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[Expired] Why Make Do, When You Can Trade-In For New? £100 OFF!

Has your old caravan or motorhome full cover seen better days?

Does your storage cover have more holes in it than Harry Belafonte’s bucket?

Did you *whisper it quietly* try to save money and buy a poor-quality cover the first time around?

Are you wary of spending a sizeable chunk of change on a premium quality storage cover?

If your answer to any of these questions is “Yes!” ….. We’ve got good news for you.

For the next four-and-a-bit weeks (from July 1st to July 31st), Protec Covers is running a trade-in scheme that will help you get rid of your old full cover, and get a massive £100 off a new one, that comes equipped with all our industry-leading features and benefits.

Place your order, send your old cover to us … No matter the condition (but it has to be clean) … and we’ll deduct a hundred smackers off the final total.

Of course, there are a few terms and conditions you’ll need to follow, but they’re all standard T&Cs that’ll help save you £100!

Utilize our trade-in offer by calling our amazing sales team on 01274 780088 to place your order and let them know you’re sending a full cover to trade-in. They’ll put a note on your account to reduce your invoice by £100 once your old cover arrives (we don’t take payment on over-the-phone orders until they go into production).

So peel that tired old cover off your caravan or motorhome, and send it to us killing three birds with one stone.

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Four Myths You Shouldn't Believe About Caravan Covers

Four Myths About Caravan Covers

The age-old debate of whether to use a caravan cover or not transcends space and time.

 

Maybe that’s a little overdramatic, but there are two distinct camps in the caravan community, and both sets of opinions are valid. It all boils down to personal opinion and what’s right for you and your vehicle.

 

Howevvvveeeeerrrrr.

 

Occasionally, the “Not Cover” group espouses their cause with one or more inaccuracies. I should make it clear that rarely are these untruths spread maliciously, but more because the unfortunate caravanner has been misled.

 

Today, we will dispel five common misconceptions that may have stopped you from buying a caravan cover in the past.

 

Caravan Covers Cause Damp

The most common inquiry our sales team encounters is …

 

“But won’t a storage cover make my caravan sweat & cause damp?”

 

While the answer is a little more complicated than a straight “no”, if you’re short on time, I’ll tell you that Protec Covers products absolutely, positively do NOT cause damp, mould, or mildew.

The broader answer to the question is that it depends on the quality of your cover. 

 

Cheap, sub-standard products aren’t breathable. Any moisture trapped under the cover can’t escape, causing condensation build-up and, if left for a prolonged period, will cause damp, which is incredibly expensive to repair.

 

We designed our fabric to be breathable so that trapped moisture can evaporate through the material. Not only that, our exclusive fabric is 3.5 times more breathable than our competitors.

 

Caravan Covers Are Difficult To Fit

Certain caravan covers can be difficult to fit. This is true. However, our exclusive Easy-Fit system removes the frustration of protecting your caravan.

 

Inferior covers require you to lift the whole thing above the height of your vehicle and then shimmy it down the ‘van (avoiding any roof furniture) and then awkwardly try to get it in place.

 

Our snazzy design lets you roll up the back panel and walk the cover down the caravan without massive amounts of stretchage (it’s not a word, but we’re going with it).

 

Check out our easy-to-follow fitting guide to see how easy we make it.

 

Caravan Covers Are Completely Waterproof

People often confuse waterproofivity (also not a word, but we’ve used it before, and we love it) with water resistance.

 

Waterproof fabric is impervious to water; no matter how much wet stuff it meets, it can repel it. In contrast, water-resistant material will let some water through when it meets its limit.

 

Most covers aren’t waterproof, and if they are, they most certainly aren’t breathable (any company claiming their covers are 100% waterproof and breathable isn’t being honest with you). 

 

Our covers aren’t waterproof, but don’t let that worry you because they’re water-resistant and can withstand up to a meter of standing water (to maintain breathability).

 

And let’s face it, if you have a meter of standing water on top of your caravan, you’ll need a speed boat rather than a caravan cover.

 

Caravan Covers Can Scratch Your Vehicle’s Windows & Bodywork

Unless your goal is to scratch your caravan beyond repair, you’ll want to avoid putting an abrasive fabric against the bodywork and windows of your vehicle.

