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  1. 5 reasons to join our new ‘Caravan & Motorhome Club’ on Facebook

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    Own a caravan or motorhome and want to find recommendations, share photos and sell your stuff?

    Join our new Caravan and Motorhome Club on Facebook!

    In February 2020 we set up our new Facebook group, the blue self storage Caravan and Motorhome Club, for customers who use us for caravan, camper van & motorhome storage in Cardiff and we’re happy to say it’s been a huge success!

    With over 200 members already, and plenty of new posts every week, it’s exactly what we wanted the group to be – inclusive, interesting, and an interactive platform for caravan & motorhome owners to learn from each other, share top tips, ‘must see’ places to visit or avoid, and sell your vehicles or accessories.

    Take a look at the group

    Still need convincing? Here are 5 reasons why you should join our new blue self storage Caravan and Motorhome Club…

    Join the blue self storage caravan & motorhome storage group on Facebook

    #1 – Get regular updates on your caravan or motorhome storage

    We carry out daily inspections at our blue self storage facility in Wentloog, and we share any news with the group – if any covers have come loose, or if any action needs to be taken due to the weather, we’ll keep you updated*.

    We’ll also share important industry news – like the fantastic U-turn in motorhome tax, announced in this year’s financial budget – to keep you informed of what you need to know.

    *Don’t worry – all customers are told about potential issues personally, via phone. Our Facebook updates are simply to keep you up-to-date with the site, should any new developments happen!

    Join the blue self storage caravan & motorhome storage group on Facebook

    #2 – Ask for recommendations from other caravan & motorhome owners

    Who better to ask than other owners and experts? If you need valet cleaning, MOT & servicing, or you’re looking for new travel ideas, or places to visit, or things to try, this is the place to ask!

    You can ask for tips & knowledge that matter to you, from people like you.

    Join the blue self storage caravan & motorhome storage group on Facebook

    #3 – Buy & sell your vehicles or related accessories

    You could spend hours on eBay or Gumtree, trying to sell your beloved vehicle – or you could pop a photo with some details in our new group, and sell it locally!

    Chances are, our members will know someone looking for a new caravan or motorhome; they may even be in the market themselves…

    Get involved – join the Facebook group!

    Join the blue self storage caravan & motorhome storage group on Facebook

    #4 – Share your ideas & feedback for blue self storage

    We’re always keen to hear from our caravan & motorhome storage customers, and we want to make our site the best it can possibly be. For that, we need your feedback.

    The Caravan & Motorhome Club is somewhere you can leave feedback and recommendations for storage. You can also ask questions and our expert team will be on hand to answer.

    #5 – Chat with other local people about the shared things you love

    In this digital era, making new online connections is important. One of our hopes for this group is that it’ll encourage more chatting and friendly discussions between owners.

    Whether it’s about travel and campsites to visit (or avoid!), or helpful advice, this is a place for you to chat with other people who love the same stuff you do!

    Don’t wait any longer – come join us over on Facebook…

    Join our Caravan and Motorhome Club

    View our pricing, facility & what we offer for caravan & motorhome storage.

    Keep up to date with all our news! Follow us out there…

  2. 5 super quick tips on winter caravan storage

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    Get your caravan winter-ready with our latest guide

    Somehow we’re already in autumn and that means the coldest season is just around the corner. If only there was a handy meme we could use for the onset of the frosty-times? Ah yes…

    If you’re a keen caravanner then we’re sure your thoughts are turning to winter storage for your caravan, camper, or motorhome. And what’s the best way to ensure your steed is so fresh, and so clean come the spring?

    Whether you’re using the award-winning facilities at blue self storage’s Wentloog facility or doing it yourself on your driveway, there are a few things you can do to prepare your caravan for the winter that’s coming.

    So if you’re in a rush here’s our cut-out-and-keep checklist for winter caravan storage.

    Our top 5 winter care caravan tips:

    1. Ventilate – this helps to decimate any mildew
    2. Drain water to prevent ice damage
    3. Cover it up with either awning or a waxy coating
    4. Disconnect completely – that’s your gas and battery (unless it powers an alarm)
    5. Take care of your tyres

    OK, let’s break this down so you can gear up for a successful winter storage season.

