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Alan Stanley

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  1. Be interested in how they perform. I’ve toyed with the idea of adding a 100 w to the existing 100 w on our unicorn. Going the flexible route will save a lot of weight.
  2. No charge for pedestrians. As for thefts. Yes it has been a problem from day one. There are paths into the park from Worksop that the thieves know very well.
  3. There is a thread running on Swift Talk about a recall for just this fault.
  4. Yes. You can use ply i used off cuts of polycarbonate sheeting from local glaziers. The stuff they use or vandal proof windows etc. Cuts like wood and you can sand the edges smooth. Just about indestructible. Gave it me for free from their gash bin of off cuts
  5. Exactly. As a contrast. We have a manual panel just as you go through the door. 1. Master switch that switches everything off. 2. A pump switch. 3. A lights Switch. 4. An awning light switch. 5. Battery test button that gives you volts not useless coloured lights etc. All are simple rocker switches. Safe, reliable and easy to replace. At a Glance you can see what is on or off. In addition the van has battery back up to the Alde heating panel and a Load limiter fitted. We pull on site and hit one master switch and the Alde on switch (heating and water settings are all preset on the alde system). All is up and running. Tech should be simple to work and reliable without conflict of control. The command system is none of these.
  6. Other than size difference there is absolutely no difference in the construction of Pegasus v Unicorn bodies. They are built by the same people on the same construction lines. You will find the extras like soft close hinges and drawers very nice and the Alde heating is just superb. Many in the owners club think the mk3 unicorn is a future classic. Could we afford a mk 4 yes. Are we having one ? No I can see our mark 3. Hanging about for as long as I last.
  7. Took ours out and replaced it with a matching door. Far more useful as a cupboard. Not on EHU very often so it was just a very heavy silver bread bin. 😀😀
  8. Yes. Buy a Honda. It will be so good your grandkids will inherit it. As others have said. Solar is silent and cheaper. We have 160 w available and haven’t needed sparky for a couple of years for vanning. ( it gets used for many other things as well). 20 years old and still purring away.
  9. Indoors always. Just the cleaning, or lack of, will more than make up the time difference. Van is dry and lessstressed by weather. We have a 40w panel on the barn roof it keeps everything charged. We use a £99 cover as well to keep the dust off. Van looks like new at 4 years old.
  10. All manufacturers have problem vans. Some more than others. This breeds a polarised brand love hate thing. One way to establish how confident the manufacturers are is to actually read the full warranty and compare. It can be a real eye opener. Common things like banner 10 year warranty headlines. Then you find any plastic components only covered for 12 months for example. If buying second hand insist on you employing an independent engineer to inspect the van. If the dealer will not allow it. Walk away. Some dealers are good. Some should be serving time. Buy us a layout you love not the decor that hits you. You will love it after tenting. Good luck.
  11. They are a tight fit but just pop in or out as the case maybe. Couple of wires and spade terminals on mine. Spares available on bailey web site. Just search for led downlighter. Wires can be a bit of a fiddle as they can be taped to hold them during assembly. Slowly does it has worked for me.
  12. An example why dealers get a bad name by shooting themselves in the foot. Just had my Unicorn Valencia serviced. 4 years old. No issues so set price service at a not inconsiderable sum of money. Received a call from the dealers to say the friction pads in the Alko hitch needed replacement. No problem with that. I asked for a quote and was told £63 in addition to the service charge. Now discounting the exorbitant cost of the pads themselves (approx £28 inc Vat., which they claim back ) I know that it takes just 5 mins to change them so essentially they wanted about £38 for five minutes labour in addition to the service charges. Needless to say I refused and did them myself in about 5 mins. Over the years we have spent well over £100k with them. What a wonderful way to reward customer loyalty.
  13. Plus one for the TPMS on the van. Similarly on most occasions it was obvious on car or van that the tyre had been running with low pressure and thus overheated when I attended accidents caused by tyre blow out. Those small patches of rubber in contact with the tarmac are the only things between you and death. You can have the finest tow car with the most sophisticated breaking and handling etc but it all depends on those bits of rubber.
  14. When we visited Alde last year for the fluid change we had them add an extra towel rail. the work was exemplary. They also went through their kit with a fine tooth comb. Replacing FOC the flue fan as it was noisier than they thought as acceptable. Running the van up to sauna temperature etc. to test it fully. We have not had to do so much as bleed a radiator since. Good coffee as well.
