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Greetings,

 

I am a man in his late thirties and looking to travel the UK sometime next year. In order to fund our travels, my wife and I have been thinking about odd jobs that I (or we) might be able to do around caravan parks. I don't currently have a lot of notable DIY skills (something I hope to remedy) but was wondering what jobs I might be able to do to earn some decent money. Caravan cleaning for example? How about greasing chassis? Can anyone tell me what jobs people need doing that don't require a lot of skill or knowledge but are considered important and are decently paid?

 

Thanks Very Much

 

Ollie

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Greetings,

 

I am a man in his late thirties and looking to travel the UK sometime next year. In order to fund our travels, my wife and I have been thinking about odd jobs that I (or we) might be able to do around caravan parks. I don't currently have a lot of notable DIY skills (something I hope to remedy) but was wondering what jobs I might be able to do to earn some decent money. Caravan cleaning for example? How about greasing chassis? Can anyone tell me what jobs people need doing that don't require a lot of skill or knowledge but are considered important and are decently paid?

 

Thanks Very Much

 

Ollie

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I might be wrong, but from what I can gather, jobs on caravan sites don't come anywhere near "decent money" and are often staffed by those that are semi-retired and used as a way of topping up their pension money and consist of site-duties (cleaning, tidying etc) rather than caravan maintenance.   I guess some caravans that are permanently sited might require an in-situ service, but that does require specialist skills rather than a general DIY approach.

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Sorry to burst your bubble but most kinds of maintainence jobs on caravan sites are done by full time staff who generally have a broad knowledge of DIY type jobs, and are suitably qualified for working on gas and electric.

Caravan cleaning is paid poorly, the National Minimum wage is about it. Greasing chassis? this is just not done as it does not need doing.

 

Depending on the size of park depends whether the staff are full or part time, and a lot of parks now hire in grounds workers to cut grass etc as and when needed as it saves the owner paying things like Nat Ins, pension etc etc .

 

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8 minutes ago, oliverhowells said:

Caravan cleaning for example?

Hello Oliver,

 

Probably not so much with touring caravans but there are lots of static caravan sites in the UK, my mother for example has a static caravan on a huge site in Bridlington. She's too old to do it herself now so she pays someone every year to clean her caravan and jetwash/re-oil her veranda (I can't do it for her I don't live in the UK).

You'd probably need permission from the site owners though as you need a 'pass' to get through the barriers.

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I think you’re looking for something that doesn’t exist. It doesn’t matter what field of work you’re in. Any work that needs little skill or knowledge is going to be paid at the bare minimum. If you have skill and knowledge, people will pay you accordingly.  

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58 minutes ago, oliverhowells said:

Greetings,

 

I am a man in his late thirties and looking to travel the UK sometime next year. In order to fund our travels, my wife and I have been thinking about odd jobs that I (or we) might be able to do around caravan parks. I don't currently have a lot of notable DIY skills (something I hope to remedy) but was wondering what jobs I might be able to do to earn some decent money. Caravan cleaning for example? How about greasing chassis? Can anyone tell me what jobs people need doing that don't require a lot of skill or knowledge but are considered important and are decently paid?

 

Thanks Very Much

 

Ollie

 

That seems like a mythical golden egg - good luck.

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6 minutes ago, Durbanite said:

Probably find that many sites will not allow washing of caravan or any maintenance to be done on site so that will be a big drawback.

Correct, but some do.

 

Old Oakes provide a service via a third party.  Not used it myself but have watched a motorhome done on the next pitch and it looked very professional.  So that one possible way to go If OP can get an agreement with local sites.  At least the setup costs might be comparatively low.  If I remember, the one I saw had a large storage tank in their van and a pressure pump.

 

I think there is a price list on the Old Oak web site.

 

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To do what you want you will need some DIY skills which you say you don't have.

I think you should concentrate on areas where you do have some skills. Or you asking people to pay for you to learn the appropriate skills. If you envisage cleaning touring or static caravans you will need insurance and therefore a need to set yourself up in business etc. Have you ever been self employed?

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23 minutes ago, WispMan said:

You  will need insurance. ..

Doing any sort of paid work will require that you have public liability insurance.  No responsible site owner will take you on as a self employed contractor (to carry out site maintenance etc.) or allow you on site to carry out work for third parties (caravan / motor caravan owners) pitched on site without it.

 

On the face of it, it seems a complete non starter.  You might do better looking for a position as a seasonal warden somewhere. .. wages will be between very low and zero but you'll likely get a free pitch and perhaps electricity in return for the work you carry out.

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If someone knocked my door and asked me if I had any odd jobs to do I would say Yes there are loads of jobs to do.  

I am an experienced job doer, DIYer, gardener, washer-upper, car maintenance, caravan maintenance, vacuum cleaning, grocery getting, taxi service provider. I work long hours and never get a day off.

You can do some of my jobs and I will pay you the same rate that I get. Nowt!

 

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If any one was going to any work on my caravan, I’m afriad I would want them to be skilled at what they were doing, not learning as they went along.

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18 hours ago, hp100425ev said:

If any one was going to any work on my caravan, I’m afriad I would want them to be skilled at what they were doing, not learning as they went along.

So that wont be any of the so called trained staff employed in the main caravan dealerships then. ...said very tongue in cheek!

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Surely you would need certificate for any electric or gas etc. Only really leaves cleaning and most static sites want a cut of anything that’s going on, on their site so may be hard to get work other then with the site owners.

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42 minutes ago, alanbone said:

Unfortunately this thread is some 9 months old and the original poster never came back to read the replies.

But thanks for your contribution as it may help anyone in the future reading this old thread.

Graham

 

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The OP asked.

"Can anyone tell me what jobs people need doing that don't require a lot of skill or knowledge but are considered important and are decently paid?"

 

Perhaps he moved into politics and achieved all his aims.

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