Road Safety Week, we’re going to share what we feel are important towing tips for safer driving experiences. If you want to get involved, please feel free to head over to our Facebook to share your safe driving tips too!

Tip 1 – Plan your journey ahead

With the extra weight on your vehicle, it takes longer for lane changes and overtaking can take longer – so the best cause of action is to plan your journey. By doing this, you can pick a route that will have as few hazards as possible.

Tip 2 – Check your lights

Especially as we approach winter where it gets darker earlier, this is a particularly important tip. Large trailers or loads can obscure the taillights on your towing vehicle and if the lights on your trailer are not illuminated, you run the risk of other drivers not seeing your vehicle – especially at night. Taillights that are improperly connected or not working can lead to accidents, so we would advise having a someone help you check both your taillights and brake lights are functioning properly.

Tip 3 – Focus on stability

Many obstacles can affect your stability, especially obstructions on the road such as potholes – so try to avoid these where you can. As winter approaches and winds increase, you must keep your vehicle as stable as possible. If your trailer does begin to sway from wind or a larger vehicle, just gradually reduce your speed and steer steadily – do not slam on the brakes whatsoever.

It's also important to note the UK laws surrounding towing with a cover on – the UK law states that all caravans must have front lights visible at all times and you must be able to operate these from your towing vehicle. That is why we designed our towing range with this in mind, offering a clear insert built into the cover or a light panel kit for you to place in the correct position.

We would always advise going against a towing cover that offer a manual light panel such as a push button, as these are not road legal as you have to physically turn them on at the source and cannot do so from your towing vehicle.

If you want to stay safe and protected on your travels this winter, invest in a towing cover from Pro-Tec Covers. They are designed, as mentioned above, to be road legal and safe – but also with optimum protection for your vehicle. They can beat rain, snow, hail, and everything else winter throws at you.

You can shop all our towing range here.

*Information sourced from Brake UK - http://roadsafetyweek.org.uk/our-theme

 

 

 

How Our Covers Beat the Rain

Unfortunately, there is no way of avoiding the bad weather in the UK, but we can start planning for new adventures when the nicer weather returns next year. With heavy rainfall on the way and probably a few storms to contend with over the next few months, your vehicle must stay protected by a high-quality cover.

Rain is a damage risk for any vehicle, but motorhomes and caravans are particularly prone to damage due to the long, flat roof design which can mean that water puddles on some roofs, causing problems such as rust, especially to older vehicles with paintwork that is not protected against rust.

Water can also get into the vehicle if the seals are damaged at all, causing damp to form inside your vehicle. The other big concern is water getting under the bonnet of motorhomes and causing damage to the engine or electrics. Even using a cover will not necessarily protect your vehicle form these problems, as not all covers offer a high level of waterproof protection.

The benefits of using Pro-Tec covers

Pro-Tec Covers have a formulated material design that can withstand up to a metre of standing water before any will seep through. The unique CaravanShield material is manufactured in Scotland and it provides the optimum level of protection to caravans and motorhomes.

The Pro-Tec cover design consists of three layers, with the outer membrane being UV protected and the inner layer being non-abrasive, meaning you won’t have to worry about it scratching your paintwork in any way. 

The material is also much more breathable than other covers on the market, which prevents condensation and mould building up that can also cause serious damage to your vehicle. Many competitors’ covers use hard plastics in their material, which can scratch the exterior and these types of covers are also more prone to condensation and mould, as the covers are not very breathable.

Now is the time to order your cover

The temperature has dropped significantly recently, and this is a sure sign that winter is on its way, bringing the usual bad weather and maybe even snow that can be hazardous for your vehicle. If you want to make sure that your vehicle is kept fully protected over the winter months with a high-quality cover that you can use all year round, buy your Pro-Tec cover now and rest assured that your vehicle will be in optimum condition for next year’s adventures.

Shop our covers here.

Caravanshield vs. Winter

The winter weather is very harsh and destructive, with powerful winds, heavy rainfall and freezing snow. It’s no surprise many vehicles end up at risk of damage during the winter – which has many people investing in caravan, motorhome and car covers.   

 

Unfortunately, unless you go to the right supplier you can end up creating more damage to your vehicle! With many covers, they are made of a material that can lead to scratching your vehicle’s paintwork – plus they do not allow your vehicle to breathe underneath, leading to mould and condensation build up over the winter.  

