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Sunday, 23 November 2014


It is with some sadness that the Bailey Orion Blog has come to an end.

We have traded in our 440/4 for a new Bailey Unicorn 3 from YC Leisure which should be delivered next February/March so there is now a caravan shaped hole in our lives.

We were intending to carry on vanning further into winter than we had done previously but one or two health issues affecting both myself and SWMBO sadly prevented this so we have decided to call it a day for this year.

The blog of course will remain on the net for anyone who wishes to refer to it.

Just as an aside when we took the van to the dealers to have the part-ex confirmed,they found 28% damp in the rear right hand corner ( the toilet cassette side ) which has presumably come about since we had it serviced in September.I was told this was not unusual in this area for Orions so this may be worth keeping an eye on as the Orion range ages.

Many thanks to the people who have e-mailed me over the last three years and to everyone who has made the blog the success that it has been with just short of 73,000 hits.

You can't get rid of me as easily as that though as I will be creating a new Unicorn Cadiz blog sometime prior to delivery of the new van.

Cheerio for now.


Sunday, 9 November 2014

For Sale..........Genuine Bespoke Bailey Bedding Set

Further to our ordering a new Unicorn we have for sale a genuine bespoke Bailey bedding set that is for the rear fixed bed on the Orion 430/4 ( corner cut off ).

It has only been used twice as we preferred to use the front bed.

It comprises of a quilt,quilt cover and two pillowcases.

There should be a purple runner with it that we can't find at the minute but if it turns up at some stage the buyer can have that as well.

We are asking £50 ( cost £199 ).

Because of the bulk of it would of course be preferable if someone could collect ( Wakefield,West Yorks ) but if anyone wants it posting I will get a price but I imagine it will be expensive.

Give me an e-mail if anyone is interested.


Thursday, 23 October 2014

Better Late Than Never SoTo Speak.

Apologies for the late posting of our trip to the NEC but I had to have a new HD installed in my computer,anyway all done now.

We thought it was a bit quiet on the Thursday when we visited the show but reports from other days,especially Friday and Saturday,said it was rammed with people especially around the Bailey stand and more especially around the new Unicorn 3.

Well we succumbed and ordered a Unicorn 3 Cadiz for delivery sometime in March/February.

Got a good deal from Yorkshire Caravans where we bought the Orion,it was about £1200+ more than another quote we got.

Will be quite sad to see the Orion go as we have had some good holidays in it but we wanted two fixed singles and a bit more space so the Unicorn it had to be.

To judge from the interest in it I think Bailey are on to a winner,especially after listening to customers ( me included ) and moved the front nearside locker door nearer the front to better accommodate a porch awning.

The Orion will will be going in part-ex sometime before Christmas so we will be vanless until delivery of the Unicorn.

On another tack we were amazed at the number of motorhomes of all shapes and sizes at the show,they appeared to outnumber caravans to a great degree,there were literally hundreds of them,motorhoming must be really taking off.

Incidentally we stopped overnight at the Hilton Metropole on the NEC site,according to a lot of posts on Trip Advisor it wasn't up to much but we found it very acceptable with the bar food being very good value.Just one downer,beware of getting a room to the rear of the hotel as there is an air-conditioning unit on a flat roof which drones away all night,SWMBO was not amused.Next year I think we will book an executive room at the front.

I will be renaming the blog when we get the new van but have decided against starting a new one so all the Orion stuff will still be there to help anyone who needs it,just got to think of a catchy new title now..............................


Friday, 10 October 2014

Back Safe and Sound

Well,further to my last post and after a tussle with Green Flag,the Orion was returned safely to our storage yesterday by a firm from Thirsk that is used by them.

( I didn't realise until the recovery chap told me that GF do not have any patrols of their own and use local firms exclusively for their call outs,unlike the AA,RAC etc. )

They still demanded to see a doctors letter ( which I had eventually obtained ) before even considering arranging transport,naturally my scanner wasn't working so I had to post it,more delay.

They [GF] still seem to be in the age of the fax machine and woe betide you if you don't use e-mail or haven't got a smart phone.

I can understand them being wary of people abusing the system to get them home on the cheap but as I said previously,just do what is necessary,ask for a doctors note within so-many days,if this is not produced then send a bill and terminate membership.

Anyway they have said that in the light of my problems they are going to re-examine their rules and regulations so there may be a change sometime in the future,we shall see.

