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Frequently Asked Questions for Buying a Static Caravan

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Static caravan holidays have always been a firm favourite of the British public. Caravan hire in the UK is an enduring holiday staple, allowing holidaymakers to relax, have fun, and get back in touch with fond childhood memories of summer caravan holidays.
Allens holiday parks offer a great combination of coastal, rural, and historic market town locations, meaning that whatever your preferences, it is always easy to find the ideal location for you. Whether you are just looking for a short weekend break or are in search of a more extended getaway, our holiday parks offer the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. From the heart of England to the Welsh coastline, you are always guaranteed a wonderful holiday with Allens Caravans.    

FAQs about Costs

Many people are put off owning a static caravan because they believe it to be out of their budget, however, this isn't always the case.

How Much Does a Static Caravan Cost?

This all depends on how much you want to spend and the size and style of caravan you'd like. Second-hand caravans that are well-maintained and taken care of hold their price well but will still be cheaper than a brand-new caravan or one that has been built to your custom specifications.

Allens Caravans has caravans available from approximately £19,000 for a 2-bedroom, 35ft long, 12ft wide caravan on our Weir Meadow site with prices reaching £143,000 for a 40ft long, 20ft wide 2-bedroom caravan situated on The Springs. Prices will vary across the sites we manage so we would always recommend that you contact the dedicated sales department of the particular site you are interested in if you require further information.

How Much Does it Cost to Live in a Caravan?

The initial caravan purchase isn't the only cost you need to worry about when investing in a static caravan. You will also need to factor in living costs including gas, electricity and water bills. These might come in the form of a monthly bill from the park or you might be expected to pick up gas canisters to attach to your caravan home for use during your stay. If you concerned about living costs in your caravan, talk to other caravan owners on any potential parks you visit to get an idea of what they use and pay during their stay.

In addition to living costs, caravan owners will need to be aware of pitch fees. Pitch fees are likely to be the second most expensive cost of purchasing a caravan (behind the cost of the caravan itself) and are the charge issued by caravan parks to caravan owners for their caravan to be sited on their park. Different parks will have different fees depending on a range of factors such as popularity, security and park facilities, so make sure to compare parks and see what is available to you as a caravan owner.

Potential caravan owners should check exactly what their pitch fees include - especially inclusions during the period when the park is closed for the off-season. Find out what will happen to your caravan and if winter storage fees are included in the park site fees or whether owners will be expected to pay more for winter coverage.

Can I Rent My Caravan?

Absolutely! Many caravan owners only stay in their caravan for a short amount of time every year and for the remainder of the time when the park is open, they hire it out or loan their caravan to friends and family to use. Caravan owners can rent their caravan privately, advertising and taking bookings themselves or alternatively, in exchange for a management fee, many parks will offer a letting service and will handle advertising, letting, cleaning and maintenance of your caravan.

Renting your caravan is a good way to recuperate purchase costs or contribute towards caravan park pitch fees. However, you should always make sure to check that your site agreement allows for hiring your caravan out before you choose to site your caravan.

Can I Finance My Caravan Purchase?

Depending on the caravan supplier you choose, finance options may be available subject to credit checks. Allens Caravans offer Allens Options - get in touch with our sales team for further information about how we can make owning a holiday home more affordable for you. Terms and conditions apply.

Can I Sell My Caravan?

When you are looking to upgrade your caravan or simply sell your static caravan, we can offer assistance for selling sited caravans on our holiday caravan sites. Alternatively, sales can be made privately between the owner and potential buyer. If you have a caravan sited on a holiday site, make sure to check your paperwork in detail for selling terms and procedures before organising a sale.

Caravan Living FAQ

Hopefully, the above information will have settled any questions you had regarding costs of purchasing, renting and living in your caravan, but to answer your questions about caravan living, we've put together the following:

Can I Live in My Caravan?

If you have bought a low to mid-tier static caravan, the chances are that it won't have been built to residential quality standards and unfortunately is not suitable for living in. Make sure to check the build standards on the purchase of your caravan; structures built to EN1647 are only suitable for temporary or holiday accommodation, while caravans built to BS3632 have been designed for long-term and permanent dwelling.

Where Can I Site My Caravan?

Siting your caravan can be done in two main ways - on private land with full planning permission or on licensed and managed holiday parks. Private land and planning permission can be a highly expensive process to request and obtain, making privately-managed holiday caravan sites the most popular place for siting static caravans.

How Do I Site My Static Caravan?

Static caravans are large, immovable structures that require flatbed trucks to move efficiently. This can be an expensive process and is not something you want to do regularly! For that reason, it's important to ensure that you choose your holiday park carefully. When siting your caravan, you'll want to consider connections, extra pitch inclusions such as decking, gardens and screening and the size of your pitch.

Can I Use My Caravan All Year Round?

