If you’re wondering how long static caravans last, it’s important to understand what you’re actually buying. With most static caravans, you will be buying a caravan to go on a pitch of your choice, which is yours for the duration of the license period. Below, we outline the key things to consider when looking at your purchase.
Most holiday parks have a license period for their static caravans. To take two of the holiday parks we’re partnered with as examples – St Audries Bay Holiday Club and Smytham Holiday Park – they have a 15 year license period. This means that your static caravan is eligible on your chosen pitch for 15 years.
It’s important to keep in mind that, if you buy a secondhand holiday home, you will have what is remaining on the license for that caravan.
At the end of the 15 years, your static caravan can be taken to a plot of land of your choice. The other option is to sell it on.
Like cars, static caravans will depreciate in value over the years. However, they will still be worth some money after this time period! You might consider part-exchanging your static caravan for another model or selling it to a private buyer. Many people purchase static caravans for renovation.
When it comes to making your static caravan last as long as possible, you need to think about winterisation. Winterisation is the process of ‘shutting down’ and storing your caravan away for the winter months so that’s it’s ready for use again as the weather gets warmer.
Carefully following your manufacturer’s winterisation procedures will help to protect the home during the cold winter months. If people don’t follow park practice for winterisation, their insurance could become invalid, so it’s important that the right procedures are followed.
The real value of your static caravan doesn’t come from how long it lasts or what its financial value is after x amount of years. Rather, it comes from the wonderful time you can spend with friends and family in holiday accommodation that you own.
It’s therefore important to carefully consider the location of your chosen holiday park in light of the trips and holidays you will spend here. Once you select a beautiful location that you know you can enjoy for years to come, you’re onto a winner!