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Electric Windows on Clubman

Post by daisy mae on Tue Oct 11, 2016 9:07 pm

I had my manual windows changed to electric today, and what a difference, sheer luxury, especially as a solo driver. I couldn`t fit them so had a really good VW Camper firm do them , they  specialise in everything VW  Transporters, especially VW T2`s  lovely to see all the different variations on the inside layouts. Anything mechanical, electrical, fitting campers out, body work, etc. if you are in the market for these vehicles. anything and any model VW`s they also do graphics on Auto-sleepers.

If it is alright to name them, www.johnsonautoworks.com   if not please remove.

Just a really satisfied customer.
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Re: Electric Windows on Clubman

Post by AndyPK on Wed Oct 12, 2016 10:23 am

Great idea to have them fitted, Margaret! It's something we were going to have done on ours, but never got around to it....

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Re: Electric Windows on Clubman

Post by daisy mae on Wed Oct 12, 2016 3:12 pm

Trouble is Andy it is really hard to find the kits, I paid for a set in August, never did get them as the seller sold out, bit annoyed that he had my money for a few weeks, did get a refund,  so I bought from VEEDUBB, they are the ones from Italy that VW fit., only place I could get a kit, plenty around for the T5`s though. beware of those from China if there are any about which I doubt, I have been trying to buy since June.
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Re: Electric Windows on Clubman

Post by boxerman on Wed Oct 12, 2016 4:07 pm

daisy mae wrote: beware of those from China if there are any about which I doubt, I have been trying to buy since June.

I think mine were made in China, they were fitted in August 2012 and still going strong.

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Re: Electric Windows on Clubman

Post by andygump on Wed Oct 12, 2016 4:17 pm

Hi

I fitted mine about 3/4 years ago and they have been great.


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Re: Electric Windows on Clubman

Post by daisy mae on Wed Oct 12, 2016 4:35 pm

That`s great,

 I know only that I was told to avoid those,  from a man that knows,

and the fitter said it was a good kit, so heh! what do I know.  smile!
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Re: electric windows on clubman

Post by sapper997 on Sun Oct 16, 2016 11:49 am

boxerman wrote:
daisy mae wrote: beware of those from China if there are any about which I doubt, I have been trying to buy since June.

I think mine were made in China, they were fitted in August 2012 and still going strong.

Frank
 Hi Frank,
 I have a 1997 boxer which I presume is the same model as yours and was toying with the idea of having electric cab
 windows as an after fit, where did you buy your kit, how expensive was it, and how difficult/easy was it to fit ?.

 Ray.
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Re: Electric Windows on Clubman

Post by boxerman on Sun Oct 16, 2016 12:49 pm

Hi Ray,
I bought my kit from ebay, similar to this one
http://tiny.cc/ayk0fy
I think I paid about £35 - £40 at the time.

For fitting, I took a lead from the way that Modelman did his in this thread:
http://www.autosleeper-ownersforum.com/t3475-electric-windows?highlight=electric+windows

Read all the thread.

I fitted the switches directly into the armrests rather than on a mounting plate as Lawrie did but I had to cut away some plastic on the inside of the armrest to clear the bottoms of the switches. I also had to leave off the connector blocks and connect the spade terminals to the switches individually as there wasn't room for the connector blocks.
Some of the wiring harness needed to be extended to reach the fusebox, which as you know is in the glovebox. Threading the wiring loom through to the doors was probably the most difficult bit. Don't fit the terminal blocks to the harness until you have it in situ.
I originally wired them so that they only worked with the ign on, and while this might be fine in a car, it was inconvenient at times in a camper, so I changed that so that they are live all the time.

HTH
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Re: Electric Windows on Clubman

Post by daisy mae on Sun Oct 16, 2016 1:43 pm

That`s a difference in price,  I paid £179 , but I am happy with it .

Looking at the kit on eBay the above link, that is nothing like the one I have.
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Re : Electric windows on Clubman.

Post by sapper997 on Sun Oct 16, 2016 2:19 pm

Thanks for the reply Frank. I read through the previous threads and have come to the conclusion that I will probably carry
 on winding, I was baffled just reading, let alone trying to tackle the job  shrugg .
 The price is shown as £54.99 for the new universal version with Japanese technology, but more to the point, advises fitting
 to be carried out by experienced staff or a professional installer...of which I am neither... scratch head .
 I guess the cost of an electrician doing the job would far outweigh the advantages, so the wife will have to carry on winding
 at the toll booths hugegrins hugegrins

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Re: Electric Windows on Clubman

Post by boxerman on Sun Oct 16, 2016 3:06 pm

sapper997 wrote:, but more to the point, advises fitting
 to be carried out by experienced staff or a professional installer...

