New Caravan Collection Part Two

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No doubt the photo here is a bit of a spoiler alert.

In the last post we had been informed our car was fixed and I’d gone to pick it up. Once collected, which is a story in it’s own right, we hooked up our 2011 Sterling Eccles Ruby that we’d had for three years and made our way a dealership in Bristol.

The hand over was a bit of a stressful event, I’ll not name the dealer, as it’s unfair. They were very polite and helpful but they hit us with a bit of a sledgehammer and reduced the amount they’d offer us for our van as a part-ex. Now, I have to say, there was some damp in the bathroom, which I had explained on the phone. I’d bought a damp meter (dampometer?) so that I could give it a good looking at.

My damp meter was reading around 23% at the worse part and the wallpaper had started to “pimple”.

Anyway, they felt it was riddled with damp, not something I was really prepared to argue about although I’m pretty sure it wasn’t. BUT there was damp and we did leave ourselves open to being taken advantage of. The one thing we could have done was got the damp repaired and then part-ex’d or sold private.

Which reminds me, we sold our last caravan privately, we had a German van (Knaus) which we drove to Germany to collect. We ended up selling it to an English guy living in Germany who drove to the UK to collect, doing the exact opposite to us, how weird is that? I think the fact that the Euro had completely flipped on it’s head in the time we had it,  when we bought it the exchange rate favoured us and when we sold it favoured him. We almost broke even on that one, not something that we were now doing with our second caravan.

Inside Cartagena at night

So, after a little conversation and a cup of tea, things are always better after a cup of tea, aren’t they? Well, no not really, but, we decided we wanted the van and it would be more hassle selling private, we signed on the dotted line and now own a Bailey Unicorn Cartagena. I’ll do a full review of it once I’m used to how everything works, but for now, here’s a little taste in the photo here.. There are not many photo’s of vans at night, more’s the pity, this is really well lit.

It was taken on our first night just shortly after collecting in from the dealer, we stayed in Bristol at the Caravan & MotorHome Club’s “Baltic Wharf”.

We’re in the process of writing our review of our Bailey Unicorn IV Cartagena 2018

3 COMMENTS

  1. Hello just watched your latest vlog on YouTube, thought I would just have a look at your web site very impressive.
    Just to pick up on the caravan swap I didn’t think there were still caravan dealers pulling that old trick about any more. We had that experience probably 35 year ago ( did I get the years correct yeah I’m afraid I did). Exact same stunt all ready and excited at getting our new van, long story short our old caravan disappeared round the back for a appraisal, we were shown the new one and taken round everything. Back into the showroom to be told the bad news our old one was not a caravan but a sponge they would need more money. Being a tight Yorkshire man that didn’t go down well, after halting their collection bay for a while (alright 3 hrs) they backed down and honoured the original deal. Very cautious of caravan dealers to this day, until we found one particular dealer who is totally genuine who we have stuck with and probably will stick with.

    • Yes, I don’t like dealing with dealers, that’s why I get the caravan serviced by a mobile guy. Car dealers are the same, however, I think they are more up for “doing a deal” found it very difficult getting “car level” discounts on new caravans. I guess it depends what one you buy.
      Thanks for taking the time to visit the website (and watching the vlog)
      Graham

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