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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.

Thats a good idea, wish I could do that but Coachman no longer cut a slot in the offside rear, why, I do not know. 

 

I fold mine up, return it to the bag and wait until its a nice dry day and then either leave it on the floor or hang it over the car roof. watch out for wind though.. failing that it goes back on wet. I always remove it during storage as they are not designed to be left on, so the manufacturer of ours state.

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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 min

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.

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 s

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Really considering getting one for our new van when it arrives next year.  I guess it is like a lot of things, you get what you pay for.

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On 22/08/2019 at 18:48, Charliefarlie said:

Having had a mooch on Ebay there are loads of these covers for very little money !! Does anyone have one of these ? 


yes , we paid about £40 for one on Amazon. Lightweight and works perfectly.

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I remain in the "not yet convinced" camp.

 

With a relatively high SUV tow car with good mudflaps we have noticed the following:

In hot weather we get only minor evidence of fly "encrustation" even if the front of the car is plastered.

In wet weather the direct and potentially damaging spatter is limited to the bottom 4-6 inches, with the rest being deposited via turbulent air flow. Yes there is the chance that a stone could hit the car windscreen and fly over the car, but in that case it would probably hit the caravan above the cover anyway.

 

If we arrive after a dry journey a quick run over with cleaner does the trick and takes about as long as removing and packing a cover I guess.

If we arrive after a "dirty" journey I give the front a quick wash and wipe. This takes longer of course, but I guess a dirty wet cover would need some attention before packing?

 

Dealing with a wet and dirty cover has been the major "put off" for me so far.

 

Ultimately a good cover will offer better stone protection than none, but in my case if I do anything it will probably be to fit some protective film or similar to the bottom 6 inches.

 

I am not anti cover per se. We have a full cover which we fit whenever we get back from a trip.

This is principally to prevent UV degradation which can age a caravan's appearance alarmingly quickly!

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I bought one when they first began to appear on the market in 2012 when it cost me around £100.   I thought it would protect the front of the van on my journey to southern Spain.   Trouble was that my journey can take up to 10 days with stop-overs and I didn't like having the front windows constantly covered.      Then at journey's end it had to be packed away and stored.   I didn't fit it for the journey home and the cover sat in the garage for a year or more.   Then ebay came to the rescue and I recovered almost all of my outlay.   Ive done the journey many times now without any mishaps.

 

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15 minutes ago, Jaydug said:

I bought one when they first began to appear on the market in 2012 when it cost me around £100.   I thought it would protect the front of the van on my journey to southern Spain.   Trouble was that my journey can take up to 10 days with stop-overs and I didn't like having the front windows constantly covered.      Then at journey's end it had to be packed away and stored.   I didn't fit it for the journey home and the cover sat in the garage for a year or more.   Then ebay came to the rescue and I recovered almost all of my outlay.   Ive done the journey many times now without any mishaps.

 

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I'd guess that the majority of caravaners would experience the same - towing for miles and miles without damage.  Yes, I suppose a cover keeps the front of the van clean but your experience aligns with what I'd thought - more trouble than its worth and an example of manufacturers creating a demand to sell a product by solving a problem which doesn't really exist (I feel the same about caravan covers)

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We have been caravanning since about 1983, we have done lots of long continental trips as well as trips here.

Never had any window or frontal, damage . Yes good bug collections are accumulated and mud splatters on the lower front!

It just gets a clean. A cover is just one more thing to take on and off.

The van will get dusty or wet on site, so putting a cover on would involve cleaning it or risk scratches.

It gets a good polish once a year, with Autoglym silicone resin and windows with Vuplex plastic polish.

So I am in the not convinced group too!:D

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The very thing that made us consider a front cover, an extremely dirty country lane access to our storage, also made us decide not to bother as the thought of having to handle and store a very dirty cover made us realise it was not for us.

I do think that they are a bit of a 'fad' item and as shown here not many have experienced any damage issues while towing.

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We use one. Our brand new van got a decent stone chip in the front on our very first tow, so I bought one that week. Used it ever since, it takes me only a couple of minutes to fit, and less to remove. I wash it off once a year. So hardly a big deal. And we've had no more impact damage since.

 

We also use a full cover over winter to prevent UV damage and keep the van gleaming.

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We have a rhino guard front cover for our bailey senator, reason being we had an eldis avante and a window got cracked on a trip away it was £200 for a second hand replacement ,the cover was only £35 and came with a storage bag from ebay takes 2 mins to put on and it protects and keeps the van clean  ,if it gets wet no problem we just put it ontop of our car with a few clothes pegs and its dry and ready to use again in no time ,to me it's a no brainer .

