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Old 02-11-11, 23:00
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defo sounds like a good model to follow, if the service on offer doesnt come close to that then yoyu got to ask if its worth it

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I agree with ed on most things.

Looking at past conversions is a must.

I had a customer who had bought a fully converted van, which had a 3/4 bed with seat belts fitted with wood screws, The fridge just had a long lead to plug it in, no gas connected, no drop out vent surpose they didnt need a drop out vent due to no gas, But he did fit a gas hob), the list was endless.

I would get peeps not to just look at the units/conversion and say, yes it looks nice.

Put your head in the units and spin them round (your head), How is the gas pipe run, Is it clipped down, Are there rough edges on the wood work, Any poor cable work, carpet work??

How are the windows finshed, Rough edges? Do the units fit flush with the sides of the van? Can all doors be opened on the units without hitting something ? When you pull the bed own to bed mode, Does it snag on anything? Can you still then open the fridge/door.

I dont card payments, Due to the cost of the hire of the machine, But does that make me a bad person to deal with? But i understand where your coming from. But at the end of the day, that cost would have to be passed on.

I dont have a fancy unit, website or offer any frills, But word of mouth seems to be the best form of advertsing you can get.

I only take payment on completion. When the van has been fully inspected.



Hope all that helps and makes sense, Cheers Andy
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Old 02-11-11, 23:23
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Thanks Andy, it's great to be getting advice from the respected converters

It wasn't a dig about the Credit card btw, just one of the ways for a customer to protect themselves is all (It's why i put "where possible" )


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Old 02-11-11, 23:33
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It wasn't a dig about the Credit card btw, just one of the ways for a customer to protect themselves is all (It's why i put "where possible" )
Didnt take it as a dig mate, Sorry if it came across that way

For bigger companys then the cost of hire maybe/is possable, but i try and keep costs down to a min. Shame they charge so much

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Old 02-11-11, 23:50
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Good thread idea
If it makes people think and maybe stops the worst happening then i don't mind putting the time in

Also makes the good guys like you Shine brighter than the rest


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Old 03-11-11, 08:34
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For bigger companys then the cost of hire maybe/is possable, but i try and keep costs down to a min. Shame they charge so much
The garage I use for all my mechanical stuff (bikes, car and Velle) accept credit card with the terms being the customer has to pay the extra %. They have a machine for the debit card payments and now no longer take cheques. They have 'lost' a lot of money this year (not happened before) with cheques not being honoured once the vehicles have been collected.

For a small business a couple of bad payers can cause a real problem and worse case even see them fold. There are bad customers too and a business needs to protect itself from them using whatever payment method fits best. The balance can be very tough, especially in the current climate.
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Old 03-11-11, 18:38
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Andy do you know your link to your web site doesn't work
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Only ever use a convertor that someone can recommend and have a look at their past work.
Spec exactly what you want and get the price agreed BEFORE any work starts.
The moment you start changing your mind with "could you just add / change, etc, etc" you open yourself up to a big bill, or on a more human level screwing with the converters timetable making your van a rush job to finish...

Really consider DIY, youll be amazed how much simple stuff you could do yourself, line, insulate, carpet are all DIY'able and will keep your bill down.

If your looking at a conversion on a T5 consider buying one already done (thats been used, not a tarted up builders van only built to make cash from by a DIY convertor / garage filling in quiet time), youll probably save yourself a fortune and someone else has had the pain of fixing teething troubles.

Maybe spread the work about a bit, plenty of reputable specialists on here that may provide a better focused job in a specific area, eg a top sparky would no doubt do a better job of your electrics than say someone who's good with a router.

All too easy to fit shody windows and dodgy electrics and hide behind carpet and cupboards..
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Only ever use a convertor that someone can recommend and have a look at their past work.
Spec exactly what you want and get the price agreed BEFORE any work starts.
The moment you start changing your mind with "could you just add / change, etc, etc" you open yourself up to a big bill, or on a more human level screwing with the converters timetable making your van a rush job to finish...

Really consider DIY, youll be amazed how much simple stuff you could do yourself, line, insulate, carpet are all DIY'able and will keep your bill down.

If your looking at a conversion on a T5 consider buying one already done (thats been used, not a tarted up builders van only built to make cash from by a DIY convertor / garage filling in quiet time), youll probably save yourself a fortune and someone else has had the pain of fixing teething troubles.

Maybe spread the work about a bit, plenty of reputable specialists on here that may provide a better focused job in a specific area, eg a top sparky would no doubt do a better job of your electrics than say someone who's good with a router.

All too easy to fit shody windows and dodgy electrics and hide behind carpet and cupboards..

Where I'd partially agree with your post, a lot of the conversion process is behind the foundation of the Plyline and carpet. I for one would not want to take on a job that someone else had started..


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Thanks for all the input so far peeps


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