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Bailey of Bristol has joined the 8ft-wide caravan club with a reboot of its mid-market Pegasus range. Six models will be available

The new tourers are clearly aimed at caravanners looking for a van to leave on a seasonal pitch, but with relatively low weights, the new Pegasus Grande could also be towed from site to site. 

All models offer fixed-bed sleeping solutions. Starting with the layouts for couples, the Brindisi has a transverse island bed, and the Rimini fixed twin single beds. 

Up front, both vans benefit from a G-shaped lounge. This is essentially an L-shaped space, but with the addition of a single-seat at the end of the L, to make a G.

A table fixed on a rail sits between this seat and the seat bench that runs along the front of the van, to provide a space for drinks and snacks for two people, or it can be moved to cover the single seat, if required. There’s no traditional centre chest in the G-shaped lounge. 

The other vans to get the G-lounge are the twin-axle Bologna, with a transverse island bed and an end washroom, and the twin-axle Messina, which has an in-line island bed and full-width central washroom. 

Models for families 

Two family-friendly floorplans appear in the Pegasus Grande line-up. They are the Turin (rear French bed, midships dinette and offside corner washroom) and Palermo (rear nearside fixed bunks, midships dinette and offside corner washroom). With family use in mind, plus the need to provide a large double bed up front, both vans have parallel lounges. 

Creature comforts 

Specification for the Pegasus Grande includes Truma Combi dual-fuel space and water heating, and other kit that was included in last season's GT70 manufacturer special edition. These include 14in alloy wheels. a drip tray for the caravan door, bin with dustpan and brush on the inside of the caravan door, receivers for a wheel lock and a solar panel. 

Kitchens get dual-fuel hobs, a separate oven and grill and Dometic fridges (103 litres for the single-axle models, and 145 litres for twin-axles). 

Technical aspects 

As with other Bailey caravans, the new range is based on Al-Ko chassis, with an AKS hitch stabiliser. Al-Ko’s ATC anti-snaking system is fitted as standard to Pegasus Grande. 

Bodyshell construction uses Bailey’s proprietary Alu-tech system, of sandwich panels held together in an extruded aluminium framework. 

Lengths and weights 

The two single-axles have 7.38m shipping lengths, with internal lengths of 5.9m. The four twin-axles are 7.86m overall, with 6.34m of internal length to play with.

Weight-wise, the single-axle models come in just under 1500kg, while the twin-axles are range from 1640kg (the Bologna) to 1692kg (Palermo).

Payloads are 155kg for the Rimini and Brindisi single-axles, 159kg for the twin-axle Bologna and Messina, and 179kg for the twin-axle Turin and Palermo. Internal height is standard across the board at 1.96m.  

Prices for Pegasus Grande 

Prices for the Bailey Pegasus Grande models have just been released. The Brindisi and Rimini cost £22,999, with the Bologna, Messina, Palermo and Turin priced at £24,499. All prices exclude delivery. 

Practical Caravan says 

Pegasus Grande is a bold move by Bailey. Keen to quite literally widen the appeal of its mid-market offering, the Bristol brand has come up with something genuinely new, rather than just opting for a refresh. The G-lounge makes the full use of the extra width, and its flexibility should tempt buyers. The specification in Pegasus Grande is very tempting, and as always with Bailey, the pricing is very keen. Keep checking back for tests of this exciting new range by Practical Caravan

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