 

Many people are under the (wrong) impression that all caravan covers have a scratchy material that’s detrimental to preserving the value of your home-away-from-home. And while it’s true that some companies use poor quality fabric that could cause significant damage, we do not.

 

Our fabric does NOT scratch the paint on caravans or motorhomes, not only that it actually polishes the body and windows thanks to our soft inner lining. 

 

If you’ve ever visited our stand at the NEC Caravan & Motorhome show, you might have seen our demonstration where we attach a piece of our fabric to a drill-head and run it across a caravan window to prove that our covers will, without a doubt, not damage your vehicle.

 

Don’t Believe Everything You Hear …

While we understand the irony of being told not to believe everything you read on the internet via the internet, we’re in a position to put our money where our mouth is.

 

We have the means to back up our claims that our covers are breathable, easy to fit, water-resistant, and won’t scratch your vehicle. 

 

So, if any of these myths were stopping you from investing in protecting your caravan, we hope we’ve alleviated your fears.

 

Buy your full Caravan Cover from our Webshop.

 
 

Protec Covers Goes Clubbing

 

Thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic, the inaugural Caravan & Motorhome Club “ClubFest” is a year later than expected, but the wait is almost over.

 

Running from Wednesday 1st June 2022 until Sunday 5th June this fun-packed caravan & motorhome event will be like no other. 

 

Formally known as “The National”, the Caravan & Motorhome Club decided to restructure and revitalise the entire event to give it a more festival-like feel. Alongside the new name, “ClubFest” attendees can pitch up for the week so community members can hang out, fire up the BBQ, sink a few cold ones and take advantage of all the events on offer.

 

While the regular caravan and motorhome shows focus primarily on the vehicles, ClubFest is more about having fun and enjoying home-away-from-homes the way they were intended.

 

We loved the premise of ClubFest so much that we decided to put our name on it.

 

On part of it, at least.

 

We’re sponsoring the “Activities Marquee” where most of the fun things will take place ... Because we’re the most fun, caravan & motorhome covers manufacturers on the market; *scientifically proven. 

 

Stop by the ClubFest Activities Marquee if you fancy joining in any (or all) of these joyful capers.

 

  • Get your feet moving and your blood pumping with daily Zumba classes.
  • Squad-up with three friends and enter the ClubFest pub quiz.
  • The Great British Bake Off fans won’t want to miss 2018 GBBO’s Karen Wright’s jubilee-themed demonstrations.
  • Bingo! Who doesn’t love Bingo?!
  • Enter one of the ClubFest competitions and showcase your photography, baking, or handicraft skills. Prizes to be won.
  • Don your finest cowboy boots & ten-gallon hat and strut your funky stuff at the Family Barn Dance.
  • Join the Scottish Division on their site ramble (we assume that’s a hike and not an hour-long discussion about caravan parks).
  • Put your feet up while the kids bust some moves with Disco Daddy.
  • ‘The Jetsons’ will take you on a rock and roll journey through the ages with something for everyone.

 

Outside the marquee, you can join in a bunch more physical activities like tug ‘o’ war, races, petanque (a Boule-like game), netball, volleyball, and even a caravan manoeuvering competition (we’re going to take a motor-mover).

 

Of course, because we’re sponsoring ClubFest 2022, we’ll have a stand there where you can come and chat with Keith and maybe get a discount on your cover ;)

 

The very first ClubFest will be themed around the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and will be hosted at the beautiful Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire, and will take place between 1st June and 5th June 2022 (Bank holiday weekend!).

 

We hope to see you there!

 

*Scientifically proven = our mums told us so.

How to Save Money & Enjoy Your Caravan or Motorhome Holidays [32 Top Tips]

How to Save Money & Enjoy Your Caravan or Motorhome Holidays [32 Top Tips]

 

There was a time when we’d write a “how to save money” blog so that you could spend all that extra moolah on your holidays or the latest leisure vehicle gizmos and gadgets.

But the sad fact is that the UK is smack dab in the middle of a cost of living crisis.

As the price of fuel, gas, electricity, and food soars, it’s only the most privileged amongst us who aren’t feeling the pinch. Sadly, many caravanners and motorhome enthusiasts are resorting to selling their pride and joy to offset the massive increase in the cost of living.

