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Caravan Servicing 1 week 6 days ago #453765

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Hello

We have our caravan on a site near Scarborough and have decided to tow it to Scotland this year. We bought our van second hand and it is a 2005 caravan. I was thinking it a good idea to get it serviced before we tow it to Scotland and was just wondering roughly how much this would cost and what is included in the service? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks.

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Caravan Servicing 1 week 6 days ago #453767

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You can have a basic safety service which looks mainly at running gear, brakes, hitch etc and can include gas integrity, or the more comprehensive one which includes damp, internals, habitation etc. Different centres may include different aspects. I always have the NCC full service and at a Swift main dealer costs around £225
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Caravan Servicing 1 week 6 days ago #453768

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Same here we took ours to the main dealer as it was quite new and cost £24o and that was for the full service as Clive says above but after what happened to us it's not going back there so it's going to where we took it before at a cost of £155 , still a caravan and motor home specialist that does the same servicing , so search about cos prices will vary.
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Caravan Servicing 1 week 6 days ago #453772

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Yanda007 wrote:
Hello

We have our caravan on a site near Scarborough and have decided to tow it to Scotland this year. We bought our van second hand and it is a 2005 caravan. I was thinking it a good idea to get it serviced before we tow it to Scotland and was just wondering roughly how much this would cost and what is included in the service? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks.

Yanda007

The National Caravan Council (NCC) has produced a list of items that should be included in a service schedule, however whilst NCC approved service centers should follow the list, they are not formally obliged too, so it would be best for you to contact some convenient service centers and ask then for their various schedules and scale of charges.

If an item you want checked or serviced is not on their schedule, you can ask them to quote you for it.
Be warned, that there is a world of difference between an item that's been "checked" and one that's been serviced, so be clear in what you want serviced, and make sure your intention has been understood by the service company.

If you have any particular items that you want them to look at them make sure you detail that information to them, and i suggest you do it in writing so there can be no doubt.

Don't be afraid to haggle the price before you agree to the work being done.
Unless I use quotes, All advice and opinions given are my own and are given in good faith. Never act on anything you read on a forum unless you can validate and verify its source and content.
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Caravan Servicing 1 week 6 days ago #453773

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

Have a look here for the nearest mobile engineer who can service your van on site.
Talk to him and explain what you want doing.
There are basically 3 main service packages, the Full Service, the Habitation Service and the Running gear Service.
Each has its own price.

Here is the check list for the full service : www.approvedworkshops.co.uk/content/S636...359/AWS-TASCS-V7.pdf

Many of the items are just checked for operation and safety, things like the fridge are not "Serviced" as such unless you ask for it to be done, but there will be an extra cost for this.

I believe that most, if not all, mobile engineers carry out flue gas analysis as part of the service, this is to my mind the very best check that you can have done as it proves whether your gas appliances are safe to use.
As flue gas analysis is not a "required" item many dealer and fixed workshops do not offer this, but they should !
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Caravan Servicing 1 week 6 days ago #453776

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If the caravan has been sited for any length of time then a service is vital. I would find out if the site allows this and if so get a mobile engineer as suggested by Damien to service it. Frankly unless you know the caravan is roadworthy you should not tow it.
The site operator might be able to help if he knows the local firms.
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Caravan Servicing 1 week 5 days ago #453800

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Also check the age of the tyres - there should be a 4 digit marking e.g. 2412 - the first two digits are the WEEK and the second two the YEAR. Tyre life on a caravan is expected to be 5 years, naturally not getting the tread worn out but the tyre deteriorating with spending it's life mostly sitting on one spot - and if not being towed have they been properly inflated in that time.
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Caravan Servicing 1 week 5 days ago #453804

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Yanda 007,

What the prof said is so very accurate.

"Be warned, that there is a world of difference between an item that's been "checked" and one that's been serviced, so be clear in what you want serviced"

Most services are the equivalent of a car MOT check, i.e. everything is working as it should.

It does not necessarily mean any corrective adjustments or corrections will be carried out.

The 'faults' identified will most usually incur additional charges, and in some cases this is very much justified.

For me a caravan service is pretty much another charge for doing very little, other than being a means to promote work that required to be done anyway (assuming an honest tester\company), of course you may not have the skills to check things out yourself, but most of the so called 'caravan service' is the bovine version of donkey poo.

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Caravan Servicing 1 week 5 days ago #453813

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Anseo wrote:
Yanda 007,

What the prof said is so very accurate.

"Be warned, that there is a world of difference between an item that's been "checked" and one that's been serviced, so be clear in what you want serviced"

Most services are the equivalent of a car MOT check, i.e. everything is working as it should.

It does not necessarily mean any corrective adjustments or corrections will be carried out.

The 'faults' identified will most usually incur additional charges, and in some cases this is very much justified.

For me a caravan service is pretty much another charge for doing very little, other than being a means to promote work that required to be done anyway (assuming an honest tester\company), of course you may not have the skills to check things out yourself, but most of the so called 'caravan service' is the bovine version of donkey poo.

I await pelters, :P


I am not going to decry your posting, but there are some areas that I do not agree with.

As a fully qualified caravan engineer and being Gas Safe LPG registered I think that the term Caravan Service is not the right description and is misleading, it should be called something like Health Check or similar but not include the word "Service".


I disagree with your statement " Most services are the equivalent of a car MOT check, i.e. everything is working as it should."

That should only read that everything is working, however it may not be "as it should" as some items, notably gas appliances can ONLY be said to be working as they should if a flue gas analysis is carried out and as most dealer workshops do not even own a gas analyser they cannot say any gas appliance is working as it should.


Quote " It does not necessarily mean any corrective adjustments or corrections will be carried out."

That depends entirely on what the fault is, if it is potentially life threatening, such as a gas leak or dangerous electrics, those faults MUST be rectified before the caravan is handed back to the owner, and it may well involve extra charges for replacement parts and labour.

Your last paragraph is your view, to which you are entitled, however, a lot of caravan owners simply do not know how various items are supposed to work, and with the ever increasing sophistication of items in terms of complicated electronics controlling just about everything, it is not practical for each owner to have all the necessary test equipment to check their vans.
It is hard enough and expensive enough for caravan engineers to keep up to date and have the latest test equipment to comply with the ever changing regulations as well as being required to go on training courses with appliance manufacturers to keep up to date.
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Caravan Servicing 1 week 5 days ago #453817

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Just paid £165 to have ours serviced by a mobile engineer from the Approved Workshops list. Always happy with his work.
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