If You’re looking to invest in a new holiday home. You’re probably putting a lot of thought into what type of holiday home you want. You’re pondering the initial investment, running costs, maintenance costs and so forth.
One option high on your list could be a static caravan. But you’re wondering, how long does a static caravan last? You need a good return on the investment you’re going to make. So the lifespan of a static van is crucial.
Two or three major factors will influence the life of a static caravan. The first is how well you maintain your caravan. Second, will it be a new purchase or used, if it’s used, how old is it, and was it maintained well, prior to your purchase. Third, how long is the caravan site license agreement, or pitch licence, valid for.
Understanding A Caravan Site License Agreement
Often referred to as the pitch licence. This is a tremendously important piece of paper. This sets out the terms of your agreement when you first place your static caravan on a holiday park.
It’s beyond important you appreciate the implications and conditions set down in this agreement because it governs how long you may have your static caravan on the park.
The agreement will cover these three key points when considering your caravan:
- The age, price, full details and condition of your caravan
- The rate of depreciation
- What are the prevailing conditions that govern whether a caravan is no longer up to the standards of the park
A park will issue pitch licences for varying lengths of time, depending on the age and condition of your static caravan.
- From 8 years for a pre-owned van. Up to
- 20 years for a new one.
From the park owners point of view, it’s understandable he wants static caravans to be in the best condition. If not, it will affect his bottom line because it will put any potential renters off if they see a load of run-down static caravans.
If it’s a high-quality park he’s going to err on the side of caution when he issues licences and the time they run.
What Happens When Your Licence Runs Out? Is That It?
Well, no, there are some things you can do:
- Extend your licence. If the park owner deems your static caravan to be in good enough condition, he could well offer you an extension to your licence. There’s no guarantee of this. There might be a waiting list to get on the park. The owner might prefer to replace your static van with a newer model.
- Trade-in your static caravan for a newer model. If you can’t contemplate moving to another park, this can be a great option. Most parks have deals running, so it’s worth talking to your park owner, see what’s on offer.
- Sell Your Static Caravan. You could always find a private buyer or even sell it to the trade. There are many in the UK, shop around for the best deal you can find.
- Sell to the park. It might be easier to ask the park if they want to buy it. It’s a lot less hassle, although you might not get the best price.
Extending The Life Of Your Static Caravan
It’s not a question of how long does a static caravan last? It’s really how can you ensure your static caravan lasts in excellent condition for as long as possible.
Check out these tips:
- Buy a static caravan with a galvanised chassis. Protect the chassis from rust and gradual erosion, which will reduce the value of your van. Plus, if you site your van near the sea, a galvanised chassis is essential.
- Keep the gutters clean. At least two to three times a year, clean them and check for any problem areas. Moisture has a habit of creeping in, but if you clean regularly, you can prevent issues before they start.
- The caravan floor is another area to watch out for. Floors take a lot of stick, so check for wear and tear.
- Water maintenance is important in a static caravan. Water damage and damp can be lethal if it’s not dealt with in a timely manner. You may have external leaking from the roof. Or internal leaking from pipes inside the van.
- A caravan roof, although well-built, can still have issues because of skylights. They can easily become damaged and leak. Check rubber seals for cracking. Replace or repair those.
- If you site your caravan close to the sea and you do not have a galvanised chassis, you might fit a skirt around the van. The salt air will play havoc with metal, so a skirt will keep some of that air at bay.
- Finally, make sure your static caravan has a good warranty. Buying from a manufacturer that offers a long term and substantial warranty is a must. Get as many of the important areas, such as windows, doors, structure and replacement parts covered.
Insuring Your Static Caravan
Things go wrong sometimes, despite our best efforts. So insure your property. Most caravan parks will insist on insurance cover. But make sure you have insurance for your property inside the van. Double-check your policy includes public liability.
Winterise Your Static Caravan
When you talk about making a static caravan last as long as you can, then know how to winterise your van properly.
A caravan unused for five or six months over the wintertime is vulnerable to damage caused by a typical UK winter. Frozen pipes, condensation, mildew and wildlife infestations are some problems that van owners encounter when they return to their vans in spring.
The park management will lay out explicit instructions for every van owner to follow. In fact, it might be a clause in your insurance that you follow the park’s instructions to the letter. If you do not, they may even invalidate your insurance.
In summary, does the value of your static caravan come from how long it will last, the resale value when you come to sell or the many years you get to spend with family and friends? You bought your static caravan to help you enjoy life to the full, in a holiday home that you own.