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Additional Costs to Consider When Purchasing a Static Caravan

When you make the decision to buy a static caravan, it’s an exciting time and one you’ll likely have budgeted or saved up for. In addition to the cost of buying a static caravan – whether brand new or second hand – you must also consider additional fees that come into play so you know how much it will truly cost.

Money

What other costs are there to buying a static caravan?

It is fair to say the bulk of the caravan costs are at the front end; buying the unit, moving the unit and setting it up. Once in place, they are very cheap accommodation and require little upkeep.

Front end costs

Planning applications

The cost of any relevant planning application needs to be considered. Whilst pretty much anyone can position a static caravan on their property, depending on how it is to be used will dictate what planning permission you may need. Certainly, if you intend to live in the caravan, we highly recommend you apply for a Certificate of Lawful Development.

Transportation

The cost of transporting your static caravan to you will vary depending on the distance it will have to travel. This typically includes preparing the model for transit and the use of a lorry and escort vehicle, as well as the staff required.  The cost depends on distances and complexity of access and also whether the home is a single unit or twin as this will require 2 of everything and can easily be £1500 – £2500 + VAT.

Lifting into the space

Will it fit? The more complex the access, the higher the cost there may be to receive your caravan. Certainly, if it cannot simply be rolled in on its wheels the cost will jump as a crane will be required to lift it into position. Caravans are very large and heavy items, so to lift them by crane can easily exceed £2500 + VAT.  If you have concerns about access to your property will highly recommend contacting us to organise a site survey to ascertain whether what you are looking to buy will fit.

Caravan siting

The cost of siting a caravan is the price of moving it from where the lorry can unload it to exactly where you would like it (usually using a custom modified 4X4). Once in position the caravan is raised off the ground on axel stands and concrete blocks and checked to be level.

Commissioning

Once level, the static must be connected. This requires:

  • A plumber to connect up the fresh and waste waterBoiler service
  • A gas registered engineer to test and certify the boiler and any other gas appliances
  • An registered electrician to connect up the power.

As the caravan is in effect a small house, it can draw a significant amount of current and needs to be hard wired into a suitable consumer unit.

It is also essential you check and install pipe insulation and to make sure they are high quality – don’t skimp as the water pipes are exposed under the home and are very prone to freezing during the winter. In the event of frozen pipes, the best case scenario is that you won’t be able to use the shower or toilet. In the worst case scenario they will burst if they’re not insulated and the water can damage the flooring.

Ongoing costs

Pitch fees and service charges

If you are located on a caravan park, you will have to factor in your monthly pitch fees and service charges.

Gas checks

It is strongly recommended that the gas system is checked every year by a certified engineer. If you look after the caravan and deal with any small maintenance items when they come up, costs are very low.

Utilities

You will have the cost of your utilities just like any home and for a caravan gas will probably be the biggest expenditure. If you plan to have the caravan for a long time, treat yourself to a bulk LPG gas tank if you’re not connected to mains gas. These can hold 100-1000 litres and are filled up by a lorry. They’re much more cost effective and convenient than having to trek down to a Calor Gas dealer with heavy metal bottles every few weeks.

Boiler maintenance

If you’re lucky enough to be on mains gas, you will most likely need to have the boiler adapted to burn natural gas, as most caravan boilers are set up to burn LPG or bottled gas.

Rust protectionchassis of static caravan, sitting.

If you’re near the sea, unless you have opted for a chassis that is galvanised, rust will set in unless you paint and treat the metal chassis every year or so. Skirting in the caravan also helps keep the front out and salty sea air away from the chassis, but this is an additional cost.

 

 

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