A caravan can be a wonderful way to go camping or to travel around the country while on vacation, but they can be difficult to store. If you live in an apartment or if your homeowner’s association doesn’t allow vehicles to sit in the drive overnight, you may not have a place to put your caravan when you’re not using it. One of the best options to park your caravan may be to rent space at a storage facility.
Indoor Secured Storage
Depending on the size of your caravan, you may be able to find an storage unit big enough to keep it indoors out of the elements. While that is the best way to store it, it is also the most expensive option. Your caravan will not only be protected from changes in the weather, but most storage facilities are gated and many of them have 24 hour monitoring or they may have security patrols as well. Your caravan will be safe from vandalism and theft while in storage.
Outdoor Secured Storage
Finding an outdoor space in a storage facility will be less expensive, but your caravan will be exposed to weather changes. You will want to check on your property from time to time just to make sure your caravan hasn’t been damaged from the weather. However, outdoor storage is a good option for a limited budget. Your caravan is still safe and secure from theft and damage from vandalism.
Preparing Your Caravan for Storage
If your caravan is going to be in storage for a prolonged amount of time, you will want to prepare it for storage. You can use a cover over your caravan to help protect it from the elements if you plan on open air storage, but even if you do cover it, you need to thoroughly clean your caravan before putting it away for the season.
Use cleaners made for the materials on your caravan so you don’t damage the surface. Be careful if you are using a power washer to clean the surface of your caravan as too much water pressure can cause damage to the bodywork, trim and seals. Hand washing may be better or keep the water pressure on a lower setting while spraying it with water. If you spot green or black mold, be sure and clean it off so it won’t have the chance to grow over the winter as it could stain aluminum and plastic surfaces.
Thoroughly clean the inside of your caravan as well, making sure to empty all of the water in the tanks and remove all perishable food items to keep it from spoiling. You don’t want to open your caravan up after being stored for months and smell rotting food. Be sure and drain any water lines as well so they don’t ice up when it turns cold.
Getting your caravan storage ready will ensure that it is in good condition when you are ready to take it out for your next vacation.