Do I Need a Caravan Cover?

Author: Paul Napthali   Date Posted:29 October 2018 

A caravan cover is a great way to protect your caravan from wear and tear off the road and to preserve its exterior componentry and longevity of the RV itself and most importantly the resale value of your pride and joy.

Although first-generation caravan covers got a bad reputation for, only having a life expectancy of 12 months then becoming brittle and un-usable the current varieties have improved substantially. 
If you're debating purchasing a caravan cover but aren't quite sure what they're all about, then read on.

Do I Need a Caravan Cover?


Will a Caravan Cover Scratch My Windows?
While most caravan covers are specifically designed to protect caravans, plastic and acrylic windows can be scratched if the cover is not properly fitted.  To reduce the chances of this occurring, always be sure to accurately measure the length of your caravan during sizing and upon fitment of the cover be sure to read the installation instructions or get a brief overview from your supplier to avoid any unsuitable installations of the cover.  

Are Caravan Covers Waterproof?
Most caravn covers are not fully waterproof. Covers that are rated 100% water proof have been known to sweat, resulting in mildew, mould and other bacteria causing damage to the exterior of the RV. Depending on what brand and model RV cover you choose will depend on the degree of water proofing or water resistance. Typically, if water proofing or water resistance is offered as part of the cover sepcifications, it usually makes up the roof panel, in order to provide added protection to your roof top accessories, including TV antenna, hatches and air conditioners.  The stitching of the seams, along with the side panels, will not be waterproof or water resistant so that they can remain open to allow moisture and steam to escape, hence making them "breathable".  So, to keep your pride and joy in perfect condition the covers with a water proof or water resistant roof panel and breathable siding have been ranked no. 1 when wanting to protect your caravan, motor home, bus, boat, truck or trailer. 

What Kind of Caravan Covers Are Out There?
Cover manufacturers keep things relatively simple for consumers, categorising their covers based on the type of vehicle they are intended for. Therefore, market covers can generally be organized into the following categories: 
•    Covers for Camper Trailers
•    Covers for Pop-Top Caravans
•    Covers for Full Height Caravans
•    Covers for Motorhomes


How to Pick the Right Size:


So, when choosing a cover there are a few simple rules:

How To Measure Your RV for a Cover

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