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  1. I've a 1997 Bailey Hunter Lite, I noticed a rear corner steady wasn't winding properly. On inspection, the travel nut had broken. I've now got a shiny new travel nut, courtesy of eBay. Having had a look online, fitting the travel nut seems easiest if the steady is removed first. It's held on by two bolts. The first came undone easy. The second isn't playing (the bolt is turning with the nut). I've got access to the bolt head, but it's a rather rusted dome-head: not immediately easy to prevent it turning. a) has anyone replaced the steady travel nut without removing the steady? or b) has anyone got any tips as to how to stop the bolt turning, to allow me to remove the stuck nut? I'd guess it's a case of trying to make a slot in either the head or the shaft of the bolt, then using a screwdriver? Any advice/tips appreciated, thanks!
  2. I have a Swift Caravan circa 2004 that has some severe damage to the awning rail. It needs completely straightening from start to finish. Is there any tool or other product that can be used to repair the damage?
  3. Pictures of the nightmare attached. Any advice as to the best way to remedy this would be much appreciated.
  4. Hi, has anyone else had difficulty trying to get a response from Lunar please? The battery box door hinges on my 2014 Quasar 462 are almost dissolving. Has anyone found a way to repair rather than having the whole box and door replaced please? Three times I have emailed Lunar and three times received the thank you for your mail response and nothing else.
  5. Hi have recently got a Compass Reflection 360/2 1995 and I have discovered that it has a lot of damp. I am really hoping that I can repair this myself but it just seems like the more I do the worse the problem seems to get. I believe the leak is coming in either from the awning rail or window seal and need to work out how best to go about fixing these. I have removed some of the wall board down to the polystyrene and have discovered that the damp has covered over half of the front and around half of the offside wall. The corner timber underneath the awning rail is completely rotten and is just like soil. I believe some of the other timbers may be ok and maybe I could put some wood hardened on them. I have been drying it out with a heater and all seems dry now. Once I removed some of the furniture (the bed frame) I realised the floor was very soft. Tonight I have pulled up the lino and carpet and a fairly large section of the floor is rotten along the front of the van and along the offside. Is this fixable? I would really appreciate any help I can get on this. Also I’m worried the sides of the caravan may be bowing as the wardrobe and cupboard are not standing flush to the walls.
  6. Maybe not in the correct forum but not sure where else to put it! I inherited a c1992 Swift Corniche 14/2E caravan (one owner from new) a couple of years back and it's been sitting in the garden in Glasgow since then. Exterior's a bit grubby but interior is in very good condition for age. There's a awning in it's bag and one or two other bits and bobs. Just wondered if it would be of interest to any CT member as a doer upper or perhaps as a donor vehicle for someone perhaps doing a conversion \ renovation of some description. Not a lot of info, I know, but didn't want to waste much time if nobody possibly interested. Let me know if you are and I can add further info.
  7. I am wondering if anybody has incurred the same problem with his or her Swift caravan that I have. I bought my Swift Elegance 565 in March 2016 and unfortunately the problems began immediately. To date I have had the following problems with my caravan: LED mood lights failed twice Curtains falling off – (tape adhesive not up to the job) Water pressure in taps not working (reduced flow at kitchen tap) Panoramic window trim hanging down across the window Battery box seal fell off Worktop cracked after 2 days – we were initially informed that we must have abused the worktop and would have to pay money to have it repaired. Internal front locker striking against caravan trim Aerial needed replacing. (14 months wait) Battery box surround cracked and needed a replacement surround (14 month wait) Nearside front reflector trim misplaced (Seal has folded under the fitting) Bottom door hinge looks as though it is rusting beneath the paintwork (It is blistered) N/S Front seat locker brown trim loose L/H kitchen cupboard trim loose O/S bed front locker button sticks in Edging on all locker doors, drawers, under vanity, radio storage door and flaps coming off Shower screw caps fallen off Tyre's x 2 cracking on the inside (Identified at the 2nd service and replaced due to the likelihood of a complete failure) Panasonic window bowing inwards making it difficult to close the blinds Front panel 2 x cracks Rear panel 1 x split Return valve on water system failed leading to a gradual drain down of the onboard water supply 12 volt socket above the bed failed (Never used) Front offside window infill pulling out Front cupboard extending leaf misaligned making it difficult to close My local dealer has been really helpful but I was informed that due to all the problems the caravan will have to go back to the dealer. My questions are this: is this the norm for Swift caravans? does anybody else feel that Swift CS fail to deal appropriately when an obvious bad apple has slipped the net? Swift CS response has been to request me to allow yet more repairs albeit the guarantee is winding down and soon any repairs/problems rising will be outside the guarantee period. Thank you for reading my extended post
  8. 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.
