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A Round up of 2023

Hogleaze Storage

As we bid farewell to the year 2023, Hogleaze Storage takes a moment to reflect on the achievements and successes of the past year. It has been a remarkable journey, filled with milestones and growth. Let’s dive into the highlights of 2023 for Hogleaze Storage.

1. Getting the Classic Car Storage Facility Completed.

One of the significant milestones for Hogleaze Storage in 2023 was the successful completion of our classic car storage facility. We understand the demand for safe and secure car storage options, and we are proud to have provided this service to our valued customers. Our purpose built classic car storage facility offers a haven for car owners, ensuring peace of mind and protection for their vehicles.

The classic car storage facility includes features such as: 

  • 24/7 access
  • 24/7 security 
  • Insulated building 
  • Easy to access electrical points for trickle charging

2. Classic Car Storage Success

Upon opening our classic car storage facility, we were met with an overwhelming response from car owners seeking secure and reliable storage options for their vehicles. The demand for our classic car storage services was exceptionally high, resulting in rapid and impressive occupancy rates. We are grateful for the trust and confidence our customers have placed in us to protect their valued vehicles.

Moreover, we understand the importance of ongoing availability to accommodate customers as they come and go. At Hogleaze Storage, we ensure that our car storage facility remains accessible and flexible, allowing for a seamless experience for all car owners.

With the remarkable success of our classic car storage services, we are inspired to continue expanding and enhancing our offerings in 2024. Our commitment to providing top-quality storage solutions remains unwavering, and we look forward to serving even more car owners in the years to come.

3. Self-Storage Remains Popular

Not only did our classic car storage facility thrive, but our self-storage units also remained highly sought after throughout the year. The storage needs of individuals and businesses have been consistently met by Hogleaze Storage. We take pride in providing secure and convenient storage solutions, and we are delighted to have fulfilled the needs of our customers.

4. Caravans and Motorhomes Find a Home

The popularity of caravans and motorhomes continued to rise in 2023, and Hogleaze Storage rose to the occasion by offering dedicated storage options for these valuable vehicles. Our indoor and outdoor caravan storage facilities provide a safe and secure environment, allowing owners to store their vehicles with confidence. The success of our caravan storage services has been remarkable, and we are grateful for the support and trust of our customers.  

Inspiring 2024 Plans

The overwhelming response and near-full occupancy in 2023 have inspired Hogleaze Storage to embark on an exciting new journey in 2024. We are thrilled to announce that we will be building another outside compound to meet the growing demand. This expansion will allow us to serve even more customers and continue our commitment to providing top-notch storage solutions. The new outside compound is set to be ready by the middle of the year, promising an even better experience for our valued customers.

In conclusion, 2023 has been a year filled with achievements and growth for Hogleaze Storage. Our car storage, self-storage, and caravan storage facilities have thrived, thanks to the support of our loyal customers. We are immensely grateful for their trust and confidence in our services. As we enter 2024, we eagerly anticipate further expansion and the opportunity to serve more customers with our top-quality storage solutions. Stay tuned for more exciting updates from Hogleaze Storage as we continue to provide excellence in the storage industry.

Protecting Your Classic Car from the Elements

As a classic car enthusiast, you understand the importance of protecting your beloved vehicle from harsh elements. Bad weather, ranging from rain and snow to intense heat and UV rays, can wreak havoc on your classic car’s exteriors, interiors, engine, and paintwork. In this in-depth and professional guide, we will delve into the various aspects of protecting your classic car, providing you with information that even the most discerning car enthusiast may not know.

Exteriors: Shielding Your Classic Car’s Body

The exterior of your classic car is not only a thing of beauty but also serves as a protective layer for the vehicle’s structure. To safeguard it from bad weather, consider the following:

Washing and Waxing: Regularly wash your car to remove dirt, dust, and other contaminants that can damage the paintwork. Apply high-quality car wax to create a protective barrier against UV rays, rain, and snow. This not only preserves the shine but also prevents fading and oxidation. 

Paint Protection Film: Consider applying a paint protection film to vulnerable areas, such as the front bumper, hood, and wheel arches. This transparent film acts as a shield against stone chips, scratches, and other debris that can damage your classic car’s paintwork.

Tyres: Maintaining your tyres is essential to a smooth and safe driving experience. Avoid leaving the car static for extended periods as the weight-bearing on one singular side of your tyres can cause damage. Moving the car even for a short distance frequently will help ensure an even distribution of weight and therefore well-maintained tyres. 

Proper Storage: When not in use, keep your classic car stored in a dry environment. Moisture and extreme temperatures can cause paint blistering, cracking, and discolouration.

Interiors: Comfort and Style

The interiors of your classic car require protection to maintain their original charm and functionality. Here’s what you can do:

Interior Cleaning: Regularly clean the interior surfaces using appropriate cleaners and protectants. This prevents dirt and grime buildup, which can deteriorate leather, vinyl, and other materials over time.

