Cost of a Static Caravan or Lodge

What is the real price of ownership?

How much does it really cost to own a static caravan or lodge?

This page breaks it down. Showing you exactly how much it will cost you initially, what your ongoing costs are likely to be and what rental incomes you could expect.

Initial Purchase Costs

The initial cost is the money you need to part with when you first buy your holiday home.

This is going to depend on various different factors including:

  • The purchase price and associated fees
  • If you have anything to part exchange 
  • If you’re paying in full or placing a deposit and using finance

Static Caravan vs Lodge

Static caravans typical new price:

£25,000 to £100,000

Lodge typical new price:

£80,000 to £200,000

The key difference between a static caravan and a lodge is the size and the price.
Lodges offer more space, making them ideal if you have a bigger family or want to spend the most amount of time in them.

While static caravans come in differing widths, the most common is 12 foot – 14 foot. Whereas Lodges are usually around 22 foot wide.

Lodges offer the ultimate in luxury, with heaps of design options to choose from both inside and out. As with static caravans, lodges vary in size and price, with many more extras at the top of the price brackets.

The largest lodges are even built to residential standards, with ample insulation in the floor, roof and walls. This doesn’t mean you can live in them all year round, as they are still holiday homes. But it does mean winter stays are always warm and cosy.

Example 3 bedroom static caravan

3 bedroom static caravan

37ft x 12ft static caravan

= 444 square foot living space

Example 3 bedroom lodge

3 bedroom lodge

40ft x 20ft lodge

= 800 square foot living space

You can see the size and living space difference from the two examples above. Both are 3 bedroom, but the lodge has almost twice the living space.

New vs Used

Static caravan starting prices:

  • New: £25,000
  • Used: £5,000

Lodge starting prices:

  • New: £80,000
  • Used: £60,000

Buying new will come with a bigger price tag. 

Expect a new static caravan to be between £25,000 to £100,000 depending on the spec. Whereas you can find pre-loved caravans ranging from £5,000 to £50,000.

New lodges tend to start around £80,000 and go up to £200,000. You can pick up used lodges starting from around £60,000 and depending on the spec and age go up to £150,000.

Buying used allows you to take advantage of some of the depreciation. Buying a caravan or lodge, which is a few years old can have a dramatic reduction on the price tag.

When buying used, ensure you check for signs of problems like damp or rust.

Many holiday parks have a limit on the age of caravans allowed on-site. So when buying used you’ll need to keep this in mind. This will affect not only how long you can keep the home on site, but also what potential resale value may be several years down the line.

In many cases it will be cheaper to buy a used caravan from the holiday park than as a private sale. See the section on selling privately to understand more.

Buying Off-Site

Very few parks allow bring ons. If you find one that does you’ll need to pay:

  • Disconnection fee: £100 – £400
  • Transportation: £300 – £3,000

It is possible to buy a caravan somewhere else and then move it to a new holiday park. However beware there are very few static caravan sites that allow bring ons.

After finding a caravan you want to buy, and negotiated with a park to allow you to bring it on, you’ll next need to get it disconnected from the original park. They will charge you a disconnection fee. This covers disconnecting your caravan from drainage, electricity and water supply. The park will then lower it to the ground, remove the fixed points and tow it the the car park.

Disconnection will cost you £100 to £400, depending on location.

You’ll then have to arrange transport of your static caravan to the new park. Static caravan transport costs range from £300 to £3000, depending on the distance of transport required.

Part Exchange

Most parks will part exchange an existing static or tourer

If you already own a static caravan or a tourer caravan, most holiday parks will take them in part exchange.
 
However this may depend on the age. Many parks won’t take your caravan if it’s too old. With seven years being a usual cut off. It must also be on the mainland UK.
 
Depending on the distance between your caravan and the holiday park, they may deduct a transportation fee from the exchange value.

Deposit / Upfront Payment

 

If you’ve got the cash available then maybe you pay the full price for your caravan or lodge upfront.

If not then you’ll want some form of finance, to allow you to gradually pay for your holiday home month by month over the coming years. 

