Bailey Caravan Unicorn III (3) Roof Strap – Water Ingress

Bailey Unicorn III (3) & Unicorn IV (4) Roof Strap Failure – 2015 Unicorn III Vigo.

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Next into our workshop is the very well appointed Bailey Unicorn III Vigo with Water ingress readings in the rear floor up to 70%.

Further investigation, including removal of the internal strap covering, revealed water ingress to the rear roof joining strap.

Removal of the internal top cupboards (to gain access to brackets) then removal of the securing brackets revealed water seeping through the original seal.

Roof Strap Removal In Progress

The darker colour on the seal at the middle shows the water path.

Bailey produce a repair / upgrade kit for this issue, sealants have been changed and all cleaners & primers are supplied along with a new roof strap, brackets and additional washers to correct the issue and future proof the sealing of this joint.

Cleaning & preparation is key to the repair the roof must be cleaned, prepared and primed prior to application of the new roof strap and sealant.

Roof Clean, Prep & Primer In Progress

Once prepared the new alternative sealant configuration is applied and the roof strap is re-secured to the caravan with new brackets, end caps and internal cover.

Job complete 48 hours for the sealant to cure the Caravan is seal tested with water outside of 30 minutes to check for visible leaks – non recorded.

The Caravan floor will be retested 3 months after repair to ensure floor readings have returned to normal.

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Ace Modena Motorhome Fire Damaged Repair

Out at a festival during 2018 the owners this motorhome was unlucky enough to have a faulty leaking gas valve on the fridge, a very rare but possible occurrence.

Away from the motorhome at the time the fridge caught fire, a nearby fellow camper spotted the fire. Entry was gained by smashing the front cab window


Damaged Cab Window

Upon entry the fire was extinguished, only after extensive damage to the kitchen area.

Source of Fire – Faulty Fridge Gas Valve
Extensive Damage to Kitchen Furniture

The whole of the Kitchen furniture required replacing.

Fire Damage Through Worktop

After the fire was extinguished and upon exit the step collapsed and the floor was also damaged.

Step Bolts Pulled Through Collapsed Floor

After approval from the insurance company repair work commenced.

  • External side skirts removed
  • Damaged Floor Removed
  • Floor Timbers & Ply Replaced
  • Damaged Internal Wallboard Replaced
  • Appliances removed
  • Full Lower Kitchen (Fire Damaged) Removed
  • Worktop Replaced and Recovered
  • New Kitchen built from Matching Furniture board to original specification and improved in places. Due to the age of the motorhome furniture from Swift Group no longer available
  • Fridge Replaced.
  • Gas checked, 12v wiring loom to engine bay and fridge replaced / repaired
  • Full deep clean of motorhome performed by Paul Rice @ Onpar Cleaning. – inside & OUT

Upon collection the owners were delighted with the result

All Clean Outside
Step all repaired and better than before the incident
Finished Inside – New Kitchen & Fridge

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Ace Sienna Motorhome Accident Bumper Repair

An unfortunate day for one of our valued customers. A road traffic collision on a routine trip out resulted in an insurance claim for the rear bumper broken in 14 places.


Damage to bumper after accident
The three part bumper had so much damage a new replacement was needed.

The replacement bumper from Swift Group is supplied in white. The rear colours on each part also differed a look the customer wished to keep.

With the new bumper correctly colour matched and sprayed the bumper is now replaced and the Motorhome is back out & about on its travels

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Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show 2019

This years Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show is at the NEC Birmingham – 19th to the 24th February 2019

Nec Show

The MCEA Motorhome & Caravan Engineers Association will be exhibiting on stand 2303 MCEA Motorhome & Caravan Engineers

I will be supporting on the stand on Wednesday 20th & Thursday 21st February so please pop along and see us all.

All Makes Caravan Services Ltd
All Makes Caravan Services Ltd.

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2019 Season – Booking Your Caravan or Motorhome Service

Welcome to the 2019 Season! – Its going to be busy.

2019 Approved Workshop Sticker

2018 saw our busiest year yet with returning & new customers, we hope to see you again in 2019.

You can book your service or repair in the usual ways

  • By Email – (Anytime)
  • Website – , Click on Book Now (Anytime)
  • By Phone – 07540 131130 (Monday to Saturday 8am to 6pm)

We accept all Major Debit & Credit Cards, Cash or Bacs Bank Transfer.

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2018 – Card Payments Now Accepted For All Services & Repairs


It’s 2018 – AMCS are now taking Card payments for the following cards

  • Visa & Visa Debit
  • Mastercard
  • Maestro
  • V Pay
  • Visa Electron

Our mobile terminal will be available for all payments, we also accept Cash, Bank Transfers & Cheques.

If you wish to book a service or repair give us a call or “Book Now” through our website at or find us on Facebook at

Motorhome Fridge Replacement – Dometic to Thetford In Autotrail Delamere 2010 Motorhome

Last week we replaced a Dometic RM8550 Fridge Freezer with a new Thetford N3175 unit in a 2010 Autotrail Delamere Motorhome. The customer was delighted with the results along with a repair to the fitted Theford oven that would not stay alight after releasing the gas knob.

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Both Fridge Freezers have similar dimensions so the new unit occupied the existing furniture perfectly. The new Fridge Freezer was fitted gas & Carbon Monoxide tested along with 3 way supply testing & auto-switching capabilities confirmed.

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Dometic RM8555 Fridge Freezer Removed

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Thetford N3175 Fridge Freezer Fitted

A thank you email from a customer is a great thing

Hi Rob,

The fridge is working great, I can leave it on auto and not worry about it or put it on to gas and give maximum charging to my leisure batteries while driving if they’ve got a bit low. I’ve even made ice cubes! The old fridge never worked this well even when I first bought the van.

I had a bit of a problem with the oven but found that it was my fault, If I close the door too quickly it blows the oven out! So as long as I’m a bit careful with that it’s fine.

It’s like having a new van now that everything is working as it should.

If any of your other customers are thinking of changing over to the Thetford fridge, so far I can only recommend it, it cools much better and doesn’t seem to be using any more gas probably due to running it on No.2 rather than No.4 or 5 which was needed with the old one.

Thanks very much


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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 or via


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

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 to find your nearest service centre or Mobile Engineer.

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