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Caravan & Motorhome Storage: How, Where & Why!

As the season comes to the close, you may be thinking how best to store your caravan or motorhome over winter. 
It’s important to ensure that your vehicle is prepared for winter and stored in a location that is suitable and secure. These are things you may have not had to think about before if this is your first caravan or motorhome so we want to help you through the process.
With many first timers joining the community this summer, we thought we’d put together a comprehensive guide to help you store your vehicle safely and securely.

Step 1: Preparing your vehicle for storage

When storing your caravan, you want to leave it in the best condition possible so it stays at its peak throughout storage and you have less work to do on it when you take it out next year!
Ensuring that your vehicle is prepared will prevent degradation, damage and hazards throughout the winter months. This will save you money and time when it comes to getting her out on the road again.
Here’s what you should do:
  1. Disconnect all gas cylinders and store them separately from the vehicle. This will lessen the risk of fire, a problem that could render your vehicle useless. 
  2. Drain water from all drinking, waste and heating systems to protect damage from freezing temperatures. Ensure that you dry out all fittings, valves and taps. This can be down by blowing hot air from a vacuum cleaner down the pipes. 
  3. Clean the cassette toilet and lubricate the shutter and gasket. 
  4. Mould and damp is the number one enemy of your caravan or motorhome. Allow the interior to breathe by opening air vents and remove any upholstery/soft furnishings which may be vulnerable to getting damp. Open all storage locker doors and cupboards to aid ventilation and make sure your fridge is empty. You can also place saucers of bicarbonate of soda around the space to damp air. 
  5. Give it a spring clean - by making sure it’s clean and tidy now, you can ensure that you’re ready to go as soon as the season begins. You can read our cleaning guide here.
  6. Close the curtains to stop any sun fading the upholstery. 
  7. Make sure that the vehicle is not overloaded and any weight onboard is even distributed. 
  8. Disconnect your leisure battery and store it in a dry, mild place that will not encounter frost. You should charge it periodically to ensure it stays in good health. 
  9. Lubricate any components that could lock or seize such as hitch locks and wheel clamps.
  10. Spray towing electrics plugs with WD40 to protect them from dirt and corrosion.
  11. You can also test any functionality such as brakes, lights and engine gear. This will put anything that needs to be fixed on your radar, giving you months to get them repaired if needed before the season begins. This saves you from any delays when getting back on the road!
  12. Make sure that all windows, doors and roof lights are fastened. To protect the window seals, smear silicon grease on the window rubbers to prevent them sticking.
  13. Try to store your van with chocks behind the wheels, the stabilisers down and the hand brake off to limit wear and tear on the braking system and reduce the drums from sticking.
  14. If you’re storing your vehicle somewhere indoors, don’t use a cover as this can cause condensation and mould to form.


Read a full winter preparation guide here.

Learn more about your security options here.

When you take your caravan or motorhome out of storage, follow our summer season preparation guide.


Step 2: Choosing a storage location

The next thing to do is to choose where you’re going to store your caravan or motorhome. There are a few options here, including storing at home, using a secure storage site and utilising camping/caravan sites.
Here’s what you need to know about each:

Storing your caravan or motorhome at home

If you have ample space on your drive or in your garage, you may choose to keep your vehicle at home. 
A garage is an ideal solution as it’s more secure and sheltered, meaning your vehicle is better protected from theft and bad weather. It’s a cheap option too! However, make sure you check your measurements before you attempt to move it in - no one needs to damage their caravan before you’ve even left your property.
If the garage is not an option, you may be able to store your touring vehicle on your drive. However there are a few things to consider. Check local bylaws for restrictions as some areas may have rules about what can or cannot be stored on your land. 
Storing it on your drive may mean you can’t secure it as effectively so bear this in mind. It can leave your vehicle vulnerable to vandalism and theft. It’s also important to note that if people are regularly used to seeing your caravan or motorhome on your drive, when it’s not there it can be a clear indication that you’re away on holiday, leaving your house vulnerable.
Here are things to think about when considering the security of your caravan or motorhome when stored at home:
  • Is it too easy and convenient to access? Therefore, could a thief easily remove it?
  • Don’t rely on Neighbourhood Watch as a theft deterrent as during the day residential areas can be sparsely populated so there may be no one to look out for it.
  • Look into purchasing a security post to block any access routes to the vehicle.
  • Research alarm systems such as immobilisation circuits, ultrasonic sensors, self powered sensors and perimeter protection. These will help to protect your vehicle even when you’re not at home and many can aid tracking in the event that it is stolen.

