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  1. Hey all, I'm new to the forum and have come here to peruse the threads for random information that might help me. But, I might as well reach out and ask for advice from members. I'm a bit of a loner. I'm a HGV driver by trade and run an e-commerce business on the side. The thought of buying a house and signing up to a 25 year mortgage, then paying constant council tax, heating and water bills and pretty much getting shafted by companies left right and centre, also that a house also cannot move, which means I'd be stuck in one place. To be honest, it makes me feel sick to my stomach. Is this what life has to be? The UK seems to be extremely expensive too. My insurance for my motorycle goes up each year, and is at £550. My car is the same and that goes up by about £100 per year, despite getting more no claims (I have 10 years now). Anyway, I've been looking at getting something that I can live in all year round, but still be able to travel. As a HGV driver, I work 4 days on and 4 days off. So if I want to go away to the EU, I can book 4 days off and basically get 12 days to travel and see places. I'm self employed anyway so can basically take as much time off as I want, I just won't get paid for it. When I am working, I can park my motorhome/caravan/whatever at the RDC for those 4 days, and then go somewhere else for my 4 days off. The RDC has a shower room and stuff that I can use, but I'd probably just use my own. If I just need somewhere to park it locally, I can park outside my mothers house. She lives on an unadopted road in the country and there's a huge amount of space. I know the farmer and he'd be fine with me parking in on his road. If travelling, I'd stay in laybys and the odd country road, but use camping parks every so often for a break if I stay in one place for a while. I was in the RAF for 9 years, and before I got married lived in on base block accommodation. I paid £36 a month all in for a room that was basically a bedroom, with a small en-suite. I loved it, it was all I needed and my friends were just down the corridor. I got married and then got a bitter divorce. Now as a HGV driver, working in a sole occupation, doing a degree and running this side e-commerce business, friends can be hard to find and time can be at a premium. ------ So, what are my options? I have all DVLA licences so can drive anything I want. I also have a 2015 Honda VFR1200X which I would want to take with me (or downsize to something lighter as its 300kg). This is so when I go to Europe I can go off on that. I've just booked a month in Corsica, and go in June. I'm going on the bike, but staying in AirBnB's. The accomodation all in has cost around £1,800, which isn't too bad for a month in summer. I want to go away a few times each year preferably to see places in Europe, Eastern Europe and Russia. ----- Other than that, space is nice but not essential. Heat can be provided by a cab heater, but I'm fine with the cold. Air con would be important as I might go somewhere hot, I think they run off butane bottles? ----- Here's what I've been looking at: Caravans Good bit of space, but needs another vehicle to tow it which is an additional cost. Would need air con and cab heater retrofitted most likely. Also, i'd essentially be towing almost dead weight. If I go somewhere with hills or loose surface such as gravel or ice, then it'd be harder but by no means impossible. On alibaba, these look cool: Of course the cost to import would be prohibitive. Then I can get a fifth wheel trailer: Lots of space, and pretty cool. But, I would have to get a pickup truck too which can be expensive in the UK. Demand seems high. Again, aircon and cab heater may need to be retrofitted. Lastly, and currently my favourite option, American RV: Totally self contained, probably has cab heater and aircon fitted. One tax and insurance bill. If it's left hand drive, I'd probably try to re-register it in France via a PO box and then not pay tax and only have to MOT it every 24 months, plus I could maybe get cheaper insurance over there that might extend to the UK. Engine charges batteries when moving. Rigid which makes it easier to reverse (no blind side). It would also be able to take a motorcycle on the back. Where as on a caravan or fifth wheel trailer, this adds a degree of instability to both. I'm not sure it's advisable to put a 300kg bike on the back of a standard caravan. In fact, just typing that makes me feel silly, so it's probably correct... I'd be absolutely at home in this RV. It's more than big enough, and I'd have the freedom to go wherever I want. Only downside is it'd be thirsty on diesel. If I can get hold of a petrol one I'd consider LPG'ing it which might remove the tax in the UK anyway. The other downside is that they are expensive. This one is £25,000 