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  1. One answer by the. PM to a question from a Welsh MO was “ This does not constitute permission for anyone to travel for a holiday , even in their second home”
  2. I’ve seen so many posts on here and elsewhere about how bad this is and how we compare to others. I’m tending to look at one set of statistics published by the government and visible on their website. This is the ONS’s analysis of registered deaths. This showed that this year week on week total deaths mirrored recent years until Covid-19 .Then this years weekly figures rose drastically above the averages line. The last published weeks figure was 12,000 above the average. This was far more than the total officially credited to Covid-19 . This pattern of figures holds true for recent weeks I.e. there being far more deaths than”normal” than those officially credited to Covid-19 but I can rationalise no other way than thinking they are Covid-19 related.
  3. I suspect the floor would need reinforcing to take the weight of a piano. However if your on a typical static site I’m not sure how your neighbours are going to react to the ivories being tickled regularily, even if you play really well, especially if they go there for peace and quiet....
  4. Further to my post I would just add that as I previously stated different councils apply different definitions of “living” to holiday parks. By this I mean they apply different limits to holiday parks as to how often ‘van owners should be away to qualify as not “living”. Some have requirements that parks require some nights absence from ‘van each month, others have winter closed seasons. One that seems to be starting to be applied is if the ‘van owners spend more nights at the ‘van than elsewhere them it is deemed to be their main residence. It is different from one place to another so it is risky saying “you can do this” or “you can do that” unless you know that the person you are advising is going to be on a park within the same councils area that you are.
  5. I posted my comment as regards the licences which static caravan sites are issued under which they are able to operate. There are two types of licence “holiday use” and “residential”. Residential sites are open 52 weeks a year and the units are permanent residences to occupants, who have more rights and protections from a 2013 “mobile homes” act. Holiday Parks are not covered by this act and ‘van owners have little to no protections under the law and can be thrown off the site (along with their ‘van) if the site owner wishes.
  6. It is not permitted to “live” in a static caravan on a holiday park. The definition of “living” varies according to the relevant local authority wherever the park is located. It is also worth noting that if someone is found to be breaking these rules they can be required to remove their ‘van from the park at short notice. If the park itself is found to have permitted such a thing they can lose their licence to operate, effectively throwing everyone there off. To live in a’van it should be on a “residential” site. This has the benefits of more legal security for ‘van owners but ‘vans do tend to maintain their value more so are rarely found cheap.
  7. The traditional methods of building statics was from chassis up and fr om the inside out i.e. the carpet laid and fixed furniture built on top. The innards walls frames etc. were assembled and finally the outside walls fastened on. This meant many of the traditional bench seats had the ‘vans inside wall and frame screwed to them from the outside and then the ‘vans cladding was attached. Thus the fastening screw heads for the seats to walls are inside the wall so to remove seats you end up pulling the wood frame off the screws. The second factor again that for a long time the bench seats along with other internal walls being the fixing points for the ‘vans external walls timber framework were also supports that added rigidity to these outside walls. In some cases where fixed seats have been removed it has resulted in external walls flexing and buckling. All this leads to the standard advice being to check with a ‘vans manufacturer has to whether, in that particular model, seats are supporting the structural integrity of the wall, and if they say it’s OK to remove do so slowly and carefully to minimise damage.
  8. You have to allow for mifi units being the weakest receivers/ transmitters that connect to 3G/4g.
  9. DaveE1

    Gas Consumption

    Whilst on the same site & in similar ‘vans with similar usage of ‘vans over the same period our neighbours used three times as many 47kg bottles as us. So whilst I’d love to give you realistic answers to your question I cannot. It’s one of those “piece of string” questions and it’s your “ piece of string “ and only you can measure it I’m afraid.
  10. Our site just closes and locks the gates. If you want to gain access you have to telephone them and book in advance. It is a holiday park after all.
  11. The Lakes is a National Park with strict planning laws so relatively minimal number of static caravans available whilst between Scarborough to the north thro’ Filey down to Bridlington there are many holiday parks. If you then go south of there to include the coastal resorts round Bridlington Bay there are many more. The drastic difference in number of statics available would no doubt cause a differential in prices. However different parks even on the Yorks Coast still sell at a wide range of prices and the same new make & model was for sale last year priced at £55,000, £ 59,000, & £ 79,000 on 3 sites within a few miles of Bridlington.
  12. Welcome Samara to the forum. I can understand that you have a dream of living in a caravan, just be careful it does not just become a nightmare. You need to learn about cars and caravans that they can tow safely as well as what your license lets you tow. Then you need to look into extended stay sites,and if there are any in the area you are thinking of, as well as how much it will cost for a pitch. I wish you well, but fear you may be taking a step too far too quickly if you do not do a lot of research and fully understand what you are getting into before you start spending money.
  13. jetA1, Nobody knows what the value of a ‘van will be in 7 years. In reality the trade in value of any ‘van can be played about with by the trader. My friends “ got a great deal” for their theirs when they traded up. The reality was the ‘van they bought was higher priced than on other sites and trade ins increased accordingly. If a ‘van was sold “off site” at the end of it’s licence then I believe Durbanite’s valuation was probably accurate.. In response to OP’s question whereas many sites supposedly have an open age policy, this tends to be for own sold ‘vans already on site not for “bring ons” . And there are plenty of sites that say whilst you keep it as the owner that’s OK but if it is over a certain age and you want to sell then the ‘van has to go off site.
  14. The general consensus elsewhere seems to be to use bathroom paint rather than normal. Presumably to stop any condensation seeping into the walls.
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