Just before we went to print, the latest in the UK Bailey caravans arrived in Auckland, and we took the opportunity to check out the latest layouts and first of the extra-wide 2450mm bodies. This model – the four-berth Grande Bologna – has a fixed island bed, rear bathroom, spacious lounge with the new G-shaped seating area and a sliding table along the nearside that can be complemented by a free-standing table as required.

Lots of comfortable lounge and dining seating options here. privacy blinds and fly screens on the windows and curtains for a warm look

In 2012 Mike Driver from Bailey New Zealand imported the first Bailey Unicorn caravans into the New Zealand market as the official distributor for Bailey UK, and Kiwis took to the lightweight caravans – with separate bathrooms and bedrooms, and quality features throughout – like the proverbial ducks to water.

The new wider body creates a lot more interior living space

Battery, water and light controls easy to operate

Sales have grown steadily, and in the last year the Bailey motorhome range has joined the stable of Bailey RV vehicles available. This new wider 2450mm range of caravans certainly make a difference to usable floor space and will be popular with New Zealand customers I am sure.

Handles rear and front aid movement, construction methods offer strength, durability and good looks

Shower with its own roof vent, vanity basin, storage galore

There are six floor plans offering a variety of bed setups from two singles, midship island bed with rear bathrooms, island bed with central bathroom and a French bed option. Overall lengths range from 7381mm to 7863mm. Here we spotlight the twin-axle Pegasus Grande Bologna caravan viewed. The UK Bailey company has been innovative in the design and development of RV manufacturing, being first to introduce the use of the now common sandwich bodyshell panel construction method in 1982.

Fridge with freezer unit inside, microwave above this and storage cupboard above that

Under-couch storage, accessible from the exterior for the rear seat storage

In 1987 an integrated cassette toilet and blown-air central heating were introduced. Another leap forward came in 2009 with the development of the Alu-Tech bodyshell construction method – touted as being the most significant development in production technology for 30 years. Today the company boasts that 50,000 RVs have been built using this technology.

Nice curved roof line, storage areas are fitted in at every opportunity

The bed lifts offering big storage underneath

When you see the Bailey name on a vehicle in front of you, or on the yard of one of the dealers around the country – TrailLite (Pukekohe and Christchurch), RV Mega (Mt Maunganui), DeLuxe Group (Blenheim) and Pykes Auto in Timaru – you are looking at a product made by a company with a 70-year history in the business.

Second bed made up in lounge area

The bed and mattress push back to a seating position providing walking space at the foot of the bed during the day to access the rear bathroom

For those interested in real technical detail you can view videos and read technical details on the UK website:

W: baileyofbristol.co.uk

The bathroom runs the width of the rear, upon entry the toilet is to the left, the shower in the right rear corner, a sliding door for access. Plenty of storage options, mirrors and roof vent

Chassis and Construction

Alu-Tech bodyshell construction with GRP outer skin, one-piece front and rear panels with integrated grab handles. Built on an AL-KO galvanised chassis, fitted with AL-KO AKS 3004 stabiliser, AL-KO ATC trailer control system, AL-KO secure receiver and is pre-wired for a caravan mover unit to be installed. AL-KO ATC and TRACKER Retrieve Stolen Vehicle Recovery System, are standard on all models with AL-KO chassis.

Tech Spec’s
Dimensions: total length 7864mm – internal length 6334mm, width 2450mm, height 2583mm – internal 1960mm
Weight: twin-axle GVM 1640kg, tare 1481kg, total payload 159kg
Bed sizes: front dining conversion 2225mm x 1310mm, rear fixed island bed 1920mm x 1432mm
Truma combi 6 heating system with combined water and room heating with dual-fuel 6kW gas or 1.8kW electric power sources
Dometic 145L tower refrigerator
Thetford Caprice combined oven, grill and hob, inset into bench, Thetford dual-fuel hob with electric hotplate and three gas burners, cover is same level as bench
100W Truma solar panel
NZ-supplied radio/CD/MP3 player with USB port – 19˝ LCD TV
Water supply: roll-away tanks 50L fresh and 50L grey (not fitted tanks)