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With the Bailey Pursuit 530-4, Practical Caravan's experts review what could be a best-selling layout from the British firm's new budget range
The all-new, entry-level Pursuit range replaces the Orion and Olympus ranges, offering the best of both.
This range uses Bailey’s patented Alu-Tech construction method which, the company claims, gives it a stronger shell and makes it more resistant to leaks at the seal where the panels join.
This 530-4 is a roomy four-berth with an end washroom and nearside fixed bed. Look hard and you’ll find some cost-cutting measures: there are just two pivoting reading lights in the lounge, the blinds are of the non-pleated variety, the locker doors lack both positive catches and shelves. But this is all nit-picking. The Pursuits are great starter caravans at good prices.
Pitching and setting up
Apparently, the radius where the rear wall meets the roof has come across from Bailey's motorhome range, which is gentler than that of the Orion – Bailey claims it significantly improves fuel economy on tow.
The Pursuit has taken one design cue from its Unicorn and Pegasus GT65 stablemates: the gas locker is on the offside close to the axle in order to reduce the van’s noseweight. Otherwise, the single front window identifies this as an entry-level tourer, as does the two-piece entry door.
It is light and airy inside, with upmarket styling details, these influenced by Bailey’s more expensive siblings – there are chrome-look fittings and walnut-effect furniture, but the lower sections have a hessian appearance. The dark worktops have been inspired by the firm’s motorhome range.
The new soft furnishings are called ‘Spice’, with oatmeal-coloured squab cushions, while bolster and scatter cushions, backrests and curtains share the same rich copper tone.
The optional opening sunroof (£356) is transplanted from the Autograph motorhome range. It really is the icing on the cake of the Pursuit range's external good looks and provides plenty of internal light, too.
Sadly, the space in the galley for storing pots and pans has been lost to the offside gas locker. However, it is easy to use the occasional and free-standing tables in tandem, because they are the same height.
The heating and hot water are provided by the dual-fuel Truma Combi system and controlled by means of a smart new control panel with a rotary knob rather than a touch screen.
In the fixed bed there is decent headroom for reading, although the headboard is minimal. The free-standing table is stored against the nearside wall. There’s no concertina-style room divider fitted as standard for the rear bedroom.
The absence of a front gas locker permits room for some very useful wet lockers on both sides of the caravan.
Their low weights, smart exteriors, pleasant interiors and acceptable equipment levels make the Pursuit models attractive and very welcome additions to the value market. Simple specs also help keep prices down.
This 530-4 model, the four-berth fixed double bed end washroom variant of the Pursuit range, has great internal space and is a good looking caravan, too. Kit levels are modest but the essentials are there, quality materials giving it a classy finish.
- Its stylish bodyshell
- It has a spacious interior
- The décor looks and feels upmarket
- Price is spot-on
- It is heavier than rivals
- The spec is quite basic
- It features a combined oven and grill
- Rivals may outshine it on a forecourt