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Concorde Liner Centurion 1060G

We are privileged to see some of the most beautiful caravans and motorhomes in the process of our work but every now and again, something spectacular comes our way. A couple of weeks ago, we received a phone call from Mr. Elphick in Surrey, asking if we had a full cover available for his Concorde Liner Centurion. After a brief chat explaining that all our covers are made to order and we had not covered a Concorde Liner before, Mr. Elphick agreed to drive his pride and joy to us in Bradford so we could take a pattern.

Everyone here at Protec takes a great deal of pride in what we do so when the opportunity arises to work with something new, we jump at the chance to validate our claim of being able to cover ‘Anything & Everything’ and the Concorde Liner Centurion 1060G definitely fits the bill. As the luxury motorhome rounded the corner to our humble Yorkshire factory, there was quite a buzz in the air. The Concorde cuts an imposing figure. Weighing in at 18 tonnes and measuring a colossal 11 metres, the Liner is rightly the flagship of the German brand Reisemobile.

The first Reisemobile Concorde, 1983

Reisemobile have a rich heritage in the leisure vehicle market. They started out in the early 1980s in a factory they had acquired from Tabbert, making parts for the Wigwam folding caravan. By 1983, the very first Concorde motorhomes were leaving the factory, based on the legendary Ford Transit chassis. Today, Concorde has become the byword for exclusive leisure touring and they count Ralf Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel amongst their customer base. Now added to the prestigious list of proud Concorde owners, we have Mr. & Mrs. Elphick.

There's room in the back for a Smart Car

The Elphicks’ Concorde Liner Centurion 1060G is currently the only one of its kind in the UK. They purchased their motorhome from Southdowns Motorhome Centre in Portsmouth and have a couple of bespoke upgrades carried out since the purchase. The motorhome has been partially converted to 110V for touring North America and a backup diesel generator has been added for those times when a power supply just isn’t available. Mr. Elphick even underwent a three-day course to obtain the HGV licence required to pilot the enormous Concorde. The maiden voyage saw the Concorde Liner covering over 12,000km in the U.S.A. and Canada, with the onboard Smart Fortwo covering an additional 9,000km.

Ultimate comfort inside 

On their travels, the Elphicks have enjoyed the absolute pinnacle of luxury touring. The Concorde Liner has to be seen to be believed and we were lucky enough to be invited onboard for a tour. Mr. Elphick keyed a secure code into a glass panel on the side access door, activating the smooth automated sequence which saw the door glide open and illuminated steps emerge invitingly from a hidden panel in the body of the motorhome. The first thing you notice when boarding the Concorde Liner, is the undeniable quality and craftsmanship that has gone into creating something this special. The soft furnishings are hand-stitched cream leather, which contrast beautifully with surface after surface of deep walnut veneer or beige high-gloss cabinets. LED lighting draws your eye to the rear of the motorhome where a sumptuous queen size bed sprawls on a raised plinth. The plinth sits above the garage below, which houses a Smart Fortwo for those occasions when the Concorde is on-site and you need something smaller to nip around the countryside.

Forward of the bedroom is the bathroom, which as you would expect, has a full size basin, toilet and shower, as well as a full size heated towel radiator!

The extending dining area

Perhaps most impressive is the kitchen and dining room. Aside from being of the same incredible standard as the rest of the interior, the entire kitchen and seating area slides out of the footprint of the motorhome. It’s all gets a bit James Bond as Mr. Elphick flicks a switch and the back wall and kitchen magically extend by about 3 feet to make what was already an impressive space even more cavernous. Together with the 2 front Captain’s seats which rotate fully to form part of the seating area, this really is a space for pampered relaxation.

The Protec pattern process

Of course, such an incredible motorhome requires incredible bespoke protection. We were thrilled that Mr. Elphick chose Protec’s tailoring service. Our expert designers took to the stepladders to meticulously measure every millimetre, every protrusion and contour of the Concorde Liner while the Elphicks had a brew and tour of our factory. These measurements have been translated to a digital pattern and next week the cover will be cut and sewn together by highly skilled machinists.  We look forward to sharing pictures of the Concorde under her breathable, waterproof cover in the near future.

Welcome to new staff

We’ve been around for a long time here at Protec. We’re in our third decade as a leading manufacturer of bespoke protective covers for caravans and motorhomes, slowly growing year on year and bringing our covers to an increasing customer base.

Right now is a very exciting time in our story. Last year at Christmas, we welcomed a new M.D. and there have been some great changes in the way we do business since then. We’re tightening up our procedures, honing our products and looking for ways to improve the services we offer to you, our customers.

Today, as part of our continued development, we are proud and excited to announce the appointment of two new members to the Protec team; Beki Chang and Matt Fazackerley.

Beki has been appointed as CAD Manager and joins our digital development team. All new patterns we take from caravans, cars and motorhomes are created using age-old tailoring techniques. If your vehicle isn’t already on our extensive database then our designers will come to you. They’ll take measurements, pin fabric over the surface of the vehicle, nip a bit here, tuck a bit there, add any darts etc. Once the tailoring is complete, the fabric pattern needs to be translated to a digital pattern so that our state of the art CNC machines can accurately cut the pieces of your new cover. Beki has over 6 years’ experience in tailoring and has a degree in Fashion Design with Marketing & Production and we’re delighted to have her join the Protec family.

Matt joins us as Cutting Manager. Each cover we produce is made to order, unique to the make and model of vehicle you have asked us to protect. As you can imagine, we can have hundreds of orders going through our production floor at any one time. Towing covers, full caravan or motorhome covers, car covers, each one bespoke and made to order. Some of the covers need to be cut by hand, others on the CNC machine and it’s Matt’s job to make sure everything is made correctly and on time. Matt brings his 11 years’ industry experience to our cutting floor and we are very much looking forward to streamlining our production and getting expertly crafted covers to customers quicker than ever before.

We’ve got a few projects ticking away behind the scenes and lots of improvements in the pipeline. We’ll be sharing developments here with you first so keep your eyes peeled for the next news article if you’re keen to know what we’ll be up to next. 

Indoor Car Covers

Here at Protec we have always been proud of our ability to cover 'Anything & Everything', although our roots are firmly in the caravan and motorhome arena. As we grow and develop as a business and respond to customer feedback, we have decided to apply our tailoring expertise to produce indoor and outdoor car covers. Keep watching this space for news and feel free to give us a call to discuss our tailoring package for your cherished vehicle.

Order now and avoid the queues

It’s that time of the year again for Pro-tec where our order books for Covers start to fill up, and the production lead times begin to stretch.

To avoid the queues – and we all hate queuing – we try to remind customers to not to leave their orders too late.

So call us now on +44 (0)1274 780088 and we’ll do our best to ensure your Cover arrives in good time.

If you are a member of a caravan or a motorhome club, don’t forget to give us your membership number to qualify for a discount. You can get 10% off a caravan cover and 5% off a motorhome cover.

Brand New from Protec Covers

It's that time of year again and we're only a week and a half away from The Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show, starting on the 17th of February till the 22nd.  This year we will be launcing a brand new product to add to our already top quality products.  Why not pay us a visit on statnd 1101 and find out more.  

Protec Covers once again on the vanguard of innovation proving why we are the industry benchmark.

UK PRODUCT

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, Protex003, has been exclusively developed in the UK and we are proud to say that it continues to be  manufactured here in the UK