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Top Towing Tips for the Winter

Winter is well and truly here, and we know for most of you, you will be heading off somewhere to spend your Christmas holidays! If you are going to be towing a caravan this Winter, there are certain things you can do to make your journey safer and being prepared is the best practice when it comes to winter weather.

Take a look at our top towing tips below and make sure your journey is as safe as can be this Winter!

Alert others!

If you are heading out on a journey you need to make sure that other drivers know that you are going to be towing a vehicle. Use warning triangles and put them around your vehicle and the vehicle that you are towing.  You should also wear reflective vests so that drives can see you and other passengers.

Build up tension slowly

To avoid loss of grip, we would always recommend pulling away in second gear – the more gradually you move off the less vehicle damage. It goes without saying, but you should also drive as slowly as you can (as long as it’s safe).

If you modulate the clutch, you will avoid snapping the rope and this will stop a jerking action in the vehicle that is being towed and stop the tow rope snapping.

Don’t go downhill

Again, a pretty straightforward tip but you do need to be aware of it! If you tow downhill, then the risks of the towed vehicle running into the back of your car or overtaking you increase. This would cause a bad accident, which would not be ideal in the best of times, especially not in winter conditions!

Prepare for the worst

Even if your car is up to scratch, there’s no sure way to know you won’t get stuck or breakdown. It’s always good to be prepared! We would recommend having some food, water, and warm clothing spare in your car – you could even have an emergency blanket if your heating cuts out a freezing car is the last place you want to be stuck! Thanks to advances in technology, we would also recommend having a small portable phone charger in case your phone is running low and you need it in an emergency.

If the weather is extremely bad conditions, you should avoid travelling if possible. Listen to travel advice and if you must travel, make sure that you have thoroughly planned out your journey and know where you’re going to keep travelling as efficiently as possible.

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Looking after your cover

You’ve got your cover, great! But now comes the next part, which is maintaining the great quality that comes with it. We have put together some tips to looking after your caravan cover once you receive it and how to maintain it over the years.

The best thing about Pro-Tec covers is that they are designed to be suitable to be outside all year round, especially with our UV stability that allows for it to be on throughout the summer. So, you won’t need to worry about keeping it hidden away in any season.

Our covers have a fabric guarantee of 3 years (towing covers 1 year) however, our full covers generally range from 5-10 years lifespan. We have even had a customer who told us he had covers for up to 13 years! With the right care and handling your cover will last a long time too.

So, how do you clean your cover? All you need is some warm water and a soft brush, you can use a hosepipe however we do not advise using a power washer. If you are struggling with a stubborn stain on your caravan cover, add some soap flakes (the type you use to wash delicate clothing, we recommend Granny’s Soap Flakes) to your warm water and this should help. It’s important to not use any harsh detergents or chemicals as they will degrade the fabric and could also block the pores and affect the hydrophobic properties that make our covers so great!

Over the last two years we have been developing our Pro-Tec cleaner and finally, have a product that we believe is an ideal all-round solution. The Pro-Tec cleaner is a waterless cleaner and is formulated for all of the materials used in caravans, motorhomes, and Pro-Tec covers.

Not only does it clean, but it also shines and protects your Pro-Tec cover. We have handy 500ml spray bottles that are biodegradable and eco-friendly! Of course, this is another option to clean your cover!

Rest assured that if you do unfortunately occur damage to your cover, you can contact us and we will help as much as we can. Since most cases of minor damages or wear are simply solved using the spare fabric we provide at the time of receiving your cover, it’s easy for us to help repair your cover.

If your repair needs our direct intervention, when your cover comes back to Pro-Tec it must be in a clean state and not have any dirt, bird mess, or so on as our staff manually handle these covers for inspection, so we don’t want to put them at risk from dirt and germs on a cover!

We hope this has helped you understand how to properly look after your Pro-Tec cover. We hope you love it! For any other questions regarding a Pro-Tec cover, you can visit our FAQ.

Top European Touring Destinations

Although the UK poses some gorgeous scenery for a caravan or motorhome holiday, sometimes you can’t beat the beautiful views that you get in European destinations. Plus enjoying these sites in your home comfort makes them even more enjoyable.

We have put together a list of the top European destinations for caravanning so you can add them to your bucket list!

Holland

You probably associate Holland with windmills and tulips, but Holland is also home to some excellent caravan sites. Duinrell is a great family campsite as it has its own amusement park, swimming pool complex, a nearby beach, and themed restaurants. Duinrell, Vinkenhof, and Camping Koningshof are great campsites.

France

Caravanners and Motorhomers will often opt for France if they choose to go further afield as it has easy access on the ferry. Whether you want a beachy destination or a skiing destination, France can cater to any needs! When driving through France you need to have a high-visibility vest and warning triangle in your vehicle and have your headlights on during the day when towing. Some nice campsites in France include Parc du val de Loire, Camping Les Ecureuils and Camping Le Patisseau.

Spain

Again, a popular choice with motorhomers and caravanners alike, due to its nice weather and gorgeous scenery. There were 9.8 million caravanning and camping trips to Spain from UK residents in 2012, so it just goes to show that it’s a popular destination. Some of the best sites to stay at include Camping Los Gollardos, Camping Cabopino or Camping Canos de Meca.