Sunshade: Use a sunshade or window tint to shield the interior from direct sunlight. Harmful UV rays can fade upholstery, dashboard, and trim.

Proper Ventilation: Ensure proper ventilation when storing your classic car to prevent mould, mildew, and musty odours from developing. Crack open the windows slightly or use a moisture-absorbing product.

Engine: Maintaining Optimal Performance

Protecting the engine of your classic car is crucial. Extreme weather conditions and long periods of inactivity can lead to a range of issues, including:

Fluids and Lubrication: Regularly check and top up fluids such as coolant, oil, and brake fluid. Change fluids according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Lubricate engine components to prevent rust and corrosion.

Battery Care: Keep your battery charged during periods of inactivity. Consider using a battery maintainer or trickle charger to avoid battery drain.

Weatherproofing: Seal any gaps or areas prone to water ingress, such as the distributor cap, wiring connections, and intake system. Applying a water-resistant silicone-based spray can provide an additional protective layer.

Paintwork: Look As Good As New

The paintwork of your classic car is a defining feature. Protect it with these measures:

Regular Washing: Regularly wash your car to remove dirt, bird droppings, and tree sap that can etch and damage the paint finish. Wash using a reputable pH-neutral car shampoo and microfiber mitts.

Avoid Automatic Car Washes: Avoid automatic car washes that use harsh brushes or abrasive materials. These can scratch or swirl the paintwork. Opt for handwashing or touchless car washes instead.

Polishing and Waxing: Periodically polish your car to remove imperfections and restore the paint’s shine. Apply a high-quality car wax to protect against UV rays and provide a hydrophobic layer.

By following these comprehensive measures to protect your classic car from bad weather, you can ensure its long-term beauty and performance. Remember, diligent care and attention to detail will prolong the lifespan of your beloved vehicle. Embrace the rewarding journey of preserving a classic, as you relish in the joy of driving your meticulously cared-for masterpiece.

Alongside these measures consider storing your car in our secure classic car storage facility, there are a number of benefits to doing this – read on for more information. 

Benefits Of Hogleaze Classic Storage

24/7 Access

Hogleaze Classic Storage is a storage company that specialises in classic and vintage cars, providing you with all of the things that you need to comfortably store your classic car here. With the British weather as unpredictable as it is, it’s a relief to know that when you choose Hogleaze you have 24/7 access to the facility, meaning that there is no need to pre-book. You can use your judgement as to whether to take your car for a spin or keep it stored away from the elements at the last minute!

Vehicle Maintenance

Another added benefit is that Hogleaze offers a pressure washer and tyre airline! Thanks to this, any damage that may have been done by the elements while the vehicle was not in storage can be mitigated as soon as you get back. You can also ensure that your tyres are in the best condition before you take your classic car out on the road. 

Secure facility

Our classic car storage is very secure, with alarms, cameras and key fob entry access so you can rest in the knowledge that your car will be looked after whilst in storage.

Convenience

Our facility has electric roller doors with space to manoeuvre meaning entering and leaving is easy and hassle-free. There are electric sockets at each bay for any form of charging and you will have your own assigned, numbered bay to park in!

Ideal climate

With our insulated storage, you can be sure that both the interior and exterior of your car are kept in the best condition. By storing your classic car inside you don’t have to worry about water damage on even the rainiest of days. 

Additionally, you can keep the windows cracked slightly to ensure good airflow into the car 24/7 – no need to worry about water entering the vehicle when the British weather inevitably turns!

Get In Touch With Us Today

If you are interested in keeping your classic car safe, and you want the best solution to this, get in touch with us today. Speak to a friendly member of our expert team to get the process started and help you protect your car from all kinds of threats!

What to Expect When You Call Us About Our Self-Storage Units

Hogleaze provides self-storage facilities in Dorchester and Weymouth. Our secure storage solutions make it easier than ever to store your stuff, from home clutter and business supplies to vehicles. We offer flexibility, security and safety for a convenient way to take care of all of your storage needs. At our Dorchester facility, 24-hour access is available, while flexible appointment bookings and alarmed security also deliver just what you require.

Calling us at Hogleaze is the best way to get more information and advice about our self storage units.

Why Call Us?

A phone call is the perfect way to get in touch with our team and find out anything you want to know about our facilities and services. When you want answers to your questions as quickly and clearly as possible, we can give them to you. We will help you find the right solution for your needs, whatever they might be. By enquiring about your requirements and what you’re looking for, we can present you with alternative solutions or services that might be better suited to your initial choice.

Call us to get more information about each of our services, including personal and business storage. We’re experts in self-storage, so get in touch today to get the best advice.

What We Will Discuss on a Call

You can expect to discuss several important topics when you call us. The aim is for you to get the most from the conversation, so we may ask you some questions about what exactly you’re looking for.

Here are some of the things we might discuss when you give us a call.

