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Old 02-01-2018, 10:39
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Hi all. I came across this site recently and it seems really helpful. I have rented static vans for years and always say I'd love to buy one. Well now I have the chance but I'm quite scared by all the horror stories. I'm looking at getting a static in perranporth either liskey hill or haven perran sands. Anyone own on either site and can advise me please?
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Old 02-01-2018, 10:53
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Hi Barb, Perranporth is a lovely spot! Only around an hour from me! I'm sure someone else will be along to answer any questions you may have! All the best in your search.
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Old 02-01-2018, 11:58
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Hi Barb, welcome to the forum. As others have said on here, first find the site you want & at a ground rent you can comfortably afford & only then, look for the right caravan on that site. If I were you, I would again rent a caravan in your chosen location for a week or even for just a mid week break & spend the time going around all the other caravan parks in the area looking for your ideal site. The old saying "buy in haste, repent at leisure" is very true in this game. You may just be able to walk around the sites without revealing your intentions or you may have to report to site office & ask if its OK to have a look around but if the latter, dont take any money or any way of paying any deposit. have a look & then walk away and give any likely choices careful thought. Dont let any sales person on site push you into anything by saying this is on limited time offeror whatever. Take your time & get it right first go as any mistake will be very expensive. If you get the chance, stop & chat to some of the van owners already on site to see how happy they are if you do get the chance to walk around unescorted by a staff member.

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Old 02-01-2018, 19:20
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I bought my first static last year. In September 2016,I spent 10 nights in the 2 areas of Norfolk which I loved so that I could sus out the various sites before making a final decision. When I had decided on the site, I spoke to the sales team and also an existing owner (whilst walking my dog) and got as much info as possible. In 2017, I was in a position to buy and having already established regular contact with the sales team, they updated me with what was available and which plots were available (I also kept an eye on their website). I finally took possession of a 2013 BK Grosvenor (ex hire fleet) and had it sited on the plot of my choice (which I had to wait a few months for as the old van had to come off first). At no time did anyone put any kind of pressure on me - if they had, I would have walked away. Other vans and plots were available but I knew which was right for me and I was willing to wait. Take your time and have a good look at all the pros and cons of the sites you are interested in. As others have said, if you get the chance, talk to other owners (as I did) as you can get a lot of info from them in just simple conversations. Good luck, I sure you won't regret it.
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Old 02-01-2018, 19:56
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Hello Barb , Perranporth is the best beach I have ever been on , what a crackin choice , the 2 campsites you mention are very different so you do need to decide which you would prefer , if itís a quieter one then there will be other quieter sites in the area so donít discount these , a general rule of thumb is a max 2 hr drive from home then it shouldnít get too tiresome going regularly . Also do you want a site that allows vans to be rented out or not. Sounds like you found the area , itís the site next and then the pitch and then the van.obviously you will need to know the costs of running the van , site fees , insurance , gas , electric , the more amenities on site and the closer to the coast the more the site fees will be. Also prepare for about £1500 to kit the van out , plates, bedding, tv etc. Are you looking at new or used , check how long the van can stay on site for. We had some great weekends touring around looking at sites , we were looking for approx 18months before we found our site, donít rush there are lots of sites selling vans and they always have plots becoming available
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Old 02-01-2018, 20:55
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Barb to the forum. I think you are off to a good start as you have got some of the best advice straight away especially from slattster. I can only reenforce what has already been said, but emphasis that you have to make sure the site (including its terms & conditions) is one you want to be on long term. It is an expensive mistake if you get it wrong. Pick well and enjoy the future....
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Old 02-01-2018, 22:46
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Hi Barb, welcome to the forum. As others have said on here, first find the site you want & at a ground rent you can comfortably afford & only then, look for the right caravan on that site. If I were you, I would again rent a caravan in your chosen location for a week or even for just a mid week break & spend the time going around all the other caravan parks in the area looking for your ideal site. The old saying "buy in haste, repent at leisure" is very true in this game. You may just be able to walk around the sites without revealing your intentions or you may have to report to site office & ask if its OK to have a look around but if the latter, dont take any money or any way of paying any deposit. have a look & then walk away and give any likely choices careful thought. Dont let any sales person on site push you into anything by saying this is on limited time offeror whatever. Take your time & get it right first go as any mistake will be very expensive. If you get the chance, stop & chat to some of the van owners already on site to see how happy they are if you do get the chance to walk around unescorted by a staff member.

IMO some great tips and advice above also

@RRRob. Not seen you on the forum for a while matey, hope all is well.
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Old 03-01-2018, 14:34
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Hi and welcome to the forum.

I stayed on Perran Sands some 20 years ago so it will have changed a lot but the one thing I always remembered was that it never felt like a Haven Park as in it was very spacious and relaxing- perfect for Cornwall
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Old 03-01-2018, 19:46
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Wow what a wonderful response! Thank you all. I settled on Perranporth as it's where we always went when the children were young (30 years ago now, wow time flies!) It's an hour and a half from our house so about right for me as I hate travelling. The only other place I would have liked is croyde in north Devon but they are asking £95000 -£120000 for a new van and almost £7000 A year ground rent so way out of my range. I know I won't use Haven's facilities much and do dislike the ground rent (mostly in £6000 region) but liskey hill doesn't seem to have much available and of course now have a housing development going up beside them.
Anyway thank you again for the warm welcome and advice. I am going to look at a private van on perran sands next week so wish me luck
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Old 03-01-2018, 22:07
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Good luck , if your buying private there will probably be a payment due to the site so make sure your aware of the cost of this and who is to pay it , it should be the seller , if there is no mention of this speak to the site before agreeing anything.
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