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Old 02-04-2019, 05:58
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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 ..
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Old 02-04-2019, 11:57
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Old 02-04-2019, 12:17
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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.

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Old 02-04-2019, 14:27
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Old 02-04-2019, 14:31
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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
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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.
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Old 04-04-2019, 08:21
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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.
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Hi, have a read through this, there may be other considerations you haven't thought of
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http://www.gostatic.co.uk/showthread.php?t=4201
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