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  1. Hi all, Apologies for my first post being a cry for help, but I'm hoping that some of you might share your thoughts on how I might proceed in my situation. Thanks in advance for any help you can give, it's much appreciated! Background: I have a 2016 Bailey Pursuit 540/5 which I've had from new. Due to some stupidity/forgetfulness/hard times on my part, I managed to miss a service a couple of years back, so it's out of warranty. I've kicked myself a lot about that, trust me. The van has seemed 100% fine until this recent service - the dealers have found damp in the floor at the rear, my nightmare. They say that some is caused by a leaky toilet cassette hatch - there have been very small mould blooms on the vinyl near the loo but I thought that was caused by a damp mat I missed when the basin tap was leaking slightly on a long trip. Another mistake!! I'm struggling to see where that leak is happening, but I've replaced the seal and resealed the join to the caravan wall. The rest they think is caused by the dreaded Bailey roof strap. When I first read about this (I lurk on forums, sorry!) I checked for any signs of ingress and found none. I slathered the strap ends with tons of sealant just as a precaution. I haven't seen any signs of damp, either inside or on the underside of the van. I check it regularly, and use a moisture meter, so I was surprised by the strap news. However, when I went and checked under the vinyl under the bottom bunk yesterday, it's black. I'm gutted. My quote from the dealers is to - replace the roof strap, take out the furnishings at the back end (whole bathroom and bottom bunk), lift the vinyl, dry out and replace the floor, rebuild. My questions to you all are: - The floor is black, but seems solid enough. Do you think the floor really needs replaced? - Would the floor dry out naturally if the ingress is stopped? Or does the vinyl need to be lifted? - How can I effectively check between the floor and the vinyl for damp in future? There has been no smell and no elevated moisture readings (guess the dealers have a better way of checking) - Would you spend the £3K+ getting the dealers to completely redo the backend (as it's out of warranty) or ask them to sort the roof strap only and try to dry out the van yourself? - Or even, would you try and fix the roof strap yourselves? Thanks again for any thoughts/guidance you may have.
  2. Hello, we have a 4 berth Bailey Pageant Champagne caravan. It’s rather old (2002) but it’s our introduction to caravanning. It keeps throwing problems at us and so far we have been able to work things out. Until today. We have just shown our grand children and they are very excited to learn we are taking a trip this weekend. But we have a problem. The kitchen tap is dribbling virtually no water because it’s literally pouring out Underneath! I presume a pipe has broken but how on earth can I find it? I can’t see any obvious way to get to the pipe work. Urgent help needed. Can anybody help please?
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. I have a Bailey Madrid S2. I purchased a new battery and decided to install it. Switched off mains in van Slid out battery tray Disconnected negative lead then positive. installed new battery in reverse procedure I then switched on mains... nothing!!! I’ve changed both fuses at back of battery box... Nothing!!! Plugged in EMU 230v supply and only sockets appear to be working The independently fitted motor mover works 12v so power is getting to the van. I’ve also checked the fuses on main board inc. van battery...All ok Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions? I can’t understand how a simple battery change has caused so much issues as this only leaves the main consumer box, the board inside it or the control panel itself. Please help if you can or if you’ve experienced the same issue Thanks
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. Hello all, While I assume my 2017 Twin axle Pegasus Palermo has AL-KO chassis and running gear, does anybody know for certain if it's got the correct holes for the Al-Klo packing brackets to be bolted straight on (See image)? As advised on this forum and to save money on insurance, I sourced myself two No.33 chassis wheel locks but our caravan doesn't haver obvious jacking points! I have an AL-KO jack already and can't afford a 'lock n level' system just yet but I need to quickly be in a position where I can easily fit both locks! Another of my assumptions is that I can't jack the caravan without AL-KO brackets or an expensive trolley jack, would love for somebody to tell me I'm wrong!?!? I was going to hitch the car and 'carefully' attempt to use my car jack to lift the chassis but I've convinced myself that isn't wise and I could potentially cause damage! Thanks in advance Ted
  10. Being laid up at present for a couple of weeks has been sending me stir crazy. So given the number of posts on Warranty claims, being knocked back for – common problems experienced by members I have tried to put together a comparison chart manufacturer to manufacturer. (British main stream vans) I am fully aware of the protection given by the Consumer Rights Act 2015 and that this usually exceeds what the manufacturer gives. But the differences between manufacturers confidence in their product might just surprise some people and assist others. All the information has been taken from the web sites. If I got it wrong and in at least one case it is not even published on the manufacturer’s site, which refers you to the ‘handbook’ for full details. (quite how you do that without getting one with a van is not explained.) Just to compound matters some tell what is covered, and some, what is not, you can work on it for hours trying to make it clear. I’ve removed small cost items like bulbs etc. They all have wear and use conditions etc. Ignoring the eye catching headline 10 years water ingress etc. All manufacturers appear to cover almost everything for 12 months. With the caveat that some items have their own warranty like cookers etc.