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Sleekpony

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  • Gender
    Female
  • Location
    Woking
  • Interests
    windsurfing
  • Towcar
    Hyundai iLoad
  • Caravan
    Bailey Unicorn Vigo

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  1. Adventure Caravanning - Shock News! Bailey Unicorn Vigo joins the Mile High Club! Have a read. https://worldwidewalkies.blog/2019/12/05/towing-the-transfagarasan-joining-caravannings-mile-high-club/
  2. https://worldwidewalkies.blog/our-exit-before-brexit/ Join us on our Out of Season Odyssey to make sure that our four dogs could get INTO the EU before Halloween, come what may!
  3. Hi Colin - France does not have Calor bottles. We have been using a Safefill all over Europe for the last 3 years and are delighted with it. If you are interested, here is our comprehensive review. https://worldwidewalkies.blog/2018/03/10/safefill-refillable-gas-bottle-review/
  4. A caravan/moho specific satnav is one of the last things that I would leave at home while touring. With Black Friday on the horizon, if any of you are thinking of taking the plunge, I thought that you might appreciate our honest review of the device that has guided us from Hungary to the UK then back to Italy in the last year. https://worldwidewalkies.blog/2019/11/24/caravan-motorhome-specific-sat-nav-tom-tom-go-camper-review/
  5. Some pictures from our travels around Europe
  6. Don't let what happened to us happen to you! Most leisure vehicles are stolen from storage. As the season closes and many of us are putting our caravans and motorhomes to bed for the winter, it's a great time to review your security measures to make sure that next season doesn't start with a shock! https://worldwidewalkies.blog/2019/11/17/5-ways-to-improve-caravan-or-motorhome-security/
  7. Have you ever thought of quitting the rat race to go and tour full-time? That is exactly what Mark and Jackie Lambert did with their four dogs in tow. 'Dog on the Rhine - From Rat Race to Road Trip' is the true story of their second year of Cavapoo and caravan-based adventures. This time, the Doodles explore Deutschland, go for a Bark around the Balkans and Bohemia, get evicted from Austria and recommend a few places that are definite GOBs – Get Onyer Bucketlist! Including tips on travel planning and a Barrel of Brewing Wisdom (the author was formerly a professional beer taster) ‘Dog on the Rhine’ is a romp along the road less travelled, in a few countries where beer is a National Institution. The first book 'Year 1 - Fur Babies in France' received Five Star reviews. Both books are available worldwide as either eBooks or Paperbacks via Amazon if you search for the author's name - Jacqueline Lambert (Both paperbacks are available wholesale via Ingram Spark.)
  8. Hello lovely people, have any of you stored your caravan abroad before and if so, which insurer did you use? Most UK insurers seem uncomfortable with storage abroad, but we plan to have a head start from Italy to head east to the Baltics and maybe Russia next year! We have found an insurer called Flux who will insure us for storage abroad. Have any of you used them and are they any good? And if anyone has been caravanning in Russia, any advice?!
  9. We had rather a steep learning curve - deciding to go from First Timers to Full Timers in just a month. .. Of course we paid FAR TOO MUCH for EVERYTHING in our first year - so I thought that I would share with you how we saved literally thousands in our second! If you have any killer tips, please do share them with me! We quit our jobs to tour full time, so every penny counts. ..! https://worldwidewalkies. blog/2018/03/18/10-tips-to-save-money-while-caravanning/
  10. We bought a Snooper Ventura caravan/motorhome-specific Sat Nav to guide us on our travels. We have got rid of most of our possessions to travel full time, but this is one of the last things that we would ever give up! To find out why, click the link below. https://worldwidewalkies. blog/2018/03/07/caravan-sat-nav-snooper-ventura-pro-2700-review-warts-all/
  11. “Electricity is really just organised lightning.” George Carlin And that is why you need to be rather respectful of it. Especially in a caravan! To find out more, click the link below. https://worldwidewalkies. blog
  12. We bought a Safefill a couple of years ago and we are delighted with it! People often ask us questions - how much do you save? Is it easy to refill? Are you allowed to refill it? The answer is that we have NEVER had a problem, but here is a comprehensive review based on our experience. https://worldwidewalkies. blog
  13. Hi Everyone UPDATE ON BAILEY ALKO AXLE PROBLEM A copy of an email was published on Bailey UK Owners Facebook page on 9th March 2018. It seems to suggest that Bailey are now addressing the axle problem IF REPORTED, however I am not sure of the source! I have received some reports that when weighed empty, some Bailey caravans exceed the permitted laden weight. So it may pay to check! The link to the FB page is in my blog https://wordpress. com/post/worldwidewalkies. blog/5859 PS I am flattered that you think my blog was written by a bloke. Cheers! Jackie :-)
  14. I understand the chairman of the Bailey Owners Club is running a list and survey for Bailey HQ to get them repaired, best to contact Alan White the chairman and he can get your details to Bailey to get it sorted.

