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  1. How to plan your next great campervan or motorhome adventure *JULY 2021 UPDATE*

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    As many of us are gearing up to explore, or return to, our favourite UK beauty spots, we’ve put together some excellent tips for making it a trip to treasure.

    We haven’t forgotten the joy of travel! The spark of adventure, of morning coffees somewhere new, of evening walks in unfamiliar fields, of cresting over new cities in your campervan.

    As the world’s greatest travel writer, Bill Bryson, puts it: “The greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time.”1

    If you’re getting ready for your next staycation, read on for our useful tips for planning your next ‘mobile home’ travel adventure… 👇

    Campervan travel adventure blog from blue self storage cardiff

    Use our popular ‘Caravan / Motorhome Club’ Facebook group

    Having set up the group in February 2020, it’s now grown to 403* active, friendly members, with several posts a week.

    From selling useful items (or even whole vehicles!) to swapping tips, advice and community news, it’s everything we wanted the group to be and more.

    Users regularly share travel destination ideas and are more than happy to chat about places to go – so make this your first port of call!

    Join the group
    *As of 7th July 2021

    Planning your next campervan travel adventure in 2021

    Keep an eye on popular destinations

    Now that we can travel between England, Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland, camping & caravanning holidays will be are the golden way definitive way to holiday – offering self-sufficiency, fresh air, and reduced contact with fellow holiday-makers.

    As of July 2021, the UK Government advises that you should ‘continue to plan ahead and travel safely where possible’.

    According to The Camping and Caravanning Club, campsites are now open across the UK, with ‘shared facilities including showers available’.

    It is important to note that the NHS track and trace app is in place at all sites, so a smart phone readily charged to scan the QR code, or arranging alternative access requirements to register yourself is important.

    Other considerations are that face masks are still mandatory in communal areas and day visitors are not allowed on the majority of sites. Although we want to enjoy our break (and we deserve it!), advance planning and research is key for a smooth stay.

    Planning your next Campervan and motorhome travel adventure - our guide

    X marks the camping spot

    Once you’ve decided your general route, do some research and mark every possible ‘stop and sleep’ spot along the route.

    You can do this on your physical map, or use the Google Maps app on your phone or tablet to create a ‘List’ of locations.

    You can also use this time to mark out great viewpoints or places you want to sightsee.

    Although we’re not fully at the international travelling stage, the helpful folks at ourtour.co.uk have even curated a range of Europe and North Africa routes in Google Maps, so you don’t even need to make your own!

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    Campervan, caravan and motorhome travel adventure blog from blue self storage cardiff

    Don’t own your own vehicle? Hire your next travel adventure!

    There are plenty of places offering campervans and similar vehicles for hire, including coolcamping.com – a fantastic website for planning camping holidays.

    There’s also the local Taffi Campers, who offer a range of luxury VW T5 campervans for hire.

    How to hire a UK campervan

    Campervan, caravan and motorhome travel adventure blog from blue self storage cardiff

    Useful apps & tools

    1 – Park4Night

    A free app where you can ‘share the nice spots where you like to relax with your camper, your equipped van or normal van.’

    Cost: Free (but you’ll need to pay £9.99 to access maps and features offline).

    2 – All The Aires

    Although still on the Amber list (as of July 2021) – if you prefer a physical book to an app, ‘All the Aires’ covers North and South and is the perfect companion for choosing your overnight spots in France.

    Cost: £26 for the current edition (published June 2021). The next edition will be 2022.

    3 – Brit Stops

    Perfect for staycations, this UK-based resource has sites all across the UK, listing all the pubs you can stop at overnight.

    Cost: £28 + £3.60 postage

    4 – France Passion

    This scheme, ideal for travellers who like a gourmet lifestyle, allows you to stay with farmers, wine produces, cheese makers and other artisan foodies, on their land and free of charge.

    Cost: €30 (includes access to their website search)

    For more apps and tools – including travel helpers, sat navs and more – The Gap Decaders have a fantastic list to browse.

    Apps & tools for travellers

    Further resources

    While we’re the experts at campervan & motorhome storage, there are plenty of helpful people out there who are experts at the travelling bit!

    A few of our favourites include…

    1 – Wandering Bird

    Having spent years travelling, Wandering Bird has collated her favourite resources for motorhome travel – it’s a corker!

     

    2 – The Gap Decaders

    So good we’re mentioning them twice! These guys have all the destinations and travel guides you could ever want.

     

    3 – Practical Motorhome

    The book of gospel for motorhomers, this website has excellent articles and resources uploaded every week, with regular offers, competitions and loads of great buying advice! Also available in a magazine format.

     

    4 – Camping With Style

    Run by Shell, this blog covers everything you need to camp with style. While it leans slightly towards tent camping, there are plenty of helpful resources for any outdoor travel.

     

    5 – Life Journey 4 Two

    This couple’s living the dream, travelling around Europe – and providing plenty of tips and advice along the way.