Many thanks to the owners of Hillside Park who let us leave the van on their site at no charge until it was collected and even offered us a discount on a future booking as we went home early.

The back is slowly improving but in the midst of it,to cut a very long story short I also have a slight heart problem that I wasn't aware of so I can't drive for at least a month so that probably rules out any more vanning for this year.

Thank you to the people that have enquired.

SWMBO has said she will go on the CC manouvering/driving course next year so we will be prepared if there is a next time,God forbid..

We are going to the NEC show next week to probably order a Unicorn 3,the Orion has served us very well and we love the van but we want one with fixed single beds so that we aren't climbing over each other in the night and is a bit bigger if we are going to accommodate grandchildren.


Saturday, 4 October 2014

Hillside Park

We had planned to have four nights at Hillside Park just to the north of Thirsk but events overtook us and we only managed two and had to return early.

Hillside Park is a lovely little site ( 50 pitches ) that has won awards for its eco-friendliness,the owners are very friendly and obliging.

The site wasn't very busy but as they also store vans a lot of the pitches had empty vans on them for some reason which unfortunately gave it a sort of "ghost town" appearance.

When we were moving the van to hitch up at our storage for some strange reason the offside Reich motor mover wouldn't move onto the wheel,anyway with a bit of help from the chap who serviced our van who happened to be there we eventually got it sorted and were on our way.

Visits to Rievelaux Abbey and Helmsley on the Thursday passed a very pleasant day but on the Friday morning my back went as I was getting a shower and agony barely described it.

We therefore decided to pack up and go home,SWMBO was a star as I wasn't much help,she packed everything up including the awning ( with help from a friendly neighbouring vanner for the awning ,thanks Phil ).

We intended to ask Mayday-Green Flag to get the van home as I was in too much pain to drive and SWMBO doesn't tow but they refused until I produced a medical certificate,not the most helpful of responses when you are in agony in a caravan field out in the sticks,will think twice when renewal comes.

Why not just do it and ask for a certificate within seven days or so,but no,so the owners said we could leave the van on the site and I will collect it in a few days when my back has hopefully improved.


Sunday, 21 September 2014

CalorLite Recall

In case any of my readers haven't seen it elsewhere,Calor are recalling all CalorLite cylinders from years 2008,2009,2010 and 2011 because of a possible defect leading to gas escape.

See here for full details :-

Calorlite Recall

Got ours swapped today in Castleford,came at just the right time as well as it was virtually empty.

Thank you Calor.


Thursday, 28 August 2014

Service With A Smile.

Had the old girl serviced today ( the van not SWMBO ) at our storage,given a clean bill of health and no damp found,thank goodness.

For the first time I used a mobile chap from Leeds ( Karranvan ) and was very impressed by the workmanship and attention to detail.

We received a far more detailed report than I have ever had from the two dealers that we have been to previously,he picked up that the front table support was cracked and I didn't even realise,now superglued.

He is AWS certified so it keeps the warranty in order and the price was very good indeed.


So if you are in the West Yorkshire area it might be worth considering.

Doesn't help you much if you live in Cornwall but you can't have everything.

I have no connection apart from being a customer.


Sunday, 24 August 2014

Washing Up

When stopping on sites with washing up facilities we usually make use of them as the sinks are bigger and it saves a bit of water.

I used to use the washing up bowl to transport the dirty dishes and SWMBO kept saying we could use something better.

Eventually I succumbed and bought one ot these :-

Ortlieb 10L Bowl

It does the job very well and also has other uses such as washing your feet etc.

This site ( All Outdoor ) was the cheapest I could find.


Saturday, 23 August 2014


Just had four nights at Beechwood Grange just outside York which it has to be said didn't pass off without one or two minor incidents.

First of all we arrived at storage to pick the Orion up only to discover I had left the caravan keys at home.

Fortunately I carry a spare set in the car glovebox so that saved the day.

Secondly,someone who shall remain nameless ( SWMBO ) managed to reverse our twelve week old Passat Alltrack into the caravan hitch,inflicting damage to the rear bumper.

As can be seen it's not massive damage,BUT IT'S A THREE MONTH OLD CAR !!!!

Managed to keep calm,just glad it wasn't me what did it,off to the reapair man after the Bank Holiday

Next,when we arrived on site I proceeded to put the awning up in the face of rapidly approaching black clouds only to find that for some reason some of the awning poles had got stuck inside each other and it took a great deal of effort to remove them,all this while the heavens opened.