  9. Happy weekend all, I am after some advise we have recently bought a 2002 Compass Rayllee and are very happy but it has a couple of niggles. One of the issues we have is the bedroom sliding wooden door was damaged, we have bought new tombstone sliders but we are unable to work out how the first part of the door pulls out the secondary part. I imagine there was some sort of strap, or a sliding rail fitted but the part is nowhwre to be found. Looking for advise on what should be fitted to the 2 holes to assist in sliding the door in and out of its recess (please see photos)
  10. Hello all, Is the piece of plastic that slides on the top of the C200 supposed to come out of its runners? I'm thinking not as it seems to get pushed out every time I put the cassette back into it's frame in the caravan. If it's faulty, what would be needed to repair it and is it easy enough for a novice? Many thanks!
  11. Hi Everyone, I'm in need of some help and advice with a CI Sprite Compact (early 1980's) pop top roof. The roof is suspended with gas struts and has vinyl sides (which are stapled in). The sun roof started to leak a few years ago the roof panel has warped and started to rot inside. The kitchen cupboard is suspended from the ceiling and that has started to pull away from where the wood has weakened. (The same with the main light fixture). I'm presuming the roof is wood (i'm guessing plywood) with a plastic or metal sheeting over the top then crimped over at the sides. Because the roof panel is separate, I would presume it would be easier to replace/repair, however lets be honest, this is usually not the case. The roof is still useable and i'm planning to take it away this summer (with the caravan cover just incase of bad rain), but I would like to get the roof back to good working order, maybe over the winter months. Does anyone have any advice, experience, knowledge about sprite compacts, their roofs or just general roof repairs. (Or know anyone who does). It would be much appreciated. Thanks, CJ
  12. This is the start and I hope tis is the correct way to do it. More pics to follow if I get a response. I'll know that I've done it right then. BB
  13. Friends of ours returned from Wales with their awning zip wrecked by a sudden squall which dragged a section out of the awning. They'll be grateful for any recommendation of decent and fair repair work in Northamptonshire, or adjoining us in Beds, Leics, Warks, Bucks, Oxon etc. (They're not users of much online, so it's quicker for me to ask!) Thanks for any useful info. Richard
  14. I hope naming and praising is OK here. ( I know that naming & shaming is discouraged.) We bought our lovely little Rapido pop-top from 2000 back at the start of December from BJM Caravans in Bedworth. https://www. facebook. com/bjmcaravans/ It came with a standard 3 month warranty, and we commented that this wouldn't get us much time to use and test it, so Bob Morrison there volunteered to extend the warranty to June. Independent inspection revealed one or two things needing sorting, like tyres pushing their date, and possible damp needing regular check but thought to be stable. So Bob cheerfully replaced all three tyres with new ones, and later, when we found a small water ingress, took the van back for some checking and resealing. Last week I opened the front window to find it de-laminating, which it hadn't done earlier. Shining a torch in the dark showed a line of mastic where it had been repaired before. Back to Bob, who reckoned his engineer would be able to repair that properly. Now he's got in touch to say his engineer reckons such a repair won't last, so he's sending the old window up to Eeco in Halifax area for a new replacement, and also offering to drive up to collect it, in order to have it back in time for our first booked event. No quibbling anywhere along the way, and every sign of wanting us to end up with a good caravan. Many thanks to various good people here and on another forum, who supplied us with experienced advice which helped us to be more confident in our dealings, which I'm sure helped, this has been invaluable. Meanwhile I'm just thinking how nice it is to find a dealer who seems to be so honourable, after all the tales I've read here of dealers ratting on stuff they'd promised. I'll report back on how it progresses!
