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Maintaining your tyres

Tyre’s for your caravan and motorhome can be costly to replace, so maintaining them and giving them proper care can help expand their lifespan. When was the last time you checked your tyres?  

 

If your tyres are due a bit of TLC – just keep reading for some tips on how to look after them.  

 

Check the tread wear regularly 

 

As you would with your car, checking the tread of your tyres is highly important. The legal minimum is 1.6mm across the central three-quarters of the tread breadth. If you have major treadwear during a normal life span of a tyre, this could indicate a serious issue. This could be incorrect loading, wrong inflation pressure or poor alignment of your wheels.   

 

If your tyres are overloaded and operated in this condition, they may show uneven wear across the tread. That’s why it’s important to keep checking your tyres, to make sure you are not overloading your vehicle.  

 

Check your tyre pressure  

 

The pressure of your tyres can have a massive impact on their lifespan. If your tyres are underinflated or overinflated, this can have a knock-on effect onto your handling and can lead to your tyres deteriorating and wearing quicker than usual – which results in a costly replacement or repair.   

 

Check your manufacturer's handbook to see what the tyre pressure for your vehicle should be.  

 

Storage checks  

Thanks to lockdown, a lot of our vehicles have been parked up for quite some time. With that being said, it’s a good idea to give your tyres a check over to look for any visible chips, stones, foreign objects that shouldn’t be in them.   

 

We also recommend occasionally turning your tyres when it’s parked up in storage, as this will help to prevent from any flat spots occurring.   

As we reach winter, you could consider replacing your wheels with stands that are referred to as winter wheels. Check with your insurer before doing this, however, as it could potentially void your policy depending on your insurer.  

 

Keeping up-to-date regular checks of your tyres will do you the world of good when it comes to costly repairs and replacements – replacing an expensive tyre is hardly a dream scenario.   

 

If you plan to head out on a trip from the 4th of July, we highly recommend completing these checks to avoid any bumps in the road on the way!  

 

Don’t forget even if your vehicle is remaining in storage, or if you are one of the lucky caravanners heading out to the campsites from July 4th, you can benefit from a Pro-Tec cover.  

 

We have an extensive range of storage covers and towing jackets for you to shop from, just click here 

 

 

Caravan parks back for summer

It’s felt like a lifetime since the caravan parks closed, which is why we were thrilled to hear that caravan parks and campsites will be re-opening from the 4th of July.  

 

We love heading out in our caravans, which we know is a passion we share with all our customers – so it’s been difficult the past few months knowing we can’t all do the thing we love. But now, the gloom has been lifted and the caravan parks will be open just in time for us to enjoy the British summer after all!  

 

The government announced earlier this week that campsites and caravan parks would be joining the other hospitality sectors that can re-open on July 4th.   

 

As with all businesses in this new world, social distancing measures will be applied to campsites and caravan parks – particularly in the shared facilities such as toilets and showers. This will mean consistent cleaning to keep them safe for residents.  

 

Along with the reopening plans, the government announced the new social distancing measures that are to be put in place to coincide with the re-opening of hospitality. The new social distancing measures are now 1-metre plus, rather than the 2-metres we have been accustomed to since March.  

 

The 1-metre plus rule means keeping a 1-metre distance from others, whilst also using other precautions to stay safe such as thorough hand washing and sanitisation or wearing a face mask.  

 

We know that with all of us facing so much uncertainty the past few months, campsites and caravan parks have had a large influx of enquiries to deal with. Whilst there will be a slow transition, it’s great to know that we will get our summer trips in after all.  

 

We created a list of caravan sites that you should check out after the lockdown rules are eased, which you can see here. These are the campsites that we think you should pay a visit to after July 4th!   

 

If you are planning a trip after lockdown, make sure you tell us over on our Facebook page where you’re heading to! Don’t forget, you can get your towing covers from Pro-Tec in the meantime to make sure you’re properly prepared for your trip.  

 

Shop all our towing covers here.   

 

Joining the fight against COVID-19

We know times are scary and uncertain right now and as a family-run business, we appreciate the need to work collectively right now. You’re probably already aware that the pandemic is taking its toll on a vast number of front-line workers and our NHS is under more demand than ever. 

 

Everyone is trying to do their best to help, which is why we’re joining the fight against COVID-19. We have recently split our production team in half to enable them the production capacity to create vital PPE for the NHS.  

 

Before our co-founders Keith and Anne Proctor created Pro-Tec Covers, Keith owned a company that repaired and sold industrial sewing machines, whilst Anne trained sewing machinists. Using their current industry expert knowledge and revisiting their old contacts from the industry, our duo has been helping to produce PPE. We have currently been helping to produce products for field hospitals for MoD and will continue to produce different types of PPE very soon. 

