Claudia DowellSee other caravan reviews written by Claudia Dowell
Big test, October 2008
The Limousin's layout is the same as the successful twin-axle fixed-bed Senator Wyoming but designed to attract those more conscious of price and weight. AL-KO ATC Trailer Control is standard for the first time in a mid-market van.
Pitching and setting up
However, there are no guidance channels for the steady winder and, despite being big twin-axle vans, the steadies are of the lighter-weight variety. In Bailey's favour, its MTPLM is roughly 100kg less than main rivals such as the Swift Carisma 620.
When powering up, the Limousin's old-style switches have little to go wrong and take no time to get used to.
To entertain you, there's a stereo with two speakers located between the lockers, in the front corners, which is not ideal if you're elsewhere in the van. There's also a TV point opposite the kitchen, which is great for watching from bed or the lounge, but no alternative point. Disappointingly, the central chest flips over rather than sliding out.
There are drop-in carpets (you can upgrade to a deeper pile but the light colour will be quick to mark) and wallboards behind the sofas.
For storage, there are two wire trays and a cutlery drawer as well as overhead lockers. Lighting is poor, with only LED strip lighting above the work surface. The cupboard door can catch on the side of the fridge, too, putting strain on the hinge.
Storage is similarly impressive – there's a big cupboard under the sink and a wall cupboard. However, the Bailey has its sink set away from the shower, so that there's enough room to step into the shower tray. This arrangement impinges on room around the Thetford, and, when you get out of the shower, you risk bumping your head on the overhead shelves. The two-piece shower door design is fiddly, too.
There's plenty of storage for clothes, with sectioned lockers above the beds, and two shelves in the nearside corner. The shelf below the offside window is handy for nick-nacks. The assembled front double bed has just one spotlight at the front on either side.
The fuse box takes up a little room, but that apart there's plenty of space. The offside wardrobe is plenty big enough for two people's clothes, and there are four shelves for useful sectioned storage. The clothes rail is set high enough to hang up shirts and skirts.
An incredible amount of caravan for your money, but the interior would benefit from a more crafted finish – 10/10.
- AL-KO ATC as standard, low MTPLM, large fridge
- Superb standard specification
- Layout works well in the lounge and the two sleeping options are virtually faultless
- Great value.
- Location of kitchen 240V plug
- Poor access to and from shower
- Some fixtures and fittings feel like they are built to a price