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  1. Hopefully, Swift will have already re-inforced the wall to take a TV - but as several have already said, the only people who can give you proper advice will be Swift themselves. You will also need to check where the electric sockets are in relation to the TV.
  2. It surprises me that you cannot get a glazier to quote. Whether double or single glazed, if it is simply the glass that needs replacing then any glazier should be able to do it. They would almost certainly need to order the glass to be made, so there will still be a delay in repair. Don't try the big companies, look for local independents - they are the most likely to help. Make sure that you do not give them the impression that it is a touring caravan. If they say they cannot help- ask why - it may not be anything to do with the glass, there may be a perceived problem with access to the site itself. Have you asked the site manager for names of companies they recommend?
  3. Flexaccount, which does not have a fee, is ending the included travel insurance. FlexPLUS Account, which I believe has a monthly fee of £13, is not affected.
  4. Responding to several posts in one hit... (A) I think the age premium for the Flexplus travel insurance is the same for the Flexaccount - an additional £65 for 70 or over (and if it is a joint account, both are covered by the one payment). (B) I am gutted by the closure of the included European cover on the Flexaccount, as this was excellent cover AND (having made 2 medical claims, albeit small ones) can state that they were very well handled, sorted promptly and efficiently, and there was no added premium to maintain cover the next year. The excess is low, too, at £50. (C) It does not surprise me that it is no longer offered, as they were the only ones including this perk on a free account - I just think that it would have been better if they simply said "we can no longer justify the cost of including this on a free account". (D) They have been very fair, as anyone who makes an upgrade before the end of the year will have the cover extended until the upgrade ends. So if you are already 70 and planning to travel next year, get the upgrade in before the end of this year and you should have another 12 months cover. (E). It is possible that Flexplus underwriters have changed, so new policies may have changed for towing lengths, existing policies still unchanged? (F) Pensions - trying to recall a fairly heated discussion about 15 years ago when a work colleague was criticising the standard of living in UK compared to the standard of living in other European countries - think the debate died down when somebody pointed out how much higher the taxes were in those same countries. Disappointed about losing that big boost to my (old version) state pension, but realistically I think it was the right decision.
  5. Did you like the bit at the start which solemnly pointed out how they were always working for the mutual benefit of all their members? (Rather like the sign on the bank door saying "for your security and convenience, this cash point is now closed") I got that email too - maybe they are trying to push everyone over to the paid-for account? Bit gutted - it was good insurance.
  6. "Fully booked since the end of lockdown" - is not necessarily going to translate into "always fully booked". ALL parks are overbooked at the minute. 2023 is going to be the interesting year for holiday park lettings and sales of used statics. You builder may have purchased a lodge/static that has a formal lease - some of the upmarket water park lodges are registered on the land registry, so a loan is easier to get as the lessor can register a charge against it. The majority of "lodges" are not, they are static caravans with a contract, and frequently the contract turns out to be worthless if the park changes hands. If you really think this is what you want to do, then you need to behave as if it is a business proposition and do your own due diligence, not just ask on forums and believe everything your builder says. Your builder will also be used to taking out loans, and presumably has a good enough source of assets and income from his trade to satisfy any lender that he will be able to repay it if his lodge goes belly-up - you are in a different position. As you are starting from what your builder is telling you, then start with your builder -will he tell you : (A) How much did he pay for the lodge? (B) Is he the sole owner, or is it a shared ownership (Google "Dream Lodge investment crash" if so and be warned). (C) When did he buy the lodge, and when did he start renting it out? (rental, repairs and running costs will not be a true picture if this is a recent activity). (D) What is the current pitch fee? Does the contract specify a fixed amount of annual increase or is it at the park owner's whim? (E) What is the annual insurance cost? (F) What is the annual maintenance cost (including legally required safety inspection and testing)? (G) What are the annual cleaning costs? (H) Is the ownership on a lease - how long is the lease? (H2). OR is the pitch on a contract - how long is the contract. (I) What is the open season - 12 months? 11 months? 10 months? (J) What facilities does the park/area/lodge offer to those renting it? (K) When the UK holiday frenzy is over, what unique points does the lodge have to make it more desirable to renters than other lodges in the same area? (L) Looking at historical records, what was the rental income compared with costs, pre-pandemic for lodges on this park? (M) What is the interest on the loan, and how long does it run for? There is more, but the above will give you start for the sort of questions you need to find out are part of your due diligence - and the sort of questions that apply to the park you are interested in. If you apply for a business loan, then your bank will ask to see your business plan, including target market, costings, forecasts of expenditure and forecast of income. Investigate on this basis. And always remember - your builder telling you what a good idea it is now may in 2 years time turn into your builder joining this forum to ask how he can offload 2 lodges that are draining him of cash and energy. There are numerous reports of people (not just statics) who have believed somebody (and frequently a well known somebody) who said what a good investment this is, gone ahead without doing their own research - and a lot of them are now in class actions trying to get their money back. The saying "If it looks to good to be true....." applies just as much to static/lodge ownership as anything else. Good luck in your research.
