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How to plan an overseas trip

As we move later into 2020, we are starting to get more freedom especially in regard to where we can go on holiday. As much as there are an array of places to visit in the UK, the prospect of going across the channel for a well-earned break is exactly what some people are looking for this year.  

 

Bringing your motorhome abroad is not only budget-friendly but more convenient as you don’t have the stresses of booking flight travel and accommodation. You also have more freedom to move about from city to city, meaning you can cram in more sightseeing into your trip.  

 

The first step is simple: pick your destination. Once this is done, check out the tips we’ve put together which are important to consider whilst planning your overseas trip.  

 

Have the necessary documents 

Depending on your location, you may need a Visa, so give yourself plenty of time to apply for this. Check your travel insurance policy and make sure this applies to your destination, as you will want full coverage abroad! 

Regarding your motorhome, check that it has the necessary documentation and keep it in the van. This will include the likes of a full, valid driving licence and national insurance number, proof of vehicle insurance, proof of ID (passport) and valid MOT and road tax. 

Check your motorhome’s measurements, as you’ll need to supply the ferry or Eurotunnel with these if you’re travelling to Europe. 

 

 

Check other countries towing regulations 

Entering a different country, there will always be contrasting rules to where you’re from. It’s important to brush up on these before your trip to ensure safe driving. 

 

There are many towing regulations to consider such as what tow bar you’re using, your tyre pressure, speed limits and towing weights. Many European countries also require high-visibility waistcoats or jackets to be carried in the passenger area and used by every adult in case of breakdown. 

 

Brush up on road rules 

Driving in a different country can be daunting, although if you drive carefully and observe others, then it should only take one or two days to adjust. There are a few main rules that should be known before you set off on your travels: 
 

 

  • Many European countries require you to have your headlights on anytime the car is running, even in broad daylight. 
  • Nearly all countries forbid talking on a cell phone without a hands-free headset. 
  • Many countries require each car to carry a reflective safety vest or kit with a reflecting triangle (typically supplied by the rental company). 

 

Remember the essentials! 

Some essentials we have picked out include a map and phrasebook (so you can ask for directions!), campsite and bed furnishings to make your stay as comfortable as possible, tools in case of repairs and something to entertain yourself with! A good book, travel playlist and board games are perfect ways to pass the time.  

 

 

Travelling long distances means your vehicle will be more susceptible to dirt, stone chips and black exhaust marks, which is why one of  Pro-Tec’s Towing Jackets should be one of your essentials. The protective jacket not only leaves your motorhome clean the whole journey, but it also saves you money from specialist repairing of stone chips that affect your vehicle in transit. The Towing Jacket also meets all requirements for front light visibility, making for a safe and secure journey to your chosen destination.  

 

If you have any more queries about how a Towing Jacket could protect your motorhome or caravan, contact our friendly team and we can show you why Pro-Tec covers are the best quality covers, as well as the easiest to fit. 

 

 

You can contact us here. 

 

How to Accurately Measure Your Caravan for the Perfect Cover

Getting your measurements right for your caravan cover will help to ensure that you get the highest level of protection from your cover and it will also make your cover last for longer. However, most good quality cover shops such as Pro-Tec will be able to help you work out the exact measurements, as they will know the measurements for each model.

Pro-Tec has been manufacturing covers for over 20 years, so we know everything there is to know about measuring caravan and motorhome covers. Pro-tec do have an extensive catalogue of patterns for both caravans and motorhomes so majority of the time you will not need to take any measurements in order to order a cover.

Here are some tips for getting your measurements as accurate as possible in the instances that you might need to measure:

  1. Measure the body length of your vehicle, parallel to the ground on both ends (not including caravan a-frame).
  2. Allow for any  external items such as bike racks and satellite dishes.

The measurement for standard covers does not include width or height, the sizes are based on length only for the purpose of getting the correct price for a cover for your caravan. All pro-tec covers are bespoke to each make and model and we use our extensive list of patterns and measurements we take in order to manufacture our covers.

Why you need a perfectly fitting cover

A cover that fits perfectly will be able to provide better protection from condensation, winds, rain and all of the other problems that can damage your vehicle if it is not covered properly. Covers that are too large will usually need to get strapped down and can get damaged in strong winds.

