Explore your caravan storage options…
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Before you buy a caravan, one of the most important things to consider is where you will store it. You may not wish to keep it on your driveway or you may simply not have the space to store it at home. If this is the case for you, it's time to start exploring the caravan storage options in your area…
Before you start looking around storage sites, have a think about how far from home you’d be willing to travel. If you want to be able to access your caravan quickly and at short notice, then it might be a good idea to look for a site that is within a 20-mile radius or so from home.
This will make it easier to get away when the fancy takes you and it’ll also make the practical things easier too, such as when it’s time for your caravan’s annual service and you need to transport it to the workshop, or if you want to pop down to prep your vehicle for an upcoming trip.
You’ll also need to have an idea of roughly how many weeks a year you’ll need to have the caravan in storage as this will not only affect the cost, but it may also have an impact on which sites are more suitable for longer or shorter-term storage. If you have friends with caravans that they don’t store at home, be sure to ask them which site they use or which ones they’ve used in the past and ask around to get some recommendations.
CaSSOA - the Caravan Storage Site Owners’ Association - represents caravan storage site owners across the UK. They are advocates for environmentally-friendly caravanning and are continuously striving to minimise caravan theft by promoting high levels of security.
They have been working with secure storage sites across the UK for over 20 years. They provide accreditation to sites that they find to be of a high standard and fully secure. All of their accredited sites are independently assessed for security features, access and amenities to make sure they provide a high level of protection from theft.
CaSSOA awards four levels of security based on a number of features including CCTV, entry points, perimeter fencing and alarm systems, so you can rest assured that your vehicle will be safe at all times. There are around 450 CaSSOA-accredited locations to choose from throughout the UK, meaning your nearest site won’t be far away.
Customers who store their caravan on a CaSSOA registered site will be able to access a bespoke insurance, specially designed for CaSSOA customers. Key benefits of this include no excess, accidental damage and legal expenses cover as standard.
Search for CaSSOA sites in your area today to see where they’re located and discover if one of them could be the ideal spot for your vehicle!
Caravan and Motorhome Club storage
The Caravan and Motorhome Club has over 40 UK campsites with storage facilities, some of which have 24 hour CCTV in operation, controlled access and staff on the campsite. The storage options are flexible so you can choose to store your caravan year-round, just in the winter or for a week at a time to suit your needs. Check out the different locations and storage options available.
Hampshire-based storage sites
Situated near Romsey, Hampshire, this site is a Platinum-standard CaSSOA site, offering the highest level of security for your leisure vehicle.
It is easily accessible from Southampton, Winchester, Andover or Salisbury and the site offers three different sized pitches - 8m, 10m and oversized, meaning that all vehicles can be accommodated.
The site is constructed with aggregates and surfaced with recycled tarmac road planings, providing a clean, porous, yet robust hard standing for your vehicle. Each pitch is marked by lines and a numbered paving stone. There are no overhanging trees which could cause damage to your vehicle and site access is controlled by 2 sets of automatic gates to prevent ‘tailgating’.Occupiers are given a key card which gives access 24/7.
Located at Catherington, Waterlooville in Hampshire, the site has been operating for over 35 years, meaning a great deal of experience of storing caravans has been accumulated during that time. The site comprises over 600 secure spaces that can accommodate even the largest twin axle or 5th wheel vehicles. 'Out-of-hours' emergency access is offered 24x7 (excluding Christmas bank holidays) with a fixed parking space allocated to you.
The site offers a high level of storage area security with computer controlled (and logged) access barriers, a perimeter fence, CCTV cameras, and manned by an efficient and friendly team between 0800 and 1900 everyday. The site features include electricity, an approved chemical toilet and grey-water emptying points, multiple drinking water taps and a vehicle wash area.
Situated in Netley Abbey, Southampton, Sunnydale Farm has a 4-acre secure storage compound for caravans, motorhomes and trailers.
The site is CaSSOA-accredited and holds the Gold Award thanks to its substantial security features which include ANPR vehicle number plate barrier recognition, electric gates and anti-ram bollards, palisade fencing and earth bund surrounding the compound, 24-hour CCTV coverage and flood lighting.
Top tips for storing your caravan:
- Check out the security facilities before committing to a site as it is the most important aspect of caravan storage.
- Shop around for your caravan insurance and remember that storing it in a secure facility is likely to result in lower premiums.
- Consider whether you’d prefer a storage site that is undercover or open air. Whilst undercover storage will provide more protection from the elements, it is likely to be more expensive and it may be more difficult to access your vehicle.
- If you go for open air storage, keep in mind that some sites offer grass pitches and others offer hardstandings - if you have a preference, be sure to check.
- If you’re putting your caravan into storage for the winter, make sure you winterise your vehicle - empty your water tanks, remove the cushions and soft furnishings if you can and consider using a caravan cover to protect it from the elements.
- Choose a storage site that is a convenient location for you and not too far from home so you can access it with ease.
- Before committing to a site, have a rough idea of how many weeks of the year you’ll need to store your caravan for, to give you a rough idea of cost before making a decision.
- Always read reviews on any sites you’re interested in to ensure they’re delivering good customer service and that other users have had positive experiences .
- Even if you have space to store your caravan at home, give some consideration to a storage facility as an alternative - even if just for the winter months - as it may offer additional security, cheaper insurance and free up more space on your driveway.
If you’d like to discuss your caravan storage options with us, please get in touch or pop in for a cuppa and chat!
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