Like many caravan and motorhome owners, during the spring and summer months, caravans are used more often for quick weekend breaks and longer touring holidays. However, as the shorter days and colder months draw in, caravan trips become much less frequent and many owners will be looking for a more long term storage option. Some opt for a caravan site with storage, whilst others will look for a specialist caravan storage facility.
With space at home being valuable, and insurance prices on the rise for owners keeping their caravan or motorhome at home, in this article we’ve outlined the pros and cons of different storage solutions to help make your decision easier.
Which option is more safe & secure?
You will likely find that due to caravan sites not specialising in the storage of caravans, this is going to be a sideline for them. This isn’t necessarily always a negative thing, but if you are leaving your caravan with them for a long period of time, you will want to ensure that security precautions are taken all year round.
As a minimum, any motorhome or caravan storage facility should have the following in place, all of which Hogleaze Storage do:
- 24/7 security cameras
- Regular staff inspections
- CaSSOA Gold Award
- 24/7 access
- Alarm system
In many cases, you may also notice that caravan sites with storage will only provide outdoor storage options, with little or no undercover plots. Indoor caravan storage options will protect your caravan from the elements, and increase the security of it too.
In addition, you should also consider the location as a factor in the security of your caravan, if you are leaving your caravan at a busy site, this may be more prone to attracting thieves or vandalism. Our storage facility is based in a rural location off the A35 near Dorchester, allowing great access from the main routes into Devon, Somerset and the west country.
Will your chosen storage option provide the facilities you need?
In addition to keeping your caravan safe and secure, many specialist motorhome & caravan storage facilities, such as Hogleaze Storage will also provide you with additional facilities within your fee, such as:
- Pressure washer
- Gas storage
- Greywater emptying point
These extra facilities are important to consider when choosing your storage option, as when you come to pick up your caravan for your next trip, you will want to be sure that you have everything you need to get straight back on the road, making it a stress-free experience for you and your family.
Check their awards and accreditations
Any caravan site with some extra land could label themselves as a caravan storage facility, however, it’s the awards and accreditations that should provide you with trust in their facility.
Take a look at their website to see if you can spot the CaSSOA approved logo before making any booking.
Don’t forget, accredited sites will be tiered at 3 levels, with bronze being entry-level and security not being a priority.
Hogleaze Storage has been awarded the gold award by CaSSOA, which means we have met the highest standard of security for caravan storage available.
You can learn more about CaSSOA here.
Let’s talk about costs…
For many caravan owners, the cost will play a big part in the decision process to choosing a storage option. When weighing up the costs, you will also want to take into consideration the following:
- Length of agreement – does the site only offer long term storage?
- Access to your caravan – can you come and go as you please?
- Security – as mentioned above, does it have all the security features in place that will give you peace of mind?
Taking all of this into account, caravan sites with storage in Dorset generally work out at between £15 and £25 per week depending on the site you choose, whilst storage with Hogleaze starts from £57 per month.
Ready to book your caravan storage with Hogleaze Storage?
From the ease of access, using your own personal key fob to our CaSSOA gold accredited site, and with over 250 plots available to store your caravan, we hope this article has given you an insight into choosing the storage that’s right for you.
In addition to all those benefits, our facility also offers:
- Number plate recognition
- Earth banks and locked barrier entrances
- Pick up and drop off service from local pitches