Keeping your caravan or motorhome on a caravan site or secure storage site

Many caravan and campsites offer secure storage during the winter months, which can prove really helpful if you decide against storing at home. Perhaps you have a favourite site that you visit regularly that you can leave it at throughout the winter, before starting your season there next spring. Or maybe, you’d rather have your caravan or motorhome close to home. Either way, it’s worth thinking about where will be the most convenient for you.
Some sites will offer storage all year round or you can book a pitch for a specified period, leaving you free to tour for the rest of the year. Many of these pitches are on grass and offer electric hook ups.
These storage options can provide security and convenience at a reasonable cost, leaving your caravan or motorhome under the watch of the site staff. Bear in mind however that many of these sites are uncovered, meaning they may not offer the optimal amount of protection you’d like for your vehicle.
To store your caravan or motorhome on a Caravan Club Site, is currently priced at:
All year storage: £365 per year
Seasonal storage: £225 per season
Temporary storage: £40 per week
(Prices accurate in October 2020)
Alternatively, there are dedicated storage facilities across the UK. We’d recommend that you choose one that is registered to the Caravan Storage Site Owners’ Association (CaSSOA) as they are the recognised body in the industry who offer accredited storage facilities.
These sites, while more expensive than the previous options, offer heavy safety and security features. They are also recognised by insurance providers as the safest place to store your caravan or motorhome - with some insurers even offering discounts if you store your vehicle somewhere CaSSOA approved.
Storing your caravan or motorhome at a secure storage facility will usually incur a higher cost depending on the standard of site you choose. Fees will be influenced by site quality, location and the area’s economics. On average, storage on a CaSSOA approved site will cost around £350 per year for a single axle caravan, however this figure will increase if you opt for undercover storage or have a larger vehicle.

Continental Leisure Vehicles offer secure storage in their newly built compound that provides purpose built caravan, campervan and motorhome storage. They also have pitches for larger vehicles so you don't have to worry about space! Learn more about their storage sites here.

When choosing a site, bear in mind the following things:

  • How long do you need storage for? Monthly, seasonally or annually?
  • Do you need extra services such as servicing or valeting?
  • What security does the site have to offer?
  • Is the site CaSSOA approved?
  • Is the site under cover or in open air?
  • Is it located in a rural or urban location?
  • How much does it cost to store there?
Storage sites will offer a number of security features to ensure that your caravan or motorhome is safe. The can include:
  • Perimeter protection: The sites will be protected by fencing, alarm systems, electronic beams and ditches.
  • Limited access: Access points will be secure using entry methods such as card control, multiple locks and code key pads. The less access points, the more secure the site will be.
  • CCTV: Not only are CCTV cameras a good theft deterrent, if they’re being closely monitored they can mean that a theft can be stopped immediately and if worst comes to worst, the thieves can at least be identified.
  • Security lighting: This is another deterrent that will make sure that thieves know that they are being watched.
  • Legal obligations: Make sure your pitch is covered for public liability and occupiers liability, and ensure that your caravan/motorhome insurance covers the vehicle while it’s in storage.
As you can see, there are plenty of options for you to choose when deciding where to store your leisure vehicle. 
The most important things to bear in mind are keeping your caravan secure and in good condition, as you don’t want to return to a damp or damaged vehicle next season, or worse, not return to one at all! Better to spend more on storage now, than have to pay for repairs or deal with a stolen caravan.
Abbie Rogers
Marketing Executive
Published on 2020-10-13