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The cost of servicing differs to a high degree between different dealers, how often do you service your caravan and how often do you think it needs servicing? Apart from the hitch unit and the wheels/brakes is the high cost overpriced? We all know if something is wrong or not working and most caravanners are fairly competent of rectifying most minor faults. I know quite a few caravanners that only use their 'vans for one main holiday of a couple of weeks and maybe half a dozen weekends if that and don't do many miles either and don't bother to get them serviced from one year to the next.

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I always had a service in the Spring,initially this was for Warranty reasons but I still do...yes I know the change of the one-shot nuts isn't always necessary but I do feel my need for assurance on the gas system...

Know that some dealers do a Winter special rate of £99 for single axle 'vans but I would think that I have normally paid £160/180 to dealers....now a mobile specialist looks after me.

geoff

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We normally have the first service done by the dealer due to the number of faults always found on brand new caravans and then use a mobile servcie guy.  Not sure why we should be paying a lot of money for a dealer to tell us that the lights, water, gas and cupboard doors all work okay?  If you are too stupid not ro know that a cupboard door does nto open or a light does ntow ork then maybe you should not own a caravan!  :wow:

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I always had a service in the Spring,initially this was for Warranty reasons but I still do...yes I know the change of the one-shot nuts isn't always necessary but I do feel my need for assurance on the gas system...

Know that some dealers do a Winter special rate of £99 for single axle 'vans but I would think that I have normally paid £160/180 to dealers....now a mobile specialist looks after me.

geoff

Am I correct in assuming that a mobile specialist will do exactly what a dealer would do? and are mobile specialists covered by liability insurance or is it the case of if something goes pear shaped it's tough luck?

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We normally have the first service done by the dealer due to the number of faults always found on brand new caravans and then use a mobile servcie guy.  Not sure why we should be paying a lot of money for a dealer to tell us that the lights, water, gas and cupboard doors all work okay?  If you are too stupid not ro know that a cupboard door does nto open or a light does ntow ork then maybe you should not own a caravan!  :wow:

Those were my thoughts more or less with one slight exception and that is I read somewhere that a new caravan must be serviced accordingly during it's warranty period by an authorised dealer or the warranty would be void, I think this was applicable to Swift but not sure or if it applies to other manufacturers. But as you say lights, gas, water, cupboard doors etc is not rocket science.

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I think that as long as the service person is AWS or NCC approved there is no issue with any brand.  However by the same token how do you know it is an approved technician working on your caravan in a dealership workshop and not someone off the street or an apprentice left to their own devices although you are paying for a qualified technician to work on your caravan?

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Certainly my mobile man had 20 years plus as Service Manager at substantial dealers,both of them in business are Corgi..or whatever it is called these days,approved and retested...and I don't need to ask them to check fridge or tyre age...done automatically and written report issued.

When Warranty work was dectected he advised me to return to dealer for this alone,now finished warranty so they not involved.

Geoff

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Like most of the answers on here I have our caravan serviced around May every year 

We too use a Mobile mechanic who does the full service and gets us an approved workshop sticker and we know the guy is an approved technician as he owns the company.  Also we KNOW all the jobs are done as we can watch plus we have to sign to say we observed him do such as the Torque settings of the wheel nuts

Another plus for us is that we know which day the service will be done and we don't have to take it somewhere and leave it for a week 

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