If you are siting your caravan on private land with full planning permission and it has been built to BS6965 standards, absolutely!

However, it's more likely that you've bought a holiday static caravan and will need to site it in a holiday caravan park. If this is the case, you will not be able to use your caravan throughout the whole year. Most caravan parks are only open for ten months of the year, closing over the quieter winter months.

Why Can't I Use My Caravan All Year Round?

Holiday caravan parks close during the quiet winter months as they see a large reduction in the number of visitors on the site and it is less cost effective for them to stay open, for both the park owners and caravan owners. During this time, the park can catch up with site maintenance, staff training and get the holiday park visitor-ready for next year's open season.

What Happens to My Caravan When I Can't Use it?

Over the winter months when the park is closed, your caravan will be left unused and empty so ensure that you take the time to winterise or talk to your park management about winterising your caravan before the park closes. Winterising will include draining down water, emptying waste receptacles, removing batteries, thoroughly cleaning your caravan inside and out and removing any electrical equipment or valuables that may have been left in your caravan.

How Long Can My Caravan Stay On Site?

Only some parks will have restrictions on the amount of time your caravan can remain on site. For those that do, the average seems to be around 15 years. Most parks won't have any time restrictions but may continue to increase pitch fees annually - just make sure to check license agreements and siting paperwork closely before agreeing to a park choice.  

Can My Pet Stay in My Caravan?

While you will have control over the individuals and animals that you allow in your caravan, if you are planning on regularly visiting your site with your pet in tow, you'll want to check that the caravan site allows animals prior to purchasing a holiday caravan.

Our holiday parks where pets are welcome include Abbot's Salford, Leedons Park, Weir Meadow, Overstone Lakes, Severnside and Sunbeach.

What are Pitch Fees?

Pitch fees or park site fees are the payments made to cover the use of land your caravan has been sited on and also cover the maintenance and upkeep of your park's facilities and amenities. Pitch fees are usually paid annually directly to the park management and are considered to be the greatest recurring cost after purchasing a caravan. The fees you pay will depend on the park facilities and size, with increased fees for larger, more comprehensive parks that host regular entertainment evenings or have sports and swimming facilities.

How Do I Choose a Park?

Choosing a park to site your caravan or purchase your holiday caravan is a personal decision, although there is a list of questions you should ask yourself before committing. For example:

  • Have you visited the park?
  • Is it a good journey from your home?
  • Is the park too large or small? Do you feel comfortable with the number of caravans on site?
  • Does the park have sufficient facilities for your needs, such as entertainment, clubhouse, swimming pool, sports facilities or a children's play area?
  • Does the park location hold enough interest for you? Are there towns or coastlines nearby? Are there plenty of interesting attractions like nature reserves, zoos or parks?
  • Is there a plot in the potential park that you are interested in?
  • Does the plot offer enough space?
  • If you are looking at a holiday home, is it large enough with sufficient amenities?
  • Is the park within your budget?

With these questions in mind, you can draw comparisons between preferred parks and plots and choose one that is perfectly suited to you and your family.

Can I Host My Friends and Family in My Caravan?

While some privately-owned holiday sites do not allow subletting, it's absolutely fine to allow friends and family to use your caravan during a time you aren't using it or even as a group visit. However, make sure not to overfill the caravan for health and safety reasons and if you have large group visits in mind, purchase a caravan with enough room and a large accommodated berth.

Owning a Caravan FAQ

Owning a caravan is both exciting and adventurous, allowing you and your family or friends to regularly escape from the hustle and bustle of real life to kick back and relax in serene tranquillity, surrounded by beautiful and inspiring natural sights. If you don't see your question, please get in touch with our expert, friendly team who will be more than happy to assist you - simply give us a call on 01564 792323.

How Do I Maintain My Caravan?

Static caravans have the benefit of being a relatively easy to maintain structure and you'll only need to perform a short regular maintenance schedule in order to keep everything looking and functioning well.

Clear and clean gutters regularly to prevent a build-up of debris like moss and leaf litter which can cause rainwater to overspill down the panels of the caravan. This can also lead to damp issues so it's important to ensure that there is no chance of water ending up where it shouldn't be. Another way to prevent damp is to leave your curtains open when the caravan is not in use and distribute large bowls of salt or dehumidifier packs around the caravan to draw moisture out of furniture and soft furnishings.

When not in use, make sure that roof vents are closed to prevent water getting in during the wetter seasons, although ensure that wall or floor vents are unblocked and open to allow fresh air to circulate your caravan, helping prevent damp and mould growth and keep your caravan from smelling stale the next time you use it.

Check and clean your outer panels and caravan chassis regularly to ensure there is no damage or rusting occurring that will require repair. The chassis can be treated to prevent rust although keep in mind that caravans located near to the coast will likely require increased maintenance and stronger rust protection.

