How to Choose Your Caravan Cover

Author: Paul Napthali   Date Posted:23 April 2018 

Selecting a Caravan Cover

The evolution of caravan covers have come a long way since their inception. Originally, covers were made from heavy and abrasive materials that would often result in damage to the vehicles that they were meant to be protecting. Since the mid-90’s however, we have seen the introduction of new, light, high quality and breathable fabrics. These fabrics allow the new covers to breathe by allowing the moisture to escape thus reducing mould and mildew which can damage the externals of your caravan including paint.
 

When it comes to Camec and Adco branded caravan covers, as technologies are improving, so too has the design of these caravan covers, to continuously provide you with the best protection for you caravan or RV.


Use the following sections to guide you to select the best caravan cover for you.
 

Do I Need a Caravan Cover?

Some people may argue the necessity of a caravan cover. It is true that like any accessory, it is not for everyone, but if your camper, pop-top, caravan or motorhome sees periods of non-use, having a caravan cover to protect your investment is well worth the outlay when compared to the cost of some RV repairs and even the replacement of your RV in extreme cases. So how exactly do caravan covers protect your van? Look for a cover that has a water resistant roof panel to reduce water intrusions (in the event that your van has any leaks). A caravan cover will help protect both the external surfaces as well as internal furnishing from sun damage including your curtains and couch fabrics, along with any belongings you may keep in the van. A new generation caravan cover should have breathable sides that reduce the build up of mould and mildew that eliminate the woes of older style covers which would trap moisture and condensation leading to damaged paint and external surfaces.

Types of Covers

There are covers available to suit the following RV types:
ADCO and Camec are currently two of the most popular caravan covers for the Australian caravan cover market.

 

Picking the Right Size

Although measuring your caravan for a cover may seem like a daunting task, the process is relatively simple. Most manufacturers use standard RV height and width measurements, so generally, you will only need to know the length of your RV in order to choose the best fit. However, we do recommend that you measure your RV rather than working off the specifications of your van, as this can often relate to your internal floor plan, or the overall length of the vehicle which could include more than just your RV’s body.
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 of the Rv’s body. When taking measurements, DO NOT include the A-frame, any front tool boxes or rear bumpers as this can put undue stress on the cover and put your cover in risk of tearing and shortening the life expectancy of your cover.
Refer to the image below for further information on how to measure your RV.

How to measure your caravan

You are going to want your caravan cover to fit nice and snug although it is always better to choose the next size up if your length falls in between the provided sizes. You can then use the cinching straps to adjust the fit of the cover on your RV.

 

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 can rip, tear and disintegrate more easily therefore giving a shorter life span when compared to their high-quality counterparts. 

 When it comes to 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