Should I Restore or Replace an Old Static Caravan?

Static caravans can be an expensive investment, so as time passes and newer models become increasingly tempting, you may be wondering whether you should take the time to restore your old static caravan or simply replace it.

Restoring your static caravan is a great way to increase its value and give it a new, modern and personal touch. Caravans that have been treated with the right care and attention will keep in good shape for many years to come, making renovations extremely easy.

Replacing your caravan should only be an option if it is beyond saving or if you want to sell it on to another home. However, restoring your caravan before you sell could maximise your returns. If you decide to sell, it’s important to ensure your caravan is as close to its original specification and condition as possible. The only exception should be added double glazed windows and central heating for cold winters, though most static caravans will have these included. Personal changes to internal décor and furnishings may not suit all tastes, so sticking with original insides will mean the buyer has the chance to change it themselves if they wish.

If you’re renovating for personal reasons, take some inspiration from online restoration websites. You can brighten smaller static caravan spaces with neutral tones. We’d advise painting any walls and cupboards in lighter shades like white and grey to help instantly brighten the room. These colours also add a modern feel to a caravan- perfect for making your old static caravan feeling brand new!

If you have older stoves and fridges, they may not be energy efficient. Replacing these could help to save energy, costs and make your kitchen look more modern. Whether you’re replacing for yourself or to sell, brand new appliances will ensure you’re covered for many more years to come. Take a good look at the cupboards and appliances in your kitchen that don’t get used often- you could create a lot more space and a caravan that appears bigger if you get them removed.

Another tip is to look at the cushions and covers on soft furnishings, which can easily give away the age of a caravan! Buying new, simple fabric can give your caravan a new lease of life, creating a more open and modern look.

Updating a static caravan from top to bottom can be an investment in itself, especially if you want a complete overhaul and are planning to repaint, lay new floors, and look at ceilings, walls and more. Though with a look at the most important selling features, your caravans selling price will soar helping you to make more money or enjoy your caravan for the long haul.

Here at Retreat, we have some fantastic current caravans and lodges for sale. If you’re interested, or you’d like to enquire about a pitch at Retreat Caravan park, you can get in touch today by visiting our contact page or calling us on 01278 795006.

Winter Closure Seasons

Many people leave their static caravans unattended during the Christmas festivities. Whilst away, there are a number of different ways you can ensure your caravan is left well-kept and will be perfect upon return. We’ve put together a quick guid e to help you if you choose to leave your caravan this winter.

WATER, GAS ELECTRICITY

If you decide to leave your caravan through the winter months, it’s important that you take the time to completely drain any water from the water systems. This prevents anything from freezing, which could lead to a lot of damage! You can avoid any pressure from building up over the winter by leaving your taps on. Not only will this help to drain the water, but it will also stop any pressure from building within the pipes. When you drain the toilet, take the time to clean the water tank to avoid deposits of pollutants during the winter. You should remove any gas cylinders from your caravan and store them in a well ventilated location. If you don’t have an ideal place to store your gas cylinders, ensure their valves are properly turned off, closed and locked shut.

If you plan on leaving your caravan for a long period of time over the winter, your battery will still be used even if everything has been turned off inside the caravan. Therefore, we’d advise completely removing the battery whilst you are not there. Store it in a cool, dry place and ensure you recharge if necessary.

INTERIOR

If you plan on leaving your caravan over winter, it’s important you take the time to prep the interior beforehand, too. Ensure you do not leave any perishable items within, as this could cause mould and bacteria to grow, and thus cause some damage. It’s also important to understand that mould can occur due to moisture, which can happen regularly particularly in the winter months. To avoid this, we’d advise placing a few moisture traps or dehumidifiers throughout the caravan whilst you are not there. These work well to stop moisture from occurring within your caravan, and therefore prevent the likelihood of mould. Take the time to remove all cushions and upholstery from your caravan before you leave. Ideally, this should be kept at your home to store, but storing away within the caravan should be fine. If you don’t have the space to take home, stand all cushions on end wherever air can get to them freely, which will prevent them from getting damp. You should remove all bedding for the winter.