Since returning home I have rubbed them down with WD40,hopefully it won't happen again.

Then I came to open our very expensive,top of the range Kamei Corvara roof box only to find that the lock had jammed and the key wouldn't turn.

As the box had within it the grandkids bedding,bicycles etc. ( oh yes we had two grand kids with us ) this was a sticky one,no amount of persuasion was going to make that bugger open.

After tussling with it for a while,SWMBO put in an appearance and I explained the dilemma,she looked at the box and said " You do know there is a lock on the other side",of course I did I was just waiting to see how long it would take her to spot it.

Anyway got the box open and after a few calls and e-mails to the Roof Box Company,it is going back to be replaced/repaired.

Don't you just love it when you spend shed loads of money on what you think are quality goods only to have them break.

Anyway the following day SWMBO was sat at the front of the van and suddenly piped up " Do you know there is a crack in this window ? "

Sure enough there is star shaped crack in the front window which has originated from who knows where.

We are having the van serviced by a mobile chap on Thursday so I will ask if a repair can be done,if not I will put some clear tape over it as it is not leaking water and I am not paying the silly money that a replacement window will be.

After all this everything went smoothly,if you can call being pitched in front of the childrens playground,smooth.

Never again.

Don't you just love caravanning.


Sunday, 10 August 2014

Isabella Videos

I have just been looking at some videos on You Tube made by Isabella.

I have watched many of these over and over mostly in relation to erecting our Magnum awning and have found them very useful as Isabella's paper instructions leave a lot to be desired.

It occurred to me that anyone new to caravanning may not know of their existence and be struggling with the sometimes complex business that is awnings.

So if you want some assistance head over to You Tube and enter "Isabella" in the search box and receive plenty of help and advice.


Thursday, 7 August 2014

Barnard Castle

Just had five nights at the CC site on the outskirts of Barnard Castle in Teesdale and,despite the odd adverse comment on the CC review site we found it very pleasant site indeed being neat and tidy with a warm and spotlessly clean washblock.

The main complaints appear to be road noise if you pitch ( obviously ) adjacent to the road but we were further down the site and suffered no problem at all.

Don't look for it on Google Earth though,it isn't there.

There were no Orion problems but the TV lead that we expensively bought from the Scarborough site,gave up the ghost.

Amazingly the chap in the adjacent van was a retired TV engineer who appeared to bring his entire workshop with him and soon fitted our lead with new plugs ( metal ones at that ) and we were soon up and running again using a lead that I would probably have had to chuck away,well done that man.

At one time during our stay there were three Orions in a row,a 400/2 our 440/4 and a 430/4.

The chap in the 400/2 was a blog follower and the occupant of the 430/4 hopefully soon will be.

During our stay there was an enormous thunderstorm on the Saturday night which if our van or awning was prone to leaking would have surely showed it up,the site road was like a river with the amount of rain it put down in about half an hour.

We had a visit to Ropers caravan dealers in Catterick to see if they had the new Unicorn 3 in stock but to no avail,however the salesman said there are people ringing up daily about it and apart from a full range of demonstrators they have 120 on order.

Looks like being a winner if every dealer has a similar number.

Of course no visit to a dealer is complete without purchasing something whether you need it or not,and this was no different.

I purchased an Isabella Clicklight for use in the awning.

Isabella Clicklight

It is very useful but be careful how you detach it from the pole as it is easy to break the plastic as I discovered,all repaired now.

Of course being Isabella they aren't cheap but told SWMBO it was reduced in the sale ( of which there wasn't one ) so that little problem was taken care of.


Saturday, 26 July 2014

Scarborough ( West Ayton )

Just had a repeat vist to the above site for four nights in gloriously sunny weather.

Excellent site and not too far from the Park & Ride into Scarborough at the bargain price of £2.50 ( SWMBO got a discount with her geriatric bus pass,£1.10 ).

Took two grandkids for the first time,when the Valium wears off I suspect I will feel much better.

It did throw up though that we could probably do with a larger van especially as we now have a vehicle in the Alltrack capable of pulling one.

Will have a look at the Bailey Unicorn 3 when it appears at the dealers.

Anyway had one very minor glitch with the Orion in the fact that the 5A fuse for the hot water blew for some reason,replaced the fuse and all was well,weird.

