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How to look after your cover in stormy weather

With all of the extreme weather we have been experiencing recently, we wanted to provide you with some tips and advice on how best to look after your Pro-Tec storage cover in these windy conditions.

  • If a storm warning is given prepare! Just as you would protect any loose garden furniture or plant pots in stormy and windy weather, you should do the same for your Pro-Tec storage cover! We recommend that you remove your cover before the storm comes if possible, to avoid the winds damaging your cover. Extreme gales can pull at the cover and potentially cause tears if a big gust gets caught in the cover. If the wind is strong enough to blow a trampoline out of the garden, it’s strong enough to damage your cover!
  • Protect your cover from wear and tear! Make sure any sharp or protruding areas of your caravan or motorhome are well protected before fitting the cover (as we would recommend all year round to preserve your cover) as extreme winds can cause movement with the cover which could lead to wear/holes in your cover. Foam pipe lagging, polystyrene, or sponge is ideal to be used to place onto sharp/protruding areas of your vehicle (i.e. aerials, sharp corners, flues etc.) to protect the cover from rubbing on these areas in windy conditions.
  • Repair any holes or tears to avoid them getting worse! If you notice the cover has been damaged it can be repaired fairly easily so you can still use your cover for years to come. We do send out spare fabric with each full cover for you to be able to do patch repairs on the covers if needed. We recommend using Evostick contact adhesive to glue a patch of fabric to the inside of the cover where it is torn/worn. Cover the patch in the adhesive and place the patch on the inside of the cover, gluing the coloured side of the patch to the inside of the cover.
  • If the job is too big, we can help! If you are unable to repair the cover yourselves, we do offer a repair service on our covers. We would need photos of the cover/damage so we can determine firstly, if it is possible for us to repair the cover, and secondly the cost of the repair. All covers must be in a relatively clean and dry state for us to do any remedial works on them. We can arrange to have them collected by our courier at your convenience to get the cover back to us so it can be worked on!
  • Don’t be afraid to ask! Our team are always available if you have any questions or concerns regarding caring for your Pro-Tec covers, not just in storms but all year round. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us either by telephone, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or through our social media.

If you think the cover has sadly come to the end of its life visit our website to browse our range of bespoke covers – http://pro-teccoversonline.co.uk/

Discounts are available for returning customers on our full covers 

 

What to do if you have an accident on the road with your caravan (or motorhome)

If you have an accident whilst you are touring with your motorhome (or caravan), it can be a scary experience and a situation that you might never have been in before. Knowing exactly what to do if you are in an accident will help to prepare you and make a bad situation slightly easier. You should always do thorough checks of your vehicle before setting off on any trips and get it regularly serviced, especially before going on long journeys to help prevent problems that can lead to accidents.

 

Here is what you should do if you are involved in an accident:

 

Check everyone’s safety first

 

If you have an accident, the first priority is to check whether anyone has been injured and also make sure your vehicle is not going to cause another accident if you are able to, you should move it to a safer place. Putting hazard lights on straight away should make other road users aware that you are there so that they can slow down in time. Also, make sure that the engine is switched off and then get all passengers out of the vehicle (and any others involved) and moved to somewhere safe.

 

Contact emergency services

 

If you are travelling to any country abroad, you should make sure that you know how to contact emergency services. From a mobile phone, calling 112 takes you to the emergency call centre for the country that you are currently in. Fortunately, in 21 of the 28 member states of the EU, you are able to get assistance in English. If you’re not abroad, you will still need to contact the emergency services.

 

Report the accident

 

In the UK, any accidents where a person or certain animals have been injured, the accident must be reported to the police. If another vehicle has been damaged, you must exchange insurance details with the other party and provide your reg, name and address but you are not legally required to report to police if there are no injuries.

 

Contact your insurer

 

You should always have your insurance details, such as policy number and number to call, saved somewhere you can easily find them when you are touring. Call your insurer to explain the situation, providing any third party’s details that were provided at the scene of the accident. It often helps to take photos of the damage, and even the accident scene (if it is safe to do so), to help with your insurance claim.

 

Recovery and repairs

 

If your caravan (or motorhome) is not safe to drive following the accident, then your insurer will arrange for a recovery company to pick up the vehicle and take it to be repaired. You should check your policy details, as most policies will cover costs such as transport and overnight accommodation whilst your vehicle is being repaired. Every insurer operates differently, so check whether there are any limits related to the costs covered. If only minor repairs are required, you may be able to continue your trip, so it will depend on whether the vehicle repairs can be completed quickly enough. Otherwise, you may need to travel home and wait for your caravan (or motorhome) to be delivered back to you once the repairs are complete.

