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Thinking of buying a mobile home.

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8y, 6m agoPosted 8 years, 6 months ago
Am on holiday at the moment, there are mobile homes for sale here for £13k. 3 bedrooms, very nice. Site fees of £3k a year. Thinking of buying one, should be easy to rent it out for 10 weeks a year at 300 quid.

Anyone any experience in these things? Sounds too good to be true to me, free holidays!

Also my brother in law is thinking about buying one for his mum, she can't afford rent on a flat but could afford the 3k site fees and could even live with a friend for the summer holidays and rent it out and it'd cost her virtually nothing to live there. Am I missing something? Is it possible to live in one in a holiday park all year round?
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8y, 6m agoPosted 8 years, 6 months ago
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#1
some parks close for the winter, might be chilly too
#2
you do need to look into these very carefully most holiday sites will not allow all year round living so check that one out...another thing on these homes is some sites have a age limit on vans and you could be asked to take yours off and some point which is at your expence..i'm sure there are good ones out there but as with everything tread carfully..:thumbsup:
#3
Thanks for the replies, have thought about it being cold but don't think it'd be too bad. Just put some heating on!

My mum mentioned they might not allow all year living, but she could move out for a few months a year if that was a problem. Or have 2 on the same park and live 6 months in each!

Need to check how old they allow mobile homes, would put the home on a different site though.
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the wifes dad used to runa caravan site. the council up here in the north east of scotland have different sites for holidays and for residential use, they will not permit someone to stay in a van all year round on a holiday site. Normally they will not allow you to rent out your van if you are on a residential site. there is money to be made (in the long term) in buying a van to lease it on the holiday site but you have to bear in mind that you will need to do the renting yourself as in advertising etc and there is a lot of work involved with regard to cleaning etc, if you only get your van rented for 2 nights is means you have to be available to clean the caravan and get it turned round ready for the next lot. site fees vary according to how they are being used with a renting van paying more, then theres the outlay for the stuff in the van and cost of repairs. you should have seen some of the messes that these people can leave holes in walls fag burns in carpets and beds etc. you have to get insurance (obviously) along with gas and electric certificates carbon monoxide alarms and fire extinguisher and fire blanket. check under the seating for damp and under the van for rust - its not just as straight forward as buying a van for x ammount and renting it out for x ammount. the wifes dad did quite well out of his vans but the ammount of work needed to keep it going was too much in the end but then he did have 7 vans.
#5
dcx_badass
Don't do it, my grandparents did it, it's just like burning your money, it's cheaper to go on holiday there for 5 weeks than pay the site fee's.


But we'd rent it out, so the site fees would be free.
#6
then you have to think about who to rent to, if they will look after the van etc. a lot of hassle imo
#7
oh and private sites do have an age limit on the vans that they will allow on, in summer a caravan isn't that cold winter time yes its blerdy freezing, the showers are rubbish and the beds small theres no storage space lol we stayed on site with her dad a few times and we were packed in like sardines, council holiday sites normally close off season oct to march usually with some sites even requiring you to remove the van for storage. sorry about the essay!!
banned#8
Are they anything like this?

http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/41912000/jpg/_41912476_gypo.jpg

Hehe. Sorry the thought and prospect of living in a "mobile home" just conjures up the image and likelyhood of being labelled Chav!

I'm sure what you are referring will be quite nice - but........
#9
scootermod125
the wifes dad used to runa caravan site. the council up here in the north east of scotland have different sites for holidays and for residential use, they will not permit someone to stay in a van all year round on a holiday site. Normally they will not allow you to rent out your van if you are on a residential site. there is money to be made (in the long term) in buying a van to lease it on the holiday site but you have to bear in mind that you will need to do the renting yourself as in advertising etc and there is a lot of work involved with regard to cleaning etc, if you only get your van rented for 2 nights is means you have to be available to clean the caravan and get it turned round ready for the next lot. site fees vary according to how they are being used with a renting van paying more, then theres the outlay for the stuff in the van and cost of repairs. you should have seen some of the messes that these people can leave holes in walls fag burns in carpets and beds etc. you have to get insurance (obviously) along with gas and electric certificates carbon monoxide alarms and fire extinguisher and fire blanket. check under the seating for damp and under the van for rust - its not just as straight forward as buying a van for x ammount and renting it out for x ammount. the wifes dad did quite well out of his vans but the ammount of work needed to keep it going was too much in the end but then he did have 7 vans.



Thanks,

We were only going to rent it to friends so were hoping that most of that wouldn't apply. It'd be a joint venture so would be lots of friends available to rent and would help keep costs down as it'd be shared and free holidays for all involved!
#10
So true, I have one at the moment and I am not allowed to sell, rent ,anything really....the site has changed owners (which You cannot foresee) and have doubled the site fees........the place is almost derelict now as so many people can't afford it. My neighbour has one on a holiday site (haven or whatever), she has had the same sort of trouble and the ones that can still rent out (less that 5 years old) have had loads of damage.
#11
We bought one on Anglesey 3-4 years ago. Yes it is expensive to run but our family use it nearly every weekend (or longer) during the season.

The season is 1st March to 31st October and the vans have to be replaced after 15 years. On top of the site fees there's gas, electricity, water, gas certificate, council rates & insurance.

The site owners don't allow renting but we prefer it that way.

It's double glazed, insulated and has gas central heating but I wouldn't fancy living in it through the winter. They heat quickly but lose heat just as quickly.
#12
My dad has one of these and loves it - but you need a photo id pass to use any of the facilities on the site and they only issue a certain amount so I'm not sure how you would go about renting it out to a large number of different people. Also, the site is closed for a few months over the winter.
#13
dcx_badass
Don't do it, my grandparents did it, it's just like burning your money, it's cheaper to go on holiday there for 5 weeks than pay the site fee's.


Have done some thinking and some more maths and have come to the same conclusion. Then we could go on holiday to different places rather than the same place, a whole lot less work involved in renting/cleaning. We could use our clubcard vouchers for holidays rather than having to pay real money.

Thanks for the help guys!

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