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

Overview

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

Like the original Pegasus, the new version has the same Al-Ko underpinnings, including ATC Trailer Control, AKS stabiliser, Al-Ko shock absorbers and Al-Ko Secure wheel lock. There’s a buttonless handbrake as standard and the guide channels for the corner steadies are easily accessed. The front locker is now white, instead of the previous black, and the corner mouldings have been revised.

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.

Lounge

In contrast to the original Pegasus, the new interiors are warm and inviting. The walnut-coloured cabinetwork lends warmth, and the detailing and brushed metal handles on the locker doors lend a refined air. The seating is comfortable and makes for a cosy lounge. The drop-in carpets and burgundy curtains and cushions combine well in the overall colour scheme.

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.

Kitchen

The new Pegasus kitchen shares a lot in common with the Unicorn range, and you can see why Bailey has done it. Four tall lockers sit above the kitchen units, and a respectably wide cupboard bridges the gap between oven and fridge. There are four gas hobs and despite looking like a baking tray, the deep sink will accommodate a reasonable amount of washing-up.

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.

Washroom

The end-washroom is a real highlight of this layout. The toilet is corner-mounted with a shelf unit above it. The Belfast sink is fixed on top of an under-sink cupboard and has a decent depth. The shower unit is in the nearside corner and feels well-made.

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.

Beds

The Verona features the same nearside fixed-bed layout as the Unicorn Valencia, and it feels firm and comfortable. The bulkhead at the foot of the bed has a window to accommodate a TV, and there are four lockers above the bed itself. Lighting is good, thanks to a ceiling light, LED spotlights, side window and a rooflight.

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.

Storage

There’s plenty of room to stash personal effects in the Verona. The lounge, kitchen, bedroom and washroom have plenty of lockers and there’s masses of room under the fixed bed, which can also be accessed from outside. There are two external wet lockers, too, at the front of the van. The wardrobe towards the rear of the caravan is split between shelf and hanging space.

Technical specs

Berth4
MiRO1322kg
Payload168kg
MTPLM1490kg
Interior length5.678m
Shipping length7.251m
Width2.28m
Height2.63m
Awning size1046cm

Verdict

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.

Conclusion

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • Standard spec includes fewer items than before
  • No Tracker alarm
  • No TV
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