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I've got a Specialised Covers Tow Pro for our van and wouldn't consider towing without it.  Not possible to fit mud flaps to my car and therefore it saves the front of the van being plastered with everything my rear wheels throw up. You've only got to come across one section of road that's recently been resurfaced with chippings to realise what damage could be done without it on. The tailored version is much better than the 'universal fit' since you don't have all those straps and buckles to contend with.

In terms of drying - since we use CLs and CS's quite a lot, I've never had a problem in asking the owner to store it overnight in a barn / shed to dry out - or alternatively hanging it over a fence if it's stopped raining.

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Didn't have one previously on two 2nd hand vans but decided to invest when we bought a new van. I went for a tailored Pro-tec cover that fits perfectly just sliding into the awning rails - and is quick to install and remove. Wouldn't be without it now.

Not the cheapest but you get what you pay for.

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We bought a cover when we had a new Bailey Pegasus 2. The front had an expanse of unprotected aluminium which ended up pock marked worse than a teenager's face. We have used one ever since, but only the made to measure one's. 

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We have one of the cheaper (50 quid ) ones, I couldn't see the point of an expensive tailored one that was just a couple of minutes quicker to fit.  We got one after getting 2 bad scratches on one of our front windows and never had any trouble since.

 

It does state in the bumph  that they are a transit cover only and not to be left on as that will trap any water and grit that runs off the roof behind it.

Having said that, when I went to check my son's van in storage quite a few were parked up with them on :blink:

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Never felt the need for a cover, but considering it for new van due in the new year.

As manufacturer says the front of the van must be clean AND dry before fitting, just wondering what those who use them do when it is raining on leaving home or site.

Is it just a matter of watching the weather and perhaps putting them on the night before if possible, or do you just travel without the cover if you can’t get it on when the van is dry?

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3 hours ago, hp100425ev said:

Never felt the need for a cover, but considering it for new van due in the new year.

As manufacturer says the front of the van must be clean AND dry before fitting, just wondering what those who use them do when it is raining on leaving home or site.

Is it just a matter of watching the weather and perhaps putting them on the night before if possible, or do you just travel without the cover if you can’t get it on when the van is dry?

Unless it is absolutely tipping down (in which case you might wait anyway for a break in the weather) it's not difficult to give the front of the van a quick wipe down before fitting which should be adequate - it surely doesn't need to be bone dry. I'm not sure why not being dry is a problem anyway. I'm more inclined to put it on a slightly wet van rather than travel without. Being clean is much more important.

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We had a  lower half cover for our Pegasus 1, due to the  known denting issue. The dealer retrofitted thicker protective panels and moulding , never bothered with it after.

Still in my garage.

We don't  use one, but our choice.

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Have put ours on when it's raining lightly but have still washed and leathered it to no detriment that I have noticed.

 

Sometimes have put it on when it's dry and then it has rained, the water still runs behind ours.

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We got a specialised covers tailored fit cover when we got our first new van. 
My thinking was to protect against stone chips, but I found it also protects against road dirt, especially if travelling down slightly muddy roads. 
I also like the fact that it prevents heavy rainfall from potentially driving in past the window seals when towing. Having had to tow in horrendous rain conditions, I’m sure that without the cover, we probably would have suffered water ingress at the front Windows

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I bought a Specialised Tow Pro plus in 2015 and it worked well for 4 years, over 27,000 miles, but was starting to show its age, light windows split, zip coming apart and elastics stretched.

 

Decided to have a new one this year and on it’s first outing, 1000 miles, one of the windows split and once we got home, over 3,000 miles, I sent pictures to Specialised and they said it had done its job and refused to repair or replace, they said they would send me some new window material but never did.

 

Will never deal with them again.

 

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We have towed caravan for over 35 years and never had any damage but accept it might happen one day. We do like to get up and go when leaving a site and so have never really considered one.

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We feel the same, Where do you put it on site? Especially if its wet.

 

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1 hour ago, Wildwood said:

We have towed caravan for over 35 years and never had any damage but accept it might happen one day. We do like to get up and go when leaving a site and so have never really considered one.

I have a Specialised TowPro which is tailored to your van and it takes 5 minutes to fit. Last thing to do before setting off. It protects against dirt and flies and also potential stone damage which I suffered on my last van without a cover.

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Towed our last caravan for 11 years and in the end the front GRP panel was quite battle scared, a towing cover would have saved it.

 

Don't intend the same to happen to our new one, it has not been on a trip without the cover fitted yet, front not even seen a dead gnat.

Stay safe - Griff.  :ph34r:

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