Guide to buying a static caravan
Imagine a holiday where you can return as much as you please. Where you can eliminate the admin. Where you can stay in a space that you can call your own. Where you can make friends and family memories that last a lifetime. Welcome to the world of static caravan ownership.
We’ve all been there. We need an escape from the hustle and bustle, so we fire up the laptop and look into a whole host of holiday packages that provide much welcome, but temporary sanctuary from the stresses and strains of daily life. Now think of a position where the goodbyes are the only aspect that are temporary, where the conversations are ‘see you in a couple of weeks’ rather than a permanent 'see you when I see you’.
Our owners don’t just own an asset that they can return to when they please, they’re part of communities that make their static caravan more than just a place to stay, but a huge part of their lifestyle that brings refreshing experiences every time they set foot on our parks. If you fancy joining a world where you know your neighbours as friends, where you can watch the kids grow up in a safe environment and have your own place just steps from the beach, read on and find out how to buy one of our static caravans.
Step 1 – Find a Haven park that ticks all your boxes
Haven is the home of coastal caravan parks, with so many to choose from and down the UK. With parks in England, Scotland and Wales, you’re never too far from one whether you’re based in a big British city or a provincial town. From the northern shores of Northumberland all the way down to classic coastal Cornwall, you’re bound to be within a reasonable distance of one of our parks with static caravans. You can find a full list of our parks here.
Location is crucial, but not the sole thing to factor into buying a caravan with us. Here are some other key questions you’ll want to consider.
How often do I intend to visit?
How often you intend to visit will inform what’s a reasonable distance to travel. If you’re looking to escape the coast every weekend, you may not want to be more than a two to three-hour drive away from the park that’s caught your eye. In contrast, if you’re looking to stay somewhere for longer periods or even during the week, you can extend your journey time with little hassle as you won’t be travelling back and forth as much.
What can I do on the park itself?
Getting the right vibe and atmosphere for your family’s needs on holiday is crucial, and the same applies to ownership. For some, the quieter a place is the better, others want a whole host of things to do when they’re on park with us. There are a range of owners-only benefits at a range of our parks, but nothing is compulsory, and you can get involved as little or as much as you please. Get a feel for your shortlisted parks with our unique digital brochures for each and every one.
What can I do in the surrounding area?
When you’re looking to own with us, the experiences extend well beyond the borders of our parks. A luxury static caravan of your own provides you a base to explore the surroundings, which are truly glorious regardless of the place you pick. Ask yourself what your priorities are. Do you want a whole host of extra amenities in walking distance or are you happy to be in a secluded spot away from it all? Look at what your family usually like to do on holiday and assess the options. Whatever floats your boat, a breath of fresh air by the sea is guaranteed.
Can the dog come along with us?
38 of the 39 parks in our collection welcome the furry member of the family with open arms. There’s a whole host of dog friendly things to do around the park and the surroundings, so you can a spot for your pooch that extends beyond the caravan you buy.
Which one of these factors is most important to me and the family?
Of course, different people have different priorities, and looking at these basic things to consider is just the start of the ownership journey. Take time to evaluate what’s right for you and your family and you’ll be rewarded with the best possible experiences for your investment. Our friendly team will be on hand every step of the way to guide you to an outcome that suits your ownership needs.
Step 2 – Get to grips with the costs of caravan ownership
Buying a static caravan of your own is a major investment, with costs that extend beyond the price of the model itself. What you can’t put a price on is the memories made with it. We’ve broken our explanation of the cost down into three key areas. The first surrounds purchasing the holiday home of your choice itself, the second concerns the site fees of where your model is based, and the third is all about what is costs to keep all your amenities running. Allow us to explain more.
Take a look at the range of caravan models we currently have on sale and see what fits into your budget. The prices you see cover the cost of the holiday home and the essential adds on like safety and security of your prospective place. We have a fantastic finance option available (subject to status and availability), where a one-off deposit and affordable monthly payments could be the route you may want to take to own your own. There are also a range of optional extras to make your model all the more special, with a dose of delightful decking a particularly popular addition with our current owners.
The site fees
Site fees and the amount they add to depends on the park of your choice, availability of the pitches for your caravan and the degree to which they suit the model that you choose. Haven site fees are paid at the start of the calendar year’s season on March 1. This fee covers the whole year and includes everything from maintenance of the park to use of the facilities.
The running costs
These relate to the cost of amenities within model of your choice, such as water, gas, electricity and insurance. The total cost of these necessities' changes with each year, but our experts have come up with estimates so you can factor this into any decision making when you enquire.
