Saturday, 25 February 2012

IMPORTANT NEWS FLASH - Bailey Alu-Tech caravans

I am pleased to say that we are now able to service Bailey Alu-Tech caravans at any age. Previously in year three the van had to go to a Bailey dealer for a specific type of service. This is no longer the case and Chatsworth Motorhome & Caravan Servicing is now able to service Bailey Alu-Tech caravans at any age and still maintain the warranty. You no longer have to hitch up your caravan and tow it away for a service, I will come to you and service at your home, storage site or even on a pitch.

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Damp Caravans

I have put this post together to show just what a damp caravan looks like and more importantly how much work is involved in repairing one. The workshop belongs to my friends at S & C Caravans who carry out the damp and bodywork for my customers.

 The start of the process, the windows are out and the cupboards are being removed.

This is the rear of the caravan and we are starting to see the extent of the damp and the damage. Its not possible to predict the full extent of the damp until you start removing wall boards. You can't tell from the photograph but the wall was actually wet.

This is the rear panel with all of the insulation and timber removed. You can see the damp spores on the back panel. At this point the smell is very unpleasant but you can't smell it until you have broken through the wall boards. We often hear customers say that my van isn't damp because I can't smell anything - you wont until you expose you it.

This is the front panel and when the awning rail and sealant is removed you can see the fractures in the panel. There is no doubt that damp gets in this way. This will be plastic welded before the van is resealed and made water tight once again.

This is the back corner that is in the earlier pictures. We have started to replace the wall boards and the furniture is starting to go back in. It took a long time to strip out and clean but the reconstruction went smoothly although the extent of the damage was far worse than expected.

You can now see the rear of the caravan which is waiting for the window to be refitted.

At this point the back end is almost complete and attention has turned to the front of the van. As you can see the water heater has been removed along with all of the furniture. The damp is significant but it hasn't spread as much as it had in the rear of the van. There is still a significant amount of work to repair, reseal and make good.

So here we go with a selection of pictures which show the finished job. Once again another great job by S&C Caravans and Chatsworth Motorhome & Caravan Servicing. If you look at the photos below you will see that the front windows are back in, new seals have been fitted, the awning rails have been refitted and the lights have been put back in place. The final job was putting back all of the soft furnishings and cleaning up.

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