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Caravan parks back for summer

It’s felt like a lifetime since the caravan parks closed, which is why we were thrilled to hear that caravan parks and campsites will be re-opening from the 4th of July.  

 

We love heading out in our caravans, which we know is a passion we share with all our customers – so it’s been difficult the past few months knowing we can’t all do the thing we love. But now, the gloom has been lifted and the caravan parks will be open just in time for us to enjoy the British summer after all!  

 

The government announced earlier this week that campsites and caravan parks would be joining the other hospitality sectors that can re-open on July 4th.   

 

As with all businesses in this new world, social distancing measures will be applied to campsites and caravan parks – particularly in the shared facilities such as toilets and showers. This will mean consistent cleaning to keep them safe for residents.  

 

Along with the reopening plans, the government announced the new social distancing measures that are to be put in place to coincide with the re-opening of hospitality. The new social distancing measures are now 1-metre plus, rather than the 2-metres we have been accustomed to since March.  

 

The 1-metre plus rule means keeping a 1-metre distance from others, whilst also using other precautions to stay safe such as thorough hand washing and sanitisation or wearing a face mask.  

 

We know that with all of us facing so much uncertainty the past few months, campsites and caravan parks have had a large influx of enquiries to deal with. Whilst there will be a slow transition, it’s great to know that we will get our summer trips in after all.  

 

We created a list of caravan sites that you should check out after the lockdown rules are eased, which you can see here. These are the campsites that we think you should pay a visit to after July 4th!   

 

If you are planning a trip after lockdown, make sure you tell us over on our Facebook page where you’re heading to! Don’t forget, you can get your towing covers from Pro-Tec in the meantime to make sure you’re properly prepared for your trip.  

 

Shop all our towing covers here.   

 

Joining the fight against COVID-19

We know times are scary and uncertain right now and as a family-run business, we appreciate the need to work collectively right now. You’re probably already aware that the pandemic is taking its toll on a vast number of front-line workers and our NHS is under more demand than ever. 

 

Everyone is trying to do their best to help, which is why we’re joining the fight against COVID-19. We have recently split our production team in half to enable them the production capacity to create vital PPE for the NHS.  

 

Before our co-founders Keith and Anne Proctor created Pro-Tec Covers, Keith owned a company that repaired and sold industrial sewing machines, whilst Anne trained sewing machinists. Using their current industry expert knowledge and revisiting their old contacts from the industry, our duo has been helping to produce PPE. We have currently been helping to produce products for field hospitals for MoD and will continue to produce different types of PPE very soon. 

 

We’re extremely lucky that we are in a position where we can support our NHS in the way that we are, and we thank all our Pro-Tec customers who are supporting us.  

As you can imagine, with half of our production team focusing solely aiding the COVID-19 effort, our lead times may be a little longer than usual. We hope you can understand this and that you continue to show your amazing support to us. 

 

During this time, we will continue to produce the products that you love as well as help our key front-line workers who are protecting us all. 

If you are worried about your order or have a concern, we are still here to help you. You can contact us at our email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Things to consider before buying a cover

If you’re reading this, it’s because you are interested in purchasing a cover for your caravan or motorhome – wise choice! Now before you rush to buy one, you must take the time to consider a few things before you buy.  

 

There are important factors to consider before buying a cover, so as the experts in the cover industry – we're going to run over what they are and offer our advice where we can.  

 

The size of your vehicle  

 

If you don’t know this, we would advise looking and getting your caravan or motorhome measured so that you know your measurements. This will be vital in getting a cover that fits your vehicle perfectly to protect it effectively. If you are still unsure on your measurements, our customer service team can advise as we have created covers for most models of caravans and motorhomes – so no matter what, we will get the right fit for you.  

 

Storage or towing? 

 

Which cover is going to be more useful for you? If your vehicle is stored somewhere where it’s exposed to tree sap, animal droppings, dirt, bad weather, UV rays – pretty much anything that can cause damage to your vehicle, then you may be better opting for a storage cover.  

If your vehicle spends more time on the road but you find it getting dirty, grubby and chipped in doing so – then a towing cover will be the best fit for you.   

If you’re unsure about which is best for you, don’t worry. We have another blog which you can read here which goes over the differences between the two and how to pick what is best for you.  

 

The cost  

 

You can get cheap covers from anywhere these days, that’s not a problem to find. What will be a problem however is the repeated payments you will have to make after it when the cheap cover does not keep your vehicle protected from water, UV damage or dirt effectively.   

Whilst a bespoke cover will be more expensive, you pay for the longevity. A bespoke cover like what you receive from Pro-Tec Cover can stay on for a whole year and protect your vehicle the whole time when cared for properly! This is a much better investment than buying a cheap cover and unfortunately paying the price when it doesn’t deliver its claims.  

 

Where you buy the cover from  

 

A poorly fitting cover can easily scratch your paintwork, scratch your windows, encourage condensation build-up and leave your van soaking wet after rainy days – not ideal. A Pro-Tec Cover does not run this risk and no we’re not being biased. The proof is our cover has been tested and is the most breathable cover on the market, that means it allows up to 1metre of water to sit on it whilst still being breathable – avoiding a wet van and condensation at the same time. Not many other covers will offer that.  

 

Not only that but our covers do not contain any plastic – this is the enemy of your vehicle and will cause damage to your paintwork. We use sturdy materials that are safe to your vehicle’s body whilst protecting it.  

 

Make sure you read the reviews of anyone you’re considering buying a cover from, do your research and make sure you buy a cover that can offer you UV protection, waterproof qualities, breathability and ultimate all-year round protection.  