It’s also worth noting that our 30-day money-back guarantee has you covered whatever the case. We realise that things don’t always go to plan, so if any circumstances do change in this period, you can hand the key to caravan back to us and we’ll return every penny.
Step 3 – Choose your dream static caravan
One of the funniest things about searching for your own holiday home is that you realise the word ‘caravan’ can mean a whole range of things. Forget any pre-conceived ideas about caravans all being the same! The incredible amount of choice for a holiday homeowner is both inspiring and bewildering at the same time. To categorise and allow our customers to search efficiently, we’ve categorised our models into four distinct groups:
Our comfortable Bronze models serve our first-time families fantastically when they’re starting their ownership journeys. Practical and great value, they have all the core features needed for a great holiday home. View our Bronze models.
Our luxury Silver static caravans are filled with fabulous homely touches, with features like king-size beds and free-standing furniture adding an extra level to these spaces where memories are made. Look through our Silver models.
Our Gold range are the cream of the crop. With high end finishes throughout, nothing is left to chance in these special spaces. They combine style and substance magnificently to create greatness. View our Gold range.
What about manufacturers?
Only the leading lights in the caravan sales business provide us with the special homes that we sell to you. We work with four key suppliers: Swift, ABI, Atlas and Willerby. Each put their own stamp and expertise into the incredible owner experiences that are had at our 39 parks. Browse our caravans by manufacturer.
Step 4 – Arrange a visit with us
You’ve done your due diligence, conducted your research and you've started planning for life as a Haven owner. Arranging a visit with us is when things become truly exciting. Simply select a visiting slot that suits you and request a brochure for some pre-reading before you set foot on park.
When you get to your chosen park, you’ll be met by a world-class welcome from our team of professionals. You’ll be taken for a tour around the park so you can size up what life really is like as owner with us. You can nose around the show-home caravans to help you make your decision. You’ll have the whole day to size up life as an owner, so bring the family if they’re free and start the journey together. See the options available here.
If you think you might make dreams become reality and buy on the day, bring your passport, driving licence, proof of address and your deposit. Before you know it, you’ll be sat inside your static caravan.
We can’t wait to welcome you!
General Terms and Conditions: Park cannot be used as a permanent residence. Haven Leisure Ltd (t/a Haven) is registered in England (No. 01968698) and is a FCA appointed representative of Bourne Leisure Limited. Bourne Leisure Ltd is registered in England (No. 04011660) and is authorised and regulated by the FCA (Financial Services Register No. 312847) as a credit broker and insurance distributor. Registered office: One Park Lane, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP2 4YL.
30-day Money Back Guarantee - Terms and Conditions: This is available to all new customers purchasing a new or used holiday home. It’s not available to existing owners or those wishing to part exchange their holiday home. If a new owner decides that the Haven lifestyle is not what they expected, they have 30 days from the date of holiday home handover (as stated on the holiday home handover form) in which to request cancellation of the sale. Activating this Guarantee shall mean that the new owner cannot purchase another holiday home at any Haven Park within 12-months of the cancellation date.
Cancellation requests must be made in writing (in person, by post or e-mail) to the General Manager of their park. Requests received after the 30-day period will not be accepted. If delivered in person or via e-mail, the date of cancellation will be the date the request is received by the General Manager or their representative if they’re out of office. If the request is posted, it must be addressed to the General Manager, sent via the Royal Mail special delivery guaranteed postal service and owners must retain proof of postage. The cancellation date will be the first working day following date of posting and the request must be received within the 30-day cancellation period.
Bourne Leisure (t/a Haven) accepts no liability for any losses incurred by the holiday home owner where the relevant park General Manager fails to receive the written request for cancellation. The owner will be advised when the holiday home keys must be returned to the General Manager. The holiday home must be handed back in the same condition it was purchased. All add-ons, accessories & additional extras supplied at the time of purchase must remain with the holiday home.
The owner will be refunded all monies paid to the park less costs incurred for siting and connection. We reserve the right to deduct further sums from the refund payment where damage or breakages have been caused to the holiday home or park. New owners that have a finance agreement with one of our panel of lenders, are responsible for cancelling this with them. We shall not withhold any confirmation requested by our lenders where the owner has complied with the terms of this 30-day Lifestyle Money Back Guarantee.
These terms do not affect your statutory rights. For more information, please contact the local authority, Trading Standards or Citizens Advice Bureau.