They all say that Sir smile!

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Re: Electric Windows on Clubman

Post by daisy mae on Sun Oct 16, 2016 5:52 pm

I was charged £240 for the fitting , he has done a good job, probably as well at that price, with the kit it was £419 worth it to me as a solo driver.

4 hours labour @£50 plus vat. come to think of it d......expensive, as I cannot do electrical  jobs on my van I have to pay, mores the pity.


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Post by sapper997 on Mon Oct 17, 2016 3:07 pm

daisy mae wrote:I was charged £240 for the fitting , he has done a good job, probably as well at that price, with the kit it was £419 worth it to me as a solo driver.

4 hours labour @£50 plus vat. come to think of it d......expensive, as I cannot do electrical  jobs on my van I have to pay, mores the pity.

 Phew !!!!...... I rest my case, guess I'll just keep winding, I need the exercise  snigger snigger

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Re: Electric Windows on Clubman

Post by daisy mae on Mon Oct 17, 2016 3:28 pm

If you can fit it you will be quid's in.
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Re: Electric Windows on Clubman

Post by wakaday on Fri Mar 03, 2017 1:24 pm

I fitted a set as well. I managed to get hold of a complete set up from a late Van that has the Electric Mirror switch incorporated into drivers side switch. Couldnt stand having keep fit windows.
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Re: Electric Windows on Clubman

Post by logburner on Fri Mar 03, 2017 9:11 pm

Why would you want it...lazy b'ss.      
My car ones don't work, if ignition is off !!  
More stuff to go wrong....hugegrins hugegrins 
Got enough stuff going wrong, without adding more liabilities...scratch headshrugg 
Yipee ! !   
Mind you......lots more to play with, and rectify...allthumbz
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Re: Electric Windows on Clubman

Post by daisy mae on Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:52 pm

logburner wrote:Why would you want it...lazy b'ss.      
My car ones don't work, if ignition is off !!  
More stuff to go wrong....hugegrins hugegrins 
Got enough stuff going wrong, without adding more liabilities...scratch headshrugg 
Yipee ! !   
Mind you......lots more to play with, and rectify...allthumbz
As I am a solo driver, my arms are not long enough to reach the passenger door to wind the windows up or down, hugegrins and as I have a dog in the back , sometimes it is beneficial, also when I have asked directions from a pedestrian I couldn`t wind the passenger window down, so pedestrian went in the road to talk to me, not ideal by any means, hence I had the electric windows fitted, also when wet can let window down and then back up to clear if driving,

So not lazy, I consider essential when a solo driver, lots of motor homers have gadgets that I think are  ridiculous and unnecessary, but each to their own and we all spend money on our vans that we want and I would never dream of criticising others.

I haven`t been on forum, for approx. 3 months, for reasons I will not go into on here.

Wishing everyone a great year  and here`s hoping for good weather. up!

Marg.


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Re: Electric Windows on Clubman

Post by mattpc on Mon Mar 06, 2017 11:44 am

I do think it would be useful for winding down the passenger side on solo missions. What I'd really like though is electric mirrors. It's a total pain adjusting the passenger side one when it gets knocked. The easy way to fit electric windows on a car/van usually is just buy a complete door with electric windows and fit that in place of the original. Trouble is on a motorhome you then lose the stripes, because it's a van it's also probably quite hard to find a nice condition door etc etc.. However, I did it on my MX5 no problem. Two complete doors in the right colour, decent condition £40. Swapped them over myself and bought an electric window switch for the car. All the wiring was already in place so it was just a case of plugging the doors and switch in to the car.
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Re: Electric Windows on Clubman

Post by -mojo- on Mon Mar 06, 2017 12:36 pm

mattpc wrote:All the wiring was already in place so it was just a case of plugging the doors and switch in to the car.

Unfortunately this is no longer true with many manufacturers. VW, for example, have multiple variants of the wiring looms on their vehicles, and these days, if you don't pay for the factory option then you don't get the wires either!

A great example is the tyre pressure monitoring system on a VW T5. It only requires one wire of any length (from the ABS controller through to a switch on the dash). If you don't pay for TPMS as a factory option then that wire simply does not exist in the wiring loom. Another (perhaps extreme) example is towbar wiring. On a T5, you have to pay an extra £200, just to get the wires in the loom that runs from the front to the back of the van!
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