    Caravan parked in snowy mountains for winter caravan storage blog

    The air must flow so the mildew doesn’t grow (our handy rhyme!)

    First thing first; it’s a good idea to shut all windows and doors as there is such a thing as too much ventilation. However, you’ll want to air out and keep things flowing within the caravan itself – it’s the best way to beat damp.

    Make sure your vents are uncovered, the bed isn’t folded away and that soft furnishings are removed over the winter. If you don’t have the option of removing the cushions etc then make sure they’re away from the caravan walls.

    A thorough interior clean will mean you won’t miss anything that’s slipped down the back of the sofa or the cupboard. No one likes returning to a funky caravan come the spring.

    One last thing for the inside! You’ll want to prop the fridge open (after emptying, cleaning, and turning it off) and to do the same with wardrobes and cupboards.

    Keep it dry

    Frost and ice damage is a serious concern when storing a caravan over the winter months. The first step to avoid this is to fully drain your water systems. And by fully drain, we mean fully drain!

    Remove shower heads, empty taps, and open the drain taps. Even the tiniest amount of water left in a tap can cause damage after all.

    Once you’ve got the water out it’s then time to plug everything up. Don’t forget to sort any internal tanks if your caravan has some too. Oh, and don’t forget the toilet!

    Get your coat on

    While caravans are designed to withstand everything the Welsh weather can throw at them, it does no harm in giving your motorhome a helping hand over the winter. The two most common options are applying a wax coating or popping on an awning.

    If you opt for a cover, pick a breathable one that is soft enough not to damage your unit, while also being tough enough to last the winter. Wax coatings tend to be the cheaper option but will need cleaning off come the spring.

    But before you do either it’s a good idea to clean the exterior bodywork and fix any niggles before you store it away for winter. This is especially the case with green or black mould – you don’t want to leave it to thrive till spring. Yet be careful with that power-washer! They’re great for getting rid of stubborn stains but they can do damage to seals and paint if they’re excessively strong.

    Finally, it’s a good idea to use products specifically made for caravan cleaning, as they’re designed to be kind to the various materials used in caravan manufacturing.

    Caravan parked in a field at night for winter caravan storage blog

    Switch off and power down

    Removing your gas cylinders is recommended when storing away your caravan. Yet that isn’t always practical. If you do leave them in situ, make sure the valves are closed, you disconnect the regulators, and caps are applied.

    Electricity now. It’s also a good idea to remove the battery unless it powers the alarm system. Again this isn’t always practical, so if you do have to leave it in place there are a few things you can do. Firstly, use the isolation switch if you have one or simply disconnect it. Secondly, unplug appliances and keep everything off. If you do remove the battery, note that it will discharge, so remember to top up over the winter

    Yet while it’s recommended to remove the gas and battery, it is useful to fire up the systems during the winter, in particular, the heating to stave off damp etc and keep everything ticking over. At blue self storage you have 24/7 access, 365 days a year.

    Tyre this out

    Before we get on to the tyres themselves it’s wise to pick a pitch on level ground. Once you’re on the level it’s time to lower your corner steadies and stick them on pads or blocks. Next, check the tyres and you might want to leave the handbrake off. Consider investing in covers for your tyres too.

    It’s worth visiting your caravan in storage and turning the wheels around occasionally to avoid flat spots occurring. You can also take this opportunity to check the pressure of your tyres.

    So, there are our top five tips on winter caravan storage. However, we’d also recommend having a nosey through your caravan handbook to see if it has any specific advice for your model.

    And if you want to leave your caravan in safe hands this season, check out the dedicated caravan, campervan and motorhome storage at blue self storage.

    We’re proud of the gold-award status at our Wentloog (Cardiff) facility given by the Caravan Storage Site Owner’s Association (CaSSOA), have over 30 years of experience, and offer £20 off when you sign up – plus £10 for every caravan storage referral you give us!

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    Got any top tips for preparing your caravan for winter? Let us know on our socials!