The Comprehensive Guide to Moving a Static Caravan
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Posted: October 7, 2020
As a static caravan owner, there may come a time that you grow tired of your current surroundings and wish to move your static caravan to a new home. While touring caravan owners simply need to hitch up and drive out in the direction they wish to temporarily pitch up, those with large static caravans don’t have it so easy. Unless you are an experienced heavy/large-load lorry driver, you’ll need to request the services of a professional caravan moving company who can get your holiday home from A to B safely and confidently.
Moving Your Static Caravan
There are a number of reasons you might need to move your static caravan; you fancy a new location and new surroundings, the park you are currently on is closing or clearing plots, you have sold the caravan and have agreed to the responsibility of moving or you simply wish to move your static caravan into storage. Whatever the reason, moving your caravan safely is important, not only to ensure you can still use your static holiday home for seasons to come but also for the other road users.
Preparing to Move Your Static Caravan
To safely transport a static caravan you need a proper vehicle and equipment, a low loader truck company or dedicated caravan movers are going to be best equipped to get your caravan from its current to its new location. Before the movers arrive, you’ll need to ensure your caravan has been disconnected from all its connected amenities and it’s unlikely you can do this yourself as per the park rules and regulations. Check over your contract and then arrange with the relevant park managers or caretakers to have your static caravan disconnected prior to moving day, ensuring you leave plenty of time to drain any water tanks and remove or fix down any loose fittings.
How Easy is it to Move a Static Caravan?
For experienced professionals, moving a static caravan can be a fairly simple job, loading the caravan onto the truck, fixing it down and then transporting it to the new destination. It becomes trickier if your static caravan exceeds 12ft in width or the mover needs to navigate tight country lanes, as the caravan moving truck will require an escort at the front and back to warn other road users. For caravans over 12ft in width, you’ll also need to gain police clearance to transport wide-loads across the region. Escorts and police clearance can incur additional costs and the caravan moving company should be able to provide a quote based on the dimensions and distance required to travel for your caravan.
Where Can I Move my Static Caravan to in the UK?
There is no restriction on where you move your static caravan to and the hardest part is making the decision about where to move to. At Allens Caravans, we manage eight fantastic holiday parks across the UK, all of which provide exceptional facilities and a warm, welcoming community of like-minded caravan lovers. The further you move your static caravan, the higher your moving costs are going to be which is important to keep in mind if you are working to a strict budget. You’ll also need to consider if the mover needs to take a longer route to avoid narrow roads, low bridges and tight corners which will lead to an increase in fuel costs.
How Much is it to Move A Static Caravan?
This is a common question for any caravan owner considering moving their static holiday home; this cannot simply be answered with a single flat rate. Every moving company offers individual rates for transporting a static caravan that takes into account the size of the caravan and is often quoted based on mileage. Moving companies that are based either in or near to your destination will usually offer the best rates for your requirements, but it’s always recommended to get a quote from a couple of different options so you can make an informed decision.
When looking at the costs to get your static caravan moved, you need to consider the cost of disconnection, the costs for the moving company and any additional costs that come from escorts or police clearance. Altogether, this could reach into several thousand pounds and is something that may need to be budgeted for before you start the moving process. Rough quotations can be found via shipping companies such as Shiply or you can see the cost of recently completed caravan resiting jobs via deliveryquotecompare.
If you are moving to another managed holiday park, you may also incur additional costs from siting your caravan and getting re-connected. You’ll also need to take into account your new site fees and any additional costs that come from taking over the new site. These costs should all be detailed in your contract with the new park and will be agreed prior to starting the move.
Make Your Move Today With Allens Caravans
One of the best-loved benefits of investing in a quality static caravan is having the ability to move it to a new site, whether you stay within a managed network of parks or start over at an independent location. If you are looking to move your static caravan to a new site, here at Allens Caravans we manage eight holiday parks, all of which are set in stunning locations in the UK boasting excellent facilities and lovely on-site teams.
Alternatively, if you don’t fancy moving an existing caravan but would like to invest in the latest model, we have a variety of modern holiday caravans, new and preloved, available for sale across all of our holiday parks.
Simply get in touch with our team who will be happy to answer any questions you have regarding moving a static caravan or purchasing a new caravan or you can request a brochure for further information about our parks.