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Top tips on buying a static caravan

If you are considering purchasing a static caravan for the first time, you might wish to consider some of the following points:

  • location – 1.  Unless you plan to use your caravan perhaps only once or twice each year, you may wish to make sure that it is within sensible commuting distance of your permanent home.  That might mean you will be able to use it more easily for weekend breaks etc.;
  • location – 2. When choosing a location, remember that your site may affect a number of things including the cost of your static caravan insurance.  Sites known for flooding or which have security issues, may result in you needing to spend more on your annual policy;
  • facilities.  Some sites may be very rural, have few if any onsite facilities and be a long way from things such as shops.  If you like rural isolation that may be fine but not if you like having a shop or a pub (etc.) within just a few minutes of where you are staying;
  • budget.  Remember that maintaining a caravan costs money, just as maintaining and running a house does. As a result, choose a static that is safely within your budget and which will leave you with some money left over to cope with maintenance and odd emergencies, plus allow for caravan insurance too;
  • check the reason for sale. Being realistic, no potential vendor is likely to honestly share with you that they are trying to sell because (e.g.) the site and area are unpleasant!  Even so, pushing people a little on this and getting into a discussion with them, may result in you spotting a few warning signs that suggest their reasons for the sale may be ones that you yourself might find to be issues in due course;
  • look closely at the condition.  A lot of this is common sense but if you are not familiar with statics, it might be advisable to take someone with you who is.  Get them to check things such as the underneath, couplings and for signs of significant corrosion around the vehicle;
  • walk and drive extensively around the area of the site. For example, an animal silage farm a mile or two down the road might prove to be a significant issue for you at the height of summer when the wind is blowing in a certain direction! These are things you’ll want to discover in advance rather than afterwards;
  • note the condition of your neighbours’ caravans. The one you are looking at might be in pristine condition but if others around are shabby and slightly run down, it may tell you something about the nature of the site and your probable outcomes for the future sale of the caravan if and when you need to.

These are all pretty much obvious points.  Even so, they can be overlooked in the excitement of buying your first static.