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Transverse island beds are all the rage for 2016, reflected in this new model from Bailey Caravans – find out more in our Pegasus Brindisi review
The new Brindisi is perhaps the least-surprising addition to the Pegasus range for 2016 from Bristol-based firm Bailey Caravans. It’s one of three all-new layouts, and features the increasingly fashionable front lounge, transverse island bed floorplan with a full-width end washroom. In fact, the most surprising thing about it is that this model didn’t previously feature in the range.
That’s not the only change for the 2016 season, of course. The fourth-generation Pegasus follows the lead of the flagship Unicorn by switching from Magnolia to bright Polar White sidewalls, with new Bailey graphics in blue and revised, more attractive front and rear styling.
So let's get the full story on the all-new 2016 Bailey Pegasus Brindisi, with our comprehensive review.
Pitching and setting up
Again like the Unicorn, the battery has been moved to under the floor in the centre of the van, which means an easy-access hook-up point rather than one secreted in a battery box, though unfortunately it’s on the nearside so could provide a trip hazard in your awning. More usefully, there’s a 230V socket alongside, and the toilet and water points are both sensibly relegated to the offside.
There are cutouts in the sills for the front steady bolts, and the rears are easy enough to access, plus the alloy wheels are able to accept an (optional) Secure wheel lock. Unfortunately, ATC stability control is no longer standard kit, though there have been spec improvements elsewhere, such as the uprated Truma Combi 6 heating.
Those sofas are a good length for a van with this layout, and there is attractive LED lighting at night (from perimeter spots rather than a central unit) to complement ample daylighting from that large central front window. There are plenty of attractive details, too, such as the two-tone cupboards with neat integrated pelmets beneath, though the roller blinds behind them are among the few nods to this tourer’s mid-market status.
More than that, there’s a much bigger new kitchen window, improved task lighting, and the cooker has been moved away from the bulkhead to make room for your panhandles, leaving space for a wine cupboard beneath.
The ‘island’-style kitchen unit makes up for space lost to the centrally mounted gas locker (which should improve balance on tow) and for the Pegasus, Bailey Caravans has secreted a little cutlery drawer in the top of it, too. It also means plenty of food preparation space, though an additional worktop flap provides more should you need it.
We do have one gripe, however: the small shelf between the shower and the sink and vanity unit pushes the latter uncomfortably close to the Thetford toilet bowl; it can be swivelled away, of course, but if you have long legs they will then be knocking on the sliding door.
But the main appeal for most with this van will be the master bedroom, with its transverse island bed. As is the norm, it has ‘day’ and ‘night’ modes: in the former, it’s easier than we’d expect to get around the foot of the bed to the washroom, bearing in mind that this van is 2in narrower than a Unicorn. In the latter, it provides a wide double bed that’s a reasonable 6ft 1in long, with a large padded headboard and neat little shelves on either side, plus a bookshelf above. Opposite is another panel with a mount and sockets for the obligatory bedroom telly.
In fact, there are no fewer than 18 overhead lockers distributed throughout the Bailey Pegasus Brindisi, complemented by the familiar ‘his and hers’ wardrobes on either side of the island bed.
The relatively narrow bodyshell ought to limit the capability of the Pegasus with this layout, but in fact the Brindisi works really very well. It also feels light and bright throughout, with an unusually spacious lounge and an excellent kitchen area.
If this is the floorplan for you, then this much-improved model ought to be on your shortlist.
- It has the popular transverse island bed and full-width end washroom layout
- There's a spacious feel throughout
- The van has a roomy lounge
- There's an excellent kitchen
- The master suite is very comfortable
- With the door shut, the washroom feels cramped around the toilet
- ATC is not fitted as standard