Our innovative Easy-Fit system helps to achieve the snuggest fit possible, as well as allowing a fast and easy way to cover your caravan or motorhome. With most other cover designs, you need to climb up a stepladder to try and fit your cover, which can be particularly problematic when it is windy or you’re in heavy rain. The Easy-Fit system and cover design allow you to quickly and easily fit your cover from the safety of the ground.

If you would like some help with getting the right measurements for the cover for your motorhome or caravan, contact our friendly team and we can show you why Pro-Tec covers are the best quality covers, as well as the easiest to fit.

Shop our covers here.

Where to go in September?

Planning a last-minute getaway with the family in September? We have listed a few campsites in the UK you might want to consider for a quick getaway.

1. Red Shoot Camping Park

Nestled in New Forest, this campsite is quite famous for family getaways with plenty of activities for the children to choose from. While kids explore the site, parents can get their batteries charged while exploring the lovely surroundings. Bournemouth and its glorious beaches are only 12 miles away which makes for a perfect day trip.

Facilities:

 

  • Wi-Fi
  • Outdoor play equipment
  • Pet-friendly
  • Nature trails
  • On-site shop and bakery
  • Indoor play area

2. Warcombe Farm Camping Park

This place has so much nature and adventure to offer for families. Besides top-quality facilities, you’ll find lots of space and privacy here when setting up your caravan or motorhome. If the views over the rolling hills haven’t persuaded you yet, the famous beach of Woolacombe is just around the corner!

Facilities:

 

  • Wi-Fi
  • Outdoor play equipment
  • Nature trails
  • Private fishing lake
  • Pet-friendly
  • Beach

3. Trewan Hall Family Camping

The Trewan estate is beautiful in itself but with the surrounding gardens and woodlands this makes for the most idyllic camp spot ever. You get to choose your own camping area and still enjoy the facilities Trewan Hall has to offer. These include a swimming pool, an entertainment barn and a children’s playground.

Facilities:

 

  • Swimming pool
  • Wi-Fi
  • Ball games
  • Outdoor play equipment
  • Indoor & outdoor kids’ activities
  • Pet-friendly
  • Camp shop

4. Camping at Cofton Holidays

Set in the South Devon countryside, you’ll find this charming family run holiday park. With 80 acres of space to choose from this campsite can offer accommodation for any size of family. The farm animals will bring hours of entertainment for the kids, while the adults can explore Devon’s treasures.

Facilities:

 

  • Swimming pool
  • Farm animals
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Indoor Playroom
  • Pet-friendly
  • Fitness classes

5. Jerusalem Farm

This is by far the most laid-back campsite you’ll find in the UK. Just choose a spot to set up your caravan or motorhome and enjoy the acres of fields to play ball games and other sports with your kids. There’s an adventure playground nearby as well as Britain’s first children’s museum, Eureka. Get close to nature, hang loose, and build dens while discovering all the best of West Yorkshire.

Facilities:

  • Farm animals
  • Wi-Fi
  • Adventure playground
  • Riding school
  • Nature trails

 

If you are planning a last-minute caravan break or a trip for the end of summer, do not forget to get your towing jacket from Pro-Tec Covers. Shop our covers here

 

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One cover for every season!

It’s important to protect your caravan from the elements through all seasons. If you are not able to store your motorhome or caravan in an indoor facility, we recommend the use of a protective cover to endure extreme weather in every season. We’ll explain to you per season why it’s necessary to invest in a good cover for your vehicle and what damage can be prevented if you do so:

Summer

Protecting your vehicle from sunlight is important all year round, however, in summer, it’s suggested to invest in a high-quality cover for UV light. Ultraviolet rays can fade the paintwork and damage your vehicle’s seals easily. To protect your vehicle from flaking or chalking, you should cover up your caravan or motorhome whenever you are not using it. Our covers offer full UV protection thanks to our unique CaravanShield fabric.

Autumn

The cooling-off season brings more dirt and animal droppings than usual which is again harmful to the paintwork of your vehicle. Think of all the trees shedding their leaves and mud along roads splashing out. You don’t want to spend hours cleaning up your caravan every time you leave for a weekend getaway. A cover will save you time and energy, and it will also protect the bodywork from scrapes during any heavy autumn storms.

