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Caravan FAQ

Is Pentre Mawr Right For Me ?

Ever visited a caravan park and thought “Is this place right for me?”

Here at Pentre Mawr we cater mainly for more mature customers, with a big percentage of our customers being semi or fully retired.

Children are welcome but we do not cater directly for them,  as we do not have a play area and unfortunately we do not allow bicycles or ball games on the park.

Not every caravan park suits every customer, and if loud noisy bars and clubs are what you are looking for then that is absolutely fine but Pentre Mawr is certainly not the right park for you!

Our owners like to relax in our safe and secure community environment, where they know their neighbours, can pass the time of day with other owners, tend to their gardens or just simply relax on their decking in the fresh coastal air and lovely sunshine.

If this sounds like your cup of tea (don’t forget the kettle is always on in our office!) then drop us a line by clicking on our contact page.

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How Much Does It Cost Each Year To Have A Caravan?

When thinking about purchasing your very own holiday home it is not just about finding the right caravan or lodge at the right price, the right park or even the right location on the park to site it on.

Although these factors are very important there are other costs involved which should be looked into carefully before deciding to go ahead with your exciting new lifestyle.

1) WHAT ARE SITE FEES?

Site Fees, sometimes called pitch fees or ground rent, are generally paid on a yearly basis at the beginning of the season (March on most parks), the fees from park to park will differ depending on what facilities are available, how many staff there are, the location of the holiday park and the aesthetics.

The fees cover costs like ground maintenance, street lighting, any owners events, the running of clubhouses, swimming pools. So when deciding where to have your home do yourself a checklist of the minimum requirements for you to enjoy your holiday and free time.

Site fees may also vary depending on the position of the home, for example; if you want to be on the seafront in a lodge on a coastal park, you should probably expect to pay more than someone on the fourth row back from the sea.

2) DO SITE FEES GO UP?

Well yes they do on some parks, as the price of electricity and general cost of living goes up so will the site fees. On average site fees usually go up a small percentage every year, somewhat in line with the Bank of England’s inflation rate.

3) SO WHAT AMOUNT FOR SITE FEES SHOULD I BE PAYING?

Choose a park with the amenities that suit your needs, you will probably be paying more than you need to if you are not going to use the extras that the park offers. For example, if you have no interest in a swimming pool, clubhouse or on site entertainment then choose a park without those things and you’ll find mostly that the site fees reflect that choice.

Stick within your own comfortable budget for yearly planning; most owners find the easiest way to save for site fees is to put a monthly figure away so that it’s already set aside when the bill comes in.

4) WHY PAY SITE FEES?

Well the best way to explain this is that the owner of the park at sometime in the past, and will again in the future, had to invest a huge amount of money into the park to put the electric cables down, lay gas pipes, roads, concrete bases, landscaping, receptions, caravans to sell on and of course the initial purchase of the park.

Site Fees are an expense yes, but the alternative is to go and buy a plot of land yourself, apply for planning permission, put all the services in, source the lodge or caravan, arrange transport for the home, employ specialist contractors to site the home…all this in a stunning location with a private gardener and maintenance man….the site fees on a holiday park seem pretty reasonable now, don’t they?!

5) DO I PAY RATES AND/OR COUNCIL TAX?

Rates are usually paid on most parks although it’s not uncommon to see the rates included in the site fees. This generally covers all external services that have to be used to make sure your Holiday Home functions as you would like it too. Clean water, sewage and refuse all have to be brought in or outsourced by contractors as you would pay for in your own home. Again this cost varies from park to park and council to council.

Council tax, as you have at home, only applies to Residential parks as most Holiday Parks will require a proof of permanent address away from the park.

6) GAS AND ELECTRICITY

For your comfort all caravan and lodge holiday homes will come with electric and most also have gas. Some parks run their electricity through a token system although the majority are attached to a meter which you can read, and the balance of the electricity used will be billed to you either once or twice a year.

Gas can generally come in 2 forms; either as a gas bottle which is connected to a regulator and fed through into your caravan. Mains gas is increasingly popular and measured so you only pay for what you use. This is usually billed around the same time as the electric.

7) INSURANCE

Just like your car and your house, protecting your large purchases is a must in case of any damage or loss and just the same goes for your caravan or lodge. It must generally be fully comprehensively insured. Most companies offer insurance that suit their park, however you can search for the best deal on line or through independent brokers.

SO ARE YOU STILL INTERESTED?

Well it may look daunting and costly however you can justify your spend by doing a few simple sums at home:

work out how many holidays you currently have a year and the costs of them, how many days do you get for your money?
How many extra short breaks, nights away, escape from home days would you like to have a year? Add those costs up.
Do you have any family members that may benefit from you having your own Holiday Home and what would be the savings or costs to them, add that up.
As you can see you probably didn’t realise how much you already spend on your current lifestyle and for only a fraction of the time. Having your own Holiday Home naturally comes with costs, but £ for £ you get much more out of your lifestyle and leisure time, and it benefits your whole family!

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How Does VAT Work When Buying A Caravan?

Static caravans have been in the media recently with the Government deciding whether to implement full 20% VAT or not.

We’ve seen on a lot of forums caravan owners and buyers saying they have already been charged 20% VAT, presumably when they’ve checked their paperwork following the current media interest in the subject.

To clear this up in layman’s terms:

– Standard VAT has ALWAYS been charged in a caravan sale for the so-called “removable contents”, sometimes called “VAT-able items”. This simply means the items inside the caravan (or lodge) that you would expect to pay VAT on if you bought them separately at a retail store. Essentially the fittings like beds, ovens, TV’s, fridges and so on.

– The actual caravan itself has traditionally been exempt from VAT. This essentially means the chassis, the walls, floors, ceilings, roof.

– If you are a caravan owner already and bought before 6th April 2013 – check back on your paperwork when you bought the home; you should find that the VAT you paid is far less than 20% of the total price you paid – it was 20% of a much smaller figure for the “removeable contents”

The Government attempted to introduce 20% VAT on the caravan itself, which is why the industry as a whole lobbied against the proposal, as this would have had disastrous and far reaching consequences. Due to the unprecedented widespread industry support, the Government revised their legislation and as of 6th April 2013 static caravans now carry a 5% VAT on the caravan itself, in addition to the 20% for the removable items.

Here’s an example of how you should expect to see the numbers working from now on when buying a static caravan:

Stellar Sunrise 35′x13′ New Static Caravan

Total Sale Price £29,995

Removable Contents £3,000 including VAT

(VAT on contents @ 20% = £500)

Caravan Cost £26,995 including VAT

(VAT on caravan @ 5% = £1,285.48)

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Here are links to some interesting media articles regarding the VAT implementation on static caravans:

The Guardian

BBC News

Welsh Tourism Alliance

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