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Beat the rush

Now that the schools have gone back, we’re hurtling through autumn and we will soon be rushing to place our online shopping orders to make sure all the Christmas presents arrive in time.

A lot of us will be looking forward to Christmas more than ever, a welcome time of celebration and a time to hopefully make lots of plans for the year ahead. Maybe you are planning some great UK staycations in your caravan or motorhome for 2021? Currently, there are lots of people looking at these options as opposed to holidays abroad, so it is advisable to get any campsite bookings in early to avoid missing out.

With international travel restrictions possibly continuing into 2021, campsites are already getting a lot more enquiries than they would usually expect, as people are starting to book their next holidays. So, get planning so that you can have some amazing adventures to look forward to in your caravan or motorhome next year.

Covers will sell out quickly

You will also have to act quickly if you want to avoid missing out on a Pro-Tec vehicle cover. If you have been thinking about buying a Pro-Tec cover, either for your vehicle or if you are planning on buying one for a gift, you should get your order in now before the demand increases in the run-up to Christmas. More people are looking at breaks this winter too, which also leads to a higher volume of orders.

Autumn and winter weather can be very harmful to vehicles that do not have good quality cover protection. Rain, snow, high winds, dirt and grime can all damage your paintwork, as well as causing other problems that can be costly to fix.

So, if you are looking forward to getting away for a few trips next year then make sure that your vehicle is ready for the road, by buying a high-quality cover from Pro-Tec. Our covers provide the best level of protection on the market, using innovative material and all our covers come with the unique Easy-Fit System.

We are expecting a surge in demand for our covers in the upcoming months, so if you want to make sure that you don’t miss out on getting your cover delivered in time for Christmas, it is best to get your order in now to beat the rush.

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The damage caused by winter weather...

Over the winter months, without even looking at the weather forecast we can usually expect to contend with heavy rain, ice, snow and wind as a minimum. As well as being unpleasant at times, the bad weather can also be very harmful to vehicles, so if you have a caravan, you should be wary of the different types of damage and how best to protect it.

A caravan is not only an expensive purchase, it is your home away from home and the gateway to many adventures for years to come, so it is obviously in your best interest to give it the highest level of protection possible. These are some of the winter hazards and risks to look out for:

Paintwork damage

Some people think that a bit of rain can actually help clean their paintwork and whilst it might help to reduce a layer of dirt, there are contaminants in rain that can damage paintwork. Pollutants are collected from the air, which can damage a paint surface, especially if there is any sitting water on top of your vehicle.

When snow sits directly on your paintwork this also causes the same problem. When it is icy, grit will often get applied to roads and this can scratch bodywork, so if you haven’t got a cover for your caravan, you should try to store it away from any roads that are likely to get gritted.

Tyre cracking

Your caravan’s tyres are also at risk in winter due to the cold weather, as rubber becomes very rigid and brittle in cold temperatures, which can lead to them cracking.

Broken seals and damp

Your vehicle’s seals are another concern in the bad weather, as the rubber can get damaged in the freezing weather and wind and rain can also compromise your seals. If any of your seals become loose then moisture will be getting into your caravan and will often lead to damp. So, you should regularly check your seals for any sign of damage and get them replaced or fixed when you identify an issue to prevent the damage from leading to damp.

How to protect from these winter risks

You can keep your caravan well protected by fitting it with a high-quality Pro-Tec cover that is designed to combat all the risks of winter, as well as offering all year-round protection from other damage such as UV rays and debris. Pro-Tec covers are customised to your vehicle to ensure a perfect fit, which reduces the possibility of any moisture getting between your caravan and the cover.

The innovative fabric (Caravanshield) used in our covers has outstanding waterproof performance, withstanding up to 1 metre of water, so even the UK’s worst rainfall won’t get through it. If you want to make sure that your caravan is ready to go straight after the winter and to keep it in peak condition for longer, a Pro-Tec cover is an essential buy.

Shop your cover now at http://pro-teccoversonline.co.uk/and beat the winter rush.

 

How Winter Can Damage Your Caravan

Over the winter months, without even looking at the weather forecast we can usually expect to contend with heavy rain, ice, snow and wind as a minimum. As well as being unpleasant at times, the bad weather can also be very harmful to vehicles, so if you have a caravan, you should be wary of the different types of damage and how best to protect it.  

 

A caravan is not only an expensive purchase, it is your home away from home and the gateway to many adventures for years to come, so it is obviously in your best interest to give it the highest level of protection possible. These are some of the winter hazards and risks to look out for: 

 

Paintwork damage 

 

Some people think that a bit of rain can actually help clean their paintwork and whilst it might help to reduce a layer of dirt, there are contaminants in rain that can damage paintwork. Pollutants are collected from the air, which can damage a paint surface, especially if there is any sitting water on top of your vehicle.  

 

When snow sits directly on your paintwork this also causes the same problem. When it is icy, grit will often get applied to roads and this can scratch bodywork, so if you haven’t got a cover for your caravan, you should try to store it away from any roads that are likely to get gritted. 

 

Tyre cracking 

 

Your caravan’s tyres are also at risk in winter due to the cold weather, as rubber becomes very rigid and brittle in cold temperatures, which can lead to them cracking. 

 

Broken seals and damp 

 

Your vehicle’s seals are another concern in the bad weather, as the rubber can get damaged in the freezing weather and wind and rain can also compromise your seals. If any of your seals become loose then moisture will be getting into your caravan and will often lead to damp. So, you should regularly check your seals for any sign of damage and get them replaced or fixed when you identify an issue to prevent the damage from leading to damp. 

