Why does it take so long to get a new Motorhome ready for Sale (1 Viewer)

May 23, 2013
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Genuine Question on how long it takes to get a new Motorhome ready for sale. Called two dealers this weekend both have brand new Chausson in stock (physically at the dealers) and enquired if an order was placed this weekend when could we pick-up.

First One End of April, the second one Mid-April I guess it needs a PDI check and being registered but surely you would want to get the stock out of the door asap but two months seems a bit excessive what am I missing?
And why would you not be preparing all your new motorhomes for dispatch as soon as they arrive ?
 

eddie

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Busy workshops, with existing appointments for PDI, after sales, warranty work, customer accessory bookings, staff holidays, time off for gender assessment surgery, maternity leave, paternity leave, menopausal time off, pre menopausal time off, post menopausal time off, sick leave, self assessment sick leave, staff being absent due to teachers striking so no one to look after them, divorce or Honeymoon

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Nov 12, 2015
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PDI is done in workshop so needs a slot, also if they are not fiat dealer needs to have engine part PDI, then cleaning etc. As you say registered so that takes time.

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Minxy

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March will be a very busy month for dealers due to the registration letter change so they'll be fully booked already, add to that the higher demand for servicing etc generally due to the start of the MHing year and you'll understand why there's such a delay. March is probably the busiest month in the whole year.
 
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May 31, 2015
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Busy workshops, with existing appointments for PDI, after sales, warranty work, customer accessory bookings, staff holidays, time off for gender assessment surgery, maternity leave, paternity leave, menopausal time off, pre menopausal time off, post menopausal time off, sick leave, self assessment sick leave, staff being absent due to teachers striking so no one to look after them, divorce or Honeymoon

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You forgot the elderly boss retiring….😆😉😎
 
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Nov 13, 2011
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Busy workshops, with existing appointments for PDI, after sales, warranty work, customer accessory bookings, staff holidays, time off for gender assessment surgery, maternity leave, paternity leave, menopausal time off, pre menopausal time off, post menopausal time off, sick leave, self assessment sick leave, staff being absent due to teachers striking so no one to look after them, divorce or Honeymoon

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If I had to choose, I would go for the gender assessment surgery every time :unsure: :unsure:

Geoff
 
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Minxy

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Sounds pathetic we have bought 3 new Motorhomes ready to pick up a week after arriving at the dealers but never bought from a UK dealer.
We've had some within 2 weeks but that was at a much quiet time of year.

You didn't register them in the EU country before collection though, how long did it take once in the UK?

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Sep 23, 2007
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March will be a very busy month for dealers due to the registration letter change so they'll be fully booked already, add to that the higher demand for servicing etc generally due to the start of the MHing year and you'll understand why there's such a delay. March is probably the busiest month in the whole year.
Not sure that’s true, had mine serviced with SMC last week, less than 2 weeks after phoning them.
And I wasn’t their customer.
 
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Nov 13, 2011
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Surely you don’t allow time off for this when a couple of minutes in the workshop with a pair of Tinsnips would suffice.😖😳
I think it is a little more complicated if going from she to he, but what do I know? :mad:

Geoff

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Minxy

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Not sure that’s true, had mine serviced with SMC last week, less than 2 weeks after phoning them.
And I wasn’t their customer.
Maybe people don't like going to them or they don't sell much. 😄
 
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Ridgeway

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In stock probably means, not registered, not checked etc etc as others have said. Our experience has typically been 2-3wks on vans that a dealer had in stock.

If you asked for additional options though, that could of course extend the wait.
 
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Jan 17, 2014
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Take your pick!
Aren't all of these surpassed by blaming Covid?
 
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Sep 24, 2013
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Can a dealer get the MH registered before it gets into the UK?Knowing chassis number etc.

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brysee

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Surely you don’t allow time off for this when a couple of minutes in the workshop with a pair of Tinsnips would suffice.😖😳
I think you can just pop into gash converters and they do it there and then

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Feb 12, 2018
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Busy workshops, with existing appointments for PDI, after sales, warranty work, customer accessory bookings, staff holidays, time off for gender assessment surgery, maternity leave, paternity leave, menopausal time off, pre menopausal time off, post menopausal time off, sick leave, self assessment sick leave, staff being absent due to teachers striking so no one to look after them, divorce or Honeymoon

Take your pick!

You forgot to include Conception Leave! :unsure:
 
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Have only bought new once, van was in stock, had a couple of additions, extra battery, solar, bike rack and something else which escapes me, collected van 2 weeks later, bought just in time to get the 15%VAT
 
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