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What is the difference between residential and non-residential Static Caravans?

Official Build Standards: EN1647 or BS3632

When venturing into the world of static caravans, whether for holiday purposes or as a permanent residence, you’ll likely come across two main standards: EN1647 and BS3632. These standards are not just random numbers; they are crucial in determining the suitability, comfort, and safety of your potential home away from home.

EN1647: The Holiday Home Experience

EN1647 is a European standard that governs the construction and safety of caravans intended for leisure and seasonal use. Here’s what you need to know about EN1647 caravans:

Seasonal Comfort: Designed for holiday-goers, these caravans provide a comfortable living space for temporary stays.

Lighter Insulation: They come with lighter insulation levels, making them ideal for warmer months or short-term getaways.

Cost-Effective: Generally more affordable than their BS3632 counterparts, they offer a budget-friendly option for those looking for a holiday retreat.

BS3632: The Residential Specification

On the other hand, BS3632 is a British standard that specifies the requirements for residential park homes and caravans. These are the features that make BS3632 caravans stand out:

Year-Round Living: They are built to be lived in throughout the year, providing a cozy and safe environment regardless of the season.

Enhanced Insulation: With higher insulation standards, they ensure warmth in the winter and coolness in the summer.

Robust Construction: BS3632 caravans are constructed to endure the wear and tear of permanent occupancy.

Making the Right Choice

When deciding between an EN1647 and a BS3632 caravan, consider how you plan to use it. If you’re looking for a summer holiday spot, an EN1647 caravan might be perfect. But if you’re considering downsizing or making a lifestyle change to live in a caravan full-time, a BS3632 model may serve you better.

Remember, the right standard will ensure that your static caravan experience is enjoyable.

There is a considerable cost difference between an EN1647 and BS3632 Static Caravan, manufacturers have found it very difficult to incorporate the BS3632 Standards into Static Caravans 13’ or smaller meaning this specification has mainly been reserved for the larger 14’ wide and above premium ranges.  

To determine if a caravan meets the EN1647 or BS3632 standards, you can look for the following indicators:

Compliance Badge or Plaque: Caravans that meet the BS3632 standard will typically have a badge or plaque displayed on the exterior, indicating compliance

Manufacturer’s Documentation: Manufacturers and dealers should be able to provide documentation confirming that the caravan meets the EN1647 or BS3632 standards.

National Caravan Council (NCC) Registration: For added assurance, you can check if the manufacturer is registered with the NCC. The NCC verifies compliance with the standards and can issue a manufacturer’s declaration of compliance certificate.

Self Certification Scheme: Park home manufacturers who are members of the NCC can participate in their Self Certification Scheme to ensure BS3632 compliance. The NCC will verify each home and issue a certificate once the test and inspection summary has been reviewed.

By checking these elements, you can confidently identify whether a caravan is built to the specific standards for safety, quality, and comfort suitable for your intended use. Always ensure to request and review the relevant compliance documents before making a purchase.

I hope this blog post provides a clear understanding of the differences between EN1647 and BS3632 static caravans and helps you make an informed decision.

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