Static Caravan Owners Advice Forum | Sales | Rental | Sublet


About Supporting Members FUP (Please Read) The GoStatic Reference Hub
Go Back   Static Caravan Owners Advice Forum | Sales | Rental | Sublet > GoStatic University > Before Owning A Caravan

Before Owning A Caravan Discussion and advice on all aspects involved in deciding if a static caravan is right for you.

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 02-04-2019, 06:58
craig12 craig12 is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 105
Default site thoughts

ive scoured the internet and facebook for a site location and come up with what seems an ideal scenario but not quiet, we have yet to travel to look and see what we think , but in short they have a few caravans within our budget , , but if you can imagine its a mile or may be a bit more down a road adjacent to the sea front , so theres no pubs you can walk to , not even a chippy unless you dont mind your chips cold when you get back to the caravan , seems ideal to grab a few cans and wine and sit on the decking , but a night out is a taxi ride away , a run to the pub is a car journey, a run to the corner shop is a car journey , were not people for going out every night , there is a sight we also like closer to the sea road , but they don't have any caravans we like , ...any thoughts on wether youd sacrifice a night out for a site in the middle of a 2 mile road , or would you prefer to be a bit closer to the amenities and pay a bit more for a caravan ..
Reply With Quote

Old 02-04-2019, 12:57
treetopper treetopper is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Treetops
Posts: 5,915

Have a look here,loads of advice
Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2019, 13:17
fhb fhb is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Mar 2016
Posts: 276

So if somebody comes along and says it sounds like their idea of heaven, would this make you buy it?
The fact that you have even asked the question suggests that you do not think it is the right choice for you, and nobody else in the world can know what is the right choice/mix for you.
There is nothing perfect in this world.
Draw up a list of things you want from your site - then split it into three columns.
The shortest column will be the things you MUST have - non-negotiable, if they are not there you walk away.
The next shortest is the things that you really,really want.
The final list is the things that would be nice if you can get them as well.
Then find a site that fills all the first list, and some of the second. Anything on the third is a bonus.
As I believe you have been looking since 2016, you probably have a pretty good idea of what you want from a site, so make that list and differentiate between what you really need from your site and what would be nice but you can do without it.

Last edited by fhb; 02-04-2019 at 13:18. Reason: word correction
Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2019, 15:27
DavidE DavidE is offline
Supporting Member
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Windmill Country Park, Burton Fleming
Posts: 237

Location, Location, Location. Being on the wrong site can spoil even the perfect’van. You won’t be staying in the ‘van 24/7 . Get the site right & you can always improve the ‘van later.
Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2019, 15:31
Cylon's Avatar
Cylon Cylon is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 1,269

We are on a site with no shop or bar and closest local of both is 2 to 3 miles away, If we wanted to do a big shop though and get takeaway food we need to travel 5 to 6 miles and our chips are still hot enough when we get back to the van

It all comes down to what individuals want? When we do a big shop we buy enough for a few days and fridge freezer takes care of storage and are happy to not visit a pub at night as we are content just having a drink in the van watching TV or drinking outside if weather permits, to us this is our heaven anyway

Our site is very quite and rural and at least an hour drive away from any beach, but that was our choice because it suited us, but won't suit everyone. We live in a built up area and for us our choice of van location was about getting away from the hustle & bustle, but if I felt the need to go to a pub I would book a taxi. In my experience sites (though I may be wrong) are a bit like choosing a new home location, the more amenities close by the more expensive they can be and think this may be one reason why our site fees are cheaper than many? So overall for us, even with the lack of amenities and having to drive to shop or possibly pay for the odd taxi, I feel we are still quids in with regards to our site fees
Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-2019, 19:21
Maddy's Avatar
Maddy Maddy is offline
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Cotswold Water Park
Posts: 3,230

I'd ignore the van and buy for the site. We bought an older van on the site and pitch we wanted with the intention of upgrading the van. Our ideal van in the wrong place wouldn't have been any good. The six years in the van before we upgraded were just fine and now its pretty near perfect.

Good friends are hard to find, difficult to leave and impossible to forget.
Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2019, 09:21
Mosquito Mosquito is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Fold House Park, Pilling , Lancashire.
Posts: 1,523

Go to the site that you prefer, take a good look around and see if it's exactly what you want. If you make a positive decision on the park, go to the office and explain what type of van and the budget you have and ask if they could find one for you.

You may find that they are willing to help. Don't forget most parks of a reasonable size will have new and second-hand vans arriving periodically. So, even if they don't have a van for you now, that could well change within a short period of time.

Good luck with your search.
Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2019, 13:38
Angela M's Avatar
Angela M Angela M is offline
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Barmouth, Gwynedd - where the mountains meet the sea
Posts: 8,806

Hi, have a read through this, there may be other considerations you haven't thought of
Hope this helps
Angela M
Mod Team

Live life forwards, but learn from it backwards ...
Reply With Quote


West Coast Windows

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
thoughts on old vs new and fees scud Before Owning A Caravan 19 12-05-2016 08:27
I'm not sure, I need your thoughts!! TreeTops General Discussion 31 05-05-2015 19:41
Your thoughts please! Retired Member 6 Before Owning A Caravan 37 03-08-2012 02:34
Willerby Bermuda thoughts... orkali Buying A Static Caravan 21 18-03-2012 03:32
your thoughts on this..... vanman Owning A Caravan 7 29-07-2011 23:53

All times are GMT. The time now is 01:08.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.