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3 Beginner Aspects you MUST Learn Before Considering an Onsite Caravan for Sale

Posted by holidaylife on April 13, 2019
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Australia has some amazing Caravan Parks in beautiful locations. You can either visit the Caravan Park by paying a nightly site fee or you can own your very own piece of paradise and look for an Onsite Caravan for Sale. An Onsite Caravan is a permanent van that stays in the park all year round. Family’s dream of the chance to own their very own holiday home however with Australia’s high property prices that dream is unachievable for many. Considering an Onsite Caravan for Sale the perfect alternative.

Purchasing an Onsite Caravan is not as simply as a home or investment property, there are a number of aspects that you need to keep in mind before you start looking at an Onsite Caravan for Sale in Australia.

Site Fees

Onsite Caravans are not like houses where you purchase the house and land together. For the case of an Onsite Caravan you are only buying the Caravan and any additional structure attached. The entire Caravan Park land is owned and managed by the Caravan Park management. They allow the Onsite Caravan to stay on a permanent site but they still charge a quarterly rental fee for privilege to have it sit on their land. The quarterly fees can range from $800 – $1500 so the average year amount may be around $5000.

This is a really important aspect when deciding if you are ready to consider an Onsite Caravan for Sale. You will need to utilise the Onsite Caravan as much as possible to justify the yearly ongoing costs. Make sure that you and all your family members are committed to taking regular weekend away trips and also more length holidays to the same Caravan Park. You need to enjoy the location and atmosphere so that you enjoy going back again and again.

Fulltime living

Many people may think that an Onsite Caravan is perfect for full time living. Perhaps they are downsizing and think that a home in a holiday park on the beach would be a perfect. You can find an Onsite Caravan for Sale in Australia that does allow you to live fulltime in the park however the majority of Onsite Caravans in Holiday Parks are for short term rental. The Caravan Park will have a license to only allow the Onsite Caravan Park owners to stay in the park for a maximum of 150 days per year.  Make sure when you look for an Onsite Caravan for Sale in Australia you ask the park management on number of days you can stay per year to make sure there are no misunderstanding down the track.

You may think that 150 days per year for holidays doesn’t sound like much but actually it’s plenty. If you just went for weekends and stayed 3 nights you could stay nearly every single weekend of the year. This would be unlikely so you can throw in a couple of weeklong holidays during the year and you will have a lot of time to enjoy your affordable holiday home.

Approval Process

When looking at an Onsite Caravan for Sale keep in mind that when you decide to purchase you will need to go through an approval process with the park management. For a Caravan Park to operate successfully it needs to maintain an enjoyable atmosphere. As Caravan Park guests stay in close proximity to each other it’s important that they get along. The Park management will want to assess if you are a guest that will suit the park. Is it a family orientated Caravan Park and do you have children? Or are you young and single want to bring your friend away for some drinks and music? Owning an Onsite Caravan will mean you will be in the park often so it’s important for the Park management to get this right.

Before you start your search for an Onsite Caravan for Sale in Australia, understand these aspects and speak with your family about these points so everyone is familiar. To find onsite Caravan for Sale in Australia that suit your needs have a look at Handy tip; if you want to be able to negotiate a good price its best to find an Onsite Caravan for Sale during wintertime as the demand is slower. Slower demand means less buyer competition and sellers may become desperate.


Julian has spent the last 10 years in the hotel industry across Australia and Asia. Permanent Onsite Caravans have been around for many decades but the knowledge about how to make the right purchase decision has been limited. Julian helps to educate people on the best ways to go about owning an Onsite Caravan. Julian owns and operates, a listing site for Onsite Caravan for Sale.

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