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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. Hi all first time posting here! We own a sierra 2012 have done since new, however two weeks ago we heard running water from shower turns out it was coming from behind the shower unit and had to remove mirror in bedroom to stop leak. The floor took some water which soaked into bedroom which to be honest didn't think it would be that bad as we turned off water quickly However fast forward a week and we walk into a awful damp/Fosty smell coming from the leak area. My question is I'm quessing the floor will now need replacing but it's between the walls of shower and bedroom so I don't think it will be easy to do. Is this something I can Talk to insurance about or have I left it to long now? It's been 8days since original leak I'm guessing it will of started to dry out hence the smell Does anyone have any advice? I have never claimed previously Thanks
  3. I bought a brand new caravan in October 2019,it has just had its first service due to covid. I bought it from the sites caravan sales & they put it straight onto our seasonal pitch for us, as I do not tow. The 1st service has been done & they found a crack on the roof & now service has revealed 99.5% damp in the front end of the caravan. To say I am unhappy is an understatement, as we bought a brand new caravan due to our sons bad asthma, & never ever thought it would turn out like this. Looking for any help & advice please, as to where I stand with this Thanks Brian
  4. 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 coming from the jointing plate that covers the rear panel and roof joint (images attached), you can see that the previous owner has tried to fix it (not very well in my view), there is also 2 small flex cracks on the rear panel in this area (i have been told that this is common) which have been poorly covered by sealant. I also noticed that a small section in the cupboard (same area) had already been changed/repaied as I could see where they had tried to seal it. I spent 2 hours inspecting every corner of the caravan and everywhere else looked great. We love the caravan but are worried about buying it. The dealer has said that they will order some replacement board that matches, they will cut the old out and replace, also they will seal the external with some polymer??? He stated that they have checked the damp reading and it is only 15%, does this sound correct? I have ordered a Stanley damp meter (i know this will not be as accurate as an expensive one, but best option i have). The price is £8000, has 3 month warranty, starter pack and full service carried out. We are going back to view on Saturday when they will have hooked it up so we can see all equipment working. What are your thoughts and views? Should I buy or walk away? Any advice would be be greatly appreciated 🙏 🙂 2 previous owners last one 7 years, CRiS checked and all ok. Would only allow me to upload 1 image.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 the possible cause would be greatly appreciated.
  8. 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 !!
  9. 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 sometimes it can rain for weeks on end which has resulted in mold appearing in the corners. As a temporary measure I've put a fan heater down under the seats to keep it dry and air circulating. So far so good, the inside floor is completely dry and even though it looks really ugly, the floor is still solid and could be fixed by killing the mold with a chemical and then using a sandpaper to get the color out. Finally I intend to apply a "base" using a brush that's meant for damp areas to prevent future rotting. But I can only do this when I've stopped the leak. Unfortunately I have no idea where the water is coming from!!! I have attached a few pictures, could someone with experience point me to the right direction? I have already checked all the rails and seams and there appear to be no visible holes or cracks in the silicone anywhere. Not on the roof, not on the walls. Nowhere. I'm completely lost right now It does appear to be a design flaw in the build itself, unless I'm missing something that only experienced caravan users know about? Could the water somehow come from inside the rails and flow directly into the floor? How is that even possible with no apparent cracks or holes anywhere (I've checked it thoroughly, roof and everything). Maybe someone knows more about the known flaws for my particular model so I can look for them. Also I forgot to mention that the sloped wall behind the bumper is always dry, the water is not getting there. It only gets in the corners and flows down from there. https://ibb. co/c3eyop https://ibb. co/kSHjTp https://ibb. co/iUTkZU https://ibb. co/j9tV19 https://ibb. co/k2HCEU https://ibb. co/eENCEU https://ibb. co/n9uQZU
  10. 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!
  11. 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.
  12. 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?