Holiday parks can arrange finance for you. The park partner with a finance company and will usually ask for a 10% deposit.

So for £40,000 caravan, you will have to pay a £4,000 deposit. Finance is always subject to status. The worse your credit rating the more interest a finance company is going to charge you.

Usually you can only finance the holiday home price and not the pitch fees, so you will need this on top of the finance deposit.

It is possible to get static caravan finance with no deposit, but you’ll need to independently go with one of the many static caravan finance firms on the market.

Ongoing Ownership Costs

When you buy, you’ll sign a lease agreement with the holiday park.

Before signing the lease agreement, make sure you read and understand everything in it.

A key point to understand why buying is that costs do not stop once you get the keys. Ongoing costs include:

  • Finance – to repay the loan you used to buy the caravan or lodge
  • Insurance – required by most parks
  • Site fees – this is to rent the pitch and services on your holiday park
  • Local council rates – the park will ask you to contribute a small amount towards their bill
  • Gas – to fuel the heating in your caravan or lodge
  • Electricity – to power the appliances
  • Winterisation – draining down the holiday home ready for the winter
  • Cleaning – inside and out
  • Alarm system maintenance – some parks have holiday home alarms, which need maintaining

Finance

Finance APR rates: 7% – 9%

Your monthly finance repayments is going to depend on these key items:

  • Amount of money you borrowed (purchase price minus deposit and part exchange value)
  • APR (Annual Percentage Rate) – the interest rate they charge you
  • Term of finance – how long you want the loan for

APR rates for static caravan / lodge finance is usually in the range of 7% – 9%.

Here’s a few examples of how finance on a new caravan bought for £40,000 might work out:

7.9% over 10 years

  • Purchase Price £40,000
  • Deposit £4,000
  • APR 7.9%
  • Amount of finance £36,000
  • Total amount payable £51,567
  • Cost of credit £15,567
  • Monthly payments £429

7.9% over 7 years

  • Purchase Price £40,000
  • Deposit £4,000
  • APR 7.9%
  • Amount of finance £36,000
  • Total amount payable £46,573
  • Cost of credit £10,573
  • Monthly payments £554

8.7% over 7 years

  • Purchase Price £40,000
  • Deposit £4,000
  • APR 8.7%
  • Amount of finance £36,000
  • Total amount payable £47,694
  • Cost of credit £11,694
  • Monthly payments £567

Insurance

Small static caravan insurance:

  • £150 – £400 per year

Luxury lodge insurance:

  • £550 – £700 per year

Most holiday parks will insist you insure your caravan or lodge.

Often parks will have an insurance company they partner with, who can offer a reduced quote.

Insurance coverage and resulting costs vary a lot. Key things which will affect the insurance cost are:

  • Will it be only for use by you and your family?
  • Will you rent it out to people you don’t know?
  • Do you need cover for things like decking
  • How big is the caravan or lodge
  • How much is it worth
  • Will you choose a policy based on market value or new for old

As a rough guide, to insure a static caravan will usually be around £150 – £400 per year, depending on purchase price. Whereas insurance on a luxury lodge will be more like £550 – £700 per year.

For more details see static caravan insurance.

Holiday Park Site Fees / Pitch Fees

  • Cheapest: £1,000 per year
  • Average: £5,000 per year
  • Luxury: £12,000 per year

Site fees (AKA pitch fees) will vary one park to another, and within a park they may vary based on the individual pitch location.

They are payable before the start of each season and some parks offer a small discount for quick payment. Site fees are the rent you need to pay to keep your caravan or lodge in the park and to use the park facilities.

Fees covers items such as:

  • Park maintenance
  • Landscaping
  • Security
  • Usage of park facilities

Most parks offer various ways of paying the fees, such as:

  • Cash
  • Direct debit
  • Standing order
  • Credit card
  • Deducted from rentals handled by the park

Here are some examples of the cost of site fees based on the type of holiday park.

