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  1. Having just returned from a tour of France, I can't begin to describe the feeling of complete and utter fedupness I am experiencing.

    I love the slower way of life and the formality they use in their normal day to day meeting and greeting. The kissing and the time taken to talk is something that just doesn't happen in my part of the UK. Sitting in a restaurant or bar and a new visitor arrives and they are almost bombarded with "good evenings" from those already present. These are total strangers being convivial, it doesn't happen here. It makes a huge difference to show this level of mutual respect and friendliness. Life is so much less stressful when people exchange niceties. I found the food to be just as wonderful as ever although the exchange rate played it's part in making everything a little more than it used to be. Still a big gap between our food and theirs, the quality of just about everything we bought was usually of a much better flavour than we can muster in the UK. The markets in France are as ever, very well attended and you have to be early to pick up the best choices of fare. Restaurants seemed just as good as ever and I must admit to having spent far too much time in them.

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    The seafood was found in La Marie Galante in Audreselles just south of Calais last Friday. It was epic, Lobster and a huge crab, both slit in two, Langoustines, Prawns, shrimp, Clams, Mussels, whelks and a dozen oysters. Stunning.

    I entered myself into a Petanque tournament at one of the sites, losing two games but winning the third. Having never played before, I found it to be good fun and a great way to meet the other people on the site. From that moment on I was surrounded by friends and the bar was always somewhere to have a good broken French/English chat. Such lovely people.

    Mention Brexit and they all seem sad that we don't want to be part of the team. The Dutch are flabbergasted that we're going from my experiences on sites. Let's be honest that Holland is empty in the summer because the Dutch are touring in their caravans! There are so many of them wanting to talk about the loss of their "friends" as they put it.

    When I returned home on Sunday I realised that almost the first thing I did was to jump into my laptop and search where to go in France next Easter.

     

     

    Sounds like you've been bitten and Im with you 100%- i hope you do return and enjoy it- if i have any advice for repeat visits? listen to the french radio when there, see words you don't understand? note them down and find out. you will be amazed how it opens up the country to you. i downloaded an app for my phone and its brilliant for understanding the language but i am also undergoing french tutoring which is very difficult but whoever said that good things were easy to come by! Ive been there this week and my challenge was to read the words on signs and challenge myself to their understanding. small steps. speaking as much as possible in french really does help.

     

    Edit, actually maybe i am with you 99%...... i hate seafood! haha!


  2. i just sold mine privately two weeks ago. I was kind of expecting the worst but i advertised it for free on gumtree and within 6 days, it was being used by someone else and i achieved a really good price. All you need do is spend some time on an honest and comprehensive advert and price it accordingly. I was really pleasantly surprised. the buyer actually paid before collecting it and seeing it!


  3. Managed to move my booking to next year as not to lose my deposit I had paid hoping to travel this year.

     

    Club voyage helps with crossings too. As a member, I am happy to receive a direct message If you would like to use my code. Send me a PM and I will get back to you.

     

    I like the ferry crossings- find them very relaxing!

    Thanks

    Rob

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  4. I put my van on Gumtree last Wednesday. I had a message on the same day which simply gave a figure. ..£x. xx as an offer(I'm not obviously giving the figure!)... so I went back with one word. ... NO. I just thought it was all a bit abrupt. They then came back on the Friday morning say what was my best price. I was half inclined not to bother replying (as I had other people lined up to view the caravan) but I did. They asked for my number so I gave it. .. they rang and said they want it 100% (no viewings made or questions asked). That night the money was in my account and they came to collect it the next morning. They were over the moon with it. .... so was I!

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  5. regarding the fridge- i believe not. From what i remember, it was a rule that the fridge was to be turned off. in fact, i always took the electric hook up off the car just in case it did suckle from the car battery (you will see people suffering with flat batteries at the other side although this is sometimes done to them not turning off their alarms). I would recommend freezing stuff and putting it in there to keep it cold. You could always take a toolbox onto the ship. I did once and plugged it in to keep stuff cool. worked wonders.


  6. i see what you are saying but i have installed these on a slight angle so that there will be run off from them. the reality is that they are only catching drips that are dripping down the van. you're right in that they wouldn't stop a torrent. If i had installed them the other way and the van wasn't completely level, the drip could drip onto the floor, this way around, it diverts away from the door. ...... hopefully!


  7. I thought i would do a small update to this thread. I lifted the black plastic trays following the service and they have been off ever since. the floor in both lockers is now bone dry and thats after the rain between the service and now. this leads me to believe that the water is being driven into the caravan when driving rather than it just seeping in when standing. However, i had a not so nice surprise when i went in the locker under the bed a few weeks back to find a puddle of water in the wet locker tray area.

     

    The doors are such a poor design i decided to take things into my own hands a bit. . . .. so i did what you can see in the attached photos. I hope these strips will help to guide water away from what i think are the very weak areas of the caravan. time will tell but i don't think they look out of place and i think that they can only help rather than hinder.

     

    Apologies about the rotation on the pictures- i can't seem to change them! Any help in that department would be appreciated .


    I should add. ... i am still waiting for the green light to do the repair from Bailey. How it takes this long i do not know!

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  8. down at the storage site i keep my van at there is my van which has no cover and a valencia next door which is often covered. The valencia windows are a mess from where the cover has been rubbing against them and also the grab handles are dulled for the same reason. The bumpers are also suffering with wear marks. Its a younger van than mine however. ..... you wouldn't know that by looking at it. I wouldn't cover my van but then again, it currently needs a lot of damp work done on it. I wonder if it were covered then it wouldn't need this work but there isn't an easy way to test that.


