Friday, 8 April 2016

It's At The Dealers.

Took the van to YC Leisure today for them to look at the leak and they agreed to keep it until they can squeeze it in to be fixed.

Credit to them as I think they had plenty of work on and could have asked me to wait.

The chap I was talking to said that yes it was a common problem and one that is recognised by Bailey who have produced an upgraded part to fix it that has a serrated surface which the sealant grips better than the original one but obviously Bailey are waiting until leaks occur rather than issuing a recall,very helpful.

In a way I am glad it occurred as it did as at least it was a smallish leak that will now be fixed,hopefully properly,which is better than a deluge of water coming through the roof in the middle of the night and soaking everything.

Thet have also agreed to put in a warranty claim for the faulty panel dis[play showing "8".

Just got to wait for it to come back now.



  1. Good to know there is a quick fix and you will be on the road sooner than later.I still think the seal needs to be wider than the original and it will be interesting to see if the new seal is.The only way I think the seal failed is the bolts were not torqued enough or there was a gap in the sealant or else all U3 vans would have the same leak.

    1. Bill,Although of course it is impossible to verify it does appear that the "leaking roof syndrome" on Bailey vans is spreading.Some chap on Caravan Talk only had his Pegasus for 20hrs and had to return it with water coming through the roof.My dealer suggested that ours certainly wasn't the first they had repaired.To be honest a joint like that is always going to fail eventually in my opinion,the only real long term solution is to make the roof in one piece.


  2. I couldnt agree more.The roof should be one piece and I wish it was.We both had the same Orion and were lucky with that I suppose.The way ahead unless they manufacture one piece roofs is to make a larger seal with plenty flexible sealant. I for one will be keeping a close eye on mine.I travelled over a thousand miles recently and down some very uneven approach roads(slowly) to C.L. sites, and have been Ok for the time being,but it was a good test.
    It also got me thinking about boarding the van when coupled to the car in service areas without the rear legs down.This could stress the weaker rear section,albeit it sits on a chassis.Then maybe its just a poor design issue.
    Reading C.T it seems Bailey now have a dedicated repair facility.Good move.
    Anyway Ian hope it goes well,and the new fix is the panacea.

  3. Bill,ISTR reading on CT from someone who had been on a factory visit that the reason the roof is not in one piece is that they have not got a machine at the factory big enough to accommodate it and to provide one would be very expensive.
    I also recall that it was suggested that the cost of warranty work was built in to the price of the van to the tune of ,I think,£2700 so perhaps the impetus is not there to solve a design problem.


  4. I suppose the number of leaking vans overall is small,considering the number they sell.
    You dont seem to hear as many problems with the Pegasus range ; given the roof construction is identical. Whatever I do like the Cadiz, and hope yours is sorted quickly.