The site fees get invested straight back into the park rather than into facilities and staff pay. This is usually a family run business with the park manager or owner living on site.

This type of park will have very few, if any facilities. The focus will be on peace and quiet and the main attraction will be the surrounding countryside.

A small to medium holiday park will offer some facilities.

Smaller parks:

  • Pub or club house

Medium sized parks:

  • Pub or club house
  • Indoor heated swimming pool
  • Entertainment facilities / program
  • Restaurant
  • Gym

These medium to large parks will be in a prime holiday location. Facilities will include:

  • Multiple eating and drinking facilities
  • One or more swimming pools
  • Family entertainment throughout the day and evening
  • Well equipped gym
  • Sports facilities such as tennis courts or crazy golf
 
Most of the big holiday park chains, like Haven etc fit within this bracket

In exclusive parks you can expect all the facilities of the other types of parks though depending on the type this may be focused more towards adult only facilities.

These parks will often include high spec spas and saunas, maybe even their own golf course

Local Authority Rates

£200 – £600 per year

Local authorities will changes holiday parks rates. This is pay for council services such as:

  • Water supply
  • Sewerage connection
  • Bin collection

The park will receive a large bill from the council. They then break it down into smaller amounts for owners to contribute to.

The amount varies between parks but it usually between £200 – £600.

Gas and Electricity

£500 per year

Many parks have meters for both fuels, with most parks using large gas bottles.

Where gas or electricity is on a meter, some parks will charge and additional administration fee for reading and billing the gas and electricity.

Bottled Gas

Bottles usually cost £75 for delivery and fitting. Some parks insist you buy from them, others are happy for you to source them from outside.

Buying offsite can be cheaper, but not that great if you need a replacement in the middle of the night.

Metered Gas

This is charged very similar to at your home.

Usage is tracked on a meter and you pay for as and when it is used.

Metered Electricity

This is charged very similar to at your home.

Usage is tracked on a meter and you pay for as and when it is used.

Winterisation of your holiday home

£70 – £120 per year

If your park is closed during the winter months or you don’t plan to use it for a reasonable time, it’s advised by caravan manufacturers and insurers to winterise your holiday home.

Winterisation involves draining down the holiday home so that pipes don’t freeze and burst in the colder months.

This is often a service offered by the park and is typically around £70 – £120

Depreciation

20% for initial VAT then 15% per year

Static caravans and lodges depreciate like cars. 
 
Like cars the standard yearly depreciation is roughly 15%, and like cars you pay VAT on a new purchase.
 
What does look like?
  • Initial Purchase (including VAT @ 20%) £40,000
  • Actual price (without VAT) £33,333
  • 1 year old £28,333
  • 2 years old £24,083
  • 3 years old £20,471
  • 4 years old £17,400
  • 5 years old £14790
  • 6 years old £12,572
  • 7 years old £10,686
  • 8 years old £9,083
  • 9 years old £7,721
  • 10 years old £6,562

Just like when buying a car the largest value depreciation is in the first few years. As time goes on the year on year cost of depreciation reduces.

Cash Depreciation on £40K Purchase
In reality, just like cars the actual value will vary based on demand. And again like cars the value you could expect to get trading in with a dealer / holiday park is going to be less than what the park would sell it for.

Tip: Get all costs in writing before buying

Always make sure you agree a signed site charges list with the holiday park before buying. This allows you to have confidence on exactly what charges you have agreed to pay, should there be a query later.

If the park is unwilling to do this, ask yourself why and if you want to commit so much money to them?

Rental

Potential Income

Static caravan rental income:

£3,000 – £20,000 per year
  • 15 – 20 weeks rental
  • £200 – £1,000 per week

Lodge rental income:

£4,500 – £40,000 per year
  • 15 – 20 weeks rental
  • £300 – £2,000 per week
Rental income will vary throughout the year, with peak weekly rates 4 times that of low season rates.
 
For simplicity, on popular locations you can estimate getting 15 to 20 weeks rental. With an average caravan rental income of £200 to £1,000 per week, depending on the age and spec of the caravan.
 
