Caravan covers: get ready for winter
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Winter is on its way and what better way to protect your caravan from the elements than to get a cover for it? There are a few things to consider so take a look at all the options...
Caravan covers took off in the mid-1990s with the introduction of affordable, lightweight fabrics that are water-resistant and breathable. ‘Full’ covers that envelop the entire body of the caravan start from around £120 (hitch and top covers are less) so for relatively little investment you can keep your caravan protected during the winter and any other times you’re not using it.
Types of cover
Full caravan covers
These are covers that come in a range of sizes to cover the entire caravan while it is being stored. They must be durable, breathable and water-resistant to protect the caravan from the elements whilst keeping the inside ventilated and in good condition. They are usually 4-ply to provide ultimate protection.
These are designed to just cover the roof and top edge of the caravan. They provide excellent protection from rain, hail and show and from objects such as leaves and twigs falling onto the roof. These start from around £75.
These are a good idea as the caravan’s hitch is metal so there is potential for it to get rusty if exposed to the elements for too long.
Special covers designed for use when towing your caravan, they protect it from damage during transit such as weather conditions but also objects that may fly up from the road and hit it. Please note that they are not suitable for use as storage covers as they are padded and waterproof rather than breathable, so only suitable for short wears.
Offering protection for wheels and tyres during the winter months, these are great at keeping the elements away from the metal and rubber elements, reducing wear and increasing the longevity of your tyres.
Standard or bespoke?
Off-the-shelf covers come in a range of sizes between 4m and 7m in standard width (suitable for most caravans) with extra-wide options (up to 2.5m) also available. Adjustable straps are used to ensure a good fit.
Bespoke covers are those that are made to measure to fit your individual caravan. This will provide a snug fit and can be tailored to work around solar panels, aerials and doorways to ensure convenience. Prices for bespoke covers range from £250-£450 so although they are more expensive, they’re very reasonable and would be a sensible investment. Family-run business Specialised Covers are currently the market leaders for bespoke caravan covers.
How to measure your caravan for a cover
Simply measure the body length outside, from the rearmost point to the front of the caravan, but not including the A frame. If going for a standard cover, you can then opt for the size closest to your caravan’s length.
Other winter caravan preparations
Think about the best place to park your caravan for the winter months. Ensure it is in a safe location and not under trees that may drop sap or in stormy weather, branches on top!
Remove the battery and store in a cool, dry place. Check it regularly and top up the charge levels when necessary.
Make sure your caravan is secure during the winter period when you may not be keeping such a close eye on it. Remove all valuables and electricals from it and ensure all the windows and doors are closed and locked. Consider a security system to deter potential thieves.
Remove gas cylinders and store them somewhere cool and ventilated. Drain your caravan’s water heater – read the instructions for how to do this for your particular model’s system.
Ensure your caravan is positioned on level ground and rest the lowered corner steadies on blocks or pads. Use wheel chocks and take the handbrake off if the caravan will be unused for a long period. Be sure to turn the wheels regularly to avoid flat spots on the tyres.
Make sure your vents are uncovered so air can circulate inside the caravan and condensation can be avoided.
7. A bit of tlc
All elements of the caravan will need some attention before you tuck her in for the winter. Give the exterior and interior a good clean, clear out and clean the fridge leaving it ajar, empty and flush through your toilet waste tank and remove your soft furnishings and cushions and keep them in your house if you have room.
Winchester Caravans stock a range of Maypole caravan covers in our onsite shop and can offer advice on what might suit your needs best. We stock the green cover range which come with separate hitch covers and have a zip halfway along that allows you to access the caravan door without removing the whole cover!
Pop in and have a chat with one of our friendly and knowledgeable sales team members.
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