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Winter covers - Pro-Tec v Breathe-Tec


David B

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I am looking for a breathable winter cover for my A-S Nuevo ES which I pick up on Tuesday (getting very excited!). We will have to park under a large redwood tree with resident pigeons. Pro-Tec covers are well advertised and have a 3-ply material with a soft inner layer to avoid scratching. Breathe-Tec, also Purpleline, covers are cheaper (~£200, half the price of the Pro-Tec ones), but not sure about material quality. Is it just a matter of " you get what you pay for"? Any experience or advice would be welcomed.
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Hi David, We bought one from Specialised Accessories last December as we were going to be in New Zealand for February and March. I don't think there is much to choose between Pro-Tec and S.A. - I had looked at all the makers and received sample fabrics and prices. We have a Swift Kon Tiki and although I gave them detailed measurements we did have problems. The cover was made within 4 weeks but was not easy to fit due to the length & height of the van and I then found that it was far from a snug fit and had lots of loose material at either end. It was easily secured with the straps under the chassis but lining up the van door with the door on the cover was not easy. Within a few weeks, whilst we were away, rainwater built up on the roof immediately behind the Luton. The weight caused the material to tear vertically in the area of the drivers door. Specialised Accessories (who are not too far away from us) promised to come out, take the cover off and make adjustments (+ repair). It has been repaired and the adjustments made but we have not tried to refit it yet. I don't know what the roof is like on your van but ours has roof rails. The cover was not made to fit around the bars and the water just built up in the gap behind the Luton. This was not unexpected as it collects there normally but the advice from S.A. was to put a football or polystyrene on the roof to deflect water away. We had not done this as it was difficult enough pulling the cover over the vehicle without having to try and cover extra obstacles. They have now supplied me with polystyrene blocks but we won't be covering the van until January when we follow the sun (by air) again. I must say that Specialised Accessories have been very helpful and that the cover did a marvellous job despite the tear. It may just be a problem for large vans with roof rails but it is worthy of consideration.
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We had a Pro-Tec cover for our old VW T3 Auto-Sleeper and it was excellent, but it was only a small van to cover. If I could cover our present Talisman I would, but I think it`s too big, besides we do use it in the winter. When we sold the T3 I sold the cover seperately, and the bloke who bought it uses it all the time, summer and winter on his Komet.
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[QUOTE]David B - 2006-11-20 8:38 AM Chainsaw? No its got a tree preservation order on it. Shoot the pidgeons? I am in a town where the neighbours might not be too happy about the shotgun blasts! I have contacted Specialised Accessories, thanks "Tug".[/QUOTE] Thats OK I have a silencer, your nabours won't object to me turning up in full camo with rifle will they *-)
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