Hi, Rob the newby here again.
Our newly purchased (Fiat Rapido742F) motorhome is due to arrive on Saturday and I need to arrange motor and habitation services ASAP because the last annual services - carried out on its second birthday - were done 18 months ago in December 2007.
The vehicle is 3½ years old and a three year extended warranty purchased by the last owner in December 2007 is null and void because of his failure to have it serviced six months ago!
I live in Worcester so my first thoughts were to find a local dealer who could do both services same day. However I've just read Grizzlys detailed FAQ write up on Habitation Servicing (in the Motorhoming FAQ Guide of this website). This states:-
'The damp ingress warranty lasts for a longer period than the full habitation warranty on most vans ( eg 6 years). In order to maintain the validity of this warranty a damp check must be carried out by a dealer who has all the proper equipment and can provide the all-important certificate. For reasons mentioned above, it is usually simpler to have the service done by a franchised dealer who sold you the van. If there is damp then he has access to everything necessary, including the funds, to get it sorted out'.
which suggests that I might be well advised to play safe in order not to breach the damp ingress warranty.
I'm sure I could get the motor service done in Worcester, but I'm scratching round for a dealer who could do the habitation service.
According to Rapido's website the nearest Rapido dealers to me are Brownhills South West (Swindon) and Highbridge (near Weston Super Mare) - although when I spoke to someone at Highbridge a few days ago he said that they're booked up till August for same-day habitation services!
I'd prefer not to hang around for several hours while the service is being carried out but I'm beginning to think I might need to.
So, my question is:- should I (reluctantly) use one of the two Rapido dealers mentioned above (ie at Swindon or Weston), or is there somewhere else closer to Worcester.