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It’s almost Easter, which means a four day long weekend and an excuse to grab your caravan and head out camping. However, you may not have had enough time to look for the best campsites to stay at. Additionally, camping can be a fun activity for the whole family to get away and spend some quality time together. But what makes a camping trip even more fun?
Purchasing a caravan is a great investment and fun for the whole family to jump in for a little getaway. However, failing to prepare for caravan storage during the off season can lead to costly damage. We have previously looked at vehicle and caravan storage options while it is not in use. Now lets look at how to prepare your caravan for storage and the steps you should take to protect it.
Clean Inside the Caravan
Empty the contents for caravan storage
Empty all personal and food items from the caravan. Closely check all of the cupboards, drawers, under furniture and beds to ensure you have completely emptied the caravan. Remove used tea towels, bed sheets and towels to wash so they are clean and fresh for next time. Store expensive items like a TV, laptop or other appliances in a locked cupboard, or alternatively take them out. This will prevent your caravan from being a target for break ins whilst in self storage. Remove any food items in the cupboards that may leave mouldy smells or attract unwanted pests. Make a list of everything you have removed or need to replace to ensure you don’t forget anything on your next trip.
Scrub and vacuum interior for caravan storage
Thoroughly clean inside your caravan from top to bottom prior to putting it in self storage. Scrub and wipe down any surfaces and empty cupboards. Vacuum the carpets, couches and any corners to eliminate dust build up and traces of food. Food will attract rodents and pests which can cause damage to your caravan. Cleaning the interior of your caravan will ensure that it stays in great condition whilst in caravan storage and is always ready to go for the next trip.
Clean the fridge and freezer
Defrost the fridge and freezer and empty the contents from both. Give them a good clean to ensure they don’t smell of last nights dinner. Ensure the interior is dry after cleaning and leave both the fridge and the freezer doors ajar to avoid any mould build up. Additionally, place a box of baking soda or dry sac in the fridge to draw out excess moisture.
Close windows, vents and blinds
Protect your caravan from letting any unwanted weather in. Just like water damage, direct sunlight can damage the interior of your caravan during storage. So it’s just as important to close blinds as it is to make sure all windows are closed and locked. To prevent mould forming from excess moisture make sure all caravan awnings are dry and rolled up tightly. This is also a great opportunity to check your caravans seals to ensure that they are 100% weather proof, especially when it comes to washing the outside of your caravan.
Clean the Outside of your Caravan
Clean and dry exterior
Time to give the outside some TCL. Invest in a soft-bristle brush attached to a long broom handle so it is easy to reach the high and awkward spots. Clean the outside of the caravan with your preferred washing solution. Retreat Caravans say that using dish soap can strip the paint of wax and protective coatings, leaving it vulnerable to scratching and sun damage. For best results wash your caravan with a car washing detergent. Use a small step ladder to get access to the roof of your caravan to get any tough spots like dried bird droppings. Simply rinse off with a hose or bucket. High pressure cleaners may cause damage to the paint work.
Cover your caravan
The minimum step you should take to protect your caravan whilst in outdoor storage is to invest in a caravan cover. This will not only make sure the exterior is protected from the weather but it will also keep your caravan looking good for longer. Again, make sure your caravan is completely dry before covering to prevent moisture build up. Also, ensure the cover is breathable, this too helps prevent condensation.
Keep air circulating
Leave air vents in your caravan uncovered so air can circulate inside the caravan. This will ensure your caravan is not stuffy and stale when you take it out again. Circulation of air will filter your air or clean the air. It will also help diffuse or spread any pollutants added to the air, like any food smells.
Mechanical Checks Before Storing your Caravan
Disconnect the battery
Caravans have batteries to power the appliances when your caravan is not plugged into an electrical source. Having your battery disconnected whilst in storage will save your electrical items from draining the battery whilst it is not being used. The last thing you need is to get to your destination and find out the fridge or lights are not working because the battery has been drained.
Only disconnect the battery once it has been fully charged. Never leave it fully drained. It is also important that your check the battery every couple of months whilst it is in storage. This will ensure the battery does not drain. A fully charged battery can prevent deterioration and will ensure your house on wheels is ready when you are.
Check the tyres before and after caravan storage
A quick trip to the service station to check your tyre pressure before storing. This will save you time in the long run. Depending on how long your caravan will be sitting in storage, it is a good idea to pump the tyres to the optimum pressure. Your tyres will naturally lose pressure while it’s in caravan storage. Alternatively, if you know your caravan will be in storage for an extended period of time, jack it up to take the pressure off the tyres. Cover the tyres to protect them from the elements and to avoid deterioration.
Grease trailer hitches
Trailer hitches will need to be lubricated before storage and again when you pick it up after being in caravan storage. Apart from the general wear and tear this will prevent, it will also eliminate the awful sound of metal scrapping on metal when you turn a corner and any friction this can cause. Once you have lubricated the hitch ball cover it. Now that your caravan is ready to be rested and stored after it’s big trip don’t forget to check on it every now and again. This will assist in picking up any issues well before your next caravan getaway.
New Secure Vehicle Storage Area… NOW OPEN!
Store UR Stuff has extended! We are excited to announce the development of our new vehicle storage area is now open. With 24 hour security monitoring and recorded surveillance. As well as security fencing, PIN coded access and security lighting, you can rest assured your caravan will be safe and secure. To find out how to protect your caravan from theft and break ins contact Store UR Stuff and reserve your spot today.
