Do you own a Bailey?

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  1. rosalan

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    I am afraid I have stolen this from another Forum but think it maybe helpful for Bailey owners.....
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    Took my Bailey Autograph 765 for only its second habitation service last week and the service centre came back with a report of damp around the back half of the motorhome floor!!

    He told me it was a production problem and had even been to the factory and watched them on the production line. He said when they seal the sides and bottom to the floor they run a bead of sealeant with a pneumatic sealant gun but dont ensure the bead is pressed into the joint. The clips for the side trim are fixed then the trim fitted which covers all this up !!!

    He says it is covered on Baileys warranty so should be fine. He will strip all this back and re seal properly before refitting trim. He will need our motorhome for two days to do this. He has done 30 Bailey caravans so far with a similar problem.

    Not happy really after buying nearly new 1 year ago to be having to go through this. Has anyone heard of this or know anyone having to have this done to a Bailey? "
    Alan with thanks to Ross' team
     
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  2. South_Wales_Lady

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    Having just bought an Autograph 745 will watch this thread with interest!!
     
  3. chrisinplymouth

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    Mines due for its 2 year service next month. Fingers crossed.
     
  4. tonka

    tonka Funster Life Member

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    Heard of a few Baileys with ingress issues.. they seem to be catching Autotrail up..
     
  5. Targetpaster

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    Sitting in our brand new 740 in a continual downpour at the Bagwell rally I will definitely be keeping an eye on this one!
     
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    ours 740 is 20 months old and was ok at first hab check , just hope its ok at the next .
     
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    Aparrently the @Bailey58 is a pretty ropey model:imoutahere::rofl:
     
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    It's for this reason that we always get damp checks done by independent service agents, not the supplying dealer. They may have a vested interested in not finding the damp, while under warranty.
     
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  9. Bailey58

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    Yes we had a problem in the overcab area down to the sealant but it was soon sorted, no problems since. You can come out now Roger. (y)
     
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    Our Bailey 740 had its hab test done at 10 months and it had 60% water ingress in the back under the bed. The dealer said they would repair it under warranty but we ended up p/exing it.

    Liz
     
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    I would NOT want any problem with damp on a new vehicle.
    Totally un acceptable.
    Seems to me many MH just accept it and the repair, rectification.
    Once damp is allowed to ingress, it is always going to be there, surely.
    Source may be sorted, but if it comes to your attention it has already started its ROT!
    Only my opinion
     
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    I was talking to a Bailey caravan owner this evening she has a 5 year old caravan and damp discovered on the floor this year. The damp was discovered after a smell investigated which discovered mould on the floor.
     
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    Why do you think the suppling dealer would not want to find the damp, when they would get the work under warranty, therefore keeping the customer happy possibly ensuring a future order
     
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    Been explained long ago this one, the water was in the glass fibre section over the cab entering through a poorly sealed plate and draining down the B pillar, yes it shouldn't have been there but there was no contact with any internal surface, and certainly no wood involved, so I was happy with the way it was explained and saw the problem when investigated and the repair as it was done. Other damp problems involving floors and timber are different.
     
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    Largely because dealers do not get full re-imbursement for hours spent on warranty work, they have to accept some of the cost themselves. ie they cannot charge the work to the manufacturer at the same hourly rate as to us.

    Some dealers are great, I have had the privilege of dealing with one that was superb but is now too far away for me to use. I have also used one who, unless you were buying new, didn't want to know about any faults on a second hand m/h supposedly covered by warranty and one who missed so many things from an annual service that I stopped using them.

    I may be wrong in my opinion but I will continue to deal with an independent workshop for something that vital. If you are lucky enough to find a great dealer by all means use them. It's your choice.(y)
     
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    Of the Topic but I also have a friend who bought a brand new German Motorhome after having so many issues with a Swift Bolero and thought he would have trouble free Motorhoming and was he wrong , it suffered water leaks through the roof no less than three times over 36 months and after having it repaired on the 3rd Occasion he P/x for a British brand again which has been ok .
    It just go's to show that even the more up market makes can and do suffer from problems occasionally
     
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    Luckily we don't get much rain in the uk
     
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    Just been to the back of my brand new 740 and I've noticed that the bottom cowling is pretty flexible if you push it downwards and when I did that all the silicone beading/sealant moves with it!!
    Clearly NOT a seal then.
    Back to dealers as soon as, I think
     
  19. robnchris

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    Surely bedding walls onto the motorhome floor and relying on sealant to keep the water out is just a bad design.

    Outer panels should drop below the floor allowing water to fall past the floor.
    Design faults are inherent in most motorhome and caravan construction, resealing a badly designed body doesn`t ,are the problem go away, just puts it off.
     
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    Generally not so on modern MHs - the PU foam insulation won't soak up water & there's minimal or no wood bracing hidden in the walls / roof. More often than not the evidence of a leak that's visible is the only damage there is. I agree with you though: if I found it during the period that allows rejection of the vehicle then I would do so without hesitation.
     
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