Guide to caravan storage
Caravans are big items to store at home, especially when they cause argumants with neighbours, so many of us have no option but to put them into storage. Even where there’s space at home, there are several reasons for considering a secure storage site.
According to recent figures released by Shield Total Insurance, 57% of caravan thefts take place from home – compared to just 3% from secure storage sites. Not only that, but it saves on neighbour caravan arguments if it’s off the drive, too.
CaSSOA is the Caravan Storage Site Owners’ Association, an organisation that oversees some 500 secure storage sites across the UK. Each site is independently assessed for security features, access and amenities, to make sure that they offer high levels of protection from theft. A bronze, silver or gold standard is then given, according to the level of protection and service provided.
I want to store my caravan in a compound
Pick one with great feedback and genuine testimonials (caravan forums can help with this).
Campsite owners are another great source of information when researching where to keep your tourer (or for almost any related subject in general), as they speak to countless caravanners from far and wide.
Secure storage sites vary. They may be extensions to a caravan site as an additional option for returning campers, or dealership forecourt-style areas behind a fence, or larger and more purpose-built compounds.
Any caravan storage facility you use should be fitted with CCTV, like those that have been awarded a CaSSOA status. Another thing to think about is whether you want your tourer stored in the open air or undercover.
Sites secured in garages or lock-ups may offer an extra level of security, and they’ll be covered from the elements, but you’ll pay for the benefits. There are plenty of outdoor storage sites available that are affordable and will keep your tourer as safe as it can be.
If you do choose to store your pride and joy outside, you should check out the caravan cleaning guide for when you pick it up ready for the summer.
Benefits of a secure storage site
Border Caravan Storage in Lincolnshire is a CaSSOA Gold Standard storage site, situated next to Keal Lodge Touring Site.
Run by Keith and Alison Rogers, it has easy access for tourers and is adjacent to the owners’ bungalow, giving it that peace of mind in addition to your security accessories.
What’s good about it?
• Secure compound surrounded by security fencing.
• Single entry and exit point through two electronically controlled security gates.
• Individual key fobs that record every entry and exit.
• Fully alarmed, with security lighting and also 24-hour monitoring by digitally recorded CCTV cameras.
• 6m (19’ 6”) wide roads and pitches for easy manoeuvring.
• Vermin control.
• Service bay.
• Fire extinguishers.
• Owners live on site.
Finally, when you put your caravan into storage, remember a few simple rules:
• Ensure all security devices are fitted and keys stored in a safe place.
• Secure all windows and rooflights.
• Chock the wheels and leave the handbrake off to prevent brake seizure over long storage periods.
• Remove all food and perishable goods, leaving the fridge door ajar on its secondary catch.
• Take the leisure battery home for charging, unless needed to power an alarm or tracker.
• Drain the water system and toilet against frost from October to April.
• Ensure the caravan displays a current registration plate (matching your tow vehicle) to help identification.
For more information on secure storage options available, visit the CaSSOA page.