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  1. Hi, 1st time buyer here, I'm sure you get soooo many people coming on here asking the same questions, but it is so hard to get independent advice, etc. I have put a deposit on a bailey ranger 505 2009/2010, the inside looks amazing, really clean, no smell or signs of mould, etc. When I went to view it today the guy said... wait for it... there is some damp in the top of the rear cupboard (spongy wall board). I went to look and couldn't find it, asked him to show me and there it was, not noticeable, unless pressed. The area is the size of a small plate. He explained that the water ingress is co
  2. This weekend like the first of many to come has been spent stripping out MOLLY. after 2 trips to the dump with cupboards cushions and wood, loads of wood we got her stripped out to see the full extent of the damp. We removed all of the black walls and the insulation foam that was damp and was still spitting water by using a wood chisel then left it to dry out that was day 1.
  3. At our new vans first service they found damp in 2 places, at the bottom NSF corner of the front window and at the OSF side where the water intake is, going back in a couple of weeks to have some more readings taken, rubbish really.
  4. Can anyone help? I have a 2005 Lunar Quasar 462. It has a musty smell (only when stored). I have recently purchased a moisture meter. I have tested all areas and have found damp in wardrobe . The area is where the grab handles (at the rear). Above the handle the meter had a reading of 0. The area below the handle, the reading went higher the lower to the floor i went. Final reading 48%. Q1. Are the handles sealed on the body of the caravan? Q2. Are the rear lights sealed. Q3. Could the seals have perished. I haven't had chance to check these out as yet, but any ideas on t
  5. Looking for damp repair in Midlands & South Yorkshire areas, please ? I'd sooner have a small independent repairer than a large dealer. (Better service). -thanks if you can help, we're desperate and old !!
  6. Hello, I bought the caravan 1,5 years ago and at the moment of purchase the corners of the floor were fine, I inspected myself. There's no warranty, I can't get in touch with the seller any more. What's happening is that whenever there's heavy rainfall, both rear corners of the caravan get damp and soft from the outside. I have checked the walls, they are all dry, I am sure the water is not getting down there from the walls or from the inside of the caravan. It has to come from outside. They corners do dry out in about a week of sunshine, but sometime
  7. 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
  8. In May, I bought a brand new Swift Basecamp for ~£19K. It turns out it had been manufactured improperly and due to unprotected water ingress is now thoroughly damp throughout (80-95%)! have refused to take the caravan back and refund me. We are now in dispute about what happens next. My advice. Avoid Basecamps like the plague.
  9. Advice please. Our service found damp at the rear of the caravan about 8 weeks ago. I resealed where the garage thought the water was getting in with sikaflex straight away. I kept an eye on the damp levels since. One rear corner showed the damp reduce. The other under a bench was not changing so I pulled up the lino yesterday and found the floor as in the picture. I've got a fan and dehumidifier on the go. I don't think anymore water is getting in. What will the damage be once it dries? Will I need to replace or will it be okay once dry and I can continue without need for a repair?
  10. Hi all, I'm new to the caravan world and need some advice. I brought a 2008 Bailey Ranger from a dealer six months ago to enjoy some breaks away with the family. Today I happened to look under the caravan at the back and noticed two damp patches in the floor panel in each corner at the back. There both about the size of a CD, and spongy. On the off side of the van the damp has started to track down the side rail. It was serviced and damp tested just before I brought it and given the all clear from a large dealership. To me (but I may be wrong) it looks like where the spray fro
  11. Hi everyone I have just purchased a used 2003 Compass Rallye 524. For £2,500. 00 that came with a new full awning with carpet and curtains etc which I managed to sell for £500. 00 We got it home and over the last few days I have been looking in corners investigating what needs to be done etc I then decided to buy a damp meter (lol bit late) and found damp behind the hob 28% . In the washroom inside the wardrobe walls are giving me 35% to 28% , the floor under the wardrobe extending along the floor of the van to the point where the first chair is giving a
  12. Help please: when starting to revamp the interior, I found a small amount of damp in my '84 caravan. How can I treat it? Have pulled some of the interior wall off to let it dry out first. My 3 questions are: 1. Can I use mastick on the outside to plug up the small dink/hole? 2. Do I just let the interior wood dry out, or do I also paint a damp proof sealer on it once dried? 3. Where can I get the sort of board I need to re-fit the piece I pulled off the interior wall? It is a curved wall and the stiff I pulled off looks like it is Hessian backed. Thank you, this
  13. Ive just been to view a 2001 swift challenger 490 se 5 berth and everything was great, apart from a patch of damp along the bottom of the cooker unit adjacent to the door. This seems to be only affecting the unit side and front trim edge from the floor upwards 2 to 3 inch. The wall and floor seem hardly affected at all and but the carpet adjacent to it has a stain like a spill on it. Also the owner told me the 'van has been kept on a seasonal pitch on a site close to the sea and you can see a bit of daylight between the bottom of the door and the seal. Maybe rain has been driven past the
  14. We have discovered the dreaded damp in our otherwise lovely 2003 Avondale Dart 556-6. It manifested itself after particularly heavy rain and wind at half term, but from the feel of the walls it is not a new problem, as they are quite spongy in a couple of places. This is around the toilet and rear offside wall and on the nearside wall in front of the door. A caravan engineer who is based on our storage site suggested it is probably the seam around the middle of the caravan sidewalls. We do not have the £3000 quoted to replace the rear side panels, so we'd appreciate advice and thoug
  15. Ian Wall


    We are new to caravanning and a couple of years ago brought a Sterling Eccles Emerald. We were slow to get it serviced and this was done by a mobile technician on 29 November 2017. There were a few problems to sort out but the most damning was a line of damp recorded around both sides. The worst was 70% along both back walls. Otherwise it was 12-20% along the edges of the seals and the windows with a floor around the kitchen that was spongy. The odd thing for my wife and I was that it seemed as dry as a bone inside with no musty smell or signs of damp. I do not doubt the veracity of th
  16. Please can somebody help ? I’m just in the process of buying a used Bailey Pursuit from a repretable dealer on handover I have noticed a big black patch of furry mould on the wood above the front window where the curtain track is. Has anybody had anything similar and able to shed any light on it ? Also the dealer is trying to fob me off saying it’s nothing it wipes off so after long arguments he put a damp tester on it and the machine read 169 ? Does anybody know what this means any advice would be much appreciated.