 

These are the standard requirements if you are involved in an accident but if you are travelling abroad, you should check if there are any different requirements for the country you are in.

 

A breakdown is something we all want to avoid but being prepared can make a stressful situation a lot easier to deal with! For more tips and useful advice like this, follow us on our social media accounts:

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The power of Pro-Tec

Spring is on our doorsteps and before we know it, we will be battling between sunny skies and April showers. A lot of people ask if our covers are suitable to be used all year round and the answer is yes! We want to remind people that they don’t have to take their covers off when Summer comes because our covers still offer incredible protection.

What a lot of people don’t know is that our covers actually offer UV protection which means they are perfect for Spring when it’s raining and sunny at the same time, because whilst you protect your caravan from damp you can equally protect it from UV fading! What more could you ask for?

Even when we reach Summer, if we’re lucky enough to get some sun the covers will be perfect for covering your vehicle when it’s not in use as it will keep it protected from the damaging UV rays from the sun.

We also provide all of our customers with the option to have a clear insert placed into their cover to allow a solar panel which can continue working whilst the cover is on. Some companies warn against this, however, the clear PVC that we use is not only fire resistant but also UV stable, so you don’t need to worry about it becoming brittle and cracking in sunny conditions. They also do not cause any damage to solar panels with overheating. Again, showing that the cover is perfect for sunnier days!

We do also receive a lot of questions asking if the covers are 100% waterproof, especially since Spring can be unpredictable and there can be heavy rain one minute and sunshine the next! Our covers are waterproof up to 1 metre of water, which means that 1 metre of water can sit on top of the fabric before any moisture will seep through. This is incredibly strong protection from water but also still allows for the cover to have its breathability. Without this, your vehicle would sweat under the cover and you would have condensation, mould or even mildew on your vehicle.

It’s actually impossible for a cover to be both breathable and waterproof, as the only waterproof fabrics are vinyl’s and plastics which can scratch your vehicle and also as mentioned cause condensation and mould on your vehicle. Your vehicle will be massively protected from the elements with our covers, whilst allowing your vehicle to breathe.

Get prepared for spring showers with a cover from Pro-Tec Covers! You can shop our whole range of covers by clicking here.

England’s Top 5 Caravan & Motorhome Sites (and why you need to go)

A tradition that goes back centuries, caravanning is a staple of British holidaymaking that represents the freedom to create a home from home without breaking the bank. 

In anticipation of English Tourism Week, an annual campaign set up to celebrate the exciting, diverse and vibrant sector, we’ve put together a list of some of our favourite campsites from this great nation for you to add to your bucket list.

With over 3000 caravan sites across the UK, there are plenty of locations with incredible vistas and natural features to choose from which are also suitable for motorhomers too. Here are our top picks of some of the most impressive places to appreciate from your lawn chair.

5.

Wheal Rodney Holiday Park, Cornwall

It’s easy to see why Cornwall is one of the most visited regions in the UK, combining a universally British love of pastry and ice cream with seemingly endless stretches of stunning beaches and natural landscapes.  

Wheal Rodney Holiday Park perfectly encapsulates this. A mere 20-minute walk away from the tidal island of St Michael’s Mount, a man-made causeway separates you from an ancient castle and some of the most inspiring views to be found anywhere on the British Isles. It’s also accessible by boat should the tide be against you.

As well as containing all of the features you’d expect from a modern caravan site, including electric hook up as standard, there is also a superheated indoor swimming pool onsite should the sea prove too cold.

4.

Hill Cottage Farm Caravan Park, Dorset

Immerse yourself in 40 acres of pristine New Forest countryside. This private and family-owned site provides hardstanding, fully serviced pitches complete with dividing hedges for extra privacy.

With several award-winning parks, trails and market towns within a few miles of the site, there’s plenty to do and see while enjoying the local greenery. Our top picks include the Heavy Horse farm park for an educational and conservation centric day trip as well as Stonehenge – the Neolithic wonder of the world just a short drive away.

3.

Coniston Park Coppice Caravan Club Site, Lake District

Cumbria and Caravanning are practically synonymous with each other. Based near the shore of Coniston Water, this site combines the beauty of the lakes with a base for endless activities.

