Storing your static caravan
Whilst your chosen park site should have secure fencing, good lighting, supervision of the site, CCTV cameras and secure locked gates, you may want to ensure you have a fully functional alarm system. In fact many caravan insurance companies stipulate certain security requirements when storing your caravan. The good news is that many insurance companies offer discounts if you keep your caravan at a safe and secure site such as a CaSSOA site and with extra security measures. To find out more about the security requirements and available discounts for www.insurance4mycaravan.co.uk please see the Static Caravan Insurance page.
Safety checklist whilst using your static caravan
- Store your gas canisters outside - this reduces the risk of fire in the caravan. Turn off gas when you are not there.
- Install / check smoke detector - this could be the difference between life and death. Make sure your smoke alarm is working by checking the batteries on a regular basis .
- Have / check fire extinguisher - make sure that your service the extinguisher every year and easily accessible.
- Close all windows, doors and roof hatches - make sure if possible they are locked.
- Clear any work surfaces - you may want to tidy anything away - this will make the caravan as thief-proof as possible.
- Keep all air vents open and clear - this will make sure that no gas builds up in the static caravan. If you think there is a gas leak then contact the site owners ASAP and open all windows and doors and wait outside the caravan.
- Switch off before bed - before retiring to bed on an evening, ensure you have switched off all gas and electric appliances and nothing is left on standby.
- Smoke responsibly - if you smoke in your holiday home, ensure you have an appropriate ashtray in which to extinguish cigarettes alternatively smoke outside and away from the caravan to minimise the risk of fire.
Checklist for leaving over winter or for a prolonged period of time
You will most likely store your static caravan in a caravan park permanently. However it is not uncommon for sites to have seasonal closures, especially during winter, so you may want to take as many security measures as possible. Of course if you intend to use your static caravan during winter or colder months you will need to maintain your heating. If you are not going to use your static then use the following hints and tips to keep your static safe and sound until Spring:
- Remove soft furnishings and curtains - these are susceptible to damage from damp and condensation if left over the cold and wet winter months.
- Do not restrict airflow - leave cupboards, wardrobes and internal doors open so that the air can flow freely around the static throughout winter.
- Prepare fridges and freezers - clean and empty the fridge and completely defrost the freezer. Turn both appliances off and leave the doors slightly ajar.
- Do not leave food in cupboards - remove any food that may appeal to vermin.
- Turn off your gas and electricity
- Close and lock all windows and all doors
- Remove temptation from thieves - don't leave anything on show in the static caravan over the winter period - you are encouraging thieves to try and break in.
- Check on your static caravan regularly - if you can't yourself then why not consider a caravan park that supplies this service.
Winter is an ideal time to check on the external condition of your static caravan. Here are a few things to check annually in your winter break:
- Check windows and doors for leaks - if there are any then re-seal where necessary.
- Check all gutters and drainpipes - clear them if necessary.
- Check for visible structural damage - wintery conditions (windy, snowy days) can exacerbate existing structural damage.
- Clean and grease corner steadies - this should be done annually.