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  1. I have a new (July 2018) Bailey Cabrera Unicorn IV. While towing it the sliding door came free from the retaining strap and one of the hangers broke. I tried to glue it together but perhaps predictably it has broken again. To avoid the hassle of getting my retailer to do what should be a very simple repair I contacted Bailey to ask if they had a spare hanger and some instructions to fit it. They basically told me to take it back to my retailer. My questions are, can I get this part elsewhere and, if I do, how do I fit it? Thank you.
  2. Hi New to this forum but not a Troll. Not a caravan enthusiast but bought a Unicorn Vigo 2016 in October. Was advised by the dealer to go for a Swift but my tow car couldn’t manage the weight and the Vigo was just in. I bought it to live in while at work in North North Europe. Until last week I was very happy with it: Great Layout for one/two people and fully functional kitchen and bathroom. .comfortable and light and over the winter months the Aldi central heating kept me warm. However, The cold dry has disappeared and has been replaced by rain. Last week I was rudely awoken by dripping on my forehead from a leak in the(now I read here and elsewhere notorious) roof strap leak. I have attempted to fix it with tape but it has been raining all day and the water pools in that area and it is leaking again. Does anybody have any tips on an effective short term fix? I can’t believe the appalling attitude from Bailey who charge for parts from a third party and only if you are a service agent. ....for a design fault! As I’m abroad it isn’t cost effective to drag it all the way back and I’ve only had the van up here 4 months. ‘Do they have caravans there’ was one comment from Bailey. I am worried the damp will ruin the van by being soaked up into the one/two piece fiberboard. Can somebody advise on whether this is the case? I am really disappointed. I wanted to buy British and for a few months I was very pleased but this design fault is unacceptable and even more so the parochial attitude of one of the largest caravan manufacturers in the country. Part of the reason for posting is to prevent others making the same mistake. The caravan is a significant investment for me and the plan was for cost effective work accommodation. If I can’t fix the leak and the caravan is damaged it will be a miserable fail. A great layout van but no good whatsoever if it does not fulfill the basic warm and dry fundamentals.
  3. Hi all, We are currently in France, staying in our Bailey Valencia 2013. The caravan has been sited here for nearly a year. We’ve been here for 6 weeks this trip, without many issues. .....except bloody mice! However, I noticed a puddle on the floor yesterday. First thought was hubby has overdone the pot washing! Got up this morning, kitchen floor soaked! My Dometic fridge has just stopped working! Won’t work on electric, battery, nor gas. I have checked the fuse, checked the plug socket under the cooker. No idea what to do next, except maybe buy a fridge to go in the awning! Any ideas folks? TIA, julie
  4. Hello Please could one of the helpful people on this forum advise me as to how I replace the catches on the blinds in my Unicorn Seville caravan. they have mostly broken. They are just grey bits of plastic that keep the blind and the flyscreens together. Bailey part number 1230215 I believe. I cannot see how to remove the broken bits and don't know how to fit the new ones if I buy them?? many thanks.
  5. Hi, I am hoping that there is someone out there, who might be able to help? I am alone in my caravan in France for the first time, (first time alone, not first time in France!). We have a Bailey Unicorn Valencia S2, which we have had since new. I am usually the one in charge of setting the Alde heating/water system, so am fairly used to it. I am plugged into the mains electric on site and have been using my Alde heating on electric without issue. Until last night! Van started getting colder and colder. Long story short, I can get the heating to work on the gas but not the electric! Gas is expensive, electric is free! The panel shows the circle/arrows symbol, which usually indicates that the pump is working but no such luck. I have refilled the system with the glycol mix the service engineer left with me last year but I have no idea how to bleed the system, if that's what the problem is! Can anyone help me out at all? Thanks in advance, Julie
  6. Just my opinions and for discussion on a wet Cornwall day. It’s no secret that the pursuit is no more and replaced by the Phoenix so if you are in the market for a pursuit now is the last chance to find one and beat the dealer over the head with the discount hammer. Pheonix is so similar to Pegasus that it is no surprise to see Bailey are going to dip there toe in the 8 ft wide market based on the Pegasus. Personally I think 8ft wide vans are here to stay and will be a better sales success than some think, although I am probably in the minority view on that. In practical towing terms it makes little difference and I think you will see a developing field where more 8ft tourers are used a mini statics in the future. The Unicorn which is by far the biggest seller will stay more or less as is for the October show. There will I’ll also be more dealer specials about. Motorhomes. The Aliance range to fit in with the Advance and Autograph. Let’s face it it’s an expanding market given the drive for lighter, zero emissions vehicles so that makes sense. If you can develop a zero emission van the converting to a motorhome is simple. Zero emission vehicles. In 20 years time will be predominantly hydrogen based either by liquid pump as lpg is now, or by extracting it from water by nano tech or fuel cell. We shall see .
