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My debate is just picked up sparking brand new caravan time I got home front filthy dirty has anyone got the new specialised pro covers? Was thinking rear mudflaps for my evoque but the price fitted is not far off a cover . Comments please

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:welcome: I don't bother as I'd still have to wash the cover.

Graham

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I used to tow our Cadiz with a Freelander 2 Sport which had body kit on as standard, unfortunately my local Land Rover garage were unable to fit rear mud flaps and the caravan used to get covered in mud virtually every outing; I was also concerned about stones being kicked up onto the large front window, hence I purchased a Pro-tec cover from Yorkshire. If it gets really 'covered' I simply wipe it over I've only had to wash it on one occasion so far and personally don't find it inconvenient. In October of last year we part exchanged the Freelander for a Discovery 4 which is fitted with front/rear mudflaps . .... cover still gets covered in road dirt!!

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Ian

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Mudflaps on the towcar aren't half as effective as one would expect.

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I was at the specialised stand at the NEC looking at full covers and towing covers. I have a Protec front cover that if it gets blathered with dirt I wash on the washing line when we get home.

A couple were enquiring about the fitted padded cover for their new van and they were towing with an Evoque Landrover ( hope I spelt it right) They were asking would the foam in the front cover soak up the rain and slump down the front of the van. Unfortunately I did not stay around to hear the answer.

All I will say is that when we get on site in winter we can see out of the front of the van as its not filthy also in the summer months it stays bug free, I hate washing dried off bugs.

Hope this helps.

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Our Freelander 2 has mud flaps fitted, but the front of the caravan still gets plastered with mud! Just use a watering can and a caravan to wash it off when we arrive on site!

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:welcome:

 

Not only do you have to wash the cover But dry as well One can of water n sponge and 5 mins front of caravan shiny again

 

 

I'm with you BooBoo. ......

 

geoff

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The reason why we got a towing cover is because we have one of the Bailey caravans with the aluminium fronts. If you don't use a cover they soon begin to look as if they have been used for target practise by someone using a air rifle due to small stones hitting the front of the caravan when it is being towed.

 

The only problem we have is what to do with the cover when it is wet and you have only gone on a weekend rally. If the weather stays rainy there is nowhere to dry it. Fold it up and put it in the locker and it's going to stink to high heaven. :( Fortunately we've not yet been in that position.

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  • 4 weeks later...

I bought a cover after a truck travelling in the opposite direction flicked a stone up that cracked one of the van's front windows.

 

As others have said, mudflaps fitted to the tow vehicle are next to useless. I used to spend ages removing road film from the windows after pitching - taking up my hard earned "wine time." OK, I still have to clean the cover but I can do that at my leisure.

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We have a cover as I got fed up with having to clean the front of the van. Also, some sites don't like or allow you to clean your van when pitched.

 

I have never washed it - it looks like it could do with one now - but the inside is clean and it stops the dirt in the winter and the flies in the summer. When we arrive on site, I simply take it off, folding it up with the inside on the inside (if that makes sense) and put it in its bag in the front locker. If it's raining, I sometimes leave it on until the next day or until it stops raining )might be all week in the current climate!! ).

 

Well worth the money I think.

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You need to ensure the covers don't obstruct the front lights and reflectors and have clear patches.

 

Dave

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A front towing cover is on my shopping list for next week at the NEC for our unicorn s2, any recommendations from anyone who use one on this type of van?

 

I'm thinking of protecting the large area of window more than keeping van clean.

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Has anyone found a way of fitting a towing cover on a Unicorn Series 1?

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When we had our 2013 Delta, always used a towing cover (Specialised Covers Tow Pro Elite), peace of mind really.

 

Must get round to putting it in the classified section sometime but £250 ono if anyone's interested ;)

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Has anyone found a way of fitting a towing cover on a Unicorn Series 1?