  15. I am trying to find out and share details of the problem and outcome from anyone who has suffered problems with an Alko chassis, particularly on a Bailey caravan. We currently have such a problem and are battling it out with Bailey I think that there is a problem which should be covered under warranty, but am being blamed for causing the problem. We were due to pick up our 2 year old Bailey Unicorn Vigo from its service last week. They called us to say it was ready, then called us 10 minutes later to say that it was unfit to drive!!!!! The word 'axle' was mentioned, as were the words 'overload' and 'probably your fault and not covered under warranty' although we had to wait for an Alko engineer to confirm that the arms on the axle are bent to double the angle that they should be, causing the suspension to sink. The good news is that they have discovered the cause of the caravan flooding when we towed in the rain. There is a huge hole in the wheel box caused by the tyre rubbing against it. A huge hole that they didn't find when they went over the caravan with a fine toothcomb to look for the source of the leak at the end of last year! Holes in the wheelbox caused by tyres rubbing is a problem that I found in a 10 minute web search that others have suffered. The dealer said they had never come accross it before. We stand accused of overloading the caravan. Funny, because we tow with a van to carry all the heavy items for the exact reason that we don't want to overload the caravan! But we also weighed every item, even teaspoons, and have a spreadsheet (I know!) which tells us the total weight of everything we originally put the caravan. We were very confident that it was not overloaded! Alko accused us of a 98kg overload. We have been back to the caravan today, emptied it and weighed every single item in it. Unsurprisingly, the payload was under the 1500kg permitted, but the dealer doesn't accept that our scales are accurate enough to account for the nearly 100kg discrepancy between what Alko weighed (caravan + contents) and our contents weight. My husband was formerly a senior fleet manager for an international haulage company and knows a thing or two about loading. It is worth noting that the margin of error on portable weighbridges is plus or minus 100kg! There is also a lot of red tape involved in the calibration of the area where they are used. We have asked for all the supporting documentation. One of Baileys own advertising photos shows a Bailey caravan with a car and a man standing on the roof, claiming a load of 1600kg. I know that the caravan is stationary and not being towed, but there must be a tolerance on the axle that means that it won't collapse if you pop in an extra teaspoon while you are towing! We spoke to an independent engineer who has dealt with several similar cases and he said that it was insulting to our intelligence to suggest that an overload of 98kg would cause the axle to collapse (even though we are now satisfied that it was NOT overloaded!) He suggested that we pursue it through the small claims court - the same advice that we got when we took some legal advice through our insurers. We are starting a warranty claim against Bailey. I believe that there is a problem with the axles that is being avoided by the manufacturer. From the research that I have done on the web, axle problems are not uncommon or unknown, but Bailey and Alko don't want to know. The only way to make them take responsibility is to prove that these are not isolated incidents caused by lots of irresponsible owners overloading their vans. My worst fear is that we will have the repair and be in the same position and accused of overloading this time next year.
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