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5 Most Common Areas of Caravan Damage (& How to Prevent Them)

 

“The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” - Robert Burns.

 

Life is unpredictable, and even the most fastidious caravanner can be on the receiving end of unwanted damage to their pride and joy through no fault of their own.

Specialist caravan insurance company “Caravan Guard” has cited the 10 most common claims they receive and the areas of the caravan that are most likely to get dinged up.

Some of these potential issues are more likely to occur than others and are eminently more preventable if you’re armed with the proper knowledge.

We’re going to look at how we can help you protect against 50% of these problem areas.

 

Front Window

A caravan’s front window is easily the largest window on the vehicle. Unfortunately, it’s also the window that’s the most vulnerable to damage, especially when you’re towing it down the motorway.

It’s no secret that our roads in the UK are both over-populated and under-maintained, so there’s tons of debris on the tarmac lying in wait to deliver the bad news to your caravan window. 

If you damage your front window, you’re looking at a repair bill between £200 and £800 (depending on the severity of the damage), which is money you could be using on something much more fun.

Fortunately, we designed our exclusive Protec Towing Jackets to specifically guard against this type of problem. Our exclusive fabric will guard against any stones, pebbles, or whatever unexpected piece of rubbish from scratching, chipping, cracking, or even breaking your caravan window. 

Not only is our registered Towing Jacket design super simple to use, we think it looks pretty sleek too.

 

Roof

If your caravan’s front window is the highest risk area to take damage when you’re towing your van, then the roof is the most likely candidate to take a battering when it’s parked up, especially in the autumn and winter months.

The high winds we frequently experience in the UK send rubbish and debris hurtling through the air and cause bits of tree to fall off and undoubtedly smash into the top of your caravan.

While it’s nigh-on impossible to prevent freak accidents (entire tree branches fall onto the roof of your vehicle for example), you can stop your caravan’s roof from taking minor damage (which could lead to leaking) by fitting one of our Protec Full Covers. Our covers form a protective barrier between your home away from home and those troublesome airborne missiles. 

 

A-Frame

While the most common form of damage to your A-Frame will come from towing issues and are mostly preventable by sensible driving (that’s all on you), you can still suffer aesthetical damage if you leave your A-Frame uncovered while you’re not using it.

All our Protec Full Caravan Covers come with a free A-Frame cover that will help in the battle against scratches, dings, and dents. Every little helps, right?

 

Front Panels

Your caravan’s front panel is the most vulnerable area of the vehicle to get pinged by unsighted bollards, garden fences, rubbish bins, and anything else that’s about knee-high. 

Our Towing Jackets are reinforced all along the bottom of the cover to help better protect your van from low-speed bumps, knocks, and scrapes. That extra layer can be all that stands between you and a potential repair bill of over £1000.

 

Skylights

While skylights are technically part of the roof, Caravan Guard has found specific claims for damage to skylights are on the rise and have cracked (pun intended, because we’re hilarious) the top ten of most common claims from caravan owners.

Skylights give caravan owners better light inside their homes and improve climate control. Unfortunately, the perspex windows aren’t as structurally sound as the roofs themselves, and as a result, they’re more easily damaged by severe weather conditions.

Not surprisingly, our Full Caravan Covers can easily prevent damage to your skylight thanks to our robust fabric that repels large hailstones and pesky projectiles to help prevent cracks, breakages, and ultimately, leakages.

 

Cover All Your Bases …

Even if the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take preventative measures to ensure the safety of your caravan and your bank balance the best you can.

While we can’t help you guard against driver-induced damage, a quick visit to our online store or a phone call to our expert (yet super friendly) sale team is all that stands between you and your peace of mind

Spending a little money on prevention now is far more affordable than shelling out for exorbitant repairs later and potentially putting the dampeners (quite literally in some cases) on any future getaways.

Don’t wait until it’s too late; order your Protec Full Caravan Cover today.

 

100% Made in the UK

All our Caravan Covers, Motorhome Covers, and Towing Covers are designed and manufactured in-house in Bradford, West Yorkshire by Protec Covers Ltd. None of our products 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