An entry-level fixed bed with a usefully low MTPLM, read our Bailey Pursuit 430-4 review to find out if this couples-focused caravan ticks all the boxes
Polished chrome fixtures and fittings, and a sensitively designed look, have joined Bailey’s AluTech construction in a caravan that has everything you’d expect of this manufacturer’s attention to detail. What’s more, it is very reasonably priced at £13,440.
The layout is ideal for couples, but shorter breaks with overnight guests can be accommodated, thanks to the make-up double in the lounge. Overall, though basic, it has all the kit you need for comfortable caravan holidays. And to see other Bailey caravans for sale, click here.
Pitching and setting up
The tourer we tested was fitted with the optional Premium Pack (£405). This includes an Al-Ko AKS 3004 stabiliser, a floor-mounted steel spare wheel and retainer, plus an exterior-door flyscreen, a microwave oven and a radio/CD/MP3 player.
This van also looks the part, with alloy wheels, a handy awning light and the optional opening sunroof.
The radio/CD/MP3 player that comes with the Premium Pack includes an iPod connection point and speakers in the front corners of the van.
Moreover, the 430-4 benefits from having five mains sockets – plenty for the essentials, including a TV, which gets dedicated points for 230V, 12V and the Status 550 directional aerial.
The ‘Spice’ furnishing theme can be swapped for the more popular ‘Amaro’, as used in the old Pegasus, as a £199 option.
There is some compensation, though, in the shape of sink and hob covers, a large flip-up worktop extension on sprung hinges and some dresser space across the gangway.
A combined oven and grill, and a 103-litre fridge with a removable freezer compartment round out the standard equipment here. The 800W stainless-steel microwave that is part of the options pack is set at eye level, which is not ideal.
A corner cupboard above the electric-flush toilet is a good use of space, and a welcome addition to the under-sink cupboard. The room would benefit from having a towel rail, as well as the toilet roll holder.
The shower is a good size, too, with a bifold door – a clever, space-saving trick. The long mirror is also a useful addition.
Shelves by the head of the bed are ideal for anything you want to keep within reach at night. Ample overhead storage lockers simplify keeping the van tidy.
Some will find it slightly awkward having to send guests through the rear bedroom to use the washroom at night, but this is a small price to pay to get a larger washroom.
The front lounge can be converted into a double bed (2.04m x 1.27m), with slats pulled out from beneath the coffee table and the seat cushions rearranged on top of the beech sprung bed boxes. Or, the two sofas can serve as single beds for children – the nearside one is 1.44m x 0.73m, while the offside single bed measures 1.55m x 0.73m. These bed boxes also provide extra storage, although the battery and heating systems take some space away from this.
The bed base rises on gas struts, which takes the grunt out of lifting it. However, it clunks a little when replaced and you’ll want to watch your fingers as you return the bed to its position.
Some storage space has been sacrificed for the sake of the side gas locker; however, the savings made on noseweight by this change are invaluable.
Despite the loss of a cupboard, the Pursuit 430-4 has plenty of other options so that everything can be stored away safely. Nevertheless, the location of the dining table – towards the rear of the caravan – could prove troublesome, because it’s very heavy. Some people will find it difficult to carry the unit from its stowage space to the lounge at mealtimes.
So, what do we make of the Bailey Pursuit 430-4? It may work for some small families, but we think it is a caravan best-suited to couples.
The fixed bed and generous washroom are its strongest selling points. In addition, the lounge is no slouch in the living space stakes, especially considering the Bailey’s price and weight. The kitchen is where the compromises bite hardest.
- The lounge and washroom are spacious
- There's plenty of storage
- There is external access to the storage area under the fixed double bed
- Some may find the fixed bed too short
- Kitchen worktop space is lacking
- The freestanding table is quite heavy and is stored towards the rear of the van