Bristol manufacturer Bailey goes head-to-head with budget brands in 2015 to prove that an entry-level four-berth can provide comfortable caravanning. 

Bailey launched its entry-level Pursuit range in October 2013, to replace its Orion and Olympus ranges. The Orion was known for its radical and trendy bodyshell, with a radiused front and rear, but it missed a trick in failing to offer layouts that were suitable for large families. 

The Olympus was a narrow-body tourer aimed squarely at newcomers to caravanning. As a result, the Pursuit was packaged to offer buyers the best qualities from both ranges.

Like all touring caravans and motorhomes produced by Bailey, the Pursuit range is built using Bailey’s Alu-Tech system, and has tough GRP-skinned walls. At 2.23m it’s wider than the Olympus was, and its grey sidewalls and white front and rear panels help it to stand out against a sea of all-white tourers on forecourts and campsites.

Here are some of the key facts and figures for the 2015 Bailey Pursuit 550-4. The shipping length is 7.38m; tyres are 185 R14 LI04N. If you’re tall, you may like to know that the interior height is 1.96m. The overall external height (including aerial) is 2.61m. And the thermal insulation is EN1645 Grade 3. 

The perfect tow car partner for the Pursuit 550-4 would have a kerbweight of 1616kg (for an 85% match). 

The 550-4 has what is very much one of the must-haves layout of the moment: twin single beds and an end washroom in a four-berth tourer that rides on a single axle. 

This layout is popular with couples and families of four alike, because it offers real flexibility: adults who prefer to sleep separately can take the twin single beds while younger kids share the large made-up double bed in front; or if the kids are no longer prepared to share, they can occupy the single beds.

We’ve been running the Pursuit on our test fleet for 12 months and, over the following pages, we round up the verdicts from all of our testers in this fond farewell to it.