As more and more people choose to holiday in the UK and Europe, the proposition of owning your very own ‘home from home’ becomes increasingly attractive and this has been reflected by the sizeable increase in motorhome and caravan sales over recent years.
Investing in a leisure vehicle can make a lot of sense and a well looked after caravan or motorhome can be the source of many a happy family holiday for years to come. Protecting that investment also makes a lot of sense. We are in our third decade as a leading manufacturer of bespoke protective covers here at Pro-tec and we like to think we know a thing or two about the properties of a quality cover. Here are some pointers to look out for when choosing your caravan or motorhome cover:
Is the cover fitted/bespoke? You can buy a generic, off the shelf cover, for about a hundred quid. These generic covers may look like an attractive proposition for the price and many of them are now constructed of breathable, waterproof fabric. Obviously, with a generic cover, the level of fit cannot match that of a bespoke product which has been specifically manufactured for your particular make and model. With a generic cover, there will be excess material to tension and slack to take up. We believe in giving a cover the absolute minimum ‘wriggle room’, because a cover which fits like a glove will not move around in the elements, potentially causing damage to the vehicle beneath. Also, a bespoke cover will be able to accommodate any roof furniture you may have and can be customised to your needs.
Is the cover easy to fit? Although the majority of our customers only fit their protective cover once a year, the job can be a tiresome one and may have been the cause of one or two relationship break-ups! Some covers can only be fitted with the use of a pair of stepladders. Some covers are supplied with fitting poles to help lift the cover over the vehicle. Only Pro-tec Covers are supplied with the Easy-Fit® System, whereby the entire back panel of the cover is rolled up prior to fitting. The cover can then simply be walked over the ‘van or motorhome with the aid of the supplied poles. It really couldn’t be easier!
Is the cover waterproof? Waterproofing is a desirable quality, although not essential. After all, your caravan or motorhome is already waterproof and shouldn’t allow any water ingress. Pro-tec covers have a hydrostatic head rating of 1000, meaning that a column of water 1 meter tall could stand on the surface of the cover without passing through.
And finally… make sure that the cover has a non-abrasive inner lining. Most of them do.