Click to read Spring factory shut down
Spring factory shut down

Please note we will be closed from the Monday 30th May to the Friday 3rd June for our annual shut down.

If your order has an expected dispatch date that falls within this week and has not been shipped by the 26th May it will be dispatch the following week. For urgent covers please call our Customer service team on 01943 864646 or email info@specialisedcovers.com to discuss.

Click to read Towing cover design update
Towing cover design update

Since the middle of 2021 our towing range has undergone modifications, including the removal of the stretch fabric at the sides of the cover, visual style updates and the straps at the top, these have been removed and altered following consumer feedback. The stretch fabric has been removed to increase longevity of the cover. We had received feedback of the fabric laddering or ripping at the corners over time. The safety straps on the top of the cover were deemed redundant, equally customers had fed back that they flapped whilst travelling and were often over tightened tearing the cover. These alteration have then impacted on the visual of the cover.

The changes in look and styling lines have been done for several reasons. The removal of the stretchy fabric has altered the functional nature of the seams and zips throughout the cover. The stretch fabric allowed for zips on a curve which were more decorative however they are now required structurally to support the overall fit of the cover. Curved zips are challenging from a manufacturing point of view and don’t offer the same strength as horizontally sewn zips. This, in combination with the location of the handles and locker box will dictate the styling and functional lines we follow on the cover. The top securing straps are no longer required on covers that don’t have the stretch sides. When the stretch fabric was used there was always an element of tolerance in the fabric that could then be compensated for with the top tensioning strap if required. Once the stretch sides had been removed and the cover made in a non-stretch fabric, the cover is created like a second skin so there is no need for customers to tension the top.

Click to read It's all about Holly Raven
It's all about Holly Raven

Where to start….. Hi, I’m Holly, I’m officially the Finance & Customer Services Manager at Specialised Covers.

I’ve been convinced to do my bit second, this is because this month marks my 3 year anniversary with the business, when my fellow managers missed my 1 year anniversary & then my 2 year anniversary there were repercussions that lasted to this day (I complain & remind them of it at any given opportunity), so when they suggested I do this as a kind of commemoration I of course leapt at the chance.

3ish years ago I was working as a Self Employed Financial Consultant, I’d been doing this for a few years and was starting to get a bit frustrated.

Click to read Caravan Camping and Motorhome show Feb 2022
Caravan Camping and Motorhome show Feb 2022

With the first day of the 2022 Caravan Camping and Motorhome show only a weekend away we are looking forward to attending the shows and chatting our customers. The show is now sold not so to support customers who are unable to attend our show codes are available online from today for the duration of the show.

Check out what great offers we are running this year in Hall 2 Stand 2224. Vistit https://ccmshow.co.uk for more details 

Code: FEB50 for £50 off our Caravan or Motorhome storage covers.

Click to read Tow Pro + and Tow Pro Elite front designs
Tow Pro + and Tow Pro Elite front designs

Every Tow pro + and Elite we make is tailored to your caravan, that means that the covers will look different from each other depending on the make.

Coachman caravans often have two locker boxes separated on the front creating a divide down the centre, Bailey caravans have no front locker at all and Swift lockers run around the outer edge of the front section. All these design differences create different front towing covers. The visual element of the towing cover is lead by the shape of the caravan. The location of the grab handles and that relationship between the window and the locker is dealt with in a number of different ways. If the handles follow the styling lines of the other openings, we have no choice but to build that into the same opening. This will be done with double ended zips so that section can be accessed independently. If the handles are horizontal then they will require a completely separate access point. This is all driven by the caravan shape.

What we can confirm is that you will have all the elements of the cover highlighted on each product, window, locker box and grab handle access. If you are unsure please call our team who will try highlight the closest styling to how yours would be. We try to represent as many designs as possible online but please note the aesthetic of the cover will be determined by your caravan.

Click to read CAR COVER 15% OFFER
CAR COVER 15% OFFER

CAR COVER JANUARY OFFER For a limited time only get 15% off our complete tailored car cover range, use code CARJAN15 at checkout to receive your discount or call our team to place your order. 

