At Perfect Parks we understand how important it is to have all the information you need when buying a holiday home. There are so many things to consider, which is why our Perfect Guides keep everything simple. Our guide to static caravans looks into the history of popular units and covers the details that you need.
History of Static Caravans
Caravans have been used for travelling and temporary shelter for hundreds of years. However, the static caravan’s history is more modern. 2019 marks a hundred years since the first holiday unit was developed in the UK. Eccles Motor Transport created these and they measured 5 ft 7 inches wide and were only 9 feet long. These were designed to be pulled, although holidaymakers started to park up in laybys and ask farmers to stay overnight.
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This is where the holiday park industry first started and it has continued to grow. As the holiday industry picked up, more and more parks began to emerge. Taking a short break away has since become a crucial part of life and staying in a static caravan is something a lot of us do. They’ve come a long way in the past few decades and today make the most of modern advancements.
What Are They?
Today static caravans are a huge industry, making up a large proportion of holiday trade in the UK. Static caravans come in a range of styles, sizes and prices. Most often they will measure somewhere between 22’ x 10’ and 40’ x 12’. These holiday homes are meant for temporary use. They comply with BS EN 1647, a European standard on caravan holiday homes. This is a lower build standard than lodges (BS 3626) and means that statics are not as well insulated.
These are typically sited on a park with a holiday license, meaning that you can visit during the open months. Every park has their own rules and opening months so it’s worth checking. As static caravans are for temporary use, you cannot use them as a permanent residence. Some sites will ask you to provide evidence of your permanent address to ensure the license is not being breached.