Is it time to say goodbye to your old caravan? If the caravan has been around for years and you are considering parting ways with it due to its rundown condition after years of use and wear and tear, you may be wondering how to dispose of it properly.
One obvious solution that comes to mind is to hand it over to a scrap yard. But can scrap yards take caravans, considering the significant size difference between cars and caravans? Let’s find out what your options are.
When to scrap a caravan
If your caravan has been left unused for a long time, it may have gone rusty due to moisture or rainwater getting inside it, particularly if it has been left in the driveway.
Sometimes water gets inside through the old window seals, rots the frame, and gives the caravan a stale, damp smell. It is better to hand it over to a scrap company in such cases.
Sometimes owners like to replace their old caravans with new models to enjoy the new, updated facilities. Alternatively, if the caravan has been in a terrible accident, you may be left with no choice but to sell it to a scrap company.
In such instances, you can hand over the caravan to a scrap company, who will take it off your hands. You do not need to take the caravan anywhere; the scrappers can collect it from your property or wherever you want it picked from. But how do you give your caravan to a scrap company, and is it even possible? Let’s find out!
Do scrap yards take caravans
There is no definite answer to this. You may want to check it from the scrap yard near you if they would be interested in taking your caravan. However, in almost all instances, regular scrap yards do not take caravans. There are two reasons for this.
Caravans are significantly heavier than regular vehicles, and moving them requires specialized equipment, which all scrap yards do not have in most cases.
Moreover, even if you were to take the caravan to the yard yourself, the scrappers may not take it due to all the waste material that comes from a caravan. They may not consider it worth the hassle to salvage anything.
Also, if the caravan is placed in an awkward position in your yard or driveway or a holiday park, you may not be able to convince a scrap yard to remove it, or they may not have the requisite equipment for the job.
How do I scrap my caravan?
So, if you find out that your local scrap yard will not take your old caravan, do not despair. There is an easy fix. Luckily, there are caravan scrap companies that specialize in stripping out or disposing of both static and touring caravans.
They can remove the caravan regardless of where it is placed and strip it on their site or the location, depending on where and how the caravan is positioned.
Caravan scrapping companies have the knowledge, tools, and experience required to cater to any situation when it comes to scrapping the caravan.
There are numerous caravan scrapping companies, and you can easily find one in your area with a simple search. You can contact them to find out if they will scrap your caravan and their service charges.
These scrappage services are usually performed on the same day, and whatever the condition of your caravan is, they can dispose of it for you.
Can I repurpose an old caravan?
If you have an old caravan that is not fit to use in its existing condition but you do not want to scrap it, here are some ways to repurpose it.
- If your caravan cannot be restored, you can sell its parts separately, including the furniture, wheels, etc.
- See if you can sell the caravan online. You can try eBay or Craigslist. Someone may want it for the parts. You can also donate it to a charity that can use it for accommodation for homeless people.
- You can give it to a friend or family member looking for extra accommodation space.
- If the caravan needs little work, you can refurbish it and set it up as your holiday home.
- You can also repurpose it to make a mobile library, food truck, home office, or kids playing area.
How long do static caravans last?
A static caravan can last between twenty and thirty years, depending on how it is used. After this, you may see them at building sites or old farms. People tend to use static caravans for as long as they can repair and restore them. When the caravan becomes beyond restoration, people send it to scrap yards.
What can I do with an old static caravan?
If you have a static caravan pitched in a park and want to stay in the park, the park owner may offer you an exchange scheme whereby you can exchange your old static caravan in part against a new model.
Alternatively, you can repurpose the static caravan by repairing it if it is placed in your yard or driveway. If it is beyond repair, consider handing it over to scrappers for stripping it down.