Putting a Caravan Cover on a larger van

Submitted: Saturday, Mar 15, 2014 at 12:26
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Hello Fellow Travellers...

Is there anyone who can provide some tips on putting a caravan cover on a 22' full van? It seems a rather daunting task but I am sure there must be some tricks to make it easier.

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Reply By: landseka - Saturday, Mar 15, 2014 at 12:55

Saturday, Mar 15, 2014 at 12:55
A quick Youtube search brings these tutorials up.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XSDfFC4Fs8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0TRVeXwOD8
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Reply By: Member - Bruce C (NSW) - Saturday, Mar 15, 2014 at 13:25

Saturday, Mar 15, 2014 at 13:25
Hi Bob,
why not try two half lengths of conduit on either side at one end of the cover and walk it forward using the 2 conduits to hold the front edge high enough to clear the airconditioner.

Dowel or broom handle will work just as good.

You may need a third person to feed the cover out and help it up and over the back end of the van.



Hope this helps,
Cheers, Bruce.
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Follow Up By: landseka - Saturday, Mar 15, 2014 at 19:49

Saturday, Mar 15, 2014 at 19:49
Exactly what the videos above said to do.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bruce C (NSW) - Saturday, Mar 15, 2014 at 20:12

Saturday, Mar 15, 2014 at 20:12
For some reason Landseka the videos would not open for me so I would not know, but what I suggested is what I had to do to place the cover over the van before I built the shed for the van.

I thought of a couple of mods as well but I will save them for another day unless a specific request is made.

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Reply By: Kazza055 - Saturday, Mar 15, 2014 at 14:12

Saturday, Mar 15, 2014 at 14:12
I had one, used it once but never again.

It was an absolute PITA to put on and not much easier to take off.

Also I found that it damaged the paint work where it had rubbed due to motion from the wind.

Vans are built to be out in the open so my suggestion would be to park it under a carport or just put some time into polishing it once a year.

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Follow Up By: Member - bbuzz (NSW) - Saturday, Mar 15, 2014 at 19:37

Saturday, Mar 15, 2014 at 19:37
I lay it out open, fold the sides in and make a 'sausage' shape.

Tie a longish piece of rope (ski rope thickness will do) around the wrapped end, coil up the rest of the rope and throw it over the roof to the rear (or front of the van).
Make sure you can grab the rope end.

Stand on a ladder and push the 'sausage' onto the roof while a helper GENTLY pulls the rope. If doing it on your own, push the 'sausage' down the roof with a soft broom, pull the rope, push it again etc.

When the 'sausage' is covering the whole length, stand on the ladder and unwrap one side (back then front). Do the same on the other side.

(I can stand on my rear bumper bar and reach a reasonable way along the roof.)

Pull the sides down, centre the cover and tie it down.

Mine only goes up when I am at home and I am storing the van for a reasonable period.

Works for me.

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Reply By: John and Regina M - Sunday, Mar 16, 2014 at 00:15

Sunday, Mar 16, 2014 at 00:15
Bob,
All will damage the paint. They are porous so they breathe, absorb moisture and dust then move around in the wind and rub holes in paint.
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Follow Up By: AlanTH - Sunday, Mar 16, 2014 at 11:57

Sunday, Mar 16, 2014 at 11:57
Wind rubs holes in the soft material of ours. Forgotten how many times I've patched it inside when wear holes appear.
When it's too knackered to be used any more out it goes and won't be replaced.
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