Tourers with fixed single-bed layouts are growing in popularity, but are often expensive. The Bailey Pegasus II Rimini offers the night-time comfort of single fixed beds at a mid-market price. The second generation Pegasus will be replaced by the Pegasus GT65 in the spring of 2013, but the Pegasus II still has a lot to offer. Bailey’s Alu-tech construction promises strength and durability, while the 2.28m (7ft 6in) width means there’s lots of space inside. In fact, since the Pegasus GT65 will be narrower in order to reduce weight, so some buyers may prefer the older design. The Pegasus II has a reputation for good value, and there’s enough kit in the Rimini to make you think twice about buying a more expensive tourer.
Pitching and setting up
The front locker isn’t especially large, but this isn’t really a problem as it’s supplemented by additional lockers accessed from the side of the van. It means whatever you pack is easy to get to rather than tucked in a distant corner of one large locker.
Move inside the Rimini, and the master controls for the electrics are conveniently located on the left as you step in, although the water heater and room heater controls are on opposite sides of the van.
A Heki rooflight stops the lounge feeling gloomy, although there isn’t the open feel you get from newer designs with vertical rooflights. That’s something the new GT65 will put right. Even with shallow front windows the light soft furnishings give the lounge a warm and welcoming feel.
The free-standing dining room table is stored in the kitchen between the fridge and the oven. It’s 0.85m long and 0.54m wide – big enough for four to eat off, but any more diners would be a squeeze.
There’s a hinged cover for the hob, and keen cooks will need to make use of it to avoid running out of work surface. There is some space between the rectangular sink and the hob but it’s certainly worth preparing all the ingredients before you start to cook. For quick and easy meals, there’s a microwave on the opposite side of the kitchen.
However, just under the washbasin there’s plenty of space for lotions and potions. Above the basin you’ll find a half-height mirror, much better than the small mirrors you find in some washrooms.
The toilet is beside the washbasin, with the cassette accessed from the back of the van – an unusual feature made possible by the Bailey’s Alu-tech construction method. There’s a large wardrobe and hooks on the wall for hanging towels or dressing gowns.
Considering the Pegasus II is a mid-spec van, there’s a distinctly upmarket feel to the sleeping area, with padded headboards, overhead bedside shelves, and LED lighting which can be angled for the perfect position when reading in bed. A sliding partition separates the bedroom from the front of the van. If space for two more sleepers is needed, the lounge can be converted into a generously proportioned double. Again, there are LED lights above, and the wide shelf at the front of the van give somewhere to put your bedtime cocoa.
The kitchen has plenty of space for pots, pans, utensils and food. Overhead lockers with frosted fronts have racks for plates, bowls and glasses. There’s storage for pots under the oven, a cutlery draw, and a pull-out wire baskets for essentials. Even tall cereal boxes will fit underneath. There are yet more overhead lockers in the bedroom, and lots of space under the beds, including a wet locker on the left-hand side.
It’s a very likeable van, the Rimini. Single fixed beds may be something of a niche layout, but it’s a style of tourer which is finding more and more fans and the Bailey is a well executed example of the breed. The lounge is a highlight. Some will miss the front chest and see the extra seating space as unnecessary, but we think it makes a cosy, sociable space. Besides, Bailey offers a front chest as an option if you’d prefer additional storage instead. The kitchen may not have an abundance of work surface, but in other respects it’s roomy and practical. An electric hotplate would make it better still. In terms of specification, the Pegasus II is rather behind the times with its Truma heating when most rivals now offer Alde heating. However, even with the new model about to stretch its wings, the Pegasus II Rimini remains a practical, comfortable tourer. 3/5
- Comfortable lounge, roomy washroom and plentiful storage
- Fixed beds are short, lacks Alde heating of most rivals, and limited kitchen work surface