  15. Take your tape measure to a Bailey Unicorn Valencia series 3 ( possible series 4 is similar.) The Bed is in the brochure as 6ft . 2". But that is just the mattress. There is a fill in at the head end of about 3 inches, and free space at the foot end of about 4 inches. Moral never trust a caravan brochure.
  16. Ring Alde on Monday they are very good and will Talk you through various tests etc
  17. Simplest way is to ask Bailey. What is and is not included varies from maker to maker and model to model. Let us know how you get on with the new van please.
  18. So true. Many if not most people think they are buying from the Manufacturer via their agent, the dealer. Not True - The dealer buys the van from the manufacturer and then sells it to you. If you refuse it then the dealer is stuck with it unless the manufacturer accepts it back.
  19. Yes this is correct you can transfer the remaining Bailey warranty to yourself. Most important is to make sure it is a valid warranty i.e. that all the conditions re servicing etc have been complied with. See this link Page 3/4 https://www.baileyofbristol.co.uk/images/pdfs/1709_Touring Caravan Warranty Document.pdf Sorry that is wrong. Bailey have a 3 year Manufacturers warranty. With the exception of the Micro Wave and Radio everything is covered for 2 years. The third year is still comprehensive but the items are listed in the warranty. This third year is most certainly not down to the dealer. The warranty is of course in addition to your legal rights, which are down to the dealer.
  20. Quite correct well done you. You have no responsibility to accept faulty goods. That includes (a)fitness for all the purposes for which goods of that kind are usually supplied; (b)appearance and finish; (c)freedom from minor defects; (d)safety; (e)durability. Dealer needs to provide a van that fits in with these. Or refund your money.
  21. Been using this product for years. On all three Bailey vans. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/AutoKit-5L-Waterless-Car-Wash-Cleaner-Carnauba-Wax-Body-Polish-Shield-Shine/320922555585?epid=2060338421&hash=item4ab87994c1:g:Fg4AAOSw8gVX5nAo&frcectupt=true Brilliant stuff and yes it contains carnauba wax. Works equally as well on the caravan windows or your car. But do not under any circumstances use it on the car windscreen. Not even a cloth that has been used with the Polish. You will not see where you are going when it rains.
  22. The Safefill is just a gas bottle. No such thing as a ‘Safefill Regulatir’. You just connect it straight to your gas pigtail. (Propane type) exactly like a calor bottle. if you are using an old van with the regulator attached to the gas bottle, again you just attach it (propane type) exactly the same as to a calor gas bottle
  23. In no particular order. Unicorn Valencia series 3. 1. Weight upgrade. 2. Additional solar panel input and upgraded solar controller. 3. Custom made plastic mug holders and cutlery tray. 4. Converting bottle cupboard to custom glasses storage. 5. Converted 'shoe cupboard inside the door under bunk to 'Shoe drawer' (looks the same but a pull out drawer now.) 6. Turned Plate rack 90 deg. 7. Custom storage for after market draining board. 8. Additional shelves for some overhead lockers. (I use off cuts of polycarbon sheeting.) 9. Shelf upstands for Bathroom wall storage. 10. Shelf for Ice Box to allow ice cube tray to fit under and frozen food above it. (Still got three for sale.) 11. Custom travelling bottle storage. (Use bailey cup wire cup holders screwed into odd corners) 12. Microwave removed and matching door fitted to make another locker in kitchen. 13. Ikea drawer trays fitted to front drawer ( cost pennies and fit a treat.) 14. Auto change over valve for gas. 15 Mods to gas storage to fit 'Safefill' 16. Fire extinguisher and blanket. 17. Motor mover. 18. Upgraded status aerial control box. 19. Moved bowl holder. 20. 'Push to work' magnetic catches to some cupboards/lockers. (they make for secure travel but are not in use on site) None of which are designed to add any bling. They all make use or packing for travel easier.
  24. These are the fittings I referred to. https://www.penrosetouring.co.uk/isabella-isalink-storm-guys.html Available from many outlets. Last year we were with friends on the top of Plymouth Sound when a westerly gale was forecast, and arrived. Both with Magnum awnings. The difference they made was so marked that suffice to say both awnings finished up fitted. Instead of normal guy ropes I used some 'shock cord' available from a local boat chandler. Plenty of give and takes up no space at all. Cost of just a couple of £ from their 'gash bin'. We just thread a length through them and 'zig zag' it down to a few pegs, when we think strong winds are in the offing.
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