Two years in... Time to shell out some more cash

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  1. Sidney

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    Expensive month with the MH becoming two years old:

    Habitation check - £170.00
    Road tax - £173
    Insurance renewal - £258
    Fiat short oil service £250 (TBC)

    and the possibility that we'll buy a new MH at the NEC next week o_O
     
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  2. Sidney

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    Oh and we should be replacing the antifreeze in the wet Aldi system too. I think this is around £70
     
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    We are going to NEC, no new motorhome though :( just (hopeful cheap) accessories.

    Lin
     
  4. Sidney

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    Yes - that's exactly what I said two years ago!
     
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    Clearly you're a sellers dream
     
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    Sidney, have you forgot Brake Fluid change or is that included in your short oil change, my Peugeot dealer insisted it was dangerous not to have it done at 2 years even though it only done 4k miles.
     
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    oh honestly! If you'd left the lid off for two year it will have absorbed some water but really...


    off to check Fiat website now...
     
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    well apart from the insurance id leave it till Id decieded on a new van or not, unless your selling privatly it wont make a jot of differance youll still be offererd next to nowt in px
     
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    I have never had the brake fluid changed in 53 years of owning vehicles,,,,am i missing something. BUSBY.
     
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    2 years old and replacing the antifreeze, Why ?
     
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    Worth changing the brake fluid if you do a lot of serious mountain driving otherwise I wouldn't bother, never changed it on the last van.
    Never had a habitation service done, I'm quite capable of checking my own van to see everything is working, only get the annual damp check done for warranty purposes.
     
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    Check the specific gravity if the strength is OK leave alone, probably worth changing at around 5/6 years.
     
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  13. Sidney

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    Right

    At the first service 30k miles...

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    Engine cooling system fluid Paraflu UP - CUNA NC 956-16, ASTM D 3306
    Engine oil Selenia WR diesel P.E. - SAE 5W - 30
    Brake fluid Tutela TOP 4 - DOT4 ISO4925 SAE J1704, CUNA NC 956-01

    Short service = just oil change, new oil filter and fluid level checks


    Personally I would change brake fluid if it looked dirty, had a soft pedal or if had any major work undertaken on the brakes. Otherwise it's fine for a good 6-8 years minimum.

    Engine coolant (Anti freeze) I would typically change after six years.

    Anti freeze in the Aldi system I am likely to replace at five years because the Aldi system is aluminium
     
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    To be clear I am definitely not buying another motorhome...

    Unless of course I do
     
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    We bought a new M/H this week, after spending the winter doing our research, as this will probably be the last one we buy.

    But I must admit to, once upon a time, going to a dealership to change a gas cylinder and coming away having ordered a brand new caravan.

    Funnily enough, I have never regretted my purchases (caravan or M/H) whether they have been researched or bought on impulse.:smiley:
     
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    LOL! You seriously need to find another "dealer" - preferably one that doesn't ride horses.
    If you, or your rip off dealer, is that concerned about the brake fluid becoming dangerous in 2 years, then ask them why don't just carry out a hygroscopic brake fluid test. Any decent mechanic will do one as part of a service.
     
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    i am on my third m/home. but I have had this one 25 years. but I bought it at Birmingham. not going back again.
     
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    As a time served Mechanic I am fully aware of the Hygroscopic properties of brake fluids, that's why when the receptionist was insisting that a fluid change was a necessity I eventually had to tell him to swivel, lots of these main dealers put pressure on their customers with letters advising of intermediate servicing requirements, under the guise of maintaining warranty rights.
     
  19. Sidney

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    One of my cars does quite low mileage too. I had ServicingStop call me and put me under quite a bit of pressure to add an engine flush to the service.

    I know they're targeted to make these calls but I really wanted to tell the young lady where to go. Sales by fear is not something I buy into (consciously anyway)
     
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    £250 to change oil & filter is a *%6* take too !
     
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