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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 However, The cold dry has disappeared and has been replaced by rain.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. I purchased a bailey pageant Loire 2009 just before lockdown it has been one problem after another. The caravan was pulled 150 miles home then sat for months. We have had it sited for 3 weeks now and here is the list of probs. 1, front locker cracked almost immediately - split about a third of the way across. 2, spongy floor delaminated in 3 places. Already had one patch or delam repair. 3, plastic fridge door hinge broken on the first outing. Door falling off. 4, discovered a nice crack in the back panel and it now has a spongy top right corner. Anything else I should expect after 3 weeks of use ? 😟 David
  3. Hi all looking at buying a Bailey Unicorn Barcelona as a first caravan. 2012 model. Is there anything I should look out for or is there a better van for the same or similar money. (£11500)
  4. Hi can anyone help. Found this on Caravan Guard web site "Owners of Tracker Monitor systems fitted to Bailey Unicorns between 2010 and March 2015 should be aware that these devices won’t be supported after 31st March 2018. Also the device has an internal back up battery which kicks in if power from the caravan’s leisure battery is cut – bear in mind this back up battery will only last between 3 and 5 years." Does anyone know if this is correct if so does that mean I haven't been covered by Tracker since 2018 even though I paid for 5 year cover in 2015. Any help would be appreciated
  5. Has anyone had trouble with their Thetford toilet bowl turning yellow? This is when van only 9 months old & been used for less than 7 weeks! Never had this problem before & dealer doesn't seem to have any answers either. Have bought (but bit reluctant to try) 'Elsan Toilet Bowl Cleaner' but we're not optimistic as it's a 'cleaner' not 'restorer'. Anyone able to supply ideas please??
  6. For any that are interested Bailey has done a few videos about restarting the business as Covid Safe. All available on utube. Just search Bailey Caravans. The latest is on restarting production, released today. Factory production to restart August.
  7. For this Stay-At-Home Easter Bank Holiday, we have hidden 5 golden eggs across the Bailey and PRIMA websites, with clues to help you find the answers to some very specific questions... If you find them all, you could win a Cadac Safari Chef 2 BBQ - ready to go with a quick-release hose attachment plus a Cadac pizza stone! Three runner-ups will win a £20 voucher to treat their caravan or motorhome to accessories at PRIMA Leisure. The Egg Hunt is running throughout the Easter weekend and all the winners will be picked on Tuesday 14th April. Time to get cracking!
  8. 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.
  9. Wheel Covers for your Bailey Caravan It’s nearly time for the season to start. Caravans will soon be wheeled out of storage, cleaned, polished and ready to go. You’ll be finding your locks, dusting off the awning and figuring out what new things you might need. We’re here to tell you the one thing you’ll definitely need – Bailey wheel covers. Whether you’re looking to protect your tyres from the elements or you’re fed up of a draughty awning, the humble wheel cover is one of the best caravan accessories that you can buy and is sure to become an essential. But with so many types of covers out there, which one is best? There are ones with sucker attachments, ones with clips and ones where you even need to drill into your van to install them. But do not fret Bailey owners! You can rest in the knowledge that there’s an easier solution… Why should I get a wheel cover? 1.Protect your tyres Wheel covers will shield covers from the weather. UV rays can cause your tyre to weaken and deteriorate over time. The cover works as a barrier between those rays and your tyre, making sure that it lasts longer. Wheel covers can also keep your alloys clean from dirt and dust when the van is stored or when it’s sat on a site. 2. Eliminate draughts in your awning There is nothing worse than a cold breeze sneaking underneath your van and into your awning. It can ruin your comfort and prevent any wet clothes or shoes from drying. A wheel cover can be paired with a draught skirt, by using a figure 8, to create a wall at the bottom of your van that keeps these annoying draughts out. I own a Bailey but which cover do I need? Bailey caravans are designed with an extrusion that runs over the wheel arch – yes your Bailey does have one, we promise! This acts like a tiny awning rail, allowing you to simply thread the beading on the wheel arch cover through the extrusion. Then attach the fabric of the cover to the beading with a zip, securing the cover to the van quickly and securely. Below are the types of covers available: Pre-2019 Bailey Caravans and all twin axles We have 5 different types of wheel cover, all made to fit the specific wheel arches that are used in Bailey vans. For selected vans made before 2019, you have two options: Lightweight – use for storing your van, short trips, when wheel is covered by an awning, when awning is used for storage only Heavy Duty – use for longer trips, when wheel is exposed to sun, when awning is used for sleeping or lounging Post-2020 Bailey Single Axle Caravans We have the NEW wheel cover, specifically designed for new Bailey single wheel arches. This cover is made with an attractive and hard-wearing fabric and finished with an elegant, glow-in-the-dark Bailey logo. Below are the models that you can currently purchase covers for: Single Axle Unicorn III, Pegasus IV, Pegasus GT70 - Lightweight, Heavy Duty Pursuit II & Unicorn IV (pre-2019 model only) - Lightweight, Heavy Duty Unicorn IV/Black (post-2018), Pegasus Grande, Alicanto Grande, Phoenix - Premium Twin Axle Unicorn III, Pegasus IV, Pegasus GT70 - Heavy Duty Pursuit II & Unicorn IV/Black, Pegasus Grande, Alicanto Grande, Phoenix - Heavy Duty Don't forget to add your figure of 8 channel strip too so that you can connect your wheel cover to your draught skirt!
