Well, finally found out why I have been having all the issues with the cooker grill not staying lit.
As as a bit of background, I bought the van new from a large dealer, a Bailey Unicorn Valencia 3. I had to repeatedly take it back as the grill wouldn’t stay lit. It is currently on thermocouple number 7!
Whilst fitting thermocouple number 7 they also changed the gas valve in case it was that. All well and good you think, until the thing still wouldn’t work all the time. This was on the third service and despite me demanding a new cooker, as soon as it was out of warranty, the dealer wouldn’t reply to my emails.
Fast forward a year of intermittent grilling and I am selling the van. As luck would have it the grill wouldn’t stay lit again. In addition the spark ignition had stopped working and the whole grill seemed loose. I couldn’t live with myself selling a van where I knew there was something not working.
Biting the bullet and with the help of a gas fitting friend, cooker came out and I noticed the amount of screws missing from everywhere. Not only that but to change the gas valve they had to drill out some rivets. The one in the middle is one I put back, that’s right, they just left them loose so the grill rattled around and stretched all the screw holes at the front. Not only that but it pulled the spark electrode connection out. The plate you see is the rear support for the entire grill assembly, burner, base and all and it was flapping around like anything. I dread to think what it would have looked like on the move.
So after fixing that, the thermocouple was loose at the gas valve, a quick squeeze of the spade connector followed by adjusting the thermocouple into the right part of the flame and the grill works perfectly.
So rather than just do the job properly in the first place, like ensure a sound connection of the thermocouple and adjust it properly, they have wrecked the adjacent cabinets and mullered the cooker by removing it 6 times! Not content with that bodgery, they couldn’t even be bothered to ensure it was safe the last time.
This is isn’t a small outfit but a large dealer of good standing that charge £250 for a single axle service.
Wish I had sorted it myself ages ago now, the toast I have missed over the years! :-(