The word caravan can conjure up images of being stuck behind a towing caravan going 30 miles per hour on a blistering Bank holiday. Nightmare! However, don’t let your preconceptions of these mobile homes get in the way of the facts. Owning a static caravan can be a wonderful addition to your life and provide you with the ultimate home-from-home getaway at the fraction of the price of a holiday home.
Unlike the rickety towing caravans that can be seen rusting away in people’s driveways, where everything you need for your holiday is squashed into a tiny, multifunctional space, a static caravan can offer all of the luxury of a self-catering apartment, with benefits of being your own personal space that you can tailor to your specific needs.
When deciding on where to purchase your static caravan, it is best to consider what you are hoping to get out of it. If you want to use it primarily for weekend breaks, then choosing a site within easy driving distance of your home is a good idea. While it may seem strange to have a holiday home not that far from your actual home, just the change of environment can bring on the holiday spirit and break the routine of normal home life. Choosing a location near the seaside or a particular favourite haunt can give hours of quality relaxation time.
If you want to use your caravan for longer breaks, you may want to consider looking further afield, to popular holiday destination areas, a different county or even a different country. What is important to remember is that you should choose an area that you love, that you will want to keep going back to and that will cater for your changing needs as a family or individual as the years go by.
Caravan sites have varied amenities including basic shops, play parks, swimming pools, club houses and even private beaches. There is definitely something out there to suit all needs but if you are in any doubt, contact NACO, the National Association of Caravan Owners, who can offer specialist advice on all areas of caravanning.
Staying in a static caravan does not mean compromising on everyday comforts. Modern caravans can contain multiple separate bedrooms, en-suite facilities, fully fitted kitchens and adequate lounging areas for the whole family. In addition to this, they are now double-glazed and have central heating for winter breaks, and can have extensive decking areas attached to them, ideal for summer holidays.
One of the main benefits to having a static caravan and always returning to the same site is that you will get to meet the other people on the site. This can mean opportunities for you and your children to make life long friends and really adds to that home from home feel.
Like conventional holiday homes, static caravans can be rented out when you are not using them. The conditions relating to rentals vary from site to site, so it is wise to check this out before you commit to a site if you intend to rent. Some sites also allow you to use the caravan for full residential use, which could provide you with the ultimate downsize when you retire.
No matter what you want to use your static caravan for, the benefits of owning your own are clear to see. If you need any further information, contact NACO for all your static caravan needs.