9 Pitfalls of Buying a Static Caravan: What to Look Out For

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Are you thinking about buying a static caravan?

Although owning a static caravan is a wonderful experience, there are a few things you need to consider before making your purchase.

Read on to learn more about the pitfalls of buying a static caravan.

5 static caravans lined up next to a pathway on a holiday park (Caister-on-Sea)
Caravans for sale at Caister-on-Sea (Photo Credit: Haven Holidays)

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1. Not Getting To Know The Holiday Park

Doniford Bay Holiday Park overlooking the sea at sunset (photo credit: Haven Holidays)
Caravans for Sale at Doniford Bay (Photo Credit: Haven Holidays)

Before buying, you must research and carefully check out the holiday park. There are so many different kinds of caravan parks; some are quiet and peaceful, while others are busy and lively.

The best way to decide is to go and book a holiday in the park – if this is possible—especially during the times you are most likely to use it.

If you plan on using the caravan during any school holidays, try to stay during this time, too; holiday parks have a different atmosphere at peak vs. off-peak times.

While you are there, see if you can speak to any other owners and ask them about their experience at the park. Ask if there are any pitfalls to ownership that they have experienced?

Check out any facilities and see how well they are maintained. Find out if they are closed during any part of the year.

Alternatively, you can book a park visit and look around the facilities, see what types of caravans are for sale, and, most importantly, ask any questions that you have about buying a static caravan.

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2. Short Holiday Park Season

Before you buy, check how long the park is open—some parks close for part of the year, usually in the winter months, for park maintenance.

There are, however, holiday parks that are open all year round.

3. Not Researching The Local Area

Most static caravans and lodges are in holiday parks in popular tourist areas.

Decide on how lively or quiet you like your holidays.

Are spacious and peaceful beaches more your thing? Perhaps buying a static caravan in North Wales or Scotland might be a consideration.

Perhaps coastal resorts with amusements and typical seaside facilities are more your style? A holiday home in Cornwall or Devon are worthy contenders.

If you prefer to explore many different areas and dislike being restricted by location, you might consider a touring caravan instead.

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4. Not Realising All The Costs

calculator on notepad working out the cost of owning a static caravan

When you see a static caravan listed for sale, that price is usually not an all-inclusive cost.

Aside from the initial cost of the caravan, there are also other things to consider.

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Although not exhaustive, the main ones are;

Annual Site Fees

Site fees vary from park to park and sometimes within a park (depending on the location of your pitch).

Sometimes, the first-year fee is included in the purchase price, but usually, it is payable. Different parks operate differently; some require the entire year’s payment in advance, whereas others will accept payment in instalments.

Utility Bills

Check and see what bills are already included in the site fee. Typical bills include electricity, gas and water.

There are cheap ways to heat a static caravan, such as portable heaters and draught excluders, which might help reduce these bills.

Council tax is not payable on non-residential holiday parks.


Although static caravan insurance isn’t a legal requirement, most holiday parks will insist you have it under the terms of siting it.

Even if it isn’t needed, it makes sense to insure a static caravan.

Maintenance and Repairs

Like any home, a static caravan also requires maintenance and repairs.

It’s wise to allocate some money for any general maintenance or unexpected costs such as roof or window repair or any damp and mould issues – although this can be prevented with the correct care.

5. Furnishing and Renovations

static caravan with wooden decking and a sun canopy
Caravan Decking

Most static caravans come furnished; this is especially true of new ones. However, some older models might require a bit of renovation.

Over time, some of the furniture may become a little tired and require replacing.

You may also decide to upgrade a few areas, perhaps adding more outdoor space such as some decking or a garden area.

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6. Transport and Siting Fees

This is only relevant if you buy a static caravan that is not already located where you want it or if a preferable plot becomes available on the holiday park you are already on.

The costs of transporting and siting a static caravan vary depending on many factors (distance, size of caravan, etc.)

7. Static Caravan Age Limits

It’s essential to know the holiday park rules on static caravan ages. Most parks have an age limit and will ask you to remove it when that age is reached – that could be after 10, 15 or 20 years.

If you plan to sublet the caravan, check the age limit that the park has; these can be set at ten years old at some locations.

It’s worth noting that these age limits tend to be more common on UK holiday parks – sites in other countries such as France and Spain tend to have more relaxed rules.

8. Static Caravan Depreciation

static caravan under blue skies, Pitfalls of Buying a Static Caravan

Like a car, static caravans also depreciate. The rate is similar to a car (about 15% per year), but there are variables. Like cars, new caravans will depreciate quicker than older used ones.

9. Not Being Able To Sublet

If you plan to rent out your caravan to offset some of the costs associated with ownership, check that the holiday park allows you to sublet.

Final Thoughts on the Pitfalls of Buying a Static Caravan

If you are considering buying a static caravan, we hope this article has given you a good overview of the potential pitfalls.

Owning your own holiday home can be great fun and very rewarding, but it’s important to consider all aspects of ownership before deciding.

Should you decide ownership is for you, we have a wide range of caravans for sale, so please take a look and get in touch if you have any questions.

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