Buying A Static Caravan
If you are serious about camping, it is worth investing in a static
caravan. Not only will it provide you with a home away from home,
but it is a good investment for the future as camping holidays are
on the increase. Whether you sell it for a good price five years
down the line or rent it out when youíre not using it, a static
caravan can make you a little extra cash. Park Resorts now has a
static caravan sales
section. You can buy new and used static caravans on their
campsites, which are dotted along the UK coast, directly from them,
with no need for a middleman.
Buying a static caravan is not like buying a normal caravan. It is
more like buying a home. Location becomes very important, as you
canít just hook the caravan up to your tow-ball and try and new park
or two every year. Additionally, you need to think about running
costs and park fees and all manner of other things you may not
initially factor in to your plan. Here are some top tips on buying a
Set your budget before you start looking. You donít want to fall in
love with a place that then proves to be out of your price range.
Your budget should include everything, not just the initial purchase
costs. For example, you need to include insurance costs and how much
youíll have to pay the campsite in land rent and fees. You also need
to consider how much it will cost getting to and from the caravan. A
long drive or train journey can add significant Pounds to your
annual running and upkeep costs. You also need to find out how much
it costs to run, including heating and water charges.
How often and for how long will you use the caravan? If you are only
planning on taking one camping holiday a year for seven days, it is
simply not worth the purchase price. However, numerous holidays for
you and your friends will make it pay for itself in no time at all.
Bear in mind however, that some campsites pose limits on how old
caravans on their sites can be. This is generally limited to 10-15
years and if you are buying a second hand caravan, this can greatly
reduce its life on that particular site. Some parks charge
commission fees when you want to sell so you need to check before
you make your purchase what fees are involved.
You need to find out what the benefits are of that location and that
park specifically. Location is just as important when buying a
static caravan as it is when buying a home. Investigate the area,
find out what benefits the park offers caravan owners and find out
what other landmarks, attractions and activities are available
nearby. This is particularly important if you are thinking about
renting your caravan out to others.
Camping By The Pub
If you are looking for an alternative to
the specialised camping and caravanning offered by adult campsites
you may want to consider campsites and caravan parks that are
located next to pubs. These sites are often extremely good value and
offer the added attraction of a place to go in the evening. Often
good food and drink are available at these
pub campsites giving
you the opportunity to avoid the need to cook on the odd evening and
a great place to gather with friends when the weather lets you down.
Camping holidays and weekend breaks at a campsite with a pub can
offer a relaxing break come rain or shine.