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  1. excellent post. I have bought a 120w panel for roof mounting as soon as i can get it to a dealer. i would like to put an MPPT charger on. i am confused with the market offerings. can someone help recommend what one i need in terms of spec or brand? Would the viltron 75 15 be ok for me? i have a 110ah battery. Thanks
  2. I notice chipping Sodbury are doing their platinum pack on the Pegasus. I say in a Verona on Saturday and for a minute I really liked it but then realised it was because it was all new and shiny. .. once I explored it further, I was dissapointed. Didn't like the seating and I don't like the flooring material either. So to be fair, I looked at other manufacturers and they are either too expensive or lacking in terms of extras. Dealer specials are the way forward I think but for me, i can honestly say, there's nothing out there that floats my boat this year. Phew!
  3. i couldn't agree more. i think they should go back to previous design- there was nothing wrong with it!
  4. Surely Bailey can trace the people responsible for the shoddy work by the vin and its production date. Then they could alert the associated vin number holders whose can was built that day to take their vans for a check at an approved service agent to make sure they aren't affected? This can't be that difficult surely? The workmanship on your van milkymarsh is simply not acceptable and in my opinion disgusting. Someone needs to be reprimanded for that as you've shelled out on a van over £20,000. It's just not acceptable for a premium product offering from Bailey. It's not acceptable in any of the range but on a unicorn, people spend big money! I'm glad I never changed my Olympus. Then again I also took mine for some accessories to be fitted and asked the service agent to give it a checking over to make sure all was ok when new, just for piece of mind. Shouldn't have to do this but it seems to have worked for me.
  5. I got a banner energy bull from alpha batteries for a tad over £100 (115ah) and it's NCC approved too.
  6. Bailey are indeed growing fast. Their Australian model of business is growing quickly. Their motorhome business has been a great success. I've said it before but sometimes manufacturers(not just Bailey) need to take a year away from innovation and make sure quality is king. That opportunity presents itself now in only subtle changes for the coming years line up of product offering. I'm not sure why they decided to bring in the curved back end to all models. Personally I don't like it- it may be a bit more aerodynamic but you lose space internally. If they got shot of that curve, they could revert to the original setup which didn't have the strip over the roof. It's such a large piece of grp that I wonder if it moves with stresses of the camber of the road and is causing the joint issue. The previous type van saw the sheet go to the rear of the van and that's where the alutec bolt system took over to secure it. I'm not convinced sealant is working. Just as an sside, if you've not seen the Australian vans- take a look. .... They have built in washing machines!!
  7. I've seen the new models and most certainly won't be upgrading. Not because of leaks (although publicised frightfully often to dismiss as the odd van). I'm not upgrading because my olympus has equipment which outweighs the pursuit but gives the Pegasus a run for its money. The cost to change is a complete waste of money in my opinion and while I like the unicorn, there simply isn't the value of equipment in it which warrants the price difference between the range. While I like some of the design of the newer ranges, a big fridge and a sky window isn't worth thousands of pounds to me. I'm not saying they've got their ranges wrong but for me I don't feel changing would get me much more comparatively to the huge outlay. Mine doesn't leak but my previous one suffered with damp.
  8. mee too. i was going to buy but wasn't sure!
  9. I'd like to say mine died of natural causes but it was because the service guy left the fridge switched to gas and the spark was sparking away until the battery eventually died then I couldn't get it back to life so it went to the battery cemetery. If you want a recomendation for a good replacement, energy bull. The reviews are excellent. I don't leave it at the van right now though but I will do when I get the solar panel eventually installed next year. I may even venture off droid for a couple of nights just to test it! Oh, mine was at year 5 too.
  10. I did think that but once every few years can't do much damage I'm sure. It probably gets more damage from UV which is why I needed to change the colour back. I did look at just changing them but the new ones would only go that colour. I guess I could have a set painted but then it all gets rather expensive. I'm just as glad by the colour change as I am by the fact that it's removed loads of little black spots which I just couldn't shift with anything. Now they've gone too. I made sure I rinsed them thoroughly and aboutDes anything touching the tyres and today it's like a monsoon in my area so it's getting extra rinsing. Brilliant, thank you!
