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Caravan Covers: Good, Or Not?

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So, we are picking up our new (to us) Bailey on Saturday.

This is the most expensive purchase we've made ( excluding the house).

We want to look after it and thought we'd keep it covered in storage.

 

Then I read the posts about damp on this range and, thinking about it, doesn't matter how often I can get away in the van, most of the time it is getting rained on is in storage, so, a cover will keep that rain off it.

 

BUT! Then I read write ups on some covers and they things like Breathable to help reduce mildew. This got me to thinking: do covers actually keep the water out, or just the dirt? Do they lead to mildew growth? Are they worth having?

 

Opinions?........

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Personally I would not use one, because if the van is going to leak, it will do so when in use, not just when in storage.

Also, unless the van is spotless when putting the cover on, there is a risk that you will be dragging grit across the paintwork and windows. Although I might think again if I had to store it under a tree which dripped resin!

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Used a cover for years with no problems, clean and polish well before cover goes on. When it comes out of storage looks good just needs a quick wash over and good to go. I have never had a problem with damp.

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I think the opinion on this is split 50/50. I only used one once when we first got our current van, it was breathable decent cover but when I come back to the van after winter all the cupboards doors and surfaces had a green dusty layer which was some type of mould. Since then I haven't used one and never had the same issue.

 

Apart from keeping the caravan clean I can't see the benefit.

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Had caravans for many years and we've never used a cover.

 

John. :)

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This is the first winter that our caravan has been covered, that being with a Pro-Tec and my idea being to protect as many joints as possible from the effect of water possibly freezing within them.

 

After cleaning and waxing the caravan in November the cover was fitted, ours has the velcroed end so was a dream to fit.

 

As paranoia had set in regarding mildew etc. long before our purchase, we have made weekly visits to check on things and so far so good.

 

When we have visited during wet weather, rain water looks to have settled on the top of the fabric and not penetrated through its thickness most of any water having run off anyhow due the the sited angle of the caravan.

 

Before fitting the cover I opened the roof lights onto their first catch and also a window at each end, probably about 10mm.

 

All cupboard doors have been left open and seating items stood vertically away from walls.

 

I placed mouse traps on the window sills just in case.

 

Also, on a couple of visits I have had a poke around with my damp meter, readings being no higher than past readings I have taken at this time of the year.

 

So from our point of view things are looking good.

 

Edit: Typo corrected.

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We used a cover in the last one and bought one for this one too. We removed it last week and its pristine inside and out. I have been going into it over winter as it has a door in it. At this time of year people are cleaning theirs so we don't have to now! If your buying a cover it needs to be fitted and breathable either from protec or specialised covers,not cheap but in my opinion ( as we have had both) the best.

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As an after thought if your van had damp a cover isn't going to solve it is it. It may prolong you having to sort it or even make the problem worse. We have ours because we are lazy and don't want to clean leaf and green stuff off it at this time of year. I'd rather do it when we want, after the season is no longer possible for us.

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Definately a pro-tech cover man, removed ours yesterday and pristine. I use one for the same reasons as Griff.

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Never used one and never will, we have seen people on our storage site really struggle to fit one, and if it's windy forget it, as we use the van all year round it would be too much trouble.

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I,m a protec man too,had it many years. The van is always clean & damp free when I take it off turned out

to be a good investment. Can rip very easily though taking it on & off.

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down at the storage site i keep my van at there is my van which has no cover and a valencia next door which is often covered. The valencia windows are a mess from where the cover has been rubbing against them and also the grab handles are dulled for the same reason. The bumpers are also suffering with wear marks. Its a younger van than mine however. ..... you wouldn't know that by looking at it. I wouldn't cover my van but then again, it currently needs a lot of damp work done on it. I wonder if it were covered then it wouldn't need this work but there isn't an easy way to test that.

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I'm with Les on this one!

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I'm with Les on this one!

If you use it all the year it would be a pain to take off and on I agree.

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This was the first winter that I have used a cover, normally the caravan gets covered in green mould and moss(it rains a lot in north devon!) and I must say I'm delighted so far. The van looks great, sparkling clean, can't see any scratches or rubs yet. It's a Kampa cover, quality is good and it seems to do the job.

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A pro-tech cover is the easiest thing in the world to cover the van, plus leaves great access. As long as youR van, (and cover)are clean to start with you will get no scratches or marks.

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Another happy ProTec user here. Our van has been stored under a tree, so we keep it covered whenever it's not in use. The cover gets absolutely filthy, but the caravan is always gleaming. I do make sure it's cleaned every time we fit the cover though, for the reasons above.

 

We've got a new pitch in the storage yard now, away from the trees so I won't have to cover it every time now.

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we have never used a cover, We use a large storage site, not many covers there either. If your 'van is green after the winter then surely you must be parking it in the shade. I lower the jockey wheel so the rain runs off and I get a bit of black marks near the front handles which wiped off with kitchen paper and there was also one bird dropping to clean off. The inside is prepared like most folk do, cupboard open, cushions up on end, fridge open, taps open, blinds closed except for the roof blinds. make sure all vents are clear.

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Thanks all. So, it seems opinion is split, so am I. But, if I'm going to get one, then wait until I can afford a good one: seems fair enough.

 

 

Personally I would not use one, because if the van is going to leak, it will do so when in use, not just when in storage.

Also, unless the van is spotless when putting the cover on, there is a risk that you will be dragging grit across the paintwork and windows. Although I might think again if I had to store it under a tree which dripped resin!

I appreciate that if it will leak, then it will leak, but I figured that, if it is under cover for say 48 weeks a year and only exposed to rain 4 weeks a year, then it won't get as wet to leak.

I hadn't considered the damage from fitting it though. ...

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we have never used a cover, We use a large storage site, not many covers there either. If your 'van is green after the winter then surely you must be parking it in the shade. I lower the jockey wheel so the rain runs off and I get a bit of black marks near the front handles which wiped off with kitchen paper and there was also one bird dropping to clean off. The inside is prepared like most folk do, cupboard open, cushions up on end, fridge open, taps open, blinds closed except for the roof blinds. make sure all vents are clear.

You don't have to park in the shade for it to go green, in the winter, in wet weather it does. Ours is on the drive, nowhere near any trees, just in the Devon rain ! Lower one end for the run off.

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I have always used breathable covers. Yes they keep the van nice and dry, clean and helps prevent fading. However i do wonder if i have done a lot of damage by fitting a cover. In the summer it gets very hot in the van, its like a green house. This a believe has started to cause the glue in the laminate to fail causing the veneer to start to peal back. I do also wonder if its causing the front windows to fail as they are ballooning and in ballooning they are starting to come away from the rubber seal so will now allow water to enter the van. Apart from that the van is dry. The outside of the cover gets green mould  and has stopped the sun from dulling the plastic.

 

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