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Are they worth it ? Pros and cons ?? 

 

I see quite a few vans with them on.. I can see the benefits of keeping the front of the van nice and clean plus the reduced risk of stone chips.

 

There are dozens of Ebay and they are not expensive but which one or type ?? 

 

Cheers. 

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Have thought about them Trouble is you have to make sure the caravan is meticulously clean before you attach it!

Also the added nose w eight!

So no, we don’t bother!

2019 Bailey Platinum (640) Phoenix from Chipping Sodbury caravans, towed by our  2017 my Discovery Sport!

 

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36 minutes ago, PR1 said:

Have thought about them Trouble is you have to make sure the caravan is meticulously clean before you attach it!

Also the added nose w eight!

So no, we don’t bother!

 

It would be extremely clean. As for weight they weigh next to nothing surely ?? 

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Think they’re around 100£ or so but as said they I think it adds significantly to your nose weight around 10 kg or so then even more when wet

 

i make sure the front locker inv gas bottle  is empty when fitting mine

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We use one, I’ve seen lots of comments about the negatives but never experienced them.

 

Weight - they are lightweight although you can get heavily padded versions which may be heavy. If mine is more than a  kilo I’d be amazed. It’s no heavier when wet as that water is not retained by the cover and it runs off at a similar rate to the front of the van.

 

Cost - ours was £200 and I’d recommend a caravan-specific one to ensure it fits properly and ensures all lights are clear.

 

Fitting - easy; two small sections with clips go up each of the awning channels, then the large section clips onto these

 

Why? - the front of my van is clean on-site and never suffers damage from stone chips. I’ve seen comment of retained grit being ‘rubbed’ onto the front panel by covers but haven’t experienced this. 

 

Having used it for 3 years what would my advice be? Get one, I think they are brilliant.

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What FrankBullet says. 👍🏼

 

Ours takes no more than a minute or 2 to fit. We picked up a stone chip on the gas locker on the very first trip with our van, which was annoying. I bought a front cover straight away and have used it ever since. 

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Pick up our new caravan tomorrow, not used a front cover before but this model comes with one as standard so will give it a knock.

Stay safe - Griff.  :ph34r:

Wheels at the front Green Oval Towing Machine

Wheels at the back Bessacarr 845

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27 minutes ago, macafee2 said:

what do you do with the cover when you arrive on site and the cover is wet and it is still raining?

 

Leave it on until the rain stops - we have lights in our caravan....

Drink tea or wine or beer.

 

(Sorry macafee - couldn't resist. We don't use a cover)

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I haven't a storage bag for mine those of you have can you give me an idea of size so I can obtain a general purpose one.

Thanks

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We use the heavy duty padded one. Brilliant if a substantial cost. Tow pro elite type. 

 

few years back suffered £1200 of damage plus a ruined holiday when a pheasant flew into front of van.  Also had loads of stone damage over the years. 

 

Takes less than than two mins to fit   (I can do it quicker but why rush). So far lasted 20k plus towing.  Prior to this one we had the light weight ones but they only lasted 8 to 10k.  So this one has worked out cheaper. 

 

 

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We don't use one, never really thought about it and am happy enough not to bother.

But a few weeks ago we were on a site and a van arrived with one on. It was raining at the time and the couple pitched up then took the cover off the front and fitted it onto the rear of the caravan. Next morning, when it had dried up they took it down and folded it away before erecting their awning.

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25 minutes ago, macSpot said:

..... It was raining at the time and the couple pitched up then took the cover off the front and fitted it onto the rear of the caravan.

What a good idea that would solve my problem of having clear window in my end shower/toilet room by just leaving it there and on morning of departure transferring to front of caravan.

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I have been caravanning since 1981 never had any damage to the front of a van. Killed a few thousand bugs!

I will continue without one. If I do get a bird strike may reconsider! Van is comprehensively insured.

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16 hours ago, chris76 said:

Think they’re around 100£ or so but as said they I think it adds significantly to your nose weight around 10 kg or so then even more when wet

 

i make sure the front locker inv gas bottle  is empty when fitting mine

Errrr how can something that weighs so little add 10Kg to your nose weight ?? 

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Hi

The front cover or the Bailey Bra was first developed for use on the all aluminium fronted  Bailey caravans. Bailey put a protective film on the front of the van to prevent damage but it was so thin the front of the van suffered from gravel rash.

I have always had caravans with the front panel being made from non-metalic material and never had an issue with impact damage. I think it a waste of money to buy a front cover to protect the van from road grime and squashed insects after all i have a wife to do the cleaning (joke as she may read this). Is it one of those instances where you buy something and have to justify its use after all they didnt appear until Bailey caravans had an issue.

Sandy

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28 minutes ago, sandy said:

Hi

The front cover or the Bailey Bra was first developed for use on the all aluminium fronted  Bailey caravans. Bailey put a protective film on the front of the van to prevent damage but it was so thin the front of the van suffered from gravel rash.

I have always had caravans with the front panel being made from non-metalic material and never had an issue with impact damage. I think it a waste of money to buy a front cover to protect the van from road grime and squashed insects after all i have a wife to do the cleaning (joke as she may read this). Is it one of those instances where you buy something and have to justify its use after all they didnt appear until Bailey caravans had an issue.

Sandy

I can remember similar covers being used on continental vans in France and Spain during the 1970s and 80s  Their was even one on the market that had a blow up section to 'streamline' the front of the van.  Many British vans of that time did not have awning rails on both sides so it was probably not an option here. 

Many of the vans of that time also had either patterned alloy or stainless steel front lower panels to prevent the inevitable stone damage.  Both my 'Silverline' vans from 1980 to 1989 had the 'upmarket stainless' front panels.  With the advent of ABS and GRP front panels, with built in gas lockers, they fell out of favour.

 

It was certainly the advent of the mark  1 ` Alu-tech' with it's soft aluminium that sparked the return.   Since that time the use has grown ex-potentially, from my observations, across all makes.

 

 

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I bought one of the cheap ones while waiting for my ProTec one to be made for our new van as I won’t travel without one. It was a bit fiddly sliding all the little tabs into the awning rail then attaching the cover to it. The Protec one is in two parts with a stretchy section in the middle that zips together. If it’s wet when we get to where we’re going I just slide the two parts along the awning channel on the offside where they hang until dry. Cover the bedroom window, that’s all. 

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This what our brand new cover looked like after one long trip.  To give them their due they did refund.  We then bought a Specialised Elite cover and have not looked back.  We take into account that it will add at least 5kg to the nose weight however we are comfortable with a nose weight of 145kg.

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I have a Bailey Unicorn Cabrera 2011 and want a towing cover for it. However, although it has 2 awning channels, they don't go all the way to the bottom of the caravan because there is a "bumper" on each front corner which is about 18 inches deep and the awning channels start above them. All universal towing covers depend on the awning channels going all the way to the bottom of the caravan. I have thought about buying a half decent cover and trying to adapt it so the front corners attach to the bottom of the caravan and around the steadies somehow. Anyone any thoughts about how I can solve this problem?

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On 19/08/2019 at 07:38, macafee2 said:

what do you do with the cover when you arrive on site and the cover is wet and it is still raining?

 

macafee2

 

 

Friend of mine says he attaches it to the rear panel of his van to dry off.   Although, I guess that may depend on whether the van has the rear awning rails in the right place.  seemed like a good idea to me.

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