Rory WhiteSee other caravan reviews written by Rory White
In one swoop, Bailey has launched the new Ranger Series 6, cut Discovery from its ranks and introduced a new range: Ranger GT60.
On paper, the Ranger GT60 has appeal for current owners of both Rangers and Pageants. Ranger owners looking for a bit more luxury without a huge hike in price will love it. The increase in spec over the Ranger is impressive: alloy wheels, stabiliser, three-piece front window, microwave oven, radio/CD/MP3 player with iPod connectivity, and the list doesn’t stop there. All for around just £1000 more and at a very similar weight.
Pitching and setting up
You can fit two gas bottles in the sizeable front locker, the door of which is well supported by a strong central strut.
You might not be able to stretch out as much as in some L-shaped layouts, but the feel is light and airy, thanks not least to the large rooflight.
The radio/CD/MP3 player is of a high quality (nice work, JVC) and the choice of differing lighting arrangements is pretty wide. We're less sure about the plastic surrounds on the moulded corner lights though; they look a bit cheap.
There is adequate work space too, especially with the sideboard opposite. The sideboard is a bit too low for chopping vegetables, but it is good to have the extra space to move things to when you are preparing a meal. Even if you had your TV there, it would still provide a handy surface.
There's no extractor fan, however, and the removable drainer looks a bit messy stacked in its place on the kitchen wall. More annoyingly, the power point is on the far side of the kitchen near the sink and behind only a small strip of work surface. A kettle, for instance, could do with a bit more room than this, so we'd rather see the plug on the other, more spacious side of the sink.
Some might not like the fact that the basin is outside the washroom, but we warmed to the overall layout of this area. Once again, a good deal of thought has been given to storage.
You'll be comfortable too, although the two spotlights (the only lights in this area) become a little too close for comfort if you want to sit up in bed. On a happier note, the wooden blind separating the fixed bed and the kitchen looks smart.
The front lounge offers the chance to make up a second double bed (or use the sofas as two singles for small children). The slats roll out easily enough, but the task of finding somewhere to store all the bolster cushions is a bit of a head-scratcher.
Many people would instantly cross a tourer off their shortlist if it didn't have an externally accessed wet locker, but the Bailey passes that particular test.
If a caravan manufacturer can get a tourer's layout right, make some careful choices about what equipment is included and ensure the whole package doesn't weigh too much, it will have covered most of the important bases. With this Ranger, Bailey has hit the spot on all three counts, and it shows. There are one or two niggles, but nothing to spoil what is essentially a very worthy product.
- Generous standard equipment list, but in conjunction with a manageable MiRO
- Great interior layout, ample kitchen work surfaces and an excellent, large rooflight
- Plenty of storage space.
- Badly sited power point in the kitchen, and the same for the two spotlights over the fixed bed
- Small wetroom with basin sited outside.