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Static Caravan, Anyone live in one?

Liz the Squeak 18 Mar 05 - 05:53 AM
The Fooles Troupe 18 Mar 05 - 05:02 AM
Gervase 18 Mar 05 - 04:06 AM
John MacKenzie 18 Mar 05 - 03:41 AM
CarolC 18 Mar 05 - 02:18 AM
Stilly River Sage 18 Mar 05 - 02:15 AM
GUEST,Mr Happy 17 Mar 05 - 10:34 PM
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Subject: RE: Static Caravan, Anyone live in one?
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 18 Mar 05 - 05:53 AM

If you are a squirrelly sort of person, forget it... I lived in one for about a week - it was all I could cope with, because I'm one of the worlds worst tidiers...... I let it pile up until it falls over and then I blitz. Can't do that in a caravan, because there just isn't the room.

Noise was a problem... if anyone sitting in the dining area farted, we got complaints about the noise from 4 vans down! It's just a big metal box that acts as an amplifier..... If you had a sex life, you won't any longer.

Having said that, on some purpose built static caravan parks, they are better insulated and spaced sensibly.

Gervase is right about the bird crap.

LTS


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Subject: RE: Static Caravan, Anyone live in one?
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 18 Mar 05 - 05:02 AM

On a second hand old van, the gas system for stove/fridge may have problems - needing at least a certification (or maybe re-plumbing) - the gas can suffocate, or a spark will give you a fireball.

You can put a sunshade over the top - a tarp a few inches above will cut much direct heat.

You will need to wear an alfoil cap and maybe full alfoil suit if the static is very strong.


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Subject: RE: Static Caravan, Anyone live in one?
From: Gervase
Date: 18 Mar 05 - 04:06 AM

We've lived in one for the past nine months while we're doing up the farmhouse. They're OK, but with some severe limitations.
Space is at a premium - you have to be obsessively tidy, otherwise things will rapidly get out of hand. Storage is often a problem - most caravans have plenty of cupboards and lockers, but they're small - ordinary-sized dinner plates won't fit easily, while crocks and saucepans all seem to be just too large to fit comfortably. The appliances (oven, fridge etc) are also on a toytown scale, so if you're keen on cooking you have to adjust your sights accordingly.
Another big problem is condensation. Most caravans have a gas fire and gas cooker (running off an LPG cylinder) and these pump out a lot of moisture. Add to that the moisture you exhale and you get a very damp environment in cold weather, where the vapour condenses on the colder bits (the aluminium door frames and single-glazed window panes particularly) and runs down. Conversely, in summer they can get extremely hot! The lack of insulation also means that they're not very soundproof - your neighbours, if you have them, will all be aware of every noise you make, and vice versa.
And, although most caravans have some sort of insulation in the walls, the floor is generally uninsulated - and if the wind can get underneath it can make for a chilly environment. Fit marine ply 'skirts' around the caravan to keep the wind out - and also to provide extra storage underneath.
Pick your location well - mains drainage or a septic tank is a must (no-one wants to be emptying nasty buckets in the middle of winter), while the water supply must be well insultated if you don't want to spend time dealing with frozen pipes. You also want a sheltered location out of the wind as even the most solid of caravans will rock alarmingly in anything more than a stiff breeze. Keep away from trees, though, otherwise you'll get covered in dead leaves and bird crap.
For me they're fine as temporary accommodation, but I wouldn't want to live in one permanently; but for a tidy, single bloke - maybe someone who's spent some time at sea - a static caravan could be ideal.


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Subject: RE: Static Caravan, Anyone live in one?
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 18 Mar 05 - 03:41 AM

Depends how old the van is, and what facilities the site has. Older vans can have rotting floors, especially in the shower/bath area, I would also beware of the electrics on older vans. If it is a purpose made static caravan then the electrics will all be 240v domestic, if it's a large ex towable van then the electrics will be a mix of mains, and 12v run through a rectifier of some sort, these need to be carefully checked out. Having said that, if you're on a nice site in the country, then it's a great life, we have friends who live in one down south, and on site vans there are costing as much as houses up here where I live. Get it surveyed first is really the answer. Then enjoy it.
Giok


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Subject: RE: Static Caravan, Anyone live in one?
From: CarolC
Date: 18 Mar 05 - 02:18 AM

We can tow ours with our van. Does that count?


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Subject: RE: Static Caravan, Anyone live in one?
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Mar 05 - 02:15 AM

Don't live in Tornado Alley in one. They're tornado magnets.


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Subject: Static Caravan, Anyone live in one?
From: GUEST,Mr Happy
Date: 17 Mar 05 - 10:34 PM

I'm thinking of moving to live in a mobile home/static caravan.

Anybody out there live in one?

Advice?


Pros/cons?


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