How to store your caravan, campervan or boat without breaking your budget

How to store your caravan, campervan or boat without breaking your budget

Being on the road with your caravan, campervan or boat permanently is a dream for many, but a reality for few. When you’re not hitting the highway, you want to make sure your prized holiday asset is sheltered and secure if you don’t have the space at home.

Apart from paying rental to a self-storage facility, what are some clever ways to store your caravan, campervan or boat securely without breaking your budget?

According to a late 2016 report commissioned by the Caravan Industry Association of Australia, there were around 555,000 caravans and 61,000 campervans registered across Australia! At the time of the report there was a steady growth of 25.5% of registrations since 2011.

An average of 18 square metres of floor space is needed to store these towable assets. That equates to a total of more than 11 million square metres of storage space needed across Australia!

So, what are your storage options?

Formal and informal agistment options for storage

The most common form of agistment for caravans or campervans is a camping ground or caravan park where you leave your tow-able accommodation and pay rental to the camping ground owners. Depending on the months that you’re off the road, this option can be costly. However, it can work well if you choose a location that you can then offer family and friends to enjoy short stays (based on your agreement with the park owners).

From a cost and security perspective, consider asking friends or family who have ample spare space for safe storage of your caravan, campervan or boat. You might strike an agreement on a weekly price or end up with a wonderful ex gratia arrangement!

To find a caravan park near where you want to store your van or trailer, you’re best to connect via any travel memberships you might have such as RACV, BIG4 Holiday Parks or search online.

Peer to peer rental storage

From time to time online marketplaces like Gumtree.com.au or eBay.com.au will offer storage spaces for caravans, campervans or boats.

Spacer.com.au is one example of an online marketplace that connects people that have spare storage space, with people like you that need to store their assets.  

A shared arrangement

If you’re only planning on doing the occasional caravanning holiday or boating, consider using an online marketplace such as Camplify or SHAREaCAMPER. Peer to peer websites like these, connect you with people that want to rent out their caravan, campervan or camper trailer. And vice versa. If you’ve little space to store your tow-able holiday accommodation, consider earning some money from it while someone else enjoys a holiday and pays you for the privilege.

Another option is to go shares in a caravan, boat or campervan with good friends or family. This is a good way to keep your trailer on the road more often. And, if a co-owner has more storage space than you do, even better!

Recreational vehicle parking may be available at an RCA Village

Most of our RCA Villages offer limited recreational vehicle parking to residents based on availability. Book a tour of one of our villages and be sure to ask about availability and the village policy around parking of caravans, campervans or boats.

Main St Village Pakenham

At Main St Village, while there is no on-site recreational vehicle storage, we do have relationships with nearby self-storage providers in Pakenham.

Website: mainstvillage.com.au

Free call: 1800 77 02 22

Wyndham Grange Village Tarneit

Website: wyndhamgrange.com.au

Free call: 1800 33 27 37

Casey Grange Village Cranbourne

Website: caseygrange.com.au

Free call: 1800 33 27 37

Cardinia Waters Village Pakenham

Website: cardiniawaters.com.au

Free call: 1800 33 27 37

Point Cook Village

Website: pointcookvillage.com.au

Call: 03 9394 6799

Beleura Village Mornington

Website: beleuravillage.com.au

Free call: 1800 33 27 37

Martha Cove Village Safety Beach

Website: marthacovevillage.com.au

Free call: 1800 33 27 37

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If you are interested in exploring the possibility of a move to a modern retirement village around Melbourne. Booking a tour at one of the RCA Villages around Melbourne can be a great place to start. Visit the website of the village in the region you would like to visit for contact details.

South East Melbourne

www.mainstvillage.com.au

www.cardiniawaters.com.au

Mornington Peninsula

www.caseygrange.com.au

www.beleuravillage.com.au

www.marthacovevillage.com.au

Western Melbourne

www.pointcookvillage.com.au

www.wyndhamgrange.com.au 

Ask about RCA Villages no deposit reservation process on new villas.

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