Protection from the rain
A waterproof caravan cover will offer the best protection from wet and damp conditions. As summer months are now just as wet as winter months, a caravan or motorhome cover is an essential accessory all year round.
Caravan covers which are waterproof not only protect from driving rain, they also protect bodywork from other forms of weathering such as a build-up of grime and mould.
If you’re looking for a high-quality waterproof caravan cover, choose one which is “air-breathable”. This means that water vapour can escape, but water is also prevented from penetrating the cover from the outside. Air-breathable covers will also help prevent staining and discolouration of paintwork.
The shell of your caravan or motorhome will take enough battering when out on the road, so it’s nice to know that after a long journey you can simply clean your portable home down, cover it up, and that it will remain clean and ready for the next adventure without worrying about weather damage.
Do remember also, that the summer sunshine and warm weather can be just as damaging to your caravan as rain and wind, and a good quality caravan cover will offer advanced UV protection.
Protection against ultra-violet rays means that the external bodywork of your caravan or motorhome will remain free from discolouration and fading.
Covers with UV protection will also help protect internal furnishings and materials from the effects of the sun’s rays, including fading and warping. Heat build-up can warp even the strongest of materials and a good cover will help to reduce this.
Snow, ice & dust
It’s not just rain and sun which your caravan needs to be protected from either. By using a weather-resistant breathable cover, snow, ice and hail will be kept safely away from the bodywork.
Dust, tree sap and airborne pollutants can also play havoc with bodywork. The UK often sees deposits of Saharan ‘desert sand’ which is carried by storm clouds from the Middle East. While this is not neccessarily bad, if it becomes baked onto bodywork it can be quite difficult to remove and is slightly abrasive when cleaning off.
One of the biggest problems for caravan and motorhome owners is bird droppings.
Previously it was thought that the acid in bird lime was the cause of discolouration of paintwork after removal. However this appears not to be the case.
The damage caused to paintwork on motor vehicles by bird droppings actually happens as a result of the cooling paint lacquer as it contracts and hardens around bird deposits.
When paint warms up in the sun, it will soften and gradually expand, which means that the heat will also bake and harden any bird deposits onto the surface of any exposed bodywork. The paint cools as temperatures drop in the evening, contracting and hardening around deposits causing a fatigue and discolouration effect.
To prevent bird droppings causing damage over a long period of storage, a caravan cover is a simple solution.
Things you need to consider
To ensure that you purchase the correct cover for your caravan or motorhome you need to know the make and model, plus have the exact dimensions at hand to ensure you invest in a snug fitting cover.
Certain brands of caravan cover are designed and fitted for the specific make and model of your vehicle, however others will be a universal fit and may need a little bit of adjusting using straps and adjustable buckles. If in doubt, discuss your requirements with a knowledgeable sales person before making a purchase.
Don’t forget that you will need to take into account bike racks and other external fittings to your caravan or motor home when measuring up.
Good quality covers have strengthened corners to provide extra reinforcement. Zips allow fast access to caravan doors meaning that you don’t need to remove the whole cover. You may also wish to consider a non-abrasive cover to fully protect paintwork when fitting and removing.
Most covers come with straps which pass beneath the vehicle, so it is well worth considering a lightweight cover which will be much easier to handle when fitting.
- Breathable material – allows moisture to escape and reduces mould.
- Corner zips – makes fitting easier and provides easy access to doors.
- UV protection – helps prevent fading and discolouration inside and out.
- Lightweight material – this will make for easy fitting and storage.
- Non abrasive – helps reduce scuffing and scratches on paintwork and windows.
- Quick release buckles – buckles offer easy installation and removal.
- Storage bag – this is useful for convenience and safe storage when not in use.
- Waterproof material – most covers should be water resistant. The highest quality covers are three-layer breathable.
If you value your caravan or motorhome, then a good quality caravan cover is essential. A very wise investment which will pay dividends in the long term.