Your Reason for Requiring Storage

We’ll start by asking about why you’re looking for a storage solution. You might be calling to ask about self-storage, but it might not be the best option for your requirements. We also offer business storage and vehicle storage and are able to recommend removal companies for your move. Our storage units are suitable for everything from sports equipment to household furniture, student belongings, and even wine collections. By asking about your needs, we can match you to the right service, location, unit size, and more.

Suitable Unit Sizes for All Your Needs

Our range of unit sizes means we have something for everyone, but we also have to take into account which units we have available. This is where our expert staff comes in, helping to find the perfect unit for your needs. They use their problem-solving skills to find you a unit of the right size and in the best location. This could mean getting creative on occasion; for example, if a larger unit isn’t available, they could find you two smaller units of equivalent size that can be hired together.

How Long You Need the Unit

Everyone has different storage needs, including how long they might require self-storage. We ask you how long you need a storage unit so that we know whether you’re planning to use it short-term or long-term. This helps us choose the right unit for you and get you the best price.

Benefits of Our Self-Storage Units

If you want to know more about the benefits and features of our self-storage units, we can discuss that too. Our self-storage units offer a flexible way to store your things, with 24-hour access available at our Dorchester site so you can drop by whenever you need to. Our buildings are completely secure and alarmed with CCTV for your peace of mind. They have fob entry access, trolleys to move your stuff, and the benefits of protection for your items. We’re also a member of the Self Storage Association UK.

Get Answers to Your Questions

Any questions that you might have about our services, we’re ready to answer. Our team of experts can help you with anything and give you the answers you’re looking for. No question is too big or too small, too weird or too boring.

Whatever your problems are or whatever questions you have, we’re here to solve them. We won’t push a sale, but we’ll give you all of the information that you need to make a decision about your storage requirements.

Get in Touch with Us

Call us today to discuss your self-storage needs. Our storage experts are available to answer your questions, give you advice, and help you find the best storage solution. Whether you’re looking for more information or you’re ready to book a storage unit, get in touch. You can find us on Facebook too.

How to avoid condensation in your car when in Outside classic car storage

Despite a short week in which we seemed to have an Indian summer, we are well and truly heading into colder temperatures and darker evenings. This usually means the end of the classic car driving season, and an influx of classic cars coming into our insulated inside classic car storage facility in Dorset.

The changing season brings with it a set of conditions that every classic car owner wants to avoid, especially if your car is stored outside under cover, condensation.

In this article, we are going to share some tips on how you can avoid condensation forming in your car when it is in outside classic car storage.

What is condensation?

This might seem reminiscent of those year 7 science lessons when learning about the water cycle, but in case you have forgotten, condensation is the process in which water vapour in the air changes from a gas to a liquid.

Condensation can also be used as a noun. This definition refers to the collection of water droplets that form on a cold surface when warm air hits the cold surface.

When we refer to condensation in this article, we will usually be referring to the noun.

Why does condensation form on cars in classic car storage?

If your car is stored outside, there is a chance that during the colder months, condensation will be left on your classic car. This will happen overnight as the temperatures drop over that time frame cooling the air and encouraging water vapour to change into liquid and sit under the cover and on top of the paintwork.

Why does it happen despite a cover?

Even if you use a cover, you might still face condensation when your car is stored outside. This is because most car covers are breathable, so air sits between the car and the cover. When the temperature drops and the surface of the car gets colder, the air between the cover and the car will condense, leaving water droplets.

For the most part, this doesn’t cause a problem for your car in outside classic car storage. As the cover is breathable, the water will evaporate leaving your car unharmed, and unmarked. However, over the winter, sometimes it can be a good idea to lift the car cover up for a bit to allow any moisture to escape. This is because sometimes the temperature during the day doesn’t get high enough for complete evaporation.

Why does condensation form inside cars in classic car storage?

One of the main causes of condensation inside a car in classic car storage is the presence of moisture that has been trapped inside the car. This probably isn’t surprising, nor new knowledge but what might be a little surprising is where the moisture comes from.

Wet floormats and carpets are often the cause of some condensation forming on the inside of your car. It is easy for the moisture to collect on these parts of the car as they are low and so retain water brought into the vehicle on wet shoes.

Other culprits of condensation can be wet towels, umbrellas and blankets, bottles of water, or old coffee cups. We’ve all done it, placed the coffee cup on the door shelf and then forgot to grab it as we got out of the car, but the moisture from these will evaporate over time and be trapped in your car where it will condense on your glass and dashboard.

How to avoid condensation when using classic car storage

The first step to avoiding condensation in your car while it is in classic car storage is to remove anything that might contain moisture from the car. Take out the coffee cups, water bottles and wet towels as soon as you can. This will reduce the chance of moisture getting trapped inside and forming condensation on the glass and dashboard.

If you think the floor mats might be wet, then it is a good idea to take them out and give them an opportunity to dry outside of the car.

