Join Date: Dec 2008
My Motorhome: Bürstner City Car C540 and Kip caravan
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If Frankia works like Hymer, and it's very possible that they do, you do not need a habitation service, only a damp test and a sticker as proof. Our Hymer is five years old now and we have never had a habitation service done, only a damp test. Two years ago we had a leaky window which was fixed no problem under warranty. Hymer at Bad Waldsee confirmed to me when we first bought the van that a habitation service is not required to sustain warranty. In my view habitation services are complete rip offs. I don't need a dealer to tell me if my gas is working or the 240v sockets are working. I can see that for myself. It's not as though they include a gas service. I used to get the damp test done at Brownhills, who knew Hymers did not require a habitation service for warranty purposes, or in Spain depending where I was when damp test was due. Now I have to go to Knowepark Caravans in Livingstone near Edinburgh. I have no quarrel with their service but every year when I book the van in for a damp test I have to argue the case that I do not want, nor do I need, a habitation service. They give in in the end and just do the damp test but insist that their information, their paperwork from Hymer (so they say) insist that a full habitation service is required. Trust me, it is not.
So, maybe Frankia operate on same principle as Hymer and the dealer, innocently or otherwise, has got it wrong. My advice would be to check with Frankia first. A Hymer damp test can cost anywhere between £70 and £130 depending where you get it done. Unfortunately Knowepark Caravans charge £130 but unless I am in Europe or in southern England I don't have a choice.
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