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So, I have wondered, when you have to leave your MH at a service or repair business (sometimes for a number of days) do you take all of your personal belongings out beforehand or do you simply trust (or prey) that they will be there when you collect your baby?
 
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I take out everything that is valuable; and items of purely sentimental value, or just irreplaceable items, that I would regret losing. Which is not a lot of stuff.

Plus my toolkit of course. If the technicians want to leave some of their tools in the MH I will accept their donations, but not the other way round. xroll:
 
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Ours has just come back after being in for 3 weeks. We left onboard and everything’s still there! :)
 
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I try not to worry about it as if having to take our van in, we normally combine it with a trip so everything is in there.
If i owned a ROLEX it would be on my wrist..BUSBY..:D:D
My last Rolex kept worse time than me, that was a waste of ten quid. Wait 'til I catch up with that African that sold it to me on the Italian lakes.:xgrin:

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If i owned a ROLEX it would be on my wrist..BUSBY..:D:D

I bought a wonderful looking Rolex in 2001 but the minute hand dropped off while I was flying home from Malaysia 3-days later.

That's the last bl○○dy top end watch I buy for $50 from a Malysian market trader - I was expecting the real thing.
 
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So, I have wondered, when you have to leave your MH at a service or repair business (sometimes for a number of days) do you take all of your personal belongings out beforehand or do you simply trust (or prey) that they will be there when you collect your baby?

Sorry but I don't trust anyone these days. I always ensure that my dashcams are hard wired so that I can get a few pics of the culprit should anything go wrong.
 
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@OurMoreloLife. Peter, twice in our years of MH'ing, we've had to leave our (my baby) MH in the hands of total strangers, and in foreign countries, with all our belongings in it, and then at a repairers, when she has been recovered to the UK. Not once did anything go missing.................thankfully. :pray:

As suggested above, I'd take photos, including that of the exterior, and the speedo reading. I used our (time dated) photos to prove to a repairer, that further damage to the MH could only have happened whilst she was in their care. :mad:

Sorry but I don't trust anyone these days. I always ensure that my dashcams are hard wired so that I can get a few pics of the culprit should anything go wrong.
For the minuscule amount of power they use, I'd go along with that suggestion too, but the SD card would need to have a huge capacity to record 3 x weeks, without over recording. A motion sensor cam might be the answer to that. :xwink: Nice one @Blue Knight. :xThumb:

Good luck Peter,

Jock. :xsmile:
 
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For the minuscule amount of power they use, I'd go along with that suggestion too, but the SD card would need to have a huge capacity to record 3 x weeks, without over recording. A motion sensor cam might be the answer to that. :xwink: Nice one @Blue Knight. :xThumb:
Our Nextbase 412GW cam the battery backup only lasts 45 min, so it would need changing to a permanent live feed.
 
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Sorry but I don't trust anyone these days. I always ensure that my dashcams are hard wired so that I can get a few pics of the culprit should anything go wrong.

When i picked my car up from a garage that regassed the aircon all the cables had been pulled out of the dash cam, won't be using them again, although i do appreciate them driving it in to their work shop might give some undesirables a nice look at all their expensive equipment and tools.

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It's disappointing ( perhaps a bit insulting) that some feel that so much of the motor trade is populated with rogues. It may surprise folk to know that decent, well run established businesses will have staff who really are just like you and me :xsurprised: and who are simply doing an honest day's work and with too much to lose by nicking your Poundshop TV.
If you choose a 'here today, gone tomorrow' backstreet lockup that's the cheapest you'll get what you pay for.
I don't draw my curtains or blindfold my window cleaner for his monthly visit.............
 
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I try not to worry about it as if having to take our van in, we normally combine it with a trip so everything is in there.

My last Rolex kept worse time than me, that was a waste of ten quid. Wait 'til I catch up with that African that sold it to me on the Italian lakes.:xgrin:
£10 ????

They're €20 here :(
 
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If you can't trust them with a few nic nacs, can you trust them with a 100 grand motor


It's disappointing ( perhaps a bit insulting) that some feel that so much of the motor trade is populated with rogues. It may surprise folk to know that decent, well run established businesses will have staff who really are just like you and me :xsurprised: and who are simply doing an honest day's work and with too much to lose by nicking your Poundshop TV.
If you choose a 'here today, gone tomorrow' backstreet lockup that's the cheapest you'll get what you pay for.
I don't draw my curtains or blindfold my window cleaner for his monthly visit.............

