2020 Bailey Discovery D4-3 caravan

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  1. Kitty Savage says:

    Yet another manufacturer has missed the emerging crossover market. Have any of you manufacturers actually bothered to research your potential customer base for these vans properly ?? – I am sick of the freezing tent experience /pants weather in this country when pursuing my hobbies and hate the idea of a camper which would be impractical and restrictive for me having tried it. – I want a small caravan with a rear door wide enough to toss my bikes/kayaks in and head off, I don’t want to leave my bikes etc outside or on a rack to be nicked when unattended, I don’t want to have to change my car to a monster truck to tow, I want something small, light and easy to clean and maintain, along the lines of the interior of a basecamp (note this van not suitable either as there is nowhere to store bikes whilst in the van at night, but is by far the best so far in terms of thought and interior/exterior finish/features) – but please no godamn beige/cream interior . I also want a decent air beam awning that is not a bonkers impractical shape (Sorry basecamp) , – I want an Abi Adventurer Sport circa 2003 however regrettably they don’t make these anymore – they were well ahead of their time and nobody is making anything anywhere near as good or even close YET – so hurry up – this Bailey is lovely but not suitable for what I would want to use it for so not for me sorry I will be patient and hope that someone who manufacturers these vans hears my Rant!!

  2. Ken says:

    What a wonderful caravan just what we need very plain and simple lightweight and small
    Well thought out for people like us with an active lifestyle .
    Don’t want a caravan with patterns and shelves & curtains .
    look great and modern .

  3. John Phelps says:

    No need for me to criticise as I own a Barefoot which is of the highest quality you can get, but comes at considerably more cost than this van.
    Suffice to say Bailey are heading in the right direction with a smaller van. It is about time the British caravan industry on the whole looked to the future with smaller vans rather than the monsters of the past for their survival and environmental reasons including the future rise of electric tow vehicles.

  4. Gerald Freshwater says:

    For those not used to towing – likely with a first time buyer – the 8′ wide size and short wheelbase just make things more difficult. How much easier, for the same weight, if it were 6′ 6″ (2m) and a little longer to provide more useful storage. I certainly wouldn’t swap our 10 year old Hymer 470 for this.

  5. Lorraine Turner says:

    I would not buy this nothing but plain and tiny.

  6. Allan Gilmour says:

    I like the awning but not the caravan. It looks cramped, basic and lacking in any style. Has little to no storage and would quickly become an annoyance. The awning being an additional cost, along with 1 or other of the other options do not make this van close to being value for money. For the price being charged the awning should be included.

    Seems to be a means to fleece potential buyers. I would advise anyone new to caravaning to buy a good second hand van and see what works for you before investing in something better than this for that price.

  7. Mark says:

    As a caravan repairer we see all different types of caravan fitouts. Some of the more stylish and modern interiors use leather or high-grade vinyl upholstery while other low end caravans tend to use cloth material. From our experience Bailey could do with taking a leaf out of the Australian caravan market and jazz up the interior of their vans with some high-quality materials. The increase in material cost would be very small in comparison to how well the vans would present to the market.

  8. Andy says:

    Terrible. Bailey trying for first time caravaners? No one is stupid enough to spend 17k on a new van, are they? .

  9. Colin says:

    Bailey are going backwards not forwards with this caravan.

  10. A White says:

    Well The first part is all about the awning!!
    Caravan looks very “tacky”.
    Were do you store your clothes!
    There does not seem to be a front locker?.
    Nothing about what size gas cylinder you can have, or where it is stored.
    The shower curtain must be a joke, have you ever tried showering in a small room, the curtain wraps round you.
    As for the tap position have you ever tried washing over a tap?
    Nothing about heating.
    Very poor standard from Bailey
    Would not buy one.

  11. Bert Burkinshaw says:

    Looks cheap and nasty, small front window makes it look dark inside, appears to take us back in time not very appealing. Awning looks interesting but would require a substantial pitch to fit it on.

  12. Chris says:

    Yet another idea to get more money for less of a van, a bit basic for today’s caravan ,as for the price there are a lot better vans out there. Not for me. If you want a small van go look at Swift Alpine 2 a lot better van for the same price and better build quality. This is a personal opinion.

  13. Edward Denney says:

    What a dreadfull noise proof that silence is golden

  14. Dick Murton says:

    We have a 2011 Elddis 360, which has a screen to stop the shower wetting the rest of the toilet facilities. As yet, we have yet to see anyone else do this, so as we hate getting a shower curtain wrapped around like a jellyfish, so making showering very unpleasant, even difficult, we find it impossible to change our van for something more up to date and hopefully with better finish (think we got a Friday morning severe hangover version. If Elddis could do it then, why is it seen as impossible / not worthwhile for anyone else (including Elddis) since then to do it?

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