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    #46
    Hi again Luke, I think you said youre currently living in Surbiton? can imagine the rent is astronomic and hence your dilemma. Heres a couple of pics of my cabin which is only £350 pm, its perfectly comfortable and surprisingly warm in the winter and doesn't cost much to heat. Council tax is minimal and all in all its very economical.
    In your shoes I would get a berlingo or similar which you can crash [sleep] in and look for a park home/cabin in another location. You can go exploring/travelling in the van but always have a base to retreat to- there aint nothing quite like having a home however modest!

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      #47
      Originally posted by luke84 View Post

      It is that kind of job. This is definitely something to consider, do you have acknowledgement of what areas I could move to? Something with no high crime rates and rather nice people around ?

      I can work remotely but still I will be expected to work around 40h per week Monday - Friday. Buying caravan is nice but unfortunately I have never towed anything in my life and I read horror stories about doing so, also my driving license is "B" only and car I'm having currently is too heavy to have a caravan (old Lex RX300).

      Thanks a lot once again Rob.
      There are numerous areas around the UK where the cost of living is lower. North Wales and the North West of England in general have some of the lowest living costs along with sections of the east coast (Lincolnshire/Norfolk)
      Better a rainy day on the hill than a sunny day in the office!

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        #48
        Originally posted by Chief Broom View Post
        Hi again Luke, I think you said youre currently living in Surbiton? can imagine the rent is astronomic and hence your dilemma. Heres a couple of pics of my cabin which is only £350 pm, its perfectly comfortable and surprisingly warm in the winter and doesn't cost much to heat. Council tax is minimal and all in all its very economical.
        In your shoes I would get a berlingo or similar which you can crash [sleep] in and look for a park home/cabin in another location. You can go exploring/travelling in the van but always have a base to retreat to- there aint nothing quite like having a home however modest!

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        Hey, I must say WOW to start with, these pictures, the land, the woodwork, the freedom, such a nice and cosy place... I'm jealous!
        That's right, I live within that region which sadly is super expensive. By the time you pay for a small one bedroom, council tax, associated bills, you will find that £1300 are just leaving your account every month! And what about the rest?

        Where can you get such a cabin, £350??? What's included in that, can you use it for a whole year? I do agree with you, £350 change a lot! did I mention I pay around £1300? That's a difference of £1000 !!! amazing... I'm literally speechless, make me silly too as I never looked "outside the box"...

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          #49
          Originally posted by Rob B View Post

          There are numerous areas around the UK where the cost of living is lower. North Wales and the North West of England in general have some of the lowest living costs along with sections of the east coast (Lincolnshire/Norfolk)
          Will take a look at them, just commented on another post a second ago! Wow, I love that 350quid cabin, unbelievable.

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            #50
            I like your idea and it looks as though you have considered the main practicalities, including having an address for receiving mail and for insurance purposes. Some insurers will provide cover for full-timers in employment but if you need to use your van for work for anything more than commuting to a fixed place of work then insurance can be more tricky.

            A Romahome is a small vehicle but adequate for one person and I lived in mine between moving addresses, although parked in the driveway of the new property and with EHU . One idea would be to look for a van with removable pods (there are just a few...) and remove them along one side because I feel this wastes valuable storage space which could be used for storage, an extra fridge, mini mains-powered oven, radiator or whatever you find you need. A stealth van is also a good idea but people tend to be more suspicious of large stealth vans parked in streets so I'd look for a smaller van if you take this route.

            Could I live in a RH full-time? Yes, easily. The only issue for me is the lack of hanging/drying space for wet clothing and muddy wellies (I live in a rural area) but I get around this via the use of a large flexible bucket with hung clothing drips into and wellies beneath kept in the rear footwell.

            Providing you have access to a water supply and somewhere to empty your loo, then I think it is realistic. Using campsites occasionally allows time to recharge a high-capacity leisure battery, top up with water, dump grey water and empty your loo. I would avoid club sites which insist you have to be on holiday but commercial sites would probably welcome you as a quiet and respectable guest and maybe even offer you a discounted rate for regular custom. Touring sites will require you to vacate every 28 days but you can return a few days later.

            I would advise choosing a van with an Eberspacher diesel heater to keep your van toasty and dry in winter and, if you take the HyLo route, fit a Fiamma roof vent and if you can fit a fan into this too then you won't regret it in hot summer weather. I'd also fit a couple of solar panels to keep your leisure battery topped up for running a laptop and your other gadgets and consider swapping the gas-gobbling 3-way fridge for a 12V compressor fridge.

