Van covers

Submitted: Saturday, Feb 19, 2011 at 16:36
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What is the general consensus when it comes to caravan covers.

Are they worth the money? How easy are they to actually put over the van? Are they water proof, or just water resistant? Are they light weight?

We use tarps at the moment, which obviously are rather heavy, and makes the inside of the van very hot.

Any comments would be much appreciated.
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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Saturday, Feb 19, 2011 at 16:47

Saturday, Feb 19, 2011 at 16:47
We bought a $200 one from Deals direct online Is a bit light and I would say only shower proof Depending on the van they can vary on how hard they are to put on

Ours is 25 ft and is a bit of an effort needing 2 people a ladder and a stick to get it over the aircon

If you want the bees knees water and hail proof one go back through the threads as there was one a few days ago about the same thing.

Coverworld on the sunshine Coast is the place if you have up to $1200 for the best one.

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Reply By: Shaker - Saturday, Feb 19, 2011 at 16:51

Saturday, Feb 19, 2011 at 16:51
Is the van roof aluminium or fibreglass?
If it's glass, the cover should be breathable & lightweight. If it is a heavy cover, you will need a soft material between the cover & the roof, or it may well get very small blisters.
I often wonder if they are worth it, as in humid conditions they cause a tropical like atmosphere under the cover which can cause corrosion & rust.
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Follow Up By: petengail - Saturday, Feb 19, 2011 at 17:19

Saturday, Feb 19, 2011 at 17:19
Two good friends have had them. I do not know the brand names. One friend had his van completely ruined during the heavy rain here in Brisbane, the inside roof collapsed. (I guess it was shower proof), another good friend on the Gold Coast had his covered with a van cover of reasonable quality, (so he said) and they got mould. We have a 89 Viscount which we cover with a reasonably heavy duty silver tarp and tie it up like an xmas present and have had no problems in the two years we have had it. I put some old carpet on the corners so they dont wear through - especially on the side with the awning. Hope this helps.
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Saturday, Feb 19, 2011 at 18:11

Saturday, Feb 19, 2011 at 18:11
Most of the covers are breathable material with a soft inside face.

You can hardly blame the cover if the roof fell in as its the weight of the water or a leak that would cause that.

Ours is held up in the middle by the aircon so the water runs off.

The van has been in the same place in heavy rain without the cover and doesnt leak.

A silver tarp should give more mould as it doesnt let the condensation out.

Have just been over to ours in the last hour and its as dry as inside and out and no marks from the buffeting wind.

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Reply By: Roughasguts - Saturday, Feb 19, 2011 at 19:42

Saturday, Feb 19, 2011 at 19:42
Put the money towards a Carport or shade cloth structure.

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Follow Up By: Bunny - Saturday, Feb 19, 2011 at 19:53

Saturday, Feb 19, 2011 at 19:53
Yes, I'm inclined to think one of those shadecloth things would be a good idea....i.e. no condensation etc., although the drawback is now protection for the sides of the van.

Thanks all for your contributions and ideas....much appreciated
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