Buying a Used Bailey AluTech Caravan or Motor Home

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Recently I have had a number of customers with a nearly new bailey caravan bought 1 or 2 years old contact me to service the caravan. On checking the Warranty Terms and conditions from Bailey please understand that the 10 year water ingress warranty only applies to the 1st owner only and in certain circumstances is only 10 years on correct registration.

2nd owners still benefit from 6 years water ingress protection as long as owner transfer is performed as per the terms and conditions as follows.

Extract from Bailey as follows:-

“The unexpired term of the Warranty Cover on your vehicle may only be assigned, transferred or novated to subsequent owners with Bailey’s consent (not to be unreasonably withheld) and on payment to Bailey of a transfer fee of £35. Transfer can only be made within the first three (3) months of subsequent ownership and full documentary evidence that the vehicle has been serviced annually must be provided at the time of assignment in accordance with the terms and conditions detailed in our full warranty Terms & Conditions.

Of course your supplying dealer should reregister your caravan for you but please check and be aware if you buy privately.

For Bailey Caravans Warranty Statement download here

Bailey Alutech Warranty 2015

Sterling Europa Caravan Window Rail Reseal

Following on from our post at the weekend today we returned to reseal the loose window rail on a Sterling Europa Moonstone. See Pictures and Process Below.

Remember if you have noticed an issue on your caravan around the front window rail please get in touch via www.allmakescaravans.co.uk

Front Windows Removed Ready For Rail Removal
Front Windows Removed Ready For Rail Removal
Window Rail Screws Removed Both Ends Popped off the seal.
Window Rail Screws Removed Both Ends Popped off the seal.
Rail Removed. Black Staining to the white sealant shows water ingress path to the screw holes confirming ingress in left hand near side and close on other parts.
Rail Removed. Black Staining to the white sealant shows water ingress path to the screw holes confirming ingress in left hand near side and close on other parts.
Old Sealant removed from caravan & rail ready & prepared for new seal.
Old Sealant removed from caravan & rail ready & prepared for new seal.
Rail & New Seal Attached to Caravan. Full Seal right to the top, all screws tight to ensure a good seal.
Rail & New Seal Attached to Caravan. Full Seal right to the top, all screws tight to ensure a good seal.
All windows back in okay just before the sleep & hail came. Caravan all water tight.
All windows back in okay just before the sleep & hail came. Caravan all water tight.

Job Complete, for further information on Caravan or Motorhome repairs visit www.allmakescaravans.co.uk/caravan-repair-derbyshire.php

 

The Start Of Water Ingress – Check Your Front Window Rail

Saturday morning service on a 2004 Stirling Europa Moonstone. A Caravan in fantastic condition with full service history.

Initial checks of the external bodywork showed a loose window rail allowing water to run inside the caravan behind the wallboard, the only tell tale sign as staining to the front inside shelf below the windows.

Checking is easy, open the front side windows fully and give the rail a wiggle, if it moves at all the seal is damaged and will need renewing, an easy inexpensive job if caught early. See the photos below

Stirling Eccles Moonstone - Great Caravan
Stirling Eccles Moonstone – Great Caravan
Window Open Rail Wobbly and you can see the gap behind and water staining below
Window Open Rail Wobbly and you can see the gap behind and water staining below

If your worried about the rail after this quick test give us a call and we will come and check it free and quote if rectification needed see more at www.allmakescaravans.co.uk

 

Adria Adora 532UK & Jeep Cherokee

Busy day today, a Full Service on an Adria Adora 532UK One of my favourite Caravans, Great Layout & Very Well Built!

Adria Adora 532UK
Adria Adora 532UK

 

Inside The Adria Adora It Just Gets Better
Inside The Adria Adora It Just Gets Better

The afternoon was taken up replacing an existing towbar on a 2003 Jeep Cherokee to make sure that all complied with the latest Jeep Safety Recall concerning fuel tank ruptures during an accident. The old Towbar was removed and replaced with a new Towtrust recall compliant one, added bonus with the new towbar, its over half the weight of the old one. Finished off with completely new 13pin electrics & smart relay all ready for holidays next weekend.

New Recall Compliant Towbar Fitted With Full 13 Pin Electrics
New Recall Compliant Towbar Fitted With Full 13 Pin Electrics

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For further information on all our services please visit www.allmakescaravans.co.uk

Motorhome Fridge Surgery

Fridge & Fridge Freezer repairs can be tricky especially if they are gas related, lots of things to check and confirm so don’t leave it to chance.

When trying to work out what is happening when your fridge is operating requires examination of all parts and the last thing you need is guesswork.

Today we were looking at a Dometic fridge freezer in a Burstner motorhome. The 2nd call out to the fridge, on the 1st the gas was not lighting, after this was fixed cooling problems appeared.

At AMCS we use technology to test all component parts of the fridge, Clamp Meter to check the 240V & 12V Electrics, A Kane meter for Gas Tightness, Pressure Flow confirmation, Gas burner ratio & Temperature readings at the rear of the fridge. In addition a RC24 data logger is used to confirm temperatures in the fridge and freezer.

