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Yo! Obvious really  - 'yes' or 'no'. Are they worth the trouble and if yes, which one? Cheers !

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Yes.   Specialised Covers.  www. specialisedcovers. com

 

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For us, No.

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No - I had one for eighteen months but decided to sell it.    Many of my journeys last for several days and whilst the cover did protect the front from road dirt, I found it a terrible nuisance when I stopped for the night and had no view from the front window.    A stop over for a couple of days was the last straw.   

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Having started caravanning in 1975 I have never experienced any form of damage whatsoever on the front of any of my caravans. Lots of flies, tar spots but no damage.

They seem an accessory created to cure an issue that quite simply does not exist.

I think they came about at the same time as the original Bailey Alutech, as apparently these models were prone to micro dents due to thin panels.

A friend thinks there the best thing since sliced bread, but his caravan front windows are very badly  damaged and looked like they’ve been cleaned with a Brillo pad, and front corners damaged by flapping straps. It is also a massive pain in the butt for him to store whilst on site.

From a road safety perspective I feel they make an approaching caravan longer to recognise. A total pain and complete waste of money.

Thats my take on them, but fully respect that other users will disagree.

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Never felt the need for one.

Easy to swill the front of the van down after setting up, which is not to be mistaken with washing the van, which is banned on some sites.

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Use one every time. Takes a few minutes only to fit. Overnighting don’t bother to take it off usually heading for the sack anyway. If it’s been raining on the way down a quick spray off with water  and throw it over a hedge or fence to dry then fold it and slide it under van. Looking at the amount of water it shucks off while travelling makes me glad it’s there plus of course the front of the van is nice and clean when you arrive. Only thing to remember is to flash over the front of the van with showroom shine before refitting it ( usually the night before we set off home), that way you minimise the risk of scratching the windows or paintwork. Carefully tucking the strap ends underneath avoids them flapping.  

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I would not bother with one, I had a piece of wood hit the front window on my van & cracked the middle window but a cover would not have made any difference .

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Purely from the storage while on site its a no no for me, just a personal choice.

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No way.   And now I read you need to polish the front with "showroom shine" before putting it on every time a double no way! 

It's bad enough having to wind up steadies before leaving!  :ph34r:

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Be easy to pick out your van at a site, its the sad looking one with mud and flies all over the front. ............... ;)

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Clearly a “Marmite” issue, some consider them essential, others don’t.

 

I tend to agree with CPDavis, something invented to cure a problem that didn’t really exist! Others WILL disagree, and that’s whats makes the world interesting, informed (and polite) debate.

 

Andy

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6 hours ago, Jaydug said:

No - I had one for eighteen months but decided to sell it.    Many of my journeys last for several days and whilst the cover did protect the front from road dirt, I found it a terrible nuisance when I stopped for the night and had no view from the front window.    A stop over for a couple of days was the last straw.   

Mine only takes a couple of minutes to put on & take off.

 

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Agree it’s a Marmite issue. .. it’s high on my list but wouldn’t be if I was starting out. ... my wish list for accessories is quite long and I wasn’t concerned about covering the front on my first several caravans, but since we bought the last 3 new  I found things to fret about which had never bothered me earlier. ...

 

Wouldn’t try to persuade non-believers but trust they will extend me the same courtesy and not tell me differently. ... different strokes for different folks works fine for me 😉

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We were firmly in the "no" camp until we eventually gave in and bought one and now think it's a brilliant idea.   No more washing the front of the caravan on site when you arrive and if you buy a specialised cover one, they are a doddle to fit, takes two minutes and no loose straps etc.   As for storage, it has a bag it goes in to and then in the boot.   the bag is designed to let it breathe if it's wet, so it doesn't matter.

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A Marmite product without doubt, and the quality of covers on offer does vary depending upon the manufacturer. My personal view is that a caravan should be designed to be kept outside and towed on the road without need for additional protection.. I therefore have never felt the need for either a full storage  cover or front protection cover for travelling with any of our outfits. Our current outfit is a motorhome and I don't feel the need for a thermal windscreen insulation cover for that either as it works perfectly well as designed without one.

