5 Ideas to Modernise your Static Caravan

Many static caravans come ready styled and furnished, meaning it can be difficult to create an interior or exterior to your own tastes. If you already own a static caravan and feel it could do with a style overhaul, we’ve put together our top five ideas to help you modernise it.

Flooring

The flooring in your home away from home can make a huge difference. Older caravans or those that are well-loved will have obvious signs of ageing and wear and are probably due an upgrade. If you want carpeted flooring, you could have it professionally fitted or could do it yourself by carefully cutting out edges and avoiding obstacles like the counters and the fridge.

More modern caravans will have laminated flooring, which is a cleaner and more hygienic solution. Again, this could be fitted professionally or done yourself. Adding rugs on top of laminate could provide a brighter, cosier and warmer environment.

Seating

A static caravans seating area is one of the most important areas. If it’s not comfortable, has faded or is starting to show signs of wear, it’s probably time to consider a change. Whether you want to replace the entire seating area or simply get new seating covers for an entirely new look, there are many options available. You should opt for a fabric that compliments the rest of your caravan’s furniture and is also hard-wearing.

If you’re someone who often has pets or children staying in your static caravan, a seating design that is easy to clean or will mask the odd accidental spills and stains is ideal.

Kitchen & Bathroom

Don’t be afraid of giving your kitchen or bathroom a modernised overhaul. If your furnishings have got a few chips or are cracked, they can easily be fixed yourself with a bit of DIY. Alternatively, you could get an entirely new replacement, though it would be best to call in a professional to fit anything that involves water.

Replacing cabinet doors and drawers with more modern furnishings is a great way to give your kitchen or bathroom space a new look. However, this can be expensive depending on how many things you’re looking to replace. Alternatively, rubbing down surfaces with sandpaper and using varnishing, waxing and painting is much cheaper!

Curtains & Blinds

Most older static caravans will have curtains. For a more contemporary feel, why not replace them with blinds? The possibilities are endless, and it will be easy to find somewhere that will cut them to size. Whether you’re looking for roller blinds, venetian or fabric, your caravan will have an entirely new look.

Many people opt for blackout blinds in their caravans, specifically in the bedrooms. All light will be kept out and your sleep will be undisturbed, specifically on mornings where getting out of bed is just not an option.

Exterior

Over the years, the exterior of your static caravan can become worn. It can be possible to remove any stains and dirt quite easily, as well as dents and any paint damage, which you should be able to obtain from most DIY stores. Don’t do anything to your caravan’s exterior until you’ve given it a thorough wash- you’ll be amazed at the difference!

If you’re looking for a completely new exterior, you could opt for a caravan wrap. These are vinyl adhesive covers that are applied to the caravan to give it a brand-new look. If you change your mind in the future, the wraps can be easily removed.

Many modern caravans are now decorated so beautifully on both the interior and exterior that there will never be much need for an overhaul. If you’re looking for a brand-new static caravan holiday home, take a look at our current holiday homes available now.

For more information, get in touch with a member of the team via our contact page or by giving us a call on 01278 795006.

What to Look for when Buying a Static Caravan

If you’re thinking of buying a static caravan to act as the holiday home of your dreams, it’s important you find out all the necessary information to ensure your caravan lasts as long as possible. Whether you’re opting for second-hand or brand-new, we’ve put together a checklist of things to consider.

Area

Travel time- how far are you prepared to travel?
What type of area are you looking for? Town, beach or country?
Is there much around the area?
Are there shops nearby for weekly food shops?

Site

What facilities are available on site?
Are you looking for entertainment on site?
Are pets allowed on site? How many?
Is the site nearby to public transport?
Is there an age limit for caravans?

Pitch

What are the noise levels like?
Are you looking for a nice view?
What are the neighbours like?
Is there an area to park your car next to the caravan?
Is the lighting good?

Static Caravan Interior

Is the static caravan big enough for your family?
Are plug sockets strategically placed?
Is there enough storage?
Are you happy with the interior? Are you looking to redecorate?
Is the furniture in good condition?
Are the kitchen appliances in good condition?
Is the bathroom in good condition?
Are there any signs of wet patches or damp?
Are there any cracks in the bathroom?
What is the flooring like?

Static Caravan Exterior

Does the caravan look to be in good condition?
Are window and door seals in place?
Are window frames in good condition?
Are the doors correctly aligned?It’s important to talk to the seller about what exactly you are receiving with the price you are paying. If you are opting for an older, second-hand static caravan, you’ll need to keep up with the upkeep and maintenance as this is likely to be an insurance requirement. It’s possible to modernise an older caravan and this can be done easily and on different budgets. Many people prefer to buy a new and modern caravan outright as it’s unlikely to incur any future costs.Here at Retreat we have a fantastic range of static caravans available to buy now, all of which come with a generously spaced pitch in our park, as well as a private garden and our standard facilities.

For more information or to talk to a member of the Retreat Caravan Park team, get in touch via our contact page or by calling 01278 795006.

Top 5 Static Caravan Maintenance Tips

Keeping your static caravan in top condition is extremely important- it’s a great investment to your family and will be the prime destination for many future holidays. Like anything, the trick to keeping your static caravan in perfect form is maintenance. We’ve put together our top five tips to ensure your static caravan is kept in its best state all year round.

Gas & Electric

It’s important to undergo annual maintenance of your boiler of which should be completed by a registered engineer. However, if you are experiencing issues with your boiler you should make an engineer aware of this as soon as possible. Electrical systems should also be checked annually to ensure maximum safety within your caravan. When it comes to leaving your caravan after a holiday or for the winter season, ensure the electric and gas is turned off at the main connection point.

Caravan Exterior

It’s surprisingly easy for dirt to collect on your caravan throughout the year. You should take the time to clean the exterior to keep it looking pristine and ensure it remains waterproof. We’d advise using a jet wash for a quick and thorough clean or a cloth and detergent. Windows can be cleaned on the outside and inside with an average window cleaning solution.

Caravan Interior

It goes without saying that the interior of your caravan should be cleaned regularly. You’ll be able to notice any signs of wear and tear that could potentially affect the lifespan of your caravan. This way, you’ll be able to fix anything as soon as possible. If you’re unable to perform a deep clean yourself, look into services that can complete this for you.

Get Insurance

If you don’t already have insurance for you static caravan, you should make it a priority to get it as soon as possible. You’ll need to ensure that the insurance you get has the adequate cover to meet your requirements. Ensure you check the policy carefully so you’re aware of exactly what you will be covered against.

Air Vents & Gutters

Two small, yet very important, aspects to a static caravan are the air vents and gutters. Air vents are extremely important in terms of safety, but you should ensure vents are kept closed when the caravan is not in use. Any vents on the walls or floor, however, should be kept open to help avoid damp. Gutters should be kept free of debris, particularly in the autumn and winter months, as this could potentially lead to damp patches.

Here at Retreat Caravan Park, we have a number of fantastic holiday homes available to buy now. Better yet, all of our pitches are generously spaced and most are fenced to provide you with your own private garden and our standard facilities.

For more information, get in touch with a member of the team by visiting our contact page or calling us on 01278 795006.