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Happy Daze

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    Retired, but still plenty of life left in me so looking for new horizons.
  • Make & Model of Towcar / Toad
    Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Caravan / Motorhome / Static (Make and model)
    Bailey Unicorn Valencia

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  1. Thanks for that, but its stored near Peterborough.
  2. The same occasion. Its weighing heavily on my mind... Second. Originally I asked if I'd done any damage to my van. Now I'm trying to come to terms with am I using the jockey wheel . If you can't put something positive why don't you just not post anything. You don't help matters. Thank you everyone (apart from Mr Negativity). I've made notes which hopefully will help next time.
  3. I'm a newbie lone lady who is realising a dream of reliving the happy caravanning experience in the past but this time on my own. When I got the van a few weeks ago towing seemed to be the most nerve wracking experience. Not any more. Whilst putting the van into storage and uncoupling, I inadvertently had the jockey wheel crash down with the front of the van hitting the ground. I knocked on someone's caravan who came to my aid and lifted the van back up. I'm now terrified of the next time I couple up in case it happens again. How do I get the jockey wheel into position so I can raise or lower it in to the hitch without this happening again? I find rather than enjoying the thought of going out in the van again, I'm now dreading it! I have to take it back to the dealers in a few days to get a problem sorted out and I'm already getting anxious.....
  4. I'm a total lone female newbie to caravans, my ex having done everything to do with the van. Got the can on Saturday. Son helped me with advice on towing, unhitched me at campsite and then left me to it. The salesman told me the first thing to do was push the yellow lever down under the berth near the sink. I then filled the aquaroll and heard the pump working when I switched it on on the control panel by the door. I left time for water to fill the tank and noted it was nearly empty, so water was going somewhere. I opened the sink tap and there was a splutter. I opened the washroom and shower taps, ditto. Then nothing. I kept the taps open and swivelled them round hot to cold but nothing - no water coming out. I closed the taps and opened them again, no luck. I you tubed, googled and consulted the Bailey manual without luck. The heating was fine and as it was only an overnight stay, I filled a 5 litre water container for my needs. I kept trying the taps throughout the evening without success. One thing I didn't do was to put the gas on as I as on electric hook up and didn't plan on doing any cooking. Does the Alde system need to run on gas? I phoned the dealership when I got home but they seemed puzzled asking me things like is there another water tank somewhere. They suggested I ring them when on site again. I find this all frustrating and maybe in my mid sixties I shouldn't be taking this on on my own, but I enjoyed my 10 years of caravanning so much I wanted to recreate it. Is there something I didn't do i.e. put the gas on etc? What am I doing wrong? Any help appreciated.
  5. Thanks all that's reassuring. Lost in the wilderness - I will check next time I'm out
  6. Does anyone actually use theirs? Doesn't look as if you can get much more than a few crisp packets and similar in. Can you get a bigger bin you can slot in or are they a permanent fixture?
  7. Being a newbie, I made the mistake yesterday trying to adjust the jockey wheel whilst unhitched yesterday by undoing the small lever. A mistake I hopefully won't make again. Anyway the jockey wheel suddenly collapsed down completely making the A frame and caravan front also collapse down fully. I managed to find someone to haul it back up with him directing me on how to get the jockey wheel back up. My question is would I have done any permanent damage to the caravan with this silly mistake?
  8. Thanks. I initially heard a sputtering. I opened the taps but only to the midway between hot and cold setting. The splutter died then nothing. I didn't put the tap to the hot position so will try that next time.
  9. Ah, okay. So I suppose they were left in the open position when I collected the van?
  10. Thanks for that bspks. I did open up the bellows and when I tried to raise the hitch nothing seemed to be happening. Should the jockey wheel be up before I try winching the hitch off the towball? I wish I'd watched my ex more closely now when we had a caravan! I'm a total numpty. Kelper is there any other lever apart from the yellow one I should flick on the Alde tank under the berth to maybe get the water flowing through?
  11. As a newbie, excuse if I ask silly questions. Do I need to turn any of them on when pitching up?
  12. No, I depressed the yellow lever on arrival as told to do by dealership. Should I leave yellow lever in up position when I leave site?
  13. Collected my five year old Bailey Valencia yesterday with my son. Was so excited. I previously had a motorhome for a short time but couldn't get on with it so part exchanged it for this van. I caravanned with my ex for ten years so it's in the blood. Son drove us out of the dealership as there was a lot of traffic and mini roundabouts. I took over at the services. He was giving me tips as he's an HGV driver. We got to the campsite without incident. He set me up by unhitching the caravan and putting wheel and hitch locks on. Then he left me to it. I felt quite lonely once he'd gone and I was on my own but got going setting things up. I got the wastemaster and aquaroll sorted and could hear the pump working once I did what the salesman told me to flick the yellow lever down under the berth to start the Alde system and switched the pump on by the door. I worked the controls for heating and hot water and waited for the water to be pumped through the system. After a while I checked the aquaroll which was nearly empty. Opened the sink tap - nothing. Tried the other taps, no luck. Where was the water going? Heating came on ok. I switched the pump off as it was labouring and tried to enjoy the rest of the evening in my warm caravan, filling a small container of fresh water for my needs overnight. It poured with rain this morning and I got soaked trying to unlock the security with the aid of You Tube and google. Managed to back the car nicely on to the towball with the aid of the reversing camera and proceeded to the storage compound. That's where my problems started. I got to my allocated pitch and tried to unhitch. Try as I might I couldn't get it to budge. More consulting Google etc. Moved forward a tad to relax the rubber concertina thingy. Still no luck. Went back to the campsite and knocked on someone's van. I found my knight in shining armour! He unhitched the alko for me and went back to his van. I then tried to lower the jockey wheel and the whole lot collapsed. The van crashed to the ground on the A frame. It was still pouring with rain and I finally burst into tears with sheer frustration. Got my knight back and he lifted it up for me whilst I manipulated the jockey wheel back into place. I owe him a crate of beer! He stayed with me while we got to grips with the mover and watched it nicely move onto the pitch. Once I do my towing course this week I will try to reverse in. I must admit I was really shaken by the experience especially being in my late 60s. Was I mad doing this at my time of life? My son told me not to let this put me off as I had done well so far. But I'm worried I might not have the brute force to unhitch the towball next time. The only thing keeping me going is the thought of spending quality time in my van once I've get to grips with everything! Oh and I need to get back to the dealer regarding no water situation or can anyone shed light on what I've done wrong?
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