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For anyone interested in buying a holiday home, I found this on the Park website:

"WE HAVE A FEW CARAVANS TO GIVE AWAY AT SELECTED PARKS - LIMITED AVAILABILITY!

We are keen to attract new customers to enjoy the caravan ownership lifestyle so we are giving away some caravans on a first come first served basis.

All you pay is the standard pitch fee and the connection cost charges - then you are ready to enjoy your holiday home!

We haven't gone completely mad - these are older smaller units - often 28' x 10' units around 15 years old. They are fully safety tested and ideal starter caravans for people who want to discover if they like the lifestyle, then perhaps upgrade to something more luxurious in the future.

As you would imagine - demand is likely to be high so please get on the phone to the park of your choice ASAP if you are interested.

The situation changes daily - but we aim to have such caravans available at the following parks -

Harts, Leysdown, Kent

New Beach, Dymchurch, Kent

Winchelsea Sands & Frenchmans Beach nr Rye East Sussex

Oaklands, St Osyth Beach & Seawick, nr Clacton, Essex

Steeple Bay, nr Maldon, Essex

GIVE THE PARK A CALL FOR MORE DETAILS -BUT BE QUICK OR YOU MAY MISS OUT!!"

I have listed this under deals as there is a connection fee and ongoing pitch fees so whilst the caravan is free you have to shell out money in order to take up the deal.

The offer applies to older caravans only but the deal may be useful for anyone on a budget that is looking for a basic holiday home.

Direct links:

http://www.parkholidaysuk.com/news/free-static-caravans-pay-only-pitch-fees-siting-costs.php

http://www.parkholidaysuk.com/caravansales/forsale/holiday_homes_for_sale_results.php
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For anyone interested, you can check out what the parks have to offer here:
http://www.parkholidaysuk.com/
#2
An unusual deal but a good one. If we lived any where near these parks I'd be tempted to find out more.
#3
how much are the fees?
#4
'We haven't gone completely mad - these are older smaller units'


For some reason I have started thinking about the Father Ted episode when they go on holiday.... :thinking:
#5
Pitch fees

These vary depending on location. Typically they range from around £1500 upwards and average around £2,500. Your pitch license agreement with us sets out the controls which limit future increases.
#6
Gitfinger
For some reason I have started thinking about the Father Ted episode when they go on holiday.... :thinking:


Hide and seek in a caravan! - classic :-D
#7
Looks like it will cost you £2,000 to £3,000 in annual fees to say the least. Sublets and limits on maximum number of weeks per year (to stop people living in them 365days/year) are also usually restricted from what I understand (unconfirmed).

Perhaps a deal for some, but not most.

Buying a Caravan Holiday Home is a big decision.
It's important that you think about all the facts - work out your budget for buying and the annual running costs.

We try and make buying as easy and affordable as possible. The sited price of your Caravan Holiday Home will normally include all siting and connection costs plus the first season's pitch fees and insurance charge. The exact details will be explained when you visit the holiday park of your choice.

In future years there will be various charges, most of which you will be familiar with from household bills.

Pitch fees

These vary depending on location. Typically they range from around £1500 upwards and average around £2,500. Your pitch license agreement with us sets out the controls which limit future increases.

Rates and Water costs

We include rates and water costs in the pitch fees to make your charges as simple as possible - some Holiday Parks make a separate charge so if you are looking at several parks its an important issue to double check.

Gas and Electricity Charges

We invoice electricity based on individual meters for each Caravan Holiday Home - you will find usage charges are less than at home as we use our buying power and recharge at cost. Currently costs are around a third less per unit consumed than most people pay at home. Gas can be either cylinders or bulk LPG site - we monitor charges to ensure we offer good value for money plus a high level of service, but caravan owners are able to buy from wherever they like should they choose. Most owners budget around £300 a year for gas and electricity costs.

Insurance

Specialist Caravan Holiday Home insurance is important - each year we negotiate on your behalf so you can be offered the very best cover at affordable prices. Holiday Home owners are also free to buy suitable cover from other providers should they wish. Costs vary depending on the level of cover and are currently from £200 to £300 per year.

For full details contact the park of your choice who will be pleased to explain the likely running costs for any particular Caravan Holiday Home.
#8
It probably makes good business sense, in these credit-crunch times.
Park could leave these vans empty and make no money on them, or give them away and have the site fees coming in on a regular basis.
They'd also benefit from having the vans regularly occupied because the people staying there would be spending money on site, in the bar etc..etc.
#9
sme24185;4889489
how much are the fees?

I believe a friend pays around £40-£60 a week, but it's not a "Park" site.