  7. Just picked up our new Bailey Unicorn Segovia and really liking it. Purchased from Raymond James Caravans who were really excellent, and I would definitely recommend them. We traded up from a Sprite Major 6, which we also loved to be fair. But the new layout on the Segovia works brilliantly now the kids are a little older - 8 and 11. Here’s why we upgraded in case it’s useful to read (as this forum was helpful to us before we bought). We are 4 days into a France holiday so have a bit of practical experience. - Layout gives sound and space separation for the kids meaning everyone sleeps a bit better. Kids love it too having been very reluctant to let go of the sprite. - The proper wooden doors really help rather than pull across curtains. - Middle washroom is perfect for getting changed. Loads of room and having the cupboard there too really helps. We had to improvise a changing area in the Sprite with a shower curtain we purchased to link between the dinette and the bunks. .. - Despite having the middle washroom the extra few inches width of the van (yet it’s not an 8ft behemoth) and with the fridge opposite the kitchen it still feels quite spacious and open. Unlike the TD style of mid washroom which we always felt closed it off too much - The fridge is a fantastic size and nice to have a separate freezer section. It does take time to cool especially on electric hook up in France in warm (late 20s) conditions, with lower ampage etc. So we used gas to start it off. - bunk beds - great size, noticeably bigger than the Sprite and the kids have slept better for sure and comfortable for an adult too. Mattresses are hard though so we will be buying toppers for them. - front lounge seats are long enough to make into singles if you don’t like clambering over etc. We use it as a much more generous double - in fact it’s almost exactly king size - so much so we use a king size memory foam topper from Dunelm that works great. Much more space than the Sprite. We have slept a lot better as a result. - Alde wet heating - haven’t used it yet but like the idea of it. - split caravan door. We have 2 small dogs so having a split door will be very helpful. - big window at the front - didn’t think we would comment on it as much as we do, but it’s great to look out of and makes the van feel light and spacious - external gas point - haven’t used it yet but like the idea of it. We use. Cob BBQ system which is fab. - bunks on off-side so dont get covered by the awning like they did on the sprite. - electric hot plate on the cooker - our sprite just had gas, at least now we have an electric version for the hook-ups. - USB plugs on lights are great given we have USB charged devices and fans. - towing - last but not least. ... it’s longer than the sprite but the twin axle makes a huge difference towing. So stable and easier to load. .. we were constantly having to stop and move the awning bag forward and back in the Sprite to try and balance it. Even reverse parking the van onto a pitch was easier than I dreaded with a bit of motor mover help to level it. .. get the all wheel drive motor movers by the way. ... negatives: - No front locker which used to house ramps etc that now lives in the side at the back. Trade off for the extra internal length and keeping the van below 8m i guess. Although I would have liked one of the side lockers to be totally sealed from the inside to keep wet stuff etc. - electric hook up point is the same side as the awning - doesn’t bother us but seems like a strange decision when the battery is in the middle of the van (on that point the battery compartment is too shallow for most batteries so you have to buy a specific type (£129 quid I wasn’t hoping to spend when I swapped vans). - kitchen sink - on a luxury van a metal sink with exposed screws is very poor and such an oversight - only one cupboard (sprite has 2) we improvise by using the shower hanging rail (v handy) as a cupboard for hanging which means we can get our Dunelm storage boxes stacked in the actual cupboard with all our clothes - although the kids have lots of storage in their area. - dinette is at the back. We used to use the sprite’s dinette a lot as we found we could just about all sit around it so we were worried about losing that to the back of the van. And it is a shame, but. .. the pop up table is stored in the kitchen in it’s own cupboard and is really easy to get out and put up. So we use that up front now and it’s totally fine. The Sprite’s table was stored at the back of the cupboard and hard to get to. - onboard water - not a negative just a design flaw in my view. It works great and nice to have a full tank and then a full aquaroll ready to go when the tank runs out. But to refill you have to lift the front seat cushion and flick a valve switch and then switch back at the end. Surprised this is not electronic. - very slight snag with our rear dinette bunk - we picked the van up with the bunks made up (they are decent by the way and we could see our kids friends using them etc) but putting the folding mechanism down and getting it to stay flat against the van wall was a challenge. Needs hinges tensioning or a clip to hold it in place when we get back. - Alko Lock’s on the twin wheels. .. first time we have had the ones that screw into the dedicated hole on the wheel and lock into place between the hub gaps. Horrendous things - you have to get the hole to line up in the middle of the hub gap. .. on one wheel it’s a pain but next to impossible on 2 wheels. Their advice is to jack up the van and rotate the wheels. .. seriously. .. made even worse by the fact that the official caravan jacking points are removed when you fit a motor mover (I think you can use the jack from your car on the axle instead but even so). I have fitted one of the locks for now (not sure why you would really need both fitted anyway surely one is hard enough to get off) and I will be buying one of the other styles that screws to a wheel nut instead. ... anyway overall we couldn’t be happier with this Segovia van. The perfect van for our family and whilst we did really like the Sprite Major 6 - a great family van for smaller kids - there’s enough positive difference to make the upgrade to the Segovia more than worthwhile for us.
  8. The new Unicorn 3 (2015) does not come with an alarm. It has a tracker fitted so that when you notice the caravan is missing from the site, home or storage ( could be weeks ) you start to get it tracked, hopefully before it leaves the country or the tracker is removed. Then you may get it back, if you want it back. Spend over 20k and no alarm sounds daft to me, you can say goodbye to your TV, laptop, iPad, mobile phone, camera and any other belongings that could be sold at a car boot. ..
  9. Just had our Vigo go through it's 2nd service yesterday. No Damp found thankfully. Here's to another year of caravanning!