From hiking and biking to any number of water sports, Coniston Park is nestled within 63 acres of National Trust woodland, its central location making it ideal for exploring the whole National Park. Imaginatively landscaped, pitches are grouped in open glades for the easiest possible access to the attractions of Coniston Water and beyond.

If water sports aren’t your thing it’s only another 1.5 miles to Coniston Pier where you’ll find relaxing steamboat rides, as well as gondola and boat, which you can hire to go at your own pace.

2.

Glororum Holiday Park, Northumberland

Considered a hidden gem by many, we’ve no problems with helping to spread the word about a pitch near one of the most aesthetic coastlines in the world (in our opinion!).

Family owned and run, facilities include hardstanding pitches and a central heated laundrette complex with washing machines, tumble dryers and ironing facilities as well as an on-site shop to pick up any handy items you might have missed.

The location is where Glororum truly shines through. The closest caravan park to Bamburgh, a walk down the nearby beach provides incredible views of the imposing Bamburgh castle perched just above one of Britains finest beaches.

1.

Foxhill Park, Yorkshire

Our top pick finds itself in this position because it truly has a bit of everything.

The Ryedale district is famous for its market towns, historic attractions and coastal resorts. With the village of Claxton on your doorstep, you’ll find a plethora of shops, cafes and history as well as great transport links to York and Scarborough from the bus service just 10 minutes walk away.

For rural rambling, you’re just a stone's throw from “God’s Country” and the Yorkshire moors for hiking, biking, horse-riding and much more, all set in pristine and unspoiled countryside.While these stunning destinations deserve to be celebrated during English Tourism Week, the same might not be said for the weather. If we’ve inspired you to visit any of our favourite sites, make sure you’ve got your cover at the ready.

Find our entire range of Pro-Tec covers online right HERE

Caravan tips for the Spring

Now that January is nearly at an end, we can start to look forward to Spring. Longer daylight hours, blossom on the trees, warmer weather and most importantly, the start of caravanning season!


Between the months of March and April, most caravanning sites begin to open their gates again and welcome caravanners and campers from around the country. Booking your place during the first few weeks of the season could secure you a great early bird discount rate!


Want to make sure your caravan is ready for the season?

Here is a list of our top tips to get your caravan ready for the Spring!

1.       Check Your Tires – During the winter your caravan tires may have deflated or even gone flat. Carefully inspect your tires before making any trips. Check for any cracks, bulges or damage to the tires and the wheel arches. Also, be sure to check they are correctly inflated to the right pressure. Don’t forget to check the spare tire too!

2.       Check the Electrics –Make sure all electrical goods in the caravan work before setting off! Nothing could be worse than arriving at your destination and discovering that the lights don’t work. Carefully check each electrical device and outlet within the caravan to ensure everything is in safe, working order.

3.       Securing Everything –Safety comes first when towing a caravan. Be sure that all your security devices are in working order. Test any hitch locks or wheel locks to ensure they will still protect your asset from theft. Also, rigorously test the door and window locks to make sure they are still secure.

4.       Water Check –The cold weather during winter could have caused some damage to your water system. A build-up of ice could lead to leaks or cracks within the water system and toilet cassette. Flush out the water system and change the filter (if needed). If you spot any leaks, get the water system replaced immediately.

5.       Look for Damp –Damp can easily occur during the winter months. The cold and wet weather paired with the caravan being unused gives damp the perfect opportunity to damage your caravan interior. Make sure to check all windows, doors, and skylights for any signs of leaks of mildew. Check all upholstery too, if damp has set in your upholstery it may need to be replaced.

Performing these checks will ensure that your caravan is safe and ready for the next touring season!
Once you are sure that your caravan is in good shape and ready for touring, keep it protected with one of our specialist covers.

When you purchase a cover or towing jackets from Pro-Tec, you can be sure that your caravan is safe from damp, UV damage, water damage, and dirt. Our covers also come with a soft underlayer meaning no damage to paintwork or windows. Our covers are tailored to your caravan ensuring that it is the perfect fit. Find out more about our range here: http://pro-teccoversonline.co.uk/

UK PRODUCT

british manufacturerAll our covers are designed and manufactured in-house in Bradford, West Yorkshire by Protec Covers Ltd. None of our caravan or motorhome covers are  outsourced. Our material, Caravan  Shield, 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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