Caravan Servicing Costs

DeeTee replied on 19/11/2017 06:53

Posted on 19/11/2017 06:53

Is anyone able to explain why caravan servicing costs are so high? My local dealer is running a winter special offer of £186 + parts (normal price £284). Even at £186, that is £50 more than I have just paid for the annual service for my towcar. Do these dealers think that just because we own a caravan, we have money to burn?

Tinwheeler replied on 21/07/2020 23:37

Posted on 21/07/2020 23:37

Marquis is part of Auto-Sleepers Group Ltd. If you buy from Marquis, you actually pay AS. In turn, I understand AS is now part of the Trigano group which is why Marquis now also sell LVs built in Europe.

J2's post is getting on towards 3 yrs old. Prices will have changed.

skodaman replied on 23/07/2020 17:30

Posted on 23/07/2020 17:30

Hi Trini  Iam looking for a caravan mobile service eng in west yorks          who did you use .the company that used service my van has up sticks and moved too far away from us now I hope you can help thanks

Amesford replied on 24/07/2020 09:15

Posted on 23/07/2020 17:30 by skodaman

Hi Trini  Iam looking for a caravan mobile service eng in west yorks          who did you use .the company that used service my van has up sticks and moved too far away from us now I hope you can help thanks

Posted on 24/07/2020 09:15

You may find an approved mobile workshop near you on this web site 

https://www.approvedworkshops.co.uk/find-approved-workshop

skodaman replied on 24/07/2020 17:23

Posted on 24/07/2020 17:23

there are plenty of workshops about but I would prefer one that has been recommended after having a workshop tell me that my fridge needed a new PCBoard because it did not work on 12v whilst towing fortunatly I told them not to bother at a cost of £276 plus fitting ,I found that the fault was a loose connection on the 12v supply to the fridge cost me 25p for a new connector block ,works fine now

Kelteglow replied on 17/12/2020 15:27

Posted on 20/11/2017 10:23 by obbernockle

They started calling unskilled people mechanics some years ago. Then they started the Technician and Master Technician nonesense. People working on caravan maintenance are often called Engineers. I have never met an Engineer yet who works on car or caravan maintenance. 

What hourly rate would you say an experienced caravan maintenance worker was worth today? What would be a sensible hourly rate for a dealer to charge for the same person? 

 

 

Posted on 17/12/2020 15:27

I have been a Mechanic for 40 years .I trained as a Technician completed an apprenticeship attending Technical College for 5 years .Yes  some garages employed self taught Mechanic /Technicians and people who wanted cheep repairs /Maintenance would go to back street garages rather than Main Dealers.The modern car and caravan require mechanics with a high skills and are entitled to be called Technicians.

I am no longer able to maintain my Caravan and I am surprised following a service the number of items that are missed .I do think there should be more(mystery shoppers) checking standards, Bob

AnotherDavid replied on 31/12/2020 08:22

Posted on 31/12/2020 08:22

Earlier this year I took my van for its first service  cost a couple hundred pounds and was a 260 mile round trip  Had my own reasons for doing it this way and not unhappy with the price however instead of doing around 6k miles and 130 nights, for obvious reasons it's done less than 500 miles and only 11 nights  . Now need to cart it off there again for unnecessary work to avoid warranty and insurance issues

Freedom a whitebox replied on 31/12/2020 12:37

Posted on 31/12/2020 08:22 by AnotherDavid

Earlier this year I took my van for its first service  cost a couple hundred pounds and was a 260 mile round trip  Had my own reasons for doing it this way and not unhappy with the price however instead of doing around 6k miles and 130 nights, for obvious reasons it's done less than 500 miles and only 11 nights  . Now need to cart it off there again for unnecessary work to avoid warranty and insurance issues

Posted on 31/12/2020 12:37

I’m sure that you are not alone in that thinking. My caravan and it’s tug have done similar and due it’s service, not that I’m sure if  I can get it done under these latest restrictions. In my mind, it’s going to get serviced when it isn’t really warranted and only inspection and damp survey should be all that is required.

richardandros replied on 06/01/2021 12:24

Posted on 06/01/2021 12:24

My service, next week, is going to cost me £250 PLUS £100 for the damp survey.  Nothing I can do about it because Knaus stipulate that the 'water ingress' survey must be done by a Knaus Approved Workshop as part of their 10 year bodywork guarantee. Still, it does include a re-application of the underseal to the underneath of the floor, so that eases the pain a little bit.

I suppose I'm a bit hardened to it as Cyberyacht and others must be - having, over the years, paid out the extortionate amounts Marinas charge for any work they undertake!

eribaMotters replied on 19/01/2021 16:02

Posted on 19/01/2021 16:02

I know where you are coming from on those costs. I've heard Eriba owners being charged over £400 for service and water ingress test. The 6yr water ingress warranty is dependant on the later. Whilst I managed a fixed price service contract that was not so pricey I did need to make a 250 miles 5 hr round trip. When you then find the dealer has not got the parts they are supposed to have to carry out the warranty work this is not good. They had to return the van to me 3 weeks later, obviously at there cost.

Colin