  11. I finally managed to get down to storage and give the van a wash yesterday. I decided to take a small pot of neat bleach and a paint brush. As the bleach was think, I was able to paint it onto the cream parts and I left it for about 10-15 minutes. When I revie instead it I couldn't see a difference. ...until I washed if off and saw a bit I hadn't painted. Wow! So much better after bleaching. It got rid of all the small black spots I couldn't get rid off . Even on the whale water flap which was looking a bit sorry for itself. Looks like new again now. Thanks for all the advice everyone.
  12. i swear by cover4, they give good service at a competitive price. new for old cover too.
  13. Debenhams I went with. I went for the no frills bronze cover. :-) c they have agreed to cover me agin this year but it's a tad more than the £27 I paid for this whole year. .. Understandable! It's gone up to £150 for the year which compared to some of the other quotes I was getting (£600), seems reasonable.
  14. Always go insured. I was involved in a search and rescue this year when I had a ski accident. My travel insurance paid for helicopter, road ambulance and private jet ambulance home. The charter airlines didn't want to take me on board as I was at a high risk of developing complications and so needed to be accompanied by a medical team. Travel insurance also paid for a private road ambulance to the airport and to collect me at the destination airport to take me to hospital. My E111 covered me for 10,000 medical bill but it won't cover you for the costs of being an impatient. They charged that seperately (like a hotel cost). My travel insurance picked that up too. Also travel insurance paid me a set amount each day I was admitted which would help with buying smaller items although I never did as I couldn't get as far as the end of the hospital bed. Definitely have an E111 with you as they were quick to ask for it but don't rely on it for all the extra costs. In those situations, you're not concerned about stuff like clothing cover, gadget cover. ... You're usually to ill to be bothered. you want assurance that someone will be able to get you home, that's the assurance travel insurance gives you. It was so nice for them to put my mind at ease regarding surgery. I had no idea what was going on at the time of my accident and when I was woken up, found I'd had major surgery. .. Worried me sick thinking if my insurance covered everything but they said not to worry if I have e111 and medical insurance. It's a massive weight off your mind in such situations. I wouldn't travel without insurance. My claim was in excess of 15000
  15. chase it up. it could be something to do with the time of yea. don't bailey have a shutdown around now? in any case, it won't harm to lodge a polite reminder.
  16. Sarn was closed last week, it's only open to petrol station and hotel clients. The services are being rebuilt.
  17. It's excellent news that you haven't found any faults but in a way it just goes to show how scetchy the quality control is. My van didn't have any issues when I bought it- I never needed to point anything out either which was really pleasing. Then 3 years on, the same pair of eyes looks at the new range and sees a complete different story. Of course, nothing of which I saw was a show stopper but you wouldn't expect car manufacturers not to screw their light clusters in properly. You couldn't expect to see a badge stuck onto a car wonky. By no means am I bashing the brand- I'm a big fan. The company executives have a winning formula for sure. It was just a real shame that they aren't putting the care into their finishing touches. What it causes then is a bad relationship between the customer and the retailer who sells the van. All the while, the source of the problem isn't being fixed. Maybe Bailey just don't know there's an issue in consistency. I only looked at 6 vans but if that sample across the ranges, consistency certainly wasn't present in terms of finish.
