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  1. That's what I have done from new - haven't been back to the dealer since picking it up. My mobile man is superb - he services it cheaper than dealership and gets authorisation for any warranty work from Bailey and does the work either on your drive or at your storage site. It's what you call a "no brainer"!
  2. Why the hell don't caravan manufacturers provide caravans with batteries - you can't use it without one. Would you buy a new car without a battery??!! When you buy a new motorhome, the seperate leisure battery is included. So why not in a caravan?
  3. Thanks for the answers folks - I don't bother to subscribe to tracker so like "oldboy" will now take battery out as he dosn't have any probs with it. And I am happy with the security. This means that I shouldn't have any probs powering motor mover as will always have a fully charged battery.
  4. i now have my caravan in a gold secure storage site (the first time in 27 years of caravaning - due to a house move). It is a bit of a pain to have to keep swapping the battery over every 6 weeks or so and was thinking it would be better to remove the battery for the winter and keep it on a floating charger at home until we start using the van again. I am happy to leave the alarm off as it is a secure site but am worried that doing this may cause the seperate alarm back up battery to flatten itself. When vans are on the dealers forecourts, they never have a battery fitted until they are sold so assume it should be ok to remove the battery for a few months. Does anyone know if the alarm battery will still be providing power for the alarm circuit even if I don't activate the alarm? Solar panels are now out of the question as I have now got the van covered with a specialised cover.
  5. Hi Richrimmo - I purchased my Bailey new from a dealership in Oct 2012 and haven't been back since. I use a mobile service engineer who is Bailey and Swift registered and get a far better deal from him. I am able to stay with him while he does the service and he is happy to explain everything he does. I have also had warranty work done by him which he gets authorised by Bailey - fairly small bits and pieces so far but if major work needs doing he has a workshop as well which he uses for bodywork, resealing etc, and then if it requires going back to Bailey, he organises it. The cost of his last service was £180 - worth every penny as I know it has all been done correctly.
  6. Fixed shower leak myself with plug of silicon at both ends of shower door track last spring after noticing water in bottom of laundry box - this stopped water pouring out and has since been dry . Last Octobers 1st service showed 30% damp around bathroom floor - advised by my mobile service man (Bailey warranted) to leave and see if it dried out, but officially recorded incase we needed to claim later. Service this October gave acceptable damp readings throughout bathroom (and rest of van). I'm now a happy chappie !
  7. Yep I'm happy, bathroom not ripped apart and no blistering of floor covering like some have had - thanks for that Gaz
  8. If wet rot had taken hold wouldn't the damp meter still give a high reading?! Wet rot needs wet conditions to exist. If any plywood gets wet and then drys out again, it doesn't automatically get wet rot. By the way ensigns are flags - I think you mean enzymes!! Thanks for your comments but I am happy with normal readings around bathroom floor now.
  9. If you look carefully at the floor around the edge of the van (try seat lockers) you will see that the vinyl covering does not go right to the edge (you can see the plywood) allowing moisture to track out - the same way as it got in inittially - if covered with vinyl right to the edge then it wouldn't have got in to start with. The damp meter proved this.
  10. I agree - the table under the bed is a waste of space and we don't bother to take it now, but I wish they would redesign the pull out table and make it a little more robust and an inch higher. We use a folding, adjustable height picnic table in the awning.
  11. I would be inclined to certainly have the door replaced but would hold fire with the floor replacement as that is major and could give you more probs than you started with. 30% is not that wet - you get a 30% reading if you put the damp meter on the back of your hand. Suggest you discuss it with your dealer and see if they are prepared to give the floor a few months to dry out and then do warranty work on floor later if it is still required. Thats assuming you haven't got blistering of the floor covering etc. (But perhaps they want the work!?)
  12. Had leaking shower problem in my Valencia last year - fixed it myself but service found 30% damp in bathroom floor (Oct 2013). Just had 2nd year service done by my mobile man and floor now ok - no damp anywhere. All you lot were going on about " must get it seen to" etc last year, but my man was right - he said it should dry out if you have fixed the leak - and it has - without having all the bathroom ripped apart.
  13. What advantages are you getting for £75 ?! - I don't have a problem with the existing panel - I can control the heating, control the power source and switch it on and off - what more do you need?
  14. Like something to a blanket!!?? It needs to, to withstand the wind pressure whilst towing. Thanks again.
  15. Thanks for that - makes the job look fairly easy.
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