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  1. 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 However, The cold dry has disappeared and has been replaced by rain.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.
  2. Hi all I want to remove the leisure battery to give it a full charge at home. Our Bailey Phoenix Vogue 642 has a Truma 100w solar panel fitted. My question is. Do I need to turn off (isolate) the solar panel somehow in order to be able to remove the battery safely? I am just worried about arcing at the terminals or doing some damage to the components. The manual does not mention this, it just says the battery should be fully charged before fitting. Any advice greatly appreciated RobD42
  3. My problem is I can't run the fridge when towing. I hook up to my car and start the engine, the 12v fridge light then starts flashing. Further investigation now reveals a clicking noise coming from under the front nearside seat where all the electrics are. It seems as if the fridge is causing a relay to drop out and then as soon as this happens it re-connects and then drops out again. I've also found out that if I switch a 12 volt light on in the van that this goes on and off with the cutting out. Any ideas please or can someone provide a wiring diagram for my Bailey Pageant Imperial 2000. Thanks
  4. Looking to expand our horizons and got to more site without EHU. To keep the costs down and to prevent having to drill into the caravan roof, we are thinking of getting a freestanding panel which we just get out when we need. The only problem we see with that is that on our caravan (Bailey Phoenix 420) the battery locker is under the floor, rather than being on the outside. Can anyone give me some advice on if it is possible to fit a panel, or if this is even a sensible idea? What kit would I need? Cheers in advance guys. Joe
  5. We are considering getting our first caravan. We are a family of four - two kids aged 5 and 2. We need a layout that provides us with a good sleeping arrangement so the kids can go to sleep while we relax! We also want a shower room that functions well (we don't want to rely on site facilities). Wardrobe storage is also important and a kitchen which is practical. We love the interior feel of the Adria and it is the Altea 552 DT Tamar that we are considering. We haven't seen one yet as the dealer is quite a distance away. If anyone has this van could you comment on the functionality of the bathroom - is the shower useable and how well does the drop down sink work? Is there sufficient wardrobe space? I like the high level oven but the fridge is smaller than the others we are looking at (only 90l) . The other options are the Sprite Major 6 and the Bailey Phoenix 650. We have seen both of these and the layouts work well but the contemporary feel of the Adria is much more suited to our taste. But do the Sprite or Bailey provide a more useable family caravan than the Adria? Any advice would be appreciated.
  6. 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.
  7. Tuesday 1 March 2016. We rove to Cayton Village Caravan Park, near Scarborough, to inspect and test the caravan we bought from them back in January. Part of the sale was 2 nights free on their site, which opened on the 1st of March. There was a delay of 30 mins while the warden prepped some seasonal vans. On unpacking we found that some essentials had been left at home in the excitement - my slippers, cutlery, the hard disc with the films on for the TV. So I shot off back home and returned within the hour - on;y to discover the I had left the TV on the lawn at home! Sue then returned "to do it properly". We found the new duvet cover from Duvaly difficult to fit, then discovered that the screws that hold the tv on its mount were missing, ah well, it was refurbished from Ebay! Rather than cook the first night we went out to find a pub meal, the local pub steered us to a "massive" pub / restaurant at Crossgates. My streak was very rubbery but Sue enjoyed her Mexican burrito. Sue spent a long time wandering round the camp calling the cat, eventually she arrived ready for a meal (the cat, not sue). We found the bed, with the new mattress topper from Duvaley very comfortable. but also very wam.
  8. We have just taken collection of our new Bailey Phoenix 420. We love it, it's a great little lightweight van with loads of space, had no problems towing and it's so comfortable. However, when we picked it up the dealer warned us to be careful not to go in without the feet down as it had a tendency to want to tip backwards. It wasn't until be we on site and trying to manoeuvre on and off the pitch that we realised what this meant. As soon as the feet were up and we started to nice it (with the mover) it was really unsteady. My wife had to snag at the front and push down constantly on the jockey wheel to keep it from falling over. Has anyone else had this problem? The caravan deliberately doesn't have a front locker to avoid front loading. This sounds sensible but surely it shouldn't be this unsteady? We didn't have anything heavy at the back, just a duvet in the wardrobe an the water carrier in the shower. There would have been nothing in it when the dealer was going in and out? Any advice or help would be greatly appreciated.
  9. Hi On a recent holiday trip with my Bailey Orion 530/6 and on the first night I went to put on my Whale blow air heater system to find it kept tripping the main MCB. On investigation by the supplier the unit was full of water. The supplier says all gaskets etc. .. where in tact and therefore its not a warranty replacement. My local dealer says it must have had a hose pipe up the flue due to the amount of water. I find this extremely hard to believe since it is stored securely on a Gold Secure site and the caravan had only not been off the site since the last time it was used it and the heater was working ok. Has anyone else had this problem? I dont want to replace the unit to find I have another expensive repair again in the future due to the root cause issue not being addressed. Thank you
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. Having just purchased a new Bailey Segovia I was wondering were is the best place to put the awning while traveling ? Ive always put the awning on the floor directly over the axle, however the layout in the Segovia would mean having to leave to bathroom door open to do this and as you can’t secure the door for going back further then need I’m worried about damaging the door/hinges. I was wondering what others do in this situation? a friend stores his under the rear bed but I’m not so sure about all the weight over the back.
