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#1 Grampy

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Posted 31 May 2014 - 04:38 pm

I've looked on the manufacturer's sites but no info on what to use to clean the darn thing, other than over priced solutions of their proprietary brands.. ... .what do you use?



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Posted 31 May 2014 - 09:44 pm

IIRC, Specialised Covers recommend warm water with a weak soap solution, We used to clean our TP Elite with just a cloth rung out in washing up liquid in water, the same as you'd use when washing up the crockery etc..



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Posted 09 June 2014 - 04:15 pm

I've looked on the manufacturer's sites but no info on what to use to clean the darn thing, other than over priced solutions of their proprietary brands.. ... .what do you use?

 

We advise simply using luke warm water and a soft sponge. If this does not remove the dirt then try a very dilute solution of a household detergent (Fairy Liquid for example).

 

Hope this works Grampy! :D



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Posted 09 June 2014 - 05:09 pm

We just clean our Elite down with warm water, and a little w.u. liquid if necessary.

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Posted 13 June 2014 - 07:32 pm

I would agree with the other comments but would add that we clean ours asap after we have stopped towing. The best time to clean it is when it is on the caravan.



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Posted 16 June 2014 - 03:39 pm

I would agree with the other comments but would add that we clean ours asap after we have stopped towing. The best time to clean it is when it is on the caravan.

 

In which case, why bother having one at all ? The whole point of getting one for me was so that I did not have to spend time cleaning dead insect remains & tar spots off the front of the van. If I'm going to clean the cover on arrival at site, it defeats the object.



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Posted 16 June 2014 - 05:10 pm

 

In which case, why bother having one at all ? The whole point of getting one for me was so that I did not have to spend time cleaning dead insect remains & tar spots off the front of the van. If I'm going to clean the cover on arrival at site, it defeats the object.

in 2yrs of owning mine, ive only ever cleaned the clear windows for the lights. still looks fine, and tbh the next time it tows in the rain its amazing how clean it looks after I've towed with it



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Posted 16 June 2014 - 06:40 pm

Agree with Milkymarsh. I use my Pro-tec cover every time I tow now and it really came in to it's own on our journey back home last week. We stumbled on the "Chippings Gang" otherwise known as the boys with the black stuff in a village not far from home. There were yellow machines splashing liquid tar everywhere followed by lorries spewing chippings on top. Although they were only doing one lane at a time, the tar and the chippings were all over the place and the oncoming traffic was spreading it as well. I drove through listening to the rattle of the chippings but confident that the front cover was protecting my pride and joy. Sure enough when we got home the cover had tar splashes on it but underneath the front of the van was spotless. I would rather spend some time cleaning the cover that trying to get tar of the front panel and also looking morbidly at stone chips. I also find it negates the dreaded fading of the grp front panel. PS re cleaning this is the advice from Pro-tec see the section from their site: http://www.pro-tecco.../index.php/faqs



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Posted 16 June 2014 - 07:51 pm

 

In which case, why bother having one at all ? The whole point of getting one for me was so that I did not have to spend time cleaning dead insect remains & tar spots off the front of the van. If I'm going to clean the cover on arrival at site, it defeats the object.

I clean the cover for the same reason that I clean my car and I clean the caravan. I like them looking clean. It takes very little effort and time to wipe it down. The towing cover protects against dirt and stones, the latter being the more important in my view.. The dirt and bird strikes wash off easily so next time we use the cover its clean and does not detract from the £ 72k that we spent on a clean car and caravan combo. That is our choice, so if you turn up on site in a filthy car and caravan we will still talk to you because thats your choice.


Edited by Midsman1, 16 June 2014 - 07:52 pm.

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 02:28 pm

I clean the cover for the same reason that I clean my car and I clean the caravan. I like them looking clean. It takes very little effort and time to wipe it down. The towing cover protects against dirt and stones, the latter being the more important in my view.. The dirt and bird strikes wash off easily so next time we use the cover its clean and does not detract from the £ 72k that we spent on a clean car and caravan combo. That is our choice, so if you turn up on site in a filthy car and caravan we will still talk to you because thats your choice.

Pleased to hear it Midsman, but we never turn up with a filthy car & caravan - because we have a towing cover on it :D  :D and as Milkymarsh points out towing through the rain cleans the cover nicely.






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