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    Bailey Unicorn 3 Barcelona

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  1. I know this is an old thread but a friend of mine is in the process of purchasing a 2015 U3 Vigo and is also having the same issue over which full awning to go for. As the Isabella measurement is less than the Bailey stated 1045 we are trying to work out if a Dorema 16 (1025-1050) would be a better fit than a Isabella/Ventura 1050. I used to own a U3 Madrid myself and had a Ventura 1050 but did find it a little big unless the pitch was either dead flat or sloped away. It was sometimes difficult to get the canvas taught. Whilst Bailey state both models have the same awning size I am not sure if that is true. Isabella have different measurements for both. Just wondering if there are any U3 Vigo owners with full awnings on here who could provide some info on which type/size awning they use and how well it fits. Thanks in advance.
  2. I purchased it from a dealer (not my local one) but prior to purchase confirmed with my local Bailey dealer that they would do all servicing and warranty work. I have that in writing. I have purchased a number of brand new caravans from them over the years. I cannot see it being resolved in three weeks either so rebooked my service for the last week of June (just before the end of the 3 month grace period). Mark.
  3. My caravan was booked in for an annual service next Tues. It's a 2017 Bailey Unicorn Barcelona but as the first owner missed a service the Bailey manufacturers warranty was invalidated. I took out an MB&G policy to cover it when I purchased the van in April last year. I have been in contact with MB&G and they are now allowing a 3 month grace period for servicing so their customers will not be penalised if their caravan service is late. I just rang my local dealer and in fact they have closed their workshop from today and are rebooking all servicing. They said that all the major manufacturers are doing the same as MB&G and allowing some flexibility in servicing without invalidating the warranty. Just thought I would post this in case anyone on here is worried about missing the manufacturers service schedule. Common sense seems to be prevailing :-). Mark.
  4. I haven’t had to change them yet, they have been installed for two years. It doesn’t take long to remove the control panel.
  5. I haven’t fitted one in a Seville but have in two other Unicorn 3 models (Madrid and Barcelona). I usually just fix the battery pack to plastic cover on the rear of the Alde control panel.
  6. As others have said the heating will operate with the water system drained down - that was not the cause of your issue at home. If you did not have a plug symbol displayed on the control panel when at home then I suspect there was no 240v power from your electric hookup. The control panel and pump work off 12v (caravan leisure battery) so that does not mean the 240v hookup is OK. Easy way to confirm if you have 240v when connected at home is to check if your microwave works.
  7. We purchased a 2017 Unicorn Barcelona this year, it had only been used a few times by the previous owner and the van was like new. However we found the same problems with the foam honeycore mattress. After sleeping on it for more than 3 or 4 consecutive nights I ended up with a bad back. I ended up ordering a new pocket sprung mattress from Belfield and it’s massive improvement on the foam one.
  8. They are also foam... however that wasn’t something we really noticed as we had a 2016 Madrid which also had foam bench seats. You can definitely see the foam is compressed after someone has been sitting on it for a reasonable period of time. However it does recover. I suspect Belfield would also be able to supply pocket sprung versions, might be worth giving them a call. FYI the replacement mattress was £334. It is 30mm deeper than the foam one at 180mm. There are other companies that make them but I decided to stick with Belfield as Bailey’s supplier. Mark
  9. Hi Ian, I recently changed from a 2016 Madrid to a 2017 Barcelona (our first fixed bed). I can confirm that the mattress is indeed foam and from what I have read Bailey changed (aka downgraded) the mattress in the later U3 models. Earlier models including the U2 had a pocket sprung mattress. After our first one week trip away in the Barcelona I started suffering with a bad back. That’s not entirely unusual for me and I know someone with a U3 Valencia who is perfectly happy with the foam mattress and finds it very comfortable. I contacted Bellfield and they could supply a pocket sprung version of the U3 mattress so decided to order one. It’s a little heavier (5kg) but I find it far more supportive and comfortable. We used the van for 26 nights in August and my back was fine :-). Hope that helps. Mark.
  10. It will match, they are designed specifically for Bailey Alutech vans. What year/series is your van? You can select the type (pre or post 2015) and then single or double axle here... https://www.youcancaravan.co.uk/isabella-awning-wheel-arch-cover-for-bailey-alutech Mark.
  11. Also use an Isabella one. As stated above there are different types depending on the year of the van due to the change in wheel arch design. We used one on our 2016 Madrid (single axle) and now have one for our 2017 Barcelona (twin axle), about half the price of the Prima/Bailey one.
  12. There is a facebook group of owners suffering with this issue. Unfortunately some have 2018 U4’s - it’s definitely not sorted. Some had their axle replaced 18 months ago only for it to fail again.
  13. FYI Grayson also make progressive auxiliary spring assisters (same design as MAD). They are a bit cheaper than MAD and I fitted some to a Mitsubishi Outlander (made a big difference). Mark.
  14. It does have ATC... Ky Features - AL-KO ATC trailer control system, AL-KO secure wheel lock, TRACKER Stolen Vehicle Recovery System & TRACKER PIR intruder alarm, Up to 4 USB sockets, Dometic 10 series 153 litre electronic fridge freezer with universal handed door mechanism, Truma 100 watt solar panel.
  15. I would go with one for the same model. They do different types of electronics (e.g FMCD) but don’t worry if that is not the same as your existing one - it’s just a newer version. The other option is to get yours repaired for £95 + postage. https://www.arelectronics.co.uk/contents/en-uk/d18_Caravan-Mover-Repairs.html You might also find a used one on eBay - I sold a single axle one when I swapped my mover over to a twin axle (had to buy a twin axle control unit). Mark.
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