You may have been to your favourite Caravan Park and have seen Onsite Caravans for sale. Have you wondered what they cost? And would it be a good option for your family?
Most people think of Caravan Parks as places where you bring your Caravan and pay a nightly fee to stay. There are however many Caravan Parks that have onsite vans that stay permanently in the Caravan Park. Park owners will typically have a section of their park which are for permanent sites. Individuals pay a quarterly rental fee and are allowed to keep their van in the park long term.
Many people dream for the opportunity to own their own holiday home where you can take the kids on weekends and not worry about high hotel rates or limited availability. Onsite Caravans can provide an affordable holiday home for your family. Let’s get into the aspects that you need to understand before you start looking at Onsite Caravans for Sale in Australia.
Let’s look at where you can find Onsite Caravans for Sale. As the two major cities have the largest population and average income level, these city folk are keen to get out of the hustle and bustle for a weekend away. Weekend travellers are willing to drive 2-3 hours from the city and generally are after a beach location. Sydneysiders look for Onsite Caravan for Sale in NSW, places like Central Coast, Port Stephens and Shoalhaven Heads are popular. Onsite Caravans for sale in the NSW Mid North Coast are also considered. For Melbournites favourite onsite Caravan sites are Ocean Grove, Barwon Heads, Lake Eildon, Torquay, Rosebud and Phillip Island.
Choosing a Park
When you start looking at Onsite Caravans for Sale you will need to consider not only the van, price, and quality but also the Caravan Park it’s located in. We need to ask ourselves some questions to make the right choice in Caravan Park. Firstly how far away is the Caravan Park from home? Will the drive be exhausting to do every few weekends?
If you are looking at Onsite Caravans for Sale and you have found one you like, ask the Park management if you are allowed to make adjustments. You may need to seek management approval for any changes you make. If for instance you want make major improvements such as install a large deck, it may be best to seek approval before you buy.
Starting your search can be daunting, when you look on the internet you will find that there are Onsite Caravans for Sale all across Australia. If you find a Caravan Park that seems to have a lot of Onsite Caravans for sale, ask the management why that is the case, a good Caravan Park will have low turnover. Other Onsite van owners in the park may also be able shed some light.
Prices for Onsite Vans can range from $10,000 to as high as $35,000 depending on what location, size and quality level you are after.
A basic Onsite Van will have beds, storage space and a simple kitchen but most likely no bathroom. You will need to use the communal bathroom in the Caravan Park. For top of the line Onsite Caravans you can have a nice bathroom, deck for relaxing, full entertainment system with internet connection.
Location also influences price, a short drive from the city has higher demand. For instance in NSW prices of Onsite Caravans for Sale on the NSW Mid north coast and Central Coast will be 30% higher than Onsite Caravans located in rural areas far away from the beach.
Before you purchase you will need to find out about the ongoing costs, sure the purchase price may be $15,000 however annual rental fees for popular Caravan Parks can be $5,000. Over 5 years that’s $25,000. Make that you will utilise the van enough to make it worth the ongoing investment. Additional costs to consider will be electricity, gas and maintenance.
While the Onsite Caravan may look permanently fixed to the ground, keep in mind that when purchasing an Onsite Caravan you are not purchasing the land. The Caravan Park owner can decide to redevelop the land at some stage in the future and request that you remove your onsite van. This is the risk you will need to take when making your purchase. It’s best to ask the park owner if there are future development plans. Also speak to other Van owners as they may have some insider knowledge.
If you have unexpected circumstances and you think that your Onsite Caravan could be a great new home, think again. You cannot decide to live in the Onsite Caravan permanently. When considering an Onsite Caravan for Sale in NSW or Victoria you will need to make sure you understand the laws around usage.
In NSW the Caravan Park owners need to follow the Holiday Parks (Long-term Casual Occupation) Act 2002. This places a limit of 180 days per years and is basically in place to prevent people from living permanently in the Van. 180 days is more than enough time to enjoy many holidays throughout the year.
When searching for Onsite Caravans for Sale keep the above topics in mind and you will be much better prepared to make the right purchase decision. There are Onsite Caravans for Sale all across Australia and you need to find the right one for you.
Julian Rembrandt 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 Rembrandt owns and operates Holidaylife.com.au, a listing site for Onsite Caravan for Sale.