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As a steadfast believer that front covers were a gimmick I have been converted……

 

Just been out to the caravan and the front N/S window suffered a stone chip on the return journey on Saturday with four cracks radiating from it! I’ll Talk to the insurance company but have stuck some clear tape over it for now, but I suspect a decent cover would have given some protection.

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That’s bad luck Gary. Probably like you I would be looking at the insurance replacing it, but a question all be it probably a stupid one!!!

Have had a couple of stars repaired on cars successfully over the last couple of years, I know a cars windscreen is glass but would the same stuff work on caravan windows or is their a similar repair that could be done?

 

Just wondering

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13 minutes ago, Jacko1 said:

I know a cars windscreen is glass but would the same stuff work on caravan windows or is their a similar repair that could be done?

 

Just wondering

 

Sadly there is nothing available to repair such damage on these windows.

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Unfortunately an invisible repair on polycarbonate is all but impossible (although if it were an old caravan I'd settle for a "not very noticeable" repair!!!!).

 

I've had caravans for over 25 years & this is the first time it's happened but on closer inspection there are chips in various other places on the GRP front panel so it's about time for a cover.

 

We're with the CMHC insurance, I rang them this afternoon and was told that as it's likely to be under £750 I can do it all myself!  I just use Google to find the CMHC claim form, get a quote, send it off and they then pay for it.  What's the betting the price comes back as £749.99??????

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Replacement is £434 fitted.

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Plus a front cover?

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I've thought about getting one but having seen a few caravans with damage caused by flapping towing covers I'm dubious about the benefit.

Also what do you do with them when on site?  Please don't say store it in the car boot as ours is taken up with a mobility scooter.

 

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7 minutes ago, Mr Grumpy said:

I've thought about getting one but having seen a few caravans with damage caused by flapping towing covers I'm dubious about the benefit.

Also what do you do with them when on site?  Please don't say store it in the car boot as ours is taken up with a mobility scooter.

I have had two vans with covers. Both were tailored for the specific van, and there are no flapping parts except the two top clips. Just tucking the ends under stops that. 
As for storage, when packed it’s a parcel about the size of a briefcase, so can go under beds, in a wardrobe  or on back seat of car

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A friend of mine recently had a pheasant hit the front of his caravan while doing about 45mph. The van has a single large window in the front & had a hole about the size of a football through the outer skin and several large cracks in the inner skin. To be fair, I don’t think a towing cover would have saved the window but there would have been far less damage. 

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You may be able to repair this with a polycarbonate resin.

 

it may just glue it back to added strength  but for an effective clear repair you would have to get to both sides.

 

the other problem could be if  the 

resin leaked through to the inside it would leave a run your never get to.

 

so say the resin just sits on top of the glass and seals quite a bit of the inside your in with a chance.

 

to remove the access resin is a long process of going through grades of grit wet and dry and theng3 to polish it all off .

 

a bit a time to the whole job and even then it may end up a temp job..

1 minute ago, Sonar said:

You may be able to repair this with a polycarbonate resin.

 

it may just glue it back to added strength  but for an effective clear repair you would have to get to both sides.

 

the other problem could be if  the 

resin leaked through to the inside it would leave a run your never get to.

 

so say the resin just sits on top of the glass and seals quite a bit of the inside your in with a chance.

 

to remove the access resin is a long process of going through grades of grit wet and dry and theng3 to polish it all off .

 

a bit a time to the whole job and even then it may end up a temp job..

I have in the past repaired a number of polycarbonate wind screens and also bent the polycarbonate into shapes for boats motor bikes …

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If it were an older caravan I’d repair it but as it’s three years old I want it to be as-new, after all that’s what I have been paying insurance for.

 

I’m looking at covers as one might have prevented the stone actually breaking the window. I can’t see any cover stopping a pheasant breaking it BUT it might actually catch the pheasant, I’m quite fond of pheasant!!!

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Insurance claim approved! Then remembered I’ve got £150 excess…….

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1 hour ago, GaryB1969 said:

Insurance claim approved! Then remembered I’ve got £150 excess…….

And an increase in premiums for the next 5 years 

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Personally, I'm not convinced a towing cover would have prevented that damage, but who knows.

 

18 hours ago, Lost in the wilderness said:

As for storage, when packed it’s a parcel about the size of a briefcase, so can go under beds, in a wardrobe  or on back seat of car

What do you do with it when it's sopping wet?

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1 hour ago, Joe1002 said:

Personally, I'm not convinced a towing cover would have prevented that damage, but who knows.

 

What do you do with it when it's sopping wet?

Hang it on rear of van

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21 minutes ago, Lost in the wilderness said:

Hang it on rear of van

Thanks, hadn't thought of that.

 

I am ambivalent at the moment, can't make up my mind one way or the other.

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19 minutes ago, Joe1002 said:

 

I am ambivalent at the moment, can't make up my mind one way or the other.

Must admit, prior to having one, I wasn’t convinced. 
There is no doubt it keeps the front clean of road dirt, and protects against fly splatter, and prevents long term pock marks from grit and stones. 
It also protects the windows from driving rain, reducing chances of water ingress whilst travelling . 
It may, and I stress may protect against larger things like birds, but I doubt it, but no desire to find out!!!

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A tow cover is a very worthwhile extra provided it is a quality well fitted product. I've seen 'universal' covers which I suspect cause more damage flapping about than doing good. Obviously a cover won't protect from any major impact but will stop damage from stone chips etc. and just the avoidance of baked on insect debris  and general road grime makes one worth it for me. I can recommend a Specialised TowPro.

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I use a Specialised cover.  Takes five mins to fit by myself and protect the front from stone chips and bug splats. Would not be without it

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This is the first caravan we have used a front cover on, partly because it came as standard within our model package.

 

Our last model was dragged around for 11 years and did show the ravages of towing time with a few stone chips and grazes. 

 

Always on when towing now and front still pristine but it is the lighter duty Specialised so just the basic protection.

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Stay safe - Griff.  :ph34r:

Wheels at the front Green Oval Towing Machine

Wheels at the back Bessacarr 845

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20 hours ago, GaryB1969 said:

Insurance claim approved! Then remembered I’ve got £150 excess…….

Ask for the old window back and you can then try an affective repair.

store away just in case ..  You never know .

could even happen again next time out..

 

 

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A new front cover for a good one is £399 for the padded one that "might" have stopped it happening. 

 

It then wont likely fit the next van so that's another £399. these £399s add up to a lot of money, 1 window replacement in 20 years don't warranty a cover for my way of thinking. and it only "may" have stopped it happening. 

 

i'm also put off by having a grotty cover to store when its not on the van. it must get grotty because the front of the van is sometimes when we arrive at a site. 

 

It's just as easy to swill the van over than start cleaning a cover. 

 

They are a gimmick that only happened when Bailey made a van that was so soft you could damage it by looking at it.   

 

Danny 

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If it was my window I think I would get some clear silicone sealant and “over-fill” the damage from the outside then, when fully cured, trim it flat to the window with a razor blade or similar.

 

Remember you look through not at a window. The damage would be visible, but like train or road noise, your brain would quickly blank it out!

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13 minutes ago, Dannyp said:

.........i'm also put off by having a grotty cover to store when its not on the van. it must get grotty because the front of the van is sometimes when we arrive at a site. 

 

Wash it off ocassionaly in situ and let it dry.

Stay safe - Griff.  :ph34r:

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The GRP front panel is also covered in stone chips and seems much worse than any other caravan so a towing cover it will be.

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