            I write as a HyLo-owning wildcamper who never uses campsites.

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              #51
              Originally posted by karenw View Post
              I like your idea and it looks as though you have considered the main practicalities, including having an address for receiving mail and for insurance purposes. Some insurers will provide cover for full-timers in employment but if you need to use your van for work for anything more than commuting to a fixed place of work then insurance can be more tricky.

              A Romahome is a small vehicle but adequate for one person and I lived in mine between moving addresses, although parked in the driveway of the new property and with EHU . One idea would be to look for a van with removable pods (there are just a few...) and remove them along one side because I feel this wastes valuable storage space which could be used for storage, an extra fridge, mini mains-powered oven, radiator or whatever you find you need. A stealth van is also a good idea but people tend to be more suspicious of large stealth vans parked in streets so I'd look for a smaller van if you take this route.

              Could I live in a RH full-time? Yes, easily. The only issue for me is the lack of hanging/drying space for wet clothing and muddy wellies (I live in a rural area) but I get around this via the use of a large flexible bucket with hung clothing drips into and wellies beneath kept in the rear footwell.

              Providing you have access to a water supply and somewhere to empty your loo, then I think it is realistic. Using campsites occasionally allows time to recharge a high-capacity leisure battery, top up with water, dump grey water and empty your loo. I would avoid club sites which insist you have to be on holiday but commercial sites would probably welcome you as a quiet and respectable guest and maybe even offer you a discounted rate for regular custom. Touring sites will require you to vacate every 28 days but you can return a few days later.

              I would advise choosing a van with an Eberspacher diesel heater to keep your van toasty and dry in winter and, if you take the HyLo route, fit a Fiamma roof vent and if you can fit a fan into this too then you won't regret it in hot summer weather. I'd also fit a couple of solar panels to keep your leisure battery topped up for running a laptop and your other gadgets and consider swapping the gas-gobbling 3-way fridge for a 12V compressor fridge.

              I write as a HyLo-owning wildcamper who never uses campsites.
              Thank you very much for the comments, I'm making a spreadsheet, will be putting all costs I can think of and also compare it with "renting a cabin" associated with a small vehicle, maybe as essentially I would have a "house" to live in, I can get away with C15 romahome and use it more for pleasure and socialising with people... Need to really rethink all of the options but I must say that people here are so nice!

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                #52
                Originally posted by luke84 View Post

                Hey, I must say WOW to start with, these pictures, the land, the woodwork, the freedom, such a nice and cosy place... I'm jealous!
                That's right, I live within that region which sadly is super expensive. By the time you pay for a small one bedroom, council tax, associated bills, you will find that £1300 are just leaving your account every month! And what about the rest?

                Where can you get such a cabin, £350??? What's included in that, can you use it for a whole year? I do agree with you, £350 change a lot! did I mention I pay around £1300? That's a difference of £1000 !!! amazing... I'm literally speechless, make me silly too as I never looked "outside the box"...
                I agree the cabin looks amazing, if i was on my own something like that would suit me just fine.

                Just as a counter point though, where i live in the High Peak area of Derbyshire, its possible to rent a small apartment or terraced house for £450 a month. Obviously you then have council tax and bills on top of that.
                Better a rainy day on the hill than a sunny day in the office!

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                  #53
                  Originally posted by Rob B View Post

                  I agree the cabin looks amazing, if i was on my own something like that would suit me just fine.

                  Just as a counter point though, where i live in the High Peak area of Derbyshire, its possible to rent a small apartment or terraced house for £450 a month. Obviously you then have council tax and bills on top of that.
                  That is true but then I'm going back to the rat race, extra hundred here or there and we are back at £1300 house spending per month again

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                    #54


                    Originally posted by luke84 View Post
                    Where can you get such a cabin, £350??? What's included in that, can you use it for a whole year? I do agree with you, £350 change a lot! did I mention I pay around £1300? That's a difference of £1000 !!! amazing... I'm literally speechless, make me silly too as I never looked "outside the box"...
                    Hee hee didn't think anyone could be so impressed with my des res This is in Brora but all over the highlands there are farmers/crofters who like to make some income from renting out. Obviously the holiday market is much more expensive but there are always individuals offering cheaper accommodation. I got my first place by advertising on gumtree and someone responded with a £60 pw park home on the Black Isle, after spending 12 weeks in a tent it felt like a palace! In answer to your questions- I live here all year, its furnished and er...that's it...not much to say really, im free as a bird and see the landlord once in a blue moon.
                    So put ads out eg gumtree or free ads in the location you want to go to and see what happens, Incidently landlords are easier going up here and usually not bothered if you have a dog/cat.
                    Last edited by Rob B; 09-08-2019, 13:19.