It is also a good idea to give the glass in your car a wipe-down. Mold spores can attach themselves to dirt inside the car or on the glass which can encourage water droplets to form and condensate. While you are giving the windows a wipe-down, it is recommended that you wind down the windows slightly so that you can clean the dirty marks left by the seals around the window.

If you have somewhere to stash some silica gel sachets, these can be a great way to reduce condensation as they can absorb some of the moisture and act as a dehumidifier. These are great as they are reusable too. Simply refresh them in the microwave or put them in the airing cupboard for a bit.

When leaving your car in classic car storage for an extended period of time and the car is covered, you should leave the windows open slightly as this will prevent a “microclimate” from forming inside the car.

How Hogleaze Classic Car Storage can help

If you are looking to get your car away from the elements and eliminate condensation, our indoor classic car storage facility is the solution.

Our buildings provide an insulated environment that will reduce the risk of moisture build-up in your car while it is in storage.

On top of this, each plot has access to an electric socket so that you can trickle charge your car, ensuring that your beloved vehicle will be ready to go when you next want a drive.

You can also rest easy knowing that our classic car storage facility has been given the CaSSOA Gold award for security. This means that we adhere to strict security measures to keep your prize possession safe.

Security features include:

  • Security fence with a controlled barrier entrance
  • Fully enclosed, alarmed buildings
  • Key fob entry
  • Automatic number plate recognition
  • CCTV Security cameras
  • Regular staff inspections

Booking your plot is simple and hassle-free. Just call us on 01305 889777.

What Does Your Classic Car Say About You?

Here at Hogleaze Storage, we store a variety of classic cars. We’ve seen a huge range of beautiful classics trusted into our care, each with its own distinct character. The variety of cars we see got us thinking about what we associate with each car, including different makes and models. Just like people say a dog can look like its owner, we think a classic car can often say something about its owner too. So here are our thoughts about what your classic car might say about you—all in good fun, of course!

The Aston Martin Owner

If there’s one thing people, even those not familiar with classic cars, can associate with an Aston, it’s James Bond. Bond has been driving Aston Martins in the movies since the ’60s, or even longer if you take the books into consideration too. No Time to Die, released in 2021, featured a whopping four different models from different eras.

While not everyone wants to be associated with the womaniser spy, plenty of Aston Martin owners and drivers have to be happy with the connection. They get to be thought of as suave, smart, and maybe even devilishly handsome too. 

Of course, this is very male-focused but the car is not exclusive to men. For women, this car says they enjoy a bit of luxury, but they don’t feel the need for their lavish ride to grab people’s attention. 

VW

Classic VW Beetles are still popular with a certain type of classic car enthusiast. But what do they say about those who own them? For a lot of people, they’re the quintessential cute car, with their rounded profiles that can almost be seen as friendly. There’s a reason one was brought to life in the Herbie movies. The strong personality of the Beetle might suggest that owners typically have something of a strong personality too—especially those who can’t just stop at one!

Of course, there are other classic Volkswagen cars that are popular with enthusiasts. The Passat celebrated its 50th anniversary this year, and the elegant Italian style of the Karmann Ghia Type 14 is over 65 years old too. Each of these can say something different about the owner.

Alfa Romeo

According to one Alfa Romeo Brera owner, owning their car “expresses a wish to drive a unique vehicle that shows me to be very conscious of style and performance”. Although we could say that’s at the heart of why anyone owns or drives a classic car, it’s not surprising that an owner of this sporty number would say that. The Brera may be only about 20 years old, but even as far back as the 1950s, it’s obvious that Alfa Romeo cars often exude style. Whether that translates into stylish owners isn’t up to us to say, but a lot of classic car owners do like to style themselves after their cars.

Mini

The classic Mini Cooper may be small in stature, but it’s still a familiar sight on the roads. When there are no classics to be seen, you don’t have to look far to spot one of the newer models. So what do we think when we see someone with a true classic? These little runarounds are quirky, fun, and oozing personality. We’ve seen everyone from Mr Bean to Austin Powers drive one, and there’s no doubt that they’re always memorable. And on the subject of Austin Powers, we definitely wouldn’t be surprised to see someone decked out in 1960s style step out of a classic Mini Cooper. Whether you’re a suited and booted mod or more of a rocker, this is definitely a car to drive in style.

American Classics

There’s a lot to love about classic British and European car designs. But some people can’t help but lean more towards the classics from across the pond. They might be a little rarer to see out on the road, so it can be a delight to see them, for classic car enthusiasts and non-enthusiasts alike. Many of the classic American cars favoured are 1950s models, and it’s not uncommon to see that the owners don’t stop at the Americana with their cars. From pinup looks to greasers, it’s easy to picture someone from the cast of Grease behind the wheel of any classic American car. These owners are probably a fan of turning up at vintage fairs and events too, and why not if it’s a chance to show off your great taste?

Looking after your classic car

Whatever your preference is, when it comes to classic cars, and whatever it says about you, keeping your car safe is what’s important. Hogleaze Storage provides classic car storage in Dorchester to keep your baby safe at all times, giving you complete peace of mind with top security features.

