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Post by westjj42 Mon Mar 11, 2024 8:04 am

I’ve just received a quote for one single plug socket and one double plug socket from Autosleeper as I’m upgrading my electrics. Now I appreciate that all companies need to make a profit but this is just pure profiteering!!! censored! censored! censored!

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Single plug socket price £28!
Double plug socket £33

Screw Fix Price total for both £10

And that folks is why car and van insurance is going through the roof!
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Post by Tinwheeler Mon Mar 11, 2024 9:21 am

Are they identical matching items of equal quality?
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Post by Sagabike Mon Mar 11, 2024 9:25 am

Possibly better.........
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Post by westjj42 Mon Mar 11, 2024 9:32 am

Tinwheeler wrote:Are they identical matching items of equal quality?
If you mean are the BSI approved and rated yes. For a few extra pound I could have them chrome fronted as well and far more robust than the tiny flimsy things from AS!!
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Post by Suppersready Mon Mar 11, 2024 9:43 am

westjj42 wrote:
And that folks is why car and van insurance is going through the roof!

And they themselves are just profiteering …

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Post by Monty-Plym Mon Mar 11, 2024 9:43 am

What type of socket are you talking about, 230V AC?  Do they look the same? If you want matching, I think you will have Berker fittings, try these people.  It will cost you £34.40 for all the bits you will need.

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Post by Tinwheeler Mon Mar 11, 2024 9:52 am

westjj42 wrote:
If you mean are the BSI approved and rated yes. For a few extra pound I could have them chrome fronted as well and far more robust than the tiny flimsy things from AS!!
I asked if they are identical matching items, ie are they the same as those already fitted in the van. In my experience, to get matching sockets it’s normally necessary to go to a specialist supplier as per MontyP’s post.
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Post by RML Mon Mar 11, 2024 10:33 am

As an ex sparky I'm not defending blatant profiteering but sometimes these items are more expensive than standard for a reason. Also as it's motorhome related I would like symitry and it would have to be pleasing to the eye for us otherwise I would look at it every time I was in the van.
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Post by Monty-Plym Mon Mar 11, 2024 10:45 am

RML wrote:As an ex sparky I'm not defending blatant profiteering but sometimes these items are more expensive than standard for a reason. Also as it's motorhome related I would like symitry and it would have to be pleasing to the eye for us otherwise I would look at it every time I was in the van.
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Most of the cost is probably due to economy of scale, though there always seems to be an additional price premium for motorhome related products. There can't be many of the motorhome type sockets manufactured compared to the bog standard Chinese Export (CE) white wall socket or even MK sockets. Good job the OP doesn't want to add a matching USB socket, you need a small mortgage.

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Post by Dbvwt Mon Mar 11, 2024 11:10 am

“Good job the OP doesn't want to add a matching USB socket, you need a small mortgage.”

Been there  censored! 
I know there are cheap lookalike sockets on the likes of eBay but I wanted a trusted unit. Shocking price.
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Post by v8oholic Mon Mar 11, 2024 11:14 am

I do want to add 2xUSB-A and 2xUSB-C sockets, but that's a job for next winter. I'd better start saving up!
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Post by westjj42 Mon Mar 11, 2024 11:36 am

Monty-Plym wrote:What type of socket are you talking about, 230V AC?  Do they look the same? If you want matching, I think you will have Berker fittings, try these people.  It will cost you £34.40 for all the bits you will need.

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Cheers Monty - Thats a very useful reply  up!
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Post by Monty-Plym Mon Mar 11, 2024 12:08 pm

I changed by 230VAC connector on my Warwick XL yesterday as the cover had cracked making it nigh on impossible to open, you can not replace the cover as it is a riveted hinge pin and the covers are available separately, it is made in Germany.  Helpfully, it had a part number embossed on the inside of the flap so I did a google search.  I found the exact unit on Amazon UK for £33.08 and also found it on the German Amazon web site for €20.99.  I ordered it on the German Amazon on Wednesday 6th March, it arrived yesterday (Sunday 10th March).  Including delivery charges it cost me a total of £22.28.  Rip off Britain!!!  German Amazon shown in top screen grab, UK below.

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