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Ingleby David

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    Ingleby Barwick
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    Volvo XC90 II Inscription Pro
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    Bailey Unicorn II Barcelona (2014)

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  1. Fuse boards on the various Bailey models are different although the principles are similar. On the Unicorn II, 12 volts flows permanently directly to the fuses marked 'battery', 'fridge' (ignition) and 'alarm' (including tracker and also feeds the main control panel). When the car is not connected, 12 volts also flows through a series of relays to feed the fuses marked 'spare', 'oven ignition', 'roof fan' (generally unused), 'boiler', 'radio aerial', 'pump' (main and toilet) and 'auxiliary sockets' (12 volt 'cigar' sockets) although your fuses may be different. Separately, 12 volts also flows through a relay where the 'rest' position feeds the 12 volt lighting circuits but when the button on the main control panel is pressed, this energises the said relay to disconnect the lighting circuits. With the car connected, the 'habitation' relays, disconnect the feed to the above main fuses marked 'spare', 'oven ignition', 'roof fan', 'boiler', 'radio aerial', 'pump' and 'auxiliary sockets' as well as the lighting circuit relay. Therefore, if the above main 12 volt circuits are working, test the 12 volt input/output for the fuse(s) marked 'lights'. 12 volts should be present with one press of the control panel 'lights' button but should disappear when the 'lights' button is pressed a second time (I think on the 'Ranger' models, there is no display to tell you whether the button is on or off). In this way, you should be able to identify whether the control panel 'lights' relay circuit is working correctly. If no 12 volts appears for both presses of the control panel 'lights' button, it is likely that the relay controlling the lights function has failed and a new fuse board may be the only way forward. Unfortunately, I have no specific information on the 2000 'Ranger' series, but the above may help in identifying the problem.
  2. Just returning to the topic, I paid for the weight upgrade on my Bailey Barcelona giving a total MTPLM of 1,800kgs an increase from the original door sticker of 1,686kgs. The gas locker states MTPLM of 1,800kgs but this comprises all 3 axles, the first being the jockey wheel. Personally, I do not tow with the jockey wheel on the ground so the MTPLM whilst towing would be 853 x 2 = 1,706kgs. Therefore I was happy to accept the Bailey certification and sticker from the upgrade kit stating 1,800kgs which also agrees with the gas locker (even though I doubt its triple axle accuracy). I thought the lower sticker MTPLM was to encourage those with lighter vehicles to buy the caravan and stick to the lower MTPLM as putting the higher value would firstly put some people off and secondly avoid the cash spinning option on an upgrade certification. I note also that the upgraded plate sticker does not give the chassis number but refers only to a model. Bailey did send the necessary paperwork certification for my chassis number but I don't carry that for inspection by a passing policeman. Luckily, the chassis number is stamped on the chassis - oh yes I forgot I have to take to 'A' frame cover off tho show that so I would rely on the gas locker plate. We may be going around in circles! As an aside, my son has the same year Cordoba (both his and mine are 2014 twin axle Unicorns made within a month of each other and my 3 gas locker axle maximums are 94, 853 and 853 kgs maximum load (total 1,800kgs); the Cordoba shows 77, 861 and 861 (total 1,799kgs). Does the jockey wheel really have different weight loadings and surely the Al-Ko axles will be identical. I suspect (being the suspicious type), that the figures are adjusted to add up to the magic 1,800kgs for the series II Unicorns. Of course, I may be wrong .
  3. On my Bailey Unicorn Barcelona series 2 (2014), the 'alarm' fuse not only feeds the tracker/alarm (I know you posted that you do not have an alarm), but this fuse is also the main 12 volt feed to the caravan control panel. As has been suggested, pull the fuse out and see what no longer works. I agree with the earlier posting that Bailey will have used a standard PDU with all fuses in, even though some are unused. In my own, there is a fuse for the 'roof fan' but no Omnivent or similar was fitted to any models of that year.
  4. The buyout of E&P can be read at http://www. alko-tech. com/en/news/2018/dexko-global-acquires-ep-hydraulics and hopefully these issues will be addressed. Personally, I wish there was a dealer in the North-East who could service the system; Doncaster is the nearest but a 150 mile round trip .
  5. I have a 2014 Unicorn Barcelona and have drawn a full document of how the 6 relays on the fuse board in the PDU are configured, along with a full wiring diagram and even a description of how the relays work with the car disconnected and connected with and without ignition on. In addition, I bought a new fuse board for the PDU (about £30) which I used for determining the configuration and carry it as a spare in case of difficulties. Understanding the wiring of any caravan helps when diagnosing a fault. The wiring and fuse boards for different Bailey models probably vary so my documents may only be of use to a similar model. I enjoyed the experience, however, even though it took some considerable time to draw in Word and then PDF the final documents.
  6. Whilst it is indeed the dealer's responsibility to rectify any issues arising from a sale, this forum often has cases where dealers do not undertake their responsibilities and OP was merely giving wide credit to a dealer who acted responsibly. Yes it is their job but a 'thank you' still goes a long way. I also use Teesside Caravans for storage and all servicing and have only had good workmanship and a helpful attitude from all staff towards me and my son. Long may it continue and I commend them on their high quality service.
