A few weeks back (and before I got the cheapest and most effective reversing aid ever – take a look at this blog post for details) I was seriously considering getting some reversing sensors fitted to the Accordo 120. I have had reversing sensors on the cars I have owned for a few years now, and I have become pretty reliant on them to stop me backing in to something and doing some damage. A new bumper (and that’s providing I only hit the bumper of my car, and no other body work or hit another vehicle) is way more expensive than a set of color coded reversing sensors professionally fitted, so it makes financial sense to me to get some.
I don’t know how much a new bumper will cost for the Accordo, however I reckon the bike rack will strike the stationary object first, and probably dent the habitation unit before the bumper even gets close to being damaged, so I am guessing the cost would be eye wateringly high.
I was already to go and book someone to come over and fit some reversing sensors to the Accordo 120 (gotta love those mobile fitters) and then some “sensible” work colleague suggested I should check with Elddis first to see if fitting reversing sensors would affect the warranty. This was a good suggestion, and I am so glad my work colleague mentioned it because I didn’t give it a second thought.
Long story short, I sent Elddis a quick email (I prefer to get things in writing) asking if I got professionally fitted reversing sensors my warranty would be affected. In the email I stressed that I would not be doing the fitting myself, since I don’t have the skills, know how or the tools, not to mention any idea where to start with such a task.
It’s take a few weeks and Elddis have finally responded. I have to say that I am not overly impressed with the speed they got back to me, however the email started with “Firstly, please accept our apologies for the delay in response. Please be advised this is not the service we usually provide” Hmmm…………….. Like I said, I was not impressed but thought it was good for customer relations to apologise without me having to send a chaser email.
It appears that if I get some reversing sensors fitted the modified area (i.e. the bumper) will no longer be covered by the warranty. So, if I develop a leak around the bumper and get water ingress it will not be covered by the warranty. I have read there is a chance that once a habitation suffers water ingress it is likely to spread and affect other parts of the habitation unit. I can guarantee that if I get reversing sensors I will suffer water ingress and the blame will be put on fitting the sensors, and I would have to suffer the total cost of the repair bill. Phew – I am so glad I checked that out. Looks like I am going to have to rely on the current reversing aid and wait until the motor home is out of warranty before even thinking about getting reversing sensors.
The email from Elddis confirmed that any modifications will affect the warranty in the area where the modification is. This means that if I got a refillable gas system installed (something I really want to do in the future) the warranty would also be affected, and I don’t know if I am prepared to take the risk. I know for a fact that the wife won’t want to risk the warranty and will flatly refuse to do any modifications to the Accordo 120 over the next few years, and since the motor home is half hers (she is also the registered owner) I do have to respect her wishes. So, the re-fillable gas system is something else that I am going to have to wait for.
The above was a big blow for me, however it has put to bed any ideas I had about fitting reversing sensors or a re-fillable gas system. Whilst it is disappointing I am glad I double checked because if I had the parking sensors fitted and the re-fillable gas system and something happened in the warranty period I would have been stuffed.
The email from Elddis wasn’t all bad news though as it has been confirmed that we can get the Accordo 120 serviced, repaired, MOT’d and checked at any Elddis dealers or approved service centre without affecting the warranty. Given the fun and games we are experiencing with the motor home, and have been since getting it home, this is excellent news as it gives us scope to strike up a relationship with a local dealer who, I hope, will look after our motor home (and us) for many years to come.
We will soon have a huge decision in what to do and where to go to get the Accordo 120 serviced, repaired, MOT’s, checked over and looked after.