When the season is right, what better excuse to head down and pick up your caravan from storage, gather the family and hit the road. Are you thinking about your next location for a caravan getaway? We have looked at vehicle storage options and how to prepare your caravan for storage. Now, let’s look at some top locations in South Australia for your next caravan holiday!
Family friendly caravan getaway to Renmark
Only 254km from Adelaide. This small town in South Australia’s riverland area is the ultimate location for your next caravan getaway. Stay at the BIG4 Holiday Park, Renmark and enjoy activities suitable for you and the family. This Big 4 caravan park features a waterpark, multiple playgrounds, games room, and powered waterfront sites for your caravan. Additionally, while you’re there visit Australia’s largest rose garden, Renmark Club and canoe the riverland. Further to this Renmark is home to Wilkadene Brewery, Twenty Third Street Distillery and many surrounding wineries.
Camp beachfront in Port Elliot
Located only 84km from Adelaide. Port Elliot sits on the scenic Horseshoe Bay located on the South Coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula. Famous for it’s coastal beaches and walking trails, as well as the Cockle train and Pt Elliot Bakery. In addition, it’s only a short 15 minute drive to Victor Harbor featuring the Granite Island recreation park and the Bluff viewpoint. BIG4 Holiday Park wins again, but this time in Port Elliot of course. This is the best holiday park to stay with your caravan and can be a cheap holiday option if you’re from Adelaide. Furthermore, stay in a beachfront powered site where you are within walking distance to Horseshoe Bay!
Jump on the ferry and head to Kangaroo Island
Feel like venturing just a bit further on your next caravan holiday? Jump on the SeaLink Ferry to South Australia’s iconic Kangaroo Island. SeaLink Ferry accept online bookings of caravans with a maximum length of 4m and 2.3m high. But if your caravan is longer and higher than that you can make a reservation by calling directly. Depending on what area of KI appeals to you, there are quite a few caravan parks to choose from. Kangaroo Island Shores – Caravan Park & Camping is located close to the SeaLink ferry terminal at Penneshaw, overlooking Hog Bay beach. Kingscote Tourist Park and Family units is located 3km from the largest town on Kangaroo Island. In addition to this, Parndana Hotel Caravan Park & Cabins is located in central Kangaroo Island. This location gives you easy access to some of the main attractions such as; Seal Bay and Flinders Chase National Park. Furthermore, all of these holiday parks provide powered camping sites for your caravan getaway.
Storage for your caravan
Once you return from your perfect caravan getaway, you don’t want to take up your driveway with your caravan. Ever considered self storage? Store Ur Stuff is extending it’s parking bays for vehicle storage. These bays are ideal for caravans, trucks, cars, boats and trailer storage. Featuring competitive pricing and secured PIN coded gates. As well as a one way drive and park system and 24/7 recorded CCTV. Ultimately providing safe and secure self storage options. Want to secure a spot or want to know more? Give the team a call on 08 8371 0000.
Lastly, do you have a favourite caravan getaway location in South Australia? Leave a reply below to let us know what it is.
Photo credit: Port Elliot Holiday Park
There are many different options available when looking for vehicle storage. Choosing the best vehicle storage option depends on budget, the length of time the vehicle will be in storage and the value of the vehicle to mention a few. Below is a description of options available to help you make the right decision.
Outdoor Vehicle Storage
Outdoor Vehicle Storage is the cheapest storage option. This is typically a secure car park area containing designated parking bays.
Security features vary from facility to facility, PIN coded gates and security cameras will offer the best protection for your vehicle. PIN coded gates leave a record of who is in the facility; particularly important in shared areas. In addition, some facilities have removable or fold down bollards that are locked for added protection.
Another important aspect of outdoor vehicle storage is the area. Ensure there are no hazards that may cause damage to the vehicle, including falling debris from large trees, poor lighting, adequate drainage and damaged surfaces. Bitchumised areas are better. This prevents the possibility of being bogged or flooded in. The area will need to be large enough for large vehicles to get in and out of easily, with multiple entry and exit points a bonus.
If storing your vehicle outdoors, cover your vehicle to prevent rust and corrosion and to protect it from the elements. Consequently your vehicle will keep clean as well as protected. Ensure that windows, doors and sunroofs close and seals intact.
Undercover Vehicle Storage
Undercover vehicle storage comes in many different forms. The type of undercover vehicle storage will determine the price. These include carports or lean-to’s, warehouses, garages and shipping containers. All of these options offer protection against the elements in varying degrees.
Carports or lean-to’s offer a roof over your vehicle. Large warehouses offer a fully enclosed area. These options are secure and in a shared area. The same considerations need to be taken into account as the outdoor vehicle storage as mentioned above.
Fully enclosed garages offer maximum protection. These can be in the form of a shipping container or a specifically designed garage. These are individual and allow you to put your own lock on the door, with vehicles protected against the elements and other vehicles. The added benefit with this option is the there is usually room to store other small belongings around the vehicle.
It is important to make some general checks before storing. Lock all doors and do not leave any valuables in the vehicle. For long term vehicle storage consider disconnecting the battery. If storing a caravan, ensure you have secured it properly to prevent it from theft. Wheel clamps and coupling locks are great deterrents.
Also, talk to the staff at the facility. There may be some additional services available to help. Some storage facilities provide a motorised jockey wheel mover to make parking caravans easier. If storing the vehicle long term they may offer a car washing service. Ask if there are jumper leads available or a battery charger just in case it needs a little help starting when you pick your vehicle up.
Store UR Stuff
353 Cross Road
Clarence Gardens SA 5039
Ph: 08 8371 0000
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