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Old 30-10-2019, 13:53
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found a really good site with good reviews from owners etc and park rules , and have some starter caravans under 5500 , is it a mistake to buy a cheapy to try out to see if the lifestyle is ok for me , I appreciate that id probably lose 95% of my money on a trade in or to walk away ,or even incur fees to move caravan any thoughts , as against a van 8000-15000 on the same site
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Old 30-10-2019, 15:49
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I guess it all depends on what you can afford , if you want a van and the area and the site are good , go for the van with the best pitch , Or the van that feels right for you. If the plan is to move up to the 8k -15k bracket next year then I would skip the 5k one . As you say - you won’t get nowt back for it so you’d need to use it for a few years to get your money’s worth
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Old 30-10-2019, 16:17
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Hello again. You have been looking at the static lifestyle for 6.5 years (since May 2013) so it is really good to hear that you have found a park that you like.
As far as the economy goes, as Slattster says, it depends whether you are planning to upgrade next year, or use the starter one for a year or so. You are looking at the financial aspect realistically, it is just the comfort angle you need to consider.
My inclination would be that the the area, the park and the actual pitch fits, if you will be able to keep the starter on that pitch for at least 3 years, and if the starter van has the layout and fixtures that you are happy with, then get the cheap starter. By the time you have decided whether or not to upgrade, you will know what is important to you and what you want from your next van so will be able to make a much more informed choice, and if you decide that you do not like it, you have not lost so much money.
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Old 30-10-2019, 19:13
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many thanks , I know its been 6 1/2years , and seems a lot of questions on a forum , but ive got a bit more free time , not oodles of time , but I now get a chance to have sat sun mon off which I didn't years ago , I know that's not too much time , but if we get 4 weeks holidays plus some weekends , then that's not too bad I suppose, moneys not a problem I could buy one at 15k, but understand the horrendous depreciation in this field, the site ive seen at the moment have a real cheapy and a bit dearer cheapy , so with site fees one caravan would be 5970 and the other 7970 all in for 2020, site has piped gas as well
as mentioned the plot is very important , no good decking not facing the sun
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Old 31-10-2019, 10:42
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Nothing wrong with taking your time, much, much better to do that and wait until the right one comes up than to be impatient and wish you had waited.
I am so pleased that you have found a park and a plot that you like.
This is where a static holiday home has an advantage over a residential park home - once you have found the park you like, you can always upgrade later on if you decide the static no longer suits.
With a residential park, you have to get the initial home right as well - no upgrade possible, it would be sell and move.
Really excited for you - you will probably have to toss a coin to make the decision between the cheap cheapie and the less cheap cheapie, but as you say, if the park and the plot are right, then whatever static you buy will, by default, also be right.
Happy days.
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Old 03-11-2019, 20:49
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We bought an old but well looked after cheapie van on a quiet pitch on a site we liked. Did interior painting and tidied up upholstery ourselves. Installed a new boiler - the shower had already been upgraded. We’ve had three seasons already and expect to get a few more. Would never have been able to afford even the more expensive cheapies at the time. It’s proved a great buy for us and hopefully in a few years we could upgrade.
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Old 03-11-2019, 22:43
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found a really good site with good reviews from owners etc and park rules , and have some starter caravans under 5500 , is it a mistake to buy a cheapy to try out to see if the lifestyle is ok for me , I appreciate that id probably lose 95% of my money on a trade in or to walk away ,or even incur fees to move caravan any thoughts , as against a van 8000-15000 on the same site
My theory on this is simple.....The less you lay out (spend ) the less you stand to lose !!!
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Old 09-11-2019, 07:17
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its never an investment, just read up on site rules for re selling and if you agree with that you will be ok
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Whether you lose money or not depends upon the rules on the site you're on, some 'old girls' fetch a similar amount year on year (my previous site was a fine example of this) mainly because the site allows this due to it allowing older statics (15yrs +) to transfer ownership and remain on site. The site happily took their 15%of every sale. The owners of these older statics are very often doing exactly what you're considering doing.
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