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Old 04-11-2018, 16:06
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Default New winter standards BS3632

We use our Pemberton Park Lane year 2000 for 10 1/2 months a year and love spending Christmas in it. We upgraded the doors and windows a few years ago and the insulation and central heating is brilliant we are just as snug as in a house. But there are rumours that are unsettling us that because it doesn't have the new Residential Standard BS3632 rating we will only be legally allowed to use it for 7 months during summer only? Surely this can't be correct as its standards are more than ok for winter use. Is this true and a new law that caravan sites have to adhere to does anyone know? Thanks
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Old 04-11-2018, 18:29
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I'm sure there will be someone along soon much more knowledgeable than me but I don't see how the new rule can apply to your caravan. Our site is licensed to open 12 months from next year and there are lots of older caravans here that I'm sure are not up to new standards and they will be staying until they are 18 years old and can be used for the whole 12 months. Ours is not a residential site though so don't know if this makes a difference - I would clarify things with the local council offices hopefully they will put your mind at rest.

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Old 05-11-2018, 08:23
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Don't think whoever started the rumour has thought about it....the site would lose loads of money the difference between 7 and 10/5 fees....I have always said on here in similar cases of rumours....contact the site owners
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Old 05-11-2018, 11:48
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BS3632 is the residential spec, and it keeps getting uprated for insulation, cladding, chassis strength etc.(All the homes on our residential park are already out of date).
Unless your contract specified what type of specification you need, OR the local council has put clauses in the site licence stipulating what spec any van used in winter must have, I cannot imagine that any revision will affect your existing van.
Even on residential parks, where the majority of site licenses stipulate residential specification, it is clarified that the homes have to comply with the specification in force at the time the caravan was manufactured.
I suspect that the reason so many manufacturers are switching to BS3632 is because VAT does not have to be paid on residential specification caravans.
Rumours are easily started - as above, ask the site owner (possibly from a distance - they may be getting frustrated with quashing unspecified rumours)
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Old 05-11-2018, 19:13
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Our site is open 11 months and all the vans on our site are "normal " not residential
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Old 05-11-2018, 20:26
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Thanks everyone thats reassuring
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Old 06-11-2018, 14:44
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Yes, Just a rumour from someone who knows nothing.
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Old 08-11-2018, 18:17
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In 2005 BS 3632 was updated to be more in-line with conventional forms of housing and to ensure that Holiday homes were suitable for permanent residential use.
Then in November 2015 the standard was updated again. The new standard, BS 3632:2015, continues to build on the principles of the 2005 standard, but with the main focus to improve energy efficiency. Any New BS 3632 homes manufactured are also required to be issued with an Energy Efficiency Calculation, so you will know exactly how energy efficient your home is!
Good to know.

What else is great about BS 3632:2015?
It’s not just energy efficiency that homes built to BS 3632:2015 benefit from, they’re also designed and built with stronger chassis; better airflow (resulting in cleaner air); include low energy lighting and more rigorous sound reduction testing is now required (meaning a quieter environment).

All of these improvements mean you will be warm and cosy throughout the winter in your holiday home, even through the harshest of winters!
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Old 08-11-2018, 19:22
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Just to clarify:
Until quite recently, BS3632 was only used for residential caravans.
Holiday caravans were EN1647.
Now many holiday homes are manufactured to residential standard BS2632 - and many are manufactured to EN1647.
So if your holiday home has been manufactured to BS3632, you will indeed be warm and cosy in winter weather.
If your holiday home has been manufactured to EN1647, you'll still need the electric blanket in winter to be warm and cosy.
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Old 08-11-2018, 20:09
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just had a look at Pemberton website re BS3632....from what I could see with pricing...it makes sense to buy with bs3632 as the price is nearly same as en1647,as on bs3632 there is no 5% vat...
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