WINDOWS AND VENTS

Before leaving your caravan for the winter months, open up all your windows and apply a thin layer of lubricant to all window seals. This is a great way of preventing windows from becoming stuck when you arrive back after winter. You should also ensure that all windows and vents are closed and locked before leaving, as this will stop any insects gaining access. However, make sure you do not block air vents, as this will stop the circulation within the caravan, causing air to become stale and creating worsening damp problems.

EXTERIOR

Looking after the exterior of your caravan can be difficult and a lot of work, however it is vital if you want to make sure that your caravan does not deteriorate over the winter. Before you leave for winter, give the outside of your caravan a thorough clean. We would advise covering your caravan entirely, which will help to keep the exterior in perfect condition. If you also wish to prevent algae growth, apply a coat of overwintering fluid to give it that extra bit of protection.

When covering your caravan, the best option is to get a custom made cover as it will fit and protect your caravan better than store bought. However, these can and do work well. Ensure that your cover of choice is breathable, so that if there is any moisture it does not become trapped, as this can cause further issues. If you’d like any more information on looking after your caravan throughout the winter months, or what to do about going away for a long period of time during any part of the year, get in touch with a member of the friendly Retreat team by visiting our contact page or by giving us a call on 01278 795006.

Why Spend Christmas at your Static Caravan

Many people leave their static caravans unattended during the Christmas festivities. Whilst away, there are a
number of different ways you can ensure your caravan is left well-kept and will be perfect upon return.
We’ve put together a quick guid e to help you if you choose to leave your caravan this winter.

WATER, GAS ELECTRICITY

If you decide to leave your caravan through the winter months, it’s important that you take the time to
completely drain any water from the water systems. This prevents anything from freezing, which could lead to
a lot of damage! You can avoid any pressure from building up over the winter by leaving your taps on. Not
only will this help to drain the water, but it will also stop any pressure from building within the pipes. When you
drain the toilet, take the time to clean the water tank to avoid deposits of pollutants during the winter.
You should remove any gas cylinders from your caravan and store them in a well ventilated location. If you
don’t have an ideal place to store your gas cylinders, ensure their valves are properly turned off, closed and
locked shut.

If you plan on leaving your caravan for a long period of time over the winter, your battery will still be used
even if everything has been turned off inside the caravan. Therefore, we’d advise completely removing the
battery whilst you are not there. Store it in a cool, dry place and ensure you recharge if necessary.

INTERIOR

If you plan on leaving your caravan over winter, it’s important you take the time to prep the interior
beforehand, too. Ensure you do not leave any perishable items within, as this could cause mould and
bacteria to grow, and thus cause some damage. It’s also important to understand that mould can occur
due to moisture, which can happen regularly particularly in the winter months. To avoid this, we’d advise
placing a few moisture traps or dehumidifiers throughout the caravan whilst you are not there. These work
well to stop moisture from occurring within your caravan, and therefore prevent the likelihood of mould.
Take the time to remove all cushions and upholstery from your caravan before you leave. Ideally, this should
be kept at your home to store, but storing away within the caravan should be fine. If you don’t have the
space to take home, stand all cushions on end wherever air can get to them freely, which will prevent them
from getting damp. You should remove all bedding for the winter.

WINDOWS AND VENTS

Before leaving your caravan for the winter months, open up all your windows and apply a thin layer of
lubricant to all window seals. This is a great way of preventing windows from becoming stuck when you arrive
back after winter. You should also ensure that all windows and vents are closed and locked before leaving,
as this will stop any insects gaining access. However, make sure you do not block air vents, as this will stop the
circulation within the caravan, causing air to become stale and creating worsening damp problems.