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                      #55
                      Originally posted by Chief Broom View Post

                      Where can you get such a cabin, £350??? What's included in that, can you use it for a whole year? I do agree with you, £350 change a lot! did I mention I pay around £1300? That's a difference of £1000 !!! amazing... I'm literally speechless, make me silly too as I never looked "outside the box"...
                      Hee hee didn't think anyone could be so impressed with my des res This is in Brora but all over the highlands there are farmers/crofters who like to make some income from renting out. Obviously the holiday market is much more expensive but there are always individuals offering cheaper accommodation. I got my first place by advertising on gumtree and someone responded with a £60 pw park home on the Black Isle, after spending 12 weeks in a tent it felt like a palace! In answer to your questions- I live here all year, its furnished and er...that's it...not much to say really, im free as a bird and see the landlord once in a blue moon.
                      So put ads out eg gumtree or free ads in the location you want to go to and see what happens, Incidently landlords are easier going up here and usually not bothered if you have a dog/cat. [/QUOTE]

                      Excellent advise ! Obviously you do have internet connection up there as you are accessing the forum right now, but how is the internet, what speed are you getting?

                      Place like that sounds fantastic, how far is from any town, what if you fancy a take away? Any nearby?

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                        #56
                        Originally posted by luke84 View Post

                        That is true but then I'm going back to the rat race, extra hundred here or there and we are back at £1300 house spending per month again
                        Rat race possibly but £1300 a month no. Admittedly i have a mortgage on my house which is cheaper than renting but its 3 beds, with a big garden and off road parking and even with council tax and all my bills its comfortably under £1000 a month. I only put £1000 from my wage into the bills account and we never spend it all,
                        Better a rainy day on the hill than a sunny day in the office!

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                          #57
                          Originally posted by Rob B View Post

                          Rat race possibly but £1300 a month no. Admittedly i have a mortgage on my house which is cheaper than renting but its 3 beds, with a big garden and off road parking and even with council tax and all my bills its comfortably under £1000 a month. I only put £1000 from my wage into the bills account and we never spend it all,
                          This is great and also you are putting that money towards your own home which one day will be fully paid, it’s value on other hand is expected to growth over years too. My problem is that I was always living in this area, before I was studying, then paying my student loan, I was always able to save something due to frugal living but there was always something I had to spend some money on... I have too little saved to consider a mortgage, would need 30K more before this would be even doable...

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                            #58
                            If you are looking to go North buying / renting a cabin maybe consider Orkney - it apears they will be the first place in the UK with 5G which may be to your advantage.
                            Jon

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                              #59


                              Excellent advise ! Obviously you do have internet connection up there as you are accessing the forum right now, but how is the internet, what speed are you getting?

                              Place like that sounds fantastic, how far is from any town, what if you fancy a take away? Any nearby? [/QUOTE]

                              Connectivity varies massively across the highlands so its something you would need to check out with a potential landlord. Its ok ish where I am but can get iffy when clouds roll in. Some locations are completely cut off including mobiles- not good if you break down! Im a mile from town and they do have a take away as most small towns up here do....wouldn't have thought that's a pressing issue though... Inverness is 60 or so miles away and has everything anyone could want....except peace solitude freedom from hassle etc...

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                                #60
                                Originally posted by Chief Broom View Post

                                Excellent advise ! Obviously you do have internet connection up there as you are accessing the forum right now, but how is the internet, what speed are you getting?

                                Place like that sounds fantastic, how far is from any town, what if you fancy a take away? Any nearby?
                                Connectivity varies massively across the highlands so its something you would need to check out with a potential landlord. Its ok ish where I am but can get iffy when clouds roll in. Some locations are completely cut off including mobiles- not good if you break down! Im a mile from town and they do have a take away as most small towns up here do....wouldn't have thought that's a pressing issue though... Inverness is 60 or so miles away and has everything anyone could want....except peace solitude freedom from hassle etc... [/QUOTE]

                                Oh yes, would need to make sure that connectivity is always on, I rely on internet so much, it’s a bread and butter for me! I’ve checked Inverness on YouTube, very nice town, I like how the buildings looks like, this is what I actually like, spirit of this old, Great Britain, how I remember it from my childhood...

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