Buying our first static caravan

Buying our first static caravan

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Zoon

4,222 posts

66 months

Monday 19th August
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R8Steve said:
People saying don't buy this depreciating asset (that you can use pretty much any time you want and as many times as you want) and instead should just buy a 2 week holiday abroad every year for the same money. laughsilly
The difference being you aren't forced to go on a 2 week holiday and it won't cost you upwards of £40k upfront plus another mortgage payment for ground rent, then another £40k+ shafting in 8 years when the van is too old.

I seem to remember an investigation into Tom Hartley and his one sided approach to caravan parks which is bordering on fraud.

Zoon

4,222 posts

66 months

Monday 19th August
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£325k for a 3 bedroom caravan laugh

https://www.haulfrynholidayhomes.co.uk/homes-for-s...

Great investment right there.

desolate

18,981 posts

173 months

Monday 19th August
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Zoon said:
The difference being you aren't forced to go on a 2 week holiday and it won't cost you upwards of £40k upfront plus another mortgage payment for ground rent, then another £40k+ shafting in 8 years when the van is too old.

I seem to remember an investigation into Tom Hartley and his one sided approach to caravan parks which is bordering on fraud.
Many of them do work out expensive.

But you can also spend a lot of time there - it will never work out cheap but if you spend 20 weekends, a month in summer, a week or two at easter and a half term there then the cost per visit comes down/

Sometimes when you have small kids (or you are on your own with the dog) having somewhere on the beach within driving distance is a better bet than multiple flights away.


Edited by desolate on Monday 19th August 14:08

Poppiecock

763 posts

3 months

Monday 19th August
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desolate said:
Many of them do work out expensive.

But you can also spend a lot of time there - it will never work out cheap but if you spend 20 weekeends, a month in summer, a week or two at easter and a half term there then the cost per visit comes down/
But it means spending almost all your spare time in a posh shed in the same place every time. That would soon feel like purgatory, not a holiday!

R8Steve

3,995 posts

120 months

Monday 19th August
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Each to their own at the end of the day, there is people on here that think losing £50-80k on a McLaren for a few thousand miles of use seems like a bargain and i know where i'd rather spend my time.

I love mine and think it's worth every penny. Mine is located in a location that i love and would quite happy live next to. Maybe some of these 6k pa + 'council estates' down south i'd think differently.


Edited by R8Steve on Monday 19th August 14:16

desolate

18,981 posts

173 months

Monday 19th August
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Poppiecock said:
But it means spending almost all your spare time in a posh shed in the same place every time. That would soon feel like purgatory, not a holiday!
Some of the ones linked to on here are far from sheds.

It certainly worked for us when we had small kids - wouldn't interested me now the kids have grown up.

Muzzer79

2,834 posts

132 months

Monday 19th August
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My uncle had one in Weymouth.

It was OK inside - mod cons, etc and was a 6-berth

He used it for himself, kids and grandkids and then trusted family and friends. It was in use quite a lot, especially in summer.

However, they also wanted to go to other places so I think it became used less and less. He got rid after 3-4 years I think. No idea of financial impact but I guess it wasn't pretty.

I went a couple of times. Lovely area and the caravan was OK for two of us but the entertainment facilities, etc on the park itself was more council than an episode of Shameless.


soxboy

3,118 posts

164 months

Monday 19th August
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desolate said:
Poppiecock said:
But it means spending almost all your spare time in a posh shed in the same place every time. That would soon feel like purgatory, not a holiday!
Some of the ones linked to on here are far from sheds.

It certainly worked for us when we had small kids - wouldn't interested me now the kids have grown up.
Agreed, the one we used to go to had no element of 'cahncil' at all, but you did pay a lot for it.

Zoon

4,222 posts

66 months

Monday 19th August
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R8Steve said:
Each to their own at the end of the day, there is people on here that think losing £50-80k on a McLaren for a few thousand miles of use seems like a bargain and i know where i'd rather spend my time.

I love mine and think it's worth every penny. Mine is located in a location that i love and would quite happy live next to. Maybe some of these 6k pa + 'council estates' down south i'd think differently.


Edited by R8Steve on Monday 19th August 14:16
Out of interest Steve where is yours located, it actually looks very nice.

soxboy

3,118 posts

164 months

Monday 19th August
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Buy a static caravan (or a very narrow lodge) and plonk it on the far end of this plot smile

https://www.rightmove.co.uk/commercial-property-fo...