  10. This is a 2 4 1 post, you are all so lucky! I will explain how to fit your own tracker and you get a remote start for your heating. I had trouble with my S1 unicorn valencia battery going flat, found out it was the tracker battery dragging it down, there is also a small lithium batery that was at the end of its life. Not wanting to subscribe to tracker due to the expense and zero discount on many insurances, i was inclined to remove it. However the Bailey alarm is integral to the tracker system and the PIR in the living space is wireless connected to the same. On removing the batteries, i found the alarm still worked, which I wanted. I bought a TK104 GPS cell tracker. This came with a giff gaff sim card. loaded with £5 I topped it up to £10 giving me £15. So in a nut shell how this works, although i dont want to go into too much detail on this unit, this is about the application. It has magnet so you can just stick it under a steel chassis, it has its own built in anntena for GPS and Cell phone. It has movement sensors, it has a 6AH battery which lasts 4 months. Comes with external antenna for GPS and Cell phone. Relay for mainly use on a car for cutting the fuel pump. OK, so mounted this in the van, its hidden away but because its a unique system doesnt have to be as well hidden as a tracker. .. isnt! as a theif wouldnt inherantly know where it is, conversley all unicorns will have a tracker in the same place! So I connected it to the 12v system but it would power itself If I removed the leisure battery. You assign it a main phone and 5 others, no other phone can then control it. You can set 3 levels for shock sensor. You can set it to alert you if it moves any distance, say 10 metres. You can set it to a coral measurement. ie if it moves out of a imaginary box say 5 metres square, it alerts you. You can set it to constantly alert you if it moves so you can track it, but its response is usually within 3 secs. Finally, and the best bit, if fitted to a car and it alerts you its moving, you can send it a command to stop the engine either immediately or when it drops to 20mph. This is via a relay. I used this relay to connect to the external start on the Alde system. So on my control panel, I enable ext start, set the temp. Then if we go out and we are late or whatever situation and we decide we want the heating on in the vam before we get back, I simply text the unit, 'Stop' it operates the relay and brings on the heating, brilliant, and the proce for all this, I got mins with a sim card for less than £80.
  11. Hi I have a Bailey retreat which is a great van for siting however if for any reason the site power goes off we lose all power because the Retreat does not have a battery. I want to fit a battery which with my diy skills is certainly possible but I am stuck with the PDU connections, the PDU is the sames as the Bailey unicorn so I am sure this is possible but I cannot find out if the PDU already contains a battery charger or if I need to install one. Any help will be extremely helpful.
  12. Hi everyone! I'm about to replace my Bessacarr 495 with new one about 2 or 3 years old. The top three on the list to replace it are (in no particular order) 1) (another) Bessacarr 495SL 2) Bailey Unicorn Madrid 3) Coachman VIP 520/4 The odd one out of these is the Bessacarr, because of its weight I'd opt for a 2 berth. The other two have side dinettes which is what I would really like. However I love the specification of the Bessacarr. I had just about decided to go for and have been actively looking for the Bailey. That was until it suddenly occurred to me that it has hardly any exterior storage. I use the bonnet storage for things like a bucket, extendable brush, levelers, the waste water carrier, and Aqua roll handles, as well as the gas. When towing I keep the chairs, table, awning, and poles in the boot. The Aqua rolls go in the shower. Disliking touring with a cluttered caravan, as there is nothing worse than climbing over everything, so like it to be clear for when I stop for tea/lunch en-route to my destination. Does anyone here own a Bailey without a bonnet, and if so where do you store your stuff? I'm aware the fixed beds have underbed storage, but don't want a fixed bed. So far first place is now the Coachman. Where do you put stuff in the Bailey?
  13. Hi All. Hoping for some help with wiring etc on the van. Its a series 1 unicorn valencia. I have issues with the leisure battery going flat. I have found the tracker and its 2 batteries. The lithium battery is at 6VDC so had it, the dry cell alarm battery is at 10VDC so not good and is dragging the leisure down i suspect. I would like to remove the tracker and its batteries, I have got a TK104 to install and would like to instal this along with the alarm and I am going t use it to remote start the alde heating. However on unplugging te tracker, I find the alarm doesnt work, the unit which is labelled caravan tracker unit, has a small relay in and appears to operate when plugged in, during arming and disarming to chirup the sounder. So, it appears the tracker 'unit' which is made up of 2 circuit boards in 2 separate housing is, the alarm unit complete. I could remove the tracker batteries and use it as it is and it would be fine, I intend to instal the tk104 and maybe use a trigger from the alarm to trigger the tk104 as it has door open inputs etc, to then text me, if the alarm triggers. Is there a wiring diagram on the web for the van? Or, could i get one from bailey? I did a quick bit of investigation this afternoon before it got dark, but I did think that the master switch turns off power to the tracker, thereby forcing it to run on its own battery, but I could be wrong on this one.
  14. Setting up on Sunday, I reached through the outside hatch into the under-bed locker to retrieve the power connection cable. The awning's stored in there too, so I reached over it and, as I did so, felt a slight scratch to my hand. I pulled my hand out to see a couple of score-marks on the skin that, a few seconds later, bled quite, er, enthusiastically. I had brushed my hand against the fins of the radiator that passes above the hatch access to the locker. Bummer! I bet Mr Bailey never thought of that!
  15. We're shortly taking delivery of a Unicorn Valencia 3 (our first caravan!). I've ordered a Banner Energy Bull 110Ah as the Bailey brochure said the locker would take 110Ah batteries. However, looking closer it seems the Banner is a little wider than others. Anyone know if it'll fit? For reference, the quoted battery size is 350w x 175d x 230h. Thanks - looking forward to bombarding the forums with loads of newbie questions shortly
  16. I have bought an electronic valve to change over from the under seat hand valve on the water system on my Unicorn1. I have changed the valve over and bought a switch so you don't have to lift the seats. Unfortunately I can't make it work as I have not got the right switch ie one that completely changes over. Spoke to an electical supplier who could not help but suggested a 2 position to one which might work. The switches are in mat black to match the rest so limited to what can be used. Anyone have any ideas please. The existing wires I am using are the two to the pump which was suggested and is a good idea. But I can't get my head around the way to change the polarity of the two wires on the valve. Thanks
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    Kelvedon Hatch

