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Tips for travelling with pets

When you’re heading on a caravan or motorhome holiday, it can be hard to leave your furry friends behind. But, you don’t have to! Many UK Caravanners and motorhome enthusiasts take their pooches to campsites every year.

If you’re new to travelling with pets, we have put together some handy tips on what to prepare and things to expect when travelling with pets!

Pet Passport

If you only plan to travel in the UK, this won’t be a problem. However if your holiday plans stretch further afield, you will need to make sure your pet has a pet passport that enables them to travel outside of the UK. We would recommend preparing this a few months before you plan to travel to allow plenty of time for it to arrive!

Another thing to consider if you are travelling outside of the UK is the UK law that pets require a worming treatment before re-entry into the UK.  If you are wondering about the laws surrounding taking pets in and out of the UK you can find everything you need to know here.

Suitable Restraint

The Highway Code states that animals must be suitably restrained when travelling. This is to make sure they don’t distract you whilst you’re driving or cause and injury to you or themselves. There are many different restraints for dogs especially available so maybe trial some different restraints before your trip to see what your pet feels most comfortable with; this could be a dog seatbelt or a cage.

Planned Stops

No matter the distance of your journey, it is a good consideration to have a planned stop on the way. Your pooch will definitely be excited and it’s good to avoid any accidents happening on the way!

Animal Restrictions

If you’re heading to a campsite the likelihood is that you have already done your research. But if it is your first time travelling with a pet, you may need to do extra research to make sure that your campsite definitely allows animals. Some campsites do not allow pets or they will have restrictions such as lead-only areas. We would recommend giving the campsite a call or having a look online to be certain your pet will be allowed.

Travelling with your pets to a campsite is so fun; our owners have done it for years with their dogs and always have plenty of great stories when they return. If you consider all of the above, you too will be able to make some amazing memories with your family and of course, your pet!

If you are in need of a cover or towing jacket before you travel, make sure you get in touch with our team today! Click here to view our whole range.

Why does my motorhome need a cover?

Not everyone has the luxury or ability to be able to store their motorhomes in a climate-controlled indoor facility – and many motorhomes will be forced to endure extreme weather all year round. Therefore, a need is created for an easy solution to help protect your motorhome. But, why exactly should you cover your motorhome? 
Harsh Environments/Moisture Control
We think it goes without saying that using a cover for your motorhome can help protect it from harsh environments such as heavy wind and rainfall, as well as sleet and snow. Although some covers, when left unattended, can start creating condensation, mildew, and mould due to unbreathable fabrics. It is essential that when choosing your motorhome cover, that you choose a material that is breathable – allowing naturally occurring moisture to evaporate. At Pro-Tec, our material is independently proven by lab reports to be significantly more breathable than our nearest competitor. 
Protection from Dust & Dirt 
Constantly cleaning your motorhome when the weather is poor can be seen, by anyone, as quite the task. Choosing to protect it with the use of a quality cover can help reduce the number of times this is needed – therefore saving you time and energy.
UV Damage Protection 
That’s right – not only can the wind and rain damage your motorhome, but the sun can, too! The sun’s ultraviolet rays can affect your motorhome by fading the colouring as well as corroding and cracking the paint. Make sure that the cover of your choice has UV-blocking properties is essential, as just because the light is blocked, doesn’t always mean that the UV rays are as well. At Pro-Tec we ensure that all our motorhome covers are UV-preventative. 
Safety & Security 
The benefits of a cover don’t only focus on the timely preservation of your motorhome asset, but also the safety and security of it. In terms of a cover, this will help hide the identity of your motorhome to a certain degree whilst it’s left dormant during the harsh winter months and has the potential to ‘hide’ any valuables left inside (although, we still recommend removing anything of value from your motorhome whilst it’s not in use). 
At Pro-Tec, we have been developing and manufacturing caravan covers for over 20 years in the heart of Yorkshire. We are avid caravanners ourselves, so we know exactly what people need when it comes to a cover either for towing or for storage. To shop our range of caravan covers, simply visit our website here.

Dog friendly caravan sites in the North

Dog-lovers, we heard you! We are carrying on our series of dog friendly caravan sites and this time we’re focusing on the North.

We have accumulated a great bunch of dog-friendly caravan sites across the North which your family and furry friends can enjoy as we approach Spring.

Take a look at what made our list below!

Naburn Lock Caravan Park, York

This lovely caravan site is perfect for family holidays or couples who seek a quiet countryside retreat. It is 4 miles from York and is close proximity to York City Centre. There are many nearby routes for touring which include the Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors and coastal resorts. They also have an adults only touring field if you are seeking extra peace and quiet!

Lazonby Campsite, Cumbria

This gorgeous campsite is set by the banks of the River Eden, on the edge of Lazonby – a truly breath-taking area. The campsite also has a community playground, so this is a perfect campsite for families looking to get away. The campsite is located by Lazonby village which has two pubs, a supermarket and another play park.

Manor Wood Country Caravan Park, Cheshire

This award-winning caravan park is set in the heart of the Cheshire countryside and has something for everybody! This campsite has on-site fishing, a games room, a tennis country, heated swimming pool, and a brand-new café which opened in 2019. There are so many nearby activities including Chester Zoo, Cheshire Oaks Shopping outlet, Bunbury mill and local fisheries!

Welltrough Hall Farm Caravan Park, Cheshire

This campsite is located just outside the village of Lower Withington again in the beautiful Cheshire countryside. This is an adult only site, so perfect for a couple’s retreat followed with your furry friend! This site allows dogs, but they must be kept on a lead – something to keep in mind. They also offer a free dog shower, so you don’t have any mucky paws in your caravan! The site has two pubs within a short walking distance which offer great pub grub and is also close to Jodrell Bank telescope and Redesmere Lake!

