The 2011 Bailey Pegasus II Verona is a fixed-bed end-washroom tourer on a single axle – Practical Caravan's expert review gives our verdict, specs, prices and rivals to consider
Its innovative Alu-tech construction certainly caused a stir when it was launched, but the Bailey Pegasus didn't warm everyone's hearts with its sterile interiors. Bailey's runaway success with the subsequent Unicorn range – an upmarket caravan with high-end living quarters – confirmed that there was strong demand for an Alu-tech van with showroom appeal inside.
So the stage was set for the Pegasus Series II – a refreshed take on the original models, which now feature the names of Italian cities instead of model numbers. There are five variants, ranging from two-berths to six-berths. The main differences between the old and new Pegasus models are in cosmetic terms (significant changes have taken place both inside and outside the van) and specification (there's slightly less kit on the new vans). However, each model saw a price reduction on the original prices, so buyers couldn't feel short-changed.
In this review we're reporting on the Verona, the fixed-bed four-berth layout.
Pitching and setting up
Waste water outlets are on the offside, while the hook-up connector is on the nearside. The control panel is located on the bulkhead next to the caravan door.
Up above, a large rooflight floods the lounge with light, and there's plenty of lighting for night-time. A magazine rack fills the gap between the nearside window and the door. Heating comes from a Truma blown air system.
Opposite, above a TV-friendly shelf, you’ll find a decent-quality microwave oven, thoughtfully mounted at chest height for safer operation. There’s plenty of room in the middle of the kitchen area to move around and prepare meals.
The window at the back of the caravan offers unrestricted vision into the bathroom so you’ll have to remember to pull the blinds down.
The bed lifts up easily on gas struts to offer access to the underbed storage compartment.
The front lounge seats easily convert into a double bed.
There are now fewer items in the standard spec – including the Tracker alarm and TV – but given the price drop, this isn't unreasonable.
The 2011 Bailey Pegasus II Verona represents an evolutionary tweak that builds on the revolutionary construction and design of the original Pegasus. Bailey has clearly listened to customer, dealer and press feedback and has acted on it. With Pegasus Series II, you get an impressive caravan packing extra charm for less cash.
- Attractive caravan with refreshed exteriors and interiors
- With 1490kg MTPLM you can tow it with a family estate car
- Cheaper than the original Pegasus
- Good value
- Standard spec includes fewer items than before
- No Tracker alarm
- No TV