  15. Hello All, Whilst towing our pride and joy back to the yard the other week a tin of beans fell out of the locker above the worktop in the kitchen and has dented the work-surface, and chipped the wood. The only way I can think of repairing it is to buy some Formica laminate and stick it on top of the original laminate. Has anyone on here ever used Formica laminate? if so how hard was it to cut and how hard was it to stick on top of the original laminate. Or can anyone think of any better ways to repair the worktops. All opinions appreciated. thanks in advance, Sam
  16. After a long lay-off I went to engage my Reich mover yesterday, but found the remote control wasn't working; no red light. This is one of those black jobs with red buttons - 2006. Checked the battery, and it was indeed a bit low (7v) so bought another one. Still no go. Whereupon I looked through these forums and found a similar problem from some years ago (now closed) where the gentleman had exactly the same problem. But learned that a replacement unit would cost £145 Arghh! So, nothing ventured nothing gained, I took the thing apart (four screws from the back, and four screws from the circuit board. Simple. Bingo! I found the fault - easypeasy You will find that the CB is connected to the front button-face by a plastic ribbon strip which plugs into a small white connector block. Pull the ribbon out of the block and, using a magnifing glass, carefully and gently scrape or clean the tiny exposed ends of the wires. (With any such contact problems I usually make a point of lightly wiping surfaces with a little Vaseline to prevent future oxidisation.) Plug the ribbon back, reassemble, and you're ready-to-go. Hope this will help others in a similar predicament Shaftmonde. PS I only charge £144 for this advice
  17. Hi - I'm new to this website. I've recently bought a new big (old) caravan 1999 Sterling Eccles Elite Trekker, to replace my older, smaller Adria to fit my 'getting bigger children' in. All was going well as we got used to differences and similarities between the caravans, then Storm Katie hit. Ironically, this might have been a good thing. What this made me do was check a wet patch in the doorway. The door seals were split and I noticed water could pass through the seals to the inner floor. Once there, it sits and stays. This has clearly been happening for a while as the wood is rotten in the door way. Job 1 is clearly to make sure that new seals have stopped the leak. I'll check this weekend. Job 2 is the repair to the floor. The floor is rotten top (inside) and bottom (and out) for about 4 inches. Does anyone have any experience of a repair like this? I've not had to do a floor repair before and the position of this is such that it takes quite some force with seemingly little potential to provide support a new section? Cleaning off to the foam of the laminate sandwich and reinforcing with fibreglass matting seems like a good, high strength, minimal disturbance option but is this the 'done thing?'. Any advice welcome! All the best Clive
  18. While servicing the dealer found damp in the back of our 1999 Swift. At the rear side by the toilet and it appears, a bit across the back. Same on the other side behind a cupboard - on the side and a bit around the rear. The readings were significant, up to 90%. The dealer identified it as leaking at the awning rails and said it would be £1500-2k to have it properly fixed. That's way out of our price range unfortunately, but they also said that if we had the awning rails resealed then no more water would get in and it would effectively be okay without doing anything further. Since it's an older van and our first, we just want a few years out of it to see we're definitely into this caravanning malarky before buying something more recent. The question is what do we do. If we have the awning rails resealed and just ignore the damp that's already in there what's likely to happen going forward. If it's important, the van is also stored outside where we can't get power to it. As a secondary question, since there's damp in the rear does it post any risk to using the rear outside handles? We have to push the van up a slight hill to get it out of it's space and it's a lot of effort, I'm wondering what those handles are actually attached to inside and whether we risk some serious damage pushing at them.