  7. On both sides of the unit there is a very thin piece of plastic moulded into the casing around which there is a projection which needs to pass this thin moulding. As has been said, the way into the unit is with a thin knife blade but this thin moulding will almost certainly break unless great care is taken. The good news is that even if it does break, the unit will click back together and hold. The battery is a GP 23A(E) readily available.
  8. Many licences (even for old timers like me who passed their test in 1967) have a code restriction on C1E of '107' which reduces the maximum MAM from 12,000kgs to 8,250kgs. I have found over the years, nevertheless, that this has still been an acceptable limit!
  9. Although I do not know your particular layout, on a previous Bailey I owned there was a cupboard next to the gas fire and within that was a wooden access panel screwed into the side wall which gave access to the rear of the fire. On your caravan, there must be a similar access as that is how the Truma is serviced (fan, Ultraheat etc.). It may be via drawer removal or via a cupboard depending on what furniture you have on either side of the fire. Of course the fire itself can be removed relatively easily too to give access. The lever to which you refer must also be accessible and can be seen from the attached photo. Note there are pre-drilled holes into which the lever slots.
  10. I had the complete E&P Hydraulics system, including the emergency release and full remote control fitted to my Barcelona series 2. It is a fabulous system (apart from the cost) but makes easy work of fitting the Al-Ko wheel locks and changing a wheel in the event of a puncture. The heavy duty Al-Ko Big Foot system is provided on all 4 legs fitted (about £70 plus if bought separately without the system) which are more secure with a larger footprint and the front legs are fitted to a very large ply base on the underside of the floor which spreads the load when the system is 'rocking' the caravan to obtain true level once the centre hydraulic rams are deployed. I fit the Milenco Stacka Levels under the centre rams to spread the load and also at the front and back if on a boggy site and therefore would recommend the remote as it enables one to control deployment of the legs whilst placing the Stacka Levels accurately. The only downsides I see are that if the system is deployed manually (to put on the wheel locks for example), one cannot afterwards lower the jacks down to where you want them; they have to be fully retracted first before deploying the system automatically or manually. Secondly, there are only a few fitters in the country which makes it difficult if any servicing is required. Thirdly, when in the local caravan dealers for servicing, I find it helpful to use a printed 'guide' on how to use the system to prevent any damage due to unfamiliarity. As I am no spring chicken, I find the system a Godsend and would put it on any caravan - just remember to increase any insurance cover. I think the total additional net weight is 30kgs if the full system is fitted.
  11. To Xtrailman - I do not get flicker at all but I think G7eor is describing another model as my transmitter is built into the camera along with the electronics and aerial. The photos show the mounting and in the third picture the wiring which I ran alongside the main lighting cable with pull ties. The monitor is also self-contained and mounted on a holder on the car windscreen. It has self-contained batteries with a 12 volt charge point lead.
  12. I fitted a Digi-View from Trailervision and have not had any signal problems despite the long distance involved. I mounted the camera underneath the rear of the caravan (about 2" back) so as to not have rain etc. falling on the camera. I ran a wire back into the caravan where the car 13 core cable enters and scotch locked into the pin 9 permanent 12 volt feed so that there is only 12 volts to the system when the car is connected to the caravan. For the earth I used one of the lighting earths available at the rear of the caravan. The system works well although I am not a fan of these wide angle lenses which give an incorrect distance compared with reality. Safe to say that if one can see the front of the lorry/car being overtaken, then it is safe to signal and pull in once that vehicle has got smaller on the monitor i. e. you are well clear. It is also useful for reversing and the infra red camera gives a good picture in poor lighting conditions. I purchased the original version and I see that there is now a mk. 2 (http://trailervision. co. uk/index. php?main_page=product_info&cPath=65&products_id=303) which I assume is better than mine but I cannot vouch for it. The system is more expensive than the Chinese etc. cheaper products which I have seen fitted on friend's caravans but it does work well. I have used mine for over 4 years.
  13. The fobs are available from Bailey parts at https://bailey-parts. co. uk/ProductList. aspx?CategoryID=0 at a cost of £40. 99 plus delivery.
  14. Sorry for not replying but I did not see your question until now. Al-Ko chassis are rated for a higher maximum capacity than plated and Bailey sell an 'uprated' label for various caravans typically adding up to 50kgs to the carrying capability. In the case of the S2 Barcelona, the MTPLM is increased from 1,686kgs to 1,800kgs - a very significant increase in overall payload. The stick on plate just replaces the one originally stuck on the caravan by the door and it, along with conformity paperwork costs almost £60 which is expensive for what it is but worth it if one wishes to keep within the law if stopped for a kerbside check. The advantage of supplying lower rated plates from a manufacturer's point of view is that a lighter loaded caravan can be sold to be towed by a wider range of vehicles.
  15. The Bailey Parts site has instructions on pairing fobs at https://www. bailey-parts. co. uk/ProductDetails. aspx?Product=1040063. Part 2 is for when no fob exists and in your case you already know where the Tracker is. I wish you success although on my series 2, there is no grommet in the lid - perhaps unscrewing the torx screws might gain access but then again it might set your alarm off too! I find the technical people at Tracker are very helpful so perhaps you should try them first.
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