Dorchester 01305 889777

Weymouth 01305 830000

Caravan storage in Dorset

How to prepare for your caravan and motorhome holiday

There’s something about a camping holiday that just feels so free. It gives you the chance to head out on the open road with the flexibility to explore different parts of the country all without having to worry about your accommodation. Not only do you already have a bed and place to stay, but it saves you money and you can also fill it with your home comforts.

You don’t need to worry about fitting travel toiletries into a tiny plastic wallet or limiting items, as you can pre-pack it all into your caravan or motorhome before you go and as long as it fits, you’re good to go! If you’re new to caravanning it can feel a bit of a minefield knowing what to pack and how to properly prepare. This is why we’ve put together a few top tips that should help you make the most of your trip.

Packing tips for your caravan or motorhome holiday

When it comes to a caravan or motorhome holiday, chances are you will pitch up somewhere a bit more remote where you won’t be able to just pop to the shops should you need something. This is why you want to ensure you’re as prepared as possible and don’t need to nip out at the last minute to get something important that you’ve left behind. Some packing tips include:

Only pack what you need

As with any holiday, it can be tempting to overpack. While your motorhome or caravan might allow you to bring more than one suitcase of clothes as with a normal holiday, there still isn’t an abundance of space. Think carefully about what you’re doing and where you’re going, only packing what you’ll absolutely use and need.

Use packing cubes

Packing cubes are a great way to save space and keep everything organised and sorted for when you need it.

Be sensible with your storage

Consider clever storage such as a collapsible washing basket, foldable camping chairs and a table and a collapsible shoe rack. These keep things stored and take up less space.

Don’t forget outdoor seating

You might not keep outdoor seating in your caravan or motorhome all the time if you use it elsewhere but it’s a necessity when looking to soak up the weather and views. Be sure to pack this before you hit the road.

Remember to bring entertainment

Things such as cards, board games and art equipment can all be great forms of entertainment while you’re away. Or pack a selection of books and take the time away from your everyday life to catch up with some reading.

Pack necessary household items

Don’t forget to bring items such as cleaning supplies, kitchen accessories and toiletries with you as they will be needed a lot during the trip but aren’t necessarily the first things you consider when you usually go away.

What to do to your motorhome or caravan to ensure it’s ready

Prior to heading on your motorhome or caravan holiday, you need to make sure the vehicle itself is ready for the trip. Some of the things you can do to ensure it’s ready is:

Check the batteries or engine

This is particularly important if your caravan or motorhome has been sat for a while. Ensure you check the leisure batteries aren’t flat in your caravan, or if you have a motorhome, you might need to check that the engine is still working as it should be. You don’t want to find out there are problems when you’re halfway to your destination!

This is easy to do when storing your motorhome or caravan at our caravan storage facility in Dorset as you can have 24-hour access to your caravan or motorhome, 7 days a week, meaning you can come and check it at a time that is convenient to you, not when our offices are open.

You will also need to check the tyre pressures and condition of the tyres. Hogleaze Storage has an airline for your use.

Give it a good clean and air it out

Over time your caravan or motorhome can become dusty and musty. Open all the windows to air it out and give it a thorough clean and dust everywhere. This will make for a much more pleasant travelling experience.

Hogleaze Storage makes this simple with our grey/blackwater discharge point and waste skip and pressure washer which has a mounting platform.

Inspect for any damage

From general wear and tear to any external damage, you want to get any repairs done before you set off. Inspect the gutters for any blockages and check things such as the plumbing and electrics are in working order. Open all the drawers and cupboards to check for any loose fittings and make sure all the mechanics are as they should be.

Ensure the safety features are as they should be

Before going anywhere in your caravan or motorhome, you need to make sure the safety features are all working as they should. This includes checking the alarm works, the gas switch and the boiler to ensure no mishaps on your trip.

These tips are sure to help you get the most from your holiday and ensure you have a carefree time out on the open road. Whether you decide to drive and pitch up in one destination or make a road trip out of it, you’re sure to make memories that will last a lifetime.

The end of your holiday

If you are in need of motorhome or caravan storage in Dorset when you return from your holiday, look no further. We have around 250 secure caravan plots at our storage facility in Dorchester. Each plot is 3 metres wide and 9 metres long, giving you plenty of space.

Our facility has the CaSSOA Gold award for security, meaning our facility follows strict regulations and protocols when it comes to the storage and safety of your caravan.

Our security features include:

  • 24/7 security-controlled access to your individual plot
  • CCTV & ANPR (automatic number plate recognition)
  • 10ft high earth banks and alarmed locked barriers for outside plots
  • Alarmed roller doors with electronic fob access for undercover plots

If you are interested in our motorhome and caravan storage in Dorset, then get in touch with us today. Either call us on 01305 889777 or complete the form on our contact us page.

Excellent Security and Beautiful Views

I very much appreciate the security (and, by the way, the beautiful

scenery) surrounding Hogleaze.

Claire Gross Dorchester Self Storage
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Hogleaze provides excellent facilities and service

We are emailing you to inform you that we have sold our motorhome and will no longer require the pitch. Should we buy another van, we will of course come back if you have availability.

You provide excellent facilities and service.