  18. I'm doing ok! Thanks for asking. It's been far from plain sailing. I've had my fair share of surgery this year. Been on a ventilator way too often for my liking, had way too many rods, screws and bolts put in and taken out and also visited intensive care for a while in July. .. First op failed, second op failed so had it all done again last month. Even then surgeons fractured my leg again. On a recovery spell now hopefully until around early 2017 where if healing doesn't go to plan, they want to break my other leg to fix a leg length discrepancy! Couldn't make it up but I'm remaining upbeat and positive. Thanks again for asking, really appreciated. :-)
  19. I couldn't agree more. for an industry who is one of the few left in the uk which can proclaim its product as 'hand built', they really are missing out on a marketing opportunity IMO which can't be had by so many manufacturers these days. My van is 3 years old now and i feel exactly the same regarding changing (then again i couldn't in any case as I'm saving for a house!). It makes you wonder what is it thats gone wrong with manufacturer quality control over the past few years which has got it to this point. I wonder if they are churning them out way too quickly. A few manufacturers are now exporting also so the market just gets bigger and bigger with the risk of taking their eye off the ball in terms of the quality of the final fittings. I agree, its not a bailey bashing post - i hope i didn't come across like that. Bailey really are the only brand i have been interested in and they are all i can comment on as i don't look at other brands. People are spending hard earned money in this industry, they deserve to get a quality product for it - its not a lot to ask for.
  20. Agree with Gordon. My iPad is little use to me abroad as I don't tend to look for wifi. My three contract on my iPhone saved me big time this year after a ski accident. Used it for FaceTime the family when in hospital, to speak with the insurance company, sort out the holiday cancellation (insurers don't bother sorting any of the small details). If I hadn't have had my phone, my family or friends would have had no idea that I was in an accident, no idea how serious it was and no idea where I was, or when I was expected back at the airport for collection. Of course, if an insurer is involved, you can claim lots of the costs back but it's so much more peace of mind to have a phone and know that if you need it, and won't sting you for using it too. I can't Praise three any more than I already have. They have helped me in many a sticky situation abroad, even when my car broke down and it had to be taken to be repaired. I've saved into the thousands using it. I'm on three as I switched from Vodafone. ... They kindly didn't tell me I was incurring data charges abroad and welcomed me home with a £500 bill! Never again! Before I switched contracts, I used lefrenchmobile services, they were great too. Excellent service.
  21. Oh I do love my van but if an untrained eye of mine can spot all of this, bailey appear to be wasting opportunities at the factory to avoid brand image damage. I can't speak for any other brand. It's just such a shame that these 'available now' vans seem to be falling at the last hurdle (finish).
  22. I wish I had taken photos to post here but passing a dealership yesterday, it decided to pop in and have a quick look around at what the current offering is. 1st range I came across- the Pegasus. There were 2 on display. Ther have been a few nice improvements but I was shocked at how the pin stipe graphic along the side wasn't straight, the Bailey badges were wonky too. The bumper rubber gaskets were too long. Mastic smeared on the side of the van and the grab handles look to have been stuck on with mastic, the amount surrounding then was not acceptable in my view. Moved over to the Unicorn. The fridge vents weren't stuck on properly. The bumper rubber gaskets at the front were inconsistent. Left hand side had a thick rubber gasket, right hand side didn't have any gasket! Some of the rear light clusters hadn't been screwed on correctly either. Interestingly, the sealant I found over the Pegasus wasn't on the unicorn. Grab handles were much neater. Then onto the pursuit. Some of you know I'm not really a fan of it as a model offering for the price but by far, the quality stood out as much better than the unicorn or Pegasus. The only think obvious was that the grey doe wasn't the same colour grey as the side of the van. That would annoy me. I wasn't even looking for faults, genuinely I wasn't. I just wanted to see what the current offering is but the quality was poor in my opinion. Had a glance inside some of the vans from the outside and the edging trims left a lot to be desired in some of the vans. I thought that Bailey had a quality control station now? It's dissapointing to see them delivering these vans to dealerships like this, there just seems a lack of consistency in quality control. This makes me think that their staff need greater training as clearly there are some who understand quality control and others who dont! If I were Bailey, 2016/17 should be a year to get some consistency across their range in terms of quality. After all, it'll reduce warranty claims in the long term and create a much better image for the company in the longer term.
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