Problems with my Bailey Approach 745

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  1. mrhappydog

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    We got the van new in January. We have had many problems with things not working or packing up. The vehicle has been back to the dealer 3 times and the problems are getting worse.
    Question 1/ Does anyone else have problems with the new Baileys?
    Question 2/ Does the gauge/screen give you the true percentage of water/waste? The dealer tells me Bailey have many problems with this. My problem is that I have no idea how much water/waste I actually have on board. A visual inspection is a pain in the ***.
    Question3/ Does your habitation door fit and does the alarm work?
    Question 4/ Have you any leaks from your taps?
    Question 5/ How close is the actual temperture to what the gauge says?
    Question 6/ Have any of your light fittings fallen out?
    Question 7/ Do you have a 5 second delay between turning on a hot tap and water coming out?
    Question 8/ Did/has the entire plastic section at the rear of the vehicle parted company with the van?
    I have a lot more questions.....just ask
     
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  2. motorhomer

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    Can't speak for Baileys but some of the things listed are just normal!

    eg I suspect very few vans have waste water indicators anywhere near accurate. Mine shows 50% full when empty. Similarly the outside temp guage. Water delay might just be adjustment to the pressure switch. Alarm presumably was a dealer fit extra so not a Bailey issue. I have also had lights fall out.

    I am not in any way trying to minimise your problems but having had several new vans from several suppliers I have had none without some issues. I guess its because they are largely hand built whereas a car is these days built by robots! Don't let it spoil your enjoyment of a wonderful hobby!
     
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  3. scousebird

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    We have a 745 as well. Very pleased with it. We took possession 1st May after waiting for ours to be built so maybe some of your issues had been ironed out by then. The only ongoing problem we have is the strip LED lights above the cupboards in the living area, they keep coming out, just makes us laugh - Alan is thinking of gluing them in place. We had a leak in the shower room and took it back to the dealer, it turned out to be just a bit of sealant that was missing.

    Are your dealers helpful?

    Hope you get your problems solved. Keep us up to date.
     
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  4. Bertie Bassett

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    Can't but commiserate with you, on our seventh van purchase right now and can honestly say we've never had a water gauge that worked with any accuracy., the rest as 'motorhomer' says in #2 don't let it spoil your enjoyment of our lifestyle/hobby. Our fourth van was a Laika:eek:......................oh dear, there aren't the pixels left in space to describe our experience with that.:D
     
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    Before purchasing, we rented many motorhomes. IMO the water level meters should be treated as a sort of random number generator.
    Luckily, on my MH the waste water level seems to be more or less accurate, so I use that as an inverse as to what is in the fresh tank :D
     
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  6. Larrynwin

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    Its the same in RVs, we measure our tank levels by days, after 6 days grey and black need emptying :rolleyes:
     
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    We measure by days too, was it Tuesday or Wednesday when we emptied/ filled that? Where were we then, was it at Chateau le whatever or Oozit sur Riviere? Or did we go there first? LOL
     
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  8. BobtheBass

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    Never had any major problems with our 745, just tiny niggles that you sort of expect nowadays. Ignore the temperature on the control panel, its just an educated guess. No leaks, no delays in water delivery and the door fit fine. The back panel seemed fine as well. Human error? You will eventually be delighted when the tweaks are completed.
     
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    I just had new water gauges fitted on my Bailey they were both showing 0
     
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    We have a new 740 and have had no build quality issues at all .
    Ok the water gauge is not terribly accurate but then
    none of them are .
    The temperature gauge on the Alde display is accurate
     
  11. PJGWiltshire

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    We have a swift Kontiki and again the gages are not to be relied upon. Simple method of working out if we have water, Turn taps on no water needs filling Simples
     
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  12. mrhappydog

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    I hear what you all say but you are wrong!! So much money it should all be right. If it was a car you would really kick ass!! So why accept things on a motorhome? The water/waste gauge should be right as should everything else.
     
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  13. tinhat

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    Ours is a pre-swift autocruise starlet 11 and the water gauge is only accurate when showing empty & full...rubbish inbetween.:confused:
     
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    No problems my 745 with my bailey love it
     
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  15. Voyger1010

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    Bailey 750 March 1st this year
    answers
    q1=no
    q2=yes
    q3=yes central locks and alarm fitted by Jim,no problems
    q4=no
    q5=closely very accurate
    q6=no
    q7=no, ensure air is purged from line on fill up
    q8=no
    We did have a small snagging list, but dealer remedied all, including a new mirror as the toilet original had a little mirroring missing from the bottom edge. Her indoors being picky, but as she said , it needs to be right.
    The only major thing we've had was the power pack battery charger died in France, after being on for 7 weeks, but on contacting dealer, they spoke to Bailey ,who then sent a new one to the dealer and he shipped it out to us. Couldn't fault the service from Morans Motorhomes.
    Anyway after owning two other brands of motorhome we are more than happy with ours, and I hope that your dealer sorts out your issues and you get to enjoy your Bailey
     
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    We've have had the Bailey Approch 475 since new in 2012......the doors been a problem for us what with blowing back on the hinges having to be rehung a few times...also notice if driving in the rain the footstep well can fill up with water.
    Our biggest problem has been our Central locking.....it's been a problem since day one! The central locking opens and shuts all the time with nobody near it and even when we are in it. Its been in and out of the dealers every year for it habitation checks and they try and have a look at it. They have had the guys that fitted the Cobra Alarm over to try and fix it but with no success. The last trip we were away the locks clicked open and shut all night and all day.....came home phoned the Bailey dealer and he more or less told us they didn't know what to do and to take it to the Peugot garage?? Bailey says it Peugot and Peugot says it Bailey???
    No one in the area could take the motorhome for the height so we put it to our local garage. It's been there 5 days and they have tried everything and are stumped! We have phoned the alarm installation guys today to see if they can give us some advice???? We are sooo frustrated with this!! Will be selling our motorhome if this isn't fixed had enough of it now!!
     
  17. BONZO

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    It sounds like it's the computer in the van have tried to disconnect the battery and re boot it but it will take the radio of line and you might to put code back in .but I would have thought the garage may have done it .
     
  18. BONZO

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    Ps could it be your key fob that is transmitting . With out you ?
     
  19. tonyidle

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    Correct. If it isn't then it wasn't designed / fitted / wired correctly. It will however fail eventually. Mine is just an example. It has 5 stainless rods hanging in the water. There is one full depth rod & four others equivalent to the quarter, half, three-quarter, and full levels. The rods are pushed into copper sockets in a fitting screwed into the top of the tank & the lot is embedded in epoxy. A fairly flimsy ribbon cable is embedded in the epoxy from above. As anyone with half a brain might expect water travels up between the epoxy & stainless & eventually reaches the stainless/copper interface. Then it does what water always does when it gets into a dissimilar metal joint. It corrodes & eventually destroys the joint. The cure would be to replace the entire sensor with another that will do the same eventually - so very few do and hence the reputation these things have. Having OCD and a lathe I machined out the epoxy (after pulling all the rods). cut a thread on each rod for a decent eyelet/2 nuts connection, re-connected all the wires & re-potted the lot in our favourite sealant. It now works perfectly and I hope will continue to do so. I did the easy one first (my fresh tank is indoors) - the underslung waste will take more effort. So I left it on the basis that it does indicate Full accurately although any other level is three-quarter-full according to the gauge.
     
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  20. mitzimad

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    i probably spent in total 4 hours fitting a waste and fresh gauage when i built my van, that was a waste of four hours we now know when the sink drain gets sluggish the waste tank is nearly full and we need water soon
     
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