Winter

Most caravans and motorhomes spend this season in hibernation, so a protective cover is a must if you can’t store your vehicle in a climate-controlled facility. The weather is at its harshest in winter due to snowfall and freezing temperatures which can be damaging to your caravan’s exterior.

Spring

Springtime is when most covers come off and the holiday season starts again, however, it’s also the rainiest season. Heavy rainfall can cause water damage such as rust, electrical problems, and even mechanical problems. Puddles can be formed on top which can bend the roof of the vehicle. A waterproof cover is a necessity for any caravan owner, at Protec our covers are waterproof up to 1m and 100% breathable. No water can get through; therefore, your vehicle won’t encounter any water damage, whilst the breathable material makes sure that there won’t be any buildup of condensation, damp or mould on the outside of your vehicle.

Withstand any type of weather with Pro-Tec covers! We have been developing and manufacturing caravan covers for over 20 years in the heart of Yorkshire. We’ve created our very own, unique fabric that consists of a waterproof layer, a patented breathable membrane and a soft inner layer to prevent scratching. Our covers are fully breathable, waterproof and UV stable. To shop our range of caravan covers, simply visit our website here.

Campsites with beautiful beaches

If you’re not travelling abroad this year, the next best thing is to head to a UK destination with a beautiful beach. Whether you fancy somewhere quiet and secluded for a peaceful staycation or like to be somewhere with lots of things to do, you’ll find your perfect caravan site in our list:

 

Sutton-on-Sea Club Site, Lincolnshire

Less than a mile away from Sutton-on-Sea Beach, this is a family-friendly site with lots of local amenities, a children’s playground, bowling and tennis facilities. It is the perfect location for walking, with plenty of different routes to explore nearby. The site is for motorhomes and caravans with serviced electric and hardstanding pitches available for an extra charge of around £5.

 

Trevornick Holiday Park

If you prefer the 5-star caravanning experience, Trevornick Holiday Park beside Holywell Bay in Newquay is perfect. As well as high-quality shower and toilet blocks, there is a heated pool, jacuzzi, solarium and tranquillity pool! For the kids, there is an outdoor play park and an indoor soft play, a games room and a kids club. Electric hook-up and a water point are available as part of the Premium Plus All-weather pitches.

Trewan Hall Camping Site, Newquay

Newquay is the ideal destination for a beach holiday in the UK, and Trewan Hall Camping Site is one of the best places to stay in the area. With excellent onsite facilities like a heated pool, beautiful woodland surroundings and live music and other evening entertainment, caravanning families return here year after year. Electric hook-up is available for an extra £7 and pitches are all grass.

 

Lanyon Holiday Park, Cornwall

Just a short drive from the Cornish Coast, you have a great choice of different beaches to choose from at Lanyon Holiday Park. Kids love the indoor pool, trampoline and games room and adults love the onsite bar and restaurant! Electric grass pitches are available from £24 per night (based on 2 adults).

Brynawelon Caravan and Camping Park, Wales

If you are looking for somewhere less busy, the Brynawelon Caravan and Camping Park in Wales is a quieter site with stunning views of the sea. Just ten minutes from Penbryn Beach, this site is a popular destination for walkers who want to explore the coastal trails. There are numerous options for pitches, including electric hardstanding and fully serviced pitches for additional costs.

Linnhe Lochside Holidays, Fort William

Another site that is suited to caravanners looking to get away from it all, this tranquil Scottish Highlands location is situated on the side of a loch with a private beach. A great place to stay if you want to do water sports, Ben Nevis is also only a short distance away. Electric hardstanding pitches are available from £14.50 per night.

Pinecones Caravan and Camping, Norfolk

The Norfolk Coast boasts 90 miles of coast, so it is a firm favourite with beach-loving caravanners. The Pinecones site is a short distance from several great beaches, located in a small village with two excellent food-serving pubs. There are also lots of fun facilities to keep children entertained including a playground and open fields for playing sports. Fully serviced grass or hardstanding pitches are available for £4/£6 extra each night.

If you are planning your post-lockdown trip, make sure you are fully equipped with your towing jacket ready. You can shop our range of towing jackets and covers at http://pro-teccoversonline.co.uk/

 

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british manufacturerAll our covers are designed and manufactured in-house in Bradford, West Yorkshire by Pro-Tec Covers Ltd. None of our caravan or motorhome covers are outsourced. Our material, CaravanShield, 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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