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Comments

    • Bob Earnshaw
      Bob Earnshaw

      Welcome to the premiere of this video. Premiere means that we will be watching this recorded video at the same time as you, when it is released, Sunday 18th November 2018. We will be able to Live Chat on the video and reply to your comments. It's a bit like YouTube live, but without the live video. After the video has played, you can still comment on it, as normal. Hope that helps!!

      about 8 months ago
    • Paul Wood
      Paul Wood

      Pretty standard motorhome niggles I reckon. Thanks for sharing.

      about 1 month ago
    • Stuart_&_Sue Simpson
      Stuart_&_Sue Simpson

      Well done Bob & Jenny, an interesting summary.
      We have a van with the passenger door on the continental side, we have no experience of anything else and been risk aware with the dogs, traffic when in lay-bys since day one. There is a model I'm interested in that has a passenger door at each side and the passenger seats are proper captain seats, which are more comfortable than foam sofa seats.

      about 5 months ago
    • Cedric Thorn
      Cedric Thorn

      Hi Bob and Jenny, we enjoyed watching your 4 year fault report. I find silicon very useful in stopping screws etc undoing/ falling out. A little blob will do you. Keep up the good work. Cedric and Alison

      about 5 months ago
    • Tony Martin
      Tony Martin

      Great video Bob Jenny ,remember these are really commercial vehicles and should do 200k with regular servicing.i agree with you personally I wouldn’t buy a 4 year old MH with say 8k on it .
      Your faults are annoying and down to workmanship and pride in the job.but I think you can’t go far wrong now as all the faults are fixed .enjoying the Bailey review . Keep them coming

      about 6 months ago
    • Evelyn Spanner
      Evelyn Spanner

      Hi there, just thinking about getting into the MH world and have only recently started watching your vlogs and now trawling through your back catalogue. With regard to repairing/sticking things back together, I have been using an amazing product around the home and on our ancient Landrover Discovery and wondered if you’ve heard of it? It’s called Sugru, using it it feels like play putty and you mould it for whatever purpose, leave it for 24 hours (I think) then it sets rock hard. There are different colours but I’ve mainly used white, my dishwasher baskets had the plastic coating split and the wire was rusting. I’ve moulded sugru around those areas and 6 months on, all perfect. Thanks for all the useful info, kind regards, Evelyn

      about 7 months ago
    • Bob Earnshaw
      Bob Earnshaw In reply to Evelyn Spanner

      Thanks, enjoy the videos. Yes, Sugru is wonderful stuff, I've used it on my gopro to stick a microphone mount and in the Motorhome to hold wires in place.

      about 7 months ago
    • Jonathan Portwood
      Jonathan Portwood

      A great review Bob, it seems that you have been pretty fortunate with your motorhome and it's relative lack of issues, annoying though some of them must have been for you. 40,000 miles certainly isn't many miles for a Fiat Duccati engine and running gear. Most vans would do that in a year or less!!! I would expect you would be able to do 3 times that amount of miels without any serious mechanical issues, so I wouldn't worry about needing to change because of the distance covered. I can empathise with your comments about liking new things :-) I think that is a bloke thing!!!
      Anyway thanks for an honest review.
      Regards,
      Jonathan.

      about 7 months ago
    • John Baxendale
      John Baxendale

      I ment to say that I had the same problems with the seat as you when we first got the van, we had had it a few weeks when I showing someone the cab and realised the seats adjusted vertically and it was at its highest so problem solved but felt an idiot!

      about 7 months ago
    • John Baxendale
      John Baxendale

      We have a Majestic 255 which has travel seats under the settees which we take out when we are touring which works well for us and we gain about 50kg in payload.

      about 7 months ago
    • Bob Earnshaw
      Bob Earnshaw In reply to John Baxendale

      Thanks, yes I've seen those at shows, and I thought it loses storage space, but didn't realise you could take them out. Mind you, we take people around when we're touring....

      about 7 months ago
    • CHAZ SACH
      CHAZ SACH

      Please.. Please... Please dont be swayed by "thumbs down." I learn more off your vlogs than any magazine articles.

      about 7 months ago
    • dawn green
      dawn green

      Extremely useful... nice to see 4 years on no major dramas... very enjoyable viewing.

      about 7 months ago
    • Jacqueline Taylor
      Jacqueline Taylor

      Really like how honest you are and how you cover things in depth. Both of you have an easy unaffected way of talking to the camera. As a recent convert to motorhomes you provide the best info that I have found on you tube up to now. Thanks

      about 7 months ago
    • Bob Earnshaw
      Bob Earnshaw In reply to Jacqueline Taylor

