Caravans in Australia – Ten steps to be taken before purchasing one

The main points are:

  1. Do not buy a caravan without first handling the park. Remember that you are buying a caravan from the owner. Then you need to know what conditions remain in place in the park.
  2. Ask for a copy of the employment contract. Includes park rules, annual cost, inclusion, and other details. It should be tedious. If the length is only 2-3 pages, it is possible that the agreement is not in accordance with the legislation on caravans. The State Administration Act in NSW concerning recreational vehicles is: "The Occupational Occupation Act Act 2002"
  3. Discuss Future Plans with Park Management. How long can you predict that you should have your caravan in your park? Do you intend to change caravan with cabin for 1-3 years? If so, will you be asked to remove your caravan or move to another location in the park?
  4. Does the caravan comply with local council regulations and the park? Discuss this with park management. Sometimes caravans can be sold because they do not comply, so you may have to do the job.
  5. Discuss what you can or can not do with your caravan. For example, to add a package, you need to make sure it is within the boundaries of the site. You may even need to get permission to paint a caravan.
  6. Browse other caravans for sale in the park and nearby parks. If there's a lot to sell, try to find out why? A good park should have a small turnaround for caravans for sale.
  7. What is part of the sale? Some contain all furniture. Take photographs of the interior at the time of the inspection, if so.
  8. Your totals! If you do not regularly use a caravan, it may be cheaper to stay in one of the parking cabins, rather than paying all the money for a few weekends each year.
  9. Investigate the park further. Will it be crowded when you plan to stay? What kind of clientele are they attracted to? Is it child oriented? Is it pet friendly? We suggest that you stay in the cabin in place for a night or two to get a "feel" for the park.
  10. Requires reasonable price? It's too much, do not be afraid to ask why. Compare its price with other caravans in the same or nearby park.

The most important thing you realize is that you generally buy from the person who owns the caravan. It can be towed (requirement if a caravan is in the flood area) or can be on stubs or "grounded". You are not generally buying rights to the space currently occupied, just to the caravan itself. Then you have to pay an annual fee for park management for caravans for the privilege of having your caravan in place. This charge and what it concerns is different from the park to park.

If you follow these ten steps, you will be much less disappointed with your purchase. Do not forget that you are not only buying a used caravan. Invest in your free time and holidays.