When you’re not using your tourer, it makes perfect sense to put a caravan cover on it to protect it from the typically miserable weather we see during the winter. To do this effectively, however, you’ll want to ensure you’ve chosen the best caravan cover for the job.
As well as protecting your tourer from the elements, a good cover helps to prevent damage from UV rays, bird droppings and tree sap. After buying one of the best caravans, you’re going to want to do whatever you can to prolong not only its life but also its looks, so you’ll want to make sure you pick one of these caravan essentials with care. However, covers come in a variety of shapes and styles, so how do you choose the right one for your van? That’s where the Practical Caravan Awards 2024 come in.
We’ve used our combined decades of experience within the industry to share our pick of the best caravan covers on the market, as well as revealing our number one pick.
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The best caravan cover is…
Reasons to buy:
- Great quality materials and construction, something for every tourer
Caravan covers are one of those bits of kit that you might not think you need, but once you’ve invested in one you’ll never look back – they’re ideal for keeping your caravan looking as good as new. But it’s crucial to ensure that the one you buy fits well: otherwise, breezy weather could result in the fabric flapping around, damaging the bodywork and windows of your tourer pride and joy. That’s where Specialised Covers has it, well, covered.
This is the third year that Specialised Covers has won the best caravan cover category, and it continues to impress our judges. Its covers are constructed specifically for your caravan model, are made of quality materials, and have a hydrostatic head of more than 2,500 mm, helping prevent against water ingress.
Specialised covers also feature a handy door access point, so you can get in and out of the tourer with ease while you’re storing the caravan, fitting poles, a storage bag and an A-frame cover. You can also get an aerial and flue allowance fitted to your cover if your caravan has one.
Price: From £449 at Specialised Covers
On our shortlist for the best caravan cover are:
Maypole 9536 Caravan Cover
Reasons to buy
- Reasonable price, versions for various lengths of tourer
Accessory guru Maypole offers this universal-fit caravan cover in sizes to fit tourers from 14 feet to 25 feet in length.
The green, heavy-duty, four-ply material is both hardwearing and breathable, so your beloved caravan won’t be stored for months with moisture sitting on its surfaces. This means it will look better for longer, with no mould or algae growth, and it will last longer too, especially as dastardly water ingress will be kept at bay!
The covers feature a roll-up section that makes access to your caravan a doddle, and they all feature tie-down straps to prevent damaging billowing of the material in high winds.
The hems are double-stitched for durability and resistance to stresses and tears, while a soft, non-abrasive inner material will help to keep your caravan panels in tip-top condition.
This easy-to-fit cover has 1000mm-hydrostatic-pressure waterproofing, offers excellent UV protection and comes with a separate hitch cover and handy storage bag.
Leisurewize WR Breathable Caravan Cover
Reasons to buy
- Ideal for smaller caravans, cheap price tag
Owners of small caravans, measuring from 12 to 14 feet in length, will appreciate the combination of build quality and value for money that this stylish cover offers.
The universal-fit cover is made in a water-resistant, three-ply, nylon fabric that is both tough and lightweight, which makes fitting it much easier. This cover is held in place with strong, nylon securing straps and buckles, and it features an elasticated hem with double-stitching to ensure a good, tight fit. This also minimises any loose flapping which can damage glossy panel surfaces.
There are zips on both sides for easy access, and this robust cover will protect your caravan from damaging UV rays, bird lime, sap and dust, eliminating those stubborn black streaks that require so much elbow grease to remove!
This cover weighs just 7.24kg, so is portable and easy to store. Plus, with a price point close to £100, it offers some of the most cost-effective caravan protection on the market.
Caravan Defender Universal
Reasons to buy:
- Protects your caravan’s front wall on the road, light in weight
This excellent towing protector in dark grey covers just the front panel of any caravan and is designed for use when you’re out on the road. It helps to protect your caravan in many ways; from impact damage when road debris is thrown up by the towcar’s wheels, and from mud and road grime from towing in wet weather.
The front panel and window of your tourer bear the brunt of the elements and road conditions when towing, so this quick-fit cover will help to prevent any scratching and dings.
The robust four-layer material has soft, white backing, so no abrasion or staining will occur, whatever the conditions you tow in. It is easy to fit and secures in place with 14 straps and buckles. While it is extremely durable, it is also light weight, so storage and transportation are simple.
Incorporated in the slick design are two battery-operated LED road lights, plus two high-visibility reflective strips. These ensure that other road users will know you are towing a caravan, even in poor driving conditions.
Maypole MP9265 Caravan Cover
Reasons to buy:
- Light in weight, still allows full access to your caravan
This handy cover is ideal for caravanners who park under trees, as the smart design will protect the tourer’s roof, skylights and other roof furniture, like AC units, from corrosive tree sap, bird lime, black staining and general grime, all of which can be very difficult to remove.
This cover is lightweight (3.14kg) and the 150D polyester material, comes with a silvered finish and delivers 1500mm of hydrostatic water resistance and long-term UV protection.
It’s available in six sizes, and offers universal fitment, thanks to its versatile strapping, which attaches to grab handles and around the bottom edge of the caravan. Much thought has gone into the design, which features protective Velcro pads to protect bodywork from flapping plastic buckles.
Access to your tourer is easy with the top cover fitted, and light can still get in through the windows, so you can clean, load or service the van with the cover in place.
Protec Caravan Covers
Reasons to buy:
- Great quality products, bespoke designs that will fit your tourer like a glove
Premium caravan cover manufacturer, Protec, offers a wide range of top-quality covers which cost more than the other candidates in this category. Protec will say you get what you pay for, and it backs that up with the promise to create fully-bespoke covers, designed precisely for your caravan’s size, and profile, and with any extras like solar panels or roof-mounted satellite dishes taken into account.
The beauty of made-to-measure caravan covers is that there’s no excess material to flap around in the wind, potentially damaging your caravan’s paint finish. All covers are tailor-made, with delivery times of approximately four weeks.
Protec covers are super-durable and made from premium materials which are waterproof, breathable and non-scratch. The company’s East-Fit System takes the elbow grease out of fitting its covers, and each cover offers easy door access, a breathable storage bag, two telescopic fitting poles (to lift the material up and over the roof) and an A-frame cover, free of charge.
Price: £390 at Protec
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