Liz King gets a sneak peak of the new motorhomes from Bailey of Bristol.
It’s one of the worst kept secrets in the industry; speculation has been rife for years, but Bailey of Bristol, known as a touring caravan manufacturer for over 60 years has finally built motorhomes.
Information is scarce until the official launch at NEC in October but we’ve had a quick preview of the prototypes and can bring you the latest news.
The first range of coachbuilt motorhomes will consist initially of three models; a two-berth, four-berth and the six-berth family layout, with two more to follow in February.
All models will feature a highly specified Peugeot Boxer cab and the lightweight AL-KO AMC chassis as standard.
Interiors draw design cues from the Company’s popular caravan ranges in that they have neat stylish locker doors and are spacious feeling with good use of popular, yet durable, colours for the soft furnishings. Lighting is modern and energy efficient. Washrooms are practical with a good use of space. Kitchens are functional and have some nice design features.
Unsurprisingly all Bailey motorhomes will be built using the patented and award winning Alu-Tech construction system. This, the company believes, provides the vehicle with numerous benefits of ownership as a result of the superior performance of the bodyshell in terms of durability and thermal efficiency. The additional rigidity of this type of construction also reduces the amount of flexing in the shell which in turn will minimise the noise levels whilst in motion.
Prototypes have been extensively and exhaustively tested and harshly treated on a test track at the internationally renowned Millbrook Proving Ground equivalent to six years of heavy use in normal road conditions. The same vehicles were then put into the facilities cold chamber to assess it thermal performance. With safety in mind, a prototype also underwent crash test simulations, which led to additional strengthening being installed to both the motorhome floor and furniture, the re-positioning of under locker lights and the decision to include a dedicated stowage location for side mounted tables whilst in transit.
Pricing and weights
Prices and weights are still to be confirmed but, as with their caravan ranges, Bailey expect the new vehicles to be competitive in both these areas.
We think Bailey Motorhomes will appeal not only to Bailey caravan owners who are thinking of embracing motorhome ownership, but to a wider audience, including first time motorhome owners.
Keep an eye out for latest news from Bailey on their motorhomes at www.bailey-mhomes.co.uk/.
Visit www.baileyalu-tech.co.uk for more information of the design story behind the Alu-Tech construction system.
Printed brochures will be available and the new website will go live in the week commencing September 12th.
When and where can I see a Bailey Motorhome in person?
See the new motorhomes from Bailey on stand 19-29 in Hall 9 at The Motorhome and Caravan Show at NEC Birmingham from 11-16 October.
Display models will arrive on dealers’ forecourts from mid-November onwards.
Insurance costs on a Bailey Motorhome
We’ll add some sample motorhome insurance quotes for the Bailey Motorhome range as soon as we have official pricing information and specifications.