Ours fits on our 2012 Pamplona Unicorn series 1. We have an awning rail on both sides. Has yours only got a rail on one side? If so I know Specialised covers do a towing cover and they come with (for want of a better word) sucker cups that fit on the side of the van and then to cover attatches to them. I hope that helps. I have seen a couple with these type of covers on.

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Thanks for the reply Waltons. Yes unfortunately my Seville only has an awning rail on the near side. I'll have a look at these Spcialised Covers. I just wonder whether the suction cups are secure and more to the point what would happen if they were to come adrift whilst towing.

We fight not for glory, nor for wealth nor honours . ..

but only and alone we fight for freedom,

which no good man surrenders but with his life.

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Thanks for the reply Waltons. Yes unfortunately my Seville only has an awning rail on the near side. I'll have a look at these Spcialised Covers. I just wonder whether the suction cups are secure and more to the point what would happen if they were to come adrift whilst towing.

!1 chap came and asked me how we had fit our cover with no suckers, I then pointed out that we had the off side awning rail. If memory serves me right his was a Seville and he had the specialised cover I mentioned. The suckers are the ones that you hold against the van and then push a lever down creating the suction. ( I hope that makes sense). There were quite a few of them on his van and he never mentioned any coming free. If that had been the case I think you would have heard about them on here before now. I even think Pro-tec in Bradford do a similar system, PS specialised are also in Bradford.

Check out the Specialised web site I have just had a look. Go onto products, caravan covers and you will find suction cups on there. I hope that helps.

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Thanks for the reply Waltons. Yes unfortunately my Seville only has an awning rail on the near side. I'll have a look at these Spcialised Covers. I just wonder whether the suction cups are secure and more to the point what would happen if they were to come adrift whilst towing.

We have one of the Series 1 Unicorns and our front cover (from Specialised Covers) has the suction cups. Never had a problem with them coming loose.

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That's good to hear Pollywollydoodle. Thanks for the information, I think I'll have a closer look at these.

We fight not for glory, nor for wealth nor honours . ..

but only and alone we fight for freedom,

which no good man surrenders but with his life.

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Ian . ... :welcome:

 

I fitted rear mud flaps . .. to our FL2 . ... nice and easy to do . ... got them off Flea-bay . .... fraction of the dealer cost . ..

 

. ... they do help . ... but don't prevent every-thing . ...

 

Cheers

 

Pete

Mine : Land Rover Defender 90, big, black and shiney.
Polly's : Land Rover Discovery Sport, HSE in Scotia Grey . .......
Towing : A 2011 Coachman Pastiche 545, on the driveway . ....... and now a CT Ninja, too.

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We have a pro-tec front cover for our U2 Valencia. It's purpose made for this model so has clear panels where the running lights are. We have used it for well over 1000 miles, towing in all sorts of conditions (rain, snow, hail & sun - yes really sun :D ) & it still looks reasonably clean on the outside & spotless on the white inside. It comes with it's own storage bag & whenever it's been wet on arrival at site, I simply fold it up, stick it under the van & then on first dry day lay it out to dry before packing into it's bag, Fitting on/off takes less than 2 minutes. Having previously spent ages trying to clean dead insects, general road grime & worst of all, road tar off the front bodywork & windows I would personally never be without one now - especially with that big panoramic front window - just wish the cover was a little higher to cover the whole thing !

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  • 4 months later...

The reason I have resurrected this topic is because in an earlier post I stated that we had not had any trouble with the suckers that hold our front cover in place on the side of the van that does not have an awning rail. Well, that was until earlier this week.

 

We are off on holiday on Monday so a day or two ago my other half decided to put the front cover on the van. Two of the suckers kept coming off from time to time so I suppose it was a good thing he put the cover on a few days earlier than usual. He rang Specialised Covers yesterday and ordered more suckers and they have arrived today. He's put them on and so far they have stayed in position.

 

I'm hoping the problem will not recur when we set off on Monday.

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