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Old July 7th 03, 05:22 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Steve W...
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Default Covers!!!

I know from searching on Google that this is an old topic & has been
generally well covered but I would like to pose a question that doesn't seem
to have been addressed - or if it has I cant find it.

I am thinking of purchasing a cover from Specialised Accessories & was
wondering what they are like to fit! I have read in one of the reports that
it takes two people about half an hour with a pair of step ladders to fit,
is this about right or are they a nightmare?
The fact that they are supposed to fit like a glove & you have to put them
over the top of the caravan seems a little daunting so I would appreciate
some information from anybody that has had first hand experience with one.

Thanks

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Old July 7th 03, 06:25 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Mary Fisher
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"Steve W..." wrote in message
...
I know from searching on Google that this is an old topic & has been
generally well covered but I would like to pose a question that doesn't

seem
to have been addressed - or if it has I cant find it.

I am thinking of purchasing a cover from Specialised Accessories & was
wondering what they are like to fit!


We had one made for our 400 and it's great. But the 'van is only 10' long.
We found by accident that it was easier to roll the cover along its length
to the middle from both sides then put the cover on the roof and unroll it.

I have read in one of the reports that
it takes two people about half an hour with a pair of step ladders to fit,
is this about right or are they a nightmare?


I doubt that very much. The advice we were given (because they're fairly
close to home we collected ours) was for two people to use a sweeping brush
in the back corners then 'walk' the cover over the roof of the 'van to the
front. That did work but our own method is easier in the confined spaces
we've used it. We didn't need step ladders, the brooms were sufficient for
two people to raise the cover.

The fact that they are supposed to fit like a glove & you have to put them
over the top of the caravan seems a little daunting so I would appreciate
some information from anybody that has had first hand experience with one.


We're delighted with ours and the service we had. We'll be measuring and
ordering another for our 12' 'van. Spouse has also bought a cover for his
scooter from them, at half the price of the ones advertised in the mags -
which are made by SA.

They think of everything, plastic protectors for the corners, bubble wrap to
protect the cover from the sharp edges of gutters if there are any, spare
fabric for repairs and a self-fabric bag to contain everything. The straps
which make the cover fit like a glove are very easy to use. The door can be
opened for entry even when the cover is on the 'van and closes with Velcro.
The door has its own closing strap so that the caravan is accessible even
when protected.

We thoroughly recommend the company and the covers.

Mary

Thanks

Steve...



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Old July 8th 03, 04:27 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Ticker
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Default Covers!!!

We bought a cover for our van earlier in the year and are well pleased
No more Black Streaks!!!
Yes putting on the cover takes 10mins with 2 x people and two brooms
but well worth the effort.
No more leaky Damp Vans
Plus the material is breathable
Also you can gain access to the van with a panel that opens
Best Caravan Accessory we have bought.








I know from searching on Google that this is an old topic & has been
generally well covered but I would like to pose a question that doesn't

seem
to have been addressed - or if it has I cant find it.

I am thinking of purchasing a cover from Specialised Accessories & was
wondering what they are like to fit!


We had one made for our 400 and it's great. But the 'van is only 10' long.
We found by accident that it was easier to roll the cover along its length
to the middle from both sides then put the cover on the roof and unroll

it.

I have read in one of the reports that
it takes two people about half an hour with a pair of step ladders to

fit,
is this about right or are they a nightmare?


I doubt that very much. The advice we were given (because they're fairly
close to home we collected ours) was for two people to use a sweeping

brush
in the back corners then 'walk' the cover over the roof of the 'van to the
front. That did work but our own method is easier in the confined spaces
we've used it. We didn't need step ladders, the brooms were sufficient for
two people to raise the cover.

The fact that they are supposed to fit like a glove & you have to put

them
over the top of the caravan seems a little daunting so I would

appreciate
some information from anybody that has had first hand experience with

one.

We're delighted with ours and the service we had. We'll be measuring and
ordering another for our 12' 'van. Spouse has also bought a cover for his
scooter from them, at half the price of the ones advertised in the mags -
which are made by SA.

They think of everything, plastic protectors for the corners, bubble wrap

to
protect the cover from the sharp edges of gutters if there are any, spare
fabric for repairs and a self-fabric bag to contain everything. The straps
which make the cover fit like a glove are very easy to use. The door can

be
opened for entry even when the cover is on the 'van and closes with

Velcro.
The door has its own closing strap so that the caravan is accessible even
when protected.

We thoroughly recommend the company and the covers.

Mary

Thanks

Steve...



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Old July 8th 03, 10:06 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Mary Fisher
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Default Covers!!!




We bought a cover for our van earlier in the year and are well pleased
No more Black Streaks!!!
Yes putting on the cover takes 10mins with 2 x people and two brooms
but well worth the effort.
No more leaky Damp Vans
Plus the material is breathable
Also you can gain access to the van with a panel that opens
Best Caravan Accessory we have bought.


Where from please? How much?


Specialised Accessories
Concours House
Main Stree
Burley in Wharfedale
LS29 7JP

01943 864646

Telephone and ask for information.

Price depends on size - they send instructions for measuring and then give
you a quote. Ours was well under 200 but for a very small (10') caravan.

HTH

Mary

Thanks.

Paul C.




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Old July 11th 03, 07:53 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Avondaleman.
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Default Covers!!!

I think allot of people have learned this the hard way, and from what I
gather, it was sometimes used on the front windows to stop flies from
messing up the front when travelling.
"chrisnew" wrote in message
news

"Mary Fisher" wrote in message
t...




"Steve W..." wrote in message
...
I know from searching on Google that this is an old topic & has been
generally well covered but I would like to pose a question that

doesn't
seem
to have been addressed - or if it has I cant find it.

