You have just bought your ideal touring caravan and now need a place to store it securely, when not in use. Our beginners' guide to caravan storage outlines the key considerations when looking at the various caravan storage options available in the UK today.
Transcript to the beginners' guide to caravan storage
Hello, my name is Iain MacDonald, from the specialist caravan insurance provider Shield Total Insurance. I am here today to give you a beginners' guide to caravan storage.
When considering caravan storage there are five keyconsiderations:
- Firstly, do you require monthly, annual or seasonal caravan storage, which may be winter storage?
- Next, is it an urban or rural location? Under cover or open air caravan storage?
- How convenient is it for you in terms of how far do you have to travel and access hours available?
- What security features are in place?
- And last but not least, how much does it actually cost to store your caravan there?
Now when considering caravan storage there’s four major options.
Firstly, you can store your caravan at home, you may choose to put it on an unregistered location, perhaps you might want to go for a seasonal pitch at your favourite caravan site or preferably you would put it on a dedicated, professional, CaSSOA secure storage site
Storing at home
Firstly, if you store your caravan at home it’s cheap to store, you can check that your caravan is still there, but it is vulnerable to both theft and vandalism. Unless you have a folding caravan or a folding camper, it is unlikely that you will be able to store your caravan in your garage. Regulations or restrictive covenants may actually prevent you storing your caravan within the vicinity of your property. The absence of the caravan from the property indicates to the thief that your property is likely to be unoccupied for some period of time, and last but not least be aware that the towing distances to your favourite location may be extensive.
The next option is storing at an unregistered location such as a local business premises or on a farmer’s field. Again it may be cheap to store and easily accessible, but it is worth considering there will be limited or minimal deterrents there to prevent the theft. Also it is worth checking with your caravan insurance provider to make sure that they'll actually cover your caravan at that location, as it only takes a few minutes for your caravan to be stolen or vandalised.
An alternative may be a seasonal pitch, perhaps at your favourite caravan site. Again it may be easily accessible. You also have the benefit of not having to tow the caravan once it is there, but it is worth considering that it may actually work out more expensive, once you tot up the cost of your daily, weekly or monthly storage and also you need to consider the fact that the caravan site may be unmanned for lengthy periods of time.
Storing at a CaSSOA site
Finally you may want to consider a dedicated professional storage facility. We recommend the Caravan Storage Site Owners’ Association (CaSSOA) which is a recognised body of the caravan storage industry, with over 500 accredited sites, that provide safe and secure caravan storage. Now these storage sites will have invested heavily in security features, some as much as a quarter of a million or half a million pounds. Specialist caravan insurance providers like Shield, recognise that this is the safest place to store your caravan when not in use. These sites may also offer additional facilities, such as caravan servicing and washing facilities.
Now it may cost more to store on a CaSSOA site, but it is worth considering that statistically the chances of theft of and from your caravan are significantly reduced.
At Shield Total Insurance, we offer insurance for any age, make or model of touring caravan. We’ll offer you discounts up to 60% and our award-winning caravan insurance starts from just £48.