Siting a Static Caravan in the UK: A Comprehensive Guide

Siting a static caravan in the UK opens up a world of possibilities for holiday retreats or even permanent residences. Unlike touring caravans, which are designed for travel, static caravans are intended to remain stationary for extended periods. Properly siting a static caravan is essential for safety, stability, and comfort. In this guide, we'll walk you through the process, with a focus on the critical role of siting a static caravan.

  1. Selecting the Location: The first step is choosing the right location for your static caravan. Whether you opt for a holiday park or private land, ensure the site is level and stable, with adequate access to utilities and amenities.

  2. Preparing the Ground: Before placing your static caravan, prepare the ground to provide a solid foundation. This may involve leveling the site, removing any vegetation, and laying a suitable base such as concrete.

  3. Positioning the Caravan: Carefully position the static caravan on the prepared site, ensuring it complies with any local regulations or guidelines. Take into account factors such as orientation for sunlight and views.

  4. Using Axle Stands: Axle stands play a crucial role in supporting the weight of the static caravan and preventing movement. Unlike touring caravans, which rely on jockey wheels for mobility, static caravans typically have fixed chassis and require axle stands for stability. You can view our full range of axle stands here.

    • Placement: Position the axle stands beneath the chassis at strategic points along the length of the caravan. Refer to the manufacturer's guidelines for recommended placement and ensure they are evenly spaced for balanced support.

    • Adjustment: Most axle stands are adjustable, allowing you to fine-tune the height to achieve a level caravan. Use a spirit level to ensure the caravan is horizontal in all directions, adjusting the stands as needed.

    • Maintenance: Regularly inspect the axle stands for signs of wear or damage, lubricating moving parts and replacing any worn components. Proper maintenance ensures they remain reliable and effective in supporting the caravan.

  5. Securing the Caravan: In addition to axle stands, secure the static caravan using anchoring systems or tie-downs to prevent movement in high winds or adverse weather conditions. Anchor points should be securely fastened to the chassis and embedded in the ground for maximum stability. Use our chain down kits to ensure the correct products are used

  6. Connecting Utilities: Once the static caravan is in position and properly supported, connect it to essential utilities such as electricity, water, and sewage systems. Follow the manufacturer's instructions and local regulations for safe and compliant installations. We stock a range of waste connections to help with this.

Siting a static caravan requires careful planning and attention to detail, with axle stands playing a crucial role in ensuring stability and safety. By following these steps and adhering to best practices, you can create a comfortable and secure retreat in the UK countryside. If you're unsure about any aspect of the siting process, consult with professionals or experienced static caravan owners for guidance. With the right approach, your static caravan can provide years of enjoyment and relaxation for you and your family.