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    Shetland Islands
  • Interests
    Running, cycling, hiking, woodworking and family time.
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    Nissan Navara
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    Bailey Pursuit 560-5

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  1. Sheltie

    Bad Smell

    Hi Joanie. Yes that's exactly what I said to them (regarding the recommended storage slope etc). I've been storing my Bailey Pursuit with a gradient down to the nose for 4 years now. We bought it new and it lives its life outside all year round (albeit in a sheltered parking bay we had built specifically for the van). But it's open to the rain/elements, and we don't have water filling up the back of the panels as I've checked. Our uneducated guess is the water is running down the front of the van in to the back of the panels due to poor seals. They have the standard rubber seal around the outer edge of the panels, but the surface water has obviously been able to seep in. It's due a service next spring, so this will be raised at the dealers. I'm in agreement with you - the van is 4 years old, so this shouldn't be happening. Jonny
  2. Sheltie

    Bad Smell

    Hello all. I thought I'd update you on the bad smell post I started - in the interest of contributing to this fantastic forum and in the hope that it helps others. As per my OP, my in-laws caravan began to stink of drains. A definite stagnant water smell. We searched everywhere; my mother-in-law cleaned the thing to an inch of its life (the van is 4 years old). But still it stank. My brother-in-law visiting on holiday, was sent for a 3rd opinion. He thought he'd give the van a proper look over underneath (something we hadn't had time to properly do). He noticed green algae underneath the bottom lip of the plastic trim on the front of the van. It has three parts to it - two corner bumpers and a middle panel that is molded onto the triangle tow frame - all three panels mold themselves underneath the van where they are secured with screws. He managed to remove the mid panel and found it full with stagnant water that had turned green; he then got access to the corner panels that were even fuller with green algae stagnant water. The problem was caused by how the van was being stored. It was kept on a slope to the front of the van (as you do to help water run off the roof), so water going down the back of the panel (which it shouldn't really) was getting trapped in the underneath or bottom part of the panel. The van sitting for weeks at a time before being moved, was giving the rain water enough time to stagnate and start smelling. And I mean it smelt. Inside the front of the van during hot weather trips was horrible. After a good clean the smell has gone. Something I would've never thought to check. Jonny
  3. No the in-laws are still battling the smell. It's very very similar to a drain smell. God knows what it is, or where it's coming from as they've cleaned the van to death. I suspect it may be standing water from a leak, that's gotten between panels or the floor panels. It's not the battery as that was taken out, and the smell is still there. The hunt continues. Funnily enough my in-laws had the same problem with their toilet. They were finding flush/pink water in the cassette cupboard outside and I think possibly on the floor inside. I advised them to rub some olive oil on the cassette rubber seals as this can become dry, so when you push in the toilet cassette the rubber seal sticks and opens up slightly. It doesn't take much to let the flush water leak out. So they did just that. Smeared olive oil around all the rubbers, and it stopped the flush leaking out and everything dried up. They were also travelling with the flush full to the brim, which they advise not to do. So again they stopped doing that. So it may be a bit of both. Full flush tank and dry seals. You can buy Fenwick spray oil for rubber seals. Don't use anything with petroleum in it as it'll harden/perish the rubber (so I'm told). Regards Jonny
  4. Had the same issue with the blind on our front window (2015 Pursuit 560/5). It's still not right. If you have that decal running down each side of the window, you'll need to remove it to get to the screw heads to tighten them up on the left side of the blind. I had to replace the spring mechanism. I've subsequently been told that you can't buy the spring mechanisms on their own now, you have to buy the whole blind surround! That came from our Bailey dealer (hope he's wrong there as it's an expensive fix if you have to buy the whole kit again). Oh and beware - please resist turning the screw that extra two times for good luck! Jonny
  5. Our Pursuit is a 2015 560/5 that came with a hard plastic moon shaped (as described above) drainer that can be stowed away when not in use. It's not very big. We replaced it with a rubber folding draining mat (Joseph Joseph from Lakeland). https://www.lakeland.co.uk/25291/Joseph-Joseph-Flume-Folding-Draining-Mat-Large-Grey Jonny
  6. Up here in Shetland, you really need to get used to towing in high winds as it's a really windy place. I start cancelling plans if it's forecast for gusts in the high 40's. I find those damned high sided vans passing by me on motorways, far more scary than Shetland 's hurricane winds!. What is it about high sided vans that cause more wind pressure than some articulated lorries? Those vans just seem to suck the caravan in. However saying that, it's what you're used to towing in I suppose. A lack of motorways here in Shetland!. Jonny
  7. Sheltie

