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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.

Towing Jacket Update

Well it’s just over a year since we launched our Towing Jacket™ at the NEC February Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show in 2018. We were bowled over by the public reaction to our revolutionary new style of front towing protector and orders went through the roof. Our small Yorkshire firm is owned by caravanners, so we like to think we understand the needs of the average caravanner pretty well and we pride ourselves on listening to our customers wherever we find them. The feedback that you provide has always driven Pro-tec’s product development and the Towing Jacket™ was no exception. We were the first company to create a front towing protector for caravans. We started with a generic cover for all models but when Bailey Caravans contacted us to produce a protective cover for their soon to be launched Pegasus range, our first tailored front towing protector was born.

Towing Jacket Launch

The Towing Jacket Launch in February 2018

 

The tailored towing covers we have been producing ever since Bailey commissioned us in 2009, consisted of 3 separate pieces; 1 piece for each awning rail and a large centre panel, which was held in place with a series of clips and buckles. This design served us (and you) well for nearly 10 years. Providing excellent protection with our purpose designed fabric, Caravanshield™, our towing covers stood the test of time and we slowly saw their popularity grow and grow.

(Top) Old style tailored towing protector released in 2009 and (Bottom) the Towing Jacket, 10 years later

 

Over the years, we had been listening to the feedback you gave us when we met you at numerous shows and events. Caravanners are a friendly bunch and your experience, combined with our own, revealed that although you loved our towing cover, it could be a little fiddly to fit properly. Enough of a faff that once it was on, you didn’t want to be taking it off again when you inevitably discovered you’d forgotten to put an essential item in the gas-locker box! In 2017 we got our heads together and decided to design a towing cover which had all the same protective properties and fit just as well as the original but was much more ‘user friendly’. In early 2018 we were ready to go public and the Towing Jacket™ was released.

Eriba caravan with Towing Jacket

 

The Towing Jacket™ is a unique 2-piece construction, which can be fitted easily by one person in under a minute. Each of the 2 halves slide into the caravan awning rails and then the 2 pieces are simply zipped together in the middle. It really couldn’t be easier. The centre of the Jacket, where the zip meets, is made of a stretchy material which creates the necessary tension to provide an excellent fit and keep it firmly in place. For extra security and to keep the bottom of the Towing Jacket™ from lifting, we’ve machined 2 elasticated clips onto the bottom edge. These clips attach to the caravan valance. A buckled strap then passes under the a-frame assembly.

Swift Basecamp Towing Jacket

 

As the one-year anniversary of the launch approached, we were noticing that the term ‘Towing Jacket’ was becoming synonymous with any type of front towing protector for caravans. Much like all vacuum cleaners are often referred to as ‘Hoovers’. Obviously, this is great for us and a real compliment to the ingenuity of the product but it became apparent that we had a real success on our hands and we wanted to protect our invention. The design had already been registered at the time of release, so in late 2018 we went a step further and registered Towing Jacket™ as a trademark.

Towing Jacket without grab handle access

 

Never content with resting on our laurels, since the first Towing Jacket™ was conceived and released, we have added to the range. As well as the more popular Swift, Coachman, Lunar & Elddis Towing Jacket™, we tackled some of the trickier caravans and today we can provide front end protection for Knaus, Hobby, Eriba and even Swift Basecamp caravans. Furthermore, we have noted the ever growing popularity of caravan motor movers and decided to make a Towing Jacket™ without grab-handle access available for a cheaper price than the original. We’re all for saving you a bit of money where we can.

Why Choose Pro-tec?

The Pro-tec Easy Fit® System

It seems the world and its dog are producing caravan and motorhome covers these days. You can pick up a full cover for less than a hundred quid in some places and you’ll get what you paid for. They’re all the same, aren’t they? A cover is a cover is a cover. Well no, they’re not all the same. There are a couple of features you’ll only find on a Pro-tec cover and today we’re going to talk you through our Easy-Fit® System.