If you have no plans to sell your holiday home, we’ve come up with an exhaustive list of tips and tricks to help you save money but still enjoy your passion.

 

Index:

 

Planning to Buy a Caravan or Motorhome?

If you’re new to leisure vehicles and are thinking of buying your first home-away-from-home check, follow this advice to avoid unnecessarily wasting money.

Planning To Buy a Caravan or Motorhome?

Buy an Appropriate Caravan for Your Existing Tow Vehicle.

It might be tempting (if you have the disposable income) to buy the most extensive, fanciest caravan in your budget. However, you must ensure your car can tow the caravan you want to buy, or you’ll be left with the hefty bill of purchasing a new vehicle.

The mass of your new caravan needs to be less than 85% of the kerb weight of your car so that it can safely pull the van. The RAC has a detailed article on calculating your car’s towing capabilities and the reasons behind it.

 

Buy What You Need, Not What You Want.

Modern motorhomes and caravans come with a veritable cornucopia of optional gadgets & gizmos. While they’re fun to use, and some of them make life a little easier, most of them aren’t essential, and avoiding them can see you with a few extra quid in your bank account.

Items like caravan movers could be essential to some people but a luxury item to others. Be honest and ask, “do I really need this?”.

 

Used Caravans & Motorhomes are a More Affordable Option.

Check out the used vehicle market if you want to make significant savings. 

If you’re willing to entertain the idea of buying a pre-loved motorhome or caravan, you can save thousands and thousands of pounds that can go towards reducing the outgoings on your household bills.

The Caravan Club has a wonderful guide to buying a second-hand caravan, and most of the tips are transferable to purchasing a motorhome too.

 

Rent Instead of Buying

If you’re a leisure vehicle newbie or only plan on getting away once or twice a year, renting a caravan or motorhome is a much more affordable option. 

While the renting fees for a week, fortnight, or month, might seem very steep, they’re nothing compared to the price tag of buying your own vehicle. However, renting a motorhome is a little more expensive than renting a caravan as you’ll spend more on fuel on your holiday.

 

Think About Renting Out Your Vehicle

If your ‘van’ is sitting unused, you’re throwing money down the drain.

The motorhome and caravan renting business is a lucrative one, and you can recuperate some of your expenditure and put it towards other things. If you’re skeptical about renting out your pride-and-joy, start by renting to only people that you know.

 

Save on Holidays & Site Fees

Booking sites and parks for your stay can be an expensive affair, but a little savvy thinking can go a long way.

 

Save On Holidays and Site Fees

 

Book Off-Peak Getaways

Most caravan parks and sites are seasonal and increase their prices at peak times (usually between June & September for the school holidays). If you don’t have time constraints, you can make significant savings by booking your holidays in off-peak times.

Sure, the weather might not be as nice, but the giant piles of cash make up for it.

 

Book Early to Avoid Price Hikes

Booking your holidays well in advance is a tried and tested method for saving money and avoiding disappointment. Some parks will let you pay in installments to lessen the financial impact of your site fees. 

While planning well ahead can result in having some extra pennies in your pocket.

 

Book Late for Increased Discounts

Paradoxically, you can book last-minute getaways to save money. Ringing a site the day you leave or the day before you want to go away might see you get a healthy discount as the park would prefer to rent a plot for less money rather than letting it sit empty.

However, this money-saving method is quite risky because there may not be any spare spots for your preferred time, leaving you with nowhere to go.

 

Keep Your Campsites Close

And your bank card closer.

With sky-rocketing fuel prices, visiting local motorhome and caravan parks will reduce your fuel bill and allow you to funnel your funds elsewhere.

Look for sites and attractions within 50 miles of your home; we’re sure there are plenty of hidden gems that you can have fun at without spending an arm and a leg.

 

Join The Caravan & Motorhome Club For a Vast Array of Discounts

The Caravan and Motorhome Club have a modest £56 annual membership fee that not only offers you discounts on 2700 of their affiliate caravan sites (which they claim can save you on average £156 on pitch fees) but also has a vast array of discounts on attractions all around the UK.

