When it comes to trying to find the perfect home from home, there are many factors to consider. During this time of year, many people choose a static caravan to help them escape the demands of the 9-5 life and leave all the home stresses behind at the same time.
Choosing the right static caravan can be quite intimidating, especially with the variety in choice out there. If your family will be coming with you or you’re just looking for a getaway with a loved one, it’s a difficult decision to pick one that’s not only right for your budget, but also right for your tastes. Imagine splashing out on a caravan which looks amazing in photos only to discover that the finished article is anything but amazing. Research is key, which is why we took the time to do some and bring you the ultimate guide filled with advice on all things static caravans.
Possibly the most important thing to consider is where your caravan will be located. If you prefer the quieter side of life, you might not want to choose one that’s inside a bustling park packed with other holiday makers or owners. On the other hand, finding one that’s isolated if you’re a sociable person might not only be less than ideal for you, but also the children if they’re in tow. Make sure that it’s also located near a town if you want to explore a totally new environment, too.
Few people have the privilege of being able to spend big sums of money on a whim, so if you have been saving for a while, the last thing you want to do is make an impulse buy on something that might be too extravagant for your needs. Will you even be visiting it more than a couple times a year? Is it worth the investment? On the other side of the coin, is a static caravan you’re interested in surprisingly affordable? It could be worth investigating and asking questions of the seller to see if there’s a major drawback which has pulled the price down.
If you’re holidaying solo, you might not need the space of a football field in your static caravan to stay comfortable. Finding a spacious caravan with the family can be even trickier – even though it has a couple of bedrooms, will the children be able to sleep alright if it’s quite cramped? Should you have quite a large family, trying to squeeze them all into a static caravan can even be stressful as you’re constantly getting in each other’s way and have little chance for alone time. If you’re taking a break to try and reconnect with each other, cramming everyone into one space and asking everyone to get along might not be the best way to go about it.
Imagine driving halfway across the country to arrive at your static caravan only to discover that is doesn’t come with its own kettle. Nobody wants to suffer through an early morning without a coffee, so make sure you quiz the seller about how exactly furnished it is before you make the purchase. This can also help you save valuable space in the car as you won’t have to bring half of your kitchen just to be on the safe side. This also ties in well with the section about price: if your static caravan doesn’t even come with a properly working shower, is it really worth the investment? Always be wary of heavily discounted caravans.
It might sound obvious, but staying safe on holiday is just as important on holiday as it is at home. When choosing your static caravan, be sure to get all the details you can on the quality of it to see if it has had regular safety checks and that everything is working as it should be. Machine malfunctions are one of the leading causes of accidents in the UK each year, so you want to ensure that you don’t become another statistic when all you’re trying to do is unwind. You wouldn’t leave your front door unlocked at home, so why would you at your caravan?
Finding the right static caravan for you isn’t a decision to take lightly, but if you follow some of our guidance, you could find yourself the perfect second home without having to break the bank. See you on the beach!