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Old 30-01-2019, 22:38
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I would say central heating, double glazing and 12' wide would be my starting point. The nearer the top of the range the better, and don't forget pembertons....in my opinion the rolls Royce of static vans.
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We have a 1991 atlas applause. It’s been well looked after and renovated with double glazed windows and refurbished seating and blinds. No central heating but a couple of oil
Filled radiators do the trick. Painted over the wallpaper which wasn’t to our taste and it looks great - amazing what some nice hand made soft furnishings can do! Have bought bits and pieces from charity shops and eBay to create our own style. Wouldn’t have been able to afford a newish model. Could have been seen as a bit of a risk but it’s worked for us. I remember the old style vans with gas mantles ( no toilets or showers in those days! ) from when I was a kid. 6 of us would spend family holidays in a 2 bed van with every inch of space put to good use!
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Old 03-02-2019, 23:29
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I remember the old style vans with gas mantles ( no toilets or showers in those days! ) from when I was a kid. 6 of us would spend family holidays in a 2 bed van with every inch of space put to good use!
The above made me smile. We are now on our second used caravan and our first also had Gas Mantles fitted (though van had been upgraded with electricity). We had no fixed heating, water heater or toilet and shower, but fortunately our caravan was close to a shower & toilet block. Think the van was an old Pemberton Daybreak and the years we owned it had the time of our lives, but for some reason I'm not sure if we could handle that now? Is it because we are now spoilt with what we now have, or just going soft and less adventurous in our older years
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Old 04-02-2019, 08:52
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Starting point for me would be location and site talk to owners on site, A must would be double glazed and gas central heating.
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Old 04-02-2019, 12:02
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We went against the rules. We picked a van that we wanted first and then the park. The pitches that were available to us were good and we obviously picked the best on offer.

As far as picking the year of a van to buy, it's different for everyone as we all have different budgets and different aspirations. So in reality, you will never get a consensus of what is right or wrong.
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Budget comes first in my opinion, no good looking at a site if you don't have enough in your budget. I've yet to see a used older caravan not already sited (in my experience West Wales)
As long as it's not damp and in excellent condition with a reasonable age restriction on site, personally, I would have considered anything above my previous 1997 ABI.
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our site has a 15 year limit - we bought an 8 year old van knowing at that age the site wouldn't sublet it on our behalf and that was the reason the previous owners were upgrading. We traded it in against a brand new one six years later with two years left on the licence, although we loved it the new one with double glazing and central heating is much better. However I couldn't have afforded to take the hit if we hadn't liked it.
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We've just purchased an Abi Arizona, 2000 model. 19 years old and in very good condition. 4500 plus site fees of 2450 per year, it's a non commercial site so there are generally fewer restrictions on age, just as long as they are well kept and looked after. We,ve put in oil filled radiators, given her a good paint job and she's up and running....
After all, age is just a number..... on some sites!
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Good for you Mr K! You can't beat a well looked after "old girl"
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We bought new. The missus wouldn't have anything else, so it was a case of spending the money or forgetting it. To buy was a must for me as we spend 8 months of the year looking after our son and his partner's children to help cut the cost of nursery fees which are extortionate.

I must say, we love it.
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