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    Hi everyone

    Just as I thought I was all sorted to swap my car for my new micro, it looks as if the 'van will have to be stored at a local facility and I'll keep the car. When I went to look at the storage site it was out in the fields, and I am now looking to buy a cover to protect the 'van. Probably a specialist accessory job. My question is: how difficult are they to put on solo? I am a bit vertically challenged, and would almost certainly need to stand on a step. The micro is only about the size of a VW Golf, but has a pop up roof ? 6' 3"ish. The sample material seems quite light, but I guess that getting it on would be awkward unless there's a knack to it!

    Hitting the road soon - at last...

    TG

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    My caravan has a pop top roof, but that is closed and locked down when I store it. I have a second user breathable cover from Ebay for mine, it doesn't fit exactly but with a few strong pegs (see Clever pegs in the Gadgets section) I was able to make it fit very well. (At some point I will alter it to fit on a sewing machine!)

    I'm a shortie as well, with back probs, so I did wonder about this myself as my van with the roof down is about 6ft from the ground. I used a small stepladder (you could use kitchen steps, you need at least a three-step) and there is a knack to it....

    Lay it on the floor with the outside of the material facing you. (you could do this at home before you set out) Roll up from each end to the middle, from the front and the back until you have a sausage of material. You will be looking at the inside of the cover when it's all rolled up. Put the steps in the middle, take the rolled up cover up the steps on your shoulder and throw it over the middle of the roof. Then roll it out to each end a little at a time until the van is covered. Lots of getting up and down the steps, but you get there in the end.

    A large car cover might fit a micro van VW golf size but make sure you get a breathable one if poss!
    Last edited by jayjay; 18-03-2011, 11:49.

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      Thanks JayJay That's very helpful. TG

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        Originally posted by TG View Post
        Thanks JayJay That's very helpful. TG
        You're very welcome! By the way, TG, you won't get any kind of cover that will accomodate raising and lowering a pop top roof, you need to have that closed when covered and the cover will simply fit the van with the roof down. To pop the roof, you'll have to take the cover off!

        I sewed mine to fit yesterday, it was difficult simply because of the sheer size of it! However, it now fits reasonably well and no more pegs!!

        I forgot to waterproof the seams I had sewn into it though and, as I'm not going anywhere until the end of next month, I had to put it back on again, fortunately my son turned up and just threw it over the top! So I still need to waterproof the seams where I've sewed through the material, I think a touch of candlewax will suffice, although I shall have to do it whilst on the van now!

        Found this place on-line, seem to have the sort of cover you need.
        http://www.gbdriver.co.uk/index.php?...products_id=11
        Last edited by jayjay; 23-03-2011, 12:42.

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