Can you believe in a Unicorn? They’ve existed, in large numbers, for some seven years now, thanks to Bailey of Bristol. It’s the company’s flagship range, the first of which was spotted back in 2010.
With its two fixed single beds and full-width end washroom, the Cadiz has emerged as one of the most popular models in what is currently a 10-strong line-up (six single-axle, four twin-axles).
Bailey has continued to enhance its Alu-Tech construction formula, too, albeit the basics remain – GRP outer and inner skins bonded to aluminium extrusions, for a structure that’s almost wood-free – the floor continues to be made of conventional materials. Latest variants get a six-year bodyshell integrity warranty, although you can extend this by another four years if you’re planning on keeping your Cadiz that long.
To be fair to Bailey, including Alde’s heating and hot water system in a unit this size and still coming in under 1,500kg is a major achievement. There’s a downside, of course, in the all too paltry payload that every manufacturer seems to think it can get away with.
Those two single beds aren’t exact twins. They’re the same 0.70m wide, but the nearside is the longest, at a generous 1.91m, while the offside is just 1.78m. The mattresses are thick and tend towards firmness, although there’s nothing to stop you adding toppers or even switching foam style altogether.
If you want to accommodate more, don’t forget the lounge can offer two singles or a transverse double.
In its normal daytime mode, the lounge is really opened up by the light that comes in via that extended central front window, supplemented by a Heki unit directly overhead.
The open plan feel continues to the kitchen. The main unit is along the offside mid-‘van, with no shortage of ways to cook your meals. The Thetford Caprice cooker has a dual-fuel hob and separate oven and grill, plus there’s a Daewoo microwave oven set high (but not too high).
The circular sink is served by a swan-neck mixer tap, and not only is there a good expanse of worktop to its left, this can be extended by a lift-up flap.
Completing the food facilities, there’s a Dometic 9330 narrow-bodied fridge with removable freezer box directly across the corridor. Maximum capacity is a more than generous 134 litres.
Behind those beds, it’s an easy walk straight into the washroom, where there’s a fully-lined shower cubicle in the right-hand corner, with an Ecocamel showerhead and a handy, high-level ledge for soaps and shampoos etc. There’s just a single plughole in the tray, however.
Note, too, it’s a clear window directly behind the toilet!
One downside is the location for the free-standing table. It stows in the wardrobe (itself in the washroom) for travel, meaning a potentially hazardous journey every time you lug it out to put up in the lounge or, if more suitable, in your awning.
But there’s a new safety feature on all Unicorn caravans – a Tyrepal Tyre Pressure Monitoring System is fitted as standard – which will also get you a 5% discount on your caravan insurance with Caravan Guard.
According to Bailey, it was always a popular choice as an optional extra but now it’s a permanent feature.
Safety is clearly a priority for Bailey: “With tyres condition and pressure being such an important part of vehicle safety, in line with the automotive industry, we felt it was important to provide our customers with that extra level of protection,” said Simon Howard, Marketing Director at Bailey.
Plus there’s the TRACKER Retrieve system as standard, which will help lower your insurance premium.
As you can see from the panel opposite, the Cadiz isn’t short on rivals, but Bailey nearly always manages to pull off the trick of price-beating its competitors.
Such is the way Bailey continually develops its products, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a Unicorn upgrade in the not too distant future. Now, then, might be the ideal time to step in and grab a mid-season bargain.
Verdict: Single beds can still mean fun… and definitely luxury
Plus: Roomy layout, spec per £ is top-of-the-class
Minus: Table location, the occasional flimsy fitting
In-a-nutshell: Two beds better
There’s more information on the Unicorn range on the Bailey website. To find out more about insuring this or your current caravan visit our caravan insurance discounts page
Alternatives: Adria Alpina UL Colorado, Coachman VIP 565, Hobby Prestige 560 WLU, Knaus StarClass 565, Lunar Clubman SB, Sterling Elite 565, Swift Conqueror 565
Bailey Unicorn Cadiz factfile
|Model||Bailey Unicorn Cadiz|
|Dimensions||7.37m L, 2.28m W, 2.61m H|
|RRP||from £23,064 on the road|
|Safety & security||Al-Ko ATC, Al-Ko AKS stabiliser, laser-balanced wheels with security tyres and anti-tamper bolts, Tyrepal Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Al-Ko Secure wheel lock, Tracker Retrieve with 3 months free subscription, smoke alarm, carbon monoxide detector.|
|Key options||Trafalgar upholstery (£225), bedding set (£209), four-year extension to bodyshell warranty (£265), three-year extension to manufacturing warranty (£439).|
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Note: All details correct at time of publication but may be subject to change.
*Caravan insurance cost based on Bailey Unicorn Cadiz caravan retailing at £23,064 fitted with hitchlock, Al-Ko Secure wheel lock, Tracker Retrieve (with three months free subscription), tyre pressure monitoring system and Al-Ko ATC. 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 10% Insurance Premium Tax and is correct as of 20.3.17.