Whilst I would love to be able to believe what you say is true; as I like to have faith in human nature, there are too many occasions where it goes wrong not to consider the likelihood and impact.

Your window cleaner is not a great example as you know him (most likely); he has earned your trust and he has proven worthy of it over time - therefore, he has a good reputation. The same cannot be said of someone you don't know and therefore feel less able to trust. This is why Trust Pilot and other rankings sites are so useful (but not yet perfect due to fake reviews). If a well-run establishment has a good reputation (and therefore can be trusted), others who don't know them will feel more able to trust them too. I don't doubt that there is a great deal of them around too and we need to share experiences of their trustworthiness to make these businesses stand out and to weed out the others.

If you close your front door when you go to work instead of leaving it open, you'll know what I mean.
 
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Our Nextbase 412GW cam the battery backup only lasts 45 min, so it would need changing to a permanent live feed.
All this about leaving a dash cam on is a good idea. We have a live feed in the habitation area, could set it up in the back with a view through to the windscreen. After all it doesn’t have to be on the dashboard!
 
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Never really thought about this question, maybe that indicates that we trust our garage, who had the MH for a week recently. Never had to leave it at a strange garage for more than a few hours, but then there would be nowhere to take the items to.

We have left the MH for many weeks with friends in three locations but that is definitely no risk.

Geoff

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Don't leave anything that might tempt a thief. I doubt the garage would not accept responsibility. Coupled with a dash cam, I think that may be considered entrapment.
What do you do with your car?
 
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Your window cleaner is not a great example as you know him (most likely); he has earned your trust and he has proven worthy of it over time - therefore, he has a good reputation.
I can see that if broken down and obliged to use an unknown repair place you won't know them and will have to take pot luck, but you won't have anywhere to take your valued belongings to either.
I initially chose my window cleaner by recommendation from neighbours and use local privately owned garages to whom I and my family have entrusted our vehicles for 30 years. One garage for our cars and another with a higher entrance doorway and more powerful lift for the m/h. Just lucky to be able to do that I guess.
I don't have much faith in 'Review' or recommendation websites but would go by a Funster's opinion and experience.
 
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I doubt the garage would not accept responsibility.
Hmm, I think you mean you doubt that the garage WOULD accept liability ...........
Most garages display damage and loss disclaimers (i.e. stating that they will not accept liability....etc. etc.) although their disclaimer might not hold up in Court.
 
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Don't leave anything that might tempt a thief. I doubt the garage would not accept responsibility. Coupled with a dash cam, I think that may be considered entrapment


What do you do with your car?

I ALWAYS completely empty my car if going into any dealer, regardless if it's a main dealer or a small local guy.

It's just good sense (and I find stuff I forgot I had in my car)! It's like closing your front door properly. Doing so removes any temptation for an opportunist as they make up the vast majority of burglary dwelling and Theft from Motor Vehicle (TFMV) crimes (on a street that is).

Just sayin'

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Those of you talking about leaving dashcams running should bear in mind that our insurance company recommend we disconnect, or if not possible cover dashcams before the vehicle goes into the workshop. The reason is that if we didn't then we are allowing a video recording to be made of everything in the workshop that is in line of sight of said camera. I follow my insurance company's recommendation and disconnect or cover dashcams. I do however reinstate them for roadtest and if there isn't one fitted then I use my own for the roadtest.

D.
 
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Hmm, I think you mean you doubt that the garage WOULD accept liability ...........
Most garages display damage and loss disclaimers (i.e. stating that they will not accept liability....etc. etc.) although their disclaimer might not hold up in Court.
Exactly.
 
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They would have to be desperate to steal anything of value from my van other than sat nav and that i could lock in the safe. If i fitted a dash dam it would probably be the most valuable thing in the van.Suppose the telly if they were absolutely skint..Cant think of anything else of any value..BUSBY,,:xgrin:
 
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We always empty the van before it's annual check/service, often means we find something we've "lost" during our travels. And, as he says ('cos he does mine) it makes Dave's job a lot easier. Then when we come to reload only stuff we've used in the past 12 months gets put back (apart from emergency gear of course). Got to watch the weight!

As regards other garages etc. I'm either with it for the work to be done or it's only got our basic stuff onboard, we tend to empty everything else out after trips. Luckily only happened a couple of times and no problems - the guy we use for the cars services and once the Fiat main dealer.
 
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