Are You Thinking Of Buying A New Caravan?
Is there more thrilling and personal way to travel the countryside than going in style with a caravan or motor-home? You get the excitement of the open road while enjoying all the comforts of home. Some people enjoy a nice hotel room but you have to admit they lack a personal touch and you can’t take it with your at your next holiday lodges destination. The only complaint I’ve heard from people about caravans is the stereotypical 70’s décor image we all have. Thankfully, it is something which can be fixed.
Redesigning the interior of your caravan couldn’t be easier. The small amount of space means a minimal, clutter free style is probably the way to go. I prefer simple darks yet stylishly colors, especially in a carpet. Go for contemporary looks and colors that don’t need constant cleaning. Some people found vinyl flooring works great at some of the muddier holiday parks since it can be wiped clean in seconds.
When it comes to the kind of furniture, I would spend some extra money on items with multiple uses. This saves money in the long run and also gives you more room within the caravan. Recently, I just purchased a couch-bed which also contains storage space in the body so I can keep the bedding in during the daytime. It saves a great deal of room.
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A static caravan is a great investment in your families future holidays. You can enjoy amazing times in your new holiday home but you should look at after your static caravan to ensure it stays in tip top condition year on year.
I thought I would give you some hints and tips on maintaining your caravan and I will write some more detailed advice in other articles, but this one covers the main areas.
1) Gas and Electric Maintenance
Your holiday home will most likely be fitted with a gas boiler which in some cases will be connected to a central heating system.
Annual maintenance of your boiler should be completed by a competent and registered engineer, however you can ensure that it's running smoothly and highlight any concerns to your engineer as soon as possible. This will keep your overall costs down in future years.
As for electric systems I would recommend getting these annually checked for safety. Again, you can check if the fuses are in place correctly and that when you leave your static caravan that both the electric and bass is turned off at the main connection points to your plot.
2) Exterior Maintenance
This will reduce any issues of water leakage and also reduce down any damp that could be created when not in use.
9) Internal Cleaning
I would recommend that you clean your caravan on a regular basis. As you perform the cleaning you will be able to notice any signs of wear and tear that could effect the life of your static caravan.
If you are unable to perform a deep clean your park manager will be able to advise of local cleaning companies that specialise in static caravan cleaning. They will report any problems they notice to you so you can react quickly and repair any problems before they get worse.
10) Static Caravan Insurance
Please, please, please ensure you have adequate static caravan insurance.
This is one area where many owners fail to get the correct level of cover. If its too cheap, then it probably won't meet your requirements. Check your policy wording carefully and ensure that you are correctly covered for accidents or other insurance related claims.
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Although caravans and motorhomes can give a great sense of freedom to their owners, sometimes they can be a little cramped, especially if a number of people are staying in them. There are various solutions to this problem, but the most practical and effective is to use a caravan awning.
Caravan awnings are structures made of materials such as acrylic or PVC-coated polyester supported by a frame made of aluminium, carbon fibre or zinc-coated steel poles. Designed to be lightweight and portable, with practice they can be easily set up, giving extra living space on the outside of the caravan or motorhome. In the most basic models this can mean a simple roof giving shade and some protection from the elements, while more elaborate models can give an extra room with a door, windows and even a carpet.
Lastly, when actually purchasing an awning, there are a few things for the buyer to watch out for. Does the awning dealer have a solid knowledge of his product, or does he rely on product brochures? Does he try to push for a big sale with many superfluous extras, or does he listen carefully to the buyer's requirements and tailor his advice accordingly? Does the dealer have a good reputation for after-sales service? Consideration of these points will help the buyer in selecting a reliable dealer and therefore decrease the chance of purchasing an unsuitable awning.