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    Caravanning, photography, My MGB Roadster
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    Volvo XC70
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    U3 Madrid

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  1. Hi Tim We had the same problem in our 2015 Unicorn Madrid after a few years use. We had the sprung ones made by Belfield and are very pleased with them. They are quite firm but that suits us.
  2. I had a problem with the grill thermocouple whilst we were away. Grill wouldn’t stay lit. I gave the thermocouple a light clean with a plastic pan scrubber and it’s worked fine since. Engineer at the dealer said they often get dirty and a clean usually fixes it. not sure if you can get to your thermocouple on a ring though. If you can, give it a try.
  3. Hi Irishman i have replaced a couple of these on my Unicorn Madrid side locker. Very easy to do.
  4. Which is why I haven’t renewed/replaced it. I wouldn’t have purchased this type of device, it was fitted as OE by Bailey.
  5. Attached is a screenshot of the Tracker info received when the van was purchased. Clearly states that it is a self contained device. Sorry if some found my post misleading, I merely wanted to highlight the 5 year battery lifespan, I hadn’t checked the exact wording on the leaflet which obviously some found misleading.
  6. I have a 2014/5 U3. Didn’t think the device is connected to the leisure battery. The Tracker info leaflet states that the battery only lasts max 5 years. I contacted Tracker and they told me I would have to have a new unit fitted at £199 plus the £99 annual fee. I checked with CMC insurer what the Tracker discount was and it was about £50 per year - needless to say, I don’t have a Tracker anymore. My van is alarmed, very secure at home and has other security device’s so not bothered about a tracker.
  7. I had similar problem in my 2015 Madrid after approx 3 years. Supplying dealer found it on the annual service and rectified it immediately. They say it was poor build quality in that the sealing mastic around the exterior toilet door was not sufficient. They had had many similar issues in the same area with vans of a similar age. No further problem since.
  8. we had this problem on our Madrid whilst out on our first trip of the year. Tried adjusting the pressure switch, replaced o rings, cleaned contacts, all to no avail. Called out a mobile caravan repairer who diagnosed a faulty pump. Replaced the pump which appeared to work but problem occurred again on the next trip out. I eventually replaced the complete inlet housing and fitted it with the electronic pressure switch and have not had a problem since - 2 years.
  9. I had same issue in my Madrid TV cupboard door. One hinge broke, replaced it and then the other then failed. Found some exactly the same as originals on eBay - half the price of Prima. Had no further problems so may have been a faulty original batch.
  10. Had a similar problem last year. Damp was in the outer floor area in front of the os wheel, no damp inside but wood was spongy outside. Area was replaced by dealer and it was suggested that problem was inadequate sealant around the floor/wall/valance. Have done 5k miles since, in all weathers but seems to be ok now.
  11. After following this thread we decided to contact Belfields for replacement of our Madrid seat bases as they were flattening and becoming uncomfortable. The cost was £342 inc delivery for the two sprung seats in original Kensington material and we received them within a couple of weeks. We are away in the van at the moment putting them to the test and they are much improved over the originals for both sitting and sleeping. We can really recommend Belfields for their excellent customer service.
  12. Had a similar problem first time out this year. Tried new pump, bought the whale gizmo to replace the pressure valve, all to no avail. Eventually a mobile c/v engineer found that the microswitch inside the inlet housing had failed.
  13. I had this problem on my Madrid 3. Mentioned it to the dealer at service and was prepared to buy a new unit. However, the dealer said it was a common problem and said the trick was to araldite the spring to the shaft before retentioning the blind. Worked with mine and has been ok for a couple of years now.
  14. Hi Paul we recently had very similar problem on our Madrid on the first trip out after the winter layup. After checking for leaks etc, we called in a mobile caravan engineer who checked everything and found out it was the microswitch inside the whale watermaster connection and, luckily he had a switch in his van and managed to fix the problem. Not sure if the Ultraflow connector has a similar microswitch but if so, could be the problem.
  15. We have used the Grillogas for two years and find it an excellent bit of kit. As Bob says, for cooking breakfast it’s brilliant and easy to clean afterwards. We have a Madrid and it stores easily into the locker under the bunk though the access inside the main door. Although not a true BBQ, with the domed lid, it cooks all meats & fish beautifully. Wouldn’t be without it.
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