  7. Bad, bad,bad idea. You are unlikely to be able to buy a van and then get a pitch, you have buy the van from the park you want to put it on. The park will have to be one that allows subletting (not all do). To stand a chance of renting out, you need to get a good quality van, with good quality fittings, which will be expensive, which will increase the size of the loan. You will also need a good pitch on the park, which means a higher pitch fee to be paid each year. You cannot get a mortgage on a static caravan. You may be able to take out a personal loan, in the same way as a car loan, but (depending where the van will be) are unlikely to get a big enough loan to finance a static suitable for renting out. You have to get enough rental income to pay for the loan, pay for the interest on the loan, pay for the ongoing costs of owning a static, pay for the extra costs involved in running the static as a business. And then you will be competing against others who are not servicing a loan, so do not need such a high income. The loan will still have to be repaid even if you cannot rent it out. If you decide to sell, you will get only a fraction of the original cost back, which will almost invariably mean that you will still have a residual loan to be repaid. The pitch fee will still have to be paid even if you cannot rent it out. The insurance will still have to be paid even if you cannot rent it out. The annual safety checks will still have to be carried out and certificates paid for even if you cannot get renters. A static caravan is NOT a way to make money. There have been several questions about this on this and other forums, and the answer is always the same - bad idea! You really need to do a LOT more research, and then you will most probably reach the same conclusion .
  8. I would take it as a foregone conclusion that a washing machine on a metal floor would be incredibly noisy, especially on spin. Bad enough on a suspended wooden floor. A decent anti-vibration mat underneath may help, something like this: https://www.screwfix.com/p/mottez-shock-absorbing-floor-mat-grey-blue-620-x-620mm/1374v or this (looks heavier duty, so may be better). https://www.polymax.co.uk/anti-vibration-rubber-mount/rubber-pad/rubber-anti-vibration-mat
  9. Why not try asking the various suppliers of caravan gas drop vents, as it looks as if they come in different lengths and sizes, so could be a matter of replacing the vent. For example: https://www.halesowencaravancentre.com/gas-drop-vents-598-c.asp
  10. Just renewed mine online, and the only one that drops off is C1 and D1 - a warning pops up part way through that these entitlements cannot be renewed online, have to be by post. If you continue online, those entitlements drop off. Did not have to make any special request to keep BE.
  11. To try and answer your question, to the best of my knowledge (please note, I have no training in this subject). If you have purchased from a VAT registered dealer or park, then you may have to pay VAT, depending on the van size and specification. If you purchased from a private seller, or a non-VAT registered dealer, then VAT should not apply. I think that in any case, you have to be registered for VAT in order to claim it back - private individuals cannot claim VAT back (although if VAT was incorrectly charged, you should ask for a refund from the seller). Attached link to VAT regulations for static caravans. See section 2.2. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/vat-treatment-of-caravans-and-houseboats-notice-70120#section2
  12. Your post suggests that you are unfamiliar with gas bottles, including how to check for leaks. Maybe ask the site if they have a recommended gas engineer on call who can check the bottle, connections and hose for you, and also go through with you how to read the gauge, connect and disconnect, check for leaks, and also when and how hoses and connectors need to be replaces. You will almost certainly have to pay, but then you will be set up to know what to do in future.
