The arrival of Bailey’s Pursuit range in October was arguably the most important new van launch of last year. Practical Caravan’s review team feel it gave the Bristol manufacturer a strong entry-level competitor to Swift Group’s Sprite brand and Xplore from Elddis. 

At the top of the Pursuit six-model line-up sits the 560-5, which offers five berths, as does its sibling, the 540-5, but by way of a double-dinette layout with a foldaway bunk, rather than the latter’s rear-corner washroom and lengthways fixed bunks.

The Pursuit was created to replace the Orion and Olympus ranges and combine the best qualities of both in a relatively narrow, lightweight and, crucially, affordable package. 

Unlike the Orion, it offers much-needed layout options for larger families, the 560-5 being the perfect example. It’s a floorplan that is not available in Bailey’s other ranges, and should appeal to families because it offers several combinations of single- and double-bed layouts, which is handy on your caravan holidays.

All Pursuits ride on the popular Al-Ko galvanised-steel chassis, while the body is built using Bailey’s largely timber-free Alu-Tech construction. The sidewalls and roof are bonded sandwich with GRP inner and outer linings surrounding high-density polystyrene insulation. 

The panels are connected via an aluminium extrusion without external fixings. This improves resistance to leaks at the joins. 

The caravan’s tough glassfibre skins are finished in a fetching slate grey, while the white, one-piece GRP panels at the front and rear feature integrated bumpers and are shaped to improve fuel economy on tow.

The 14-inch alloy wheels and simple blue graphics give a modern feel and work very effectively, helping a basic design that, while it sets no particular trends, looks fresh and contemporary.