What’s great about static caravans?
Static caravans are becoming increasingly popular as holidaymakers look for an alternative way to get away. They provide a holiday ‘home away from home’ which is always there when you need it and with caravan parks offering more and more activities, it's never been a better time to get in on the action.
Before you buy a static caravan
Before you set off buying a static caravan, there are a few things to keep in mind.
Berth refers to how many people can sleep in a caravan. Caravans can have anything from two berth (room for two people to sleep) right up to eight berth.
It’s important to know the size of caravan up front as it affects the options you have available to you.
The location of your static caravan will make a huge difference to your holiday experience so be sure to look at a number of locations and find the one for you.
Some things to think about include:
How often you plan to holiday
Whether you’ll be allowing friends and family to use it as well
What local attractions are nearby
The park itself:
Not only is the general location important but the park itself will take some thinking through. Different parks will have different pros and cons and different features which will suit different customers.
If you’re a younger family, then a park with a number of activities geared towards children will suit you a lot more while parks for younger caravan users will often have more evening entertainment.
It’s a good idea to visit a number of different parks to get a sense of what a holiday could be like, whether that’s on a sales day, staying in a friend’s caravan or even taking a mini-break.
It’s also good to think about how much running a caravan will cost before you part with your money to buy one.
Some of the major costs that can mount up include:
Site fees – the ‘rent’ for the plot of land your static caravan will live on. This differs from park to park and can even differ at the same park, depending on your plot.
Power – whether you go with gas or electric power, different parks will charge different rates and it’s worth thinking about before you go ahead and buy your caravan.
Insurance – you’ll need to insure the caravan and its contents so that’s worth thinking about
Once you’ve given that some thoughts and you’re ready to buy your static caravan, you’ve then got the question of a new caravan or a used caravan.
Buying a static caravan
There are a few options you can consider when it comes to buying a holiday home of your own.
Buying a new caravan:
Buying a new caravan means you have access to all the latest features and amenities right from the start, rather than having to spend money on repairs for a new one.
There are finance options available as well which can lessen the financial burden if need be.
You can also go for dual ownership where you share the cost of purchase with another. That way, you share the purchase costs as well as the initial outlay that goes with purchasing a static caravan. This does mean you’ll need to work out the particulars of who will hold responsibility for what part of the venture, how time will be shared, etc. but managed well, it has its perks.
Buying a used caravan:
Forget the stereotype of a freezing cold caravan with holes in the roof when it rains – even a decent used static caravan can be a worthwhile holiday investments. Here are some tips:
- Ask holiday parks – often they will either have a caravan for sale or know people who do
- Make sure it’s the right age – most parks will have an age limit for the caravans allowed on site so keep an eye out for how old your potential caravan is.
- Have a good look – look at the chassis, watch for excessive rust, large pieces falling off or flaking or damp. Pay attention to the state of the windows or damage to the shower/bath.
Taking these into consideration will hopefully lead to a great caravanning experience.