This page will assist you in some of the questions you may have about Suncover products. If you can’t find the answer to a question you have, please feel free to ask our cover guides online now.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, if you want your vehicle to have premium protection from weather and UV.
Suncovers are an investment into the long term protection of your vehicle, camper trailer, caravan, motorhome or horse float.
When considering the purchase price of a Suncover, also evaluate the cost of replacement, repairs and damage that you may incur as a result of the harsh weather conditions experienced across much of Australia. As an example, a Suncover for an average caravan might cost equivalent to less than 1% of your van’s purchase price.
Permanent structures like sheds or carports are very expensive in comparison, are not transportable and relocatable, and in the case of carports, provide little to no side protection for your vehicle.
Suncovers not only provide excellent weather protection but also save you hours of work polishing, cleaning and maintaining your vehicle.
Yes! We can make Suncovers for any Car or Recreational Vehicle, including Caravans, Camper Trailer, Motorhomes, Horse Floats, etc. However, we usually only make covers up to a maximum length of 32 feet/10 metres as covers any larger may be difficult to put on.
We have made Suncovers for all kinds of unusual vehicles, so please feel free to contact us with your custom requests.
Currently, Suncovers are available in Linen and Stone.
Linen is the lightest colour and so will stay the coolest, but it can show dirt. This colour is the most popular as it looks particularly good against most homes as it blends well into the surroundings.
Stone is a darker colour, and appears dark when covering a large surface area but it won’t show as much dirt as the Linen colour. However, ingrained dirt can cause deterioration of the fabric so if you want to be able to see the dirt, consider Linen as your colour choice.
No. We currently produce Suncovers for customers right around Australia and rarely physically measure the vehicles as we have a reliable and easy process to gather the measurements required to contour and shape every cover.
However, if you live near or are visiting the Sunshine Coast (QLD) and would like to drop in to our premises with your vehicle or trailer, we would be more than happy to personally measure up.
Suncovers are not best suited to high wind conditions. They are excellent for UV and intense sun conditions but if you store your van in a particularly windy location, then we would recommend you consider a Stormcover.
The fabric making up the panels of Suncovers have excellent water inhibitors built into the fibres, being a quality marine-grade fabric. This provides excellent water resistance and breathability (particularly helpful in humid environments) but if you are looking for a more thorough waterproof option, a Stormcover may be better suited to your needs.
Yes, as long you are putting your Suncover onto a clean, dry vehicle. If you put your Suncover onto a wet vehicle it will trap moisture and will cause condensation. Equally, if you put your Suncover onto a dirty or dusty vehicle and leave it on for extended periods of time, then you risk the debris scratching your vehicle.
Suncovers are made from a material that weighs approximately 400gsm per square metre of fabric. Due to the zip-on design system for larger vehicles like caravans and motorhomes, the weight is quite manageable as each panel is installed and zipped together separately.
Using a caravan as the example, Suncovers (all pieces combined) roughly weigh from 11 – 16kgs, depending on the length of your vehicle.
Sun Hats typically weigh between 5 – 9kg.
When applied to clean and dry vehicles, Suncovers’ material is not abrasive and should not cause scratching to your vehicle or trailer however you should check with your vehicle’s manufacturer about the coating applied to your vehicle, or any special top coat treatments that could be affected by coverage. It is important to be aware that heavily polished vehicles may lose their shine from being covered as the cover touching a wax or coating treatment could cause this to dull. It is your responsibility to check the specific paint and surface coating on your vehicle or trailer.
Depending on the application, Suncovers can be created in either system. For larger vehicles, such as caravans and motorhomes, they are made as a 3-piece system for easier installation. For smaller vehicles like camping trailers, they are most frequently made as a one-piece system.
Suncovers normally can be installed with one person but it is easier with two people, if possible (especially as dragging covers onto the body of vehicles is not recommended).
Usually the first installation takes the longest but after it has been done a few times it becomes easier, especially for the 3-piece zipped system.
For caravans and motorhomes, we recommend allowing approximately 30 minutes. Non-windy days are more practical, also. You may find the first installation a little time consuming but you will get faster on subsequent applications.
Simply put, our Stormcover and Suncover design is the easiest for installation and our pattern follows the contours of your vehicle or trailer. We do not do any joins across the roof line or any cut-outs in the roof section as water would be likely to leak through this area and result in mould build up under the cover.
Suncovers are not designed to fit as tight like a glove but are still made to fit neatly and somewhat snugly, following the contour and shape of your vehicle or trailer.
No. Never have your Suncover on your van or trailer when towing it and certainly never on your vehicle when it is being driven.
- Remember, sharp edges are your covers worst enemy. Be sure to cover all sharp edges before installing your cover, using foam padding or buffering with strategically positioned pool noodles.
- Your van must be clean and dry before installing your cover. Never install a Suncover to a wet vehicle.
- Similarly, your cover must be completely dry before folding for storage.
- Do not overtighten straps; this will stress the cover and also make it vulnerable to sharp edges. Your Warranty does not cover wear and tear so looking after your cover will keep it in the best condition possible for as long as possible.
- Do not yank or pull zips aggressively as the zipper teeth can break out of excessive force is used and this is not covered under your Warranty.
- Check your cover on windy days. If there is a lot of movement, contact us to obtain some extra tie down straps, including extra long options.
Tears are not covered by our Manufacturing Warranty. Suncovers are not immune to damage caused by sharp edges on vehicles and trailers, which are required to be adequately covered by the user. Rubbing from any sharp or protruding objects can cause damage or wear to the material.
Suncovers are provided with a complimentary reinforcement patch, as well as roof lining and bottom cover. These patches can be used to protect sharp edges or repair tears that do occur. Suncovers will not reach life expectancy if tears are not patched up and repaired. (Extra patches are available to order.)
Users should take care to cover all sharp objects as tearing caused by stress points on your vehicle or trailer are not covered under Warranty and it is the user’s responsibility to ensure that these areas are adequately padded to stop them from pushing through the material or creating weak/stress points.