Ken and Cordie Tett Dorchester caravan Vehicle Storage
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Really impressed with the service & customer-focused attention

I was really impressed with the service and customer-focused attention I received dealing with you both. Prompt replies to my enquiries and professional standards throughout mean that my first thoughts on needing storage will be towards Hogleaze. Also, as I mentioned when meeting you, my work involves motor homes, camper vans and the occasional ‘shed’ and I have and will continue to recommend you. I took several of your cards for this purpose!

Unfortunately, our house move failed as the buyers pulled out on Christmas Eve (nice) so I’ve put my MX5 back in our double garage but I was happy knowing it was safe and snug at yours!

Guy Henville Dorchester Self Storage
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Fantastic value, easy and secure.

Fantastic value, easy and secure. Would not hesitate to use again if needed.

Alex Davies Weymouth Self Storage
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Having stored motorhomes at Hogleaze over a number of years…

Having stored motorhomes at Hogleaze over a number of years I have seen great improvements made to the facilities. It is a really good storage area offering very secure facilities for whatever your storage needs.
Jan Hankin Dorchester Self Storage
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My second time of using Hogleaze for storage.

My second time of using Hogleaze for storage. Friendly, accommodating and efficient. Easy access and secure. Everything you need. Thank you.

Richard Allen Dorchester Self Storage
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Very pleased with Hogleaze Storage. 

Very pleased with Hogleaze Storage. Clean, bright and modern storage with easy access at any time. Trolleys provided for moving your items. Very reasonable costs.
Bronwen James Dorchester Self Storage
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Found the facility to be safe and secure

I used Hogleaze Storage for many years and found the facility to be safe and secure. My belongings stayed dry; the ambient temperature seemed just right and there was no dampness. Wooden furniture; cardboard boxes and books all survived intact. The staff are also helpful and friendly. I recommend this facility.
Peter Lewis Dorchester Self Storage
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Thank you for your excellent service as I made use of your storage unit 215.

Thank you for your excellent service as I made use of your storage unit 215.

Having never used self storage before your help was much appreciated. I would certainly use your facility again when there is a need. I would also recommend your company to others.

Bob Malone Dorchester Self Storage
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Excellent facilities.

Excellent facilities. Gave us exactly what we were looking for.

Peter Bachrach Dorchester Self Storage
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Very secure.

We used Hogleaze Storage for nearly 1 year excellent faculties and all storage units very secure and high standard. Staff always friendly and happy to help. Would highly recommend them!

Claire Beaumont Self Storage
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Absolutely brilliant service from Hogleaze Storage.

Absolutely brilliant service from Hogleaze Storage. Really good rates, clean and light building with easy access. Can’t rate them highly enough. Thanks Hogleaze Storage!

‎Rob Hodgkinson‎ Self Storage
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I really like the facility and I am very impressed with the setup you have.

It was lovely to meet you last Friday and finally get the Caravan in to secure storage. I really like the facility and I am very impressed with the setup you have. I received your welcome letter yesterday and have set up the standing order for the 1st July and then to continue at the begin of each month thereafter.

Thank you once again.

Kirston Dorchester caravan Vehicle Storage
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I would recommend Hogleaze Storage to anyone thinking of storing their possessions

It has been a most enjoyable experience entrusting Hogleaze Storage Ltd with my furniture, household and personal possessions, since August 2012.

It was good to meet Shelley, her helpful and friendly demeanor, nothing was too much – she even brought along bolt cutters in case I could not open the padlock on the shutter doors. She was happy to show Gentleman Removals and myself the way.

The service has been excellent throughout the seven years, with up-to-date monthly invoices and security information – thoughtful and caring – all my possessions including the ones I did not know I had stored in the unit, were intact and working.

I would recommend Hogleaze Storage Ltd to anyone thinking of storing their household, office and personal possessions, whether short or long-term. The location is worth a visit on its own, the site is safe and secure, clean and accessible 24/7.

Simon Dorchester Self Storage
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The storage facilities are amazing!

Mr Evans caravan Vehicle Storage
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Using Hogleaze again

We are very pleased with the service and will be using Hogleaze again at some point!

Mr Stein Self Storage
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I have been delighted with the facilities provided and I’m sure I’ll be using Hogleaze again!

Mr Walsh Self Storage
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Excellent storage facilities

Hogleaze has excellent storage facilities which are also impressive both from a security and cleanliness point of view

Ms Maskall caravan Vehicle Storage
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A great experience

I have had a great experience with Hogleaze’s storage services and would recommend to anyone

Mr Huxford Self Storage
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A pleasure

It’s been a pleasure using your great facilities

Mr Beaumont Self Storage
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Recommended secure storage

I would recommend you to any people looking for secure strorage

Mr Graff Self Storage
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Thank you

I would like to thank you for the good service we have received whilst storing our caravan with you

Mr Bosley caravan Vehicle Storage
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Enjoyed the services

We have enjoyed the services at your storage facility and will hopefully be returning to you again in the future

Mr and Mrs Marsden Self Storage
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Find Us


Hogleaze Storage
Town Hill Farm
Town Hill
Winterbourne Abbas

phone 01305 889777


Hogleaze Self Storage
12 Cambridge Road
Granby Industrial Estate

phone 01305 830000

Areas we cover

  • Dorchester
  • Bridport
  • Weymouth
  • Bridport