“The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” - Robert Burns.
Life is unpredictable, and even the most fastidious caravanner can be on the receiving end of unwanted damage to their pride and joy through no fault of their own.
Specialist caravan insurance company “Caravan Guard” has cited the 10 most common claims they receive and the areas of the caravan that are most likely to get dinged up.
Some of these potential issues are more likely to occur than others and are eminently more preventable if you’re armed with the proper knowledge.
We’re going to look at how we can help you protect against 50% of these problem areas.
A caravan’s front window is easily the largest window on the vehicle. Unfortunately, it’s also the window that’s the most vulnerable to damage, especially when you’re towing it down the motorway.
It’s no secret that our roads in the UK are both over-populated and under-maintained, so there’s tons of debris on the tarmac lying in wait to deliver the bad news to your caravan window.
If you damage your front window, you’re looking at a repair bill between £200 and £800 (depending on the severity of the damage), which is money you could be using on something much more fun.
Fortunately, we designed our exclusive Protec Towing Jackets to specifically guard against this type of problem. Our exclusive fabric will guard against any stones, pebbles, or whatever unexpected piece of rubbish from scratching, chipping, cracking, or even breaking your caravan window.
Not only is our registered Towing Jacket design super simple to use, we think it looks pretty sleek too.
If your caravan’s front window is the highest risk area to take damage when you’re towing your van, then the roof is the most likely candidate to take a battering when it’s parked up, especially in the autumn and winter months.
The high winds we frequently experience in the UK send rubbish and debris hurtling through the air and cause bits of tree to fall off and undoubtedly smash into the top of your caravan.
While it’s nigh-on impossible to prevent freak accidents (entire tree branches fall onto the roof of your vehicle for example), you can stop your caravan’s roof from taking minor damage (which could lead to leaking) by fitting one of our Protec Full Covers. Our covers form a protective barrier between your home away from home and those troublesome airborne missiles.
While the most common form of damage to your A-Frame will come from towing issues and are mostly preventable by sensible driving (that’s all on you), you can still suffer aesthetical damage if you leave your A-Frame uncovered while you’re not using it.
All our Protec Full Caravan Covers come with a free A-Frame cover that will help in the battle against scratches, dings, and dents. Every little helps, right?
Your caravan’s front panel is the most vulnerable area of the vehicle to get pinged by unsighted bollards, garden fences, rubbish bins, and anything else that’s about knee-high.
Our Towing Jackets are reinforced all along the bottom of the cover to help better protect your van from low-speed bumps, knocks, and scrapes. That extra layer can be all that stands between you and a potential repair bill of over £1000.
While skylights are technically part of the roof, Caravan Guard has found specific claims for damage to skylights are on the rise and have cracked (pun intended, because we’re hilarious) the top ten of most common claims from caravan owners.
Skylights give caravan owners better light inside their homes and improve climate control. Unfortunately, the perspex windows aren’t as structurally sound as the roofs themselves, and as a result, they’re more easily damaged by severe weather conditions.
Not surprisingly, our Full Caravan Covers can easily prevent damage to your skylight thanks to our robust fabric that repels large hailstones and pesky projectiles to help prevent cracks, breakages, and ultimately, leakages.
Cover All Your Bases …
Even if the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take preventative measures to ensure the safety of your caravan and your bank balance the best you can.
While we can’t help you guard against driver-induced damage, a quick visit to our online store or a phone call to our expert (yet super friendly) sale team is all that stands between you and your peace of mind
Spending a little money on prevention now is far more affordable than shelling out for exorbitant repairs later and potentially putting the dampeners (quite literally in some cases) on any future getaways.
Don’t wait until it’s too late; order your Protec Full Caravan Cover today.
Protec Full Caravan Covers will protect your vehicle & guard against expensive repairs. Our exclusive fabric & Easy-Fit® System makes our caravan covers the most versatile and easy-to-use covers on the market.
Protect your vehicle from dirt, damage, UV fading, & depreciation with a Protec Full Motorhome Cover. Our exclusive fabric & Easy-Fit® System makes our motorhome covers the most versatile and easy-to-use covers on the market.
Buy a Protec Towing Jacket and protect your caravan from stone chips, window cracks, and scratches while you're out on the road. Our registered ‘Jacket’ design means you can fit the cover on your own in minutes, while our breathable fabric makes this the best towing cover on the market.
While the caravanning and motorhome season is almost dead and buried, we’re not quite done yet, and there’s still time for one last getaway before packing up for the winter.
With Halloween only a few days away, why not have a half-term break and have fun scaring the kids at the same time?
Here’s our list of top five Halloween events and spooky getaways so you can treat (or trick) your family this weekend.
Don’t be a lazy-bones; it’s time to have some skele-fun.
Scarefest 2021 - Alton Towers - Staffordshire
Alton Towers can be a scary place at the best of times, but in October, they really vamp it up with their annual ‘Scarefest’ event.
