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We're Still Very Happy With Our Valencia.


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Having ordered our Valencia from last years NEC show, and having had 9 months superb trouble free touring, we decided to visit the show again yesterday to see how the van stacks up against the new models from the competition. We thought last year that Swift and Bailey stood head and shoulders above the rest and the decision to buy the Bailey was easy, as we loved the Alutech combined with good spec and interior design and were not and still not struck with all the sun roofs that Swift and now others were introducing. Yesterday we both agreed that the also rans have made very good improvements in every department, we particularly liked the Bessecar with very posh interiors and high levels of kit, but at nearly £22k for the same layout as the Valencia, it's not cheap. On reflection, we decided that if we were buying again now, we would go for the Valencia, we did look at both Island bed layouts, but decided we prefered the end bathroom and the slightly more floor space you get with the nearside bed.

 

As we left the show, SWMBO did say that when we do decide to change again, whenever that maybe, she may want the Barcelona. ......*Exclamation* !

 

Can. t wait now to go and get the van out of storage and go off somewhere !!!

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We too are happy with our Valencia. We have had a full season including a trip down to the French Alps and the Caravan has been faultless. In store now waiting for next year. Best Caravan we have had in 35 years of caravanning.

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Totally agree with the last two posts, my valencia goes in next tuesday for its first service then away to evesham for the rest of the week, there is no other van that matches the valencia for value, level of equipment and for all year caravaning.

 

Mick

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So are we. 46 nights so far this year in it and away for another 7 next week. Positively looking forward to the colder weather and the superb Alde heating and the Unicorn comfort.

 

Dave

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Just got back from six nights away, found the ALDE heating excellent even on only 1kw, really really glad we went for the unicorn instead of the Peg2 Verona.

 

Also took time to look at lowdowns caravans, and found nothing on offer to beat the Valencia.

 

The swifts look great on the outside, but disappoint inside.

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Were newbie Valencia owners - just 2 months, a few gremlins mainly issues with installed appliances - All in all very very pleased and after 2 days at the NEC we couldnt find a better van for the money . Any yes the alde heating is the tops, cant wait to get out again in November

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We have had our Valencia for 11 months and have used it to tour around France and to attend numerous rallies,so far it has been superb! For anyone who likes rallying we recommend the Bailey owners and the Abbey clubs. We also attended the NEC caravan show and did not find any van which we preferred to the Valencia.

Can anyone confirm whether or not the Valencia has a tilt sensor fitted?Bailey has said that they do not,when I have raised the front of the van using the jockey wheel ( its to heavy to lift by hand !) the alarm has gone off!

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We have had our Valencia since early December. By the end of December we will have had over 80 nights away with it and towed over 4000 miles.

 

Temperatures have varied from -9 to 30.

 

We have had the odd problem, a water leak due to a pipe cut on the splay rather than square and a blown fuse in the Alde boiler being the most significant.

 

We are still totally thrilled with the Valencia, the space, comfort and the fabulous Alde heating make it such a pleasure to use.

 

At first I thought the "new" Swifts and Sterlings were better looking but the more I see them and look at our Valencia the more I prefer the less flashy look of the Bailey. Certainly the Valencia is much more inviting internally.

 

First service coming up at the end of November. Going to have a radiator installed in the washroom and a few very minor warranty items dealt with.

 

Bob

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Had our Valencia from 20 th may this year, used it 3 times, been in and out dealer, 1st for dent on side which dealer did not notice on pdi, 3 weeks to repair, and now been in for past 6 weeks due to aldi heater fuse blowing anytime we use the mover, and they still can't resolve this problem, losing confidence on my bailey Valencia

Alan

 

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Can anyone confirm whether or not the Valencia has a tilt sensor fitted?Bailey has said that they do not,when I have raised the front of the van using the jockey wheel ( its to heavy to lift by hand !) the alarm has gone off!

 

Hi according to the information that came with the tracker system on my Valencia it states,

"As a standard feature, the alarm system detects external caravan movement". It also says under operation "An audible alarm will be triggered if the caravan is towed, moved or lifted on to the back of a trailer." I would say this counts as a tilt sensor in my book. It also got me a bigger discount off my caravan insurance when I informed them. Hope this helps Andrew.

