Have you just bought your first caravan?

You might think that you’re ready to hit the open road and enjoy your first ever holiday on wheel, but you’re wrong!

There are a million and one different gadgets that you could buy to make your first caravan trip that much smoother, but don’t get suckered into paying more than you need. Your caravan should be kitted out with all of the absolutely essential tools. A functioning kitchen and bathroom should be able to see you through the most basic of holidays, but there are a few little things that are worth buying…

Caravan Steps

It can be a long fall from your caravan door to the ground, especially when you’ve had a couple of drinks. Unless you want to constantly be risking a broken ankle whenever you enter or leave your caravan, invest in a sturdy set of purpose-built steps that will take the hassle and risk out of the whole operation.

Water Containers

Every modern caravan is fitted with a water management system these days, it’s not the most glamorous of features, but it sure is necessary! Any caravan site that you pitch up at will always have taps on site that you can fill up with and a place where you can deposit your waste too. It’s a wise idea to invest in a couple of roller containers, just in case you have to haul your water a bit of a distance.

Toilet Chemicals

On the subject of waste disposal – you’ll be very sorry indeed if you neglect to bring a decent amount of toilet chemicals with you on your journey. It’s not a pretty job, but someone needs to be responsible for keeping the loo in a decent condition, fail to do so and you’ll be in for a rather grotty time away, which might make you wonder why you spent all the money on a caravan in the first place.

Crockery

Although some families are happy to simply eat out or run off to the local chippy for their dinners each night, no caravan holiday experience is complete without a proper home cooked meal made in the confines of the caravan. Your caravan kitchen should have everything you need to make and serve dinner for up to eight people. Always pack spare crockery for you and any guests that you might have!

Awning

It’s a scorching hot day, you’ve just polished off a big lunch and now all you want to do is take a load off in the shade. The caravan’s an oven, but outside is even hotter – is there a solution? Of course there is. Most new caravans come complete with awnings for precisely these circumstances. Invest in a simple pole-structured awning and you’ll extend the space you have to relax in as well as giving yourself some much needed shade!

First Aid Kit

Lastly, you never know when an accident might happen! Whether it’s on the road, in the kitchen, over the BBQ or on the way back from the shower block, disaster (or a minor cut) could strike at any time. Don’t get caught off guard without a basic First Aid Kit to hand – it’s just common sense.

We all have to push our horizons some of the time. Some of the time? Maybe more like ALL of the time! Yeah! Take that! I’m sorry, that was strange and aggressive. I’m a little distracted because my whole world is changing around me which is really exciting and terrifying. I don’t know. I don’t know what to do. I’m going to find out soon whether I get an opportunity or I don’t get the opportunity. If I get the opportunity it’s all change. I move city. I end my relationship. I leave all my friends, I leave my house, I leave all the little bits of community I have here, I leave everything. And I head into the desperately scary and desperately lonely and desperately exciting unknown. Or I don’t get it. I keep my city. I keep my relationship. I keep my friends, my house and all the little bits of community I have here, I keep everything. Bit I loose the big change, I loose the big opportunity. And I gain the fear of stagnation, and death.

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So it’s all too much all this stress and waiting so I’m going to go back to my roots, back to North Wales. I grew up in North Wales and left to young. I need it all back. I’ve checked out North Wales accommodation and there’s some great one person stuff out there. I’m going to take it.

Good bye.

Static caravans are popular as permanent homes and as holiday accommodation and there are many static caravans and holiday homes for sale. It could be said, that most are not best setup for the use of disabled people. Fortunately, it is fairly easy to customise static caravans to allow everyone to use them. There are several areas to consider when it comes to making amendments to a static caravan, but first and foremost it should be remembered that there are as many different requirements as there are people who use static caravans, so any suggestions below are general, and any changes made should be made to the specific requirements of those who will be using the caravan:

– Access ramps, steps and handrails:

The first hurdle faced by people in wheelchairs or with limited mobility is actually getting into static caravans in the first place. Luckily, a long-ramp can easily be fitted to the door of a static caravan for wheelchair users, and those will limited mobility could benefit from the addition of broad, shallow steps to replace the steps that are usually standard on static caravans, which can be steep, and sometimes wobbly, with large gaps between them. Such problems are relatively easily overcome. Good sturdy handrails placed at the right height and in the correct places will further aid safe and easy entry. Why not consider also the addition of a veranda or platform before the door of the static caravan, which will not only make entrance easier for all, but could also provide a pleasant place to sit on sunny days in the fresh air.

– Wider doors and internal access:

Standard doors on a static caravan may be too narrow to allow easy access for wheelchair users or those with crutches or other mobility aids. Wider doors can make it easier for everyone to use static caravans. The considerations of access of adequate width should be continued throughout the static caravan, and doors should all be easy to use by everyone, without any high sills or trip hazards.

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– Kitchen and bathroom amendments:

Kitchens and bathrooms can be altered to ensure that they do not pose difficult or dangerous for disabled people. Kitchen work surfaces should be at the correct height for the occupants, and bathrooms should have rails and so on to make them useable, and be large enough for a wheelchair user or person with limited mobility to maneuver without difficulty.

These are just some of the many things which should be considered when kitting out a caravan for those with disabilities.

Hulse Ross are dedicated bespoke caravan builders who specialise in static caravans with disabled access. Over our 10 year history, we have built and sold over 80 different caravans to immensely satisfied customers.

We pride ourselves at being the best in the business, and we believe that this will be reflected with our brand new website, complete with a regularly updated blog, just to let you know what we’re up to.

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Have a look around and if you like what you see, feel free to contact us for a quote. We’ll be happy to assist you in any way we can.

Alternatively, you call call us on 01962 854665.

Hulse Ross
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85 Richard Avenue
CP: SO17 8JU Winchester (United Kingdom)
Tel: 01962 854665

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