For lodges you can estimate £300 to £2,000 per week, again depending on the age and spec.

Holiday Park Rental

Most of the large holiday parks will offer a service to rent out your caravan or lodge for you.
They will handle taking all bookings, and payments, key handover.
 
This can often be the easiest route as the park take care of all customer interactions. But the downside is the park will take some of the rental fee, meaning you earn less.

Private Rental

If you decide you don’t want to go with park managed rentals, or your park simply doesn’t offer it, then you can rent privately, if the park allows it. Some parks do not allow private rental, so make sure you check this before buying.
 
When doing private rental all income will be yours, but you’ll have to do all the leg work too. This means:
  • Advertising your caravan or lodge
  • Answering booking queries
  • Arranging bookings
  • Taking payments
  • Arranging key hand over

Facility Passes for park facilities

£50 – £200 per week booking

If your park has facilities for which passes are needed, your guests will usually need to buy these directly from the park. Or you might choose to buy the passes and provide them for your guests. 

Typically these are based on the berth of your holiday home (3 bedroom 8 berth, 2 bedroom 6 berth) and are between £50 – £200 per week for the group, with prices varying depending on park facilities.

Change Over Cleaning

£30 – £60 per change over

Your caravan or lodge will need cleaning between bookings. It will also need some deep cleans a few times a year, and freshening after periods of being empty.
 
If you live close and want to keep costs low you can choose to do this yourself, if not you’ll need to pay someone else.
 
Change over cleaning prices vary by location, provider and caravan/lodge size. Common prices are £20 – £50 for standard change over cleaning.
 
Most holiday parks can arrange the change over cleaning. Sometimes they’ll actually mandate this if they’re handling the rental bookings.
 
Again expect to pay a bit more for cleaning if the park is arranging it.

Legally Required Safety Maintenance

When renting our your holiday home, you have various legal duties. You must ensure regular safety related maintenance checks:

Per let

  • Hottub maintenance £40 - £60 per let

Four times per year

  • Shower head clean £80 - £100

Yearly

  • Gas safety test £80 - £100
  • PAT testing (each item) £3 - £5

Every three years

  • Electrical safety tests (every 3 years) £80 - £100

Tax on Rental Income

Any profit you make from letting out your static caravan or lodge is taxable.

Static caravans and lodges can qualify under HMRC definitions as Furnished Holiday Lettings (FHLs). 

There are special tax rules for rental income from properties that qualify as furnished holiday lettings.

These include the three conditions:

  • You cannot have more than 5 lets exceeding 31 continuous days
  • Your caravan or lodge must be available for letting for at least 210 days in the year
  • You must actually let your caravan or lodge to the public for at least 105 days in the year. (Not counting lets of more than 31 days.)

Under the right circumstances this will allow you to offset many of the costs of owning a holiday home. Even the purchase price.

If you are considering going down this path, then speak to an accountant first.

Resale

Most holiday parks have the right to first refusal when you come to sell your caravan or lodge.

  1. You decide on a price you want
  2. Put it in writing to the park
  3. The park has 7 – 14 days to respond
  4. If the park decides to buy from you, you get your asking price minus any money owing on your account

Selling Privately

If the park decides they don’t want to buy from you then you are free to then sell privately.

While holiday parks do allow private sales, many will stack the deck to make people more likely to buy from them.

The park will charge a percentage on top of the asking price, usually 10%-15%. This is usually taken from the new owner.

So you sell your static caravan for £20,000 and the new owner has to pay £22,000 – £23,000.

Any site fees you have paid are not transferable to the new owner. They will also need to sign new legal agreements with the park.

The new owners pitch fees will usually be more than yours, and in most cases more than if they bought directly from the park.

Gifting your Holiday Home

There may come a time when you decide you want to give your holiday home to someone else, such as family member. Some parks allow this, but others will prevent it. So make sure you understand all relevant conditions before buying.

If you have used your holiday home as a rental business there may also be tax implications of gifting it. So again make sure you’ve spoken to an accountant to understand.