on eBay. When I get back from Corsica, I'd be paying my bike off, which is my only debt. I can either save up for a year or two, or get an RV on finance and just pay it monthly, although £25,000 is a fair size finance. I'm highly employable as a HGV driver so job security isn't a worry. The issue is getting finance on a vehicle from a private trader like from eBay. Of course, with no bills pretty much, I'd be able to save a fair bit of money and as I can't fill it with junk, I might actually be able to enjoy life. Maybe even save up for a large deposit and buy a house in the UK on a buy to let. So the tenants can pay the mortgage. Let them pay the mortgage and fees for me. I'd probably settle eventually, but I doubt it 'd be in the UK. Maybe Spain or in central europe. So that's my issue(s). I'd really appreciate any input that you may have. (PS, no wife or kids, I'm 33 and from Durham UK)
  2. Hello all, I'm starting a new chapter in my life and my plans are to live in my caravan for the time being. I've never done this before, I went travelling in my caravan in Europe for 6 months but moved around a lot, so I have no idea about the rules or what to ask about etc. There is a local campsite near me who I have contacted about this who have said that whilst they do not offer 'permanent pitches for guests to be resident on site' they do offer 'seasonal pitches' at a weekly cost and I can stay as much as I like (they open all year). I was a little confused about this. ..does this mean that I can stay there but without technically calling it living there. ..I don't really understand? I've heard that you've got to be away from the caravan for a certain amount of time a year. ..is this true and if so how long and can you leave your caravan on site? I just want a pitch for my caravan, awning and a little garden area is really important to me. ..to be able to put up a little fence around my pitch and have a little outside area for the dog mostly and some nice pots and flowers/herbs etc. Do most places allow you to do this? In Europe especially Spain/Portugal this seems to be very common. I would love to hear from people who have done or are doing this . Thanks in advance! M
  3. Hi all, After thinking about buying a static, I think the way forward is to buy a touring caravan which will be much cheaper and I'm not tied to anything. My bank approved my loan and the money is there now, I just need to find something. I've already contacted a mechanic about pre purchase inspection and will be getting one before I buy anything. I have a week to sort something out before I'm on holiday and then come back as I have to move out of my current home, I hope to have something sorted by then. I have a budget of 2k, anybody got any suggestions of caravans currently for sale in the Manchester area or where I should look? People are being very resilient to my idea to live in a caravan full time. I've only ever stayed in a static when I was a kid and have no other experience. I love travelling and freedom though so I think I will be perfectly happy. . but you know what people are like when you try do something out of the norm. I'm up and down between being over excited to a bit scared!
  4. Hey Guys, I moved in to my ABI Globetrotter a month ago, and so far its excellent, I'm on a site that provides the basics but no shower or toilet facilities. I'm thinking of fitting a macerator unit to my waste carrier for the C2 toilet, and then I can simply fit a hosepipe and pump the toilet out, rather than lugging the cassette over to the waste empty area and get my hands messy etc. .. (Sounds lovely eh!) The plan is to buy a new cassette, and fit the macerator unit inside it. Has anyone converted a touring toilet to be like a motorhome. .. At the moment I only have about 20L, where as my parents (Who have a huge american motorhome) have about 75-100L of waste tank. ... I could buy a large waste tank, but then I cant just put it on the bottom of the van lol. .. What would you do? (Other than move site to somewhere with toilet lol)....
  5. Hi, we are planning to save money and enjoy our need to not feel "fixed". So any advice about caravan living would be helpful. We live in Cornwall where I have a good job that I want to continue but the caravan will allow us to live in different parts of the area and at the same time save money by living simpler. The long term plan is to spend part of the year touring abroad and look for a plot of land to buy allowing us to create a small creative, healing retreat. We want to avoid anything that may lable us as "travellers", I think everyone has the right to live as they wish as long as doing so is carried out with due regard for others and the environment. So fellow members any comments would be welcome Thanks in anticipation, Ron : )
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