 

Our exclusive material, Caravanshield, was designed specially to combat these harsh winter elements. Caravanshield is a 3-ply material which is manufactured in the UK with a waterproof external layer. The layer is waterproof up to 1-metre of standing water but in order to make sure the cover remains breathable; we have a breathable membrane between the waterproof outer layer and soft-inner lining.  Therefore, your vehicle still has incredible protection, whilst also having the ability to breathe.   

The inner lining of the cover is non-abrasive, which guarantees that the cover will not scratch your van. We use no plastic in our covers, which is what makes our covers stand out. Even our straps and door access are made from heavy-duty Velcro – which again gives you sturdy quality without the damage inflicted to your caravan or motorhome.   

 

The sturdy material means any heavy winds will be no battle, there’s also the strong straps for extra security. Rain will be no threat to your vehicle, as the cover will allow up to 1-metre of standing water before any seeps through (almost waterproof). The breathability of the fabric will mean even with heavy rain downpours, your vehicle can breathe and effectively avoid mould and condensation.  

 

Even on a sunny day – those notoriously cold sunny days in winter, your vehicle can still benefit as the covers have UV protection. Meaning you won’t have to worry about fading or peeling on your paintwork.  

 

You can throw any season at our Pro-Tec covers and be rest assured that your vehicle will have the best protection on the market. This winter, don’t leave your vehicle exposed to the dangerous weather – protect it with Pro-Tec.  

 

Shop all covers here 

  

  

 

What are the UK’s most popular campsites?

We all have a campsite that we are fond of, but have you ever wondered what campsites are the most popular in the UK? 

 

Maybe you’re new to caravanning and not sure where is the best place to stay, or perhaps you’re an avid caravanner but want a change of scenery? Whatever position you’re in, this blog will help you discover some of the UK’s most popular sites. 

 

Keep on reading to see what the UK have voted as their favourite campsites. 

 

Hendra Holiday Park, Cornwall 

 

This campsite has cropped up in quite a few of our previous blogs because it is the perfect all-rounder for a campsite which is why so many people love it 

This family-run holiday park is an award-winning site based in the beautiful countryside, just a few moments away from Newquay’s seven beaches. 

The site has 12 fields of spacious touring and camping pitches and was awarded 2020 Holiday Centre of the Year by the AA. It is also a gold 4-star Visit England graded site. 

 

You can also find children’s activities, entertainment, play parks, the Oasis Fun Pools complex and a beautiful outdoor pool. There’s also the Terrace Bar and Restaurant as well as the Coffee Express Café, so you’re spoilt for choice for dining and drinking options! 

 

Devon Cliffs, Devon 

 

This holiday park has many options to keep you busy either on the site or in the local area! 

 

You can take in the beautiful sea views and make use of the incredible facilities which includes indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools, aerial adventure courses and indoor bowling and golf courses. You will be spoilt for choice on which activity to pick, and that’s just what’s on the site! 

 

Nearby you have beautiful sandy beaches and the South Devon countryside just a stone throws away, which is great for unwinding in nature. You can even head to Woodlands Family Theme Park with the kids! 

 

Trecco Bay Holiday Park, Wales 

 

Let’s introduce this site by saying it is one of the biggest holiday parks in Europe! It’s no wonder the site is full to the brim with activities and facilities for its residents. 

With an indoor heated pool, waterslide, outdoor adventure playground and an indoor soft play area – your kids will never fail to be entertained. There’s also an amusement arcade and mini-golf course on site too, not to forget the access you will have to the lovely sandy beach. 

 

Nearby the site you will find the lovely village of Porthcawl which was originally a coal port during the 19th century. Here you can access some of the best blue flag beaches in Wales or stroll the beautiful walking paths. 

 

What is your favourite campsite, did we mention it here? We’re always looking to share site suggestions, especially with so many people being stuck on where to go due to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

 

Why not tell us your favourite campsite over on our social? You can follow us on Facebook or Twitter. 

 

Don’t forget, if you are heading to any of your favourite campsites this year – be sure to have the proper protection for your vehicle. Whether you need a towing jacket or cover, Pro-Tec has got what you need. Shop all of our products here 

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british manufacturerAll our covers are designed and manufactured in-house in Bradford, West Yorkshire by Pro-Tec Covers Ltd. None of our caravan or motorhome covers are outsourced. Our material, CaravanShield, has been exclusively developed in the UK and we are proud to say that it continues to be manufactured  here in the UK

 


 

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