MOBILE HOME IN SPAIN NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE JAN 2017
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Happy New Year everyone: 2016 will be a year to remember. 2017 for the team will start as 2016 left off. First up will be a brand-new Willerby Vogue 70 series mobile home arriving from the UK in the third week of January. This will be closely followed by a custom-built Park Home Lodge arriving from the factory in Alicante. This home will be very special. It has been built with the doors integrated into the walls. It will be the only home on the park with this design feature and for sure it will get a lot of interest. The factory is now well advanced on the next home ordered by our clients. The build process takes around 9 weeks so a second park home lodge will be arriving soon.
The other news is that a brand-new Willerby Linear 40 x 13 two-bedroom home will soon be arriving on Park La Posada as a show home. This will be the first time we will have a Willerby show home on the park. All the team are looking forward to it arriving because it gives them a very special home to show visitors who want to see what a brand new mobile home looks like.
It will also be on sale on the park as a show home at the UK list price of £53,800. That is £8000 cheaper than ordering a new one to be shipped from the UK to Spain
>>> £8000 builds a huge all year decking area <<<
Ex-Pat: Patrick, otherwise known as Ex-Pat on the park went online to check the weather and decided that as it was going to be quite nice (16 degs and sunny) on the Friday he would hold a BBQ in the afternoon and invite some friends around. First up was to go around inviting his friends in person. That took most of the day as he stopped and chatted to almost everyone he met on his way round the park. The following day it was into town and into Lidl where he knew they had a good selection of meat on offer perfect for having a BBQ.
On the park, only gas BBQ’s can be used and yes Ex-Pat was confident that he had the mother of gas BBQ’s. His could roast, spit, do spuds and everything. He also knew he had plenty of gas. So, feeling smug on the Friday morning he got it out, gave it a good clean and was looking forward to his lunch time event.
His friends and neighbours started arriving around noon and once sorted with drinks Ex-Pat went to fire up the BBQ. After pressing the igniter button a hundred times the BBQ simply refused to light up. Next up came a box of matches. Still nothing. Panic was now setting in. Fortunately, Edith his next-door neighbour saw what was happening and had a quiet word with hubby Tom. Tom then with the help of his neighbour Eric popped next door and came around with their years old ordinary burgers/sausages only BBQ. To Ex-Pats relief it fired up straight away and the day was saved.
On the Monday morning, Ex-Pat popped into the reception and asked Emily if David the maintenance man could look at his BBQ which he did so within the hour. It turned out to be a faulty gas regulator which is the part that connects the BBQ to the gas bottle. 15 Euros for a new regulator soon had the BBQ functioning perfectly and Ex-Pat made a mental note that next time he plans a BBQ he will fire it up the day before.
>>> Now you can also follow Ex-Pat on Twitter <<<
Driving licence: If living in Spain full time is the idea then once the “residencia” has been issued changing your driving licence to a Spanish one is the next thing that should be on the list. You can only use the UK one for 6 months once you are officially resident in Spain. The process is quite straight forward however.
First up is a quick medical and that is easily arranged. Blood pressure and eye test are the important ones. Next up is handing in to “Traffico” all the required paperwork including two passport photos. You then carry on using your UK one (or a permit to drive they issue) and you will be doing that for at least two months. That is how long the process takes. It does not matter if that takes you over the 6 months in Spainbecause you have applied and that will be on record.
The easy way to get all this done however is ask the parks translator to do it all for you. You must take the medical of course but after that you can then relax. Ex-Pat changed his recently and his took almost three months before he got his hands on his new one. The licence looks exactly like the UK one except it is in Spanish. You can still do everything with it of course including hiring cars in the UK. Car insurance is not affected either.
>>> The medical takes about 10 mins and costs 35 Euros <<<
NEC caravan show in Feb 2017: This show in Birmingham is one of the best and once again we will be sending Martin to attend the show over the weekend of Friday the 24th of Feb until Sunday the 26th of Feb. Like last year he will use the Willerby display area to meet visitors and answer all their questions about the lifestyle on the parks and in Spain.
