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what front covers do you all use if any ?

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The one supplied as standard with our new caravan is by Specialised.

 

First time of use next week, will report back.

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Protec dedicated cover, not the most expensive but it’s coped happily with three years of abuse!

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I believe the first font covers were introduced following a design flaw with Bailey's early Alu-Tec design caravans. The front wall of these early models was so thin that it appeared the paint was the thickest component. Consequently there were numerous examples of dented front walls. Bailey's response was to stick a sheet of thick clear plastic over the affected areas to prevent damage, while some enterprising companies saw an opening by offering "protection" for the complete front wall of any caravan. This started a trend and the front cover was born.

We now have what I consider, a pointless accessory that keeps the front wall clean, while doing nothing for the sides, rear, and roof of the caravan, and on some designs (not all) can illegally obscure the front lights of the caravan. 

I believe them to be an unnecessary addition that is fiddly to fit correctly, adds noseweight (particularly when wet), does nothing to enhance the appearance, has to be stored somewhere when the caravan is on site, somehow will need to be cleaned and has the potential to scratch the front wall if dirt gets trapped.

A caravan if correctly designed as a road going vehicle, should never require this accessory but human nature is a strange thing . . .

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44 minutes ago, HappyTourer said:

I believe the first font covers were introduced following a design flaw with Bailey's early Alu-Tec design caravans. The front wall of these early models was so thin that it appeared the paint was the thickest component. Consequently there were numerous examples of dented front walls. Bailey's response was to stick a sheet of thick clear plastic over the affected areas to prevent damage, while some enterprising companies saw an opening by offering "protection" for the complete front wall of any caravan. This started a trend and the front cover was born.

We now have what I consider, a pointless accessory that keeps the front wall clean, while doing nothing for the sides, rear, and roof of the caravan, and on some designs (not all) can illegally obscure the front lights of the caravan. 

I believe them to be an unnecessary addition that is fiddly to fit correctly, adds noseweight (particularly when wet), does nothing to enhance the appearance, has to be stored somewhere when the caravan is on site, somehow will need to be cleaned and has the potential to scratch the front wall if dirt gets trapped.

A caravan if correctly designed as a road going vehicle, should never require this accessory but human nature is a strange thing . . .

HappyTourer

 

Thanks for your opinion, but many people use them and OP was asking about options.

 

If nothing else I appreciate not staring through road-grime when on site

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Specialised Cover on my Bailey Valencia. Easy to fit & keeps the front clean & could well stop  damage to front of caravan. You need to ensure the front of caravan is clean before fitting to stop possible abrasion. 

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I’m definitely sold on a towing cover. My Protec takes only a minute or two  to fit, keeps the front of the van clean, bug  free and offers some  protection against grit thrown up by the back wheels.  Folds very small and lives in the front locker. If it’s wet and dirty when we arrive I rinse it off with my watering can used to fill the toilet flush then thread the two halves along the offside awning rail to dry. I’ve put it away wet before with no ill  effects. Just need to spend literally a couple of minutes cleaning the windows and gas locker door with Showroom Shine before refitting. Not found any evidence of scratch damage to the windows or bodywork in 3 years of using a cover. 

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This is another thread where those who HAVE invested in whatever is being asked about will extoll their virtues and those who haven’t invested will question the value of such an item. 

 

It’s human nature to feel that you have made the right decision in buying what you do and therefore feel that others should agree with you. We are all guilty of that to a greater or lesser extent. That’s why there are all sorts of different cars/caravans/motorhomes/mobile phones/televisions/garden furniture etc etc 

 

Therefore those with them hold one view and those without hold another. That doesn’t mean either group are right, or wrong, just different.

 

For my part I remain unconvinced of the need/desire/practicality or necessity of a front cover for all of the reasons quoted above. I am certainly not insisting my view is right, but I am just as entitled to it at those who hold the diametrically opposite view. 

 

It will be interesting to see if anyone who has/does own one posts anything negative wont it? 

 

Andy

 

p.s. The advantages AND disadvantages have been discussed, in the recent past, on this forum at some length.

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Not so sure about that. There’s a few things I have invested in that I certainly would NOT extol the virtues of, my VW Tiguan and Kampa Air Awning being just two. I’m sure if I had found my front cover had any of the perceived disadvantages you and Happy Camper describe I probably would add that to my list. Is it fair to assume neither of you have ever tried them?

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7 hours ago, Tuningdrew said:

Not so sure about that. There’s a few things I have invested in that I certainly would NOT extol the virtues of, my VW Tiguan and Kampa Air Awning being just two. I’m sure if I had found my front cover had any of the perceived disadvantages you and Happy Camper describe I probably would add that to my list. Is it fair to assume neither of you have ever tried them?

 

Agreed - I personally don’t give a monkies if people choose not to use one.

