Alastair Clements
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Practical Caravan's Group Editor got a preview of 2016's Bailey caravans, featuring a revamped Pegasus range including the all-new Palermo – read on!

So, what has the popular Bristol-based Bailey brand got in store for caravanners in its new season range? 

For 2016, the UK’s sole southern volume caravan manufacturer has chosen to dedicate all of its resources to one major model overhaul. Following last year’s revamp of the flagship Unicorn, this time around it’s the turn of the mid-market Pegasus (with the GT65 tag dropped for 2016). And, bearing in mind the success of the latest Unicorn, it’s no surprise to find that the fourth-generation Pegasus follows its lead with fresh Polar White sidewalls and the new Bailey family look, featuring ‘flying B’ graphics and much-improved front and rear styling, with a rounded rear roofline.

There has been a thorough revamp to the line-up, as well, with the four- and six-berth French bed twin-axle Bologna and Turin dropped to make way for a trio of new models. The 1275kg Modena answers customers’ pleas for a lightweight four-berth with a fixed nearside bed, and there’s the now obligatory arrival of a transverse island bed, in the new Brindisi. The range is completed by the huge five-berth Palermo, the sole twin-axle, with fixed bunk beds and a side dinette in the style of the single-axle Ancona, which has also been revamped to follow the rest of the range in adopting a full-width end washroom.

Weights are down by an average of 20kg, with single-axle MTPLMs ranging from 1265-1475kg, and inside the Pegasus has received the same floorplan rationalisation as the Unicorn to free up to 10% more floorspace, depending on model. It has also followed the flagship’s lead in having its battery moved to under the floor in the centre of the caravan.

Inside there are detail improvements throughout, with larger kitchen windows, longer sofas and plenty of specification boosts, such as pre-wiring for a motor mover, new LED lighting, an uprated dual-fuel Truma Combi 6E boiler and the 133-litre Dometic slimline tower fridge in larger single-axle models. It’s not all give and no take, however: ATC is no longer standard, the premium tyres of old have gone and a wheel lock is now an option.

A new ‘Mendip Ash’ wood effect is complemented by attractive ‘Richmond’ furnishings with lined curtains, or optional ‘Belvoir’ with blackout curtains and a ‘shark’s fin’ armrest. The lounge has received the most thorough makeover, with angled, domestic-style curved backrests and a revised bed make-up system, that uses split sofa bases to fold out to make the new ‘Dream Sleep’ mattress.

Keep an eye out for our reviews of the 2016 Bailey caravans to find out more about these new tourers.

The 2016 Bailey range at a glance


2016 Bailey Pursuit range

Entry-level Pursuit range continues into 2016 broadly unchanged: low weights and good value.

  • Bailey Pursuit 400-2 2 berths, front lounge, side kitchen and dinette, full width rear washroom, MTPLM 1090kg, £13,190.
  • Bailey Pursuit 430-4 4 berths, front lounge, offside central kitchen, fixed bed, full width rear washroom, MTPLM 1229kg, £13,440.
  • Bailey Pursuit 530-4 4 berths, front lounge, offside central kitchen, fixed bed, full width rear washroom, MTPLM 1377kg, £14,205.
  • Bailey Pursuit 550-4 4 berths, front lounge, fixed twin beds, full width rear washroom, MTPLM 1374kg, £14,660.
  • Bailey Pursuit 540-5 5 berths, front lounge, offside central kitchen, nearside central dinette, offside fixed rear bunks, nearside rear corner washroom, MTPLM 1394kg, £14,865. 
  • Bailey Pursuit 560=5 5 berths, twin-lounge, central nearside kitchen, central offside washroom, MTPLM 1441kg, £14,965.

2016 Bailey Pegasus range

All-change for the Alu-Tech pioneer for 2016, with crisp new looks, lower weights, lower prices and three new layouts.

  • Bailey Pegasus Genoa, 2 berths, front lounge, central offside kitchen, full rear washroom, MTPLM 1265kg, £17,169.
  • Bailey Pegasus Modena, 4 berth, front lounge, central offside kitchen, nearside fixed bed, full width rear washroom, MTPLM 1275kg, £17,169.
  • Bailey Pegasus Verona, 4 berth, front lounge, central offside kitchen, nearside fixed bed, full width rear washroom, MTPLM 1450kg, £18,179.
  • Bailey Pegasus Brindisi, 4 berth, front lounge, central kitchen, transverse fixed double bed, full rear washroom, MTPLM 1450kg, £18,179.
  • Bailey Pegasus Rimini, 4 berth, front lounge, central kitchen, fixed twin beds, full rear washroom, MTPLM 1450kg, £18,179.
  • Bailey Pegasus Ancona, 5 berth, front lounge, central nearside kitchen and offside dinette, rear offside kitchen and nearside bunk beds, MTPLM 1475kg, £18,179.
  • Bailey Pegasus Palermo Twin-axle 5 berth, front lounge, central nearside kitchen, rear offside kitchen and nearside bunk beds, MTPLM 1760kg, £19,999.

2016 Bailey Unicorn range

The heavily revised Unicorn III rights most of Unicorn II's shortcomings. Great value, and the Seville was our Tourer of the Year for 2015.

  • Bailey Unicorn Seville 2 berth, front lounge, central offside kitchen, full width rear washroom, MTPLM 1369kg, £20,415.
  • Bailey Unicorn Madrid 3 berth, front lounge, central offside kitchen, dinette, full rear washroom, MTPLM 1496kg, £21,585.
  • Bailey Unicorn Valencia 4 berth, small front lounge, central nearside kitchen, fixed twin beds, full width rear washroom, MTPLM 1493kg, £21,585.
  • Bailey Unicorn Cadiz 4 berth, front U-lounge, central offside kitchen, fixed twin beds, full width rear washroom, MTPLM 1491kg, £21,685.
  • Bailey Unicorn Vigo 4 berth, front lounge, central offside kitchen, transverse fixed island bed, full rear washroom, MTPLM 1500kg, £21,740.
  • Bailey Unicorn Barcelona Twin-axle, 4 berth, small front lounge, central nearside kitchen, fixed twin beds, full width rear washroom, MTPLM 1723kg, £23,715.
  • Bailey Unicorn Cartagena Twin-axle, 4 berth, front lounge, central offside kitchen, transverse fixed island bed, full rear washroom, MTPLM 1717kg, £23,830.
  • Bailey Unicorn Cordoba Twin-axle, 4 berth, front lounge, central offside kitchen, fixed twin beds, full width rear washroom, MTPLM 1750kg, £23,830.
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