The idea of buying a static caravan for the first time can be exciting and scary in equal measures. The most important thing is to take your time, do your research and consider what is best for you!
We’ve put together some of the key things you need to consider when buying your first static caravan.
The most important thing is to be realistic about what you can afford. Your idea of a dream caravan might have a jacuzzi and all of the luxuries you desire, but the most important thing is that it’s stylish, comfortable, large enough for what you need and in keeping with your personal taste.
Make some calculations about what your budget will be and also determine whether there is any ‘wiggle room’ if you find a caravan that you love.
Remember that there are a number of costs to consider, including site or pitch fees, rates, insurance and utilities like gas, water and electric.
There are often opportunities to buy high-quality second-hand static caravans, so make sure to keep an eye out for those. At Westcountry Resorts, we sell fantastic used caravans in both Devon and Somerset.
The next thing you need to decide on is the location. We are, of course, biased towards the South West because of its warm weather and stunning views, but you should prioritise your own interests.
Do you need a lot of opportunity for outdoor activities such as hiking? Would you like to be located close to the beach? Is there a particular part of the country you have always been drawn to? These are all the questions you need to ask yourself when first buying a static caravan.
The other factor that’s important to consider when it comes to location is the holiday park. Finding the right park is by far the most important part of the decision-making process. You should go with your gut feeling – you will know as soon as you walk around the park if it’s right for you.
Some holiday parks are more suited to families with lots of activities and fun facilities, whereas others are tailored towards couples with an emphasis on peace and relaxation. The opening season of holiday parks will also vary so this is another factor to consider before making your choice.
Once you have found your park location, it’s important to find the right pitch on the site for your holiday home.
Factors to consider will include whether it’s near to the park facilities and near to parking. You may also want to opt for a pitch that has a sea view or a countryside view. Finally, you will want to look at whether the pitch is on flat ground and whether it’s possible for you to have a deck in that space.
Bearing in mind your budget and your chosen holiday park, you’ll also want to write down a list of requirements for your caravan. You can do this however you want, but we recommend splitting it into two columns – one for ‘definitely need’ and one for ‘would be nice’.
This list will vary depending on whether you are a solo traveller, a couple or a family but it’s important that you make it so you know what to look for. Things to consider might include the number of beds needed, design preferences, overall space and the usability of the kitchen and bathroom facilities.
The final thing to keep in mind when purchasing your first static caravan is to buy from a trustworthy seller. You need to know the history of the caravan, particularly if it’s second-hand, and you want to feel reassured that the process will be smooth and simple.
It’s all well and good buying from a stranger on a community advertising website, but it’s unlikely that you’ll get all of the support needed for such a big decision.
Gather all the information you need to make your decision and rely on the salesperson as much as possible – they are there to help you out!
If you’re interested in buying a static caravan for the first time, feel free to get in touch and see how we can help you.