  13. Hello and good morning. Some of those with more experience of renting should come along soon, but take a look under the heading on the forum about "buying,selling,renting .." (it is the one below the section you have posted in) as there is already a lot of information and advice from those in the know. Have you asked your park operator? Many of them will advertise private rentals for you, and act as agents, and that may be the easiest solution, although probably not the cheapest. They should also be able to advise on insurance, gas and electric safety checks, and inventories and deposits. (You have checked with the park that you are allowed to rent out? They don't all allow it). Willerby have put some useful information out about renting: https://www.willerby.com/blog/renting-out-static-caravan-complete-guide as do Shield insurance: https://www.shieldtotalinsurance.co.uk/blog/news/how-to-rent-out-your-static-caravan-as-a-holiday-home/
  14. It is probably a combination of fire regulations, insurance, and (possibly) terms of the site licence. Static caravans (and park homes) are manufactured to a stated number of berths, and it is standard for site rules (and insurance) to specify that the number of occupants overnight must not exceed the stated number of berths. Adding a bed does not increase the number of berths - it is all down to the original manufacture. Not sure from the OP whether this is their own van, or one that is being hired from the park. If it is being hired, then worth asking why it has a pull-out bed that apparently exceeds the number of permitted berths, and ask for a van that has sufficient berths for friends and family to stay. If owned, then check how many berths the manufacturer has specified.
  15. When you say cooker hood, do you mean the extractor fan? If so, could be worth getting the vent cover and the flashing around the vent checked. If you are on a park, the park manager may know of local companies who can check and carry out a repair (if needed). Most cases anywhere where there are caravan parks there are local traders who may not advertise themselves for caravans/statics, but who have experience of working on them. Just make sure to tell them it is a static caravan so they do not turn up expecting a solid roof they can climb on.
  16. Hello and welcome. First, it is almost a certainty that you will not be able to take your own caravan/mobile home onto a residential site to live in - you will need to buy either from or via the park owner (usually new) or from an existing resident for a used park home. Many residential parks will not allow a holiday caravan or tourer to be parked on site, so depending on the site rules you may need to find storage for the current caravan. There are residential parks on the outskirts of London, not sure how close you need to be - a good place to start is the website parkhome-living.co.uk, which lists all licensed residential parks; it can be a bit clunky narrowing down the area, but should give you a good idea of where they are. If you are able to go East London there is a bigger choice of residential parks, several are in areas that are on the Central or District tube line. I believe there is at least one park (Windsor), probably more, that rents residential. Bear in mind that for residential use you have to rent directly from the park owner, individual owners are not allowed to rent or sublet (this is part of the Mobile Homes Act legislation - live in it or sell it). You can also search on websites such as Rightmove, but if you are interested in anything you will need to check whether the advert is for residential or leisure, as most estate agents advertise them all as "park homes" regardless of their actual status.
  17. Have you tried contacting Morco for advice? It may be that the gas engineers who visited were not familiar with the appliance. https://morcoproducts.co.uk/troubleshooting.html
  18. I recall a few years ago reading a comment from a static owner which said that, in his/her opinion, the people who were unhappy with their static had either not read and understood their contract, or assumed that the terms and conditions did not apply to them - and later became disgruntled with the terms they had willingly signed up to. The vast majority of static owners seem very happy with their purchase, but have little reason to come on forums to say so. unless/until somebody asks.
  19. Hello and sorry to hear of your problem. A bit puzzled by the comment that this was reported well within the guarantee period - most manufacturers offer only 1-2 years themselves, so this would mean you reported the problem in 2017-2018? What did the workmen say was causing the problem? Have you tried contacting your own insurance company to get a repair completed?