 

If you want to shop any of the Pro-Tec covers, you can do so by clicking here.   

 

Pro-tec Hall of Fame

Over the years, we’re very proud to have helped a few famous faces find their perfect cover for their caravans and motorhomes. So, to showcase the quality of our covers, we thought we would take a trip down the Pro-Tec Hall of Fame. 

 

The below are just a few of the celebs we’ve helped with covers over the years! 

 

Martin Clunes 

You may know him as Martin Ellingham from Doc Martin or Kipper the Dog, but we know him as one of our friendly Pro-Tec customers. We were thrilled to help Martin Clunes with a cover for his caravan, so that he and his family could enjoy some trips away in their caravan. 

 

Jay Kay (Jamiroquai)  

The space cowboy was a lovely customer from a few years back. We helped Jay Kay, better known as Jamiroquai, to find the perfect bespoke cover for his caravan. Our owner Keith had the pleasure of meeting him and had a great chat about his caravanning plans. 

 

Jamie Oliver 

When he’s not busy providing the nation with tasty recipes, Jamie Oliver enjoys a spot of caravanning with his family. So, he came to Pro-Tec to find the perfect cover for his caravan so that he and his family could enjoy more caravanning trips together. We bet his caravan meals are just as delicious as his home-cooked meals! 

 

We are thrilled to have helped some celebs find the right fit for their vehicles, as well as a few famous names, we also supply covers and show covers for many leading manufacturers. We supply covers to the Caravan & Motorhome Club which is a great achievement for us! 

 

Our covers are created here in the UK and are made to the finest quality, using our unique Caravanshield material. The materials we use are the most breathable fabrics tested on the market and have extremely high waterproof qualities. 

 

If you want to join the list of celebs and thousands of others who love their Pro-Tec cover, make sure you shop our covers here 

Easy meals to make while caravanning

When caravanning, a delicious meal is a perfect way to round off a day of adventures. Just because you’re not at home in your own kitchen, doesn’t mean you can’t eat delicious and tasty meals. You’re on holiday, a time to relax and enjoy yourself, so make sure you do treat yourself! 

Here we have a few tasty and easy meals you can make with minimal utensils and hob space, perfect for cooking in your cosy caravan. 

 

Spicy sausage pasta 

Just like at home, a pasta jar can go a long way. Why not give this spicy sausage pasta recipe a try. It’s quick, easy and super tasty!  

Ingredients include: 

  • 1 chorizo sausage per person 

  • 1 clove of garlic 

  • 1 onion 

  • Vegetable of choice (tinned sweetcorn or carrots work well) 

  • Mixed herbs 

  • ½ jar of pasta sauce per person 

  • 60g of Penne pasta per person 

  • Grated cheese of choice 

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Method: 

1. Slice the chorizo sausage into bite-size pieces and fry gently until the oil is released. 

2. Cut up your onion and garlic and add to the pan and fry until soft. 

3. In a separate pan, bring water to the boil to cook your pasta and follow packet instructions. 

4. Add the sauce and herbs to the pan of chorizo, onion and garlic. 

5. Add the vegetables to the frying pan you’ve just added the sauce to. 

6. Once ready, dish up and add your cheese to the top. 

 

Tasty bean and coconut soup 

 

This a great dish to warm you up and you can adapt the ingredients to whatever you may have in the cupboard!  

 

Ingredients include: 

  • 1tbsp oil 

  • ½ bunch chopped spring onions 

  • 1 diced red pepper 

  • 1 tbsp chilli paste 

  • 1 chopped clove of garlic 

  • 1 tsp medium curry powder 

  • 1 tin of tomatoes 

  • 1 veg stock cube 

  • 3 tins of any kind of beans (not baked beans!) 

  • 2 tins of coconut milk 

  • Juice of two limes 

 

Method: 

  1. Soften the spring onion, pepper, chilli paste and garlic in the oil.  

  1. Add curry powder and cook for one more minute. 

  1. Stir in the tomatoes and cook for a couple more minutes. 

  1. Crumble the stock cube into the mixture. 

  1. Add the tins of beans (drained) and the coconut milk. 

  1. Simmer for ten minutes or so. 

  1. Add lime juice and seasoning 

  1. Ladle into bowls and enjoy! 

 

Lentil, Spinach and chickpea curry 

This delicious dish is full of wholesome veg and pulses. It will give you the energy you need for those lovely walks you may have planned! 

Ingredients include: 

  • 2tbsp oil 

  • 1 chopped onion 

  • 2 crushed cloves of garlic 

  • 2 tbsp curry powder 

  • tin of tomatoes 

  • tin of green lentils 

  • tin of chickpeas 

  • 1 bag of baby spinach 

 

Method 

  1. Soften the onions in the oil.  

  1. Add the garlic and curry powder and cook for a couple more minutes. 

  1. Add tomatoes, lentils and chickpeas and simmer for ten minutes. 

  1. Just before serving, add the spinach so that it wilts. 

  1. Serve with naan bread (optional). 

 

Smoked Salmon Pasta 

On your lazy days why not try this dish which is so simple yet so tasty! 

Ingredients include: 

  • Two tubs of cream cheese 

  • Pasta of choice 

  • Smoked salmon 

Method: 

  1. Boil pasta in a pan until al dente. 

  1. Drain pasta and stir in cream cheese and salmon ribbons. 

  1. Warm over gentle heat for a minute or so. 

  1. Serve in bowls, with garlic bread (optional). 

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These are a few recipes to whet your appetite when you’re next out in your caravan.  Make sure before you take your next trip if you need a cover to purchase it from Pro-Tec beforehand. You can find out more by visiting our website, click 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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