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I've just bought a 2016 Pastiche 575 today. Can anyone recommend a good (reasonably priced) towing cover for it? Are "universal" fit ones any good?

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I mentioned a towing cover when I picked our new van up. 

 

The dealer stated that they hate them! The reason being they often chafe the bodywork/windows and you then end up with “dull” patches on both that are a devil to polish out. He reckoned that no matter how careful you are there will always be a bit of dust/grit “lurking” in the soft underside of the cover.

 

I have NO experience of them, but he did show me a couple of caravans they had taken in under part ex and the patches he was referring to and I could see what he meant about being difficult to polish out! 

 

I am sure others will come on here and state how wonderful they are and they wouldnt be without them. 

 

Having seen what can/does happen (to some caravans) I have not lashed out on a towing cover. 

 

Andy

Edited by Mr Plodd

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We’ve had many Caravans over the years and never had (or wanted) a front towing cover. I would much rather just give the front of the van a rinse down on site than have to wipe off, dry & store a cover. Then you have to clean the front of the van again before you leave to ensure there’s no dust etc. left behind to damage the van, as mentioned above by Mr Plodd. Just my opinion of course.

 

Glen.

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I had one as part of the NEC show deal last Nov, the jury is still out, used it twice, no problems. I do see a problem as when its wet were do you dry it out ready for the next run??? I left ours over the roof of the car to dry in the sun but what if its raining for the whole stay??  I did like the idea of just unzipping to find a very nice clean front after travelling to a CL in  Much Wenlock for Christmas.. 

 

Would be interested to hear from those that have actually had them for longer Good or Bad....

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I am in total agreement with Mr Plod and Glen and Les, it only takes a minute or so to give the front of the van a quick wash on arrival and if you have one it's another bit of kit to find somewhere to store it

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On 12/05/2019 at 09:33, kiaboy said:

I had one as part of the NEC show deal last Nov, the jury is still out, used it twice, no problems. I do see a problem as when its wet were do you dry it out ready for the next run??? I left ours over the roof of the car to dry in the sun but what if its raining for the whole stay??  I did like the idea of just unzipping to find a very nice clean front after travelling to a CL in  Much Wenlock for Christmas.. 

 

Would be interested to hear from those that have actually had them for longer Good or Bad....

What about having to clean the van or clean grit and crud from the cover before you put it back on and came back home again,  or did you just hope that it was clean enough.

 

As others have said I'm happy enough to chuck a bucket of water over the front if it gets dirty

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4 hours ago, matelodave said:

What about having to clean the van or clean grit and crud from the cover before you put it back on and came back home again,  or did you just hope that it was clean enough.

 

As others have said I'm happy enough to chuck a bucket of water over the front if it gets dirty

 

So you don't have one then???  :rolleyes:

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I have one on our Pastiche 520. Wouldn't be without it. Takes 5 minutes to put on, and after having 3 stone chips in the windows of our previous van I wouldn't be without.

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1 hour ago, warrenb said:

I have one on our Pastiche 520. Wouldn't be without it. Takes 5 minutes to put on, and after having 3 stone chips in the windows of our previous van I wouldn't be without.

Be interested to know , how do you deal with the cover when its wet? 

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Check your van to make sure it has awning openings on both sides.  Our 2016 Pastiche doesn't have an opening on the off side so can't attache a cover anyway without adjustment.

 

 

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18 hours ago, kiaboy said:

Be interested to know , how do you deal with the cover when its wet? 

I basically let it dry in the bag it comes in which is breathable. If time, then will just lay it out in the Sun.

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Having picked up a stone chip on the front of our brand new van on its first tow, I rarely tow anywhere without my front cover now. Its more for stone chip protection than cleanliness for me, but I do appreciate never having to clean baked on dead flies off the front. 

 

It’s a breeze to fit in 4-5 minutes, and if it’s wet when it comes off, it goes in it’s bag in the gas locker, same as normal. It can sit there for a week or so with no obvious issues and I can put it back on damp just as well as dry. I fold it so the inner surface never contacts the outer. 

 

After 3 years and probably 10-12000 miles there’s a few marks, but it looks good for years of service yet. Ours is a Pro Tec. 

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I've only ever seen those on UK caravans, I suppose it makes sense though as you all have those x3 Bay windows at the front like my nan's house. I can't imagine they stop chips though unless they're padded.

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We purchased ours in the main because of stone chips - having previously had to pay a lot more than the cost of the cover to replaced a badly stone chipped window. We tour all year and use it all the time.

 

Ours is a Pro-Tec which is easy to fit in 2 parts zipping up the middle. When wet we give it a good shake quick wipe down and leave out in the awning to finish of. No hassle at all and the extra peace of mind is great

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3 hours ago, Borussia 1900 said:

I've only ever seen those on UK caravans, I suppose it makes sense though as you all have those x3 Bay windows at the front like my nan's house. I can't imagine they stop chips though unless they're padded.

 

The one we have is a Specialist Cover Tow Pro Elite, has a soft padding layer inside. and an armour exterior material.

 

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On 11/05/2019 at 22:03, Glen and Les said:

We’ve had many Caravans over the years and never had (or wanted) a front towing cover. I would much rather just give the front of the van a rinse down on site than have to wipe off, dry & store a cover. Then you have to clean the front of the van again before you leave to ensure there’s no dust etc. left behind to damage the van, as mentioned above by Mr Plodd. Just my opinion of course.

 

Glen.

Me too, one less item to buy and stash on site.

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