When we were pitching up we couldn't find the TV hook up lead to connect to the bollard,looked everywhere,so made a purchase of £15 at the site shop for a replacement only to find it as we were packing up.

Felt a little better about it as our original lead wouldn't have reached the bollard anyway and the replacement was 25m long.

We use the shower as bedding storage and I managed to knock the shower on when it was full of bedding,oh deary me.

The Passat Alltrack is a fantastic tow car and pulls the Orion with ease,even with four passengers,stuffed full of luggage plus a full roofbox and two childrens bikes.

The auto/Tiptronic gearbox is a delight,why we persisit in waggling a stick on the floor to change gear is mystery with this amount of auto sophistication.

One thing I did notice on site was the number of very largish vans being pulled with very small towcars,didn't look anywhere near to the recommended 85% ratio ( yes I know it is just a guide for inexperienced tuggers ),must have been touching 100% in some cases or perhaps even 100% +.


Thursday, 10 July 2014

Leyburn and the TdF

Last weekend we took the Orion to Leyburn CC site to watch the Tour de France ( been having some computer problems which aren't over yet which explains the delay in posting ).

It was the first time we had towed with our new Passat Alltrack and it didn't let us down,solid as a rock all the way.

The approach to the site is very narrow,I would hate to meet another van coming the other way which shouldn't really happen if everyone sticks to the correct arrival/departure times.

The site itself appears very confusing on first arrival as there appears to be roads going off everywhere and it has to be said it could do with a bit of money being spent on it as it is beginning to show its age.

The facilities were clean and tidy though and the showers were excellent but a lot of the pitches are under trees which are in severe need of being cut back.

We found a tree free pitch though which was very pleasant.

A lot of the pitches are occupied by seasonal vans of which one or two looked a bit scruffy.

There was no problem with the Orion although I thought there was a leak at one point as a greenish puddle appeared in the front locker after very heavy rain,it wasn't until SWMBO reminded me that I had spilt a cup of green tea the night before and it had seeped under the sofa end,relief all round.

A bit of a tip coming up,you can't put a door canopy up on a non-awning pitch,we did and was asked to remove it.

The Tour de France was a magnificent spectacle,never to be seen again in my lifetime I don't suppose,certainly not in Yorkshire


Saturday, 31 May 2014

Plump Up Those Seals.

I have mentioned previously about spraying the window seals with Thetford silicone spray ( the stuff you use for the cassette blade seal ) to stop them cracking.

It is also useful for applying to locker door seals and the main door rubber seal,plumps them up nicely and may prevent a locker door from leaking.

Did ours this week.


Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Shockers contd.

Wunny has been observant and noticed that the price in the previous link was for one shocker only,crafty.

This link however is for a pair but P&P may need to be added.

Cheap Al-Ko Shockers - Pair


Monday, 12 May 2014

Cheap Al-Ko Shockers.

Paul Medcalf,one of my correspondents,has found a source of cheap Al-Ko shock absorbers,£34.99 with £9.99 UK postage.

Al-Ko Shock Absorbers.

Red ones are also available.

Much cheaper than elsewhere.

Thanks Paul.


Sunday, 4 May 2014

Durham Grange,A Recalcitrant Aquaroll and A Frustrating Half Hour.

Have returned from our second visit of three nights to Durham Grange a CC site just off the A1 near err.....Durham.

This was the only site I could find a short notice vacancy for with it being Bank Holiday weekend but it was no hardship as it is an excellent clean and tidy site.

SWMBO found the traffic noise from the A1 a bit annoying but as far as I was concerned it was one of those noises you could only hear if you listened for it.

No problems with the Orion but had a bit of difficulty with the Aquaroll.

We were on a serviced pitch and using the Aquaroll with the "ball valve" attachment in the side to use the Aquaroll as a cistern.

I connected it all up and left it running as it should have switched itself off when the valve shut the water off,instead it overflowed and the water kept coming.

The valve looked OK but I thought there was a piece missing so after some postings on CT and various bits of advice I compared it with the van on an adjacent pitch and mine was the same as his so it was an internal problem.

As a like for like swap was £35 ( although cheaper versions are available ) I was keen to see if I could fix it but of course it was all done up as tight as tight could be and I couldn't undo it to get to the innards.

( Why this is so on a ball valve Lord only knows especially as if there is a fault it is likely that dismantling it would be whilst on site with a scarcity of appropriate tools,it is hardly likely to need attention when I am at home watching TV surrounded by wrenches and the like ).

