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DrBob

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    2017 Volvo XC60 D5 220hp R-Design Nav Plus
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    2017 Bailey Unicorn Pamplona III

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  1. Thanks for all your advice guys, being still in warranty I’ve given up with this one and managed to book it into Chipping Sodbury caravans to look at it tomorrow. Will post their diagnosis and hopefully, fix when it’s resolved. They did say they have had one or two new vans delivered straight from the factory with this problem and it turned out to be “a multi plug had come loose on the ECU board” so I’m hoping it turns out to be that simple. I’ve looked for the incoming supply fuses but haven’t been able to locate them so far, but the van is in storage 21 miles away so haven’t had chance to do a really thorough search. I’ve seen a photo in another posting that shows a block of 4 (2 x12v+ for Perm12v and Fridge and 2 x -ve earths, all 25A IIRC) screwed to the floor in another U3 version, so can only surmise that mine must be on the floor behind the central drawer unit. If so, unless they can be reached by removing one or both of the ventilation grilles in the back of the bottom compartment then the whole of the drawer unit will have to come out. Best left to CS caravans! The 13 pin plug was replaced a year ago at the first annual service by the supplying dealer with a much better quality version, I’m reasonably confident that will be OK. (Replaced because the lugs holding the body together on the cheap OEM Bailey one were not fully engaging and it was always coming apart). All the other electrical connections are working fine. Have bought a “trailer light test” gadget and it shows both Volvo and Audi permanent 12v+ supplies are live as well as all the other lights. Unfortunately, on the caravan side, although it tests all the road lighting circuits, it doesn’t do the 12v+ and fridge supplies! Keeping fingers crossed. DrBob
  2. We had a U3 Vigo, traded it after 1 year (taking a really big hit!). We found the transverse bed a real hassle, shuffling past the end to get to the quite small bathroom. Also SWMBO constantly complained she hadn’t enough room to get into and out of bed (at bathroom side). Replaced it with a U3 Pamplona, infinitely better van, end bedroom with inline bed, ample space at bed sides to get in/out and a very generous sized central bathroom. The Cabrera has the same layout in single axle form. With this experience we wouldn’t ever consider a transverse bed van. Do the maths! DrBob
  3. I wondered about this but after running the engine to prove the road lights and the ignition switched power/ habitation relay, then switching off and immediately disconnecting/reconnecting the 13 pin plug I would have thought it would still remain“woken up”. I don’t think the Audi disconnects the permanent live and, as described above, the AlKo doesn’t initialise with that car either. Still baffled. Unfortunately the supplying dealer is 250 miles away (we moved after purchasing the van) so I need to cajole our local Bailey dealer (6 miles away) to undertake some warranty investigations/repairs. Rumour has it that non-supplying dealers are reluctant to do warranty work.
  4. Good thought, but plug is in perfect alignment when fitted to both tow cars. Fits correctly and all road lights and habitation relay work correctly. Still baffled. I believe there may be fuses in the van for both + and - lines for both ignition and non ignition switched lines but I haven’t been able to find them yet.
  5. 2017 Bailey Unicorn 3 Pamplona, Annual Service only 3 weeks ago when hitching to a 2017 Volvo XC60 towcar, factory fit towbar/electrics, serviced last week. Also tried with 2013 Audi A5 Sportback with factory towbar/electrics. Everything working fine when I arrived back from a trip and parked on drive last Sunday. Hitched up to take to storage compound this afternoon and no “initialisation” noises, no LED light of any colour. Same with both tow cars. 13 pin plug been kept under the hitch cover, all dry. All road lighting works perfectly, habitation relay working (awning light goes out when car started). I’m baffled. Is there a “reset button” or something? Any fuses? Anything I should try before giving up and taking to dealer to fix (still under warranty) Any suggestions would be very welcome. DrBob
  6. 2017 Bailey Unicorn 3 Pamplona, Annual Service only 3 weeks ago when hitching to a 2017 Volvo XC60 towcar, factory fit towbar/electrics, serviced last week. Also tried with 2013 Audi A5 Sportback with factory towbar/electrics. Everything working fine when I arrived back from a trip and parked on drive last Sunday. Hitched up to take to storage compound this afternoon and no “initialisation” noises, no LED light of any colour. Same with both tow cars. 13 pin plug been kept under the hitch cover, all dry. All road lighting works perfectly, habitation relay working (awning light goes out when car started). I’m baffled. Is there a “reset button” or something? Any fuses? Anything I should try before giving up and taking to dealer to fix (still under warranty) Any suggestions would be very welcome. DrBob
  7. I totally agree, Bailey seem to have a remarkable lack of common sense in designing some aspects of their products, not to mention total disregard for compliance with installation instructions of some of their suppliers products eg Dometic fridges that do not perform properly due to excessive gap between the back of the fridge and the van inner wall (58mm on my Pamplona instead of 20mm specified by Dometic). The primary purpose of the extra locker door was to gain access to the under-seat storage area from outside to avoid having to tangle with SWMBO’s swathes of seat covers that protect the cushion upholstery. The opportunity to relocate the drain switch was a bonus. The original hole in the floor was sealed with expanding foam.