She gets probably about half this back by sub-letting to friends and family; she could get more if she sub-let more often.

Edit: Just read Jazid's post above, £2-£3K per year would be about right and fits in with what my friend pays for their van (~£50pw).
banned#10
With the cost of foreign holidays being slightly more expensive for the next couple of years some people may be tempted to stay in Britain.
I think this is madness as in the UK you pay though the nose for a disgusting and degrading experience in a dreary squalor-hole.
Why not just pay a few extra quid and do what we always do- go abroad
#11
Gitfinger
For some reason I have started thinking about the Father Ted episode when they go on holiday.... :thinking:


They are not small just far away. :-D
#12
Mascherano
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Why not just pay a few extra quid and do what we always do- go abroad


Ok if you have the money , alot of people dont nowadays, and the exchange rate is crap.

At least if people are having a holiday in the UK they are helping out our enonomy and supporting UK jobs.
banned#13
deanos
Ok if you have the money , alot of people dont nowadays, and the exchange rate is crap.

At least if people are having a holiday in the UK they are helping out our enonomy and supporting UK jobs.

I drove past a travel agent today Tenerife £120 quid, Ibiza £125, Turkey £140 etc etc. You couldnt stay in Blackpool for that sort of money
#14
I bet you could stay in Blackpool for that money , wouldnt be very nice tho, last time i went on a stag do we got £7 B+B and the place was a dive LOL
#15
Mascherano
I drove past a travel agent today Tenerife £120 quid, Ibiza £125, Turkey £140 etc etc. You couldnt stay in Blackpool for that sort of money


I wouldn't stay in Blackpool if they were paying me that sort of money! :whistling:
#16
I'd love one near to Yorkshire but got forty quid left till payday on wednesday. :oops:
#17
£7 a night B&B!! I've been to some hell holes but that must of been minging!
#18
Anyone watch the inbetweeners caravan club episode :)
#19
they would have to pay me to use a carvan tbh
#20
Chavtastic deal !
#21
Pokey
An unusual deal but a good one. If we lived any where near these parks I'd be tempted to find out more.


Surely a park near you would defeat the object? ;-)
#22
Al Fresco
Chavtastic deal !

You're a complete moron.
How is having a caravan chavvy? My retired parents have a caravan they use most weekends in the summer, and they're about as far from chavs as you can get. In fact I'd say 50% of the site is full of retired people who use it as a frequent getaway from city life.

Not saying you don't get any chavs at all their, but I'd certainly say they are in the minority.
#23
jukkie
How is having a caravan chavvy? My retired parents have a caravan they use most weekends in the summer, and they're about as far from chavs as you can get.


Erm, I not saying a word :-)

http://www.ibiza-voice.com/news/photo/news/TSMUM/cigar_granny.jpg
#24
I'd say camping is the more chavvy holiday.

More room for the Lager.
#25
Just a quick point re: You then have your electric bills to pay, gas bottles to refill, and also if you intend renting it out you have to have all (and I mean all!) electrical items PAP tested which can cost quite a bit aswell. There are lots of hidden costs that aren't always clear at the outset.

plus insurance, water rates, gas, electric, and pay a stupid amount to get the water turned off in the winter

You maybe not allowed to rent it out to anyone other than close family and friends though, so not much opputunity for getting any income from it

And read the small print
When the caravan is a number of years old (can't remember how many) is has to be removed you will have to have it sited somewhere else or upgrade (part-ex?)
#26
There is also water rates to pay on most sites and you are not allowed to sub let these vans to holidaymakers as they are too old.........I used to own one and it costs over £60 per week to keep, plus the cost of petrol to get there and other bits & pieces. Not a cheap way of holidaying at over 3k per year!!!
#27
Erm, anyone thought that this is for the site to avoid paying removal fees? If they want to get rid of them, give them away and then at the end of the next season tell you to shift it from their site?
#28
duckmagicuk2
Erm, anyone thought that this is for the site to avoid paying removal fees? If they want to get rid of them, give them away and then at the end of the next season tell you to shift it from their site?


Spot on ducky. Seems like a crafty con to me:thumbsup:

Fwiw the caravans are probably worth less than a years fees, mine cost £1000 delivered :lol:
#29
Costs me around £3000 a year to keep one in the lake district and the original purchase price was £20k brand new (and mine was one of the cheaper models!) You can easily pay £50,000+ for a top flight model so I dread to think what standard these free ones fall into.

