There are many Onsite Caravans for Sale all across Australian Caravan Parks. You may have been on a Caravan Park holiday recently and wondered what these permanent Caravans were all about. You may think that people live in these as permanent residents. This is possible but majority of the permanent Onsite Caravans in Australia are for holidays.
Caravan Parks have nightly rates for guests to bring in their Caravans, however many Caravan Parks also give the opportunity to people to leave their Caravans in the park permanently. Instead of a nightly fee the Caravan owner will pay a quarterly site fee. This saves the hassle of bringing the Caravan into the park each time they go on holidays. In a way it means that your Caravan is now a small affordable holiday home. There are many Onsite Caravans for Sale in many parks, but before you take the big step in making the purchase there are a few aspects that you should consider first.
Distance from home
The important aspect about Onsite Caravans is that you need to pay quarterly fees and if the Onsite Caravan is not being utilised as much as possible the quarterly fees will be a burden. Make sure you look at Onsite Caravans for Sale that are within a 1.5 – 2 hour distance from your home. If its any longer than this you may be reluctant to make the trip as often as you hope for. Popular Onsite Caravans for sale in NSW are on the Central Coast 2 hours north of Sydney and the South Coast 2 hours South of Sydney. Popular Onsite Caravans for sale in Victoria are near Phillip Island, Rosebud, Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove. For Queensland, Onsite Caravans for Sale on the Sunshine Coast are the most popular, just a couple hours’ drive from Brisbane.
Considering the Park
You may have found a few Onsite Caravans for Sale that you would consider purchasing, but its very important to consider the park the van is located in as well. Make sure that you stay a night in the park to get a feel for the atmosphere. Do you have small children and are there other families with kids nearby? Are there rowdy residents that may disturb you late at night? Are the facilities appealing to what your family needs? If you have children it may be important to have a lot of water activities such as pool and nearby beach. When looking at Onsite Caravans for Sale that need renovations and some touches up, speak to the park management and see if they have any guidelines on what work can be done on an Onsite Caravan. They may have restriction on what can and cannot be done. Always best to info them of what your plans are and allow them to give their feedback.
Many people see the price tag for Onsite Caravans and they think that is everything that needs to be considered. The really important thing to consider is the ongoing costs. While the Onsite Caravan price may be $10,000 – $50,000 to purchase, you do not own the land so you will need to pay quarterly site rental to the park management and this can be $3000 – $6000 per year. This over a 10 year period is $30,000 – $60,000. This is the biggest expensive. Onsite Caravans for Sale in NSW tend to have higher site fees than Onsite Caravans for Sale in Victoria. Onsite Caravans for Sale on Sunshine Coast is the most affordable.
When considering Onsite Caravans for Sale keep also in mind that the park may have restriction on the number of days you can use the van. Due to legislation on holiday vans many can only allow their Onsite Caravan Owners use the van for 180 days of the year. While this seems restrictive its not so bad. From 180 days, you can go for weekends away nearly every 3 weeks and have a couple of longer holidays in there as well. The biggest bonus when you own your own Onsite Caravan is that you can use it in the busy holiday seasons of the year, school holidays and Christmas holidays. Saving on peak season nightly rates and availability issues. Good luck in your search!
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 Caravans for Sale.