EXTERIOR

Looking after the exterior of your caravan can be difficult and a lot of work, however it is vital if you want to
make sure that your caravan does not deteriorate over the winter. Before you leave for winter, give the
outside of your caravan a thorough clean. We would advise covering your caravan entirely, which will help
to keep the exterior in perfect condition. If you also wish to prevent algae growth, apply a coat of
overwintering fluid to give it that extra bit of protection.

When covering your caravan, the best option is to get a custom made cover as it will fit and protect your
caravan better than store bought. However, these can and do work well. Ensure that your cover of choice is
breathable, so that if there is any moisture it does not become trapped, as this can cause further issues.
If you’d like any more information on looking after your caravan throughout the winter months, or what to do
about going away for a long period of time during any part of the year, get in touch with a member of the
friendly Retreat team by visiting our contact page or by giving us a call on 01278 795006.

Winter Closure

Many people leave their static caravans unattended during the Christmas festivities. Whilst away, there are a number of different ways you can ensure your caravan is left well-kept and will be perfect upon return. We’ve put together a quick guid e to help you if you choose to leave your caravan this winter.

WATER, GAS ELECTRICITY

If you decide to leave your caravan through the winter months, it’s important that you take the time to completely drain any water from the water systems. This prevents anything from freezing, which could lead to a lot of damage! You can avoid any pressure from building up over the winter by leaving your taps on. Not only will this help to drain the water, but it will also stop any pressure from building within the pipes. When you drain the toilet, take the time to clean the water tank to avoid deposits of pollutants during the winter. You should remove any gas cylinders from your caravan and store them in a well ventilated location. If you don’t have an ideal place to store your gas cylinders, ensure their valves are properly turned off, closed and locked shut.

If you plan on leaving your caravan for a long period of time over the winter, your battery will still be used even if everything has been turned off inside the caravan. Therefore, we’d advise completely removing the battery whilst you are not there. Store it in a cool, dry place and ensure you recharge if necessary.

INTERIOR

If you plan on leaving your caravan over winter, it’s important you take the time to prep the interior beforehand, too. Ensure you do not leave any perishable items within, as this could cause mould and bacteria to grow, and thus cause some damage. It’s also important to understand that mould can occur due to moisture, which can happen regularly particularly in the winter months. To avoid this, we’d advise placing a few moisture traps or dehumidifiers throughout the caravan whilst you are not there. These work well to stop moisture from occurring within your caravan, and therefore prevent the likelihood of mould. Take the time to remove all cushions and upholstery from your caravan before you leave. Ideally, this should be kept at your home to store, but storing away within the caravan should be fine. If you don’t have the space to take home, stand all cushions on end wherever air can get to them freely, which will prevent them from getting damp. You should remove all bedding for the winter.

WINDOWS AND VENTS

Before leaving your caravan for the winter months, open up all your windows and apply a thin layer of lubricant to all window seals. This is a great way of preventing windows from becoming stuck when you arrive back after winter. You should also ensure that all windows and vents are closed and locked before leaving, as this will stop any insects gaining access. However, make sure you do not block air vents, as this will stop the circulation within the caravan, causing air to become stale and creating worsening damp problems.

EXTERIOR

Looking after the exterior of your caravan can be difficult and a lot of work, however it is vital if you want to make sure that your caravan does not deteriorate over the winter. Before you leave for winter, give the outside of your caravan a thorough clean. We would advise covering your caravan entirely, which will help to keep the exterior in perfect condition. If you also wish to prevent algae growth, apply a coat of overwintering fluid to give it that extra bit of protection.

When covering your caravan, the best option is to get a custom made cover as it will fit and protect your caravan better than store bought. However, these can and do work well. Ensure that your cover of choice is breathable, so that if there is any moisture it does not become trapped, as this can cause further issues. If you’d like any more information on looking after your caravan throughout the winter months, or what to do about going away for a long period of time during any part of the year, get in touch with a member of the friendly Retreat team by visiting our contact page or by giving us a call on 01278 795006.