  8. When we bought our new U3 Pamplona I got the dealer to (1) provide an additional locker on the front offside to mirror the near side locker and (2) relocate the yellow drain valve to just inside the van wall alongside the boiler at the rear of the new locker. Total extra cost around £200. Draining down now is a “doddle” now, just open the new locker door and reach in to flick up the yellow valve, no rummaging about under the seat cushions etc. DrBob
  9. If I had this problem I would be using Western Towing in Newton Abbott. They will supply and fit a brand new AlKo axle complete with all new brakes etc in a morning for about the same money as FB charge to just replace the rubbers plus the cost of removing/refitting (depending of course on your particular axle model). Saves all the hassle of getting a fitter to remove the axle, prop the van up on blocks, wait a week for the refurbished axle to come back then getting him back again to refit everything. Getting WT to do the whole job in a morning while you read the paper and drink coffee seems to me to be an infinitely better way of solving the problem. https://www.westerntowing.co.uk/ Select the axle you need from their listings or quote the details from the plate on the axle tube. They even do custom axles to suit “ oddball” vans and trailers. DrBob
  10. We are extremely pleased with ours, exactly the same version, 2017 model with a host of extras. Handles our Bailey U3 Pamplona TA (upgraded to 1800 kg MTPLM) very capably. Plenty of “grunt” and, surprisingly, far better fuel consumption than our 2litre Audi A4 and A5s both while solo and when they were towing our previous U3 Vigo (uprated to 1550kg MTPLM). Also, achieves Euro6 compliance without the hassle of using AdBlue. Has its little Volvo ”quirks” - E.g. handbrake switch position and wiper “flick” switch control are counterintuitive and take a while to get used to when switching XC60<>A5 but I wouldn’t hesitate to buy another when change time comes - but of course this model has sadly now been superseded. DrBob
  11. I suggest you read Simon Barlow’s article on connecting two 12v batteries in parallel. There’s a right and wrong way! https://caravanchronicles.com/guides/how-to-connect-two-batteries-in-parallel/ I know this from bitter experience with a 1900 kw Caterpillar generator set (surprisingly with 12v start system not 24v) supplied by their only UK franchise dealer with the twin 12v batteries wired wrongly. One battery always went flat due, I understand, to minute differences in internal resistance between the two. Not an electrician so don’t know the precise details. Anyway, as the customer, we rewired correctly (as set out in Simons article) and problem solved. You can’t trust dealers to do anything properly! DrBob
  12. Alan Stanley is absolutely right, there is a fixing on the inside of the handle but I didn’t have a mirror with me to see the type when I visited the van in store today. Clearly the dealer only gave me half the story, after all it was the salesman who told me the sharp knife/un-click business - in response to my comment about a loose handle on one of their show vans. I ought to have more sense than to believe anything a salesman tells me. Sorry for misleading you. DrBob
  13. Our U3 Vigo grab handle was slightly loose but not enough to tempt me to tackle the problem. Although the handle looks solid it is actually a two part structure. IIRC the dealer told me that the front face of the handle can be ‘un-clicked’ by inserting a sharp knife to separate the two parts of the handle and reveal the screws. Can’t tell you if it’s Allen screw or cross head, the latter I expect as it’s cheaper!Beware though, the panel they are screwed into is not particularly substantial so be careful not to over tighten! Our U3 Pamplona handle also feels slightly loose but as with the Vigo, not enough yet for me to pluck up the courage to try a fix. DrBob
  14. In addition to chocks and handbrake I would engage the motor mover before jacking. If it’s a Powertouch like ours that will effectively lock the wheels on the side opposite the side you are jacking and prevent slewing. I have to do this when I use a trolley jack on our TA (with only a SA mover) so that I can rotate the non-driven wheel to enable fitting the second Alko wheel lock. DrBob
  15. Having read good reports about this site, we tried it for a few nights back in 2016 on Pitch 11 ( IIRC) on the northern side by the main road and Reception. Chose this pitch as we didn’t want to be on the southern side (farthest from Reception) in view of the proximity of the Viridor landfill site to this boundary - I’d been closely involved in that industry prior to retiring so was a little wary of the possible environmental nuisance! See for yourself on Google satellite view. As it turned out the level of traffic, particularly HGV’s, and the general level of noise from the road proved intolerable and we bailed out a day early - the seemingly constant “thudding” sound of 8 wheeler stone trucks hitting potholes or whatever starting at 05:30am or so was not conducive to a peaceful break. Whilst we love the area and the local dog walking etc, we won’t be visiting again. DrBob
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