I'm thinking about living in a caravan park.

@mipen2006 (5528)
Australia
September 14, 2009 4:52am CST
I guess many myLotters live in caravan parks, or trailer parke as they are called in the States. My wife will have to return to Thailand soon, so I will have to serve out about one year in Australia before the government will pay my pension overseas. As I had a terrible experience when my mother-in-law moved in om my family, and eventually broke up my marriage, I am reluctant to do the same to my kids. I want cheap accommodation, as I need to support my wife, and at the same time save money, very difficult on a pension, but I don't smoke or drink, so I can live very cheaply. What are your thoughts of caravan psrks? Are there better opyions? I'd appreciate any comments, positive or negative.
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@maximax8 (28247)
• United Kingdom
14 Sep 09
Hi my friend Mipen. When I worked in a primary school as a teacher in a very posh village I tried to sell my house so I could move to that area. I didn't manage to find any affordable accommodation in that area so I bought a caravan and put it on touring site. It was miserably cold that autumn going into winter. I wasn't able to sell my house so I resigned and moved back home. Luckily I got another teaching job for a maternity leave at an even nicer school. I did sell my house a few years after that and bought the house I live in now. I live on the edge of a coastal town. There are many caravan parks around here. People typically buy one of them on a site. They appeal to holiday makers. The climate here is lovely in spring and summer so that is when the caravans are used I imagine. There are mobile homes that people live in all year round. They cost far less than a house. They are decent places to live. I would say it will depend on what the neighbors are like whether it is an enjoyable place to stay for one year. I hope that you will find the ideal and cheap place to live with your Thai wife.
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
14 Sep 09
Hi max, I don't want to buy, as I need to save as much money as passible for when I can live back in Thailsnd. I will select a location where the winters are not severe. The neighbours would be very important, as they could be friendly, and make my time there pleasent, and pass quickly. On he other hand, they could be annoying and hellish. However, in weighing up my options, I feel I have to consider this. Remember this time I will be alone, as my wife has to return to Thailand, but it should only be for about a year. Thank you for taking time to comment.
@med889 (5958)
14 Sep 09
Hello there, well I find it very interesting to be living in a caravan, though I never got the chance to be in with someone, but I can imagine how nice and cozy it will be to live in one in real in fact, I wish you all the best then.
@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
14 Sep 09
Hi, med, it's something I've thought about as for me it would create a kind of holiday atmosphere, and help the time pass quickly, and that's what I want. Thanks for your response.
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@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
15 Sep 09
I think it’s a good idea mipen, in fact sometimes I wish I could move into one, just to cut back on house cleaning and gardening! (LOL) Seriously though if you are going to be living alone it would be an ideal way to save money and not have the hassle of too many household chores while you are on your own. I would consider it if I was in your position; you can have all you need in a cosy caravan. I don't know how much it would cost to rent a caravan but it's got to be cheaper than a small flat, I would imagine. In my opinion it would be a very sensible means to an end.
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
15 Sep 09
Thanks for the encouraging words pula. It is something I willresearch thoroughly before making any commitment, but it is definitely a possibility. It would have to be in a warm climate, I don't think zero degrees agrees with me. Thanks for responding.
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@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
14 Sep 09
i have nothing against caravan/trailer houses as long as the neighborhood is safe and accommodating to new neighbors (like you). you have a goal and i say go for it. one year is not very long. i wish you all the best. ann
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
14 Sep 09
Hello ann, as you say, it's only for a year, so I will consider it as a holiday which will help the time pass. My goal is to return to Thailand with the pension income, and of course be reunited with my wife. Thanks for the support. Mike.