 

When a contributor asks for advice on them only for somebody to trot out a diatribe of the pitfalls and woe from the perspective of never having actually used one that really isn’t helpful.

 

If somebody contributes with ‘I used one and didn’t like it because....’ that is also helpful, but an armchair mini-rant? No.

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We bought a cheap Rhino brand off eBay just to test being new to this game.  After 1500 miles we're very happy, especially when we washed it and saw how much filth it had kept off the van.

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I don’t think a towing cover would have helped us yesterday. Something flew out of an open topped garbage truck as it joined the A1, bounced off the windscreen and then smashed the panoramic window 🤬. Hoping the Duck Tape repair holds for our time away before we can get things fixed. 

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Nope nothing would have helped.  Hopefully you got the registration number of the offending vehicle and reported it to the police as it is an offence.  Even better if you have dashcam footage as insurance company can claim off the driver of the other vehicle.  Good job it never went through your windscreen. 

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On 06/09/2019 at 08:29, FrankBullet said:

If nothing else I appreciate not staring through road-grime when on site

 

I find a squirt of diluted Fenwick's Caravan cleaner and mop down with a bowl of warm water using a micro-fibre cloth removes the “road-grime and restores forward viewing.

 

But if people want to fit a front cover for whatever reason that is their choice and shouldn’t be knocked.

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5 hours ago, Mandarin said:

We bought a cheap Rhino brand off eBay just to test being new to this game.  After 1500 miles we're very happy, especially when we washed it and saw how much filth it had kept off the van.

 

I would just point out that you STILL had to wash the dirt off something so the same amount of work involved.

In this case off the cover not the caravan though! , but you still have to fit and remove the cover so technically MORE work

 

 Just  playing  “devils advocate” 

 

 

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5 hours ago, Mandarin said:

We bought a cheap Rhino brand off eBay just to test being new to this game.  After 1500 miles we're very happy, especially when we washed it and saw how much filth it had kept off the van.

 

We did similar ( ~ £40 from Amazon) very pleased with the results and ease of use, ours is very lightweight too. Many sites don’t allow washing of vans so this fits the bill.

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42 minutes ago, Dave Capiro owner said:

Many sites don’t allow washing of vans so this fits the bill.

 

There is a big difference between getting the ladders and bucket out to wash the whole caravan, and sponging off road grime from the front of the caravan accumulated on your journey to site.

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2 hours ago, Mr Plodd said:

 

I would just point out that you STILL had to wash the dirt off something so the same amount of work involved.

In this case off the cover not the caravan though! , but you still have to fit and remove the cover so technically MORE work

 

 Just  playing  “devils advocate” 

 

 

 

I’ve cleaned my towing cover. Once.

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1 hour ago, FrankBullet said:

 

I’ve cleaned my towing cover. Once.

 

It must be very dirty or is it self cleaning? 😀

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You don’t see them here on the continent, just the UK, I’m guessing it’s because you have those triple bay windows at the front, 60 mph headwinds, rain and road spray, no wonder UK caravans have damp problems. I suppose with such a design a towing cover makes sense.

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18 minutes ago, Grandpa Steve said:

 

It must be very dirty or is it self cleaning? 😀

 

It’s dirty - it is in the garage at the moment, I’ll give it a good scrub when I next wash the car

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Pretty pointless for me to fit one

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Although it would have prevented that bird 💩ing on the front locker door.

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8 hours ago, Durbanite said:

Nope nothing would have helped.  Hopefully you got the registration number of the offending vehicle and reported it to the police as it is an offence.  Even better if you have dashcam footage as insurance company can claim off the driver of the other vehicle.  Good job it never went through your windscreen. 

Unfortunately we couldn’t get his number as the road was just too busy.  Also found damage to the car - dented bonnet and a few scrapes and scratches elsewhere.  And no dash cam either so we are a bit stymied in terms of further action. I guess we’ll just have to put it down to experience. 

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15 hours ago, Fat Albert said:

Unfortunately we couldn’t get his number as the road was just too busy.  Also found damage to the car - dented bonnet and a few scrapes and scratches elsewhere.  And no dash cam either so we are a bit stymied in terms of further action. I guess we’ll just have to put it down to experience. 

Maybe time to consider a dashcam?  Car insurance would pay for damage to car and maybe if you lucky caravan as you are probably looking at well over £1k to repair to both units.  When our "glass" at the top was damaged apparently it would have cost close to £1000 just for that to be replaced.  Both were connected at the time.

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11 minutes ago, Durbanite said:

Maybe time to consider a dashcam?  Car insurance would pay for damage to car and maybe if you lucky caravan as you are probably looking at well over £1k to repair to both units.  When our "glass" at the top was damaged apparently it would have cost close to £1000 just for that to be replaced.  Both were connected at the time.

 

Caravan own damage is covered by the caravan insurance, not the car insurance - the caravan 3rd party damage is covered by the car insurance, not that there was any in the OP's case.

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