  20. Just to add to your woes - do bear in mind that the pitch fees are not a fixed cost - they are annual, and invariably increase each year. A static can be a very good buy purely for the pleasure you have using it, but if you can only purchase by using finance or taking out a loan, it will not make economic sense. As it sounds as if you are new to the idea of statics in general, why not try this and next year booking holidays in various static parks in various areas, to try out the lifestyle and also the parks. There is every possibility that in 18 months time, when the issue of travelling abroad is easing, there may be a lot of statics on the market, and the prices will have dropped and there will be several suitable parks with offers ready to attract buyers.
  21. Good morning to you. One word in your post has leapt out and badly frightened me. "Invest". A static caravan is NOT, repeat NOT an investment. It is purchased for the ongoing enjoyment you and you family will get from it, it will have ongoing running costs, and when you finally sell it it will be for a very small fraction of what you paid for it. Once you have purchased, consider that money gone forever. I do hope that you have not been sucked in by those glossy adverts suggesting that a static caravan is a money-making exercise - the only people who make money will be the site owner. You just help him make money. If you are buying a static because you love the idea of your own home-from-home to go on holiday at the drop of a hat whenever you feel like it, then a static is a good choice - provided, as Brecon says, you carry out your research. If you have never tried out the static lifestyle, then a site that is already up and running will be a better choice than a new development - do you really want to holiday on a building site? Finance is available, but carry out a lot of research in this as well, as it can be (a) expensive, and (b) restrictive. Start off by thinking about a personal loan - just as if you are buying a car. (Are you sure that your new site is charging £40,000 for a newly sited static? Most new developments are charging quite a bit more than that nowadays)
  22. Oh, please stop attacking Lutz every time he mentions his concerns. He is not anti-vax, he is not spreading false rumours, he is not trying to persuade anyone to avoid the vaccine - he is just worried. Yes, we can all see the benefits of having the vaccine far outweigh the risks of not having the vaccine - but simply saying so does not remove the worries of those who are anxious, and neither will calling them selfish. LUTZ: I'll try and find the link, but apparently the reason the vaccine could be produced so quickly was that (a) the vaccine platforms were already being worked on for many years beforehand for other types of vaccine, and (b) it was discovered quite early that the Covid virus shared similarities with other known viruses that the vaccines could exploit. The vaccines are not as new as we all thought, they are redeveloped from existing platforms and vaccinations. Oops. - just noticed that Steven has already said this (much more clearly). Hopefully, the people that Mrs Lutz is seeing for advice will explain this much better than I can.
  23. Maybe the previous owners had an electric water heater and removed it? I would be inclined to ask whoever sold you the van what it is for - and, if no longer in use, why not properly blanked off?. The electrics in a static caravan are supposed to be checked every 3 years to make sure they are safe- did you get a handover report with details of the last check? If not, it could be a good idea to have your own safety check carried out - the park operators may have their own electrician, otherwise a local one with experience in caravans can usually be found anywhere there are caravan parks.
  24. I'm with Silversurf on this one. I started off one of the "hmmm - bit too early to be sure about this vaccine". Then I started hearing more about Covid - directly from people who work on the frontline (ambulance, nursing staff). It was not nice seeing neighbour's wife (nursing aide) or son (ambulance crew) standing crying tears of despair and exhaustion. It was not nice hearing that ambulance crew were being told to take only the most critical cases to hospital as there is no more room. It was not nice hearing that ambulance crew were driving around praying that the person they could not take to hospital manages to survive. It was not nice seeing the strain on neighbour each day worrying about whether his wife or son will be infected. Covid is not nice... I'm now fully jabbed. Catching Covid presents more risks than vaccine side effects. Glad to hear that Lutz, despite his concerns, is going ahead. Let's hope Mrs Lutz gets vaccinated soon.
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