Caravan - yes/no?

biggs682

Smile a mile bike provider
Location
Northamptonshire
We ought one some years ago as some friends had one and raved about it.
I did not enjoy the whole towing and reversing experience.
After 6 months we sold it and bought a static.
I can well understand that
 

Brads

Well-Known Member
Towing a van is a piece of piss. No hassle at all.

To anyone thinking about a static, be prepared to have your wallet well and truly rogered.

They have you over a barrel and just wait till you say you want rid of it, you basically are forced to hand it over for pennies.

Would never consider one. No way.
 

Dave7

Legendary Member
Location
Cheshire
Towing a van is a piece of piss. No hassle at all.

To anyone thinking about a static, be prepared to have your wallet well and truly rogered.

They have you over a barrel and just wait till you say you want rid of it, you basically are forced to hand it over for pennies.

Would never consider one. No way.
Agree with you on many points.
Do not buy a static unless
A) you know you will keep it x years or
B) you accept you will take a BIG hit.
We were fortunate for several reasons.
I started my own company, had an amazing 1st year so could afford the £54K cash.
When we wanted to sell , the site owner wanted our spot so we negotiated a decent price.
The owner had a policy.
If you bought a new van you got 15 years.
If 2nd hand you got 10 years.
A couple we knew, in their 70s, had a lovely, pristine, van. At 14 years they got the owners permission to PAY HIM to put decking down.
Next year (15 years).......knock on the door ........buy a new van or leave the site.
They left.
 

Brads

Well-Known Member
Yup

People I know are being kicked off a site in Peebles. They are being charged £500 for them to drag their old vans to the gate to be uplifted as hauliers aren't allowed to collect from site.
They want the pitches for new chalets etc so are hoofing them off.
 

Pale Rider

Legendary Member
Yup

People I know are being kicked off a site in Peebles. They are being charged £500 for them to drag their old vans to the gate to be uplifted as hauliers aren't allowed to collect from site.
They want the pitches for new chalets etc so are hoofing them off.
Same thing happened on a site near me in North Yorkshire.

Much depends on the site owner.

Not all are total knackers.

I could tell you lots of moaney stories about the owner of my site, but I've found him not too bad on the important stuff.

There's no published age limit on vans, so provided you keep it clean and tidy you are largely left alone to get on with it.

The other thing that must be understood is statics depreciate like a car.

Too many owners think they should hold their value like a house.

A 15 year old hatchback is in banger territory and worth buttons.

Same applies in a slightly more limited extent to a static.

Buying one new as I did is money spent, not money invested.

Mine is now 12 years old, and I've no immediate plans to sell it.

If I do so in a few years I will regard anything I get back for it as a bonus.
 
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