Even more Grande? Here we go, into 2020 season with Bailey extending its extra-wide offerings with a new flagship caravan range – the Alicanto Grande – and no doubt also hoping to bask in the success of the Pegasus Grande tourers, launched earlier this year.
Width counts, it seems. But, Bailey is quick to point out the new Alicanto caravans are designed for actual touring, as well as seasonal pitching.
But, luxury? From Bailey? For a company that prides itself on razor sharp pricing, it’s actually gone a little bit flamboyant with three Alicanto Grande caravans.
The Porto here is the only twin axle model, favouring a rear island bed floorplan.
It’s the biggest caravan Bailey has ever made. By our reckoning, also the heaviest. Even so, considering what’s on offer here, it’s not as hefty as you might expect. And let’s clear that price, too. Considering its main rivals are happy to let their prices slip into the mid-£30,000s and beyond, Bailey scores an instant hit. Even the Porto only just clears £30,000 on-the-road.
The overall specification is good. A full safety and security package including a standard fit tracking device (see factfile), should get you some healthy discounts on your caravan insurance premium. All the goodies are here, too; from Alde heating to a solar panel; Remis blinds; USB sockets; DAB radio/CD/MP3 player; Truma gas BBQ point and more.
The exterior look is unmistakably Bailey, with the upright front, high centre front window, metallic bronze graphics and 14in diamond cut alloy wheels.
(please note the above are not the actual wheel locks to be supplied)
Head inside and it’s not a bad idea to have a sit down.
That’s the best way to appreciate the softly sprung seating and backrests, complete with head restraints and curved bolsters in three of the corners.
A clever detail over the lounge are the open cubby holes – they have mirrors in them, enough to reflect light back into the lounge and to check you’re looking good!
The standard upholstery (shown here), too, helps contribute to a very light and airy seating area.
Aft of the lounge, the caravan kitchen is actually pretty conventional. The stainless steel sink has an add-on plastic drainer and the Thetford Caprice cooker is complemented by a Russell Hobbs microwave oven directly over the hob.
The triple bottle holder reflects the upmarket aspirations.
Star feature has to be the Dometic 153-litre fridge with its double-hinged door, allowing you to open it from either side.
It’s an impressive bedroom at the back, too. The island bed extends to 1.900m x 1.42m (6ft 3in x 4ft 8in).
It’s framed by his and hers wardrobes and deep overhead lockers, with corner units forward of the foot of the bed.
Between the bedroom and the kitchen, the washroom facilities are split between a shower cubicle on the nearside and a toilet room with fixed basin nearside.
Full privacy comes from the sliding door to the bedroom and the toilet room door which can also be used to close off this area from the front end, at the same time providing a generous changing area, complete with a third slim wardrobe next to the shower.
A small rooflight provides the only washroom ventilation.
The shower sits on the wheelarch, but it’s a pretty roomy cubicle. You’ll want to add a hanger or similar for your toiletries, plus it’s a slight surprise to find only one drainage hole.
The fold-down rail for hanging wet towels or clothing will always come in handy.
Worth the wait? Like its single axle Alicanto sisters, the Porto goes on sale from September 2019.
In this video we take a look inside and out:
Verdict: Creeping upmarket but maintaining a distinct price advantage
Plus: Roomy interior, super bedroom
Minus: Lacks a little bit of premium feel
In-a-nutshell: Another Grande entrance
There’s more information on the Alicanto range on the Bailey website. To find out more about insuring this or your current caravan visit our caravan insurance discounts page.
Alternatives: Buccaneer Barracuda, Swift Challenger X850
Bailey Alicanto Grande Porto factfile
|Model||Bailey Alicanto Grande Porto|
|Dimensions||7.86m L, 2.45m W, 2.61m H|
|RRP||from £30,564 on the road|
|Safety & security||Tracker (with three-month subscription), Al-Ko ATC (Trailer Control System), AKS stabiliser, Al-Ko Secure Locks, TyrePal tyre pressure monitoring system, laser-balanced wheels with security tyres and anti-tamper bolts, smoke alarm, carbon monoxide detector, floor-mounted spare wheel, CRiS with concealed data chip, Tracker PIR alarm with tilt sensor and key fob operation|
|Key options||Four-year extension to bodyshell warranty (£265), three-year extension to manufacturing warranty (£439), bedding set (£230), alternative upholstery (£225)|