Replacement of the Gas Burner jet sorted this fault and customer now has ice in the freezer.

Photos of the equipment used follow.

Don’t Leave it to chance if you have a problem with your Caravan or Motorhome fridge see www.allmakescaravans.co.uk for more information

Kane Meter measuring Temperature on both sides of the fridge matrix
Kane Meter measuring Temperature on both sides of the fridge matrix

Temperature reading are poor across the matrix. Gas burner jet replaced and burner cleaned.

After Jet Replacement Temperatures are more consistent just 2 degree drop across the matrix
After Jet Replacement Temperatures are more consistent just 2 degree drop across the matrix
Original Temperature in freezer after being on for 2 days
Original Temperature in freezer after being on for 2 days
Temperature upon leaving 3.6 degrees well on the way to freezing.
Temperature upon leaving 3.6 degrees well on the way to freezing.

Customer called tonight to say Ice tray is frozen in the freezer. Hopefully a good sign for his weekend away

http://www.allmakescaravans.co.uk/caravan-repair-derbyshire.php

Caravan Safety – Understanding What’s Under Your Caravan

Ensuring your caravan is safe is a big responsibility. Attached to this post as a document from AL-KO who produce caravan chassis & running gear for many manufacturers in the UK (Swift, Lunar, Coachman, Bailey) & Many More.

All the items covered in the document are checked and adjusted as part of a full annual service from a NCC approved workshop, but please have a read as simple pre tow checks on your stabiliser, weights, load setup etc can make sure you have a safe and uneventful journey. Its recommended that all adjustments and periodic maintenance be performed by an approved service centre NCC or ALKO, even so this is worth a read.

For more information on Annual Servicing of your caravan visit www.allmakescaravans.co.uk

Click on the link below to download you will need above acrobat reader free from www.adobe.com to read it.

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Swift Caravans – Over Locker Lights Recall / Product Upgrade

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Do you have a Swift Caravan Produced Between 2012 and 2014 with over locker fluorescent lights like to ones above? If so you maybe entitled to a product upgrade from Swift due to failures. Not all caravans produced during this period are affected.

The following statement has been issued via letter to the original registered caravan owners.

Swift Group Statement.

“We have received a relatively small number of notifications that the 12v fluorescent over locker lights have failed. The failure can, in a small number of instances, result in the distortion and discolouring of the light unit housing and in extreme cases give off a slight burning smell. Our supplier has conducted independent testing of the light unit and has deemed the risk to be low.

As a responsible manufacturer we are currently writing to the owners of products which have fluorescent lights fitted to the over lockers, from 2012 product, to 2014 models built to inform them that a product upgrade to replace each fluorescent tube lights with LED strips.

The letter will direct affected customers to a single phone number, to register their requirement for the LED light packs to be sent direct to their home address.” – Swift Group 2014.

We have also undertaken a number of upgrades for customers with pre recall fluorescent lights who wish to upgrade to LED Technology for power saving or increased lighting output please contact us for options & prices including a free of charge assessment visit in our service area.

If you have suffered issues with these lights or have a qualifying Caravan or Motorhome please contact Swift for an upgrade or contact us for more information on our website at www.allmakescaravans.co.uk

 

Avondale Eagle – Rebuilding The Bedroom

Progress today, The Avondale Eagle is now dry and boarding & Rebuild of the bedroom area is now complete, just a few finger marks to clean up!

Ceiling Board All Installed
Ceiling Board All Installed

 

Celing Board and All Sides CompleteAll Boarding Complete

 

Bed Cupboards etc being reinstalled

Reinstalling Bed Cupboards

 

Pelments Curtains Etc InstalledCurtains Windows Blinds ETC Back IN

 

Bead Nearly ThereBed is almost There

 

Bedroom Complete 2Bedroom Complete 1

 

Bedroom Complete 1

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Caravan Window Replacement

Last job of the day, a replacement window on a 1999 Abbey Vogue. Window was storm damaged and a new replacement was not available. So a remanufactured New window was installed. Not a bad match at all can you see which one was replaced?

If you have problems with your windows give us a call of visit www.allmakescaravans.co.uk and check out the repairs page for further information

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From This to This – Water Heater Replacement

Mr & Mrs E has a leaky water heater due to frost damage.

Due to age the heater drain valve had become blocked, and water was left in the boiler in the recent cold snap in the Peak District.

Malaga Requires Replacement Leaking Badly

Leaking Malaga Water Heater

Malaga Rusty Gas Valve & Leaks Showing

You can see the corrosion on the gas valve and the white marks showing water path in 1 of the 5 leaks present.

Heater Removed Gas Tapped Off

Heater Removed & Gas Pipe Sealed & Caravan Gas Tested.

Area Prepared For New Heater

Area Prepared for New Propex 240V Heater.

New Propex Heater Installed

New Heater In Position.

Water Pipes Installed

New Heater all connected up to the water system Thankfully no leaks!

Electrical Box Installed  Sealed

240V connected – Connectors secured.

New Propex Heater Installed

New heater installed & tested. These are a great little mains only water heater with temperature adjustment and a very neat dial that show the water heating up.