  10. Bailey launched new range https://www.baileyofbristol.co.uk/caravans/discovery/discovery-d4-4 Some very interesting features. A different curvy development of the Body an awning rail that allows wrap around awnings. I e side and back of van all in one long front drawbar that allows bikes or storage box etc light weight and aggressively priced
  11. 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
  12. Hi All, I have a 2007 Bailey Pageant Provence Series 6 caravan, and I am struggling to try to change the bulb in one of the 4 lights which are flush mounted in hte surround of the Heiki skylight, which has failed. I am not interested in changing to LEDs, I simply want to change a bulb which has blown. I have read other advice which seems to suggest you either need to twist the bezel anti-clockwise or prise it apart. I have tried to twist it anti-clockwise to open it, but it will not open, I haven't yet taken tools to it. Other advice posted says you have to lever it apart. I want to avoid breaking it, since replacing the entire unit looks like it requires much more dismantling to get to the connection point for the wires. Does anybody have a method for opening these reliably without breaking so that I can change the bulb? Thanks in advance, Ian
  13. I am making / installing an automatic on-board water tank filling system to my 2009 Bailey Senator Arizona. I made one of these for my Lunar Delta about 20 years ago. Now I have another Caravan with an onboard tank I find it annoying how complicated Bailey have made it to fill the on-board tank. I have to remove the cushions from the rear locker, lift the rack, "set" two change-over valves, (correct combination, depending if I am using external, internal or filling internal from external). Then switch the electric pump to "fill", wait until it's filled, and then switch the valves as required for "operation". I looked on the market – there is NOTHING, nothing on Ebay, Nothing on “The Web”, nothing on YouTube, nothing in the Forums on how to do this… No gadgets, no advice, no discussion – maybe I’m the only one that wants this ???? I have added an Carver / Truma Crystal filter inlet into the side of the caravan directly next to the on-board tank. I will use my old Truma external pump to fit this fitting. This will fill the tank directly. I am fitting a relay (in a small plastic box to be neat) along with an "audible" alarm to warn me the external pump is operating. As my tank already has a "low level" sensor and a "high level sensor" (to stop the on-board [in fill mode] pump when full) it will be an easy job to do. I am fitting 2 switches - 1) Off/Fill to High Level 2) Fill to low level only (reserve level). If anyone is interested, I am going to document this fully with Photos on my Blog as it will be too detailed (and the photos) for here: https://tony-sparks.co.uk/blog/2019/09/13/automatic-on-board-water-tank-fill-system-tracker/ You will need to cut a hole in the side of your van to fit a Truma (or pump interface of your choice). You will need to be "capable" with 12v Electrics, and able to wire a 12v relay and a couple of switches. I *may* consider making the "control" boxes when I have finished mine - if there is any demand- but I may not! BTW: While you are about it (Bailey Senator Only) - I will tell you how to change the "ancient" battery on your (Secret Location) Tracker / Alarm system (mine was 10 years old and bulging - and was down to 2.2v!). Replacement battery - £14.50 delivered from Ebay! Any Comments ?
  14. I've a 1997 Bailey Hunter Lite 470/5, which I'm enjoying very much, other than connecting up the waste. The kitchen waste is forward of the left axle, facing forward, and the toilet sink waste is at the rear right of the 'van, facing backwards. (We don't use the shower, so the third waste isn't relevant). Currently using lengths of flexi hose, but each has to double back under the 'van, and it's a bit of a pain getting them both into the waste container, which needs to be far under the 'van for the hoses to reach. I could just get longer hoses, but is there a cleverer way of doing it?
  15. I have a Bailey senator Louisiana. key goes into lock turns quarter anti cw then stops. I can’t get in the van! I have used ice, gentle persuasion and language lol. anyone got any ideas?
  16. Hi Could someone offer some advice on how I go about replacing the two speakers that are attached to the factory installed jvc head unit. They are two of them and they are mounted at the front of the van near the seating area above our heads under the locker compartments. one of the speakers rattles when music is being played and I believe the speaker is damaged/ worn out. i can’t see a way to remove the trim surrounding the speaker, do I just prose it away as there are no screws showing .. thanks and best regards Tim
  17. 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
  18. Hi, I've just bought a new Bailey Phoenix which has a 'Truma Inet Ready' control panel. Does this mean that the Inet box will be in the van somewhere? I haven't found it, but not sure if I would have to purchase this separately. Thanks
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
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