Anyway I enquired of the warden if he could undo it with a wrench which he kindly did and the long and the short of it is that I replaced the large black rubber washer with one out of the spares kit that came with the Aquaroll and all,most surprisingly,worked again.

The second frustration was inserting the Bailey wheel cover in the groove around the wheel arch.

I had heard it was a bit of a tow and one of my correspondents suggested using a tyre lever,good idea.

It is a complete sod to put on and it took two of us over half an hour to get it sorted during which time one or two words of Anglo Saxon origin may have been uttered.

I had to have a lie down afterwards

The track is now opened up so hopefully it will be easier next time.

We had also bought an Isabella wind screen at least this was OK except that just after we put it up the heavens opened and remained open for twenty four hours.

Incidentally we called at Ropers in Catterick for a nosey and they had a couple of Orions left on sale so if anyone wants one there are some still available.


Thursday, 1 May 2014

Window Pains contd.

One of my nameless correspondents has sent this regarding the front window problem :-
If you don't have a serial number on the sticker inside the window (top right hand corner as viewed from the outside of the caravan), there is another sticker positioned on the left hand side (as viewed from the outside) of the window right close to the window hinge. To see the sticker you will need to fully open the window to its maximum and look at the hinge on the left hand side of the window. Its a white sticker with a bar code and a series of numbers. I too have the marks on the inside of windows and dealer has asked me to supply a picture of this sticker. I hope to get a replacement and hopefully better window in the not too distant future.

Hope this info will help anybody else with a dodgy front window.


Sunday, 27 April 2014

Battery Door Restraints

In response to one of my correspondents who wanted some of the above for their Unicorn,I have just checked the link and it has been discontinued.

The new link is :-

Battery Door Restraints

They have gone up in price as well to £2.45


Saturday, 26 April 2014

Bailey Wheel Arch Cover.

Whilst we were away at Sandringham I spotted a Bailey Unicorn sporting a Bailey wheel arch cover which looked rather smart.

( This isn't the actual one I saw )

Ordered one from Bailey ( along with some other stuff so the postage wasn't too painful ).

Will take some photo's on our next trip.

Incidentally we have found that one of the curtain clip/runners on the front curtains has broken so the leading edge of the curtain hangs down.

If this happens to anyone else the runners are available from Bailey ( couldn't find anywhere else ) for 6p each ( plus of course £5 postage so order with something else ).


Monday, 21 April 2014

Passat Alltrack Blog

The Passat Alltrack Blog is now up amd running :-

Passat Alltrack Blog

Still needs a bit of work but if anyone wants to comment etc. then feel free.


Thursday, 17 April 2014

Sandringham,A Bevy of Orions and A Local Connection

We have just returned from a week on the CC site at Sandringham in Norfolk and a very pleasant site it is too set among the trees and quiet roads of the Sandringham Estate,can be recommended.

Just to even things up there is CC&C club site nearby where we took a walk.

Also a nice looking place,not perhaps as regimented as the CC site in layout and perhaps the better for that,or not as the case may be.

The Orion performed without fuss and with no problems after the winter lay-up.

There is a popular visitor centre near the house ( about a two mile walk away through the woods ) serving meals along with the usual tat with a royal connection ( I'm sure the Queen doesn't use many tea towels or Union Jack playing cards. ).

During our weeks stay there was an impressive appearance of Orions,ten in all over the seven days including ours.

A mixture of 440/4's,400/2's and 430/4's.I have never seen so many Orions on one site.

There was only one Pursuit.

I thought there may be a blog member among them but no-one recognised me in my red hoodie.

We pitched on a slightly sloping pitch which gave me the chance to use the Lock n' Level as mentioned in a previous post.

It worked very well,the only thing I noticed on removing it at the end of our stay was that the underside where it had rested on the pea- gravel ( not particularly sharp ) was the presence of quite a few scuffs and nicks to the fabric so on anything other than grass I would in future place it on a piece of carpet or the like.

We did some tandem rides whilst there and one such took us to the village of Wolferton where a chance chat to a group of walkers by the village church took us across the village to Wolferton Station which sadly is no more in running order but was the Royal Station for Sandringham in days gone by.

George V1 ( I think it was ) died at Sandringham and his body was put on the train at Wolferton  to take it to Westminster Abbey for burial.

The Queen now arrives at Sandringham by helicopter we were informed.

