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Cartagena series 3 due for delivery in January, thinking about getting a towing cover / front protection. They seem a lot of money for what they are, does anybody have any recommendations ?

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Same thoughts - I'm considering getting the buckles etc off the bay, using some awning channel beading and getting 'er indoors to blow the dust off her sewing machine :D

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We had one and it does a good job of keeping the front clean. Disadvantaged were

 

Cost

It was in tatters in places at the bottom after 6000 miles of towing

I felt it was costing us a bit as the car appears to average better fuel consumption without it by about 2 mpg.

Now don't bother just use waterless polish when we get to the destination

Kia KX 3 auto / Bailey Alicanto Grande Estoril and Swift Challenger 570 (2010 model Not towed - used as a static)
 

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I have a Specialised covers Towpro Elite for my current van. I phoned SC the other day to see if they had started making the covers for the new U3 and they confirmed they did. They are not cheap at £349 but they are good quality. And will last. I will be ordering one soon to go on my new U3 Cartagena

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I also have a Specialised tow pro + cover for our U1 Valencia. Easy to put on and take off. It certainly takes the brunt of road spray and dirt from the front of the van plus helps protect from minor impacts from debris.

 

Cheers,

 

Steve

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I have a Specialised covers Towpro Elite for my current van. I phoned SC the other day to see if they had started making the covers for the new U3 and they confirmed they did. They are not cheap at £349 but they are good quality. And will last. I will be ordering one soon to go on my new U3 Cartagena

You've told us about the SC sounds good.

What was the one to avoid, the one that fell apart after 13 months?

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You've told us about the SC sounds good.

What was the one to avoid, the one that fell apart after 13 months?

Without naming the company. The other main caravan cover manufacturer ;)

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Without naming the company. The other main caravan cover manufacturer ;)

Thanks

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We have a pro-tec towing cover on our Valencia Series 2 which we are satisfied with. Yes we did get a small hole in the bottom corner flap, but I put this down to me not securing it correctly & a particularly sharp corner moulding on the van. When fitted now, this bit is not even visible.

 

One downside to all towing covers is that once fitted you cannot use the front grab handles at all to manouver the caravan - ok if you have a motor mover or if on an ALKO chassis, you have one of thier grab handles attached to the jockey wheel housing.

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One downside to all towing covers is that once fitted you cannot use the front grab handles at all to manouver the caravan - ok if you have a motor mover or if on an ALKO chassis, you have one of thier grab handles attached to the jockey wheel housing.

You can with the Towpro Elite ;)

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Bailey are selling the Protec one in their spares section

 

https://www. bailey-parts. co. uk/Product. aspx?PartNumber=1990149

That's the one I use, good bit of kit BUT its a pain having to clean the front before fitting in case of scratching

 

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Bailey are selling the Protec one in their spares section

https://www. bailey-parts. co. uk/Product. aspx?PartNumber=1990149

That looks tidy, still seems a lot for what it is. . Maybe I'm just being tight :) will have a look at Birmingham see if I can grab a bargain

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Ordered my Towpro Elite from Specialised Covers today ready for my U3. Got £25 off as that is the deal they are doing at the NEC show.

 

If anyone is interested they are also giving £50 off their full caravan covers

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Cartagena series 3 due for delivery in January, thinking about getting a towing cover / front protection. They seem a lot of money for what they are, does anybody have any recommendations ?

Often thought about getting one, my concern is: After a tow in dirty wet weather, what do you and where do your store a wet dirty cover.

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We bought a new Protec half-cover for £50 (Ebay, of course. ..) and have used it for the last year.

 

It stays on all the time (except when using the full cover at the end of the season) Access to the central gas locker is easy enough - just undo the bottom straps and the covre lifts up with the locker door. Access to each side locker is also no problem - again, simply undo the strap on the side you want to open.

 

I've read dire warnings about leaving such covers in-situ - but, so far, no ill effects (and why should there be? - it's well ventilated, soft against the van, and not pulled tight against the paintwork)

 

On site we leave all the staps undone, just secured via the from grab handles (visible and useable) and the velcro strips that are fitted in addition to the webbing straps.

 

Only modification I made was to fit an eyelet for drainage at the bottom of each corner (tends to collect rain water) Oh, and removed the hideous 'Ropers Caravans' decal from the centre, and replaced it with a blue Bailey oval logo kindly supplied by Protec. (They made covers for various dealerships, hence the Ropers Leisureworld advertisement)

 

It's a doddle to clean the cover with a hose and brush, and it comes up like new every time (so far)

 

All in all, £50 well spent.

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I've had a protec cover for my Cadiz but I wouldn't buy another one. It's almost falling apart and very worn on the edges where you tighten the straps. It's only been used for about a dozen trips. I did complain to the company and they sent me some new awning rail strips but they were the wrong size so have never used them!

When it does give up the ghost I'll try a different company, probably SC.

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