25 September 2013

Coldest Journey Feedback

Webasto heaters - still working perfectly at -55°C & after 120 days of inactivity

The following is a feedback from Ian Prickettt, Ice Team member, from the Coldest Journey, which describes Webasto’s Air Top 5500 & Thermo 90 systems in the Caboose.

“Everything is running amazingly well with the Webasto’s.  The wet system we only actually use once a week on our allotted shower night of Sunday.  However, flick the switch, wait an hour and the shower is ready for use!  It is one of our luxuries while we are down here that’s for sure.  We don't really get much heat in the radiators to be fair.  We will usually fill the melt tank prior to our shower so most of the energy and heat in the pipes is sucked up in the tank, however the radiator certainly gets some heat in her as well.  I can honestly say, the wet and Air Tops are truly amazing and we don't have any trouble with them other than when the snow is so bad the drift builds up and blocks the exhaust.  Once cleaned, they fire right up again”. 

“We only have 1 Air Top running as well in the evening when we go to sleep and with the 4m trunk blowing into the main sleeping area, this is more than adequate.  Considering its been down to -55°C outside, that’s quite something!”

D6N Caterpillar Webasto Pre-heating Feedback

The following is a feedback from Ian Prickettt, from the Coldest Journey which describes the engine pre-heating in the caterpillars:

“The Webasto’s and heating system on the Cats were supplied by a company called Arctic Fox.  They are 13kw wet systems for the preheat of the engine coolant, which is plumbed through the hydraulic tank, fuel tank and under a tray below the batteries. They have also been amazing and we were all very impressed that it fired up straight away after 3 months of shut down in -50°C”

Click below to view Richmond Dykes, the Ice Team Mechanic, blog on the CAT heaters;

Bailey Approach Compact motorhome

Begin your adventures with the new Bailey Approach Compact motorhome

A new type of motorhome, the Approach Compact shares many of the practical advantages of a panel van conversion, such as ease of use and lower running costs, but with the design flexibility and extra interior space found in a coachbuilt motorhome to create a genuinely different vehicle ideally suited for the modern day adventurer.

Models are powered by a 2.2 Hdi 130 bhp engine complete with a 6-speed manual gearbox housed in a Peugeot Boxer Euro 5 cab and thus benefit from the resulting improvements in driving performance and reduction in vehicle emissions. Driver and passenger comfort whilst en-route is also catered for with a pair of fully adjustable front swivel seats with twin arm rests, opening sunroof, cab air conditioning and engine cruise control all included as standard.

The fully-specified cab is matched with a new ultra-low profile lightweight AL-KO AMC chassis which, with its lower centre of gravity, provides a more balanced weight distribution that improves road holding and braking efficiency as well as allowing for increases in user payloads and improving access in and out of the vehicle via a low level entrance step.

The bodyshell is built using the Bailey patented Alu-Tech construction system, complete with a GRP outer skin and under floor protection, to create a leisure vehicle which is more robust, more durable and yet lighter than those manufactured using conventional methods to offer greater resistance against the elements to keep owners comfortable safe and secure all year round.

A fully-specified Alde radiator heating system, complete with user-friendly digital control panel, is included as standard specification to provide programmable heating en-route or on site - which combined with the superior thermal performance of the Alu-Tech bodyshell makes the Approach Compact the ultimate four-season motorhome.

As practical as they are comfortable these well thought-out motorhomes include a variety of new features designed to make your life easier. Models now come supplied with a high performance 105Ah auxiliary Banner battery, housed in a convenient new under floor storage compartment, to give greater independence away from a mains power source. Whilst a 90 litre fully insulated external fresh water tank and matching 90 litre waste tank offer continuous supply for extended periods and in extreme weather conditions.

Key safety features such as twin cab bags, fitted rear three point seat belts plus premium quality Michelin tyres are present throughout the vehicle and, following the successful completion of a crash test research programme at the Millbrook Proving Ground, the dedicated rear passenger seating areas also receive extra protection through the additional reinforcement of the floor and furniture to provide owners with further peace of mind during their journey. 

