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Protecting your Caravan and Motorhome

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by on 22-08-2011 at 04:25 PM (25190 Views)
Owners of Caravans and Motorhomes should be familiar with using covers to keep them protected during storage.
A variety of caravan covers can be found online and in specialist stores. Covers differ slightly to motorhome covers, like for instance the shape and measurement, but in reality they are both designed similarly so as to protect against the elements.

Waterproof Covers
Waterproof covers are required here in the UK as our weather is frequently damp and wet, but this is not just during winter.
Waterproofed covers give protection from wet weather and they stop weathering such as an accumulation of mold and grime.
Top quality covers not only keep the wet/damp weather out, they are also breathable. Covers which are "Air-Breathable" let water vapor escape, but they also prevent water penetrating and staining the shell of the caravan or motorhome.

Heatproof Covers
Hot weather condition also damage caravans and motorhomes.
Many covers now have good UV protection, which is essential for protecting against ultra-violet rays. UV protection keeps external bodywork free from discoloration and fading, whilst protecting internal furnishings from the fading effects of the sun.
Using a weather resistant breathable cover will also protect against snow, dust, bird lime, tree sap, airborne pollutants and heat build up. Generally, covers should offer all year round protection.

Other Features
You will need to find out the dimensions of your caravan or motorhome before looking to buy so as to ensure you purchase the correct size. Some covers are adjustable whilst others offer a universal fit. It's advisable to discuss this with the sales person before purchasing.
Don't forget to measure taking into account any bike racks or other external fittings to your caravan or motor home.
Top quality covers have strengthened corners for more reinforcement, and zippers can be useful for fast access to the door without having to take off the whole cover. It's also worth purchasing non abrasive covers to protect the paintwork when fitting.
Covers are secured with straps which pass under the vehicle, and if you opt for a lightweight cover fitting will be much easier to handle.

Important features include:
  • Non abrasive - to protect paintwork.
  • Lightweight - for easy fitting and storage.
  • Waterproof - protects against severe weather.
  • Extended UV protection - to prevent fading inside and out.
  • Breathable - lets moisture escape.
  • Finish - consider for minimal visual impact.
  • Corner Zips - for ease of fitting and easy access to caravan door.
  • Quick Release Buckles - for easy installation and removal.
  • Storage Bag - for convenience and safe keeping.

If you want to keep your caravan or motorhome safe and sound during storage, then protecting it with a good quality cover is a no-brainer.
For free advice and to view a selection of covers and other camping equipment, try visiting

Updated 18-02-2014 at 11:41 AM by Nick B



  1. MJ02's Avatar
    Great Blog Nick, thanks for sharing.:)
  2. AdamBorzy's Avatar
    There is no doubt that the best way to secure an ideal storage for your caravan and motor home to protect it from heat or heavy downpour is to get it***8217;s exact measurement to make sure your cover will fit perfectly. Always use your caravan and motorhome and check it once in a while for proper maintenance and to avoid any serious problems (e.g. major repairs) in the future.
  3. leswillbe's Avatar
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