I've never experienced any damage to our towed caravans from stones etc., thrown up from the towcar, neither have I had any problem with occasionally having to swill off any road dirt after a wet or muddy journey.  I have never really understood why some caravanners feel it necessary to cover the front wall of their caravan when correct caravan design will prevent stone chp damage, and the rear wall is going to get as muddy as any "white van" in inclement weather, so will still need cleaning. In my opinion storage covers are also unnecessary if the outfit is going to be in regular use throughout the year, providing the  outfit is kept well polished making dirt removal a simple case of playing a low pressure hose over it folowed by a quick chamois off.

As I said this is just my opinion and may not reflect the opinion of other members.

Gordon.

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After having had two caravans damaged by stone chips over the years we are firmly in the "Yes" camp.  

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9 hours ago, Gordon said:

A Marmite product without doubt, and the quality of covers on offer does vary depending upon the manufacturer. My personal view is that a caravan should be designed to be kept outside and towed on the road without need for additional protection. . I therefore have never felt the need for either a full storage  cover or front protection cover for travelling with any of our outfits. Our current outfit is a motorhome and I don't feel the need for a thermal windscreen insulation cover for that either as it works perfectly well as designed without one.

I've never experienced any damage to our towed caravans from stones etc. , thrown up from the towcar, neither have I had any problem with occasionally having to swill off any road dirt after a wet or muddy journey.   I have never really understood why some caravanners feel it necessary to cover the front wall of their caravan when correct caravan design will prevent stone chp damage, and the rear wall is going to get as muddy as any "white van" in inclement weather, so will still need cleaning.  In my opinion storage covers are also unnecessary if the outfit is going to be in regular use throughout the year, providing the  outfit is kept well polished making dirt removal a simple case of playing a low pressure hose over it folowed by a quick chamois off.

As I said this is just my opinion and may not reflect the opinion of other members.

Gordon.

 

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For me personally its a great bit of kit but I did find the straps would sometimes rub against the caravan. .....

 

Maybe start by fitting mudflaps to front and rear axles. ...see if that reduces amount of road muck onto the front of your caravan-might be cheaper too, especially if it  does the job :ph34r:

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Been using mine for just under 3 years and over 18,000 miles, dead easy to put on and take off, I can take it off before the van has finished levelling itself. It goes in the gas locker in the space vacated by the waste container.

 

I don’t like Marmite but do like Bovril.

 

Ian

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Personal choice,me, No as I have not seen the need in over 25 years caravanning to have one.

 

They have made a lot of money to the firms who make them 

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We had a front cover for our caravan all fitted tight and secure, but always found water and dirt still got up underneath the cover. Had to make sure van front was clean before putting it on and if taking off when wet find a place to put it. Not convinced it was money well spent.

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3 hours ago, charlieboy2608 said:

For me personally its a great bit of kit but I did find the straps would sometimes rub against the caravan. .....

 

Maybe start by fitting mudflaps to front and rear axles. ...see if that reduces amount of road muck onto the front of your caravan-might be cheaper too, especially if it  does the job :ph34r:

On the rear of some motor caravans one can see a long brush that stretches from one side to the other.   I wonder if something similar could be fitted to caravans because if you have a AWD motor mover the mudflaps need to be removed.

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16 hours ago, Tuningdrew said:

Be easy to pick out your van at a site, its the sad looking one with mud and flies all over the front. ............... ;)

 

Cheeky "person!"  lol.  :o

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5 hours ago, Durbanite said:

On the rear of some motor caravans one can see a long brush that stretches from one side to the other.   I wonder if something similar could be fitted to caravans because if you have a AWD motor mover the mudflaps need to be removed.

As an owner of a motorhome that came with a rear "road brush" they only serve to obscure the rear fog lamp and do not reduce the spray that migrates onto the rear wall at every opportunity. I suspect they would be equally ineffective on a caravan, but let's get back on topic as the thread is really about front towing covers . . .

Gordon

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