Our new classic car facility benefits from generous-sized vehicle plots in fully enclosed, alarmed buildings that require a key-fob entry. The key fob allows access to your car at any time, meaning you aren’t restricted to taking your car out or maintaining your car during office hours.

The facility is also surrounded by security cameras with automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) at the gate, so only recognised cars will be able to enter the facility.

These plots get snapped up quickly so if you’re interested in storing your classic car with us, then give us a call on 01305 889777 or email us at info@hogleazestorage.co.uk.

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.

Benefits of classic car storage

When it comes to preserving and protecting your classic car, proper storage is of utmost importance. Classic vehicles are not just cars; they are cherished pieces of history and highly valuable investments. In many cases, they can also be much-loved family heirlooms. As such, you want to ensure the longevity and pristine condition of your vehicles. Classic car owners need a storage solution that can fulfil the specific requirements of their vehicles.

Or, maybe you really want to buy a classic car but just don’t have a dry/secure place to keep it.

At Hogleaze Storage, we understand the unique significance of classic car storage and go above and beyond to offer a range of benefits that cater to your needs.

Storage Conditions: a vital element for classic vehicles

Classic vehicles are sensitive to extreme temperatures: Heat, cold, and even high moisture levels can have detrimental effects on the paint, the engine, and any other delicate components. At Hogleaze Storage, we have a new fully insulated storage facility that can maintain an optimal environment for all classic vehicles.

Our classic car storage buildings are designed to help prevent issues such as mould, rust, and degradation of upholstery. You can relax in the knowledge that your vehicle is protected from the elements.

Trickle charging sockets for battery health

Battery health is one of the biggest challenges of owning a classic vehicle, especially because vintage cars tend to be left in storage for extended periods of time. Ultimately, classic cars are typically equipped with older and less efficient batteries that drain quickly if they are not properly maintained. At Hogleaze Storage, we address this frequently-occurring problem by ensuring every vehicle can access trickle charging sockets directly inside each storage plot.

Our trickle charging sockets ensure batteries can remain charged and in excellent condition throughout the duration of storage, allowing you to be able to jump in the car when you want to and head out on that ever-thrilling drive.

Secure facility that protects your prized possession

Classic cars are valuable assets, with some vehicles racking up high sale prices. But even if your classic car doesn’t hold a profitable resale value, there is no denying its sentimental value. For these reasons, we do everything in our power to safeguard the monetary and sentimental worth of your classic vehicles.

You will find that our Hogleaze classic car storage is a secure facility with state-of-the-art security measures, such as CCTV surveillance, ANPR (automatic numberplate recognition), alarm systems, and strict, secure access control. With these features in place, we are proud to provide classic car owners with peace of mind. We are proud to have received the CaSSOA gold award for security. Your vehicle is always protected from vandalism, theft, and unauthorised access at our location.

7 days, 24-hour access for convenience

When is the best time to go on a drive with your cherished possession? At Hogleaze Storage, we believe the best time is whenever you decide. We appreciate that every classic car owner has a different schedule and requirements, which is why our storage facility provides full 24-hour access to owners every single day of the week. With round-the-clock availability, you are free to visit your classic car whenever you see fit.

The last thing you need as a vintage car owner is to try to make your schedule fit around the opening hours of a classic car storage facility. At Hogleaze Storage, you can easily access it at any time using your key fob entry and security procedure.

Plenty of space to accommodate classic car collections

Having ample space is essential for classic car enthusiasts. Classic vehicles need plenty of room to be stored and manoeuvred comfortably and with ease. That’s why every car is allocated an individually numbered plot and our storage plots are roomy, so you don’t have to worry about accidental scratches and dents!

A soon-to-open new classic car storage location in Dorchester

We are always looking for new ways to support our customers. Therefore, we will be opening a new classic car storage facility in Dorchester, starting this June 2023.

At this location, which can hold up to 90 cars, our customers can find all the above-mentioned features:

  • Insulated buildings
  • Electric sockets for trickle charging
  • Enhanced security
  • 24/7 access
  • Generously sized vehicle plots

Are you looking for the best classic car storage solution around Dorchester? We are here to help! Join our waiting list today to keep informed about imminent storage availability within our new upcoming facilities.

Give our team a call on 01305 889777 or complete the form on our contact us page and we will give you a callback.

What’s on in Dorset this Summer (Motorhome Edition)

Thanks to the beautiful Dorset coast and country landscape, there is always a lot going on in the county over the summer. And with plenty of caravan and motorhome sites around it is the perfect place for a holiday for those looking for a trip away in your home away from home.

If you are heading down to our gorgeous coast, check out our guide to what’s on this summer.

Camp Bestival

Dorset’s own Glastonbury is set to take place again this year, between the 27th and 30th of July.
The family-friendly event will see a star-studded line-up from music acts such as Scouting for Girls, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, and Sam Ryder, to children’s entertainers Dick and Dom, and Mr. Tumble.