  13. Released to day. Details of the new Pegasus Grande, 8ft wide. Now available on the Bailey Web site. https://www. baileyofbristol. co. uk/caravans/pegasus-grande Will be on show at the NEC according to Bailey.
  14. I am fed up to the back teeth with damp Bailey Unicorns and awful dealer service! In February we purchased a used Unicorn Valencia 1 from a well known dealer in Derbyshire. The sales person promised it definitely had no damp and would be rechecked as part of the PDI. We took it away happy with a new damp report showing a dry floor throughout and a few days later used it on a trip. While away I looked under the van and was shocked to see extensive rot over the rear quarter of the caravan to the extent I could push my finger through the floor. I immediately phoned the dealer who aggressively denied it was damp and said I was wrong. They reluctantly agreed to examine it and their faces dropped when the body shop technician found readings of 80% over large areas. We were offered a refund or replacement so chose a newer Unicorn Valencia 2. While we were looking at the vans on the forecourt we found that every Bailey had areas of damp rotten floor, but the one we chose was checked by the technician while we watched and we accepted it. The first trip away in the newer Valencia we found a faulty hitch head and towing electrics that were rusted through in the 13 pin plug, so after much arguing we got the owner of the dealership to have it PDId again. This was 2 week ago and they found extensive damp under the fixed bed. Having heard about shower problems I asked them to check if it was coming from the shower, but they refused until this week when my insistence made them look, and low and behold it is damp there too. It seems this caravan also needs extensive repair, and it has taken effort and extreme persistence to get the dealer to investigate thoroughly. The owner has the attitude that he knows best and will not back away from that attitude even when proven wrong. He is currently refusing to ask Bailey about known issues and fixes they may have devised even though he is an approved Bailey dealer. I cannot tell you how fed up we are!
  15. 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
  16. 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 .
  17. 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.
  18. Hi. .. I have a Senator 6 and the shower valve is defective. I've got a replacement but I can see how to get the old one out. There is a white plastic cover in the corner of the shower cubical in which the valve is mounted, but I can not see how to remove it. There are no screws or clips. It seems to be a snap in type system, I'll pulled and poked but not got it off. Before I break it trying. .. can anyone explan how to remove this cover? Many thanks Mat
  19. Hi have recently bought a 2008 Bailey Pageant Champagne and I would like to change the LED strip lights around the underneath of the cupboards with new as a few are out. The ones I have in are warm white (yellow) and ideally I'd like cool white. My question is can you get the Bailey specific lights in cool white or do you have to replace them with something different and if so what? I notice that the LED strips that are in have plugs on but some of the after market ones don't so can you buy the plugs? Also, should there be a strip light above the front cupboards? Thanks
  20. I have seen similar topics but none quite answers my question. On the series 5 Bailey Senator the awning channel begins its front downward curve before reaching the point above the front end of the side window. What experience do members have as to whether a 390cm side awning/porch will clear the window (allowing for opening) or partially cover it with the wall? I am looking at steel/aluminium/fibreglass structures rather than air tubes. Thanks for any help. From a frustrated Bradcot “semi-marquee” owner looking to simplify his weekends.
  21. Hi everyone, names Steve Returning to caravanning after quite a long time away and I am seeking a little guidance / advise in a few areas, the vans seem a lot more complex than my last one. We are in essence starting from scratch so will be purchasing a used van (about 3-6year old) and a new tow car. Having researched the tow car side considering practicality, reliability, kerb weight, towing capacity etc, I am leaning towards a Honda CRV. Kerbweight 1828 kg 85% KW 1554 kg Towball limit 100 kg Maximum towing limit 2000 kg Although I have towed staying within the 85% rule is important and due to licence restrictions I must keep the outfit below 3. 5 tones. The van is an area that I am really struggling with….I know that all manufacturers have their quicks / problems and that people tend to only write about vans when theres been a problem but are there any that I should avoid completely? Layout we are looking for for is fixed bunks (2 or 3) side dinette end bathroom separate shower with a mtplm of around 1600 or less. More space better, no preference to single or twin axle I really like the look/ layout of the Bailey Pegasus Ancona with the 3 fixed bunks, I have looked at both the a 2012 and the 2014 model which in essence is the same apart from the big bay window. The only downside is 99% of everything I have read about them has been horrendous. It has an Alitec shell with no seems to prevent leaks but yet many have problems with water ingress and damp??? I also like the look of the 2014 Elddis Avante 636 which is about as heavy as I dare go with a mtplm of 1610 which is about 88. 5% match. Does any one on the forum have either one? Whats your experiance been like with the vans? Any other vans with same layout that I should consider? Thank you in advance to anyone that can offer any assistance.
  22. Didn't appreciate the complexities of a leisure battery purchase and so foolishly didn't takethe maximum battery dimensions for theBailey Olympus 530-4 (2012) before leaving the caravan 200 miles away in North Yorkshire. Does anyone know the maximum battery dimensions that can beaccommodated? Any help much appreciated. 
  23. Didn't appreciate the complexities of a leisure battery purchase and so foolishly didn't take the maximum battery dimensions for the Bailey Olympus 530-4 (2012) before leaving the caravan 200 miles away in North Yorkshire. Does anyone know the maximum battery dimensions that can be accommodated? Any help much appreciated.
  24. 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. ..
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