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Caravan Covers - Help Choosing the Right One

Article by CaravansPlus - Caravans Plus

One of the easiest ways to protect your caravan from the elements is with a high quality cover. For many people a caravan is a home away from home or a great escape. It is one of your largest assets and you should protect your investment.

While we like to travel and holiday as much as possible, the sad fact is that your caravan can sit exposed to all types of harsh weather for extended periods causing premature aging or major damage. You just need to look at the earlier covers which could break down in as little as year to see how extreme the Australian climate can be.

While a caravan cover will not last forever the warranty and price should give an idea of how long they will last in the weather. During that time they take all the damage that would otherwise be going to the rubbers, plastic and paint on your RV. They are much cheaper than a shed, and for most people they are cheaper than the wear and tear on a unprotected van.

With the new age of caravan covers being produced by industry leaders like Camec and Adco there is no shortage of premium covers for sale. With 3 year warranties being the new standard, your caravan will stay in top condition for your next camping adventure - rain, hail or shine.

Key features across the complete range of camper trailer, pop-top, and motorhome covers include; heavy duty roof section, reinforced stitching and nylon fitting straps. Optional tyre guards are also available for complete protection.

When determining what size cover you need, remember to include rear bumper or spare wheel in your measurements. It's always better to a bit of spare cover rather than not enough. When fitting you want the cover to be firm enough to limit excess fabric movement, but not over tight as this can cause the fabric to tear.


How To Measure Caravan Covers

You choose the style of cover that matches your van type. The only exception is if you store your Pop Top with the roof up you would use a Caravan cover. It does not matter which brand of caravan you have or which brand of cover you choose.

Each style cover comes in different lengths. The width and height are fairly standard between all brands.

The below image shows how to measure your van.

How to measure caravan covers
How to Measure for a Caravan Cover.

The caravans are usually still measured in feet. Each cover accepts a range of lengths of 2 feet. i.e. 14ft - 16ft and 16ft - 18ft. If your measurement falls between sizes then you need consider things like spare tyres and bumpers. You are safer to go too big than too small.

Are the covers waterproof?

Yes and No. The top surface is usually made of a waterproof fabric and the sides are water resistant. None of the stitching is seam sealed. The covers need to be "breathable". This is because the bottom is open and trapped water/steam needs to be able to escape. The covers are not intended to be a fix for a leaky roof.

Do they scratch windows?

Plastic/acrylic windows can get minor abrasion from the rubbing or flapping of a caravan cover. Cleaning your windows before storage will help. A snug fit to prevent flapping is the best solution - adjustable straps are included in the brands we sell. Some very concerned owners have been known to cover their windows with cling wrap.


Adco Caravan Covers

Adco has a proven history of manufacturing highly durable products, and are the number 1 producer of RV covers in the American market. In recent years they have teamed up with leading Australian Caravan supplier Coast RV to create premium caravan covers specifically for the Australian climate.

Made with a four layer Dupont Tyvek top panel for superior durability, the full range of ADCO Covers come with a huge 3 year warranty. Most caravans are left unused and exposed through the harsh winter leading to unnecessary aging. If you have been thinking about protecting your investment or upgrading now is the time.

ADCO Caravan Cover - Suit 5.5 - 6.12m (18ft - 20ft)Special Price

ADCO Caravan Cover - Suit 5.5 - 6.12m (18ft - 20ft)

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$445.40
$323.95
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Customer Reviews:

5 Stars - The cover is very well made, and the materials used seem to be good quality. I did have trouble fitting it though. the instructions are very vague, and I gave up on them. Nevertheless, I would happily recommend buying one. - Robert from VIC

5 Stars - Top quality van cover, would be the best cover that I have had - Richard from NSW


Camec Caravan Covers

In 2017 Camec redesigned their range of Premium Caravan Covers with a focus on quality and durability. The new range features huge 3 year warranty to match the ADCO covers.

The tough 300D water resistant and UV 50+ roof panel is combined with breathable, weather resistant side panels to provide excellent protection against acid rain, industrial pollutants, tree sap, bird droppings, dust and harsh weather damage. The heavy duty skirt, double stitched corners, eyelets and nylon fitting straps have all been reinforced for maximum durability.