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Had our Valencia from 20 th may this year, used it 3 times, been in and out dealer, 1st for dent on side which dealer did not notice on pdi, 3 weeks to repair, and now been in for past 6 weeks due to aldi heater fuse blowing anytime we use the mover, and they still can't resolve this problem, losing confidence on my bailey Valencia

Alan

Hi we had the same problem with out alde heating fuse blowing when mover used it turned out to be a bad earth on the mover . Dealer checked all earthing points on mover and has not blown once since and I have used it a lot with the main 12v switch on and off.

I would without a doubt say it is a problem with your mover not your caravan or the "Brilliant" heating sysem.

We have had our Valencia for two months and are over the moon with it only thing I will say is the bed is a little firm and have ordered a memory foam topper for it.

A couple of minor niggles,door blind scratched and a transfer peeling, being sorted by our dealer overall an exellent caravan.

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We think that the swift sunroof looks good from outside, the dark window suround and the way it rolls round onto the roof looks very motorhome'ish, but when you go inside, all that moulded plastic where the front lockers would be, remind me of a 1970's Datsun dashboard. The Alutech construction has certain limitations against GRP, so would be dificult to make the new Bailey's look like the Swift, if thats what you wanted, but I for one like the strength, rigidity and improved water ingress protection of Alutech, and although some non Bailey owners have critisized the front ends of Unicorns etc, I really like ours and whenever we go to a site, are very proud of it !

 

PS can you let me know cost to extend radiator into bathroom. ..?

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Hi we had the same problem with out alde heating fuse blowing when mover used it turned out to be a bad earth on the mover . Dealer checked all earthing points on mover and has not blown once since and I have used it a lot with the main 12v switch on and off.

I would without a doubt say it is a problem with your mover not your caravan or the "Brilliant" heating sysem.

We have had our Valencia for two months and are over the moon with it only thing I will say is the bed is a little firm and have ordered a memory foam topper for it.

A couple of minor niggles,door blind scratched and a transfer peeling, being sorted by our dealer overall an exellent caravan.

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We have had our Valencia for 11 months and have used it to tour around France and to attend numerous rallies,so far it has been superb! For anyone who likes rallying we recommend the Bailey owners and the Abbey clubs. We also attended the NEC caravan show and did not find any van which we preferred to the Valencia.

Can anyone confirm whether or not the Valencia has a tilt sensor fitted?Bailey has said that they do not,when I have raised the front of the van using the jockey wheel ( its to heavy to lift by hand !) the alarm has gone off!

Thats what happens to mine, jack it up or move it on a slope and the MOVEMENT sensor operates, so for insurance purposes i have declared that the caravan has a tilt sensor, as the alarm sounds if you tilt the caravan.

 

I'm sure not all agree, but if the insurance wish to disagree then i am more than willing to take the issue to Court, i don't see how i can lose?

 

No doubt some one will "put me right".

 

By the way the tilt sensor actually works, unlike the IDM2/3 ones i had. Certainly jacking up the caravan NEVER sounded the alarm.

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Had our Valencia from 20 th may this year, used it 3 times, been in and out dealer, 1st for dent on side which dealer did not notice on pdi, 3 weeks to repair, and now been in for past 6 weeks due to aldi heater fuse blowing anytime we use the mover, and they still can't resolve this problem, losing confidence on my bailey Valencia

Alan

 

Your dealer is rubbish, why not name them?

 

It does not take 6 weeks to sort a blowing fuse problem, it could be sorted very quickly, all the dealer has done is park the van up, i guess.

 

I have had over 30 faults with mine, still waiting for the wardrobe doors to be replaced for the second time, dealer has said they will replace them at home this week.

 

Second kitchen tap still drips, still squeaks when its turned, and still moves on its base, so i need to get that replaced again. That happened this week while away, along with a tiny hole which has appeared in the blind above the bed.

 

Most of the faults were discovered after the PDI when we inspected the caravan prior to paying, so we didn't pay, but allowed the dealer to replace the faulty parts, three of which we wood parts that needed ordering in.

 

That took nearly three weeks.

 

Only when we were satisfied that the problems were sorted did we pay.

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Had our Valencia from 20 th may this year, used it 3 times, been in and out dealer, 1st for dent on side which dealer did not notice on pdi, 3 weeks to repair, and now been in for past 6 weeks due to aldi heater fuse blowing anytime we use the mover, and they still can't resolve this problem, losing confidence on my bailey Valencia

Alan

Sorry to hear of your problems

 

It's not the van it's as 'xtrailman' says, YOUR DEALER IS

A. RUBBISH AND B. NOT EVEN ATTEMPTING TO COMPLY WITH THEIR LEGAL OBLIGATIONS.

Did the dealer fit the motor mover ? if so.

