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Message posted by toddy32 via mobile 02/1/2021 at 11:27am
Outfit:  swift Challenger 570 2012     Location:  teesside
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Has anyone got a bailey unicorn and could give me there thoughts good and bad. And also tell me about the heating as I read that it has wet system and not blow air

Message posted by 664DaveS via mobile 02/1/2021 at 1:45pm
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We are on our second, we had a S2 Vigo and now have S4 Cadiz.
We are very pleased with ours,the Vigo had the transverse bed which was only just long enough for me as I am 6ft2.

The Cadiz has single beds which are more than long enough and very comfortable. The front seats are also longer on the U4.

Heating is the Alde wet system,which we really like, once warmed up it is great. You can program it like a domestic system, or simply turn the thermostat up or down, which we do. On a chilly morning just turn it up and you are soon cosy. The pump is very quiet too.

It also provides hot water, working on gas or electric. We tend to use hookups. The end bathroom is a good size, we have used no facility sites so shower has been tested!
The Vigo had the smaller round shower compartment, which are a bit small. The Cadiz has a better,larger rectangular shower compartment.

We have had no major issues with ours. Any were dealt with by our excellent dealership.

Both have plenty of storage space and are well equipped. We use ours a lot, including a couple of months in France ( not in 2020!)
There are just 2 of us, we find it quite spacious.

We tow with a Hyundai Santa Fe, which makes for a stable outfit as its quite a hefty towbar.

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Message posted by toddy32 via mobile 02/1/2021 at 2:10pm
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Thanks for the reply and the great review. We are looking at the velencia one or we will be once the snow goes. I seen that the bathroom area has what looks like a towel rail were fies the heat vomefrom in the rest of the van. Is it under floor heating. How good is the shower etc.

Message posted by 664DaveS via mobile 02/1/2021 at 3:55pm
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They have a radiator in the shower room. The heating pipes go around the van under the seat boxes and in a duct where the door is.
The pipes have aluminium pieces on like small radiators.
Its very efficient.

The shower is good,water pressure fine just make sure you have full aquaroll first!
Wife gets annoyed when shower stops midway!
We had to have a new submersible pump this year, luckily warranty as they aren't cheap.
Our previous Vigo had the onboard pump which was better in my opinion.

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Message posted by meandmygirl02/1/2021 at 11:17pm
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We have a Unicorn Valencia series 1 (2011). This van is a little heavy but wouldn't change it for the world (and we have thought about many times) since we brought it.

Serviced every year with no issues. I can only echo what Dave says about the heating system it fabulous, whether you use it on electric or gas.

If I did change it and upgrade to a newer version I wouldn't hesitate to have another Valencia. Only me and the wife so lots of space for us two. Our kids do visit us and bring the 2 grand kids and still enough room.

Good luck with your search.

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Message posted by misterg09/1/2021 at 2:31pm
Outfit:  Coachman VIP 575.Santa Fe     Location:  East Midlands
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I also had a Valencia S1.
There were all sorts of teething problems with the early ones.
Wheel detachment was sorted by a recall, ex works noseweight well over max for chassis and water ingress. Mine was off road 9 months.
The later ones were ok.
So if it is aUnucorn Valencia you want donít get the early one get one with gas on side,
There were many previous posts on this model

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Message posted by Di+Glyn_W02/2/2021 at 11:02pm
Outfit:  BMW X4 . Bailey Unicorn Valencia     Location:  Ashford Kent
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Will echo the reviews about the Valencia; have had our Series 3 for 6 years and love it. HOWEVER! Autumn 2020 we found water in the bathroom, and found the heating pipe to have 'perished'. A bit surprising to be honest.

We ended up having a large portion of the rear-most aluminium heating pipes replaced. This isn't cheap. The dealership said it was because we hadn't had the heating fluid replaced; this apparently protects the aluminium from corrosion.

Not sure how true that is; many articles online challenging that claim. Sadly (for us) Bailey stuck to their guns and wouldn't authorise any sort of warranty repair, despite our dealer saying they'd never seen any damage like it, even in many other vans that hadn't had the fluid replaced.

That aside, we love the van. So much room, very stable to tow, we've been to France, Germany and Belgium with it in all weathers (including sub-zero) and it was brilliant.

Highly recommended.

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Message posted by jjgderbyshire08/2/2021 at 12:14pm
Outfit:  Bailey Unicorn Valencia     Location:  Nottingham
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hi, I have owned a 2015 Valencia from new. Despite appalling service from the dealer, the teething problems were sorted out. The last time I had a dealer service, faults which should have been sorted were ignored and it took ages to remove the oily footprints from the carpet. Needless to say, I use an independent for servicing and forgot about the warranty as I considered it wasn't worth the paper it was written on. All that said, it's a comfortable spacious caravan with good shower, heating and equipment. It's stuck in storage in France at the moment and circumstances have forced me to give up caravanning, so someone will get a bargain as soon as I get it over here. I should mention, we found the bed uncomfortable and bought one of those expensive Duvalay covers which improved matters. It's the only new caravan I bought and never again. Always buy second hand from a careful owner who will have improved it and sorted the faults for you. I wouldn't totally knock Bailey, probably the best UK caravans and my favourite of all time was the Senator two berth we had and shouldn't have sold.

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Message posted by Ray Clayton08/2/2021 at 6:04pm
Outfit:  Disco 4 Unicorn Barcelona 4     Location:  Ilkeston. Derbyshire
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Hi

We have a 2019 mk4 Barcelona. Before that a 2013 mk2 Barcelona
As far as fittings etc both vans have been great, heating system spot on very very warm, radiator in the bathroom the same as a single axle.
Kitchen draws i have put extra handles on, the same as the top lockers which makes using them easier.
You can add alter things as you go to a certain extent, as we did, i do not think you can get the perfect layout, but get as close as you can and add your touch to it as well then your not be far off.

Both vans serviced regularly and never any problems, normal wear and tear only, touch wood on this latest one lol.

Good Luck.




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