Many caravanners are a protective bunch who like to cover up their ‘van, on and off the road. Well, that was what we can reveal in our latest caravan and motorhome cover poll results.
Last month we brought you a gear guide on towing covers and asked if you use a cover on your ‘van.
Let’s see how you voted
With nearly 500 votes, 53% of caravanners use some kind of cover – 40% use a caravan cover off the road and 13% use a towing cover.
Not as many motorhomers took part in the poll and the votes showed that not as many choose to cover up their pride and joy – with just 12% telling us they use a protective cover.
A lot will depend where you store your ‘van, with a cover clearly not essential if it’s already protected from the elements by being stored inside or under a canopy.
And thanks to those who shared the pros and cons of a motorhome or caravan cover. A good tip seems to be to invest in a good quality one with breathable fabric.
Here’s what some of you had to say…
David L says his caravan cover keeps the ‘van immaculate when used.
“You do have to prepare the van well, covering all sharp projections or they will cause wear marks on the cover, and even small holes,” he advised. “I also covered the windows with the soft material provided with the cover. It’s a two person job to fit the cover, and I would recommend buying a good quality one from a reputable manufacturer, making sure it is of the breathable type.
“We opened the van door several times during the winter whilst it was covered to allow the van to “air”. We had no problems with condensation or mould.”
Another David agrees: “I think the trick is to buy a good quality one with breathable fabric and lots of air vents. Yes they are a pain to put on but they do protect the paintwork from the ravages of the weather. I used to spend two days at the start of the year cleaning the ‘van – now its a quick wash down and away.”
Here’s what Martin Staines had to say after putting his Protec motorhome cover on in October last year and taking it off in April.
“No marks on the outside, no evidence of damp inside the van,” he said. “Before putting it on the whole van was deep cleaned inside and out. The cover took all the poor winter weather with no damage to the cover or motorhome, no mould or damp on the inside or on the bodywork. The high points like solar panel edges and TV aerials need padding to stop any wear on the inside of the cover. Motorhome was checked every two weeks to ensure no damage had happened inside.”
You may remember a few years back we heard from a customer who told us his Protec cover saved his caravan from a potential insurance claim when a tree fell on his Bailey.
Do you agree with the results? We’d love to hear your views – just fill in the comments box below. There’ll be a new poll coming soon…