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    Quote Originally Posted by REC View Post
    We own a static on a very unusual site in that the plots are freehold and the 55 units all have a 55th share of company who own the 68 acre site. Closed six weeks of the year and UK residence strictly enforced. Limitations on what type of unit allowed is based on fire regs and the environment. Any changes, decking etc has to be sent to the executive committee to check in line with rules. No commission when sold,new owner has to be interviewed to ensure they know the rules. It's a haven of wildlife and so glad we found it!
    Just clad the old static and insulated and re- roofed it, extending it in the summer to give another bedroom and ensuite. Oh and fees are 1300 year including rates, water and the maintenance man employed full-time.
    Your arrangement is attractive to me too. Considering my negative comments on the normal Parks, you seem to have a sensible and fair proposal I dare say that has been based upon the negatives in the industry I described

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    I have seen a few static caravan parks on freehold plots, but its trying to find one where you want to go as they are not common.
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    Quote Originally Posted by harrow View Post
    I have seen a few static caravan parks on freehold plots, but its trying to find one where you want to go as they are not common.
    buying off plot they are as cheap as chips to buy, persuading sites to accept them that they haven't sold is an issue either a no or inflated rents

    We did a raring trade with Glossop Caravans refurbing statics that were rented to local authorities for traveller accommodation

    We did this one and sold off site to a chap that put it on a site in Essex

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    Started life as an Atlas moonstone, we re clad it, with a vapour membrane fitted central heating and double glazing using a 28 mm upvc profile, removed interior chairs re braced the walls and fitted French doors all for 10 k retail

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    You might be better buying a country cottage. It may cost a bit more, but it will go up in value, not down.
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    Slightly off topic though similar. My mate bought in to a canal boat on a Marina for a while. Was lead to believe he could do some repairs refresh etc then hit the water road. In reality they piled up all the regs and rules, forcing most things to be done under dictate. After sometime they kept moving stuff around, were obstructive to ideas of repairs, then after several years reneged on so call longterm plans, then rented out to newbie at current higher prices. Overall it was not a great retreat or rest though was different. If you knew once, you probably wouldnt do it yet most folk go in with preconceived notions and not aware of the real reality!
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    Hi, we bought our 4year old static for 10k near Skipton ....coz it was the only way us two, nanny and her dog could get away (we had to move in to be nanny's carers as she needed 24hour supervision/care) Over 5 years we were up and down spending many happy days there. When nanny passed on we kept it another 3 years exhausting every walk/visit you could do from it , but noticed Moho's in the touring spots. Decided what's obvious !! ...so gave notice on the static expecting nothing as it only had 4 years life left The park gave us 2.75k for it !! So, just about 1k a year loss in value plus the site fees which was all worth it at the time. However, the site fees were set to rise sharply...to 2.5k a year.....so we thought....another 4 years would be 10k (ouch!!) That 10k now saved....as I post this....is half what we payed for our van !! Add the money they gave us back ..... feels like we switched at the perfect time. That's our story....feels like we got off lightly compared to some !! (Oh, the static had great decking !!). Maja
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    Think we were just incredibly lucky to find our place! It had been a manor house then was taken over by RAF in WW2. Used by the yanks, lots of history, bunkers and ruins all preserved in the woodland. It was a regular holiday park but the company put it up for sale and the unit owners got together and bought it between them. Now a conservation area in the parkland too. It's our little bit of heaven, makes me smile just to come in the main gates! Oh and bonus, campervan can be kept in the carpark and is really secure as gate coded entry😉. The funny thing is that people in the nearest town less than two miles away don't know it is here, so well hidden!
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    The OP might find this link useful covers a lot of what is discussed here and things we haven't Holiday homes are exempt from the Mobile homes act so very much buyer beware

    Insurance, advice and Support to caravan owners across the UK - NACO

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    We had considered buying a static years ago, but as has already been stated, many times, you are at the mercy of the site owner and their money grabbing rules.
    We bought the largest twin wheel caravan our VW T4 could tow and put it on a seasonal pitch each year.
    If you are able to get a super pitch, where you have a direct mains water supply and a plastic pipe from your waste outlet to their waste disposal system, it can be very similar to a static, turn on the gas and get the kettle on.
    We used to ride to our sited caravan every weekend on our motorbikes and park them inside the awning.
    That was until we bought a motorhome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beemer View Post
    We had considered buying a static years ago, but as has already been stated, many times, you are at the mercy of the site owner and their money grabbing rules.
    We bought the largest twin wheel caravan our VW T4 could tow and put it on a seasonal pitch each year.
    If you are able to get a super pitch, where you have a direct mains water supply and a plastic pipe from your waste outlet to their waste disposal system, it can be very similar to a static, turn on the gas and get the kettle on.
    We used to ride to our sited caravan every weekend on our motorbikes and park them inside the awning.
    That was until we bought a motorhome.
    This is the point, a static caravan is just like being at home, proper flushing toilet, full size shower, a proper bed, gas central heating, like home from home.

    A touring caravan is not the same as a static or park home.

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