We love taking our four-pawed friends out on caravan/motorhome trips, so we are thrilled to be able to share even more destinations with you!

Take a look at our last part of the dog-friendly sites here.

Towing Jacket VS. Caravan Cover?

There are so many options to protecting your caravan/motorhome, it can be hard to know what the right fit for your vehicle is! Luckily, in our blog today we are going to go over the difference between a towing jacket and a storage cover and the benefits of both, which should help you decide which one is right for you.

Towing Jackets

A towing jacket is the perfect way to protect your vehicle when it is in transit. Our Pro-Tec Towing Jacket is especially designed to provide your caravan with excellent protection against road dirt and grime, bug waste and exhaust fume stains.

Our towing jacket is a unique 2-piece construction, each of the two halves slide up into the awning channels and then simply zip together in the middle. It’s so simple!

The towing jacket meets all legal requirements for visibility of your front lights and is tailored to your specific make and model of your caravan, so we know exactly where your front marker lights are located and we have clear panels in the correct position so your lights can be clearly seen. The towing jacket offers incredible protection when towing!

Our Towing Jackets also have the option of grab handle access, meaning you can get access to your grab handles without having to remove the cover once you get to site.

Stone chips are a threat to caravans and motorhomes in transit as it can chip your window and that is not a cheap job to repair, especially compared to the cost of our towing jackets.

Therefore, if you find yourself towing your caravan quite regularly and especially on long journey we would definitely recommend you purchase one of our Towing Jacket covers!

Caravan Covers

Our full Easy-Fit caravan cover is more suited to protect your caravan against UV rays, rain, rust, snow, dust and dirt and so much more whilst it is in storage.

The cover is fully breathable, so it provides protection for your caravan from mould, mildew and condensation. The cover will allow naturally occurring moisture to evaporate through the fabric’s breathable membrane.

Our Easy-Fit covers come fully tailored to each make and model with habitation door access and allowances for any roof furniture. We can even add clear solar panel inserts to the covers as an optional extra!

If your caravan is kept in either outdoor or indoor storage throughout periods of the year our full covers are ideal for protecting your caravan and ensuring your vehicles value and longevity.

We have been developing and manufacturing caravan covers and towing jackets for over 20 years in the heart of Yorkshire. We are avid caravanners ourselves so we know exactly what people need when it comes to a cover either for towing or for storage.

To shop our range of Towing Jackets you can shop here or you can shop our caravan covers here.


Dog-Friendly Caravan Parks In The South

When it comes to choosing your holiday destination, you need to choose one that is right for the entire family. You need one that offers the right facilities to accommodate your needs. Finding the right holiday park can become more difficult if you plan to take a dog with you due to many caravan sites banning pets on site.

If you plan to holiday in the south of the UK but don’t know which sites are dog-friendly, here is a list of our top 5 sites.

Normans Bay – East Sussex
Normans BayCampsite is located on the East Sussex coast, directly opposite a sand and shingle beach and only a short drive from the Pevensey Levels and the South Downs Way. It offers you a great range of ways to explore the natural beauty of East Sussex. The campsite welcomes dogs, with a dog-friendly beach right next to it.  The site also includes facilities such as electrical hook-ups, toilets, showers, laundry facilities, a fully stocked shop, a fish and chip van visiting twice a week, a parent and child room, children’s play area and recreation hall. Prices start from £18 per night.

Cofton Holidays – Devon
Located right on the coast with dog-friendly beaches, Cofton Holidays is an award-winning holiday park that has something for the whole family including your 4-legged friend! They even have a dog-friendly pub on site which serves ice cream for dogs. Facilities include electrical hook-ups, Wi-Fi, toilets and showers, laundry facilities, fitness classes and gym, sauna, swimming pool, soft play area, arcade, fishing and a choice of restaurants. Prices start from £32 per night for 2 adults and 1 dog.

Golden Cap Holiday Park – Dorset
Golden Cap markets itself as a paradise for dog owners. The site is located on the Jurassic Coast, just 150 yards from Seatown Beach and surrounded by 2000 acres of national trust land. It’s perfect for pets and owners who like to go for long walks. The site also has a dog exercising meadow on site. Facilities include electrical hook-ups, Wi-Fi, toilets and showers, laundry facilities, fully stocked shop, bakery, picnic area, children’s play area, fishing lake and three renown pubs within walking distance. All stays must be a 2-night minimum; prices start from £42.30 for 2 nights for 2 adults. 

Quantock Orchard – Somerset
Set in rural Somerset, Quacktock Orchard has won many awards, such as ‘Best Campsite in the West of England.  Dogs are welcome and free of charge and can enjoy extensive country walks surrounding the park. They will have to remain on a lead whilst inside the park. Facilities include electrical hook-ups, Wi-Fi, toilets and showers, swimming pool, gym, TV reception, television room, adventure playground, games room and onsite shop. There are also 2 pubs within walking distance serving food. Prices start from £23 per night.

Mount Pleasant Eco Park – Cornwall
The Mount Pleasant Eco Park offers a back to basics experience for those who want to be closer to nature. Located close to beaches, it’s perfect for those wanting to see some of the UK’s natural beauty. Dogs are welcome on the site free of charge; however, they must be kept on a lead. The site facilities include electrical hook-ups, toilets and showers, on-site café and Wi-Fi. Prices start from £26 per night.

These sites are all renown for offering a great holiday experience, if you are looking to go on holiday in the South of the UK, we thoroughly recommend trying one of these sites. Our owners are avid caravanners themselves with their own furry friends so we have tried and tested them!

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