I have been asked on more than one occasion exactly how much does it cost to live in our caravan on a full time basis.
This is just a rough guide to what you could expect to pay living the same way we do, which is 100% legal and complying with all rules and regulations that we are aware of.
At this point I would like to state that the purchase cost of the caravan is not included or any associated equipment.
Site Fees: These vary from site to site depending on the level of facilities that you require.
We always go for the small 5 site only pitches, these tend to have less facilities but that is the way we like it. Our budget for site fee's this year is £14.00 per night which would include electric hookup.
Our current site is in the heart of the New Forest and it has a shower and a loo and we are paying £13.00 per night. No extras for dogs, cars or awnings!
Considering our location this is a good price, we also know of another site really close that only charges £10.00 per night including electric but it has no shower or loo's.
So these sites are around, you just have to do a bit of research.
We use on average one 6kg bottle of propane every 30 days at a rough price of £24.00
Insurance for our caravan is roughly £300.00 a year.
That my fellow tin can tuggers is about it!
So you don't have to be a rocket scientist to work out the savings.
Living in bricks and mortar (we were renting) including all bills associated with the house was costing us £1200.00 plus per month.
I make it that our running costs this month have been £439.00 a saving of over £761.00 !!
Now if you still think we are mad then you had better have a reality check yourself!
I will be totally honest, the way that 2011 went for us financially, we would not of been able to afford to live in our old house. We would of had to of been evicted to gain any sort of housing help.
This way we have still kept our dignity, and had a reasonable standard of living as well.
Living in a caravan is no chore at all, well not for us. Everyone is different, it will work for some and not for others.
But before you dismiss the idea as barking mad, take a good look at your surroundings and where you live. Are you 100% happy?
Would you like to wake up and here bird song, live in a totally relaxing atmosphere, have a lawn that requires no mowing by yourself? The variety of living in different area's and the fun of finding out new places to eat, drink and visit. If you don't like your neighbors, you have two choices, you can move yourself or be safe in the knowledge that they will be gone in 2 weeks of less!
These are just some of the many benefits to living the way we do.
Of course, if you have read this blog from the beginning you will of seen that it is not all plain sailing, but of course nor is living in a house!
I hope that helps, but if you have any questions, no matter how daft please feel free to email me and I will try my best to get back to you as soon as I can.