Spotlight on… it’s a cover up!
This month, Sammy Faircloth shows you how to keep the rain and muck at bay with a caravan cover, while on p104, I explain how to install a simple piece of kit to protect water pipes from damage
Sammy Faircloth shows you how a caravan cover fends off rain and stains
DURING MY FIRST year of caravan ownership I learnt a lot about the damage and mess a harsh British winter can throw at a tourer. There are many deciduous trees near me that love to constantly bombard you with leaves in the autumn months – and what better place for them to land on than the caravan’s roof ?
Over the coming winter months, with freezing temperatures, storms and snow, the leaves break down and eventually you end up with leaf rot, moss or algae. Not to mention other irritants such as bird mess. So, having spent hours cleaning all this mess off one year, I decided to invest in a caravan cover.
Which type to buy?
There are various types of covers out there, ranging from whopping great sheets of polythene held down with ropes, to tailor-made covers created with soft, breathable fabric. Roof-top covers made of polythene sheeting are great for keeping the rain out. However it is a non-breathable material and traps moisture, creating condensation which could lead to mould or mildew growth inside the caravan. Also, the straps can rip the polythene in winter storms and potentially scratch the caravan. At the other end of the scale are covers made from a breathable, waterproof, non-abrasive material.
1 Safely protected from birds 2 Top covers are an inexpensive way to offer waterproof protection 3 Most full covers are made of a breathable, waterproof, non-abrasive material