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    Enjoying a (solo this time) peaceful weekend at Kelvedon Hatch despite the site being very full.

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    PJK 150212 3345

    From the album: Unicorn III Cadiz with Isabella Magnum Coal 250

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    PJK 150212 3382

    From the album: Unicorn III Cadiz with Isabella Magnum Coal 250

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    From the album: Unicorn III Cadiz with Isabella Magnum Coal 250

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    PJK 150212 3380

    From the album: Unicorn III Cadiz with Isabella Magnum Coal 250

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    From the album: Unicorn III Cadiz with Isabella Magnum Coal 250

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  23. From the album: Unicorn III Cadiz TV Mount

    Unicorn III Cadiz TV mounting bracket with quick-release VESA mount fitted - rear view, TV fitted & facing front of caravan showing angle of view as viewed whilst seated in the nearside bench (i. e. the worst possible viewing angle)

    © © 2015 Paul Kelly - www.paulkellyphoto.com

  24. From the album: Unicorn III Cadiz TV Mount

    Unicorn III Cadiz TV mounting bracket with quick-release VESA mount fitted - rear view, TV fitted & facing front of caravan showing angle of view

    © © 2015 Paul Kelly - www.paulkellyphoto.com

  25. From the album: Unicorn III Cadiz TV Mount

    Unicorn III Cadiz TV mounting bracket with quick-release VESA mount fitted - rear view, TV fitted, VESA quick-release lifted enough to allow the TV to slide into the recess fully

    © © 2015 Paul Kelly - www.paulkellyphoto.com

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