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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.

Why UV Protection is Vital to Your Vehicle

Protecting your vehicle from UV rays is always important but this year with the current lockdown restrictions, there is even more reason to look after your vehicle. First of allthe lockdown means that campsites and caravan parks have had to close down and any travel plans for this summer will have been cancelled or at least on hold.  

 

So, instead of heading out in your caravan this summer, there is a good chance that it will be parked up for the majority of time. During this time, your vehicle will be at risk of getting damaged by the powerful UV rays throughout the summer months.  

 

You have probably noticed that the weather has been much warmer than usual recently and some scientists believe that the improvement in air quality due to the lockdown has resulted in more sunlight being able to reach the Earth’s surface. With this increase in sunny weather we are having, there will be more UV rays that can cause damage to your vehicle this summer. 

 

If you haven’t already prepared for the summer by buying a cover for your vehicle that offers high UV protection, you should be considering getting one now. As well as providing UV ray protection, a high-quality cover will prevent damage from tree sap, dirt and animal droppings which can all cause big problems to your paintwork. 

 

Damage to be aware of this summer 

 

  • UV rays can fade the paintwork of your vehicle 

  • Intense sun rays can damage your vehicle’s seals 

  • Dirt, animal droppings and tree sap combined with the sun is even more harmful 

  • UV rays can cause flaking and chalking of your paintwork 

 

To avoid these problems this summer and keep your vehicle in top condition, you can buy a Pro-Tec cover to provide the maximum protection to your caravan or motorhome. Our covers are ideal for using all year round because they are waterproof as well as offering UV protection. 

 

Our Pro-Tec covers are manufactured with our unique Caravanshield material which offers UV protection, as well as being the most breathable cover on the market. This means you don’t have to worry about your vehicle getting mildew, condensation or mould damage. 

 

Hopefully, we might still get to use our caravans later this year but until we are told it is safe to do so, the best thing we can do right now is make sure that our vehicles stay well protected and are ready to go when we eventually get the green light to go out in them. 

 

You can shop for the best Pro-Tec cover for your vehicle by clicking here. 

Our UV Protection Guide

We're thrilled to launch our UV protection guide, ready for the summer.

Here you will find all the details of how to protect your vehicle from damaging UV rays and how best to care for your vehicle in the summer.

It's completely FREE to download - just click below!

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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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