  19. As you can see from below, what turned from just replacing one ceiling panel near to the skylight turned into gutting most of the ceiling. Now luckily my brother is a joiner by trade so will be doing most of the woodwork. I have removed the skylight and surrounding, what would be best sealant to use? And I am going to replace the polystyrene, should I just replace like for like or is there another material I could use? And if to use polystyrene which glue to use? Thanks for any advice and I will keep this topic updated
  20. Having had excellent advice re the forum in the past, we have had the worst news on our much loved 1992 Mayfly. We bought new tyres in April in order to bring it back from France, with a view to using it for holidays in UK. Our holiday plans for 2014 were scuppered as we moved house! I just had it checked over before we made plans for next year, only to be told it has water ingress around the doorside and back of the fridge. I've approached one caravan repair firm but we don't want to spend any more big money on it at this stage( my husband is in his 70s and becoming less confident with towing) and feel it must be worth a couple of hundred pounds to somebody for spares. I'm told that it is not worth it because the 'shell' has to be disposed of after being stripped and that costs. So, should I just strip it out myself, sell the bits on gumtree or whatever, then pay someone to take it away for scrapping? Has it really come to this? Does anyone have advice or experience?
  21. Howdy! Have been quietly enjoying our old 'van, but this week decided to tackle the damp 'n' rot. It's about a quarter of the caravan, so keeping me busy (this is a cheap old 'van we've already had our money's worth from, but we've decided we like it enough to try to fix it). Anyhow, I'd appreciate any help with replacement timber. I know that tanalised timber, aluminium and moisture is a combination to be avoided. Is the done thing to use tanalised wood, but use a barrier between it and the metal; or to use untreated timber, or to get untreated timber and use an aluminium friendly preservative (if there is such a thing?). Thanks for any tips in advance, and I'll post up some photos when I get a chance - the amount of rot is quite impressive :-) Cheers, Jacobite And whilst I'm here, though I suspect I know the answer to this one. .. It's clear my resealing of the awning rail hasn't been effective. Am I going to get away with smearing on another layer of PU sealant to fill in the holes/gaps where I didn't get it right first time, or am I going to have to take the rail off and start from scratch? I'm going to have to start from scratch to do it properly, amn't I?
  22. Just back from a 4 day long weekend stay and used the Isabella Minor porch awning for the first time. It was simple to put up but I noticed a 4" tear down on the lower right hand corner right next to the ground sheet. Over the weekend it annoyed me so when we returned home today I cut two sections out of my old draught skirt and placed them either side of the tear then stitched them on using the missus's trusty old Singer sowing machine. The machine went through all three layers with no problem and I'm delighted with the job so there will be no draught blowing in next time out. I also intend to sow a Velcro strip onto this area to attach awning onto draught skirt, but I will have to mark it out correct the next time I'm using the awning.
  23. Hello :-) We have inherited a 1989 Sterling Eccles caravan which we love very much, but unfortunately the awning is looking more than a bit sorry for itself. (Filthy, a little torn at the bottom, generally not loved at all). How can I clean it up and get it into some sort of fit for use state? We are on a tight budget, and I understand that modern (and cheaper) awnings won't fit our old style van, so options are a little limited. Thanks for any advice!
  24. We've a thin area on the caravan awning that looks as though it may start to split soon; therefore as a preventative measure I'd like to get a patch glued or sown over the area asap. The canvas is grey and the area approx 8cmx5cm. Does anyone know what should be used and where to look for it please? Thanks, Mark
  25. Hi. I am pretty new to caravanning and my wife and I really have the bug. There is nothing better than finishing work on a Friday and heading out into the North York Moors to a lovely site to get away from it all. We have a 1999 Abbey Pacific and we have had it for nearly 2 years. I have notice this year though that the floor is becoming more and more soft. The van does not appear to have any signs of damp but I am getting more concerned about the floor. Does anyone have any tips on how to repair the floor? I have been told that I could use cavity wall insulation and this would firm up the floor. Has anyone tried this before? Thanks very much.
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