The 3-day event will also be throwing it back to the 80s with a roller disco, blowing minds with a circus performance, and calming the chaos with cosmic kids yoga among other entertainment activities planned.

As the name suggests, it is the perfect place to camp with your motorhome or caravan. With three different motorhome and campervan fields available, you can pick the best spot for you and those you are travelling with.

Tickets for motorhomes and caravans must be bought in advance.

Seafeast – The Dorset Seafood Festival

If you are a seafood lover, you will not want to miss our award-winning Seafeast. This event gives you a chance to experience and taste the range of seafood we have right on our doorstep on the shores of our coastline.

The Weymouth food festival is taking place on the 9th and 10th of September and provides an opportunity to learn more about the health of our seas, catch chef demos to learn new skills and recipes, and raise funds for our local Fishermen’s Mission.

Weymouth SummerFest

New this year, SummerFest will be a fun-packed festival that is aimed at families. On Saturday 3rd June, the festival will be taking place at Redlands Leisure and Community Park to raise money for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

At the free festival, you can expect live music, a great fire works display, pop-up farmers’ market, a classic car display, a children’s football tournament, Combat Lab demonstrations and so much more.

This event is not to be missed if you are in the area.

Sherbourne Castle Country Fair

A firm favourite with the locals, the Sherborne Country Fair is returning to the castle on the 29th of May-something to do with your bank holiday! The event is accessible to everyone with free parking and is dog friendly.

The lakeside location gives a stunning backdrop to the variety of activities that happen across the day, from the dragon boat racing to music and dance performances.

Kingston Lacy

In the heart of rural Wimborne, is a large National Trust estate that provides endless fun for a day out. 

The car park has specific parking for motorhomes, so it is easily accessible for those who are traveling in their home. 

The National Trust hold a range of events and activities throughout the summer, such as their Guided Garden Walk, Marvellous Minibeasts trails, and Yoga Under the Trees. Or if you are looking for something with a little less structure, then roam the gardens and house at your leisure, and make the most of the weather (hopefully) by enjoying a picnic on the greens.

Wimborne Folk Festival

Join Dorset’s largest folk festival in the quaint town of Wimborne. Between the 9th to the 11th of June, the town will be filled with live music, dancing, market stalls, and art exhibitions. Take part in the dance and music workshops, or soak up the atmosphere at the microbrewery, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

Don’t miss a minute of the action and stay at the Folk Festival Campsite, just a 10-minute walk from the town centre and hub of the action.

Dorset VolksFest

VW Fest is back this year over at the showground in Wareham. The festival offers a relaxing weekend to enjoy live music, a DJ/dance marquee, plenty of activities for children, stunt shows, a Show & Shine competition, a trade village, a beer, cider & wine tent, and a great choice of street food and, of course, a wide variety of VWs.

Hoping to make the most of the summer sun? The festival is heading to Dorset from the 7th to the 9th of July, so head over if you are around that weekend.

Sherborne Car show

If you are interested in classic and super cars, then this is an event not to be missed.

Taking place at Sherborne Castle on Sunday 16th July, the event will include over 1,500 private classic and supercars on display, motor club and trade stands, an autojumble, a craft fair, and a catering village.

Parking is free, and the event raises money for a number of charities each year.

South West Motorhome Show

While this event isn’t in Dorset, it would be remiss of us to miss it out of our “What’s on in Dorset (Motorhome Edition)”.

The South West Motorhome Show takes place in the idyllic Somerset, Dorset neighbouring county, from the 8th to the 10th of September.

Spend your day exploring local and national dealers, who will be displaying a diverse range of new & used motorhomes and campervans for sale, or participate in the free motorhome manoeuvring courses that are put on by The Caravan and Motorhome Club. In the evenings, enjoy the live entertainment that is put on.

Where can you keep your caravan between adventures?

Need of somewhere to park your caravan or motorhome while you are out exploring our local area? We would recommend using sites such as Campercontact.com; these can be extremely helpful as they can show you a map of locations where you can park for the duration of your stay.

Use the caravan or motorhome storage at Hogleaze Storage

If you are looking for somewhere to keep your motorhome or caravan after your adventures, then we have a number of secure caravan and motorhome storage plots at our Dorchester facility.

Don’t just listen to us about our caravan and motorhome storage facility, hear what others have to say.

“It was lovely to meet you last Friday and finally get the caravan into secure storage. I really like the facility and I am impressed with the setup you have.”

If you would like to learn more about our storage facility, then give our Dorchester office a call on 01305 889777, or complete the form on our contact us page and we will get back to you.

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Indoor Storage Vs Outdoor Storage: Which should you use?

There are many reasons why you might be considering using self storage in Dorset. Whether you are moving house or offices, are having a de-clutter, or are looking for somewhere to store your caravan, motorhome, or classic car. But what kind of storage unit should you use, indoor or outdoor?