( Personally,if I was the Queen I would give Buckingham Palace the heave-ho and live at Sandringham all the time ).

The station and the associated signal box was bought in 2001by a man named Richard Brown who has restored it to its former glory.

Wolferton Station

He is a very interesting chap who has done it all out of his own pocket and will willingly answer any questions,he charges for nothing,tea,postcards,eggs,just some coins into the charity tin.

Co-incidentally he used to live in Wakefield and his daughter only lived about a mile or so from where we live.

The place is well worth a visit if you are in the area.


Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Battery Box Door Update

Some of you may recall the battery box door incident where the battery left the van and was deposited on the mean streets of Castleford.

Well I fitted the door restraints that I mentioned and they would seem to do the job admirably should it happen again.

You may not be quite able to see in the picture but the blue things are connected with a clear plastic strip so if the door springs ajar again it shouldn't fall completely open.

Should be factory fit in my opinion ( with royalties to me of course ).

If they prove not to work or fall off the were only £1.80 or so I think so it is no great financial loss.


Damn Duvalays ( or One For The Gents Perhaps )

When we got our Duvalays last year I idly suggested to SWMBO that we remove the covers to wash after every trip.

Her reply was we would leave them on until the end of the season and then wash them ready for the following year.

Boy am I glad she did.

I spent a good hour yesterday afternoon trying to shoehorn the mattress and quilt into two Duvalays,they are like a chinese puzzle.

I did it eventually but you have been warned.

Then again I have trouble with quilt covers as well.


Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Window Pains (sic).

Another correspondent,Paul Medcalf, has kindly sent a description of a problem with the two panes of acrylic glass in the front window rubbing together:-

Something I wanted to share with you and your followers ,
at the end of last season we noticed that our by window on the Orion 440-4 had marks between the double skin so we have pursued a claim and there is possibly  a 6 week lead time for delivery depending if the supplier has it in stock.
Should any followers have the same problem I recommend then to discuss with their dealership to pursue a claim to replace the window. The information they will need is situated on a small window sticker generally found in the top Right hand side of the bay  window when viewing the window externally or the the top left hand side when viewing the window internally ;-)

Thanks Paul,


Lock 'n Level Update.

The Lock 'n Level device I mentioned previously arrived yesterday.

If anyone is thinking of buying one here are a few stats :-

It measures 70cm x 24cms and weighs just short of 2.5Kg.

It comes with its own bag to store it in,an instruction book and two spare valve caps.

Our levelling ramps weigh 3.3Kg so there is a slight weight saving.

We don't use that many unlevel pitches but when we have used it I will report back on the findings.

In case anyone thinks otherwise I have absolutely no connection at all with the manufacturer of the device apart from being a customer.


The Triangular Cushion Problem Updated.

Wunny,one of my correspondents,has done us all 440/4 owners a big,big favour by sending me a description of how to make the rear bed up in the 440/4 without the triangular cushion falling on the floor.

This was discussed on the blog a while ago,here is what he has said ( with photo's) :-

For new readers, the solution to this problem is to move the forward seat cushion to the table and the 'triangular' (trapezoid) shaped cushion goes onto the forward seat, such that it held in by the seat side panel.

Fill in the rest of the bed with other cushions as appropriate. The small back rest wedge goes in the bottom left hand corner.

Manny thanks for that Wunny,especially the pictures,much appreciated.


Thursday, 27 March 2014

VW Passat Alltrack Blog

We have a VW Passat Alltrack on order for delivery in May.

As they are a bit of a niche vehicle,I will be starting a Passat Alltrack blog when I get round to it to run alongside BOB,so if anyone has one and wants to contribute then feel free.


Lock N' Level

Going to try one of these :-

Lock N' Level

They were mentioned on Caravan Talk and seemed to get a favourable reaction from the people that had them.

A bit pricey with P&P but we are only here once ( so they say ) and you can't take it with you.

A fair bit lighter than levelling ramps so will reduce the weight as well.

Will report on it when we put it into use.


Monday, 10 March 2014

Orion 460/5 Bunk Query.

A member of Caravan Talk has posted the following query regarding making up the bunk cushions on a 460/5.

Can anyone help ??

We decided to make up the offside bunks this evening as a surprise for the little ones.

We got the top bunk all sorted out fine but are having big problems with the cushion configuration on the bottom bunk, it seems whatever we try and do we either end up with the cushions too deep or too shallow and cannot work out whether we need to use the back rest or not.

