Advantage 1 – Protection
The fact is, caravans, motorhomes and RVs are expensive vehicles. You saved hard to buy them, you love using them so you should protect your investment. Of course, some might claim caravans are designed for the outdoors and so they can ‘protect’ themselves. And yes, this is partly true, but it is also a fact that they can be protected better. In a perfect world, you will have space for your caravan to remain in a garage when it is not in use. However, often, we do not have such a luxury. So, to protect from rain, UV damage, sap from trees as well as bird poop, a covering your caravan is a great idea.
Advantage 2 – Less Cleaning
If you use a cover for your caravan when it is not in use, you will find that you do not have to clean your caravan as often or as vigorously as if you didn’t use a cover. This can be a fairly big advantage depending on where you store your caravan. For example, if it is kept anywhere where leaves or bird droppings can fall on its roof, a caravan cover should save lots of time.
Advantage 3 – Peace of Mind
Don’t entirely discount this advantage. I rest easy in the knowledge that my caravan is protected over the course of winter. Not only is it protected from natural events as above but it is given some protection from vandals as well.
Disadvantage 1 – Expense
Caravan covers are themselves, expensive items. Especially given they just seem to be a bit of old material, their price can act as a real turn-off to purchase. At the same time, relative to caravans, they are not so expensive. That said, if you can’t afford a decent caravan cover, it may not be worth buying the very cheapest either. This is because the cheapest caravan covers can actually cause damage through their ill-fit and shoddy material.
Disadvantage 2 – Difficulty of Putting Cover On
Furthermore, putting caravan covers on and off is not exactly a delightful chore. If you are inclined to short trips and then storing your caravan away, this could equate to several hours of placing and removing your cover every season. The annoyance cannot be understated. However, a caravan cover will also undercut the amount of cleaning you have to do. So, it’s really ‘choose your poison’ here. A caravan cover means more time wasted putting it on and off but less time wasted washing your caravan regularly.