Discount is available across our full range of car covers so treat your car to an indoor Prestige luxury cover or an outdoor Stormshield cover to shield it from the elements 

Visit specialisedcovers.com/car-covers to slect your cover.

Click to read We have been recruiting
We have been recruiting

This year we have been joined by Liam Clarke who will be our new Sales Account Manager working along side Danielle in the sales team. We are excited to see what they can do and what new clients we will be working with.

"I’ve recently joined Specialised after working within Business Development over the last 5 years. I combine two passions together in this role. Been a classic and modern-day car enthusiast I’m excited to see the customer through the whole sales journey whilst they share their visions and ambitions of their companies whilst providing them the high-level service to get their projects completed. I am thrilled to be a part of team expanding Specialised future growth."

Click to read Winner of best caravan cover 2022
Winner of best caravan cover 2022
We are thrilled to be selected as the Winner of the Practical Caravan Awards 2022 award for the Best Caravan Cover on the market

When you’re not using your caravan, it makes perfect sense to put a cover on it to protect it from the typically miserable weather we see during the winter. To do this effectively, however, you’ll want to ensure you’ve chosen the best caravan cover for the job.

The Practical Caravan Awards 2022 are here to help you make the most informed buying decisions, and now, we’re revealing our choice for which caravan cover is the best, as well as our other top recommendations.

Click to read New Design for our Towing Range
New Design for our Towing Range

At Specialised we are always looking for ways to improve our products performance and durability through better design.

Over the last few months, we have invested heavily in 3D equipment, software and people to support this area moving forward. This move into 3D design will improve production processes, efficiencies, accuracy, and ultimately better products with improved performance.

We have focused the last few months on investigating areas that we can improve within the towing cover range as we are now being supplied 3D models from the manufacturers and can also create our own in-house. Designing the covers in 3D allows for a better level of accuracy and fit, enabling us to sculpt the covers around the caravan's body shape without the use of different panels and stretchy fabric.

Click to read Royal cover up 2003
Royal cover up 2003
Article from our archives from the Telegraph & Argus 6th Oct 2003

Revealed: firm in Royal cover-up!

If most businessmen got a phone call from Kensington Palace demanding a product to be specially made for Prince Charles, it might send them into a state of panic.

Click to read Meet the team Katie Fishwick Managing Director
Meet the team Katie Fishwick Managing Director

So as promised here is a little more insight into our team at Specialised and as you can imagine they are making me go first !!

Im sure many, if not most of you are unaware I'm Katie, official MD at Specialised but also the one who creates, deploys and misspells all of our social and website content but let me start from the beginning.

I am Carole and Douglas Longs daughter the founders of Specialised Covers and have been working in the business for many years and MD for the last few. In many family businesses you naturally take on multiple roles, mine currently includes, Marketing, Web Design and Maintenance, all our Social media, Advertising, HR, Health & Safety and occasional Counsellor…oh and MD, not sure where that part fits in!!

Click to read New CAD Team at Specialised
New CAD Team at Specialised

This year we have invested heavily in both hardware, software and people within our design team. Our business strategy is to move further into 3D modelling, generating patterns and covers directly from the models. To support this growth we have recruited three new CAD Technicians to Specialised Covers within the last few months.

Jonathan who started in Nov 2020 had graduated from Brunel University with First class Hons in BEng Automotive Engineering and has been an unbelievable asset to the team. He has taken straight to Solidworks and adapted his knowledge to support a very new area for him, working with fabric and creating functional whilst atheistic pleasing products. He has been a pleasure joining the team and his willingness to learn and support his colleagues has been a delight to see.

Samuel who has only just started in June 2021 has completed his degree in Industrial Design and Technology achieving a 2:1 at Loughborough University. He has fitted in amazingly with the team and is currently working in Solidworks to develop his pattern making skills and learning about the current design process to support new projects moving forward. He is proving to be a real asset and we are excited to see how he progresses.