Losing the will with it all a bit....can anyone advise, it does not say how to do it in the manual

Thank you very much for your help.



Saturday, 8 March 2014

Roof Box..............It's a Whopper.

We are changing our tow car later in the year and have a VW Passat Alltrack on order for the middle of May or so.

As SWMBO is insistent on taking two grandchildren for a taste of caravanning life I ordered a roofbox in the shape of a Kamei Corvara 310 to give us a bit more room.

When it arrived,boy is it a whopper.

I didn't quite realise how long it actually was.

It is more like a coffin and will take SWMBO admirably if she gets gobby.

The moral is,if you are thinking of getting a roof box measure up carefully.



My apologies if any one has e-mailed me or posted a comment on the blog over the last few weeks and I have not replied.

Google suspended my account for some reason but hopefully it is now all sorted out with a new e-mail address.


Monday, 17 February 2014

Isabella Kitchen Roll Holder

I have recently been wondering where to put a kitchen roll holder in the Orion as we usually keep it in a cupboard which isn't the handiest of places.

There does seem a lack of places to site such a thing.

Isabella have brought this out which I thought was rather clever,with no fixings it can stand anywhere.

Isabella Kitchen Roll Holder

I shall purchase one when I can find one.


Sunday, 9 February 2014

Isabella Door Canopy

Have ordered one of the above for when we are on a non-awning pitch.

Isabella Door Canopy

Thought it may be useful for keeping the rain off as you step outside the door.

I will report back as to what we think of it later in the year.


Thursday, 23 January 2014

Manchester Caravan Show

I visited the Manchester Show today held as usual in Event City.

I wasn't expecting to see any Orion activity of course but I was wrong.

The show was opened by Michelle Collins a decent bit of totty wobbling about on 8" heels who is evidently in Coronation St.

Someone had done an Orion 430/4 up to resemble the Rovers Return/house.

A bit gimmicky of course but someone had put a deal of effort into it.


I think we must have picked our Orion with care because looking at other Bailey models and indeed other manufacturers models there was nothing really,apart from the exotica like Eterniti of course,which made me think WOW I would  like one of those.

It is unfortunate that Bailey did away with the Orion,especially after such a short time,as I am afraid the Pursuit still does not really cut the mustard as far as I am concerned and I think the Bailey interiors are looking a bit dated compared with more contemporary offerings from other makers.

An Orion Mk.II would have been far better in my opinion as there are some nice touches in the Pursuit,the inboard spare wheel for instance,but the overall effect just doesn't work.

The only thing that would make us change would be single fixed beds but it is not that big a deal the more I think about it really.



I have just discovered that if you right click on any images and select "View Image" ( that's in Firefox though ) you get a full page picture,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

A Spiffing Idea or a Load of Twaddle.

Those people with sad lives who follow this load of nonsense on a regular basis may recall the Castleford Incident from last year when the battery box door came open and deposited our precious Elecsol battery onto the mean streets of Castleford never to be seen again,an occurrence which stopped just short of counselling from Relate.

I have been giving some thought to avoiding a repeat of the problem ( over and above double checking the door is properly fastened but I thought I had done that the first time ).

I came up with the idea,patent pending,of using some of these :-

Baby Safety Lock

I intend fastening one end of the strips ( they are self adhesive ) to the van either side of the locker door and the other ends to the door itself so if the door does pop open accidentally it will be caught by the straps and not open completely.

The straps were only £1.88 a pair with free postage so if it doesn't work I haven't lost a fortune.

I intend applying them after we have the van cleaned before the season starts so they don't get knocked off during polishing.

I will report in due course on their effectiveness or otherwise.


Sunday, 12 January 2014

Bailey Pursuit Update.

In line with my policy of commenting on the Bailey Pusuit when applicable, I was at a Bailey dealers this afternoon browsing around their range of Pursuits.

I noticed and remarked to the salesman that they all appeared to come with the "optional" sun roof.

He replied that much to their surprise,as it happened only in the last few days,Bailey had informed them that in future ALL Pursuits will come fitted with the sun roof as standard and that the Premium Pack was no more,so they will all have the microwave,spare wheel etc. etc.

Naturally they have increased in price to reflect this change.

One other thing,the shower curtain that received so much criticism has also vanished to be replaced by the bi-fold door.

Sadly the appalling ( to us ) upholstery and the badly positioned sink and hob remain.