Camec Premium Caravan Covers
CAMEC Caravan Cover - Suit 5.4 - 6.0m (18ft - 20ft)

CAMEC Caravan Cover - Suit 5.4 - 6.0m (18ft - 20ft)

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$369.00
$319.95
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Customer Reviews:

5 Stars - excellent strong top quality cover and the added extras not like the last one purchased - Julie from NSW

5 Stars - Spot on - good fit and easy to install. Thanks!!! - Howard from QLD


Pop Top Covers

Both Camec and Coast To Coast offer a full range of Pop Top Covers. While the type of fabric is similar, the gauge of fabric varies depending on price and ADCO in particular have heavier gauge all over fabric and heavier gauge reinforcement. The stitching is also done properly on all brands, and we are happy to sell all the covers we list.

ADCO Pop-Top Cover - Suit 5.51m - 6.12m (18ft - 20ft)

ADCO Pop-Top Cover - Suit 5.51m - 6.12m (18ft - 20ft)

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$407.85
$319.95
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CAMEC Pop-Top Cover - Suit 5.4m - 6.0m (18ft - 20ft)

CAMEC Pop-Top Cover - Suit 5.4m - 6.0m (18ft - 20ft)

$319.95
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Motorhome Covers

Coast To Coast also import the ADCO range of Motorhome Covers , they come with three years warranty to provide a more durable alternative. With a four layer Dupont Tyvek top panel it is far more durable than similar covers in this price bracket. The top material also is wide enough to go beyond the top and over the edge where most wear occurs.

ADCO RV Motorhome Cover - Suit 7.01m - 7.92m (23ft - 26ft)

ADCO RV Motorhome Cover - Suit 7.01m - 7.92m (23ft - 26ft)

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$469.95
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How to fit a Caravan Cover

Before starting it is important that your caravan is clean and dry, as dirty surface's will have an abrasive effect on both your caravan and the cover. Make sure you have removed or stowed any sharp objects like swing down legs, antenna's or steps. Remember to make sure all windows and roof vents are closed.

Locate the front and rear of the cover, the front generally has the logo on it. The easiest way is with the help of another person and a pair of tent poles. Use the spigot ends of the tent pole and tread them through the eyelets at the front of the cover. Starting at the rear of the caravan raise the cover over the caravan. Slowly walk to the front of van, making sure the cover is flowing smoothly over the van and not getting caught on any protrusions.

Once you have reached the front unthread the tent poles and pull the sides of the cover down to completely cover the caravan. With the hard part done you now simply secure the cover using the straps under the van and across the front and rear.

You want the cover to be firm enough to limit excess fabric movement, but not over tight as this can cause the fabric to tear.

How to fit a Caravan Cover
How to fit a Caravan Cover

There are also full canvas covers that can be custom made, however Caravans Plus does not supply these.

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    Phil

    Is it necessary to put a cover over aerials, hatches etc to minimise any chafing.

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    Lionel

    I have used cheaper versions of caravan covers over the years its just throwing dollars away the new ADCO 23 ft van cover is very good i put it on by inside out facing up beside the van tie to light ropes one each end and two us pull it over sideways much easier to fit it the recent large hail in melbourne only left very small pop marks on the alloy great cover worth the money for sure .I like the weighted throw ropes underneath saves the back .Highly recommend these covers 3 friends have now purchased them .

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    Greg

    I own a caravan cover, and the only thing harder than getting it on my Roadstar is getting it off again! It sits in the shed gathering dust as I can't climb on the roof of the van any more.

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    Geoffrey

    Do you have a cover that will fit my 5th wheeler 2.462mmhigh.x2.362mm.wide.x8.590mm.long.

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    Chris

    Please a question, my Coaster (ex19 passenger bus) MH is 20' along sides, but has a Spare Wheel centered on a front Bullbar, about 1 more foot beyond the 20' long flat sides . Is there enough slack in this caravan cover to stretch over this spare tyre, because this older Coaster bus is only 6'6" wide, (whereas most newer caravans may be a bit wider ) Thanks very much, Chris

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    Peter Doyle

    Hi, I have a 2013 model Uzuzu space cab Ute with Active Camper Vantage model. The slide on camper always stays on my vehicle stored outside. It has flexible solar panels on roof. I don’t use my Ute otherwise than trips )infrequent) . I probably need your standard cover but would modify by cutting holes to allow solar to work. I guess alternately I could have moveable external solar panels . It is not appropriate to connect to mains power as Camper is kept on street.

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