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TenStar

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

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  1. 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.
  2. 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...
  3. External problem fixed, replaced 2 O rings on the pump connector on the side of the caravan. Problem fixed. Internal tank tomorrow...
  4. 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.
  5. 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???
  6. 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.
  7. 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???
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Years ago we were on a French site, Swiss family arrived... Tow truck - Mercedes 7500kg chassis cab tractor unit with full size commercial 5th wheel. Caravan converted 13m twin axle trailer with wind out sides. And we're not talking about a DIY trailer conversion either... Pitch - well actually it was parked across THREE pitches. Trailer had garage at back got 'moped' to get into town, in this case a Ducati.... Clearly they wernt camping to save money... I
  14. Been caravanning for 30 years. Last caravan was our first fixed bed a Bailey Senator Indiana which is more or less Valencia layout. Whilst this was a fab can we loved the bed layout eventually became an issue. I'm 5'11" one slept on inside so had the cutout at bottom to contend with. Wife found herself a little sandwiched against side of caravan. We had always fzncief s Valencia but then spotted the Vigo which had an island bed layout anf were all set to buy one at last year's NEC show BUT we also looked at the Cartsgena, same layout but bigger on twin axle chassis. For us the critical factor was could we tow this as we have a mid size sedan (Merc E320). Actually did on line research shoe, order placed. We were fortunate cost differential wasn't an issue. Took del in Feb 19, sixty+ nights away later delighted and no significant issues to report. Sure s couple of warranty issues for first service but minor stuff, no worries. All makes of caravan can have issues Bailey make a lot so on a pure numbers basis will have issues but are probably no better or worse than any other manufacturer. Best advice - concentrate on layout. When did you pass driving test? If after 1997 check what you can tow.
  15. Purchased my caravan paying by chip&pin on collection day, I did however tell the bank about the transaction a fee days in advance.
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