 

We’re extremely lucky that we are in a position where we can support our NHS in the way that we are, and we thank all our Pro-Tec customers who are supporting us.  

As you can imagine, with half of our production team focusing solely aiding the COVID-19 effort, our lead times may be a little longer than usual. We hope you can understand this and that you continue to show your amazing support to us. 

 

During this time, we will continue to produce the products that you love as well as help our key front-line workers who are protecting us all. 

If you are worried about your order or have a concern, we are still here to help you. You can contact us at our email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Things to consider before buying a cover

If you’re reading this, it’s because you are interested in purchasing a cover for your caravan or motorhome – wise choice! Now before you rush to buy one, you must take the time to consider a few things before you buy.  

 

There are important factors to consider before buying a cover, so as the experts in the cover industry – we're going to run over what they are and offer our advice where we can.  

 

The size of your vehicle  

 

If you don’t know this, we would advise looking and getting your caravan or motorhome measured so that you know your measurements. This will be vital in getting a cover that fits your vehicle perfectly to protect it effectively. If you are still unsure on your measurements, our customer service team can advise as we have created covers for most models of caravans and motorhomes – so no matter what, we will get the right fit for you.  

 

Storage or towing? 

 

Which cover is going to be more useful for you? If your vehicle is stored somewhere where it’s exposed to tree sap, animal droppings, dirt, bad weather, UV rays – pretty much anything that can cause damage to your vehicle, then you may be better opting for a storage cover.  

If your vehicle spends more time on the road but you find it getting dirty, grubby and chipped in doing so – then a towing cover will be the best fit for you.   

If you’re unsure about which is best for you, don’t worry. We have another blog which you can read here which goes over the differences between the two and how to pick what is best for you.  

 

The cost  

 

You can get cheap covers from anywhere these days, that’s not a problem to find. What will be a problem however is the repeated payments you will have to make after it when the cheap cover does not keep your vehicle protected from water, UV damage or dirt effectively.   

Whilst a bespoke cover will be more expensive, you pay for the longevity. A bespoke cover like what you receive from Pro-Tec Cover can stay on for a whole year and protect your vehicle the whole time when cared for properly! This is a much better investment than buying a cheap cover and unfortunately paying the price when it doesn’t deliver its claims.  

 

Where you buy the cover from  

 

A poorly fitting cover can easily scratch your paintwork, scratch your windows, encourage condensation build-up and leave your van soaking wet after rainy days – not ideal. A Pro-Tec Cover does not run this risk and no we’re not being biased. The proof is our cover has been tested and is the most breathable cover on the market, that means it allows up to 1metre of water to sit on it whilst still being breathable – avoiding a wet van and condensation at the same time. Not many other covers will offer that.  

 

Not only that but our covers do not contain any plastic – this is the enemy of your vehicle and will cause damage to your paintwork. We use sturdy materials that are safe to your vehicle’s body whilst protecting it.  

 

Make sure you read the reviews of anyone you’re considering buying a cover from, do your research and make sure you buy a cover that can offer you UV protection, waterproof qualities, breathability and ultimate all-year round protection.  

 

If you want to shop any of the Pro-Tec covers, you can do so by clicking here.   

 

Pro-tec Hall of Fame

Over the years, we’re very proud to have helped a few famous faces find their perfect cover for their caravans and motorhomes. So, to showcase the quality of our covers, we thought we would take a trip down the Pro-Tec Hall of Fame. 

 

The below are just a few of the celebs we’ve helped with covers over the years! 

 

Martin Clunes 

You may know him as Martin Ellingham from Doc Martin or Kipper the Dog, but we know him as one of our friendly Pro-Tec customers. We were thrilled to help Martin Clunes with a cover for his caravan, so that he and his family could enjoy some trips away in their caravan. 

 

Jay Kay (Jamiroquai)  

The space cowboy was a lovely customer from a few years back. We helped Jay Kay, better known as Jamiroquai, to find the perfect bespoke cover for his caravan. Our owner Keith had the pleasure of meeting him and had a great chat about his caravanning plans. 

 

Jamie Oliver 

When he’s not busy providing the nation with tasty recipes, Jamie Oliver enjoys a spot of caravanning with his family. So, he came to Pro-Tec to find the perfect cover for his caravan so that he and his family could enjoy more caravanning trips together. We bet his caravan meals are just as delicious as his home-cooked meals! 

 

We are thrilled to have helped some celebs find the right fit for their vehicles, as well as a few famous names, we also supply covers and show covers for many leading manufacturers. We supply covers to the Caravan & Motorhome Club which is a great achievement for us! 

 

Our covers are created here in the UK and are made to the finest quality, using our unique Caravanshield material. The materials we use are the most breathable fabrics tested on the market and have extremely high waterproof qualities. 

 

If you want to join the list of celebs and thousands of others who love their Pro-Tec cover, make sure you shop our covers here 

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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