What is a static home?

In this blog post, we will answer the following question: What is a static home? We will discuss the pros and cons of static caravans, explain the difference between a static home and a bungalow. We also the review the costs for a static caravan in the US and internationally. 

What is a static home?

A static home – known as a static caravan- is a type of housing that consists of several modules that are built in the factory and then assembled in the field. The modules rest on a foundation. They are simply assembled and constructed to form the dwelling. This method can significantly reduce the time for construction of the house.

The static home can be built from different materials such as wood, aluminum and PVC. However, wood is the most popular material. Indeed, this material has the advantage of being ecological while ensuring good thermal insulation, thus reducing the heating bill.

The static home can also be classified according to the style of architecture: traditional static home, modern, contemporary … According to individual needs, the static home is available in standard or custom models.

With a static home, the construction time is shorter compared to that of a traditional house. In addition, as the modules that make up the house are manufactured in optimal conditions, that is to say, sheltered from bad weather, humidity and intense heat, their lifespan is increased and their robustness increased. 

In addition, a static caravan is designed to easily accommodate renovations and expansions in the future. The point not to be minimized is the work done in the workshop. It allows for an ultra-precise construction, in addition to a very high level of finish.

Fundamental characteristics of static caravans

  • What essentially characterizes static homes is the fact that they have no foundations that keep them anchored to the ground.
  • There is not a single type of static caravan or a single material for its structure, but the most common is the wooden static caravan or the static caravan on wheels that can literally move.
  • Once its walls were mainly made of plastic and sheet metal, but today, in addition to a wider range of materials used, there are static caravans in different styles to suit all tastes and to adapt to the context in which they are inserted.
  • There is also a wide choice in terms of size, ranging from small studios of 18 square meters, up to two or three-room apartments of 60 square meters, with external structures such as the veranda.
  • Although they are mainly used as holiday homes, they are real housing units, currently built with the most modern technologies: modular insulated panels, ecological supports, attentive to respect for the environment.
  • A hot-dip galvanized chassis, complete with a rubberized axle, rests on a base of fireproof materials, finished in PVC and wood-edged to resist wear.
  • Entirely insulated with a thermal coat, aluminum windows and thermal chamber, they adapt well to the external climate.
  • As for the systems, it is completely up to standard and is complete with electrical, plumbing, heating and air conditioning systems, as well as all the necessary sanitary systems, bathroom with shower, sinks and toilet, living area with kitchen and sleeping area.

What are the advantages of the static caravan?

The most obvious advantage of the static caravan has already emerged overwhelmingly: without a shadow of a doubt is that of being able to take advantage of all the services we have available in a hotel, residence or apartment without depriving yourself of more contact with nature. close.

How many give up camping because they are terrified of the endless queues for a simple shower, of the inability to prepare the dish they want, of sleepless nights spent in a stuffy tent with stones pressing down their backs?

With the solution of camping in a static caravan, it is possible to realize the desire to live in the most uncontaminated nature, even when we are devoid of an excessive sense of adventure and a strong spirit of adaptation.

Holidays immersed in the sea, in the mountains or in the countryside with all the comforts and services that you would have in any hotel chosen for a traditional holiday.

What are the drawbacks of the static caravan?

Spending your holidays in a static caravan may not be ideal if you are travelling in the company of your pets, in fact, it is quite common that they are not allowed in static caravans.

Often they are hosted only in pitches or in specific areas of the structure. Another weak point concerning the static caravan, beyond its tourist use, is that it cannot be installed everywhere.

If you think about non-building land, several factors come into play and, before knowing if it is permissible to install the static caravan on agricultural land, for example, you need to evaluate the type of installation to be carried out and the duration of the stop.

If the house is really transportable on the road and therefore is placed on a frame resting on rubber wheels and is not anchored to the ground in any way, it can be installed, but only for a temporary stop with the absolute prohibition of connecting it to the water supply, electricity and gas.

Differences between a static caravan and a bungalow

The main difference between a static caravan and a bungalow is the absence of foundations anchored to the ground.

At one time it was much easier to distinguish one from the other at first glance, but since the structures of static caravans have improved and the materials used for their construction have evolved, the differences are becoming more and more subtle.

However, it may happen that even today structures such as camping or residences continue to offer customers dated static caravans and, in these cases, the difference can still be very evident, especially without services such as a private bathroom inside the accommodation. the kitchenette or the air conditioner and air conditioner installed.

Features that the most stable bungalow has for a long time.

How much does a static caravan cost?

As for the static caravan, prices can be easily consulted online and, usually, they are per week and per person and vary according to the size, characteristics, location and structure in which it is inserted.

When it is located in a campsite, resort or tourist village, the prices go up due to the entertainment services offered or the presence of the swimming pool.

The estimated cost starts from a minimum of 41 dollars per person per week in cheap places and poorly equipped facilities, up to a maximum of 770 dollars in prestigious resorts and locations. 

While intermediate price ranges range from 90 to 260 dollars for good static caravans in well-equipped facilities.

The bottom line

A static caravan is a type of manufactured home. This means that instead of being built where you will live, it is built at a factory. A conventional static caravan or static caravan is placed in one place and then left there permanently. However, they do retain the ability to be moved when required to do so – and that’s why they have wheels.

The fact that static caravans remain stationary means that they can benefit from more complete installations and better comfort at home. For example, static caravans typically include central heating, double glazing, and fully equipped kitchens and bathrooms.

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FAQ on What is a static home?

How static caravans are made?

Static caravans are made at a factory and then transported and installed at the desired location. These homes are revolutionizing the real estate market, since they have innumerable qualities, such as maintaining a high residual value, a competitive price, and not being considered real estate, which provides legal benefits with respect to conventional homes.

Why do static caravans have wheels?

Static caravans have wheels so they can be moved during the manufacturing process and on the campsite (at their final destination), with the help of a tractor or 4×4. Usually, static caravans are transported from the factory by a tractor-trailer to the place where they will be occupied and cannot be transported as easily as travel trailers, for example. 

Do static caravans lose value?

Static canvas loses value, just like any car or other type of motorhome does. Generally, a static caravan will depreciate about 15% per year.

Are static caravans a waste of money?

No, static caravans are not a waste of money because the popularity of the static caravans has a clear justification, and it is that with an economic model founded on the construction market, those who previously used their savings to buy a second home in a leisure destination now prefer to invest less money even in something that, incidentally, allows you to enjoy a small home anywhere.

How much does a static caravan weigh?

A static caravan can weigh between five and eight tonnes, depending on its size and how much furniture and gear there is inside the caravan. 

How much does it cost to transport a static caravan?

The cost of transporting a static caravan will depend on its weight and size and the distance it has to be transferred to. You could pay an average of $1500 +  VAT.


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