Even when your caravan is tucked away in storage, it’s still exposed to a whole host of risks that could potentially cause you problems when it’s time to start enjoying the next caravanning season.
Whether you chose to store the caravan at home or at a storage site, there are plenty of things you can do to protect your caravan whilst it’s layed up.
Our 10 top tips to protect your caravan when in storage
- Secure storage: Make sure your storage site is fully secured and meets the security requirements of your insurance provider. Look for controlled and permanently locked access gates, perimeter fencing and CCTV monitoring.
If storing your caravan at home, you might want to add extra security, such as a drivepost, locked gates, security lighting and CCTV. Finally store your caravan in a sheltered area, checking for overhanging branches, aerials etc – things that could potentially blow into the caravan in strong winds. Check our guide for protecting your caravan in high winds.
2. Fit essential security devices. As well as a hitchlock and wheel clamp or axle wheel lock you could also invest in extra security such as an alarm, approved tracking device, door and window locks, corner steady locks and winter wheels.
Some of these devices will help to reduce your caravan insurance premium, as well as to protect your caravan from theft.
3. Keep charged! Make sure the battery on any alarm or tracking device you have fitted to your tourer remains charged. Some tracking devices will alert you if a power failure has occurred but by then it could be too late!
4. Cover it up! Investing in a cover for your caravan is one of the easiest ways to keep it in tip top condition when in storage.
They can help to shield caravans from the effects of strong winds, heavy rain and light hail as well as protecting your pride and joy from debris, tree sap and bird lime and potentially avoiding a claim for damage. A caravan cover will also hide the make and model of your caravan from potential thieves.
5. Caravan housekeeping: Protect your caravan by keeping it well maintained. Clean your caravan thoroughly before putting it into storage.
Leave the fridge door slightly ajar and give the hob, oven and grill a final clean and vacuum the upholstery and curtains if you can.
6. Drain down: All water systems, including the toilet, must be drained down from November 1st to March 15th for Caravan Guard policyholders to prevent frost damage to your pipework. You could use also use a device such as Floe, with an air compressor to blow out every last drop of water.
7. Keep vermin away! It’s certainly worth removing any foodstuffs and cleaning up any crumbs to avoid attracting vermin into your caravan. Also, consider removing bedding too as mice and rats will look for somewhere to keep warm in the colder months.
8. Avoiding damp: Pile cushions high in the centre of the room to avoid them being damaged by moisture from condensation on the windows and use moisture-absorbing crystals to reduce the risk of condensation building up and leading to damp.
9. Remove stuff: Gas cylinders are best removed and stored in a ventilated and cool place. Also, remove any valuable items and personal documents such as your insurance documents and handbooks. Leaving blinds, curtains and cupboard doors open will show a potential intruder there’s nothing inside worth stealing.
10. Lock up and plan: Finally, lock up your caravan, check when your caravan insurance and caravan service are due and then you can start to plan your touring adventures for the year ahead!
Over to you
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