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TenStar

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  • Towcar
    Mercedes-Benz GLE350d (W166) 2016my
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    Bailey Unicorn (IV) Cartagena 2019my

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  1. An SL500 manufactured in 1993 would be an R129 (Mercedes internal chassis designation) and would have originally come with the detachable hard top and softtop. The hardtops are heavy and 3 or 4 people are recommended when removing and refitting. They are becoming collectable so a nice example that's well maintained may well hold or even increase in value so you could use that as a argument to justify possibly higher maintenance costs. As others have said they are pre engine computer and computerised everything else so that has advantages. Having said that you will need to find a good MB Indie. The leading supplier in the SL world (in the UK) is perhaps www.theslshop.com They do sales, servicing and parts.
  2. On a 17 plate car with average miles my first reaction would be its a simple flat battery that due to short journeys may not have been at 100% charge prior to lockdown. Check your smart charger is suitable to connect with the battery still connected and charge for 24-36 hours or until the charger says the battary is at 100% Ctek are generally reconed to be about the best chargers you can get and can be used with the battery still connected.
  3. You can have a problem with any caravan, well you can have a problem with any manufactured product... Bit of our experience Purchased 2nd hand Sprite traded it in for Adria got knocked back a little (not a lot) due to damp above door. When we traded the adria in for an ABI they found some damp around the heater vent but said it was minor no problem, no reduction. We kept the ABI for 10 years, by which time the caravan was almost 20 years old when we traded on it had some damp which we told them about when negotiating the deal we got a fair deal. in any case it was worth little. Next van was a Luna during its time with us we sorted some damp cost (from memory) £650. Luna traded in for Bailey Senator which we kept for 5 years no problems we traded in for new Bailey (our first ever new caravan) we agreed deal without the dealer seeing the caravan and that was what we got. Yes damp can be an issue but its repairable as is most stuff. When you buy a car you know it will need servicing, some bits with wear out (brakes, tyres, bulbs...) and sometimes will need other repairs. So don't get too preoccupied with damp and go for it. You could always have a damp survey before purchase if its a 2nd hand van. if ts reasonably recent also worth checking if the manufacturers warranty is still valid, Bailey guarantee for 6 years for water ingress but the van MUST have been serviced every year. This is a known issue (leaking roof straps) general consus is Bailey fixed the issue with a modified wider roof strap, not sure when the wider strap was fitted in production but on the older vans if the roof strap leaks its replaced with the new wider strap so no great issue. Dont think its a massive job either if it needs doing.
  4. Purchased new Cartagena in Feb 2019, recently had first service no damp reported and only a couple of very minor warranty issues nothing to get excited about.
  5. FWIW we have a 2019 Cartagena looked at 'Black' editions at Oct NEC show and thought the changes all minor cosmetic nothing of real substance. Given that all the Unicorns are basically the same materials, same build process on the same production line with the same core kit... We are very pleased with the build quality of our Cartagena. So if you like the layout and styling I'd say a Valencia would be good. We originally went to look at the Vigo (island bed single axle same size as Valencia) but were persuaded by the bigger Cartagena, for us the price differential wasn't a deal breaker and our tow car at the time was (just about) OK so we thought if we buy a Vigo would we ever regret NOT buying a Cartagena, the answer was YES. Only downside - car (Mercedes E320) was 'just about OK' so we now have a SUV, said I'd never get an SUV but now loving that too. If you have budget and tow capacity look at the Barcelona too...
  6. External problem fixed, replaced 2 O rings on the pump connector on the side of the caravan. Problem fixed. Internal tank tomorrow...
  7. Replaced 2x O rings on external pump connection - problem fixed, many thanks. Tomorrow I'll try emptying and refilling internal tank see if it's an airlock in the pump like sometimes happens when you first drop pump into aquaroll and it just wants wigging around and dunking in and out.