R8Steve

3,995 posts

120 months

Monday 19th August
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Zoon said:
Out of interest Steve where is yours located, it actually looks very nice.
On the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. wink

No council entertainment and chav parties up here, just beautiful views regardless of weather, peace and quiet but plenty activities for my son. I can get here after work in 40 minutes/60 minutes from the house, have a boat moored about 50 yards from the front decking, have great helpful neighbours and there's never been a bit of bother or hassle. Unless you include the midges!

Lemming Train

3,392 posts

17 months

Monday 19th August
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R8Steve said:
On the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. wink

No council entertainment and chav parties up here, just beautiful views regardless of weather, peace and quiet but plenty activities for my son. I can get here after work in 40 minutes/60 minutes from the house, have a boat moored about 50 yards from the front decking, have great helpful neighbours and there's never been a bit of bother or hassle. Unless you include the midges!
Yeah, beautiful views, peace and quiet, in the 2 months of winter when you're not engulfed in swarms of midges.

R8Steve

3,995 posts

120 months

Monday 19th August
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Lemming Train said:
R8Steve said:
On the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. wink

No council entertainment and chav parties up here, just beautiful views regardless of weather, peace and quiet but plenty activities for my son. I can get here after work in 40 minutes/60 minutes from the house, have a boat moored about 50 yards from the front decking, have great helpful neighbours and there's never been a bit of bother or hassle. Unless you include the midges!
Yeah, beautiful views, peace and quiet, in the 2 months of winter when you're not engulfed in swarms of midges.
It's actually been fine this year, no midge issues.

surveyor

13,659 posts

129 months

Monday 19th August
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I think they can make sense until you want out. Then you are screwed every which way.

Go in with that eye open

steveo3002

6,716 posts

119 months

Monday 19th August
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id rent from some other mug , then when youre tired of that area/holiday type you can just walk away and go elsewhere

PorkInsider

3,594 posts

86 months

Monday 19th August
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You'll need to factor in the cost of a Ford Transit tipper with orange flashing light on roof, too.

NDA

16,239 posts

170 months

Monday 19th August
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I assume you get stuck with the same neighbours year in, year out?

Not for me, but interested in the thread.

Composer62

281 posts

31 months

Monday 19th August
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R8Steve said:
Camelot1971 said:
However, if you think heaven is spending your free time on a council estate a few times a year, knock yourself out biggrin
The council estates where you stay must be very impressive places!

This is the view from the front decking of my ‘council house’





ETA - I pay nowhere near the costs mentioned on here and use it nearly every weekend.

Edited by R8Steve on Monday 19th August 13:33
I too have recently bought a weekend place that is very well used and which I love going to. This is the view I have just a few steps away ...



Costs are also nowhere near what has been discussed. Great place to take the grandchildren and to just relax after a hard week at work.

Edited by Composer62 on Monday 19th August 19:10

Wacky Racer

31,504 posts

192 months

Monday 19th August
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Dave,

Think long and hard about this, as nice as Anglesey is, are you going to get fed up of going back to the same place time and time again?

Site fees are not cheap, and when you come to sell you will be offered.....not a lot.

I can see these statics can work for some people, for example the retired, and I'm not knocking them, but don't just jump in without some very careful thought, and read the T&C's ten times over.

smile

R8Steve

3,995 posts

120 months

Tuesday 20th August
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NDA said:
I assume you get stuck with the same neighbours year in, year out?

Not for me, but interested in the thread.
Mainly, yes, unless they sell up and you get new ones of course.

Unless you move house every couple of weeks i'd imagine it's nothing you're not already used to.

If you strategically pick your plot as we did it reduces this issue, we don't really have any immediate neighbours as we are on a corner loch front end plot and the neighbour behind is a massive petrolhead so no issues there.

I can imagine there may be some not quite as lucky, i would imagine some are not so lucky site dependant.

I went to look at a boat at another site elsewhere and it was horrendous, too many people, jet skis and quads flying about the shoreline, kids on pitbikes, dogs roaming wild and the drunken parents all shouting at each other, etc, etc...this was at 3pm so i dread to think what it would be like at night! An Audi Q7 rolling into the car park with the reg no spelling out 'villain' kind of finished off the scene nicely hehe

Made me very grateful for where we are.