In this article, we will share some of the differences between each so that you can make an informed decision and get on with the real task at hand…sorting your belongings out.

Outdoor Storage Units

Outdoor storage units are exactly what they say, storage units that are outside. There are two types of outdoor storage; one is usually a shipping container and the other is an outdoor plot like a parking space that is used for motorhome, caravan or classic car storage.

These containers usually have drive-up or walk-up access, meaning that you can drive your car right up to the door of the unit and unload it directly into the storage space. It makes packing (or unpacking) your storage unit quick and easy as it is just a few steps to the next load each time.

This is especially helpful if you are planning to store heavy furniture and items as you won’t have to worry about navigating your way through corridors and hallways with your belongings on a trolley.

Items that can be stored in an outdoor storage unit include

  • Lawnmower and gardening equipment,
  • Bicycles,
  • Canoes or kayaks,
  • Camping gear,
  • Christmas decorations,
  • Garden Furniture,
  • And more.

At Hogleaze Storage, we currently only offer outdoor motorhome and caravan plots our self storage facility in Dorchester. However, as we expand our facility, container storage might be available in the future, keep an eye out on our Facebook page for further updates.

Things to Consider When Using Outdoor Storage

Outdoor storage units have a few points that should be considered before hiring one.

The container, motorhome, or caravan, is exposed to the weather and elements. If storing a motorhome or caravan in an outdoor unit you may want to consider using a cover to protect it from UV rays, or wet weather.

Most outdoor storage units aren’t temperature-controlled, so if you have items that are susceptible to extreme weather, such as extreme heat, bitter cold, or excessive humidity, this might not be the best option for you.

If you are looking to store something more valuable or sensitive, you might want to consider indoor storage at our Dorchester or Weymouth storage facilities.

Inside Storage Units

Again, an inside storage unit is exactly what it says, a storage unit that is inside a building.

With one of these, you will enter a building to access your belongings, meaning that if you pack your storage unit on a rainy day you will stay dry (mostly… no matter how close you get your car to the entrance, we can’t guarantee you won’t get wet). It also makes it easier when rummaging for that one item that you desperately need in the coming days, as you won’t have to worry about letting rain into your self-storage unit.

Indoor storage units in Dorset are often temperature controlled, making them a suitable place to store items that may be sensitive to the weather and other important belongings.

These storage units can sometimes feel a little more secure than outdoor storage, as the units are in an enclosed building, providing an extra level of protection. At Hogleaze Storage, our buildings are locked, and you will receive your own fob to gain entrance to them. Plus we have CCTV cameras around our Dorchester and Weymouth storage facilities, and our staff do regular inspections of the site to ensure your belongings are being stored safely.

Indoor storage units are suitable for the following items:

  • Collectibles,
  • Artwork,
  • Wine and spirits,
  • Household appliances,
  • Family heirlooms,
  • Photos and photo albums,
  • Plastic items such as toys,
  • Electronics,
  • Clothing,
  • Upholstered furniture,
  • Wooden furniture,
  • Mattresses.

As well as our indoor self storage units in Dorset, Hogleaze Storage also provides undercover caravan, motorhome and classic car storage plots, so you can benefit from the advantages of indoor units while storing your motorhome, caravan, or classic car. These plots are like indoor car parks, where you are allocated a space for your vehicle.

Things to Consider When Using Indoor Storage

Just like outdoor storage units, there are a few things that you should consider before hiring an indoor storage unit.

If you are looking for somewhere with easy access, you might not find this with indoor self storage. Depending on availability, you might end up with a storage unit upstairs, so you will have to wheel or carry belongings to a lift, and no matter where your storage unit is, you won’t be able to drive your car up to the entrance of the unit.

We have trolleys at both our Dorchester and Weymouth storage facilities, to make moving items to and from your car as easy as possible.

Made A Decision?

If you have decided that an indoor storage unit is what you might need to hold your items, we are here to help.

We are members of the Self Storage Association, meaning that we adhere to strict rules and regulations that guide self storage conditions so you can rest assured your belongings are in a safe and secure location.

To learn more about our Weymouth storage facility, give us a call on 01305 830000, or if you are looking for self storage in Dorchester, call us on 01305 889777.

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How to organise your motorhome storage space

Wondering how to keep your motorhome organised? Decluttering your motorhome can be key to creating that little bit of extra room for you and your family. So whether you are going on a road trip or just wish for a change in scenery, these quick storage tips are guaranteed to improve your motorhome experience and keep your precious motor tidy throughout the winter season.

Space-saving motorhome storage ideas for the kitchens are

Let’s start with kitchens, the kitchen provides a multitude of opportunities to save space. There are many amazing storage products specially designed for motorhomes to maximise room.