Residual values are abysmal and prices drop like a stone, bit like buying a car, the web site offering these freebies are talking about 15 year old units, I know from experience these are probably very poor units with very little book value to the owners so I guess it makes good business sense giving them away to get punters into the grove by way of site fees etc. What surprises me is that many sites these days wont allow caravans more than 10 years old, to maintain the right image and all that, so I would be interested to know what standard of site these would be pitched on.
#30
sabreliner
What surprises me is that many sites these days wont allow caravans more than 10 years old, to maintain the right image and all that, so I would be interested to know what standard of site these will be pitched on.


Harts, Leysdown, Kent

New Beach, Dymchurch, Kent

Winchelsea Sands & Frenchmans Beach nr Rye East Sussex


If the others are like this, pretty low tbh. Loads of ****hole sites.
#31
jukkie
You're a complete moron.
How is having a caravan chavvy? My retired parents have a caravan they use most weekends in the summer, and they're about as far from chavs as you can get. In fact I'd say 50% of the site is full of retired people who use it as a frequent getaway from city life.

Not saying you don't get any chavs at all their, but I'd certainly say they are in the minority.


Be careful dude my other half got a warning for "moron" as it was "inappropriate language" but to be fair he was an utter moron.

Edit: - To be sure to be sure I mean my missus was right to make that comment although i'm not saying you weren't...
#32
Mascherano
With the cost of foreign holidays being slightly more expensive for the next couple of years some people may be tempted to stay in Britain.
I think this is madness as in the UK you pay though the nose for a disgusting and degrading experience in a dreary squalor-hole.
Why not just pay a few extra quid and do what we always do- go abroad


How long since you've been banned and already stirring poo again.....? Carry on numpty.
#33
If I "own" the caravan. Could I do some crazy stuff to it like paint it pink or set fire to it?
#34
With the cost of foreign holidays being slightly more expensive for the next couple of years some people may be tempted to stay in Britain.
I think this is madness as in the UK you pay though the nose for a disgusting and degrading experience in a dreary squalor-hole.
Why not just pay a few extra quid and do what we always do- go abroad

You`ve obviously not visited much of the UK. I think it`s quite sad that people are very quick to pick faults with the UK, but had never even visited 90% of it, with some of the most beautful scenery and so many things to do. Try some hill walking in the Lake District, or snowboarding on the slopes at Glen Shee in Scotland, or surfing in Cornwall, maybe when you have visited all these places from Shetland down to Jersey, and Wales and Northern Ireland, then maybe you would be qualified to comment on how awful our beautiful country is.

Or maybe the next time you go and take your `extra few quid` holiday abroad, why dont you just stay there!
#35
This offer is no more than 365 days Timeshare in a caravan,you pay 365 days site fees, a large connection fee,insurance fees,perhaps other charges,and you are not allowed to use the caravan more than so many days a year.
Can you move "your" mobile home to a cheaper site? i dont think so.
Caravan banger racing this weekend at Arena Essex.........the best place for these caravans
#36
Re removal costs........a family member had a van on a site on the IOW - change of ownership of the park - going very much down the sales route. Granted the van was 18 season old - but money had been spent redoing the seating, the carpets etc.

Told her that 2009 season would not be able to rent out due to its age but the way the charging is done now is very complicated......she then decided to remove. Finished up a trader offered 250 quid for the van to take it off - and what were the sites "disconnection" fees - 250 quid!

Removal costs can be high - as you'll need some form crane/pulley plus a low loader.
#37
often 28\' x 10\' units around 15 years old.

mmmm and in some small print somewhere I would imagine the sites only allow 16 yr old max age.... I would definately check how old a van can be before its hoofed off.
#38
Mascherano
I drove past a travel agent today Tenerife £120 quid, Ibiza £125, Turkey £140 etc etc. You couldnt stay in Blackpool for that sort of money



Isn't Tenerife merely Blackpool with year long sunshine anyway? Full of drunken idiots. :whistling:
banned#39
SO £3000 a year to run....think about it sensibly for just one moment.....what 'could' 3 grand get you holiday wise?

About 6 or so holidays a year abroad?

About 1 or 2 Holidays of your dreams a year to West America or Australia or new Zealand or South Africa etc etc

About 20 weekend breaks throughout the year (every year) to various places of interest...


OR... a naff basic old caravan on the outskirts of Skegness/Yarmouth/Blackpool !!!

I know what id prefer !!

(and its not Skegness/Yarmouth/Blackpool and other UK dumps!!)
banned#40
maxtweenie
Isn't Tenerife merely Blackpool with year long sunshine anyway? Full of drunken idiots. :whistling:


Youve never been to Tenerife obviously..there are some lovely places there - anywhere other than Playa De Las Americas basically....

Try Puerto De La Cruz and you'll see what i mean...classier than ANY of the Uk's doghole resorts

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