  9. funnily i have worked tis out this morning. Insurance, servicing, storage cost me £1000 a year. Storage is via CASSoA Gold. Van is under warranty though so i don't put any extra aside for repairs right now but that will need to be factored in as it gets older.


  10. Ive never minded friends on here using my code- one day i would like use it myself though. .... this will be 2 years with no trip! Next year will be different though. Its great that BF have allowed me to defer my crossing- they were very accommodating and i cant thank them enough. They certainly are looking after me as a club voyage member and i am grateful for that.

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  11. Its important they find out where the water is coming from. They feel its down to the bumper fixings into the front of the body or the seal has broken where the front of the van is fastened to the floor. There is no evidence of it coming through the grab handles. I am inclined for them not to put the plastic trays back into the van after this repair so that i can keep an eye on it myself over the year. My only concern is that replacing part of the floor with new wood. ......will that affect the strength of the floor?

     

    I will take out the extra warranty after the next service for peace of mind. Its a shame as it flew through its service other than this but i would have rather the fridge needing replaced or a windows blind needing replaced. ... thats easier to sort! An extended warranty will see me through to 2022- thats good enough for me.

     

    I cant understand why it will take Bailey up to 6 weeks to approve the work though- this type of repair approval should be quick as its brand damaging to have these type of repairs waiting. ....

     

    Must stay positive- the Tiguan developed a fault- one of my rear suspension springs snapped as i was back at the storage site. ... going through a bit of bad luck but I'm sure it'll all be good in the end. What i have decided though is that this will be my last caravan. This is two new vans i have had and both have developed damp. These aren't cheap purchases and from what i see, this industry has a lot to do in order to persuade me to change my mind.


    Having just bought a second hand Olympus (picking it up on Saturday), I'd be interested in specific areas to look (don't mind crawling round underneath with a torch).

    Also any tips on DIY preventative measures (for when it is out of dealer's warranty.

     

    Every corner of the van (although you can only do three because you have a shower in one of the areas. Definitely under the plastic trays in the front of caravan lockers too.


     

    I had a real seal on four occasions before it stabilised the damp and even then the damp levels fluctuated between 15% and 25% around the rear toilet corner area, I also neatly sealed the body mouldings to divert rain water from the floor joints to help. The wheel arch floor areas also draw in water from the floor corners, not just split liners.

     

    Just a question, would an insurance backed warranty pay out on a future leak if the van was known to have previous ingress history ?. Would be also interesting to know if anyone has had any ongoing ingress repairs on Baileys original 10 year warranty, which was a bought extended warranty by Bailey.

     

    Best of luck and at least its was found now and hopefully repaired for the oncoming season.

    how is it all now after your repairs? has it remained stable?


    Sorry to hear of the news rob. At least it's been caught before things got too bad. As with others, I'd pay the money. It's £70 a year for the next 4yrs peace of mind. Or, as the dealer would prefer, a lot more over the 4yrs for new van depreciation et

    less than £10 a month is peace of mind in my eyes although my 2010 which was riddled with damp would still be covered under the 10 year warranty! grrrr


    Hi Rob JS. I know how you feel! The same thing happened to my 4 yr old Olympus. The locker doors seem to be the problem. 2 front ones replaced along with the toilet door and reseal the N/s wheel arch etc. (See my sorry tale under Bailey) I have the 10 yr warranty-well worth it as repairs are very costly. By the way my Tiguan is a great tow car and we do not want to change our van either.

    Cheers!David.

    spooky! same issues, same tow car. Have the repair to your van worked? The tiguan is very good, although mine has decided to cause me a headache - a rear suspension spring decided to snap so i will have to sort that this week. a known fault- had one replaced last year on the other side of the car. I had my tiguan remapped too- much better power delivery. i would recommend that.


  12. I got away with it until now but my van was diagnosed with damp on its service this week. 74% in one locker and 45% in the other. It will go back to have the floor replaced in both lockers and the gas locker. the wheel arch area showed a high reading too but there was no sign of split liner. They will investigate further when it goes back in. I am disappointed but hope they do sort it out.

     

    Visited my dealer this afternoon as my van is only covered by the 6 year damp warranty. i can upgrade to 10 years for £285 so will need to make a call on whether to do so for peace of mind. They tried hard to sell me a pursuit but i much prefer my van and although its got this problem (which i hope is going to get resolved), i don't want to change.

     

    its baffling how its got to 4 years old unscathed by this issue and then it hits with avengance!

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  13. I was always put off by the delivery prices but alas, it seems that Bailey have seen the light and offer different delivery prices. i just paid 77p delivery for a few bits i needed (for which i couldn't justify the previously high postage costs).

     

    Not sure if this is more widely known as there are bound to be people out there like me who were put off from ordering because of the costs of P&P.

     

     


  14. Had dsg in my previous tow car and it was fine. I changed to a manual 2. 0 Tiguan though because the car itself wasn't up to the job stability wise. I get the Tig serviced at a specialist. He said to me tha DSG gearboxes are a dream when they go right but a nightmare when something goes wrong. He tows a boat and said he would never tow with a DSG for fear of the repair bill should something go wrong.

    Not sure if that helps at all.

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  15. Bailey have announced an average 3. 8% increase across the pegasus and unicorn ranges effective from the 12th December.

     

     

    Their press release:

    "Following the post-Brexit economic uncertainty and associated turbulence in the foreign currency markets we have come under increasing price pressure from our European supplier partners and have therefore been forced to undertake a review of our current product pricing structure.

     

    "Consequently, I am writing to confirm that from Monday 12th December 2016 all models from our current Pegasus and Unicorn touring caravan ranges will be subject to an average 3. 8% price increase."

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