Got it covered.....almost!

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  1. Old Soldier

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    After all these years both tugging and chuggin I have finally bought myself a cover for the MH today. Fed up with the Somerset Starlings using the van as bomb aiming practice!! Also a great deal on eBay, bidded three times (against myself it turns out!) and got it for £30....picked it up from Street, just down the road!! Looks to be almost new too!!
    As a newby to this cover up lark I have a couple of questions before I try it out.
    Do these covers need to be put on in any particular way?, do you use polls to help move them across the van?. Do they cause any damage to the van through flapping in the wind etc.
    Any tips or hints will be appreciated.
    Many thanks. Pete.
     
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  2. Figaro

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    Get someone to film you putting it on for the first time and post it on here, for reference purposes only you understand ;)

    Nothing to do with us having a laugh !
     
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    We bought one when we had a caravan.

    The seller told us to make sure the van was clean before using it, otherwise we'd risk scratches. Ours didn't come with poles but found we couldn't physically get the cover on. We ended up using a couple of washing line props, a set of steps and the caravan step. Not sure how big yours is but the actual handling of the cover itself was an artform, trying to keep it off the floor so it didn't pick any bits of grit up. Oh that and the slightest bit of wind and it was like a parachute:xeek:. We never even used to attempt it if the wind was in certain directions.

    Our van was kept in storage and the number of times we went up and covers were flapping around because they were too big and/or not secured properly was surprising. I imagine that could cause damage to the paintwork:(. Always used to learn new words when putting it on:swear2:.......which is where Figaro's comment comes in - see above:giggler:

    Bet you can tell we didn't use it much in the end as we used the van all year and it was too much hassle for us. If we had the van at home we might have persevered.

    Good luck, let us know how you go on.

    @Old Soldier
     
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    As Debs has pointed out make sure the van is thoroughly cleaned before you put the cover on and preferably waxed as well. Otherwise you will be spending lots of time in the Spring rectifying the damage. When the cover is on make sure it's secured nice and tight as any movement will cause damage. During the winter open up your van several times to get fresh air into it as despite the descriptions no cover will let air circulate which in turn means damp air forming algae on most surfaces.
     
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    We bought a caravan many years ago that came with a brand new unused cover. We tried to put it on once!
    Sold the van a year or so later, still with a brand new unused cover!
     
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    We had one on our first motorhome. The wind was so strong it ripped it from its secure lines. Mum tried to hang onto it and it took her away like a kite. She ended up wrapped up in it in the next driveway.

    Would never buy another as long as the MH is kept at home.
     
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  7. Old Soldier

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    Mmmmmmm, beginning to think I was right in not having one for all those years!! Thanks for the comments so far. As for videoing, that's my hobby so perhaps I should try capturing the "fun" with a head cam, you might hear how quickly I pick up the new language then.!:swear2:
     
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    Best sution is for you to get out n about in the MH then you wont have time to want to put the cover on.:)
     
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    As other advice .... clean m/h, keep cover tight to avoid damage to bodywork and windows and remember to check inside the van every few days.
    I fitted our cover and went back in m/h after less than a week to find every interior surface running with condensation .. hate to think what it would have been like after a month .. and that is with an expensive well known brand of cover advertised as "breathable".
     
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  10. Old Soldier

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    We already do that as much as we can, but circumstances and family dictate we need to be home some of the time.
    The real issue is the number of starlings that use the farm opposite, don't get me wrong, we love seeing them and living here too!!
     
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    Ohhh, looking grim! Anyone want to buy a motorhome cover, in good condition!!:xrofl:
     
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    After reading this I cannot help thinking what I've seen recently on Spanish campsites, caravans obviously left for the winter strapped up in tarpaulin and yards and yards of clingfilm wrapped tight around the caravan,what on earth they must be like if yours was running with condensation after just a week?
     
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    Best bet is once fitted to cut a flap out for the windows & leave on all the time.:xThumb:
     
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    Anyone out there with something good to say about these covers? Can't all be bad surly, see enough of them in use as you drive around.
     
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    Apparently you can pick decent ones up for about £30 :xThumb:
     
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    Well it seems anyone who has anything good to say has gone under cover...Just bringing it out in the open hoping for a few positive responses.:xThumb:
     
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    Recently gave a customer a hand putting a cover on his van, it was a very expensive custom made breathable type. I was extremely amused to read in the instructions "remove cover if extreme weather is forcast, failure to do so will invalidate your warranty" What is the point in having a cover if you have to take it off when it rains and blows hard???
     
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    Cut up appropriately they make good covers for Garden Furniture and Push Bikes..........

    And great if you have had a load of sand delivered.... stops the rain from washing it away.... :xThumb:
     
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    We also have a lot of birds around who like to use our motorhome as target practise! Have tried various makes of covers on caravans over many years & now on our motorhome. Best we have found is the breatheable 4 ply cover by Maypole http://www.maypole.ltd.uk/Motorhome-Covers_56719 & wouldn't be without one now. It is important for it to fit well so no chance of movement or rubbing which the Maypole one does well with an elasticated bottom & tensioned straps. The 4 ply breatheabilty means no layer of green slime on the roof after storage (had this with a Tyvek waterproof cover :() & can be put on a wet just washed motorhome(y) It's a good idea to always put it on a clean motorhome so no risk of dust or grit to cause scratches. After being under the Maypole cover last winter we didn't even have to wash our motorhome off before our first rally in the spring. They are a bit ungainly to handle & need two of you to lift onto the roof (use brushes or washing line props) then just pull it along which is easy then zip & strap up.
    Never had any damp problems (plenty of vents in our Chausson) using a breatheable cover & it slows down the ageing of the shell of the motorhome too especially the plastic bits. Ours is two years old & keep getting asked if it is new:) Another good idea is for any wheels in direct sunlight to use these covers too to protect your tyres see http://www.maypole.ltd.uk/MP93680-MOTORHOME-WHEEL-COVER_88655-15833 - make sure you choose the motorhome version as the caravan ones are probably too small for most motorhome wheels. However if we could be out & about using it more often that would be even better than it being covered on the drive. A garage big enough to drive the motorhome into would be ideal so ready to go whenever the mood takes us - well we can dream...
    This is how ours will be until the Spring:

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  20. Old Soldier

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    Thanks so much for this. We normally use the van every couple of weeks or so even if it is just for day trips. I guess the use of the cover will depend on how difficult it is to put on and take off on a regular basis. I have not taken it out of the bag yet so not sure of the make. Where in Somerset are you, perhaps I can persuade our Starlings to go and meet yours!! I gather Charlie Drake use to live down this way, he was always heard to say "Hello my starlings".....

     
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