  8. Frustrating issue... Cartagena 2019 my. Connected up to external aquaroll as usual, got hot tank filled, got all taps running both hot & cold all seemed OK but then I noticed that with taps OFF every 4-5 seconds the pump briefly activated by brief I mean 1/4 to 1/2 seconds. Looking at the system it seems there are two pressure switches one for the inboard tank pump one for the external aquaroll pump the latter being integrated into the external water inlet housing under the O/S lounge sofa. So I've tried adjusting the pressure switch for the external pump turning this anticlockwise (lower pressure) seems to work but once a tap has been opened and closed the issue returns. To add to the frustration the inboard tank (which appears to have never been filled ) pump won't play either. I've filled this completely but when the internal pumpkin switched ON no water comes out the tap and to me it sounds like the pump is running dry. So much for the first service last week... Any ideas/suggestions???
  9. FWIW we have a 2019 Cartagena, looked at 2020 black series Cartagena at Oct NEC show and thought it's essentisly just the same just a few minor cosmetic changes that don't add anything of substance. We love our Cartagena.
  10. Frustrating issue... Cartagena 2019 my. Connected up to external aquaroll as usual, got hot tank filled, got all taps running both hot & cold all seemed OK but then I noticed that with taps OFF every 4-5 seconds the pump briefly activated by brief I mean 1/4 to 1/2 seconds. Looking at the system it seems there are two pressure switches one for the inboard tank pump one for the external aquaroll pump the latter being integrated into the external water inlet housing under the O/S lounge sofa. So I've tried adjusting the pressure switch for the external pump turning this anticlockwise (lower pressure) seems to work but once a tap has been opened and closed the issue returns. To add to the frustration the inboard tank pump won't play either. I've filled this completely but when the internal pumpkin switched ON no water comes out the tap and to me it sounds like the pump is running dry. Any ideas/suggestions???
  11. Been caravanning for 30 years and we've never left lockers open in winter storage. Obviously clean cupboards out, make sure its all dry and good to check once every month or so.
  12. Told my insurer (LV) as far as I'm aware made no difference to cost. Did have a conversation with them about what constitutes a 'modification' as there are two definitions: ANY deviation from the standard specification even if its a factory fitted option. Anything done to the car after it leaves the factory - in this case factory fitted options are NOT modifications. LV said they use the latter - if its factory fitted its standard. I declared my tow bar as a factory fitted unit, they still listed it on the policy. Note - factory fitted means fitted at the factory if a dealer fitted prior to delivery to the first customer as a new vehicle thats NOT factory fitted. Slightly different - Winter tyres some insurers consider fitting winter tyres a modification. Worth checking your insurers policy on this if you do fit winter tyres most are OK and don't even need to be told but some do.
  13. Knowing the age and exact model version (W212 / W213) of the car would be useful to others, as well as factory fit tow bar or aftermarket.
  14. After much Um-Err I'll probably bite the bullet and shell out the £60 for the plate upgrade for my Cartagena. Out the factory and going by the sticker by the door I have a payload of 160kg which is stuff all. The 'upgrade' adds 118kg to 278kg and takes the MTPLM to the 1800kg specified on the gas locker plate - the one that specifies the VIN and lists individual axle weights. So confusing situation and lets no have argument with the law over what the legally allowed MTPLM is. I'm lucky I passed my test (way) before 1997 and my car has the plated capacity to tow more than 1800kg so no worries.
  15. One thing to come out of the debate about layout is that we're all different and have different needs and taste, there is no one size fits all. Everybody has to consider what they need their circumstances and needs. Go to shows, visit dealers and lie on the beds, pull bed extensions out as needed, think about how things will work. We looked at the north/south rear beds, washroom in the middle. For us the daytime layout felt a little cramped but for us the killer was the length of the bed when pulled out. I'm 5'11" on many vans with this layout the bedroom wall with the bed in the nighttime sleeping position was right at the foot of the bed and my feet tend to hang over the edge... If you look at shows/dealers make sure the bed is in the night time position when you try and remember you will have a quilt when you use for real.
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