Caravans – and a Car

Gypsy Caravan CardThis card was given to me by someone who knows my interest in hermitages. It is not quite what I have in mind for the Field of Merit hermitages, but it is in the right spirit and I enjoy looking at it and am inspired by it.

Last week Rev. Wilfrid (a fellow trustee of this charity) and I visited United British Caravans, on Sandy Lane in Newcastle, to get an idea of what modern touring caravans look like and if they would be suitable as hermitages. I must admit that a caravan would not be my first choice as they are, understandably, not constructed with environmental considerations as a high priority, though they are better insulated nowadays and generally have double-glazing. On the plus side, a caravan contains all the facilities you need in a compact space, and it is movable.

This one that we looked at has a fixed bed at one end, which can be screened off, a toilet and a shower, cooker, fridge & sink, and a gas heater (click on a photo to enlarge it, or click here to go to the details on the UBC website). I would probably remove the fixed seating to make room for a table and chair and a meditation place. This caravan is a second-hand 4-berth Elddis Odyssey in very good condition for sale at £8,284. If you go for something a little older and more worn you can still get a good van for half that price or less. Given that there is very little money in the kitty, and we have to start somewhere, I think the first hermitage is likely to be a caravan, so If anyone out there has any advice about buying caravans please get in touch with me, I’d be very grateful.

I also want to say a big THANK YOU to the trustees of Reading Buddhist Priory, who have so kindly lent the Priory car, a 1999 Nissan Micra, to Field of Merit for so long as it is not needed at Reading, which will be at least a few months and possibly longer. This is such a helpful offering!

2 thoughts on “Caravans – and a Car

  1. My best advice about buying an older caravan is – if it smells at all of damp, or if there are any water damage marks, then don’t buy it! It is very difficult to work out where water might be coming in with any van. If it has leaked at all, and it might have been leaking for a long time, the damage is already done. You don’t want to have to strip out the fittings and the wall linings to fix the rot and find the leak!

    On the plus side, get a well loved and looked after old caravan and they have loads of character and are more solid and better build than some newer ones. Good luck with your search!

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