      Thanks for your kind comments.

      about 7 months ago
    • Lance Whitaker
      Lance Whitaker

      My ABS and brake warning lite comes on win it feels like it and gose off again

      about 7 months ago
    • Bob Earnshaw
      Bob Earnshaw In reply to Lance Whitaker

      Maybe you have a dashboard fault like I did.

      about 7 months ago
    • Bob McKay
      Bob McKay

      I think the screw thing is with all Baileys ...I’ve found they tend to use screws too small in length ...I’ve changed a few in my pursuit

      about 7 months ago
    • Simon Ingram
      Simon Ingram

      Re-driving position, being Fiat based, Italian vehicles for as long as I can remember are all designed for Italians with long arms and short legs.

      about 7 months ago
    • Critter T
      Critter T

      New sub
      Saw Dan talk about ya'll🎈

      about 7 months ago
    • Critter T
      Critter T In reply to Critter T

      Bob Earnshaw - Yeah, we all know how Dan
      is the 💯% no tall tales man. Pretty sure I’m
      ya'lls age too honey. Some of my old favorites
      of Dan's videos is his cooking series.
      America here, nice to meet you🎈

      about 7 months ago
    • Bob Earnshaw
      Bob Earnshaw In reply to Critter T

      Thanks, welcome, now you can see how really old we are. Lol.

      about 7 months ago
    • Simon Ingram
      Simon Ingram

      Our coachman has a fan above the kitchen, which is supposed to suck kitchen smells out or or let fresh air in. It's pretty useless, and I'd rather have a roof light like yours. In fact I may have one fitted!

      about 7 months ago
    • Kev Andrews
      Kev Andrews

      Hi bob and Jenny fab video thanks for sharing I think it doesn't matter what motor home or caravan u buy these days I don't think manufacturer put much effort into making sure your van arrives finish properly u allway find problems along the way that haven't been done right nice vlog thanks. Krv

      about 7 months ago
    • Covered in Paint
      Covered in Paint

      Interesting vlog. I wonder if double sided foam tape would stick that plastic cap under the sofa? I bought some at The Works, and it's got a strong grip (no second chances to reposition!), and the foam might mould to the bits that stopped the Gorilla glue from working.

      about 7 months ago
    • Bob Earnshaw
      Bob Earnshaw In reply to Covered in Paint

      Thanks, might try that

      about 7 months ago
    • Touring WithTea
      Touring WithTea

      Great video, really in-depth. Considering this wasn't a cheap range of motorhome that does sound like quite an extensive set of faults! We have the onboard water tank and pump directly below the pillow end of the bed in our Eriba Feeling caravan so I feel your pain with systems going click and thunk in the night! Given it's a house on wheels I'd expect a few things to rattle loose with use even if they were properly glued and screwed in the first place but those electrical and engine faults sound very annoying with the potential to really wreck a holiday and just result from bad design and lack of pre-launch testing! Cars of a similar price tag are full of tech but we wouldn't put up with having to reassemble them but that's the economics of relatively low volume production.

      As a very short person myself loved the imagery of Jenny fishing for a snack with a set of BBQ tongs - I'll have to remember that technique when I can't find my little step ;-)

      about 7 months ago
    • john rocker
      john rocker

      Very informative and detailed good job, you both! I have same issue looking for a shorter coachbuilt, maybe Pilote P650GJ, Adria Compact SL or maybe Burstner Travel Van T620 these make light work as I'm feed up trying to squeeze or look for a parking places, especially in England, 7m plus fine in Europe but England?

      about 7 months ago
    • Bob Earnshaw
      Bob Earnshaw In reply to john rocker

      Thanks for your kind comments. Yes, it can be a problem when you are out and about in a big 'van. Usually gets better if you head north, or like you say, Europe.

      about 7 months ago
    • Ed Hall
      Ed Hall

      Great illuminating video, regarding upgrade costs - have you thought of buying say a one year old van so the additional money needed is less ( although you then get less trade in so the cost to change might still be significant again)

      about 7 months ago
    • Bob Earnshaw
      Bob Earnshaw In reply to Ed Hall

      Thanks, yes that's always an option.

