How to Choose Your Caravan Cover
Author: Paul Napthali Date Posted:23 April 2018
Selecting a Caravan Cover
Up until 1994, caravan cover manufacturers had been using heavy and abrasive materials that would often damage the vehicles they were intended to protect. During the mid-90s, this all changed with the development of new, high-quality and breathable fabrics. These new covers allowed for the escape of moisture, mould, and moss while completely eliminating the paint damage that had become associated with previous styles.
Since their revival, caravan covers have exploded in popularity, with the Australian caravan cover market being consistently measured in the tens of thousands per year. Although certain campers argue against the necessity of using caravan covers, they are great investments geared towards protecting the long-term resale value of your caravan.
The following few sections will be providing a few tips to help you select the very best caravan cover out there.
Do I Need a Caravan Cover?
As mentioned, many campers argue against the necessity of a caravan cover. Whist having out laid thousands of dollars on your pride and joy, a cover that can protect your investment is well worth spending a few hundred dollars to ensure longevity of your caravan or RV. Campers who argue against using a caravan cover often cite issues such as damage to paint, condensation, and trapped moisture; however, the newer generation of caravan covers have completely eliminated these problems.
Types of Covers
There are many different types of protective covers available depending on your particular type of RV:
- Camper Trailers
- Pop-top Caravans
- Conventional Caravans
It is possible to purchase universal covers for conventional caravans (which protect from top to bottom) or those dedicated to specific caravan parts, such as at the roof, wheels, and hitch.
Picking the Right Size
Although measuring your caravan for a cover can seem like a daunting task, manufacturers have actually made it extremely simple. Because most manufacturers use standard RV height and width measurements, you only need to know the lenght of your caravan to choose the best fit.
To correctly measure your caravan’s length, simply measure the caravan’s body parallel to the ground, measuring from the rearmost to the foremost point. When taking measurements, do not include any front tool boxes or rear bumpers as they will put undue stress on the canvas and put your cover in risk of tearing and shorting the life expectancy of your cover.
You’re going to want your caravan cover to fit nice and snug although it is always better to choose the next size up if your lenght falls in between the provided sizes.
Quality is Key
Although a low-price tag can seem attractive, cheaper caravan covers are often manufactured using lower-quality materials that are less resilient to damage. Make sure when choosing a cover, it has a long-term warranty such as Adco or Camec which provide a 3-year warranty. Choosing a high-quality cover over a lesser brand will always end up saving you more cash in the long-run. This is because cheaper brands rip, tear and disintegrate more easily therefore giving a shorter life span when compared to their high-quality counterparts.
So, when when choosing a new cover to protect your pride and joy look no further than the range Adco and Camec have to offer. If you require further information on how to choose a cover please feel free to contact one of our friendly staff on 1800 787 278 or www.caravanrvcamping.com.au