  17. I don't know if this posted in the right place. But here it goes. .....i bought a bailey caravan in June of this year the advert stated as a very good condion caravan just slight bit of dame in the front corner can use as it is,or easy fix and was now dry he even gave me the board to fix it. Got it home and got my dad to come round to have a look at it ( he's a carpenter) turns out that the whole front needed to be repaid as was rotten very badly. ....anyway wasn't bothered about that as it was a beautiful caravan and was what we was looking for fast forward to Thursday went in to the van
  18. I got away with it until now but my van was diagnosed with damp on its service this week. 74% in one locker and 45% in the other. It will go back to have the floor replaced in both lockers and the gas locker. the wheel arch area showed a high reading too but there was no sign of split liner. They will investigate further when it goes back in. I am disappointed but hope they do sort it out. Visited my dealer this afternoon as my van is only covered by the 6 year damp warranty. i can upgrade to 10 years for £285 so will need to make a call on whether to do so for peace of mind. They
  19. We've just set out on a trip to the UK which will include, fortunately, a visit to the dealer for our first service. Today we've had temps of 24 degrees, and according to the Alde unit the temp inside the 'van was 30. Returning from a meal out, with the sun setting, I noticed condensation between the panes of the large central front window. Has anyone else experienced this?
  20. Guys, I had my caravan damp sorted last may by a guy who was offering 12 months warranty in their website with a whole load of workshop approved logos. As with any damp repair it wasn't cheap but he sorted it. That is what we thought until we had the same issue in the same place only 7 months later. I tried contacting the guy many times and he only gave me excuses, ie getting a new place, being away, etc. Even his website was taken offline. In the end I PX my caravan in for another one as got fed up of waiting. Dealer took a huge chunk of what was offered as it was too wet inside
  21. We had some minor damp repairs done on the bathroom window seal under warranty by our dealer a few weeks ago. We collected the van and went away for the weekend. We set up the van then went to the pub for a few hours. When we got back there was water EVERYWHERE! The aquaroll was empty so 40 litres of water had leaked from the bathroom and across the van floor. We returned the van the next day and they were full of apologies and said they'd investigate. Apparently one of the pipes had been cut during the warranty repairs. They've been drying the van out all week and say they've now go
  22. My Cadiz 3 has just had its 2nd service and been diagnosed with 42% damp at the rear off-side. The dealer reckons that he can't look at it until June at the earliets because of the number of damp repairs that he's got scheduled in already. He did however empahasis that it was all marques and not just Bailey's. I'm really upset as this is my fifth Bailey van and the only one that's had a problem - just have to go with it at the moment but it's taken the shine off what we thought was our keep forever van
  23. Hi, we bought our first caravan, a Rapido pop-top built in 2000, just before Christmas, from a very helpful dealer, who has resolved such small issues as arose during negotiation most cooperatively. We first had an inspection by an independent approved engineer, extra important to us as we're complete caravan virgins, though have had years with tents. He identified a couple of hand-sized damp patch readings at the front, one round the water heater vent, but advised that these were insufficient to turn down what he still thought was a good buy at the agreed price, generally in excellent nick
  24. Hi All, Looking to upgrade my caravan and was wondering which one of these new constructions is 'best' to reduce water ingress and structural integrity and warranty. Looking to get a used caravan but can only afford models between 2011 to 2014 (if I stretch my budget to its limits for a twin axle) Any suggestions?
  25. Well, just had second service on Saros SB. All was well until it came to the damp meter check. ...... Readings were excellent all round, Every part of the van read 7% which is, to quote the "AWS Tourer Damp Report", no cause for concern. Then the floor was tested and everywhere read 7/8 until it came to the entrance door. .. The meter reading here across the entrance and back to the edge of the carpet, either side of the mat, plus about 6" into the base cupboard and the seat either side of the door read 42/48%.!! I have lifted the vinyl in the cupboard next to the door and
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