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About alecsmart

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  • Birthday 16/05/1963

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    Chingford - NE London
  • Towcar
    Hyundai Santa Fe 7 seat premium auto
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    Bailey Unicorn Madrid S3

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  1. Sorry to hear you are having axle problems. We had the same on our Madrid S3. Alko came to the dealers and reported back the usual story that it had been overloaded at some point and even claimed it was marginally overloaded as presented. I didn't make too much of a fuss as Bailey agreed to replace the axle as a goodwill gesture. However I am certain that it is not overloaded an has not been as I keep a spreadsheet of everything in it including the mover and battery. We carry most of our gear in the car and as there is only two of us this isn't a problem. When we had our Pageant Provence S7 we did not have this problem and am sure we carried more at the time as our son's were with us as well. What I don't understand is that the exact same axle must be used on all sorts of manufacturers models so why are Bailey having so many reported problems when other makes don't seem to? Is it the flat topped wheel arch that makes it show up? Although I don't have the upgrade weight the axle is rated for 1550kg so my weight calculation becomes even more conservative. Good luck Mark and let us know how you get on. Martin
  2. We like doing this as well. Just had a few days near Market Harborough. The Brampton Valley way is an old railway running between Market Harborough and Northampton with two unlit tunnels! We stayed at Waterloo Farm which is a site right on the trail. Another favorite is the Mawddach Estuary running from Barmouth to Dolgellau. Another old railway trail that runs over the estuary with some spectacular scenary, There is a lovely CL just outside Barmouth called the Orchards which actualy has two sites one for CMC members and one for CCC members. Lets hope others join in with more suggestions. Martin
  3. Just filled up for the third time and pleased to report that for just under £10 I filled my 10kg safefill from pretty much empty. Pump stopped automatically and all was well. I reckon it's nearly a third of the price of calor.
  4. Washing up liquid has salt in it which i would imagine would degrade the seals. Some people use bio washing tabs instead of 'blue'.
  5. Lights and pump work from 12v supply only. They don't rely on a mains hook up. As others have said check the battery voltage with a meter. If this is ok then fuses or a loose cable perhaps. Always worth checking that battery connections are tight as well. Good luck.
  6. No problem at Morrisons. The advice is to show them the cylinder before you fill. However I didn't realise this at the time and the pump is out of line of sight of the staff anyway. When I asked previously a few weeks ago and explained Safefill the manager said he didn't have a problem. Since Morrisons have become more official in their stance I decided it was the right time to take advantage. Thanks for this. Does the pump cut out before the gas level gets above the recommended level or do you just keep going?
  7. So I have taken the plunge and bought a 10KG Safefill. I went to our local Morrisons and put 15 litres for the first fill as per the instructions. Just over £8 for about 7kg of gas- great! The question I have is when I go to refill it, say when its gets to a quarter full do I connect up to the lpg pump and press the button until it stops ie does the opd tell the pump to stop or do I need to keep an eye on the level. The instructions say not to to fill above a the visible part of the translucent bottle. Will the pump stop before then anyway? Thanks
  8. Some interesting points raised, many thanks. I thought it might be quite interesting to discuss. It's a lithium ion battery 500wh and takes a few hours to charge. The little and often approach seems sensible as does seeking out kindly site owners and cafes. I have a 150 watt inverter but may try a 300 watt one with proper sine wave output as some chargers can be a bit fussy. Any more ideas and theories gratefully received. Unfortunately the battery is one if the bits that make ebikes expensive. A second battery would run into £100's of pounds. The batteries are lithium ion and are totally deep cycle. Thanks for the idea though.
  9. Hi We would like to do more off grid caravanning. We have a Unicorn S3 with a 100 watt solar panel and a decent battery and have just got a Safefill gas cylinder. All good so far and this would be great in most circumstances. However we like to take our bikes and Mrs Alesmart has an ebike which takes a fair bit of charging - beyond what could be done via an inverter and one 12v battery I would think. Some CL/CS sites have battery charging facilities but THS and many small sites don't have this facility. Do I need to go down the generator route? I would be concerned about the noise pollution and don't really want the expense of the well respected Honda which is quiet. I have looked at a small model that Screwfix sell, its 700watts and under £200 so seems decent value and has some good reviews but is it quiet enough to be used without causing annoyance to others? I really wondered if anyone else is in a similar position and what they have done. Thanks.
  10. I had a cord break near to the end where it terminates with a small tensioning spring. I bought some cord and have had a go at splicing the new cord by using thread to 'sew' it together. I tried hard to avoid a bulge so didn't knot it together, So far it seems to have worked. Didn't fancy trying to replace the whole length of cord as it appears to take a mysterious route! I did think about splicing the cord and then pulling it back through.
  11. Worth checking that there is a dedicated earth return for pin 9.
  12. You could remove the fuse for the solar charger to battery to isolate. (If you know where it is!) edit Sorry, just saw the above post about removing the fuse!
  13. I'm surprised that you found a problem put down to atc 'fighting' the self levelling suspension. Even more surprised this is well documented. I can't see how this could possibly happen. I certainly have never experienced this. The 7 seat Santa Fe is a great tow car.
  14. Just collected our Madrid from service. The fridge door was replaced and is so much better. However the first replacement door sent out by Dometic didn't fit properly! No damp thankfully. The roof strip was replaced last year! Alde fluid changed to 5 yr. Looking forward to going away after Christmas now. Great service from GT Caravans.
  15. Thanks for the replies. I think I know where I stand!
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