(why ?) It is after the first 12 months that things get interesting. Year two Bailey – No change except Microwave – Stereo and speakers. NOT covered. Swift – Now revert to a list of things covered. In years 2 and 3 of the Swift SuperSure Warranty, the Warranty will only cover any defect with the following components: Water system, heater, fresh water tank, water pump, water gauges, taps and shower heads; Heating system and components; Main proprietary items (for example fridge, toilet, cooker); Chassis and associated parts; Auxiliary electrics ; and Windows (excluding window furniture and blinds). · Microwave – Audio and T. V. are NOT covered . Explorer group eg. Elddis – Buccaneer – etc. NOT now covered Microwaves Tyres Windows and glass Deterioration of exterior paint work Soft furnishings, carpets and floor coverings Entertainment equipment Plastic and GRP exterior panels Plastic products including A-frame covers, wheel spats and shower trays Minor adjustment of blinds, hinges, catches, stays and doors (Quite frankly how they expect people to pay over £30k with this sort of cover is beyond me.) Lunar Not on their web site so I called a dealer who read from the Service book. He says the following are NOT covered. I have not seen this document. Carpets – Soft furnishings – windows – hinges – A frame cover – wheel spats – shower tray/cubical – Front and Back plastic panels. (Ditto my remarks about Explorer group if what I was told is true, hopefully a Lunar owner can confirm or otherwise what is covered) Coachman. The specific exclusions of the Coachman Caravan Company Limited Warranty during years two to five are tyres, windows, paintwork, brightwork and all similar trims and finishes, tables, hinges, knobs and handles, window catches, stays and associated fittings, adjustment of blinds, catches, stays and doors, entertainment/communications system and connected equipment which are covered by the respective manufacturers’ own guarantee. Year 3 Bailey Now they revert to a list of what is covered · Chassis: all chassis members including corner steadies · Suspension: axle suspension and braking system (excluding any damage to or faults in brake drums and shoes that are caused through misuse of the braking system or from normal wear and tear) · Running Gear: road wheels (excluding tyres) · Towing Mechanism: all mechanical components fitted to vehicle (excluding electrics) · Cooker: the cooker unit including burners, grill, oven, flame failure device and igniter · Refrigerator: door seal condenser, gas control valve, gas igniter, flame failure device,12 and 230v heater elements, gas thermostat, 230v thermostat and 230v temperature control switch · Water System: water heater (gas or electric), fresh water tank, water pump, water · gauges, taps and shower head · Electrical System: mains hook up input connector, ELCB, battery charger and · distributor unit and interior lighting units (excluding bulbs) · Cassette Toilet: the cassette toilet is covered (excluding seals, valves and glands) · Heating System: thermostat, motor, switches, control unit, gas heater, flame failure · device and igniter (excluding ducting and fittings) · Windows: the functionality of the opening and closing system (stays, handles and catches) and a warranty against the cracking of the acrylic · Upholstery: zips, seams and colour fastness. A list that appears quite comprehensive. Swift. Identical to year 2. Explorer Group. No change from year 2. Lunar Couldn’t find out. It beggars belief what some manufacturers are not prepared to cover in a warranty after year 1. If I've got it wrong please correct. I do not consider quoting their own literature as taking 'a pop' at any manufacturer. But it was and is a consideration on my purchases and will continue to be so.
  11. I wondered if anyone could help with some advise? My Alko Wheel Lock on my 2012 Bailey Pegasus Verona has now faded from Red to a Pinky/Orange colour. I really think it looks awful & uncared for. It also has a few chips on the paintwork from the years of use. I was wondering if anyone else has experienced this? I am thinking of giving the lock a coat of Smooth Red Hammerite Paint? I realise I need to be careful to mask the lock off appropriately & make sure I get no paint where it's not supposed to be. I have already ordered a new plastic "wheel protector" back plate to replace the one on the lock that is worn too. Has anyone else tried to revamp their lock & did it work? I just don't want to do any damage to the lock. Thanks so much for your help guys.
  12. 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.
  13. So after one trip using caravan the mrs and I want to start a wish list of things we would like and which order to get them. Awning would be good. motor mover sounds like a good idea but no idea what type etc solar panel. Is this a good idea or waste of money? what else should be on list?? thanks for help James ( if this is posted in wrong place pls move it right place. )
  14. I am new to this forum and was needing some help with the correct awning size for my caravan listed above. The Bailey website states a1025cm should fit but I would like a second opinion from anyone who has or has had a Bailey Madrid s2 2013. Isabella awnings are quite expensive so I’d like to make sure the size is correct before I bite the bullet and purchase one thanks brian
  15. 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
  16. 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)
  17. 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
  18. 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??
  19. 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.
  20. 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!
  21. 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!
  22. 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
  23. 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 ?
  24. 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?
  25. 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?
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