  • Use drawer separators, they’ll be a massive help in avoiding mixing up all your cutlery. As a plus, nesting bowls can fit double, if not more, the amount of the bowls in the space you would only be able to fit a few. Along with this, foldable, rollable or collapsible kitchenware can be a space saving alternative, providing you with that little bit of extra storage space. Collapsible kettles, pots, pans and foldable drying racks are also available and a great way to have everything you need in the kitchen yet save space. Whilst non-slip matting can be essential in keeping your items in place and will prevent rattling whilst you’re driving.
  • If you want to take complete advantage of your cupboard space, consider installing under-cupboard shelves. They are usually made of plastic and you can add them under a cupboard, sink, or fridge or any other spots where you can find unused space. Don’t forget about the undersides of your hanging cupboards too! With plastic hooks, even this space can be taken advantage of to hang your kitchen utensils (mugs or pans).

When it comes to organising your motorhome kitchen space, you should only really take the items you know you’ll need. There’s little point in bringing something just for it to take up space! There’s no shame in being prepared, but being overly prepared certainly won’t help you or your motorhome in the long run. Plus, having these space saving items could mean that when your motorhome is in a motorhome storage facility in Dorset, everything is kept neat and tidy, ready for you to go out on another adventure when you are ready.

On the other hand, it’s equally important to also be careful with organiser products and storage containers. Many people can get carried away with their newfound ability to store all sorts of things in their motorhome, under the illusion of an organised space. If you throw everything in a drawer without separating or categorising it, you won’t even know where to look for it!

Space-saving motorhome storage ideas for wardrobes

Finding space for clothes in a cramped wardrobe can be an overwhelming task, but that’s what we are here for. Here’s how to get the most out of your motorhome wardrobe this winter.

  • Install storage units on the backs of any doors, they’ll come in handy, especially if you lack the space for a shelf. And if you do have room for shelves, perhaps consider hanging organisers with built-in drawers; a great alternative to shelves. Additionally, space saving hangers can be an affordable lifesaver in maximising storage space, serving to fit more clothes inside a wardrobe without creasing and rolling them all up.
  • Keeping your shoes in one place will also help you save space; a plastic container under your bed or your seating area should suffice, unless you have a shoe organiser inside your wardrobe or cupboard door. This storage space isn’t just great for shoes, as you don’t have to put shoes in it, it also works as a great storage space for gloves, hats, socks, underwear, scarves and any other foldable clothes. Plastic shoe boxes and containers are easy to clean, keeping that pesky mud at bay, whilst fitting almost anywhere.

These are just some of the ideas that you can use to take full advantage of your wardrobe space and organise all your clothes. As with our tips on the kitchen, it is crucially important to only take the clothes you’re certain you’ll wear to ensure you won’t dump your storage and floor space full with unnecessary items. Keeping your motorhome neat and organised when in motorhome storage in Dorset means that it is always ready for your next adventure.

Space saving motorhome storage ideas for bathrooms

Whether you are in a campervan or coach-built motorhome, chances are your bathroom is quite compact, so it’s extra important to use all the space you can in such an enclosed space. From the back of the door to the shower space itself, here are some ingenious solutions for your motorhome storage space dilemma.

  • Self-adhesive hooks and folders are simple to install and help in fully utilising your wall space, you don’t really even need tools or expert handyman skills to attach them to the wall! Choosing ‘damage free’ types can prevent damage to the plastic coated boards used in motorhomes.
  • Wall-mounted holders and baskets are a great form of space saving, making the most of your otherwise unused motorhome wall space. Whilst drawer separators help keep your items apart, even if you decide to store a plethora of different accessories in your drawers, you’ll still be able to easily locate them.

However, you might find that self-adhesive hooks and folders may not be durable enough. Sometimes, low-quality adhesive tape or glue loses its properties due to temperature and humidity, so it may be better to spend more in the short run to spend less in the long run.

Furthermore, putting more on the walls of your motorhome bathroom may risk limiting your mobility. Your already cramped and small bathroom space can get too cluttered so using it may be understandably very uncomfortable, so consider how much space you are saving versus how much space you are losing. It’s important to be conscious of how much weight you are putting on the walls too, heavier items can potentially cause damage to walls and fixtures. When putting your motorhome in storage in Dorset, it can be a lot of work to tidy and empty your bathroom. So save time and invest in these space saving products.

Where to store your motorhome and belongings

At Hogleaze Storage, we make caravan and motorhome storage affordable and simple. Whilst you’re not using your motorhome this winter, why not put it in our Dorset motorhome storage facility? If you are interested, give us a call at 01305 889777 or complete this form on our contact us page.

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Find Us

Dorchester

Hogleaze Storage
Town Hill Farm
Town Hill
Winterbourne Abbas
Dorchester
Dorset
DT2 9ET

phone 01305 889777

Weymouth

Hogleaze Self Storage
12 Cambridge Road
Granby Industrial Estate
Weymouth
Dorset
DT4 9TJ

phone 01305 830000

Areas we cover

  • Dorchester
  • Bridport
  • Weymouth
  • Bridport