     


    We hope you enjoyed our 2021 travel adventure guide! Did we miss any cool resources or ideas? Let us know on our socials below 👇

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    References

    1 Bill Bryson, Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe

  2. 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…

     
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  3. Caravan storage customers: we need your feedback! Plus, introducing 2 products you’ll love…

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    Caravan season is coming to an end – but that doesn’t mean your beloved travelling companion has to go dusty!

    We have a range of new and existing caravan storage products we think you’ll be interested in for caravan winter storage

    We’re also looking for your feedback – scroll down to find out what we’re after!

    #1 – Absorb gel bag, £20

    We now offer a new absorb gel bag which holds 4-5 litres of moisture; a great product which has been tried and tested in other storage facilities to help manage the risk of condensation mould growth.

    The bag is simply hung up, with no risk of spillage as moisture forms a gel.

    The gel bag will help protect your caravan throughout the cold wet months.

    Please be aware this is to help manage condensation, and there are other things you will need to do to minimise the risks, such as ventilation and preventing water egress.

    #2 – Jump leads, £20

    We try to respond positively to customer feedback, and several customers have asked if we had jump leads they could use.

    We have now purchased a set for customer use only. In addition, we now stock jump leads for sale should you wish to take a set away on your travels.

    In an emergency or breakdown, jump leads could get your camper van or motorhome going again; don’t leave home without them!

    To get either of these products, ask our friendly team at reception when you next visit or get in touch.

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    Have you got a second to give us your opinion?

    We’re always looking to develop our services and improve your experience as a customer.

    It’s great to celebrate what we do well, but we’d love you to tell us where we need to improve.

    We’re after some honest feedback on our caravan, motorhome and campervan storage service so far in 2019.

    How would you rate our service this year? Would you recommend us to a friend? Were you aware we have a referral scheme?

    Additionally, we’re looking to expand our range of products and introduce a caravan shop for if you run low on essentials.

    What items would you like to us to offer in this shop?

    And can you think of any services you’d like us to offer next year? We’re already considering:

    • Developing a blue self storage caravan group on our Facebook page – maybe a place to sell or buy caravan or accessories, share good and bad campsite experiences, and get involved in how we can improve our service. Your opinion is so important to us.
    • Introducing a caravan and camper valeting service, as several of our customers have already asked about this.

    So, if any of these services would be helpful to you, or if you can think of any others, we’d love you to tell us!

    Email us at info@blueselfstorage.co.uk, or get in touch via our contact form.

    Again, a big thank you for your custom this year, and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

    Keep up to date with us out there…

     

  4. 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.

    Vintage campervan parked at night for winter caravan storage blog

    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!

    Motorhome parked in snow for winter caravan storage blog

    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.

    Caravan parked in snow for winter caravan storage blog

    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!

     

  5. Camping & Chill: Playlist of the month

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    We are massive music fans here at blue self storage – absolutely massive.

    So much so, that we’re making Spotify playlists (loosely, like super loosely) linked to all the storage things we do!

    Search blueselfstorage over on Spotify or click here to see the playlists we’re pumping out to help you move. But while you’re here, let’s focus on this month’s list of laidback jams…

    Caravan & chill cover for caravan referral scheme page

    Camping & Chill

    If you’re itching to head down the Gower or West Wales as much as we are then we’ve got the perfect sonic tonic for you guys. We’re talking chill out, we’re talking ambient, we’re talking lo-fi hip hop radio to study/relax to… quite simply, Camping & Chill is the ultimate soundtrack to unwind to in your caravan, camper, or motorhome.

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    Who’s on Camping & Chill?

    Despite starting with Sigur Rós and featuring Bill Withers and Sampha, we’ve taken an electronic path with this playlist. Hit play and you can expect Bonobo, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Shlohmo and other artists than don’t end in an O. Who exactly? You can wrap your ears around electronic dons like Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada, and Four Tet, as well as Vangelis, Actress, and Oneohtrix Point Never to name quite a few…

    Play Camping & Chill via Spotify app

    Who’s on your perfect summer soundtrack when you go camping?

    Got a go-to artist or album when you whip out the deckchairs? Let us know on the socials and let’s build this playlist together!

     

    And keep checking back here on blue self storage for more playlists of the month. Oh, and do you have an idea for a killer playlist that we need to add to our Spotify? Don’t be shy – give us a shout on Facebook, Twitter, or whichever network you prefer.

    Need somewhere to store your caravan?

    Come the end of summer, do you need somewhere safe and secure to store your caravan, camper or motorhome? Here at blue self storage we offer dedicated storage solutions for caravans and motorhomes including:

    • Calor Gas on site to buy
    • Twin-axle bays available
    • Grey & foul water disposal
    • Purpose build compounds with allocated bays
    • Jet wash with platform ladders, vac and air facilities
    • Discounted insurance for customers due to our CaSSOA Gold award

    We were the first facility in South Wales to be awarded the prestigious GOLD CaSSOA award for achieving the highest recognised levels of storage for Caravans and Motorhomes. And we have over 30 years’ experience in caravan storage. On top of that, we have a tidy caravan referral scheme running too. So, come join us and…

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