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When Bailey replaced its Pegasus with Pegasus II, it not only gave it a complete revamp inside and out but also decided to add a new family layout. The Ancona features side triple bunks plus a decent washroom, not to mention a specification equipped to take six with relative ease. The layout different to most six-berths and this no doubt gives Bailey an advantage. With an MTPLM of just under 1500kg, it’s not too heavy for such a chunk of caravan either. We reviewed a 2011 Pegasus II Ancona, which is unchanged for 2012.
Pitching and setting up
The roof locker storage is excellent with the front overhead window ones being exceptionally deep along with the front shelf. Seat bases have beech slats and good access from the top, but access flaps are included, too. They just aren’t large enough to get bulky bedding in. The CD/radio is also situated in the front lounge in a side roof locker along with the Status 530 TV aerial switches.
The Ancona is a six-berth which most families may only use for five, and this would make it an ideal family tourer. We like the ambience of the Ancona and the fact it’s far removed from the original Pegasus. The walnut furniture finish adds to the richness of the interior while lighting levels are impressive. We would like to see a dual-fuel hob and larger gas locker, though. At the rear end of the Ancona where the bunks are located, a mini Heki needs to be added to allow in more natural light as this area could be a little dark on dull days. For its layout and general specifications, though, the Pegasus II Ancona will be popular. Bailey has successfully pulled off a practical layout for six people.
- We like the high quality upholstery which makes the overall feel of the Ancona comfortable
- Bigger windows front and side look better than Pegasus I as well as being more practical
- The spec is as expected and the kitchen area is well designed
- This is a six-berth that also feels spacious
- We would like to see a dual-fuel cooker fitted and more than three plug sockets
- Wiring needs to be made neater in places and the rear end mouldings don’t fit tightly enough
- Some of the flyscreen/blind frames on the front windows were coming adrift on our test caravan