Fleetwood Heritage 640 – Water Ingress Project

New into the workshop is a 2004 Fleetwood Heritage. A very high spec van including ALDE heating, Large fixed awning and satellite.

The twin axle caravan is suffering from water ingress from damaged awning rail seals, rooflight sealing and failed window seals.

Temporary repairs have been attempted in the past externally and internally.

Phase 1 of the project is complete with all rails removed, the front of the caravan is stripped, all boards removed.

Water ingress damage is confirmed in the walls, ceiling and floor.


Ingress in off Side Wall Front


Ingress in Near Side Front Wall



Dark staining of floor shows water damage


Removal of temporary repair covering shows ingress damage to ceiling area


Further evidence – indicated rooflight seal leaking front ceiling will be removed.


Ceiling board being removed to expose and test timers for replacement


Front ceiling removed and timbers ready for replacement, good and bad timber identified.


Near side wall and ceiling boards all removed, timbers tested, replacements in progress.


Front end stripped, ALDE boiler drained & removed. Floor being treated.

Phase 2 now commences, ceiling being replaced and walls retimbered and boarded.

Phase 2 pictures will be available here soon, keep checking www.allmakescaravans.co.uk/news for updates.












Project “Bailey Senator Oklahoma” – Project Complete

Bailey Damp Floor Removed Walls Stripped Drying Before Final Strip & Clean


In our previous post “Project “Bailey Senator Oklahoma” Damp Water Ingress Including Floor” The caravan had been stripped back to remove all damaged Walls, Floors and Structural timbers requiring replacement.

The project is now complete and returned to her happy owner.



Floor re-timbered and covered Wallboard & Timber in Bedroom & Kitchen replaced.



Bedroom Being Rebuilt Window reinstalled, Blinds Curtains all back together.


Kitchen rebuilt & re-trimmed, Water & Gas tested


Front Seating Area all back together.


Caravan fully rebuilt & safe, Returned to customer and off for new carpet & full valet.

For more information on our services including Damp Water Ingress repairs please visit www.allmakescaravans.co.uk









Damp Repair Abbey Expression 640 2009

We have just completed this damp repair to a 2008 Abbey Expression (Swift Group – Vogue) Twin Axle Caravan. Water ingress detected during the annual service exposed damage to the rear wall in the large end bathroom. Water was entering the caravan from the rear rail and both rear side awning rails.

The repair included removal & reseal of the affected rails, removal and replacement of timber and damaged wall board in the bathroom.

Project complete and bathroom looks fabulous again.

See the following photos of the work being performed and completed


Rear of Caravan all looks normal until closer inspection cross rail and awning rails letting in water, a very details damp test performed to make sure all areas are identified and none missed.


Awning rails removed and cleaned ready for replacement, cross rail removed cleaned and replaced.


Inside the Bathroom the furniture & toilet have been removed and wall board stripped revealing damp damaged timber which is removed & replaced.



All damaged timber & wallboard replaced ready for replacement of furniture & shower rebuild.


Bathroom rebuild in progress, before final fix all damp meter reading are rechecked and okay.



Bathroom rebuilt & ready for collection.

If you suspect you may have a damp problem with your caravan or motorhome please get in touch for an evaluation.

For further information on all our products & services please visit us at www.allmakescaravans.co.uk or contact us via the website.






























Project “Bailey Senator Oklahoma” Damp Water Ingress Including Floor

Latest large project in to the workshop. This Bailey Senator has water ingress issues in almost 50% of the whole Caravan. The offside & near side walls are severely damaged and the floor is also in a bad state.

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We have identified 5 areas that are letting in the water, 3 of these have been caused by a bad repair 3 years ago at another workshop,  when the wrong or faulty materials have been used.

Bailey Full Length Damp PictureAfter stripping back the Caravan you can see the whole off side is damaged including half of the floor top which has been removed.

Bailey Uncovering Damp Under Fixed Bed and Wall

Under the fixed bed water everywhere in floor & walls with 3mm of standing water.

Bailey Damp Floor Removed Walls Stripped Drying Before Final Strip & Clean

Damaged floor removed walls being stripped, time for drying and timber replacement in several areas. Whilst drying time to look at where the water is getting in.

Areas identified, Awning rails, Windows, Body Panel Seal & Bottom Rail Seals

Bailey Rail Being Removed Water Released Running Down Caravan

Removing the side awning rails, Water released and running down the side of the Caravan.

Bailey Rail Removed Side Seperating

When removing the awning rails the sealant used in previous repair has failed causing the side to swell and separate allowing free flow of water into the Caravan.

Bailey Side Seperating

Further damage to seal & side identified, all external rails removed & cleaned ready for replacement after inside timber replacement.

Project in progress for further update on progress please visit us back here at www.allmakescaravans.co.uk/news or contact us via the website.























New to You Caravan? How Safe Is it?

Having spent a lot of money on a new to you caravan, you need to ensure its safe. A visit today to a 2013 Elddis Caravan shows that all is not what it seems…

Supplied from a main dealer in August 2015 this caravan was reported with issues from the heating system tripping the electrics on site and in the caravan.

On closer inspection the main electrical control box had been previously repair badly and was at risk of fire.

See the following pictures to see how close to a fire this caravan was at only 2 1/2 years old.


The main Control box has been repaired previously a 16A MBC Breaker has been replaced for the incorrect spec 10A breaker. (Marked C-PAK). The Breaker has a total of 14.5A of appliances attached.


The underneath of the breaker shows burning from overload of the circuit also burning the PCB board below, High risk of fire.


For an independent check on your caravan or motorhome please give us a call or contact us through the website at www.allmakescaravans.co.uk



Caravan Gas Systems – Ready For Winter?

