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Permanent Camping: Pros and Cons

Love nature The flexible travel? Meet new people and start a community with them? Far away from everyday stress and the hustle and bustle of the big city? Then permanent camping could be the perfect travel option for you! In this article we will show you what it means to be a permanent camper, what you should consider and the advantages and disadvantages of permanent camping.

Permanent Camping: Pros and Cons

What is permanent camping?

Not everyone is familiar with long-term camping. No wonder, because the method of seasonal camping is far better known. It's summer and for many campers that means: prepare the mobile home, pack your things and off you go. But what distinguishes seasonal campers from long-term campers is the duration.

While seasonal campers usually only live in their caravan for a few months, long-term campers - as the name suggests - have permanent standing at a campsite of their choice. Some even register their caravan as their first or second home.

Overall, long-term camping is becoming more and more popular. Around 300,000 people in Germany have now decided to live in a mobile home all year round. This is also understandable, with all the advantages that long-term camping brings with it. However, there are also disadvantages that you should of course be aware of. So if you want to learn more about the pros and cons of long-term camping, read on.

Advantages

So let's first clarify the advantages. What is it that attracts so many people to choose permanent camping?

1. The flexibility of permanent camping

Probably the biggest advantage of long-term camping is flexible travel. With permanent camping you have a lot of freedom. You are not dependent on a hotel and travel peak times and crowds do not need to interest you. A permanent place to stand also offers you security and saves time, since you already know where you have to go and what to expect there. So you don't have to read endless online reviews, compare prices or search for things to do nearby.

2. The individual equipment of your mobile home

Every traveler knows it: the suitcases are full, but something is still missing. When you go on vacation, it's impossible to take all your essential provisions with you. Even when you book an Airbnb, it's often the case that the inventory isn't exactly what you imagined. It is not uncommon for people to go out and buy a new spatula in the nearest supermarket. Something like that can't happen to you in your moving apartment. In the caravan you have the opportunity to customize everything and take your own household appliances with you. This way you will feel much more comfortable and more at home.

3. Good service

Almost all campsites offer good service and cleanliness. As is well known, when traveling you can be really unlucky with your accommodation. This will not happen to you with long-term camping. 

On permanent campsites, great attention is paid to the cleanliness of the environment. After all, owners don't want to lose any regular customers. The same goes for the security of keeping your standing spot. Your standing room is not simply passed on to other travelers. It is therefore very unlikely that you will have a bad experience with the service here.

4. Known environment and communities

What could be nicer than returning to a well-known vacation spot? Permanent camping makes it possible! Once you have decided on the right place, you can get ready for your trip with great anticipation. Not only the fantastic nature, secret corners of the area or rivers - the community that develops during long-term camping is also remarkable.

Here you get to know people who tick like you - at least you share a great passion: camping. Whether it's a barbecue evening together, playing cards or a nice hike - long-term camping simply welds together. In addition to your beloved neighbors, new long-term campers will also come to your community. This can even lead to friendships for life.

5. Spontaneity

In contrast to hotels, you are much more spontaneous with a fixed place at a campsite. Weekend trips planned at short notice are absolutely no problem here. There are no rules or deadlines here. Just come and go whenever you want.

6. Freedom and privacy

The good thing about living in a caravan is that you can enjoy freedom and privacy at the same time. You are lucky enough to be able to roam freely outside, to communicate with people and to explore the surroundings. But if that gets to be too much for you, you still have the option to close the doors of your caravan and relax in your own little kingdom.

7. Low costs

If you think about how much you spend every year on accommodation, food in restaurants and service, you will do quite well as a permanent camper. In some locations you can even count on sums of less than 1000 euros per year. Electricity and heating costs should of course never be forgotten when planning, but these are also different for everyone and can be allocated individually.

Disadvantages

But all of that would be too good to be true, right? Of course, long-term camping also has its downsides, which you can quickly forget in the euphoria and longing for freedom in the countryside. Nevertheless, you should always keep the following points in mind before you decide to rent a permanent parking space somewhere.

1. Limited space

In a caravan you are in a very small space. If you are not happy here or get claustrophobic quickly, then you should be careful. Because in stressful situations, the holiday idyll can quickly evaporate. Since you don't have large rooms with a lot of storage space, you also have to be very well organized and calculate correctly. The keyword here is: efficiency. You just have to use the space you have intelligently - and that has to be learned.

2. Small number of standing places for long-term campers

Even if long-term camping is becoming more and more popular overall, far from all campsites offer fixed standing places. In most places there is only the possibility to camp seasonally and set up a caravan. So you should find out in advance where and when long-term camping is allowed.

Many campsites also offer a mix of permanent campsites and seasonal sites. In this case, however, you may be unlucky enough not to end up next to permanent campers and there is a chance that you will only make one-time acquaintances with the people next door.

3. Lots of purchases

When you decide to travel for such a long period of time, you have to buy a lot of extras for your caravan. First, you should decide on a heating solution that is best and makes the most sense for you. The ground at the campsite also plays a major role. Depending on the length of your stay, you should definitely invest in sensible and stable bases for your caravan so that nothing sinks in. For this you have to decide on a material - such as metal or concrete.

You should also think about additional tents or even pavilions. This gives you more living space, you are better protected outside or you can put utensils outside to get more space in the caravan itself. Here, too, you should inquire and seek advice beforehand. Stable all-season tents are recommended in any case.

4. Many regulations

Life as a permanent camper is not as easy as it sounds. Unfortunately, you won't have as much freedom as you think. The reason for this is the strict regulations. You should read these carefully beforehand. You are often somewhat restricted in the design of your own living space. Whether you can put up a fence, garden gnomes or the awning just mentioned just like that depends entirely on the regulation. Furthermore, additional constructions are only permitted if they can also be dismantled quickly. So you can't really let your creative streak run free when it comes to decoration.

5. MOT and taxes

Even if the caravan is parked all year round, you also have to take care of the taxes and the TÜV. You have the advantage that you can deregister the trailer for up to seven years and therefore do not have to pay any taxes. But not all campsites allow that. Most require the trailer to be properly registered, which means you have to pay taxes.

You should also be aware that you may have to pay taxes for the second home. At least that's how it is in Germany if you live somewhere else for several months.

These are all additional costs that you can quickly forget. It is therefore very important to weigh these points in order to decide for yourself whether permanent camping is right for you.

Conclusion

Many people love long-term camping - and who can blame them? It just has great benefits. You can flexibly schedule when you want to leave and you already know the area and the people there. This not only puts you in a good mood, but also feels a bit like "coming home". You can customize and build your travel location and don't feel like you have to adapt. Long-term camping offers all kinds of freedom, but there are also limits.

So the disadvantages of long-term camping must also be kept in mind. For example, this way of life is also associated with many additional costs. Also, you may not be as free as you think, as you still have to comply with many regulations. But if none of that bothers you and you want to make your dream come true – then do it! Provided you can organize yourself well and have no problem with a little less space.

We hope this list of pros and cons gives you a better idea of ​​whether long-term camping is for you. If so, a camping trip will bring you many new great and exciting adventures and experiences! If you are still unsure, it would be advisable to rent a caravan first and camp seasonally. You can get used to it first and don't have to invest directly. Of course, there are also a number of advantages and disadvantages when renting  . So think carefully about how you want to shape your future.

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