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Don't miss the brand-new Bailey Pursuit 570-6 and a host of dealer specials at this weekend's Caravan & Motorhome Show – Peter Baber reports

Anyone going to The Caravan & Motorhome Show at EventCity in Manchester this weekend can look forward to having the first sight of Bailey’s new six-berth Pursuit, the 570-6.

The 7.40m-long van was not ready for the official launch of the new Pursuit range. But you can take a look at this brand-new Bailey caravan on the Lowdhams stand at the Manchester caravan show.

The layout includes a front lounge with parallel settees and an occasional table, a central washroom with a separate shower and a central kitchen, two fixed bunks in the offside rear corner, and a small dinette in the nearside rear corner. This can be made into a single bed, while an occasional bunk can be pulled out above it.

This “kids’ den” layout is already proving popular, with Swift/Sterling and Venus offering similar versions, in the Challenger/Elite 590, and Venus 590/6 respectively.

Pursuit's premiere

Unlike those models, the new Bailey Pursuit 570-6 has an entrance door further away from the children’s section, between the front lounge and kitchen.

It also has no partition to shut off the children’s section from the rest of the van. But along with a clip-on table, the rear lounge also has a large bedside table between both sets of bunks, complete with a mains socket – thoughtful.

The front lounge can be made into an enormous double bed measuring 2.03m x 1.47m. It can also be used as two singles, although anyone wanting to use the offside single would need to be very short, as it is only 1.55m long. The nearside single is a more conventional 1.78m, and both are 66cm wide.

The two fixed bunks in the rear both measure 1.78m x 0.69m, so are perfectly suitable for teenagers. The nearside single is a smaller 1.60m x 0.61m, although the occasional bunk above it is larger, measuring 1.80m x 0.66m.

Between the washroom and the front lounge is a relatively narrow but full-height wardrobe, which also houses the foldaway table.

Like what you see? The Bailey Pursuit 570-6 has an RRP of £16,499.

Specials on show

Head to the Manchester show and you'll also be able to see a range of dealer specials, on view for the first time – such as the eight-strong Lunar Cosmos range from Campbells Caravans.

These are based on Lunar’s Quasar range, but for £399 more include a range of extras such as USB sockets, an external gas barbecue point, an offside service light, alloy wheels, LED mood lighting and feature surround lighting for the kitchen lockers, a Thetford oven, and an auto change-over gas regulator. They also come with Campbells’ own choice of soft furnishings and carpet.

And there's more! Cheshire-based Leisure Sales has expanded its dealer-special range for 2017.

The two new vans, both on show in Manchester, are the Marbury (£16,999 OTR), based on a Sprite Alpine 2, and the Henbury (£18,199), based on a Sprite Major 4 EB. Extras include a panoramic sunroof, an outside barbecue point, alloy wheels and Al-Ko ATC as standard, as well as special soft furnishings.

Kimberley Caravans is also showing off the latest of its Kensington range, the 840. Based on a Compass Casita, the 8ft-wide van includes special soft furnishings, an external mains socket and pleated blinds. It also has a stargazer sunroof and GRP side panels. It costs £23,485 OTR.

So if we've whetted your appetite, there's still time to go! The Caravan & Motorhome Show is open all weekend at EventCity, Manchester. Doors are open between 10am and 6pm on Friday 20 January, between 9.30am and 6pm on Saturday 21 January, and from 9.30am until 5pm on Sunday 22 January.

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