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Having been a caravaner for some years now, one ongoing challenge is finding somewhere to store your caravan. Storing your caravan, from my investigations, at any storage site means that the provider does not insure your caravan but instead expects the owner to have his own insurance and if anything happens whilst in storage by other caravan owners, thieves, vandals etc. then you have to deal with any claim, all very challenging especially if it is by other caravan storage users, all not so palatable. The use of COSSA, does not provide YOU with any further visibility of what is happening at any storage site, not showing how many break in's or incidents the storage site has, it just provides the caravan owner some understanding of what the storage site says it has, from a security perspective and what level of COSSA the storage site is. So with all the above to consider, and with no other options I have been using a COSSA gold storage site for some years. Unfortunately I have recently been involved in a issue at my caravan storage site, as Whilton Locks storage outside Northampton, near the A5, whereby they were developing the site involving large construction vehicles. I received a call from Whilton Locks saying that my caravan had moved 6FT, upon attending the site it appeared that the toe hitch had been dragged 6ft, even with 2 wheel locks, all 4 caravan legs in position, toe hitch lock, and wheel leveling ramp locks. It was unclear how this could have possible have happened, but the caravan site staff where quick to stay it was nothing to do with the construction vehicles being used, diggers, ground levelers and visiting construction lorries. Being patient I asked that we left the caravan in its current position, which appeared to be sturdy, so that I could arrange for an inspection by my local caravan retailer to make sure it was undamaged and fit for towing, which they agreed. I arrange for a caravan engineer the following week only to find that my caravan had been dragged back to its original location, pulling it of it's wheel ramps and twisting the wheel locks, I was obviously annoyed. This time I could see construction vehicle tyre and tracked marks on the ground around my caravan. I spoke to the manager who was not very considerate, they said that I would have to claim of my insurance if there was any damage and that it was nothing to do with them or the construction site, even though they had apparently informed me and others of the substantial construction work under their guidance. What I find distasteful is that they allowed heavy construction traffic around my caravan, even leveling an embankment at the rear of my caravan, within 2 meters of the caravan, with no regards for my 2 year old caravan, expecting the owner to deal with any claim if damage was caused. This particular caravan storage provider, WHILTON LOCK CARAVAN STORAGE, has developed a unacceptable level of NO due care and attention for the caravans being stored in their facility, expecting owners to deal with any damage via their own insurance and the consequence of any such damage and increase in premiums. When selecting your caravan storage provider, look for a provider that cares and act responsible around your caravan. I have of course removed my caravan, not wanting to wait for something more serious to occur, as construction work continues.
Friends of ours returned from Wales with their awning zip wrecked by a sudden squall which dragged a section out of the awning. They'll be grateful for any recommendation of decent and fair repair work in Northamptonshire, or adjoining us in Beds, Leics, Warks, Bucks, Oxon etc. (They're not users of much online, so it's quicker for me to ask!) Thanks for any useful info. Richard
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