      about 7 months ago
    • Alexander
      Alexander

      Excellent vlog and a thoroughly deserved Thumbs Up :-) the best I have ever viewed from genuine and lovely people. You have your MoHo in beautiful condition, it's a credit to you both. I am currently in the market for a purchase, the more I look, the more confused I get, If you are considering trading in or changing you can let me know? My purchase plan is the first quarter of 2019.

      about 7 months ago
    • Boris Bolero
      Boris Bolero

      Really enjoyed the video. As you know, a lot of your dislikes have been improved on later models like our 2017 714SB. You could look out for a low-mileage/one owner model which would be much cheaper of course. If you drop to a 3500kg van we are sure you would miss the space, payload and overall spec whatever make/model it is. There are always compromises of course. You know every mile of your current 40K and good for another 40K the way you maintain yours -so why change at all yet? Unless of course you just fancy a change - a sentiment we do understand!! You don't need anyone else's advice, but having watched your NEC videos, we didn't see anything which we would trade ours for. If you do change, whoever 'inherits' yours will be well-happy!! Barry & Sue

      about 7 months ago
    • Maggie Jenkins
      Maggie Jenkins

      I have nothing to add or contribute as I am a wannabe owner, one day maybe, love your flogs thanks for sharing.

      about 7 months ago
    • Bob Earnshaw
      Bob Earnshaw In reply to Maggie Jenkins

      Thanks for your comments. Hope you find your Motorhome soon.

      about 7 months ago
    • Julie Alderson
      Julie Alderson

      What a brilliant video. #VanEnvy I feel quite bad that my list of dislikes on my van is long, I look forward to changing it as soon as possible. Until that happens, work arounds and tolerant attitude 😂😂 my next van needs: room to hang wet coats, a sofa that’s comfortable, supportive and my feet touch the ground, running hot water and washroom, NO pop up tent style roof, they are tedious to deal with when wet, let all the road/people noise in and are cold. More kitchen worktop, I manage on an area 11”x9” yes you did read inches there.
      A fridge just like yours❤️ oh, and not needing to climb on the back seat to access a minute wardrobe that isn’t wide enough to fit a hanger in. There is more but, I’ll leave it there😂😂😂😂

      about 8 months ago
    • Bob Earnshaw
      Bob Earnshaw In reply to Julie Alderson

      Thanks for your kind comments. Every motorhome has some compromises. More space inside = longer outside, more storage = more weight and so on.

      about 7 months ago
    • Twa Westies
      Twa Westies

      Hi BOB and Jenny, great vlog, I am currently sitting in the yard at your favourite dealers near Durham. In the morning I hope we will be able to confirm the trade in price agreed at the NEC. I’ve ordered the. Elddis Majestic 285 which has a similar layout to your van but comes in under 3.5 tonnes. It’s not as high spec as the Bolero but is a lot less pricey. You mentioned in your last vlog that your van was treated with Diamondbrite, have you found it to be a worthwhile investment.

      about 8 months ago
    • Twa Westies
      Twa Westies In reply to Twa Westies

      Thanks for the reply, I guess it depends on how much they want to charge.

      about 8 months ago
    • Bob Earnshaw
      Bob Earnshaw In reply to Twa Westies

      I'm honestly not sure. I think it may have prevented the front of the roof becoming dulled and possibly reduced some of the black streaking.

      about 8 months ago
    • tiddy irvine
      tiddy irvine

      It's a funny coincidence that nearly all your niggles have been resolved in the updated models. With all your experience you should be  design consultants..

      about 8 months ago
    • Paul Martin
      Paul Martin

      Hi Bob and Jenny,thanks for interesting appraisal of your van.I bought 66 Reg swift escape664 with 750mls on the clock 2 years ago,I like the layout when I first viewed it but on using it first couple of times found the French bed rather claustrophobic,so fitted another roof vent above,next came extra leisure battery,2000 watt inverter reversing camera with 7in screen,bedroom tv and sat system,2 leg table.I tend to do mostly European trips so refillable gas system was next.At home until after Christmas so jobs on list are 4 camera system(front and rear vision) larger fresh water tank and pump, poss.rear air suspension.Reading this I think I might be obsessed!but I spend many months a year travelling in my van,but I'm not brave enough to add up the costs,like You and Jenny!thanks again for sharing your videos and happy journeys.Paul

      about 8 months ago
    • Johnny Burr
      Johnny Burr

      Great video!! I’ve had similar niggles in the Motorhomes I’ve hired in the past. So I’m ready when I buy a new one in the near future.

      about 8 months ago