Have the bejesus scared out of you with their world-class selection of hair-raising roller coasters, live Halloween shows, and the “terrifying maze”, or take a stroll through the Alton Towers dungeons or take the “Garden Lights Walk: Whispering Souls”.
There are three caravan sites nearby to choose from, the Lower Micklin Touring Park, Alton The Star Caravan & Camping Club Site, or the Rue Hill Campsite, all of which are open to the public until at least the beginning of November.
Hallowscream - York Maze - North Yorkshire
Have yourself a fang-tastic time at York Maze’s award-winning ‘Hallowscream’.
This bone-chilling event will have your knees-a-knocking with some of the best live-action haunted house attractions (that feature over 100 actors) that take place on a scary old farm where tragedy occurred in 1873.
York Maze’s event is so blood-curdling that it’s not suitable for children under the age of 14.
Shocktober Fest - Tulleys Scream Park - West Sussex
Tulleys ‘Shocktober Fest’ should only be attended by fearless, hardcore Halloween fanatics.
This live-action event features ravenous zombies, killer clowns, insane prisoners, and vengeful witches that makes for an eerie-sistibly good time. There’s also street theatre and open-air pizza ovens for you to enjoy.
If you don’t want to stay at the on-site hotel, the Gatwick Caravan Club Park is nearby.
Edinburgh Zoo Spooktacular - Edinburgh Zoo - Scotland
If roller coasters, zombies, and haunted farms aren’t your goblet of blood, maybe a night at the zoo is more your speed.
The ‘Edinburgh Zoo Spooktacular’ sees the world-famous animal park open their doors after-dark and offer weary travelers the chance of a magical, illuminated tour of the zoo with some creepy characters and frightening folks to meet along the way.
The most highly-rated site in the area is the ‘Linwater Caravan Park’, which offers residents easy access to local attractions.
Vampire Pleasure Beach - Blackpool Pleasure Beach - Lancashire
Blackpool Pleasure Beach is a timeless classic for days out and weekends away. Blackpool’s ‘Vampire Pleasure Beach’ extravaganza is an all-ages event ‘witches’ fun for all the family.
While you can still enjoy the fear-some roller coasters, there are tons of un-boo-lievable activities for your little monsters. There’s pumpkin carving, werewolf hunting, and even a late-night fireworks display to ward off the demons in the park.
For Mummies and less-bandaged Daddies, there’s the ‘Scream Screen’, which is a drive-in movie showing horror flicks that you’ll be dying to see.
Park your van at the ‘Lakeside Caravan Park & Freshwater Fishery’ for the most convenient trip to the nether-realms.
Don’t Be Scared …
Visit our online shop today and buy yourself a full caravan or motorhome cover or Towing Jacket to stop your pride and joy from suffering devilish damage or monstrous mutilation. Banish the terrors of expensive repairs ….. FOREVER!!!!
Note: Remember that Covid-19 safety protocols may still be in place at these parks and events, so please be respectful, wear a mask, and don’t be coffin all over other patrons.
The world is at a crossroads.
Climate change is causing more frequent unprecedented and extreme weather events.
Flash floods, hurricanes, and wildfires are rampant, and deforestation is one of the primary contributors to these physical manifestations plaguing our planet. It’s up to us all to play our part in reversing the effects before it’s too late.
After implementing various eco-friendly processes into our business to help reduce our carbon footprint, we have recently introduced a scannable QR code to help decrease our paper consumption.
Rather than sending physical fitting & product care instructions (and wasting over 10,000 sheets of paper per year in the process), all future orders will come with a QR code attached to the cover’s packaging.
Learn how to fit and care for your Pro-Tec Caravan or Motorhome Full Cover or exclusive Pro-Tec Towing Jacket, by scanning the QR code. You will be directed to our YouTube channel, where you’ll find all the information required to get the most out of your cover.
If you’re unsure how to use a QR code, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
Here’s an easy-to-follow guide on how to use your code.
How To Use Your Protec QR Code
Step 1: Find The Code
Locate the QR label on your package’s exterior. The QR code is generally found on the side of the box, it’s relatively large and easy to spot.
Step 2: Open Your Camera
Take your preferred device (phone, tablet, iPad, etc.) and open the camera application. Connect your device to the internet via Wi-Fi or using your data (though we highly recommend connecting to Wi-Fi before watching any videos).
Step 3: Scan The QR Code
Hold your device approximately 30cm away from the QR code and position it in the centre of your screen. Once your device has read the code, it will provide you with a link to our YouTube channel.
Note: You may need to move your device closer or further away from the code for it to register.
Step 4: Choose The Appropriate Video
Click the YouTube link that your QR code provided on your screen, and you’ll be directed to our YouTube channel. Navigate through our various guides to find the information you’re looking for.
It’s a good idea to subscribe to our YouTube channel to ensure any information you might need in the future is only a click away.
Our QR code system is still in its infancy, and the way we display our information may change over time. Indeed, once our new website is ready, we’ll gather all our guides (both written and visual) onto one page so you’ll be able to access it more easily.