Here we have put together a simple beginners guide for those new to owning a static or touring caravan to ensure that you get the most from your investment for as long as possible.
Owning a static or touring caravan gives you the freedom to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life whenever you have the chance to. More and more people are choosing to make the investment in a caravan to make the most of the free time they have to spend time with the family and relieve some of the stress that day-to-day life often brings.
There is an array of benefits to owning your own static or touring caravan, such as the freedom to holiday whenever you want and wherever you want- especially if you own a touring caravan. However, even if you are an experienced camper, owning a caravan is a big commitment and should not be entered into blindly.
Many people are attracted to static caravans as it gives them a permanent option for a break away and they can often be rented out to other holiday makers during peak times in order to help to pay for themselves.
Before buying a static caravan there are some things you need to consider from the start:
Touring caravans give you the freedom to explore the whole of Great Britain and beyond whenever you can. There is a wealth of caravan parks which you can pitch up at all over the country and Europe for you to use as a base as you explore the surrounding areas at leisure.
Whether you buy a new or second hand caravan, there are some points you should consider first:
Keeping your new caravan in good condition is vital in order to get the most out of your new investment all year round, for many years to come. You should consider how much maintenance is required, as well as how much this is likely to cost, before you buy your first caravan.
Your new touring caravan will need a yearly service much like your car does. The hand break and tyres will need regular checking for wear and replacing as and when needed. If your caravan is stood for a period of time then you may need to replace the battery before you use it and lubricate the handbrake if it may seize. You should clean your caravan inside and out before and after each use to keep it in its best condition as well as regularly open and close the windows, vents and roof vents to keep the hinges loose and ventilate your caravan regularly to prevent condensation and mould.
A static caravan may incur higher maintenance costs due to it being exposing to the elements all year round and because it is a bigger structure. Ensure all guttering is cleared regularly and the roof felt checked for damage or leaks. Keep an eye out for chassis corrosion and use wax or oil to keep the chassis free of rust. If you plan to leave the caravan empty over the winter then keep the curtains open to avoid damp and cleaning and waxing the outside panels at least twice a year will give your caravan an extra level of protection.
Buying a caravan is definately a worthwhile investment but it is wise to go into caravanning with your eyes open so that there are no nasty surprises further down the line.