Liz King gives her verdict on one of Bailey’s most recent offerings.
The Bailey Pegasus GT65 Rimini is a twin bed layout; why has this layout become so popular?
Is it because couples choose to sleep in single beds or is it because the flexibility of being able to make up the seating in the living area into a double bed means the kids go to bed in the twin beds and the grown-ups can still use the living area in the evening?
Access to locker space under the front seating has been improved and bed box tops have been redesigned. The free-standing table has a home under the nearside twin bed.
The living area is spacious, not just because the vertical skylight set in Bailey’s hallmark “Walnut” furniture finish allows much more light in, but as the gas locker has moved to a central position on the offside much better use has been made of that space with a recessed chest of drawers, with a pull-out occasional table and a 35cms wide window shelf. At the bottom is the power distribution unit box, where it’s easy to access.
I think the optional Amaro upholstery blends better with the walnut furniture than the standard Catria upholstery.
The end shower room contains the large wardrobe too, which does have useful storage under it, but you might need to watch that you don’t bash your elbows when drying down. The shower pod is square with a bi-fold door and the shower has an Ecocamel water saving shower head.
Space and water heating is by the Whale 4Kw under floor mounted heater and the Whale Rapid-Heat water heater respectively, controlled by the Whale I Van system. This is a touch screen panel which communicates wirelessly with the water and space heaters and you can pre-set automatic timers for each unit. Blown air vents are well-located throughout the caravan.
The centre kitchen, I think you’d say it was L shape, certainly has plenty of worktop space and two mains sockets; the fridge is ever so slightly raised off the floor so you don’t bang your tootsies when you open the door. The circular stainless steel sink has a free-standing drainer and chopping board which store neatly under the sink.
The exterior is best described as striking with the vertical skylight, liked by many.Rimini like the rest of the Pegasus range has AL-KO ATC trailer control system, Al-KO AKS 3004 stabiliser, AL-KO Octagon shock absorbers and Al-KO Secure portable wheel lock as standard equipment. GRP upper body panels are standard and there is solar panel connection provision.
Good value for money, well-specified and a considerable weight reduction over its predecessor make Rimini a more affordable contender for the budget and weight conscious caravanner. Standard fit AL-KO ATC and AL-KO Secure should mean attractive insurance premiums for this caravan.
Recommended Retail Price from £17,760
Price is ex-works and includes VAT @ 20% but excludes a recommended retailer delivery charge of £565 including VAT which includes delivery to your dealer who will prepare your caravan for collection by you.
Cost to insure: £294 *
- Four berths
- Length including tow bar: 7.400m
- Internal length: 5.710m
- Overall width: 2.230m
- Headroom: 1.96m
- MRO: 1314kg
- MTPLM: 1472kg
- Overall height: 2.61m
- Awning size: 1048cm
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*Caravan insurance cost based on 2013 Bailey Pegasus GT65 Pimini retailing for £17,760. Fitted with hitchlock, wheel clamp, plus standard Al-Ko secure security and Al-Ko ATC safety device. Kept on drive at HX4 0BE. Caravanners over 30 years old, claim free for 3 years and a member of a caravanning club. £100 excess. 180 days European cover and up to £75 per day for up to 15 days emergency accommodation cover included. Legal expenses cover, extended European cover and other emergency accommodation expenses cover options are available at extra cost. Quote includes 10% online discount and 6% Insurance Premium Tax and is correct as of 22/04/2013.
Note: All details correct at time of publication but may be subject to change.