The compact 5.99m long and 2.15m wide exterior shell disguises a spacious interior, featuring internal headroom of up to 6'9'', which includes everything you will need for anything from a weekend break to an extended holiday. Clever use of this space results in two practical layouts which ideally suit this type of vehicle. The two berth Compact 520 features a front lounge, central kitchen and washroom plus a raised rear fixed double bed with garage storage underneath. In contrast the three berth Compact 540 has a full width end washroom, a central kitchen and an L-shaped front lounge with a drop down double bed located above.

Taking design cues from its sister Approach Autograph range the Compact  features the same contemporary interior styling with the signature Bailey Walnut furniture finish, high gloss worktops and polished chrome fittings plus a choice of either Trafalgar or Piccadilly luxurious soft furnishing options. In addition as people have come to expect from Bailey, models are extremely well specified and are packed with all the home comforts owners will need for relaxing and enjoyable holidays. Notably they include fully equipped kitchens, featuring the new Thetford Combi combination anti-rattle oven/grill, a Thetford three burner gas-hob and a Dometic refrigerator plus well-designed washrooms which contain a fully lined shower cubicle containing an energy-saving EcoCamel shower system.


The new Approach Compact allows you to enjoy all that is good about a Bailey motorhome: the superior performance delivered by the combination of a Peugeot Boxer cab an AL-KO AMC chassis and an Alu-Tech bodyshell; the stylish yet practical exterior and interior design plus the enhanced levels of comfort and convenience  provided by a five-star product specification.

Thanks to the Bailey trademark value package models are also available for less than you might think - particularly when you consider what you might get for your money with a comparable van conversion.

Add to this the Compact's unique versatility, with its smaller footprint making it equally at home either as a leisure vehicle or as a simple means of transport, and you can begin to see why it really does represent a totally new approach to travel.

The new Bailey Approach Compact - let your adventures begin!

Model range

Initially the new Approach Compact range will consist initially of two models:-

Approach Compact 520 - NEW two berth low-line end-bedroom with designated travel seats, a rear fixed double bed & storage garage

Approach Compact 540 - NEW three berth low-line end-washroom with designated travel seats & drop down double bed

Both models feature the Peugeot 2.2 Hdi 130 bhp engine complete with a 6-speed manual gearbox, AL-KO AMC chassis and the Alu-Tech bodyshell as standard specification.

Launch Schedule

Models will debut at the Motorhome & Caravan Show.

Chausson 618 Welcome

Which Motorhome recently tested the new Chausson 618 Welcome motorhome.

You can read the full article by CLICKING HERE

If you would like to arrange a viewing for any of the motorhomes available from TC Motorhomes in Kent, call 01227 289111

16 September 2013

NEC Motorhome & Caravan Show

The Motorhome & Caravan Show is almost upon us! 
NEC: 15th – 20th October 2013

If you are interested in purchasing a motorhome at the NEC show, from a dealer that has an excellent reputation, where you`ll get a great deal, and where the staff are knowledgeable & professional contact Shane Catterick.

Shane will be at the show and happy to help with any enquiry for New Or Used Motorhomes or Caravans.

We also have a limited number of entrance tickets available, on a first come first serve basis to those wanting to deal at the show.

If you would like to reserve up to two entrance tickets please contact Shane Catterick on: 01227 289111

Contact Shane Catterick at the Bailey Motorhomes Stand no :
Hall 19 Stand 19-29  NEC, Birmingham 15th - 20th October.

During the show the contact number will be: 0791 786 8897

03 September 2013

Chausson Welcome 99

Geoff & Sue from East Kent are pictured taking delivery of their first motorhome.

A new Chausson Welcome 99 from Shane Catterick of T C Motorhomes ..

Sue and Geoff made their decision to purchase the Chausson, and placed their order with T C Motorhomes for a new Welcome 99 model at the Motorhome Show (NEC February this year)

To find out more about Chausson Motorhomes please visit our page here: http://www.tcmotorhomes.com/chausson-motorhomes.htm