I am thinking of purchasing a cover from Specialised Accessories & was
wondering what they are like to fit!


We had one made for our 400 and it's great. But the 'van is only 10'

long.
We found by accident that it was easier to roll the cover along its

length
to the middle from both sides then put the cover on the roof and unroll

it.

I have read in one of the reports that
it takes two people about half an hour with a pair of step ladders to

fit,
is this about right or are they a nightmare?


I doubt that very much. The advice we were given (because they're fairly
close to home we collected ours) was for two people to use a sweeping

brush
in the back corners then 'walk' the cover over the roof of the 'van to

the
front. That did work but our own method is easier in the confined spaces
we've used it. We didn't need step ladders, the brooms were sufficient

for
two people to raise the cover.

The fact that they are supposed to fit like a glove & you have to put

them
over the top of the caravan seems a little daunting so I would

appreciate
some information from anybody that has had first hand experience with

one.

We're delighted with ours and the service we had. We'll be measuring and
ordering another for our 12' 'van. Spouse has also bought a cover for

his
scooter from them, at half the price of the ones advertised in the

mags -
which are made by SA.

They think of everything, plastic protectors for the corners, bubble

wrap
to
protect the cover from the sharp edges of gutters if there are any,

spare
fabric for repairs and a self-fabric bag to contain everything. The

straps
which make the cover fit like a glove are very easy to use. The door can

be
opened for entry even when the cover is on the 'van and closes with

Velcro.
The door has its own closing strap so that the caravan is accessible

even
when protected.

We thoroughly recommend the company and the covers.

Mary

Thanks

Steve...



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I bought a cover from Pro-tec, and again iI can't praise this company

highly
enough for their service. The additional protection supplied for corners

and
sharp bits wasn't quite big enough. One phone call and they were made and
sent free of charge by return.

On my 5.metre van, I don't think fitting is particularly easy, although

its
great to have a clean van after the winter. If you get the material on the
ground, you risk carrying grit onto the van, and as Mary says the best way
is to cover from the roof down, which means folding it in such a way that
this is possible.

When you remove the cover there sure is a *lot* of material, and if your

van
is on hard standing how do you fold it to avoid the grit problem? You'd be
amazed at the volume if you try and stuff it in the car!

Oh and don't use Clingfilm on the windows to avoid any chafing, as some

are
affected by chemicals in the film
Chris




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Old July 12th 03, 03:27 AM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
chrisnew
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Default Covers!!!


"Mary Fisher" wrote in message
t...




"Steve W..." wrote in message
...
I know from searching on Google that this is an old topic & has been
generally well covered but I would like to pose a question that doesn't

seem
to have been addressed - or if it has I cant find it.

I am thinking of purchasing a cover from Specialised Accessories & was
wondering what they are like to fit!


We had one made for our 400 and it's great. But the 'van is only 10' long.
We found by accident that it was easier to roll the cover along its length
to the middle from both sides then put the cover on the roof and unroll

it.

I have read in one of the reports that
it takes two people about half an hour with a pair of step ladders to

fit,
is this about right or are they a nightmare?


I doubt that very much. The advice we were given (because they're fairly
close to home we collected ours) was for two people to use a sweeping

brush
in the back corners then 'walk' the cover over the roof of the 'van to the
front. That did work but our own method is easier in the confined spaces
we've used it. We didn't need step ladders, the brooms were sufficient for
two people to raise the cover.

The fact that they are supposed to fit like a glove & you have to put

them
over the top of the caravan seems a little daunting so I would

appreciate
some information from anybody that has had first hand experience with

one.

We're delighted with ours and the service we had. We'll be measuring and
ordering another for our 12' 'van. Spouse has also bought a cover for his
scooter from them, at half the price of the ones advertised in the mags -
which are made by SA.

They think of everything, plastic protectors for the corners, bubble wrap

to
protect the cover from the sharp edges of gutters if there are any, spare
fabric for repairs and a self-fabric bag to contain everything. The straps
which make the cover fit like a glove are very easy to use. The door can

be
opened for entry even when the cover is on the 'van and closes with

Velcro.
The door has its own closing strap so that the caravan is accessible even
when protected.

We thoroughly recommend the company and the covers.

Mary

Thanks

Steve...



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I bought a cover from Pro-tec, and again iI can't praise this company highly
enough for their service. The additional protection supplied for corners and
sharp bits wasn't quite big enough. One phone call and they were made and
sent free of charge by return.

On my 5.metre van, I don't think fitting is particularly easy, although its
great to have a clean van after the winter. If you get the material on the
ground, you risk carrying grit onto the van, and as Mary says the best way
is to cover from the roof down, which means folding it in such a way that
this is possible.

When you remove the cover there sure is a *lot* of material, and if your van
is on hard standing how do you fold it to avoid the grit problem? You'd be
amazed at the volume if you try and stuff it in the car!

Oh and don't use Clingfilm on the windows to avoid any chafing, as some are
affected by chemicals in the film
Chris


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Old August 19th 03, 03:39 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Michael Haselhof
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Default Covers!!!

No reason why you shouldn't!
It will take away ANY worries about what the weather may be doing to your
caravan!
I bought mine recently via this N/G and its brilliant, tip, don't pull hard
at the edges or you'll tear it.
"Paul Cohen" wrote in message
.uk...
In article ,
(Mary Fisher) wrote:

Specialised Accessories
Concours House
Main Stree
Burley in Wharfedale
LS29 7JP

01943 864646


I've got a sample of their material now, and it looks OK. Do you (or
indeed anyone else) know of any reason why I should not go ahead and order
a cover from them please?

Thanks.

Paul C.




 



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