15 Dec 2015

Winter storage. Where to put my camper?

​​Every year, the time comes to find winter storage for your camper, if you plan on not using it. In the open, under cover, or under an awning? In storage or not? We have some tips for you.

As winter draws near, many campers are thinking what the right solution for their camper might be. The availability of a suitably equipped area is ideal, but this is not always possible and many opt for different solutions. Certainly, left out in bad weather, a camper is subject to premature wear and tear and can end up with serious damage (to the bodywork, windows, windshield, and, if it is parked on a public road, it is exposed to the risk of theft or vandalism).
The effect of low winter temperatures on the engine also needs to be taken into consideration. Because oil hardens, the engine is exposed to considerable stress and, if the battery is not taken out and kept somewhere warm (a complicated process), it will have a very limited life and even the trick of periodically turning the engine over will not be enough to extend its life.

The best solution is to park the camper inside, where services are available such as access to the power supply to periodically recharge the battery, as well as a water supply and drains.

Naturally, alternative solutions exist:
storage beneath a car port, for example, protects the camper from bad weather and vandalism, although the engine will not have the same level of protection as it would by being indoors.
Some people who have room to spare might want to consider a canopy tent, fitted with power supply to keep the battery charged. The market offers a number of possibilities and information on companies who sell canopy tents is readily available online.

Another valid solution is to look for storage facilities online by city or region to get an idea of costs and the services available on the market. Some specialist facilities offer multiple services, for example individual garages with independent entrance, or covered areas providing protection against UV rays and bad weather, or uncovered, video-monitored areas. In addition, these areas have self-cleaning stations for discharging grey and waste water, as well as potable water; electrical power supply stations and compressed air stations for checking/recharging batteries and tyres; DIY washing areas; DIY areas for straight forward self-service maintenance, not to mention bathrooms with showers and changing rooms, used vehicle sales, shuttles, excursion services, play areas and barbecues.

And you? What have you decided to do for your camper?

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