  13. 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 from wet roads has come off the tyres and collected in the corners underneath over the years. Is this normal and can it be fixed? It's still under warranty and I'm taking back to the dealer to be "assessed". I just wanted some ammo/advice in case they say it's normal or not their problem. I've also noticed a smaller patch near the offside wheel arch. If it is spray from the roads I'm a bit shocked as I thought caravans would be better protected than this. .....especially the wet country we live in!
  14. 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 reading of 23% to 35% up to the first dinette chair just after the shower wall. The walls around the caravan are giving me a reading of 8% to 14% with the exception of the washroom behind the wardrobe as mentioned . I removed one of the mirrors in the washroom directly behind the sink because the silver on the back had stared to peel off. Having removed it I noticed black mould behind, I probed all the area but only got a 12% damp reading it's defiantly rotten but dry. I feel sick now to be honest I'm told that the service centre would charge £1,8000. 00 plus for this and they said once we start stripping there could be more damage. We wanted a way to get cheap holidays and I feel as if we have fell into a nightmare. We cannot afford the "quotes" . I don't want this to turn into thread about the seller I know I have no recourse, and to be honest they made no claims as to the condition of the caravan I went to see it twice and purchased it. The outside and inside condition of this caravan is lovely I have enclosed a pic Is this caravan scrap? Is there anything we can do? Any advice would be appreciated. thanks Ian
  15. 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 is my first caravan and I want to try to do the work myself.
  16. 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 seal? Everywhere else looks dry as a bone. My question is has anyone had experience of this sort of damp patch and could this be a problem in the future?
  17. 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 thoughts on our proposals for a DIY fix-up job. We plan to T-cut the seam to clean it and then seal it with a waterproof sealant, similar to those used in bathrooms. We will also seal around the toilet hatches and any other obvious possible ingress points. Then, we intend to leave a dehumidifier running in the caravan for a week or so, to attempt to draw as much moisture out of the panels as possible - we will pin-prick through the plastic 'wallpaper' first and then re-seal afterwards. We realise that this will not fix the panels, but we hope to stem the problem and make the caravan liveable for at least another 5 years to get something back on our investment. Any thoughts or comments would be much appreciated!
  18. 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 the technician but is there little that can be done to sort this out other than strip it out and refit?
  19. 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.
  20. 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 to give it a once a week clean. it got a bit dark so got the light out and see a funny looking bubble patch on the back wall where the bunk beds are it had this on the ceiling aswell but the man said it was the way the board was ? (1st time buyers) any way I could see a lot with the torch on and proceeded to have a look round. Turns out there is damp all on the bathroom wall and down the back wall ceiling and pulled the flooring up under the bunk beds and found that all the floor was rotted away including under the van. .....it get worse. .... moved the van down our drive (the end of our drive has a big slope) the roof has a bar across the front well it's all buckled up and has a gap of about 2 inches going under in to the van. ......😓 The man said that he was a private seller but turns out he's selling a lot of caravans on eBay Facebook and gumtree. texted the man on Friday morning and told him what we found only to be told you knew it had damp!!! is there anything we can do to get the person to fix it as I don't want a refund I just want it fixed. We paid 3500 as it was a cat c back in 2009 hence the price reductions.
  21. 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 tried hard to sell me a pursuit but i much prefer my van and although its got this problem (which i hope is going to get resolved), i don't want to change. its baffling how its got to 4 years old unscathed by this issue and then it hits with avengance!
  22. 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?
  23. 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 as you would expect with the rain we had in Feb. So, I lost a lot of money but is there anything I could do? i. e. trading standards? I have a damp report from the dealer where I PX the caravan. Any ideas how we can keep these sort off people off from doing it again?
  24. 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 got the damp down to 9%. But to us we're not going to have 'worry-free' caravanning as we're always going to be wondering whether there is more significant damage. Do we have any recourse? Can we ask for a replacement van of the same value? I know 9% is insignificant but that's 9% today. ..who knows what damage has been done? Any advice on how we manage this situation?
  25. 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
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