    Bad Smell

    Thanks again for the responses. We will start by taking the battery out and then go through all your suggestions. Really appreciated. Jonny
  8. Sheltie

    Bad Smell

    Cheers for the replies. Yes I'll get my damp meter out and have a look at the walls. We stuck our noses in the battery cupboard outside the van and smelt nothing, but it may be a plan to take the battery out and see if the smell goes. Thanks again. Jonny
  9. I'm posting this on behalf of my in-laws as they are not members of this forum. We are Bailey Pursuit owners and have had little problems with them over the 4 years we've owned them, other than your standard niggles. They own the 550/4 and have had minor leaking problems that have been sorted during the services. However, their van has developed a smell in the front area next to the nearside couch, similar to a stagnant drain/sink trap smell. They have cleaned and sterilized all sink/shower traps; sterilized all pipe work including the Truma furnace; cleaned it within an inch of its life and the smell still persists. We have checked all cubby spaces inside and out; underneath seating; on the seating; inside the battery compartment (sometimes a leaking or dodgy battery can give off a smell). Again, the smell is there. We just can't seem to locate the source of the pong. Sometimes it's stronger than other times. Our latest amateurish thinking is that water may have gotten in or is getting in between floor paneling and has turned stagnant. Is this possible? They've phoned the dealer and they've been as useful as a waterproof teabag. Your thoughts and advice as usual, would be greatly appreciated. Jonny
  10. Thank you all for your replies. Really helpful. I'll have a good look around the furnace and check for pipe connections. I'm hoping it's nothing mid-pipe, as that's behind plastic conduit that runs through the toilet/shower cubical. Absolute nightmare getting to that! Thanks again. Jonny
  11. T Thanks for the reply. Yeh I've tried closing all the front vents and it made no difference. Still very little air coming out the thing, although now you mention it, the little are that did come out wasn't too hot. Cheers Jonny
  12. Does anyone own the Pursuit 560/5? The vent at the rear end of the van (the kid's end) doesn't seem to vent off much hot air. I've not checked for internal blockages, so will do that at the weekend, but I was wondering if anyone else has this issue and what I might have to check. Technically the pipe run is not long; it passes through the toilet/shower from the furnace at the front end of the van, and isn't as long as the vent opening at the door, which passes around the front of the van through the kitchen units. This one blasts out air and is the longest pipe run. Any suggestions very much welcomed. Cheers Jonny
  13. I own a Pursuit 560/5 (2015). I stuck another shelf in the cupboard as we never hang clothes on hangers. Great for towels etc. I also put a shelf inside the front nearside cupboard so our muddy boots/hiking shoes can sit on that without sitting on top of the bits and pieces I need to pitch up with. Used to really irritate me having to heave out boots to get to my hook up cable etc. The top sits on sides that are attached using hinges that can fold flat, so it can go inside the cupboard door and open up. Works a treat and has added much needed room for dirty stuff. I also added two wooden rails to the four plastic brackets that hold the table under the rear nearside bench. Again this used to really irritate me as the table weighs two thousand kilos, and was supported on four small corner brackets. So you had to have someone hold the bench/slats up while you struggled to get the table set on the four brackets. I made two plywood runners with sides, and screwed them onto the front and back bracket, so all you need to do is set the table on to the runner and push it back into place. You can do this on your own now. Put up some suction cup hooks for towels etc, as the ones with the Pursuit are the worst hooks I've ever seen. The person who designed them must've been given a brief to design a hook that doesn't hook!!! I'm thinking about installing a plug at the back end for the kid's devices. Cheers Jonny
  14. I currently own a Navara and I'm thinking of replacing it next year, so was glad to read your post Northman. I've spent the whole weekend looking at the Transit Custom double in van and I've made up my mind. Can I ask you if you have the L2? (the long wheelbase version). I can't make up my mind between the short and long wheelbase versions. I really need to go for a look in the flesh. I agree, we need more reviews on the Custom as a tow vehicle. Regards Jonny
  15. Sheltie

    Locked out

    This is interesting as we had the same issue with our Pursuit while we were visiting the Lakes a couple of weeks ago. Sitting at the BBQ and the wife went to fetch something out the van - couldn't get in!!! And the key was in the van. I wouldn't care, it's happened before when the van's been parked up at the house, and for that reason I've always kept the key on me when we're out and about. But that time I'd left the key inside on the shelf above the door. A good slap on the lock area seemed to do the trick. Had a heart attack wondering how we were going to get in. Thanks for the tips. I'll be having a proper look at it at the weekend - so the file may come out!!! Jonny
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