Here at Park Leisure, our ethos is simple – a lifetime of holidays. Some owners choose to keep their static caravan or lodge for, quite literally, a lifetime, but many choose to upgrade after some time.
The first things is to consider is that there is a difference between how long your static caravan will physically last and how long a holiday park may allow you to keep your static caravan on pitch. The other main reason holiday home owners choose to upgrade is to stick with the trends as many interiors and features soon become outdated in the world of fashion and technology.
What is the life expectancy or a static caravan?
If a caravan is well cared for they can go for years and years; you can almost replace or renew every part of a static caravan. It's not uncommon to see some people with caravans as old as 30 years, although many decide to upgrade their caravan to a more modern interior, updated mod-cons and sized-up model.
How long can I keep a static caravan on park?
Many parks determine in their site license agreement how long you can keep your static caravan or holiday lodge on park. Most operators allow you to keep a static caravan on their park for 10 - 20 years, with lodges allowing slightly longer - although this should be determine in your site license agreement. When visiting a park and deciding to buy a static caravan, make sure to ask your sales advisor about any restrictions as it may well help you choose your perfect park and holiday home, our buyers guide may help you think of questions to ask and running costs to consider. Generally, the number of years you can keep your caravan on park for is determined on how long it is assessed to remain safe and in good condition.
What is a caravan site license agreement?
A site license agreement, sometimes referred to as a pitch license document or agreement, sets out the terms of your agreement when you move on to a holiday park. This is incredibly important to cover when planning on moving to a holiday park, as it is a legally binding document which should include how long you can remain on the park with your holiday home.
In relation to the carvaan itself, a site license agreement will usually state the following:
The price, age, details and condition of the caravan
The rate of depreciation of caravans
Details for deciding if a caravan is no longer up to park standards
So regardless of the lifespan of your static caravan, ensure your license agreement allows you to keep the caravan for as long as you hope to use it regularly before exchanging or upgrading.
What do I do when my license agreement ends?
There are a few options to consider when you've fallen out of love with your holiday home - it may be that your family has outgrown your holiday home, it may be on the old fashioned side, you may love your caravan but not your holiday park - the list goes on. If you've fallen out of love with your park or the caravan lifestyle, your customer care team are more than happy to discuss your options and let you know what you can do around trading in your caravan, arranging a private sale or even moving it elsewhere. Many holiday home owners decide to sell their caravan with dreams of upgrading to a larger holiday home or better pitch on park.
Part-exchanging your static caravan
It really is as simple as 1, 2, 3. If you love your park and simply just want something a bit fancier, your sales team on-park are there to sort out everything. From arranging a quote on your current holiday home, to selling it, helping you stay on your existing pitch or moving to a new view, and of course finding your upgraded model - this is usually the preferred option for many static caravan owners when the lifespan of their caravan is coming to an end.