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Pros and Cons of Caravan Covers



 
 
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Old February 11th 10, 09:39 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
John Gifford[_3_]
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Default Pros and Cons of Caravan Covers

Took van out of storage today and was shocked by the ammount of
damp/mildew particularly in the bathroom, looks like a leak around the
vent. Would a cover be worthwhile?
Thanks for your opinions.
John Gifford
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Old February 13th 10, 04:09 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
David P
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Default Pros and Cons of Caravan Covers

On Thu, 11 Feb 2010 22:39:01 +0000, John Gifford wrote:

Took van out of storage today and was shocked by the ammount of
damp/mildew particularly in the bathroom, looks like a leak around the
vent. Would a cover be worthwhile?
Thanks for your opinions.


Views I'd also be interested in as they are very cheap at present.

More directly though, if you have a leak you need to get it fixed by first
drying it out thoroughly and then resealing it. Putting a cover over a
damp van will not control the risk of the dreaded rot creeping its way
through the timbers of the van; indeed, it may exacerbate it.


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Old February 14th 10, 07:14 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
ForeverArsenal
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Default Pros and Cons of Caravan Covers

Hi John.

Used one of these for six yrs,highly recommend them.

http://www.caravancovers.com/index.p...%20accessories

Not the cheapest but I think one of the best.

Changed van now and store under cover,if not under cover I
would have got another larger one for my Hymer straight away.

As mentioned you really do need to look into the leak area and repair,
best done in warmer weather so may pay to at least cover temp with
poly sheet over leak.

Once vent removed you will get a better idea how bad//far damage has gone.

To repair leak you will need a good quality mastic//white spirit and loads
of rag,messy job .
Hope this helps.
Baz





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Took van out of storage today and was shocked by the ammount of
damp/mildew particularly in the bathroom, looks like a leak around the
vent. Would a cover be worthwhile?
Thanks for your opinions.
John Gifford



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Old February 14th 10, 10:18 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Dougal
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Default Pros and Cons of Caravan Covers

John Gifford wrote:
Took van out of storage today and was shocked by the amount of
damp/mildew particularly in the bathroom, looks like a leak around the
vent. Would a cover be worthwhile?
Thanks for your opinions.
John Gifford


Don't overlook the possibility that you don't have a leak. You can get
mould on and around vent components without a leak - but you have the
advantage of knowing what you've seen. Mould is common where moisture is
present in the absence of good ventilation. Don't block any vents, keep
internal doors open/ajar etc. and do everything that you can to
encourage air circulation.

Using a cover, especially if it is not breathable, won't help. If you do
have a leak it needs sorting as it does rain sometimes and you won't
always be covered!
 



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