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This review is from: Maypole 9436 DP Caravan Cover, 6.8 - 7.4 m, Grey (Automotive)
I had previously spent well over £250 for small fitted caravan covers from a specialist company. This was mainly because I have a much shorter (in height) pop-top caravan, and standard covers (like this Maypole one) are far too long...
Having said that, costing over £100 per year having the cover on all year round (as 2 years was as long as my covers had previously lasted before becoming infiltrated on the top with mildew), the tailored cover route was getting a tiny bit pricey... I therefore took the plunge as concerns a universal fitting Maypole cover due to a shrinking budget.
Please bear in mind that although green covers look better, it is scientific fact that the silver colour reflects UV light better & is therefore slightly better at protecting your caravan....
Having said that, you may well rate aesthetics over practicality (and there is not that much in it).
I did expect the Maypole material to not be quite as good quality as the fitted covers, but was surprised to find it as good, and perhaps even a little better quality. The cover was (however) no heavier to place on the caravan.
Two zips, which are both at either the facing front or rear of your caravan, depending which way you put the cover on (it doesn't matter as both ends seem exactly the same) allow for easy access to doors placed on either side IF close to the front or rear. If your caravan door is more central, then access with the cover on might well be more complicated.
Should your caravan be a pop-top (like mine), then things are complicated slightly by the 3 foot or so of excess skirt you are left with... Having said that, the cover has an elasticated hem that can be lifted to whatever point of height around the caravan so that the excess is lifted out of the way underneath (I hope that makes sense). There are four straps which comfortably pass under the caravan for securing & full instructions (plus do's & don'ts) are included.
Even my little pop-top Eriba looks pretty good under this cover & is well protected, having said that, I am using some cheap bungee cord to wrap around the lower part to stop high winds getting under the cover.
No such problems exist for owners of standard (non pop-top) caravans, as you will find that the cover wall height will be pretty close to the walls of your model (at around 2.2m).
Yes, it does look baggier than my fitted cover, although this is the only drawback... As these covers are constructed from material designed to be water resistant, but also allow moisture to evaporate out through the material, the extra bagginess is probably even an advantage.
I am very pleased with mine & will never buy a fitted cover (at those ridiculous prices) again.
Maypole covers are a brand well known for their excellence (Kampa is another good make), but I would advise care as concerns a cover without a similar pedigree (as covers that do not breathe properly can effectively damage your caravan).
Please ensure you measure your caravan length carefully, and simply buy the cover size that is just bigger than that. It sounds obvious, but your handbook will supply the caravan length INCLUDING the hitch... The actual caravan body will of course be shorter (be careful)... No hitch cover is supplied (unlike with expensive fitted covers).
A last word of caution... PLEASE SHOP AROUND EVERYWHERE TO GET THE BEST PRICE.... I have seen up to TWICE the lowest available price charged by usually very competitive outlets... I will say no more...
I hope that lot's helpful to someone out there..