When it comes to caravans, sometimes, it can be all too easy to feel overwhelmed by confusing terminology used when referring to your different accommodation options. This is particularly true if you’re new to the caravan lifestyle, especially if you’re interested and just want to find out more. Here at KC Caravans, we have been part of the UK’s caravan sector since the mid-1930s, so it’s fair to say that we know a thing or two about caravans!
Some of the most common questions we receive are about the different types of caravan, terminology used and how they differ from one another. If you’re wondering what a static caravan is, whether they’re suitable for you or how they compare to other caravans, then you’re in the right place. This brief guide should answer all the questions you might have about both vintage static caravans and their modern counterparts.
Static caravans aren’t meant to be towed around the country. Instead, they stay in one place only (usually a holiday park) for a long period of time and are very rarely moved. They are not designed to be moved about as frequently as any other caravan.
The fact that static caravans remain stationary means that they can benefit from more comprehensive facilities and home comforts. For example, static caravans usually include central heating, double glazing and fully equipped kitchens and bathrooms. Similarly, whilst the interior of a touring caravan needs to be fixed to avoid issues during travel, static caravans open the door to additional appliances and free-standing furniture.
In short, a static caravan stays in one place whereas a touring caravan is towed and can be taken wherever you want.
Other Commonly Confused Terminology
Now that we’ve determined the difference in the two caravans, lets’ clear up some commonly mistaken terminology. Note the differences because they will have a big effect on when you can use your static caravan.
What Is A Holiday Home
The term ‘holiday home‘ can be used to describe any property that you own or reside in for a short period of time each year. With caravans specifically, holiday home usually references static caravans which are based on a holiday park and can be bought or rented for use as holiday accommodation.
Legislations in the UK state that you can’t replace your current residence with a holiday home. This is because they do not meet a specific criterion. Holiday parks are only open 10 months a year anyway so (unfortunately for some) you can’t do this anyway, even if you wanted to!
To summarise, a holiday home is a static caravan that is housed on a holiday park. You cannot live in a static caravan holiday home permanently; you must have another property that is designated as your permanent residence.
Park Or Mobile Home
‘Mobile home’ is quite a misleading phrase because it’s generally used to reference static caravans that are being used as permanent residential properties, meaning that a mobile home isn’t meant to be moved around at all.
It must be emphasised that just like holiday homes, park homes are stationary and fixed in position. The key difference between park and holiday homes is that you can stay in a park home permanently, whereas you may only be able to stay in a holiday home for 10 months of the year.
Is A Static Caravan Right For You?
Hopefully now confusion around static caravans and how the types of static caravan differ has been sorted out, but you might be wondering whether a static caravan is suited to you and your requirements.
Most people can find a static caravan suitable for their needs because of the variety available. However, the most important point to consider is that every caravan and every park is different, so always investigate and do your homework!
We hope that this brief introduction has helped you to understand some of the more confusing terms in the UK caravan industry. If you’re interested in acquiring a static caravan, you can discover more about our holiday homes here. If you’re unsure about anything, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we will gladly help you.