hab check -what price?

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  1. 2dogs

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    Hi all,

    we're coming up to the end of our first year:cry:

    a year gone already.

    anyway, what should I expect to pay for a habitation check on a panel van conversion?

    Cheers
    2dogs
     
  2. tonka

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    £90 - £300..
    Depends if you get a mobile company and have it done at home, which strangly can be the cheapest !! Or travel to a dealers and pay top whack....

    You can find an approved agent here.

    http://www.approvedworkshops.co.uk/search/
     
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    Send me some pictures and I will check its all there for £50
    :thumb:
     
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  4. 2dogs

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    Thanks Tonka,

    handy site to know, I have been quoted £150 from dealer I bought from
    so will still look around

    Cheers
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    Habitation checks are a money maker for dealers, just had mine done at home for £80
     
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    Now if ypu had bought it from me you would have got FIVE years FREE hab services :thumb:

    Peter
     
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    I would suggest mobile engineers roughly £90 for a 4 hour check
     
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    Ive got fully qualified gas safe plumber and part p sparky & mechanic mates who are familiar with mh`s plus ive a top notch moisture meter i use for work to check for damp. But is there anything else needing specialist knowledge or equipment that prohibits me from sorting it all out myself to the required standard ?
     
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    BEFORE you go to anyone other than the dealer who sold you your van (assuming they are an Autocruise/Swift approved workshop), check that you are permitted to do so without invalidating your warranty! :Eeek:

    It is a bit of a grey area as to whether Swift will guarantee you will still have a warranty with them if you go to someone outside their 'approved' workshop scheme - and I don't mean the 'general' approved workshops scheme members, I'm talking specifically about the SWIFT approved ones.

    This is something I've been trying to get an answer to as I too don't want to end up paying extortionate prices to go back to my supplying dealer but as my habitation isn't due until the summer I haven't pursued it fervently as yet.
     
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  10. autoswan

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    Alas my mh is not under warranty any longer 04 model so i think its ok to sort it myself ? one less expense off the list of costs to keep it on the road . :Smile:
     
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    There's no law that says you have to take it to a dealer and have someone look at it who is less technically proficient than you and your mates!

    We look after ours with my transferable technical knowledge and experience and a good dose of common sense.

    Whay pay someone else if you have the kit and knowledgable mates?

    If your warranty is up, whats the problem? A motorhome warranty isn't worth much even if you did have one! See the Lowhams protest thread..........

    Of course if you do feel you aren't up to it then professional services are what you need. I would gravitate towards a quality indepantant such as CLS, Ash or Dave Newall
     
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    Swift will honour their warranty if the check is carried out by one of their Swift approved engineers. Fortunately, these can also be mobile technicians like CLS or Ash (members here).
    It is in any mobile Engineers interest to do teh course and be Swift approved, there are simply so many Swift made vans out there. :Smile:
     
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    I spend long periods abroad and over a period of time 2 of the vans that i had owned required a habitation test . Both were done in France at dealers that were in the manufacturers handbook

    Dethleffs - hab. test done in Brittany

    Rapido - hab. test done nr. Perpignan

    Total cost for both tests = 0 euro

    rip-off at home , as per usual ( I exclude you Peter)

    Alan
     
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    I have all the equipment I need and 28 years experience in related automotive/industrial disciplines.
    Why would I trust my van to a person who has passed a 2 week course with no previous engineering experience?
    Sorry I put peace of mind and my families safety above a stamp in the book.

    The dealers don't even look at the habitation service history at trade in anyway.
     
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    Further to my last post, whats the use of an annual damp check if your van starts leaking the next day? That'll be 364 days of damp to rectify at the next habitation check!

    Even if you have your hab service done every year, I would urge all funsters to buy and use a damp meter regulaly. It will save a small fortune if you pick up a leak before it causes problems.

    I check ours every month. Also examine the exterior of your coachbuilt. If you have some peeling sealant, the chances are if it isn't leaking, it soon will!
     
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    "if you wanted it you would buy it regardless just the price would be re-negotiated to suit."

    I would not! I would not buy a MH, belonging to a motohome owner who 1) could not afford to maintain it 2) could,nt be bothered to maintain it.

    If you knocked the price down, say...£500, then found out it needed a lot of remedial work...your £500 would soon get eaten up, especially as BY LAW, YOU would be responsible for repairs to gas/electrical being done by the professionals you put so little worth on.
    There is now, and always has been, stories of normal sensible people who have spent all their lives doing all manner of trades (some "allied") who end up with a major battle over the condition of their motorhome, which generally can respresent a life savings.
    If you went to a garage/workshop, and they offered to do your hab check, for £50, using unqualified staff...would you pay it?

    I bought a MH off a dealer which had a problem, he took it back. If I had bought it privatly.............I would be in trouble. If you advocate self assessing of the hab area including the gas and electric and damp test, why bother MOT or servicing it?
    Its human nature, to haggle for the highest wages possible in our own fields, but want to pay derisory amounts to our equals.:thumb:
     
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    Well you have to MOT as its the law, and I will only get my hab test done while mine is under warranty, as soon as its not then I am doing it myself, if you came along to buy my motohome and saw the inside of my garage etc then I think you would have piece of mind.

    I have installed and fixed quite a few things on my van I have all the eceipts and I am happy to show a prospective buyer where I routed cables, problems I had in doing some jobs and solutions, if there not happy then there would be plenty of people that would be.
     
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    Sadly if you have a vehicle still covered by a manufacturers warranty this won't do (even if you are capable of doing a more thorough and competent job). :Sad:
     
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