 

1. Look up the Sale of Goods act as it applies in Scotland (assuming you purchased in Scotland).

2. Print out the sections on Fit for purpose especially the bit about returning goods for repair without significant inconvenience to your self. Loss of use for all these weeks is certainly that. (two copies and make sure you give them one)

3. Armed with a tape recorder visit and demand your rights. Record their response. If they won't talk on record then you know just how serious they take you. Most times they will argue a point in the act Because they just don't know it. Every time they do also write it down in front of them. Do not take one step backwards demand your rights. Ring the motor mover company explain to them what is happening and see if they are interested in sending an engineer.

4. Take the dealer straight to court if you don't get them them to fix it now. (within say 3 working days) They rely on ignorance and bully tactics usually.

5. Inform Bailey by e'mail how you are being treated. It's not their legal problem but they can put pressure on the dealer. If the dealer is a member of any trade association complain in writing to them as well.

 

The time scales you are reporting are just plain criminal.

 

As it happens we had a slight body work damage problem that our dealer did not pick up on PDI. It involved filling a dent and respray. I was not happy that it had happened but chose not to reject the van. We took the van away and returned when the paint specialist was on site. Time taken to fix it, so we can't see it and get an assurance that it will be fixed again if it shows during the lifetime of our ownership. 4 hours and that included his lunch.

 

Electrical problems are not a black art, it is simple testing and fix. All it needs is someone who knows what they are doing. We have a Power touch fitted by their engineer. ( I have no faith in dealers to fit them properly.) Used at least 40 times this year. Fuses blown/problems = NIL. And it is almost certainly due to in correct fitting. So they may well have the same monkey trying to rind the fault he/she caused, will they put their hands up to the boss. Nope

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We think that the swift sunroof looks good from outside, the dark window suround and the way it rolls round onto the roof looks very motorhome'ish, but when you go inside, all that moulded plastic where the front lockers would be, remind me of a 1970's Datsun dashboard. The Alutech construction has certain limitations against GRP, so would be dificult to make the new Bailey's look like the Swift, if thats what you wanted, but I for one like the strength, rigidity and improved water ingress protection of Alutech, and although some non Bailey owners have critisized the front ends of Unicorns etc, I really like ours and whenever we go to a site, are very proud of it !

 

PS can you let me know cost to extend radiator into bathroom. ..?

 

 

Our Dealer has quoted £170 for the addition of the radiator with the necessary ducting etc I believe from other earlier posts on this subject that others have done the work themselves, obviously much cheaper, if you can, but I wouldn`t have a clue on draining down and refilling so have gone along the safe but rather expensive route,

 

Bob

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Our Dealer has quoted £170 for the addition of the radiator with the necessary ducting etc I believe from other earlier posts on this subject that others have done the work themselves, obviously much cheaper, if you can, but I wouldn`t have a clue on draining down and refilling so have gone along the safe but rather expensive route,

 

Bob

 

My Valencia has the radiator, i certainly don't think its worth any were near £170, as i still find the bathroom is cooler than the lounge.

 

We boost it with a fan heater for showering purposes.

 

Read post 76

http://www. caravanta. .._509688__st__60

 

Whoops that you bob being quoted. :blink:

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My Valencia has the radiator, i certainly don't think its worth any were near £170, as i still find the bathroom is cooler than the lounge.

 

We boost it with a fan heater for showering purposes.

 

Read post 76

http://www. caravanta. .._509688__st__60

 

Whoops that you bob being quoted. :blink:

 

 

If your Valencia has the radiator how can you judge whether it is worth having one fitted ?

 

We do leave the door open to even out the heat but that gets in the way of the cup of tea on the shelf under the mirror and we can`t have that, can we ? We also use a fan heater to pre warm in extreme conditions. Having a radiator must be better than no radiator.

 

Bob

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If your Valencia has the radiator how can you judge whether it is worth having one fitted ?

 

We do leave the door open to even out the heat but that gets in the way of the cup of tea on the shelf under the mirror and we can`t have that, can we ? We also use a fan heater to pre warm in extreme conditions. Having a radiator must be better than no radiator.

 

Bob

 

Simple, the radiator doesn't cure the problem, only improves it.

 

Go ahead get one fitted, then lets use know what you think.

 

You are aware that the radiator consists of the tube with push on fins, you can make you own to size if required.

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