Our company is owned by avid caravanners and camper van fans. That’s one of our biggest strengths as a manufacturer of caravan and motorhome covers, we are our own customers! Not only do we use our own products on a regular basis, our passion for leisure vehicles and the community surrounding them, ensures that we have always attended as many shows and events as we are able to. We do this primarily to meet our customers and fellow ‘vanners.

Whenever we attend shows, we love to talk to you, find out what’s important to you and best of all, listen to suggestions you may have. About 9 years ago, it became obvious that although our covers are very well thought of, so many people were telling us that the biggest drawback was fitting them. You can imagine, a 20ft long caravan or a 40ft long motorhome is going to need quite a lot of fabric to cover it. Getting all that fabric up in the air and over your vehicle can be incredibly tiresome and in the worst cases, potentially unsafe.

The traditional method of fitting a cover is to get the whole thing up on the roof, then unfold it. This is when the fun begins. All that material on the roof now has to be wrestled down over all four sides, like a giant tight jumper! Bespoke covers are supposed to achieve a snug fit and getting the sides down over the corners can be a challenge. Step ladders and strong swears will be required to do this correctly.

Not the safest way to fit a cover!

Obviously, being up a stepladder while handling 20ft of fabric, that can turn itself into a parachute in a breeze, is not the most desirable thing to be doing. We love our caravans but we wouldn’t die to protect them. Rather than certain death, our customers wanted us to come up with a solution. At this stage, we were already making a product called the Duo Cover. It was a full winter storage caravan cover with a detachable front, which could be used to protect the front of a caravan on tow. When the front part was removed, you were left with a full storage cover without a front. Quite by accident, we discovered that this open fronted cover was so much easier to put on than a complete cover. The open front meant that a person standing either side of the cover could simply walk all the fabric over the ‘van. Easily, safely, and most importantly, from the ground.

Much easier & safer

It wasn’t perfect though. Pulling a cover over the caravan from back to the front, it gets snagged on the top edge, not quite a right-angle but close enough to make the job more difficult than it needs to be. We’d had the idea now though and we were running with it. We made a new full cover but this time with an open back. This meant that instead of having to pull the cover from the rear, we could now use the natural sloping front of the caravan to help ease the process. This method was much more successful and plans were finalised.

As easy as that.

We added a roll-up panel to the rear of the cover and some heavy-duty velcro to hold it all in place and to hold up the rolled panel for fitting. We added a couple of D-rings to the top of the cover at the rear for poles to fit into. These poles just make the job a bit easier and give you a little extra height, again without having to leave the ground. And then we sat back, admired our work and registered the design to make sure nobody could pinch our clever idea.

When we first launched the Easy-Fit® System, it was an optional extra at £40. Then we decided it’s just too good a feature to not put it on every cover, and for the last couple of years, that’s exactly what we’ve done. Every single Pro-tec full caravan or motorhome cover comes with the Easy-Fit as standard, no extra charge. You can’t buy a full cover that’s easier to fit than ours.

Here's what our happy customers have to say.

“The whole system of using the poles to install the cover was a breeze – really quick, simple and effective. The cover fits perfectly and is of superb quality, both in the design and manufacture. I would like to thank you for developing such an excellent product – we are very happy customers!”

“Anyone reading this looking for a cover, put your trust in Pro-tec Covers. I did and I’m over the moon with the quality, correspondence and professionalism. My wife and I are nearly 70 and had no trouble whatsoever fitting the cover with the easy fit system”

“I have just fitted the new cover to the caravan. Wonderful! It is so light for such a large twin axle caravan. It took my wife and me about 15 minutes (not bad for two septuagenarians). We unpacked it from the back of the 4x4 and simply walked it over the van. Thanks for your service.”

“Big improvement over old one, Much better fit, stronger velcro. The Easy Fit option does exactly that. Thanks very much for the good service"

UK PRODUCT

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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