 

How to protect from these winter risks 

 

You can keep your caravan well protected by fitting it with a high-quality Pro-Tec cover that is designed to combat all the risks of winter, as well as offering all year-round protection from other damage such as UV rays and debris. Pro-Tec covers are customised to your vehicle to ensure a perfect fit, which reduces the possibility of any moisture getting between your caravan and the cover 

 

The innovative fabric (Caravanshieldused in our covers has outstanding waterproof performance, withstanding up to 1 metre of water, so even the UK’s worst rainfall won’t get through it. If you want to make sure that your caravan is ready to go straight after the winter and to keep it in peak condition for longer, a Pro-Tec cover is an essential buy. 

 

Shop your cover now and beat the winter rush. Click here to shop. 

Put your caravan to bed properly!

Many caravans and motorhomes go in hibernation mode during winter, this means a few checks and measurements must be in place to make sure it’s suitable for summer in a few months! We have listed some tips to consider when storing your caravan in the coming months: 

 

  • Let’s start with a good cleaning of the caravan, this means everything inside and outside, including the roof! Clean all air vents of debris that could cause blockage and take away all food items. A good cleanse will prevent the caravan from growing mould and moss during winter. 
  • To prevent frost damage, you must empty all water in your drains and pipes. Make use of a drainage kit to blow out any residue or remaining water from your pipe system. Keep all the taps open during winter to allow water to expand freely without putting pressure on the system. 
  • Disconnect the gas, make sure it is switched off and isolated. 
  • You usually don’t have to worry about your electrics; however, you can’t forget about the leisure battery. Remove it from the caravan and connect it to a charger occasionally to make sure the battery is always up to charge. It always needs some charge in it, or it will become useless. 
  • If you can move the caravan a little every few weeks to put pressure on different parts of the tires, then definitely do so. Leave the handbrake off and chock the tyres with a brick or wheel chock. 
  • Keep everything inside the caravan open, cupboards, cooker, drawers, fridgeeverything! If possible, take cushions and bedding inside the house to prevent them from taking up moisture. You can invest in dehumidifiers to put inside the caravan to prevent condensation and damp. 
  • Completely drain the flush of the toilet, clean the tank, and the inside with special chemicals you can find in the shop. Pro tip: use some olive oil on the seal to ensure proper closure. Leave the toilet cassette open to air out during the winter months as well. 

 

When all this is done, your caravan is ready to be put to bed properly. For ultimate protection, you can opt for Pro-Tec cover to keep it protected. Especially when your caravan is stored outside this will protect it from extreme weather conditions, such as frost, scrapes during storms, and condensation.  

 

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 and motorhome covers, simply visit our website here. 

Carrying the Adventure into Winter

 If you’re feeling like you’ve missed out on a whole lot of adventures this year due to the lockdown restrictions, maybe this is the year for you to consider going on some wonderful winter adventures. Plenty of great campsites in stunning destinations stay open all year round, so there is no reason to limit your trips to the summertime. 

 

This winter, you could try a different kind of break to your usual one, visiting parts of the UK that seem to be even more attractive during the winter. If you usually plan more of a beach/coastal holiday trip, you could discover new ways of having fun adventures, maybe incorporating some winter sports. Here are our top picks for sites and locations for your winter adventures:  

 

Linnhe Lochside Holiday Park 

 

If you want to head somewhere picturesque and maybe combine some skiing or snowboarding in the Nevis Range (if the conditions are right), the Linnhe Lochside Holiday Park welcomes tourers and motorhomes. As the name suggests, the site is in a beautiful loch side setting, providing breathtaking views all year round. As well as the mountains to explore, you can take a boat across the loch, or visit some of the lovely little local villages. Hardstanding pitches with electric are available and there is a private beach on the site. 

 

Delamere Forest Club Site 

 

Delamere Forest is situated in Cheshire, close to Chester and is the perfect winter destination for anyone who loves walking through forests and there are also many different cycling trails with a range of difficulty levels. The facilities on the campsite are of great quality with hardstanding pitches with electric available. Many of the walks and bike trails can begin from the site itself, so it is an ideal location for all kinds of activities throughout the winter. There is a Go Ape site nearby and if you fancy a day out, the historical city of Chester is good for shopping, restaurants, or a scenic walk along the River Dee. 

 

Keswick Camping and Caravanning Club Site 

 

The Lake District is another excellent option for in the winter, with plenty to do and see. The Keswick Camping and Caravanning Club Site is close to the beautiful Derwentwater and is surrounded by mountains. It is also a good place to access other lakes such as Windermere and Ullswater and there are endless opportunities for walks of all difficulty levels. The site offers hardstanding pitches with electric and even the hardstanding pitch super service. 

 

Canterbury Camping and Caravanning Club Site 

 

A winter stay at this campsite gives you the option to explore both the coast and the countryside. The famous Canterbury Cathedral and other historical buildings are close by and you can easily get to London by train in around an hour. Howletts Wild Animal Park is a great day out and is open all year round apart from Christmas Day. The campsite has a number of pitch options including hardstanding with electric. 

 

Your adventures don’t need to be put on hold just because it is getting a bit colder, simply wrap up warm, get some waterproofs and you’re ready for winter adventures. You also need to make sure your vehicle is ready for winter too, so now is the perfect time to buy your high-quality waterproof cover from Pro-Tec to keep your vehicle protected through all weathers. 

 

Shop our covers by clicking here.  

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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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