If you want to meet Martin in person and ask him your questions simply go to the Willerby display area and ask for him. This year he will have a walkie talkie so the girls at the reception will find him very easily. He will only be there on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday and for sure he will be looking forward to returning to the warmth on the Monday.
Also like last year we will be giving away free tickets for that show and once again we are running a fun competition. To enter you must be at least 60 years old as the tickets will be concession tickets supported by both retirement parks.
To go into the draw for the free tickets you will need to answer the following question and tell us your answer online by clicking on this link. http://www.costadifference.
Feeling lucky? OK here is the question you will need to answer. Q/ A popular Willerby model mobilehome was discontinued in 2016. What was the name of the model?
>>> Nearly all the Willerby models will be on display <<<
Spanish you will hear: Living in real Spain is one huge part of the retirement lifestyle (it is not all about park life), so why not let us help you in advance to understand a few words that the residents hear all the time when they venture into real Spain, which as you already know begins as soon as they leave the park.
The phrase this month is “Hasta mañana” Pronounced “ah-stah mahn-yahn-ah” and means “see you tomorrow”. Incredibly residents seem to love saying that phrase. It is used as often between two English speaking residents as it is between an English resident and a Spanish person. We think that residents love Spain that much they want to pretend they are fluent.
>>> The lifestyle is great so why not try and say a few words in Spanish <<<
Park Lodge Homes: From only £45,000 it is now possible to own a mobile home in Spain on a 5 star residential park that in no way shape or form looks like a Static Caravan. Costa Difference Ltd is the only company in Spain to offer the 38 x 14 Counties Range of Park Lodge Homes. Each home is custom built and is perfect for Spain. The homes are so special we have a dedicated website just for these homes. www.costaparklodge.com
So what makes these homes so special? From the chassis up they are quality. The chassis can easily handle up to 10 tons in weight. That means the home can be made of normal material. Proper wooden interior doors. Proper wooden flooring. Real slate walls in the bathroom. It gets better. The walls and roof also have an extra layer of insulation which means it remains cool in the summer and warmer in the winter.
For 2017 we are now offering four day / three night visits to Alicante. During the visit, you will be shown the factory, the materials used in the build as well as some finished examples that are installed on Paradise Park near Albatera. You will be able to see for yourself the real quality that Park Lodge Homesoffers. To request a Park Homes brochure simply click on this link. http://www.costaparklodge.com/
>>> To find out more call 0800 772 3980 free in the UK <<<
Finally: The news this year and next will be dominated by Brexit this and Brexit that. Never has a single subject split the Brits as a nation. For people currently living in Spain it is very sad to see. As we have said many times Brits living in Spain has been part of the history of Spain long before the UK joined the common market in January 1973. No one in their right mind could have predicted what would be the situation in Europe be like over 40 years later. The common market principle has long gone.
Looking at Brexit from a very selfish angle there is only one thing the residents want to come out of the Brexit negotiations, reciprocal health care, and everyone here is very relaxed that it will be announced pre-Brexit.
Relaxed because it will be inconceivable that a reciprocal health care system will not be in place between Spain and the UK post Brexit. Why? Because the UK already have the system in place with Macedonia, Montenegro and Montserrat and not one of those countries are currently in the EU. Bosnia is also included just to make our point. They are all however countries within the continent of Europe.
Moving to Spain pre-Brexit will ensure that anyone who decides to do just that will have a new “residency card” lasting 5 years issued by the Spanish Interior Ministry. After that has been issued it will be a matter of listening to all the infighting on the news from both sides until they get so fed up they either switch channels or turn the TV off.
As always, many thanks for taking the time to read all this. We hope you have found some information worthwhile and our take on life here in Spain interesting.
To plan your park lifestyle visit, why not call us using our **free phone** Inspection Visit hotline number 0800 772 3980. Derick, Steve and Martin are here to take your call from 9am to 10pm UK time 7 days a week.
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Costa Difference Ltd are sending Martin to Glasgow for the Place in the Sun Live show at the SEC Centre.
His role at the show is to represent residential parks and to pass on general retire to Spain information.
Show runs on the 28th and 29th of October