Would you live full-time in a caravan?

Would you live full-time in a caravan?

I’ve come to the conclusion that I want to live full-time in a caravan. Do you agree with my reasons below? Would you take the dive?

Q: Why do you want to live in a caravan?
  • I am desperate to live on my own – to have my own space and not cook dinner with 3 other flatmates and all their dirty dishes.
  • I considered renting a flat on my own but feel that paying more than double the rent is a waste of money. I want to have the funds for the odd trip overseas, which wouldn’t be possible if all my money is going towards paying rent for my own place.
  • I original thought about saving to buy a house, but the idea of owing half a million to the bank for a house that is very basic and on the outskirts of the city is discouraging.
  • I like the idea of having a home where I could move locations… a trip away for the weekend with all the comforts of home.
  • The idea of being able to ‘lock and leave’, to dump it at dads (lucky dad) and take a quick trip overseas without paying rent while away.
Q: Where would you park it?
  • I can free camping for two nights at a time throughout New Zealand – the plus is being surrounded by beautiful scenery and it’s free!
  • At campgrounds which would cost about what I’m paying in rent right now – the plus is the use of their power, bathroom and laundry.
  • If I join NZMCA, I’ve heard there’s a book that tells me where I can stay. I’ll also learn where people let strangers stay on their private land. Something for my to-do list.
  • I’m also wondering if there’s the odd friend out there who wants a bit of extra cash in exchange for their power and bathroom facilities.
Q: What about work?

It would be a hassle driving in and out of the city, but I want to enjoy New Zealand nature more and it will motivate me to get out there on the weekends – to not take the lazy route. And my caravan will end up all over Auckland – sometimes closer, sometimes further out.

Q: What about the bathroom?

That’s something I want to learn more about. The caravan will have a bathroom and I’ve heard emptying the toilet isn’t as gross as I thought it would be. Then sometimes I’ll have access to bathrooms with real plumbing!

Q: What about laundry?

I’ll have a very large laundry bag and make use of laundrettes’ and campground facilities when I stay there… and probably make use of my dads washing machine.

Q: You want to write about caravans?

I want to share my experience of learning about caravans and campervans and share my errors for people to avoid in the future… and laugh about. I want to share the beautiful places I find along the way and encourage more people to try it – even for just a weekend.

Q: Aren’t caravans expensive?

I’m spending this year saving and I’ll be going for a second-hand version – the type with a lot of wooden furniture and horrendous tartan seating fabric! I’ll also have to upgrade my car which is currently a tiny city car and has no tow bar.

Q: Why a caravan? Why not a motorhome or van?

I like the idea of leaving the caravan to drive a normal car to work. I like the idea that someday I might own a bit of land and have the caravan there. A motorhome is more expensive and I would be concerned about an older engine being in working order. But if you have a different opinion, let me know! I’m aware that motorhomes are more popular.


My close friends, after a blank stare, have mainly said ‘that’s so you’! My next step is to actually look inside caravans in my price range.

Would you give it a go and try living full-time in a caravan? Has this article made you think, ‘maybe it’s an option‘? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below… and wish me luck.

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    • Vicky
    • April 12, 2016
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    I think it would be a great a asset – you could always extend with a fold out porch 👍

      • TravellingK
      • April 13, 2016
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      That is true! It would be like adding another room.

  1. Good luck! My friends parents have been living in a caravan for years in New Zealand.

      • TravellingK
      • April 13, 2016
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      That’s great! Do they move around too?

    • Nik
    • April 12, 2016
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    I think it’s a great idea! And yes, “it’s very you! “. I wish you the best of luck. If I was going to do it in any country, I would’ve thought New Zealand would be the place to do it. In England I’ve heard of people live “off the grid ” in barges and as a result pay very little tax if any. Are there also tax incentives to living in a caravan?

      • TravellingK
      • April 13, 2016
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      Tax incentives – I haven’t heard of any, but will investigate! Living in a barge along the Thames looked like fun – and they must have a great community too.

    • Alex Jones
    • May 19, 2016
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    I’ve considered ot in the past
    But after reading this its definitely something i would consider again.

    The idea of being able to just “move house” when I feel like it is great haha and you actually wouldn’t have the hassel of moving as such.

    If it were me I’d probably live in a caravan park more permanently, near the beach. But thats just me 😁

    Oh and yea its definitely something for you! Good luck!

      • TravellingK
      • May 20, 2016
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      Thanx! Counting down the days to starting. Living by the beach would be the dream.

    • Jason Mills
    • June 9, 2017
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    Circumstances got me living temporarily (was thinking 3 months max) in a caravan about 3 years ago, have upgraded in that time and now I think I would struggle to go back to living in a house, even though I still gave one!
    I just read the article in the nzmca mag and can relate to thinking about water a lot. If u have an awning, a funnel and a piece of hose is your friend for catching the water when it runs off the awning! Love living in my caravan, I get to stay mostly at Waihi Beach which is a very nice place to hang out!

      • TravellingK
      • June 11, 2017
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      Oh, great tip for collecting water. That would be the perfect set-up! Any chance you have a picture to share?
      Great to hear that you are enjoying your caravan life so much 🙂

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