Month: November 2019

Tips for winterization of your caravan

If you are returning your caravan to storage over the winter period, the following tips will help ensure no unpleasant surprises when you are ready to start holidaying next year!

  • Arrange an annual service and/or habitation check if due prior to using next year.
  • Drain all onboard and external water tanks, open the safety drain valve (next to water heater, yellow handle), leave open.
  • Fully open all taps including the shower mixer, shake out any water in the shower hose by unscrewing the shower head and allowing to drain.
  • Run the water pump until all water has emptied. Disconnect the inlet pipe to the onboard water pump, mesh filter and outlet pipe, and re-run the pump for a short time to make sure all water is removed.  Leave the system disconnected during storage.  Use sterilising fluid to clean waste pipe and tanks.
  • Charge your leisure battery for 24 hours prior to placing the caravan in storage.
  • Where fitted, make sure the isolation button on the PSU is in the OFF position
  • If you have an alarm or tracker fitted make sure the leisure battery is connected and a 20A local fuse is in place.
  • The alarm will, in time, drain the leisure battery. Winter temperatures may not affect the level of charge, however to maximise the life span of the battery regular charging is suggested.  To avoid this, we offer a Battery Charging Service – please enquire
  • If no alarm is fitted, remove the battery and store in a dry place.
  • The gas system supply should be isolated at the bottle and the gas manifold taps must be switched off (a condition mentioned in our storage contract). Replace the high-pressure gas hose and regulator if required
  • Check the battery on the smoke alarm and replace if necessary.
  • Clean inside the fridge, turn it off and prop open the internal freezer and fridge door for ventilation if possible
  • Drain the toilet reservoir, empty the cassette. Empty and drain the toilet fresh water tank.  Grease toilet all seals with Vaseline.
  • Secure all windows, skylights and access doors.
  • Clean all fixed ventilation points.
  • Open internal doors/lockers for ventilation, store cushions, bedding in a dry place.
  • Close blinds/curtains, however, if stored for a long period check the tension on blinds.
  • To reduce mould/moisture place water absorbing crystals in locations where they will not fall over if the caravan is moved.

How we look after your caravan or motorhome

Is this the first time you have stored your beloved caravan or motorhome?  You may well be wondering what happens once you have left us. Well, first of all, you have the peace of mind that you have chosen a secure Cassoa Gold standard storage facility. We carefully park all units in storage to give ample surrounding space to allow access to visiting storage clients without the risk of damaging the neighbouring unit (not something all storage sites do as they are often crammed in close together). All of our storage is on hard standing which ensures caravans and motorhomes in our outside storage don’t get damp on the underside that is often associated with grass outside storage.

We make regular checks of all the caravans that are in storage, looking out for such things as unsecured roof lights etc. There is an extensive monitored CCTV system which covers all areas and security flood lighting to ensure safe manoeuvring.  Our wide, all-weather gateways offer excellent access to both the storage and also our touring site.

We offer a personal and  friendly service and have attention to detail, we’re always willing to help to make your storage as easy as possible for you.

If you go down to the woods…

Each Halloween it is a tradition on our Touring Site to give each of our clients a pumpkin to carve and a candle to display outside their caravan.  This year we also included a Halloween Activity Fun Pack with pictures to colour, puzzles and quizzes. On the eve of Halloween we had a visit from ‘trick or treaters’ superbly dressed as scary skeletons!!  (Accompanied by their brother)! Our guests joined in the fun, there were some wonderfully carved pumpkins on display!

The following day the now redundant pumpkins were taken down to our wood called the ‘Hollies’ (a short walk turning left out of the campsite, walking down the hill). We broke up the pumpkins and arranged them carefully off the ground on a pile of wood for the birds and animals to feed on them.  We were particular not to place them on the ground as we have been told that pumpkins are not good for hedgehogs. Whilst out for a walk with your dog if you tread quietly you may be lucky to see an animal or bird enjoying an autumn feast!

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