 

 

Reduce Costs While You’re Out on the Road

Driving for pleasure is fast becoming a luxury item thanks to the surging cost of petrol and diesel. While it’ll still cost you an arm and a leg to tow a caravan or drive a motorhome, there are still some ways to save money while on the great British roads.

 

Reduce Costs While Youre Out On The Road


Practice Economical Driving

You can improve your fuel mileage and reduce how hard you get kicked in the wallet/purse with a little concentration. Practice these techniques for better fuel economy:


  • Smooth Acceleration & Braking
  • Maintain a Low RPM / Drive In The Highest Gear (Where possible)
  • Occasionally Skip a Gear
  • Don’t Fill Your Tank Any More Than You Need To

Don’t Overload Your Vehicle

The more your car, caravan, or motorhome weighs, the more energy is needed to propel/tow it. Only packing what you need for your holiday will decrease the amount of fuel it takes to get to where you want to go.


Make Sure Your Tyres Have The Correct Pressure & Aren’t Worn

Tyres on your vehicles will naturally lose 1-2 PSI per month, and when your pressures are low, it increases the amount of fuel you use.


Fuel use is increased by 0.2% for every PSI that your tyres are underinflated by.


It’s also good to make sure your tyres aren’t worn. Not only is it unsafe, worn tyres increase rolling resistance and, ultimately how much fuel you use. The AA does an excellent job of explaining ‘rolling resistance’ and its effect on fuel consumption.


Fit a Towing Jacket

While it’s true that you’ll need to spend a couple of hundred quid on a tailored Towing Jacket, that amount pales in comparison to how much you’d have to spend on repairs should your caravan suffer damage while you’re towing it.

 

Keep an eye for our TJs in the cleaning section too.

 

Spend Time Planning, Save on Fuel

“A goal without a plan is just a wish”


You’re not going to save money without a rock-solid plan. Before you depart for your favorite holiday destination, plan your route carefully.


  • Set off at a time when the roads have a lower traffic volume
  • Pick a route that requires the least amount of acceleration & braking
  • Choose refueling stops that avoid expensive service stations
  • Avoid notoriously dangerous stretches of motorway
  • Figure out alternate routes in case of emergency

Sitting in traffic is a surefire way to empty your fuel tank without getting anywhere.

 

 

Keeping Warm In Your Home-Away-From-Home

 

Keeping warm is one of the biggest concerns amongst consumers right now as gas prices sky-rocket. Here are some simple yet effective ways to ensure you don’t lose a limb to frostbite while holidaying in your caravan or motorhome.

 

Keep Warm in Your Home Away From Home


Install Thermal Curtains or Blinds

Preventing heat from escaping from your vehicle is one of the most efficient ways to keep it warm. You’re pouring money down the drain if you’re heating your van only for that warmth to escape into the atmosphere.


Thermal blinds and heavy-duty curtains plug those gaps and keep windows from emanating their cold touch.


Heat the Human, Not the Home

It’s cheaper and easier to keep the people in your home warm than heating the domicile itself. Money-saving expert Martin Lewis and his team have produced a sobering yet helpful article giving us all tips on staying warm while saving cash.


Refillable Gas bottles

Despite the expensive initial outlay for a refillable gas bottle, you’ll save a nice chunk of change if you generally holiday a lot or use a large amount of gas in your leisure vehicle. These bottle types weigh a lot less than traditional bottles, too so you’ll reduce nose weight and the overall weight of your caravan/motorhome.


However, if you only holiday once or twice a year, refillable bottles might take a lot longer until you see the fruits of their labour.


Electric Blankets

Even though this tip is included in the Martin Lewis article, we felt it deserved its own category to highlight how cost effective electric blankets are.


With a running cost of around 3p per hour, you’ll only spend about £1.50 per week keeping yourself warm at night (assuming a 7 hour sleep cycle), which is way less money than it would cost to leave the heating on over night.

 

 

Evaluate Your Power & Water Needs

Electricity has seen its steepest price hike in living memory, while inefficient water facilities can also raise your bills significantly. Here are a few minor changes you can make to keep your heating on and your bank manager at bay.

 

Evaluate Your Power Needs

 

Install Solar Panels

Solar power and solar panels are among the most efficient and cost-effective ways to keep your battery charged (assuming you plan to keep your vehicle for many years) and the lights on. You can even trickle-charge your battery when your caravan or motorhome is in storage if you have one of our covers with a solar panel insert installed.

