Motorhome & Campervan Storage
Although it would be fantastic to be able to be out on the road all the year round, the reality for most of us is that jobs, family and friends, seasonal weather and a whole host of other reasons prevent us from being full-time travellers. Keeping vehicles safe and secure when they’re not on the road is crucial, so here’s a few tips to help your customers store their vehicles safely.
Motorhomes and campervans are built for different levels of comfort and intended use and as such, come in different sizes. Typically, campervans are smaller than motorhomes and can be stored more easily. Also, some campervans are purchased with the intention of being used daily as a family car and long-term storage isn’t an issue. Where a vehicle is stored can affect the ease and frequency of use, it’s rate of deterioration and its risk of suffering loss or damage e.g. theft or storm. As a result, where and how a vehicle is stored can have an influence on the cost and availability of insurance cover.
Driveways and gardens
If your customers have a driveway or large garden, this can be the ideal place to store their vehicle, particularly if the vehicle it is not too large. However, some properties come with restrictive covenants typically contained in the deeds which prevent the storage of motorhomes and caravans. Furthermore, sometimes neighbours can object to certain types of vehicles being stored on your customer’s premise and it becomes necessary to consider off-site storage options. There is a huge benefit in being able to store a vehicle on a driveway or in the garden. This method of storage enables the owner to continually keep an eye on their vehicle to ensure that it is safe and secure. Due to the proximity of the vehicle to its owner, it can be prepared for use quickly and can be cleaned regularly. And a final, very important consideration is that this method of storage is free of charge.
If your customers have a private garage, this can be an ideal solution to parking up their vehicle to secure it all year-round. It is worth bearing in mind that although many campervans will fit into garages, it’s unlikely that a motorhome will. In addition to the benefits of driveway and garden storage, garage storage provides protection from the elements which will help to keep owner’s vehicles in excellent condition. Where your customers own a vintage model or something very valuable, they’ll need to make sure that their garage security is up to spec, and they may want to think about putting multiple locks on their garage door(s). It may even be worth considering extending the house alarm to include the garage premises.
If your customers just don’t have the space at home, a rented garage in the local area is a good solution. It might cost your customers but it’s better than them leaving their pride and joy exposed to the elements and ensures their vehicle is protected from storms and flooding during the winter months Good storage might even save your customers money on their vehicle insurance, if their insurer knows that the vehicle is secure when not in use, they might be inclined to reduce your customer’s premium.
Storage can be costly, so ensure your customers contemplate the right solution for them. Make sure wherever they decide to store their vehicle, it is reasonably weatherproof and protected from the risk of theft. It is also important that your customer’s storage location is close enough for them to be able to keep a check on their vehicle and also close enough for them to be able to access it quickly enough for when they want to use it to go travelling.
An alternative storage option for your customers who don’t have any of the above options is offsite storage. CaSSOA is the trusted standard of motorhome and campervan storage facility that has excellent levels of security including CCTV, fencing and lockable gates. CaSSOA storage sites are accredited in three different categories: Bronze, Silver and Gold depending on the level of security at the site. If your customer is considering keeping their vehicle stored at a CaSSOA site, they will have peace of mind knowing their vehicle is stored on a trusted site containing CCTV, entry/exit system, alarm, access control, perimeter fencing, site security and fire protection. If your customers store their vehicle in a Gold accredited storage site, then they can be assured that their vehicle is stored somewhere with the highest levels of security.
Location of Vehicle Storage
One thing for your customers to be mindful of, is the physical location that their vehicle is stored during the winter months. The UK is experiencing a change in weather patterns. Summers are getting hotter and winters are typically getting wetter. Over the last few years, we have seen extreme storm and flood conditions. Whenever your customers are considering storing their vehicle, it’s worth thinking about how exposed the storage facility is to the elements. Is there any protection from very strong winds which could cause damage to the vehicle from falling trees or branches for example? Or, is the site in close proximity to a river, or situated on low lying ground which is susceptible to flood damage?
Whilst insurance provides financial protection should the worst happen, choosing the right storage solution is important. Your customers need to consider a practical solution that offers vehicle protection and ideally quick and easy access to their vehicle so that they can use it whenever and as often as they want.