DIY or get the workshop to do it ?

Discussion in 'Solar Power' started by EA7VPG, Feb 13, 2012.

  1. EA7VPG

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    The workshop price for fitting the following is £375

    DIY

    4 x solar panel mounting brackets £9.95
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/120849094166?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649
    1 way feed gland for solar panel cable £5.95
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/150694237835?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649
    12/24v 10 amp solar charge controller regulator £18.99
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/170640876287?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649
    80 watt solar panel monocrystalline £109.70
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/320837583231?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649

    £144.59p inc. vat + postage

    If you can run two wires from the panel to your regulator then connect this to your battery you can save £231.... :BigGrin: enough saved for another 80 watt panel and 100Ah battery.
     
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  2. CHRI$

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    its a no brainer ,some people got more money than sense.:Doh:
    i might start doing them 2 a day £150 for the fitting thats £300 a day:thumb:
     
  3. Techno

    Techno Funster Life Member

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    Less the costed items that have been neglected
    Less income tax
    Less VAT
    Less tools and equipment

    I think those who are less gifted will find Dave's price very reasonable
     
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  4. CHRI$

    CHRI$ Funster

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    i got every tool needed to do most thing's on a motorhome and more:thumb:
    and the skill:thumb:as you say some people aint though:Doh:
     
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    Dave uses absolutely first class parts, and first class high quality workmanship to ensure repeat customers..

    If money is available go to him.. You would be hard pressed to find anyone better

    However...................

    If money is not that freely available do the job your self .. but do not forget to add a tube of sikaflex sealent to the list of parts needed.. Using anything less to seal everything up is tantamount to asking for leaks !
     
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  6. dave newell lvs

    dave newell lvs Trader-Vehicle Services

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    Plus your insurance and other overheads and dare I use the "P" word (profit).

    D.
     
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  7. CHRI$

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    yep when i get back from marjel im going to set up my own workshop,doing motorhome fittings all legal like:thumb:
     
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    Fair comment. If you have the skills, the tools, the time then do it.

    But there are people on here who struggle to turn the battery switch on.

    £231 when running a business in today's climate doe not go far. One faulty panel and some re-work and it's all gone pear shaped.

    And subtract some cable and stikaflex from the £231.
     
  9. Techno

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    I fit as a secondary income if and when I have time and I charge MORE than Dave but I fit at the customers home (50 miles included) Take off their diesel travel and staying away at least 24hrs and it is customer convenient. I always use a good quality regulator with LCD display included.
    Don't ask! I'm not taking jobs until May at earliest
     
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    dave newell lvs Trader-Vehicle Services

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    Good idea Chris, I can give you the name of a good insurance company to start you off on the road to financial ruin:Rofl1:

    D.
     
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    Why not. That's how capitalism works. Lord Sugar sold car aerials out of a van once upon a time.
     
  12. CHRI$

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    insurance is no problem:thumb:been there done that:Doh:
    already got a workshop,need a ramp,need to sort out gas cert,already got the tools,been working on caravans&motorhomes for 35 years,see jim and get a trader account and im away:thumb:watch this space:thumb:
    got to be honest iv been thinking about it for a while:thumb:
     
  13. dewaltman

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    the way i look at it if your capable of doing it yourself then do it ,but if like many of us your talents lie in a different area then take up daves offer or leave it ,nobody is pressurising us to take up his offer its just there if you want to take it up, wish there were more offers on here like this for the benefit of us all
     
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  14. dave newell lvs

    dave newell lvs Trader-Vehicle Services

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    We're actively looking at what else we can do for the Funsters, watch this space.

    D.
     
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    Built in electric cork screws.

    Dishwashers.

    Super efficient hair dryers.

    Anti gassing kits.

    Automatic reverse polarity protection.

    Legalised A - Frames.
     
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  16. Gromett

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    Considered setting up doing mobile fitting myself but decided against it.
    Decided against it in the end.. Don't need the stress of dealing with customers like you lot :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:

    Bad weather would crimp the plans etc.

    Fitted the solar panels to my van and previous 2 vans. Dead easy job for anyone competent at DIY.
     
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  17. GJH

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    Let's not forget the value of the job being done by someone who you know will do it right. That's why we will be at Dave's this week.
     
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    I am quite capable of fitting a panel myself but if I was in the market for one I would have been on the phone to Dave as I think the offer is very fair, I would not go to the trouble and time for the amount he is[HI] charging[/HI]:Rofl1:
     
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    Interesting you put it like that Dave, the 'P' word is just as important to the customer as it is to you. Be proud to make a profit.

    Without it you won't be here tomorrow to look after the client, so it is important that you make a profit as customer care goes right out the window without it.

    I've read you don't charge for advice on the phone or by email, got to make a profit to be able to pay the phone bill....loads of good reasons for profit.

    Strap line to Chris Greens threads is
    "The bitterness of low quality is long remembered after the sweetness of low price is forgotten!

    Rarely a truer statement made.....all the Breast............. Griff
     
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  20. sabconsulting

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    As well as being down to your personal skills, it also depends upon whether you have requirements to mount it a certain way. If you are fussy and have the spare time doing it yourself avoids you being annoyed later because the installer didn't run a cable exactly where you would have for example.

    For me it is easy to install stuff myself, and I do have very specific requirements, and can spread the install over a number of weeks as I think about exactly what materials I want to use and where I am going to run cables etc. But then I'm not installing on a standard European motorhome.

    Here is my solar install - just finishing it off this week:

    Link to my install on RV.net

    Steve.
     
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