 

Switch to LED Lights

Regular incandescent light bulbs use approximately 75% more energy than LED bulbs. Installing these bulbs throughout your motorhome or caravan will see your power go further for less.

 

Low-Flow Shower Heads & Timers

Low-Flow shower heads can reduce your water consumption (and, by extension, your water bill) by as much as 40%. They’re good for your bank balance, and they’re good for the environment too.

 

You can also utilise shower timers to limit how long you spend in the shower. It might take a little practice to avoid getting left all soapy, though.

 

 

Cooking Meals On a Budget

When you’re on holiday you won’t want to eat the same boring meals over and over just to save money. Following these tips you’ll be able to penny-pinch while still eating delicious, nutritious foods.

 

Cooking on a Budget

 

Take Only What You Need

One of the biggest faux pas you can make when trying to save money is wasting food. The UK wastes approximately 9.5 million tonnes of food every year, so planning your menus ahead of time and taking only what you’ll use is a great to start to keeping you in the black.

 

Prepping Your Meals & Batch Cooking

An extension of “taking only what you need” is to batch cook and meal prep before you go. Not only will preparing your food ahead of time and cooking them all at once save on gas and electric, you’ll be less likely to waste food or send for takeout when you know you have pre-cooked food waiting for you.

 

Use a Slow Cooker

Slow cookers don’t only make cheaper cuts of meat more tender and delicious, they’re also very energy efficient. Surprisingly, despite taking up to 8 hours to cook a meal, slow cookers use a relatively small amount of electricity, thus reducing your energy bill. 

 

You’ll also find the pot is bigger than most pans you’ll find in your kitchen so you’ll be able to cook larger volumes of food at any one time.

 

Buy Frozen Fruit and Vegetables

Frozen fruits and vegetables offer a trifecta of benefits. They’re cheaper than fresh produce, they last longer, and when they’re frozen quickly after being picked, they retain their mineral and fiber content too. 

 

Try Subscription-Based Food Companies

Subscription-based companies like Gousto and Hello Fresh offer massive discounts for first-time users, sometimes by as much as 50%. If you haven’t used them before you’ll be able to grab a week’s worth of meals (with the weights and measures already sorted for you) for less than the ingredients would cost you in a supermarket. Just remember to cancel your account before you get home.

 

Do The “Downshift Challenge”

The Downshift Challenge is another Martin Lewis special aimed at reducing your outgoings so you can lift a more comfortable life. The premise is simple; when you visit your supermarket, drop down one brand to the ones you usually buy. For instance, if you usually purchase Heinz Beans, get ASDA’s own brand. If you usually buy ASDA’s own, buy their value range. So if you can taste the difference, keep a log of the cheaper options and over time you’ll save on your shopping bill.


For further tips, checkout this excellent article for 31 Insanely Smart Ways To Save Money When You Cook.

 

 

Storing Your Caravan or Motorhome During The Off-Season

The expenses don’t stop when you’re not using your leisure vehicle. You’ll need to spend a little maintaining your motorhome or caravan and storing it to make sure you get maximum longevity out of your expensive investment.

 

Storing your caravan or motorhome in the off-season


Look for Private Land to Store Your Vehicle

If you have the space to store your vehicle at home, you can save a small fortune, though you’ll need to ensure your land is secure, fenced-in, and has a lockable gate for maximum safety. 


Alternatively, ask family members, friends, or seek local farmland you could use for a small fee.


Check Terms and Conditions for Storage

While this tip isn’t a direct money saver, it could save you a whole heap of money in the long run. 


Before signing on the dotted line at a storage facility, ensure there are no hidden charges, extreme cancelation-fees, or lengthy cool-off periods that will see you forking out for a plot that you won’t even be using.


Caravan & Motorhome Club Discount

The C&MC doesn’t only offer discounts are caravan and motorhome parks around the UK. Being a member, you’ll also get reduced rates at more than 40 storage sites in the country.


Fit a Storage Cover

While your motorhome or caravan is not in use, it’s susceptible to adverse weather conditions, dirt, UV, and damage from debris. Investing in a quality tailored storage cover can prevent thousands of pounds worth of damage. Not to mention it'll keep your vehicle free from dirt so you won't have to spend extra cash on cleaning products or waste your valuable time up to your elbows in soap-suds.

