First look, May 2010
Bailey’s new Olympus range is manufactured using the same the Alu-Tech construction used in the Pegasus. Its aluminium frame and wood-free sidewalls reduce the chance of damp, earning it the 10-year water ingress warranty enjoyed by the Pegasus. Olympus also has Grade III Classification for insulation, making the range great for year-round touring.
Specification in the Olympus matches that of the current Series 7 Pageant. Outside you get Al-Ko ATC and shock absorbers, and inside you get plenty of kit in the kitchen, a branded entertainment system and quality fixtures.
While Olympus matches Series 7 Pageant for kit, it feels much more like a Series 6 Pageant. Bailey has returned to a 2.13m body width and the traditional Pageant styling that was so popular. Traditional, neutral-coloured furnishings complement light pear wood tones. The locker doors have positive locking catches rather than handles, but detailing breaks up the large areas of wood.
The traditional styling means the van is bright, and though it is narrower than Pegasus, the good headroom (1.96m) ensures it still feels open.
Lighting in the lounge caused a stir with the Pegasus range, but the problems have been resolved in the Olympus. LED strip lights provide pleasant, gentle light and two spotlights make reading in the evening possible.
There is just one overhead locker, and the location of the plate and cup racks makes it awkward to use all the space. However, the cupboard is very practical – it has a cutlery drawer and two wire racks, but still enough space for larger items.
The new Olympus is an attractive and practical van. The narrower body shell makes it lighter and easier to store – 8/10
- Alu-Tech construction method comes with 10-year warranty and Grade III insulation makes this a van suitable for all-year round touring
- Styling is attractive and makes van feel bright
- Storage space in the kitchen is limited to an overhead kitchen locker, and the location of the plate and cup racks makes it difficult to use all the space
- Lounge lacks some of the refinement found in the Pegasus range