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Contemplating getting a cover for our recent purchase of a 2007 Bailey Ranger 550/6. Is it a must for over-wintering or are they not needed. ................your thoughts please from both sides of the fence.

 

Also are the cheaper ones any good???????

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You'll get divided opinions. I just fitted one for the first time today, so no long term experience to report but here's my 2p's worth. .

 

1. Best to get undercover storage and not bother. Know a friendly farmer?

 

Cheapo caravan covers (sorry, bags) may flap around more as they are not properly fitted, and combined with dust that may be blown under and become trapped, you have a possible recipe for damage. They can also cause condensation to form inside the van, so best to get a breathable fitted cover from Specialised or ProTec where this won't happen.

 

For me the pro's outweighed the cons as repeated freezing of water in cracks, rails and crevices will eventually allow the ingress of water and lead to damp and death of the caravan. Bird lime, tree sap, and black streaks and paint oxidation should be consigned to the past, but I would still expect to polish yearly and reseal the rails if I own it long enough.

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We bought a Protec cover for our (then) new Bailey Senator Arizona Series 5.

 

Used it for three winters and just loved the fact that it was protected from the elements and whenI washed and polished it late October/early November it came out of the cover the next late Feb/EarlyMarch as it went in! Loverly!

 

Then we got under cover storage and haven't used it since.

 

Offers anyone????

 

G.

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I'm tempted to splash out on a cover - although a Pro-Tek is likely to be 10+% of the value of the van!

 

I'm sold on the benefits, but what are the disadvantages of a cover? And one thing that puzzles me is how do you clean the cover?

 

Cheers,

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I think my cover will be best cleaned while it's on the van using car shampoo and a soft yard brush.

 

I haven't got much money like most folk, but I didn't consider a cheapie cover at all. I know there's lots of people on here who swear by them, but there's also horror stories even with the ProTec and Specialised quality covers. Cheapies are not worth the risk for my pride and joy, and a fitted cover fits like a glove. Despite buying the very best I was expecting a soft fleecy lining but this is not what they have like on a car cover.

 

Our Fleetwood club investigated the ProTec and Specialised Covers fabric samples, and came to the conclusion that the Specialised material was somewhat thicker and looked to be of superior quality compared to the ProTec. We struck a great deal for our members although there is an alternative discount if you belong to the Caravan Club.

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Hi, we use a Maypole cover, which is breathable and very soft on the inside. Although it was cheap (about £80), it has not caused any damage at all to the van (always fit onto a clean van). They are not "tailor-made" so they come in sizes with 2 foot increments (our is the 17' to 19' size and fits snugly). They have access zips at front and rear left corners, so don't exactly match up with the door position, but are not far away, we need to release one of the securing straps to reach our door. Keeps the van clean and dry, even through last winters heavy snow and frosts. No dampness or condensation at all. It fits over the status arial so no need to remove it. Good luck with whatever you choose.

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