 

'Do Protec Sell Motorhome & Caravan Roof Covers?'

Caravan Roof Covers

Over the years, we’ve designed and redesigned more patterns and products than we could possibly count … well, we could, but it would take us a while.

And one of the most common requests we get over the phone and at various trade shows is …

Do you do motorhome or caravan roof covers?

The short answer is

“No.”

The medium-length answer is

"We used to.”

And if you want to know precisely why we don’t make these single-piece covers anymore, read on for the long answer.

 

When Did You Stop Making Motorhome & Caravan Roof Covers?

While we’d been making roof covers for about ten years, we decided to cease production and pulled the plug back in 2012.

With the advent of our exclusive Easy-Fit System in the same year, we found the cons of our roof covers far outweighed the pros when compared with full covers.

 

Why Don’t You Manufacture Caravan or Motorhome Roof Covers Anymore?

Despite their perceived popularity, these storage covers aren’t as practical as you’d think. After considering the pros and cons of covers for roofs, it was clear that full covers are more cost-effective, are way easier to fit, and offer much better protection.

 

What Are The Main Reasons You Ceased Production?

 

They’re Difficult to Fit:

We pride ourselves on our industry-leading Easy-Fit system that makes our full covers the most straightforward to fit full caravan and motorhome covers on the market. 

 

Roof covers for caravans and motorhomes are the antithesis of Easy-Fit, especially with the shape of modern leisure vehicles. Because these covers are connected to the caravan or motorhome via the awning channel, the contemporary body and abundance of modern roof furniture make putting the cover on extremely frustrating.

 

It’s super-difficult to avoid catching the cover on attachments, aerials, satellite domes, and air conditioning units while maintaining a tight fit.


They Don’t Offer Full Protection:

While we understand many people only want a cover to protect their vehicle roof from bird droppings and falling debris, we believe it’s essential to cover the whole caravan or motorhome.

Leaving the vehicle’s sides exposed to the elements puts you at risk of suffering damage that’s expensive to rectify.

The sides of your caravan or motorhome could also get exceedingly dirty through the cold winter months, and who wants to spend the first few hours of a new season scrubbing, cleaning, and polishing?

Not us.

Our fabric is UV stabilised, which protects your caravan or motorhome’s exterior from fading or changing colour. Installing a roof-only cover could lead to your pride-and-joy becoming two-tone … and that’s just weird.

Caravan Roof Covers

They’re Not Cost Effective:

Lastly … and probably the most important reason we don’t make roof covers for motorhomes or caravans anymore; they’re expensive to produce and take more time to manufacture than our full covers.

Though these canopy-style covers use roughly 66% less fabric, sewing all the components and fixtures to the roof covers to ensure they don’t blow away is incredibly time-consuming.

While we could use straps to secure the product, tests and trials show that they have the potential to damage the vehicle when they’re directly in contact with exposed sections of the caravan or motorhome.

Because of the extra work that goes into manufacturing these covers, the RRP is not that much lower than the price of a full cover yet offers only a fraction of the benefits.

 

Will You Ever Reconsider Making Them Again?

Though we get repeated requests for these covers, we’re not bringing them out of retirement.

There are no plans to revisit caravan or motorhome roof covers unless there’s a drastic redesign of caravan and motorhome roofs.

We’d need significant changes that would allow us to make producing and fitting these covers much easier and more cost-effective. 

Even then, we wouldn’t be able to create roof covers for existing makes and models.

In the meantime, we’ll be concentrating all our efforts on maintaining and improving our industry-leading Caravan Covers, Motorhome Covers, and Towing Jackets to make sure we protect your precious leisure vehicles to the highest standards.

Our full covers offer much better value for money than their roofy counterparts, give you far more protection & peace of mind, and will keep your vehicle looking shiny and clean for years to come.

 
 

100% Made in the UK

All our Full Covers and Towing Jackets are designed and manufactured in-house in Bradford, West Yorkshire by Protec Covers Ltd. None of our products are outsourced. Our breathable fabric has been exclusively developed in the UK and we are proud to say that it continues to be manufactured here in the UK