If you are renting your caravan out, you'll need to ensure it undergoes a regular check by a professional electrician and gas engineer, depending on your supplied amenities. Yearly is good for caravans that undergo heavy, weekly use, although at least every three years is the best practice to ensure a safe and well-maintained caravan.

Ensure that any gas, electric and water supplies are turned off over a period of non-use to prevent a risk of fire or flooding, especially during winter when pipes are at risk of freezing. If you have a boiler in your caravan, this will also need regular maintenance and checks to ensure it is still safe and efficient to use - contact a local gas engineer for further information. Your holiday site should have a list of trusted, preferred engineers available.

Regularly replace batteries in fire and carbon monoxide alarms and check that they are still working and emitting sound. Your caravan must have a fire alarm and carbon monoxide alarm and if you have a particularly large caravan, it's recommended to have at least two throughout the structure.

Make sure to keep the roof clear of leaf litter and natural debris as this can be encouraging for the growth of mould and lead to damp in your caravan. A few times a year, ensure doors and windows are clean and hinges clean and oiled to ensure free movement, especially windows and doors marked as fire escapes and ensure locks are also maintained to prevent sticking or rusting when not in use.

Never block vents or fire escapes from your caravan and never store anything underneath the caravan as this can lead to an increased fire risk. Make sure that any steps to your caravan or surrounding decking are kept clear and clean of trip hazards, in addition to regularly checking any exterior fixings to ensure they are still intact and not at risk of rust.

Am I Responsible for Maintaining My Site?

The boundaries of your caravan site should be clearly marked and you will be responsible for keeping the site tidy and well-maintained. It's best to check your site agreement to ensure the level of maintenance you are required to carry out, however, usually washing down the area frequently and ensuring nothing is stored outside the caravan is sufficient.

Should I Insure My Caravan?

While caravan owners are not legally obligated to insure their static caravan, most caravan parks will require a minimal coverage to ensure the basics are covered while your caravan remains on their site. Having caravan insurance is extremely beneficial for caravan owners and depending on the type of policy you get, you are protected against most types of damage, including storm, flood and winter damage. Some policies also offer a new for old replacement scheme in addition to contents cover, private rental cover and coverage for your keys and locks should they fail or go missing.

There are a few different insurance providers to choose from when insuring your static caravan so make sure to shop around to get yourself the best offer with the most comprehensive cover.

Miscellaneous Static Caravan FAQ

For those questions that don't quite fall under other headings, we have included a few more answers below.

Can I Customise My Caravan?

If you are purchasing a new caravan, there may be additional options for choosing soft furnishings, furniture and fittings prior to it being built and sited on your chosen holiday park. It's best to check with the caravan manufacturer. If you are buying a pre-owned or new caravan that has already been built and sited, any customisations will need to be made yourself.

How Can I Customise My Caravan?

Most things in your caravan can be changed and customised depending on your needs, whether you replace carpets, remove carpets in favour of hard-flooring or vice-versa, re-cover furniture and change out soft furnishings such as cushions, curtains and beddings. There will also be options to change fixings and fittings like door or cupboard handles and locks. However, you should keep in mind that some furniture may be specifically sized for your caravan and if replaced, you need to ensure that it is carefully measured to ensure any new furniture fits.

How Do I Heat or Cool My Caravan?

Your caravan should come with gas connections to hook up to gas mains or gas bottles, depending on the facilities at your chosen site. However, you should also keep in mind that there may only be electrical hook-ups in place of gas. Modern caravans are built well-insulated with a condensed central heating system or fireplace to protect against the cold and keep occupants warm. Much like the majority of British homes, there is no air conditioning so if you stay during hot summer months, consider packing some extra fans or a portable air conditioning unit to keep things comfortable.

Do I Need a TV License?

If your main residence and static holiday caravan are not occupied at the same time, then you will not require a TV license. However, should you hire or loan out your caravan while residing in your main home address, a TV license will be required separately for your static caravan. In addition, if you are using your static caravan as a main address, you will need to ensure your TV license is registered to your caravan address.

How Do I Get Internet in My Static Caravan?

While most holiday caravan sites offer free Wi-Fi, the connection speeds and quality tend to slow down as the amount of holiday-goers increases during the summer months. Depending on the number of personal connections you have and the coverage you would like through your caravan, a mobile dongle with Wi-Fi may be suitable to your needs which plugs straight into a laptop via USB.

Alternatively, powered Wi-Fi hubs are known for having better signal pick-up and can accommodate multiple devices. These are low-cost options good for long or short stays, although you'll want to research which mobile network supplier offers the best signal for your area.

Owning a static holiday caravan is an experience the whole family can enjoy and makes for a great place to escape to at the last minute on the weekend. If you have a question we haven't addressed above, please don't hesitate to get in touch with our friendly and expert team on 01564 792 323 for more information or to find out about our static holiday caravans for sale.

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