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So, you’ve invested in a nice and shiny new caravan, or maybe you’re still in the process of choosing a model. You have plans for where you are going to travel to and are already sourcing the various accessories and furnishings you will need and want. However, have you thought about where you’re going to keep your caravan on the months that you won’t be on the road?
For most new caravan owners, the answer is definitely no. They’ve gotten way too excited at the prospect of acquiring a new caravan that they tend to forget that they need quite a huge space for it.
If you have a large drive or live in a relatively quiet neighbourhood, you may be thinking of using the space to the front or side of your home to keep it secure. After all, surely no one is going to steal your caravan from right under your nose, right?
Well… sadly, according to statistics, parking your vehicle right outside your home makes it easier to steal. Will you really be able to sleep knowing that your brand-new pride and joy is out in the open, available to be stolen by thieves during the dark of the night?
This thought is exactly the reason why many caravan owners tend to rent out a caravan storage facility instead. You may think that this is just an unnecessary expenditure but here we have listed the main benefits of having caravan storage.
All vehicle owners know that parking is tough, most especially with Although it is easy enough to park up at your home if you have a full-size driveway, it is harder if there is limited space for on-road parking.
Your neighbours will definitely hate you for blocking a significant amount of driveway just for your caravan. At a caravan storage site, however, you have dedicated pitches, often hardstanding with access to electric and water hook-up. This completely eliminates the stress and frustration of trying to find a space big enough for your tourer. You just drive there, find your spot and park up.
Not only do you have the benefit of a designated pitch for your tourer, but you often can choose from a variety of different pitch types. If you’re going to get a caravan storage facility, you might as well choose the best fit for your vehicle.
Whether you prefer tarmac, gravel or even grass, many facilities can accommodate your preferences. You also have the choice of whether your tourer will be stored indoors or outdoors. Sometimes this will all be down to availability, but if you choose the right facility and book with enough time in advance, you should be free to choose the best pitch possible.
Probably the biggest benefit of choosing to use a caravan storage facility over your driveway or the front of your home is that most sites are protected by various security features. Although this can vary from site to site, standards include perimeter fencing, locked gates and most have some kind of CCTV system in place. Some sites also benefit from owners living on the site, as many caravan storage sites are family owned and run business.
Following nicely from the above, another aspect that makes caravan storage a worthwhile option is the fact that sites often offer various services on site. This gives you the chance to not only keep your caravan somewhere safe but have routine maintenance or those necessary repairs sorted while it’s in storage, so it’s as good as new for when you next need to use it. As well as giving you access to great rates from trusted and reputable mechanics, it also saves you a lot of time and effort.
What about the caravan storage price? Well, the good news is that you normally don’t need to lock yourself into a long-lasting financial contract. Most caravan storage sites offer their pitches and spaces on a flexible basis. This means you only need to select the plan that works best for you, whether it’s for just 3 months, 6 months or even 12 months. If you find that the facility is not the right fit for you, you can sign up for a short-term lease until you find one that is perfect. Although you will usually make bigger savings if you pay for one of the longer, you only need to pay for what you need.
Insurance for your touring vehicle is another huge expense you need to pay. One good thing that’s not been covered yet about caravan storage sites is by the very fact you are keeping your caravan in storage, especially if it has an industry-recognised classification or certification like the Bronze, Silver or Gold Award from CaSSOA, the Caravan Storage Site Owners’ Association.
Despite what it may seem like, caravan storage facilities are very easy sites to gain access to, if you have the correct credentials. This means you will be able to pop in and make sure all is well with your home away from home. The time and frequency of this will be different from one site to the next. However, you can usually expect that the opening/visiting times for the vast majority will be during business hours and on the rare occasion that the site is open 24/7.
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