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Should I Get a Caravan Cover?

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You’ve paid thousands of pounds for your caravan , and as with any other investment, you’ll want to ensure that you maintain it in the best way you can. Similar to a mobile phone, you wouldn’t want the screen to be damaged, so you purchase the phone case and screen protector. Therefore, why not make the same for your car to shield your bodywork from damage by buying the cover?

It’s important to keep in mind that even when you think you’re doing well, it might result in a poor choice.

There are plenty of negative reviews in relation to buying the right caravan cover. Some people say they’re essential however others state you must stay away from them, and they are meant to be outside , so leave them alone.

We will then go over the advantages and disadvantages of having a complete coverage caravan cover, so that you can decide for yourself whether to go with an insurance policy or not.

To cover a caravan , or not cover it, that’s the issue.

The pros and cons – Why you should invest in an RV cover?

1. Protects against rain, dirt trees SAP and Animal droppings

Like all covers, the goal of a cover is to protect the property or object to protect it from damage or dirt which is precisely what a caravan covers are made for. You might have heard that bird droppings that fall on your car’s surface can cause damage to your paintwork, and that’s similar to what happens with caravans. This is among the primary reasons that caravanners buy a cover to shield the exterior from unwanted scratches, and to keep it spotless.

A lot of caravan owners opt for the cover because they believe it can help prevent damp from the cover keeping water out of your caravan’s exterior. There are a few opinions and situations where this may not be the case.

2. Protects from UV fade.

UV rays may fade the painting on the exterior of your vehicle. Additionally, intense sun rays could cause damage to the seals of the doors and windows. Additionally, they can also cause the paintwork to peel or crack when exposed to extreme temperatures, which is why the use of a caravan cover will help protect you from harmful UV ultraviolet rays and prevent damage to the bodywork on the outside. However, there are arguments against this, and that a cover can cause more damage from UV rays than it actually stops it. We will go over this more in depth in the next article.

3. Helps prevent scratches during travel.

When driving, it will protect your vehicle from damage caused by debris that may be thrown onto your vehicle when you travel on the motorway, or on any other road that have loose roads with loose surfaces. There are arguments against covering your vehicle due to the cover creating scratches and scuffs and this is something we will also discuss in the next article.

4. Security

A further benefit of having a cover for your caravan is that potential thieves cannot quickly identify the type of caravan you own, nor are they able to identify the contents of the caravan. It also stops thieves from snatching your caravan when driving by.

The Cons – What you should not do to get an RV cover?

1. This causes the caravan to overheat and , in extreme situations, cracks.

As we mentioned previously the idea behind coverings is to shield the caravan’s bodywork from damaging UV radiation. However, there’s negative side to coverings for caravans. The majority of covers for caravans don’t have the breathable materials that cause an effect of greenhouses in the caravan. This causes the electrical components inside the van , for instance batteries for leisure. While heat can cause problems for electrical components, but it also causes harm the exterior of the caravan and cause cracks in the bodywork.

2. The pain can be painful and cause damage to the process

The average height of a caravan is about 8 feet and a half and this is significantly more than the average height of a person. Therefore, trying to put a complete coverage cover on high point of your car could be an obstacle to climb on when you don’t have the appropriate equipment or poles aid you. And even more so if trying it on your own.

In addition, if you’re not cautious, you could easily remove items from the outside from your caravan, such as the TV antenna or solar panels. Trust us when we say that this is more frequent than you’d think.

3. Causes scratches.

While an RV cover is designed to guard your caravan from scuffs and scratches, when you choose one that isn’t worth the cost, it can cause scrapes and scratches. This is because the cover flaps in strong storms.

You might think that purchasing the most expensive and top quality caravan cover would do the job, correct? But, even the best covers could leave scratches if not handled with care. Before fitting any cover for your caravan, it is crucial to cleanse the outside thoroughly and eliminate any grit that might be accumulated between the cover and the caravan. This is because it may affect the wear of the finish of the caravan if there is any movement inside the cover.

This seems to defy the goal If you ask me.

4. The cause of damp is well-known.

There are a variety of arguments about whether or not. However there are many who claim that their cover has caused their caravan to be dampness due to the cover’s inability to breathe material , and also not being water-resistant. The water does manage to enter the cover, and the condensation isn’t able to escape and remains trapped between the covers and their caravan.

5. Mouldy caravan

Similar to the third point, in which the cover could cause scratches, it could also cause the caravan to develop mildew and mould issues. This could be due to many reasons, including the fact that the caravan is wet and dirty prior to applying the cover and the cover doesn’t contain breathable materials that let the condensation or moisture out, or to let the condensation escape. lastly like what we’ve discussed with condensation, in the event that the cover isn’t water-resistant it could keep the water in between the cover and the caravan and cause mold over time.

How do you choose the best one?

If you’ve read about the pros and cons of each and it didn’t kept you from buying an RV cover, what’s do you do next? Selecting the right cover is the next essential step.

There are various kinds of covers like full coverage covers cover for towing, hitch and other covers, but when we talk about full coverage covers , we will look at the different types of full coverage cover.

There are generally to be three types of covers that are full coverage. In addition to the different brands and models are: Covers that are ready-made, semi-tailored, and made-to-measure caravan covers.

The most important thing to remember with every caravan cover is to select the correct size cover, so it’s essential to accurately measure your caravan.

Ready-made covers:

Also called the universal covers for caravans. If you’re looking to cover your caravan, we suggest staying away from those. They come in a variety of sizes, and can be secured by securing them with straps underneath as well as an elastic skirt on the bottom.

They are generally less expensive and are in the PS70 or PS150 price range, however, this is the place you’re likely end up damaging your caravan, rather than preventing damages. Because the cover doesn’t fit the specifics of your vehicle, it could be vulnerable to scratches when applying the cover or flapping in the winds. Don’t forget that when you purchase an inexpensive cover, it’s most likely to be a poor quality product which will allow water to get through the cover.

If you decide to go for this option, opt for the smaller size of cover for your caravan if it falls somewhere in the middle of the sizes available. If you choose to go too baggy, you’ll find that the cover is likely to break in wind if the cover is flapping.

Semi-tailored covers:

Semi-tailored covers are likely designed for a specific model of caravan. It won’t match perfectly with the model of your caravan as they are designed to cover a range of different caravans, but you will be able to locate a better fit for your specific model which will reduce the risk of causing damage for your vehicle.

Made-to-measure covers:

Finally, made-to-measure. If you’re sold on the concept of an insurance policy, we suggest to the extreme of a custom-made caravan cover. It might be more costly, but it can reduce the negative aspects of having a cover for your caravan by making sure it is tailored to the specifics of your caravan.


In the case of caravan covers, there’s always an opinion gap about the necessity of the cover for your caravan. You’re either the person believing that their caravans were made to be outdoors, or you’re the person who believes it is their sole secure place to shield it from weather birds’ droppings, mud or general wear and wear and tear.