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    Woking, Surrey
  • Towcar / Toad
    Kia Sorento KX3
  • Caravan / Motorhome / Static (Make and model)
    Bailey Unicorn Barcelona 2011

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  1. Thanks all - I have just ordered some Aqua Sol (thanks Alan) and will see if that can solve the problem before going down the replacement route. I have been trying the Elsan version of this (https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B008ESEI4O/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1) but will see if the Aqua Sol works better. Cheers Paul
  2. Hi carabiker. Thanks for this - I have tried puriclens in the past but have recently used Elsan which does the same job. However, neither seem to work which is why I am resorting to replacing the pipes. Cheers Paul
  3. Hi all I have had a 2011 Unicorn Barcelona from new. No matter how many time I sterilise the water system, the water still has a funny taste, not the TCP type taste more of a musty one. We do not use the water for drinking but do for cleaning teeth so would like to try and sort this and as the caravan is 10 years old, it would seem a good idea to do anyway. I have been thinking about changing the water pipes which I thinks looks to be a fairly easy job - having the shower wall replaced so will get them to change the pipes in the shower area at the same time.
  4. I use an extendable broom handle. Rather than prop against the frame or slats, I put against the mattress which takes the weight off. Cheers Paul
  5. I have a 2011 Unicorn Barcelona which cam e with a tracker subscription. When there was an offer on for a lifetime subscription I took it as it seemed OK at the time. I received an email recently saying that the battery needed replacing an it was "due a service". I managed to replace the battery (£14) and then phoned up to check it was still covered. Oh no sir, it has to be one of our technicians who replace the battery and the whole system needs replacing at a cost of ~£250. Needless to say, I cancelled and took off the tracker discount on my insurance. Cheers Pa
  6. My 'van is nearly 10 years old - had since new. This only affects the air awning and does affect the Isabella Transit awning I have so more probably, a problem with the awning itself? Will try the cleaning brush and the lubricant as well as trying to lub the awning with candle wax. Cheers Paul
  7. Thanks for all the tips everyone - will certainly use these and try out next time I'm allowed out!
  8. Thanks Joe. Thought this was the case - just ordered the one you linked to so hopefully that should sort it out. Cheers Paul
  9. Wonder if anyonecan help. Last few times I have put my awning up (not recently!) I have really struggled to thread through the awning rail. It is an Outdoor Revolution Air awning, but hopefully that shouldn't be the problem. Never happened on other awning I have had. Does anyone have any idea as to what I can try to make it easier? Have sprayed the channel with silicone lubricant but this has no effect. Thanks in advance Cheers Paul
  10. I use a local independent tyre place which is only 1/2 mile from where I store the caravan. I had talked to them before and they sourced the newest tyres they could (only 1 month old IIRC). I then jacked up each side at a time using a trolley jack, removed 2 wheels and took them to the tyre place. Repeated on the other side. All four wheels were also balanced. Cheers Paul
  11. One of mine stopped working this weekend. Turned out that a cable had become disconnected at the motor end which you cannot see as it is contained in a rubber sleeve. Cheers Paul
  12. Must admit I made my own - very simple and very effective Cheers Paul
  13. I have a Barcelona 1 (new in 2011) and have the same issue. Notices last time I was out that there was an occasional drip from the kitchen tap which may be the cause. Have replaced the cartridge in the tap which is an easy job (thanks to CT advice) - have yet to try it as haven't been out since I changed it, but time will tell. Cheers Paul
  14. I had a similar problem on mu Barcelona 2011 which I have had from new. Only a couple of years ago there was air being pumped into the system - turned out that the filter in the aquaroll (on-board pump) so purchased an aquaroll pump connector https://www.aquaroll.com/pump-connector-40-litre-aquaroll.html . Threaded the hose through this and reattached the filter on the end to ensure if stayed on the bottom of the aquaroll. Bit of a faff to put back in as the pump connector is basically nearly the same depth as the aquaroll itself, but it basically now lies on its side right at the bottom.
  15. Hi Hayley Thank you very much for your reply. I did contact Customer Care who told me that the tap I have is discontinued and that they did not know the correct diameter of the ceramic cartridge. I have since dismantled my tap, and the cartridge required is a 40mm ceramic cartridge, which I have now bought and replaced. Not sure if it has worked yet as have not been away in the caravan, but hopefully this should do the trick. Cheers Paul
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