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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.