#24 Living on Campsite in UK all year round… Whats it really like?

#24 Living on Campsite in UK all year round… Whats it really like?

Does anyone live in a caravan on a campsite? We do! Today I will share 5 facts about living on a caravanning site or a campsite and each of them has two sides and two aspects and could be either a blessing or a curse, it all depends on your perception. The first fact of permanent living on campsite is that you don’t live on your own land and even on your private pitch you still have to respect the site rules and wishes of the owners. You cannot do as you please, and you are a tenant and not a landlord. So, yes, you have to ask for permission to do stuff sometimes, but on the other hand you are not responsible for maintaining the site, paying bills and taxes, for example costs of emptying a septic tax or pay business rates. Each site has different customs and culture and rules and it is a microcosms shaped by the owners. There are quite a few rules to respect on the site where I live, but thanks to them the site is peaceful and wildlife is protected, which is really important for me. The other thing is that you share site facilities on site with others. So if you cannot stand sharing a bathroom, washing machines and even books with other campers living in caravan or a camping trailer or a grand rv, in longer term may be a bit challenging. Of course in a modern rv living you will have all these facilities in your motorhome or a camping trailer, but I choose to use shared facilities for convenience. What about you? Would you share or maybe not? The upside of sharing the facilities is that it is not you who cleans and maintains them. For me it is a fact of rv life whether static or on tour. On our rv campsite, there are clothes dryer, an iron and even an ironing board. We also have an onsite bar with drinks on tap and a big pool table and even a book swap. Our camping is situated in a beautiful area, and I couldn’t afford living here in any other way. This part of Devon is ideal for caravanning uk, and many people choose to have a seasonal, all year long pitch on site. That means that we have neighbours and we know them well. It is lovely, however some people staying on site are not that great. Many people come camping stressed and exhausted after a long drive and sometimes cause a bit of trouble, make too much noise or leave litter on our beautiful grass. However caravanning brings the best out of people too, and most of campers are super friendly and smile and greet me a few times a day. You may choose to have a caravan either for touring or keep on a permanent pitch to enjoy being immersed in nature, like we are. Nature on your doorstep is generally a blessing, but there are some downsides, as rodents and bugs like to move into our awning or a caravan sometimes. Some of you may have seen videos from winter showing how we battled with storms and even had to sleep in a pub a few times. So nature can be brutal, but on the other hand gives us space to relax and enjoy exercise and good times. I hope you enjoy my full time caravan tips, to me caravanning full time has both pros and cons, but in a final balance I see much more pros. To be honest I cannot imagine returning to a ‘normal’ life outside. Pros and cons, also touch your social and family life as when you lead a full time van life, often or often you are away from you family and friends and maybe a hometown or maybe a home country. Other downside of my caravan life in a travel trailer, we live about two hours drive from our home and family and friends and sometimes it does make me a bit homesick, even though my home now is our camping trailer. When you live in a caravan full time you may experience it. You may enjoy being away from your family for some time, but sooner or later you will miss them So my tip would be do not move too far away, built new contacts and make new friends, but do not neglect old contacts. We get on with everyone on site here, both the site owners and staff as everyone is in the same boat really, away from home. So things I discussed will be experience by everyone who does full time travel whether in a campervan or a caravan. Perhaps it will give you some insights into how to caravan full time in a travel trailer to enjoy your travel trailer living. We love caravaning and our tiny house, and embrace living in a van. Is is alternative lifestyle? and where is Helevetia anyway? Thank you for watching and bye for now from your digital nomad, see you in the next video.
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00:00 Do I really live on a caravaning site?
01:49 You don’t live on your own land.
04:54 You use shared facilities: toilets, showers, sinks, washing machines.
08:04 Living with others: permanent pitches and visitors.
11:26 You are immersed in nature.
14:33 Being away from home and friends.
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18 Comments

  1. Matt on November 5, 2022 at 9:10 am

    Great video. Can you live on a campsite all year around because you work there. My understanding holiday, caravans etc cannot be used as permanent residence but you seem to have found a way around that.

  2. John Law on November 5, 2022 at 9:13 am

    umm or Holland

  3. blue dale on November 5, 2022 at 9:14 am

    Where is this ?

  4. Nick Smith on November 5, 2022 at 9:15 am

    What’s it like during winter in the caravan? Do you find it is easy to keep warm? I’d imagine it doesn’t take long to heat a small space such as a caravan but I don’t know how well insulated they are. I love your setup BTW thanks for uploading 🙂

  5. rats885 on November 5, 2022 at 9:19 am

    A really nice and informative Video !

  6. Camping with the Rhodes on November 5, 2022 at 9:28 am

    Looks lovely we used to live and work on caravan sites which site is this one

  7. Shirley Gabriel on November 5, 2022 at 9:34 am

    Please post van living in a town

  8. Terry Cleaver on November 5, 2022 at 9:37 am

    Great video first time viewing this channel have subscribed after seeing this what a lovely job and what a gorgeous site .don’t no what the site is called .if possible would you be able to share what the site is called and area where it is please .it looks stunning. and what a great job you do there .thank-you for a good video and agree I’m all you say .from terry Emma cleaver .

  9. Hugh Wilson on November 5, 2022 at 9:37 am

    such a comprehensive report! Thank you

  10. The Ellmers Adventures on November 5, 2022 at 9:39 am

    Hello great video and greatly explained for people hope your both doing ok and your well I’m really enjoying the vids as they are showing all the information I need to know for when I start something similar to what your doing so thank you well you all take care all the best

  11. francis dooley on November 5, 2022 at 9:40 am

    Slow so slow get a move on

  12. John Law on November 5, 2022 at 9:42 am

    Denmark

  13. Wujek karmel on November 5, 2022 at 9:44 am

    Good morning have a nice weekend, you have a very nice campsite I hope that one day I will come to you for a few days, currently waiting for a visa and the waiting time is up to half a year, Greetings

  14. John Law on November 5, 2022 at 9:49 am

    dishwasher??? omg

  15. goldsteinist on November 5, 2022 at 9:54 am

    I just started to live in a caravan here in Denmark. The first few weeks were challenging but I adapted to it very fast.,I love the fact I have nobody the other side of the wall. It’s like I have my own house. I manage costs for gas, electricity and water. Not a company. And I love that idea. It feels like freedom. 🥰 No utility bills I just change my gas tank whenever I need it and use main power at the camping side I pay for monthly for the owner. Feels fantastic

  16. John Law on November 5, 2022 at 9:57 am

    been away from my family for nearly 20 yrs now but I agree

  17. John Law on November 5, 2022 at 9:57 am

    hence the caravan to get closer lol

  18. Diane Young on November 5, 2022 at 9:58 am

    Where is this site that you live on or would you rather not say. It looks beautiful.

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