Our own mobile home on a campsite: good or bad idea?

With confinement, many people have realised the importance of nature and having an outdoor space. Some have chosen to invest in a second home by the sea or in the mountains. But for camping enthusiasts, the purchase of a mobile home can be an interesting solution.

There are several options for buying a second home on a campsite. In general, the craze is mainly for mobile homes, although some individuals choose a chalet.

A low-cost second home

Buying a second home on a campsite in France allows you to combine pleasure and investment. It allows you to have a pied-à-terre close to home or in your favourite region. Campsites are often equipped with swimming pools, water parks, entertainment and security services. In mobile homes, social distancing from other campers is also respected. Many campsites offer mobile homes for sale. This is the case of the 4* campsite Les Viviers in the Gironde, the Domaine de Kerlann in Finistère or the 5* campsite Domaine de la Bergerie in the Var. For a new entry-level mobile home, count between 15,000 and 30,000 €. This price can go up to 50 000 € or even 60 000 € for a top-of-the-range new mobile home. The cost of a mobile home is therefore much lower than that of a traditional second home. This purchase is also relieved of the tax charges usually linked to the purchase of a house such as property tax or housing tax.

To the price of the mobile home, however, add the annual costs of renting the plot to the campsite, which can vary between €1000 and €6000 per year, depending on the region and the campsite's services. When you do not occupy the mobile home, you can also "sublet" it in order to make the purchase and rental of the plot profitable.


Some disadvantages

In the case of the purchase of a new mobile home outside the campsite, additional costs for transport in an exceptional convoy are added to the price. This is a factor not to be neglected as they can represent 15 to 20% of the price of the mobile home. We therefore advise you to buy the mobile home directly from the campsite if you do not wish to pay these transport costs. This also allows you to have accommodation that meets the requirements of the site.


Things to know before buying

Before buying the mobile home, we recommend that you first choose your campsite. This decision should be made strategically. Indeed, before thinking about the location, the entertainment offered or the price of the plot, we strongly advise you to find out about the plot rental contracts offered by the campsite according to your objectives. For example, even if you are the owner, some campsites do not accept "subletting" of mobile homes, others guarantee them conditionally. In addition, check the campsite's opening dates. For example, if the site is closed from November to April, you will not be able to use your mobile home on these dates. It is therefore essential to study the plot rental clauses beforehand in order to make the most of your holiday home on the campsite.



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