Italy

Home to incredible food and wine, you’ll never be bored in Italy. One of the most popular campsites in Italy is Butterfly Campsite in Lake Garda, it is well-loved by children and is a few minutes’ walk to the beach. It has a large pool and play pool, playground, beach volleyball, football pitch, bar, and restaurant.

Croatia

One of the furthest afield, but this destination will show you some beautiful scenic destinations. If you visit Croatia, a must-visit is the Camping Village Simuni in Pag – here you will have direct access to 6 beautiful beaches. The sparkling Adriatic Sea is right by so there is no pool, but with a sea that pretty you won’t want one! There is also a pizzeria, restaurant, and tennis courts.

There are so many more beautiful destinations you can visit, so we would love to hear where it is on your bucket list?! Share it with us on our social media!

How You Can Get a Discount from Pro-Tec

We all like to save here and there so where we can help you get a bargain we will! We offer a discount to members of recognised caravan and motorhome clubs across the UK, so we thought we would show you which caravan and motorhome clubs we offer discount to – and if you aren’t a member of any, we have give you a brief description of them so you can maybe join one!

Take a look at our list:

Freedom Camping Club:

https://www.freedomcampingclub.org/

The aim of this club is to bring together the people who enjoy camping as a recreational activity with those who own the most suitable camping locations across the country! They offer access to  cheap certified campsites and have diverse sites to meet every need. They are club run by the people for the people and want to bring people together.

Historic Caravan Club:

http://www.historiccaravanclub.co.uk/

This club aims to promote the preservation and use of vintage and classic caravans and increase awareness of this. Even if you don’t own a historic caravan you can join the club because they don’t exclusively cater towards them. This club is the right option for those with a keen interest in old motorhomes.

International Caravanning Association:

https://www.icacaravanning.org/

This is a self-help association who welcome everybody and cater to all whether that be camping, walking, cycling or just a general interest. They host lots of fun events and gatherings to bring people together!

British Caravanners Club:

http://www.britishcaravannersclub.co.uk

This club was founded in 1933 and has over 6,000 families on board with more than 10,000 club members spread across different areas in the UK. Every area has its own committee that organises rallies and annual meetings.

Camping & Caravanning Club:

https://www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/

This is the world’s oldest and largest caravan club for all forms of camping as it was established way back in 1901. They are one of the most popular camping clubs in the UK with over 600,000 members and are a non-profit organisation, so all money is put back into the business to improve what they offer members.

Caravan and Motorhome Club:

https://www.caravanclub.co.uk/

Founded in 1907 as the Caravan Club and now known as the Caravan and Motorhome Club, they're Europe’s biggest touring community, helping caravanners, motorhomers and campers access over 3000 stunning locations in the UK and Europe.

 

These are just some of the clubs you can join to get a discount from Pro-Tec! If you can provide your membership number, call us on 01274 780088 today and let us help you start saving on products you love.

Why Your Caravan Needs a Cover

Your caravan is your pride and joy, after all, they are a big investment! So, naturally you will want to keep your caravan as protected and safe as possible.

Anyone living in the UK can agree that the elements are not our friend; mud, rain and dirt are all too common across our roads. That’s why many people opt for a caravan cover, as it can help protect your caravan from all of these things!

A common misconception is that because caravans are made to be outside, the elements are no harm to them, but this isn’t true.

Towing covers are easy to use and protect your clean caravan whilst you are on your journey. A towing cover is an efficient barrier between your caravan and dead insects, mud splashes, stones, road muck and most importantly water damage – which the front of your caravan is always prone to when being towed. Not only that, but a towing cover can also cut out any glare which is caused by bright lights reflecting off the caravan’s front windows or bodywork.

It’s not just whilst towing that your caravan needs to be protected; water damage is something any caravan owner dreads, especially with our rainy UK weather. Water damage can badly affect the interior and exterior of your caravan, which can end up in costly repairs. A full caravan cover such as the covers we have on our site are waterproof up to 1metre of water, meaning 1 metre of water can sit on top of the fabric before any moisture will seep through.

Although we don’t live in the sunniest of countries, UV damage can also be a big problem for caravans, not only because it can fade your paintwork and decals, but more worryingly, UV rays can damage window, skylight and door seals. This can be costly not only in having to replace these parts, but a broken seal can let moisture into your caravan, causing all kinds of havoc with damp.

Aside from the physical protection the caravan covers offer, caravan covers also offer security if you keep your caravan on your drive as they will block the model of the caravan and therefore make it more difficult for thieves.

If you are considering a caravan cover, look no further than Pro-Tec covers! We have been trading for 20 years and have become a market-leader in protective covers. Take a look at our caravan cover options here.

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british manufacturerAll our covers are designed and manufactured in-house in Bradford, West Yorkshire by Protec Covers Ltd. None of our caravan or motorhome covers are  outsourced. Our material, Caravan  Shield, has been exclusively developed in the UK and we are proud to say that it continues to be  manufactured  here in the UK

 


 

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