If you’re serious about setting up a glamping business you need to start thinking about the type of service you are going to offer. If it’s one that will use tents as a source of income then there are some very important questions you should be asking your tent supplier or you could make some very costly mistakes. So before you race to the next safari tent sale to buy safari tent and potentially make a big mistake, consider what’s outlined below.
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Firstly, “What are the best tents to use for my glamping business?” Then, “How much do they cost and what’s the return on investment?” Finally, “How long will they last and are they safe for my customers?” and options for Safari tents UK, for sale and luxury glamping tents for sale UK, Europe, US, and beyond.
Actually, there are more questions to ask about how to start a camping business, including:
Do I need planning permission to put one up; Do I have to take it down and store it over the winter; Do I need to waterproof it at any point against the elements; How do I fit a wood-burning stove in it; How do I keep it clean and get it ready for the new camping season; and finally and most importantly; How much am I likely to earn per year from my tent?
What’s The Best Type Of Glamping Business Tents?
One choice that exists for a new glamping business is the safari tent for sale across the world. It is large enough to comfortably fit beds for a family of up to 6 people, and still includes space for luxury seating, a kitchen area, a wood burner and open doors to an outer area. It is also one of the cheapest options, has the best longevity/cost ratio, earns the most for a new business and therefore has the best return on investment, but I cover that in more detail with the figures below. However, these reasons are why safari tents for sale are proving to be very popular, but there’s more to this than you might think, so read on.
Although in our experience Airstreams, in general, have the highest occupancy rates, the safari tent model is popular with larger family groups and has one of the best financial returns and makes the most sense to new businesses wanting to set up and start earning as quickly as possible.
How Long Will it last and is it safe?
When looking for your new tent you will need to do your homework, especially if you are looking for safari tents UK for sale. Ideally, you want a premium tent with a canvas that has a longevity of at least 10 years and the choice of steel or wooden frames that will last for the same period. The premium canvas also needs to be tough and fire retardant to stringent standards (essential if you are going to fit a wood burner) so they will keep your guests safe, weatherproof and warm. This type of quality will result in a better return on your investment as the materials will last longer.
lodge tents for sale: Do I need planning permission for this type of tent?
This is an interesting question. Most glamping tents for sale are classified as temporary structures, so it is arguable that you do not need planning permission, especially if you decide to take them down over the winter period. However, as soon as you start using your tent as a business and charge people money to stay in it then this does require some kind of license or permission. But every Authority is different and you may need consent for a change of use for the land the glamping tents are placed on, so you must check this with your local planning office or ask a planning consultant to do this on your behalf, even if you are looking for a safari tent for sale UK based.
Do I need to take it down and store it over the winter?
While this is possible and may help with planning restrictions, there are some considerations for packing away the tent over the winter. Firstly, you will need a dry space to store the equipment. This has to be rodent-free and the tent has to be packed down properly to avoid any rips or tears. However, if you feel this is too much work or don’t have a storage area, you could purchase a winter kit – an outer tent that sits as a protective layer over the top of the safari tent when it’s not in use.
Do I need to waterproof it with chemicals at any point?
Some materials do need to be waterproofed regularly and this is something you should discuss with the supplier of your glamping tents.
How do I fit a wood-burning stove in it?
There are a number of wood burning stoves and fitting kits we have highlighted. You can do this yourself, if you are happy you won’t wreck your new tent, however, there are fitting services available too, which you can access through your supplier.
How do I keep it clean and get it ready for the new camping season?
At the beginning of each season, all you need to do is hose down the tent and rub any marks clean with a cloth. No chemicals are needed so this is perfect for environmentally sensitive areas or organic farmland.
How much do they cost, what will I earn and what will the return on investment be?
Based on one operator who was looking at safari tents UK for sale, the cost of a Superior 6m x 7m Safari Tent was £3,696+vat. Allowing £2,000 for the base and internal decoration, you could recoup the cost of your Safari Tent in as little as 1 good season, and with a lifespan of around 10 years. This is depending on the charges for your customers, the area you are operating from, the season in which you are operating, your operating costs and the marketing you undertake to attract customers and improve your occupancy potential.
How much should I pay for lodge tents for sale for a glamping business?
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Also, take a look at our glamping business tents wiki to learn more about the different glamping tents available.
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