Over the last two weeks we have been called out to many problems with gas appliances on caravans & motorhomes as owners prepare for the cold winter months.

Gas appliances on your leisure vehicle are perfectly safe to use and are often more efficient and more powerful than the electrical systems that are also fitted.

To ensure they are ready for winter and safe – “Get Them Checked”. Failure to do so can cause issues to your leisure vehicle and yourself & endanger others.

Yesterdays visit shows exactly what an unchecked appliance can do, simply by just trying to light it.

The following photos show damage after a fire underneath a space heater (Gas Fire) in a caravan.


The underside of this Caravan fire has developed a leak and set fire to the bottom of the caravan.


The gas valve has corroded and gas escaped under the floor, causing the explosion & fire, the white colour on the floor is dry powder from the fire extinguisher.


Don’t let this happen to you, get you gas check by us if your in our area via www.allmakescaravans.co.uk or via www.approvedworkshops.co.uk


Update 2 – Avondale 390-2 Damp Repair A Very Special Lady For A Very Special Lady!

images (8)Progress on the repair to Mrs T’s Avondale 390-2, Another good week, the caravan is now dry, all damaged timber and wallboard has been replaced, awning & window rails resealed and replaced, final rebuilding now commenced. DSC_0534 Bathroom – All Wet Damaged Timbers Removed & replaced Ready for re-board DSC_0584 Front end of caravan re timbered and re boarded ready for rebuild DSC_0583 Front & Side Re Timbered & Re Boarded Ready for rebuild DSC_0582 Bathroom Re Build in progress just needs a tidy. Further pictures to follow estimated completion 4 days. If you are worried about damp in your Avondale Caravan or any other make or model contact us or see more at www.allmakescaravans.co.uk

Is the ALDE Heating System In Your Caravan ready for Winter?


With the colder months approaching its important that your ALDE heating is system is protected correctly to avoid failure just when you need it now its cold at night, or when you first need it next year.

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The ALDE heating system relies on the Glycol (Anti Freeze) to be correct to function correctly, and just like the coolant & antifreeze in your car if its not change periodically serious problems can occur. check out the following quick Q & A to check if your heating is okay

Q, How often should the Coolant Be Changed?

A, Generally speaking if the antifreeze colour in the expansion tank is blue this should be changed every two years, Pink or Purple every 5 years but this is just a rough guide. The time related to how long the corrosion protection works for, after this the internal system will start to corrode.

Q, How do I know if my service provider has changed the coolant at the correct time intervals?

A, This is not a standard service routine, your service provider would have advised you before, during or after the service (or maybe not if they are not aware) that it is required and an extra charge would have been made (Around £150 dependant on the size of your caravan).

Q, I have a new caravan when should the coolant be changed?

A, UK caravan manufacturers currently fit 2 year coolant to the system so if you bought your caravan in 2013 or before a change is due or over due if not done.

Q, Will I have to do this every 2 years it seems expensive?

A, That depends on your service provider and the refreshed antifreeze, We replace the coolant with 5 year corrosion protection so once done no need to worry for 5 years.

Q, What happens if I don’t have the fluid replaced?

A, The system will start to corrode from within, Pipes may split of break down, pump performance will be effected and in extreme circumstances  a boiler tank or heating element failure will occur and a new complete boiler will be required which is very expensive.


Flooded Bathroom From Corroded Heating Pipe


Pipe lifted corrosion present making several pin holes in the pipe

Q, How do I arrange for my system to be checked

A, AMCS Can check you system if your in our service area, contact us through the website for more details we can help identify the service needed.

Q, We are not in your service areas what can we do

A, Visit www.alde.co.uk to find your nearest service centre or Mobile Engineer.

For more information or to contact us now visit www.allmakescaravans.co.uk














Update 1 – Avondale 390-2 Damp Repair A Very Special Lady For A Very Special Lady!

Progress on the repair to Mrs T’s Avondale 390-2, today has been a good day most of the caravan stripped out all awning rails removed and cleaned ready for reseal.

Front End Stripped Cleaned & Repaired
Front End Stripped Cleaned & Repaired


Awning rails removed ready to be cleaned & resealed
Awning Rails Removed Ready To Be Cleaned & Resealed


Rear Awning Removed - Black On Sealant Shows Water Path Into Caravan Damaging Bathroom Wall
Rear Awning Removed – Black On Sealant Shows Water Path Into Caravan Damaging Bathroom Wall


Bathroom Striiping Out Started Vanity Sink Unit Removed Showing More Wall Damage
Bathroom Striiping Out Started Vanity Sink Unit Removed Showing More Wall Damage


Toilet Removed Damaged Wall Starting to Show. More Stripping Required to See Full Extent Of Damage.
Toilet Removed Damaged Wall Starting to Show. More Stripping Required to See Full Extent Of Damage.


Further Damage Confirmed Bathroom Wall & Timbers To Be Replaced.
Further Damage Confirmed Bathroom Wall & Timbers To Be Replaced.


Tomorrow is a day of rest further stripping out to be done Monday in Bathroom and Front Lounge

Keep checking back at www.allmakescaravans.co.uk for more updates!





















































Having Your Caravan Serviced in 2016? – Save Money

images2OM2GT0PIt’s that time of year when many caravanners are thinking about next year, booking sites early for a discount, end of season accessories for use next year at a discount and so on.

So why not book your service for next year get in early? and secure the 2015 price in 2016. Many service/parts suppliers are announcing or planning price increases so beat them now and book your 2016 Service.

If you visit www.allmakescaravans.co.uk and click the icon in the top right hand corner registering and booking is easy and you secure your preferred date now, if you need to change at a later date just log back in and move around.

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If your on face book you can book via our page at https://www.facebook.com/AMCSLTD/app_335671906521

Booking for 2016 is easy so book now and save money for next years season.