The second generation of Bailey of Bristol’s Olympus range of caravans will roll of the production line soon and we take a quick look at one of the new models, Olympus II 540/5 – a family layout.
It is based on the very popular Pegasus Ancona layout, but with a few changes; this has five berths not six, and this helps make it lighter in weight. Two fixed bunks along the offside are complemented by a single bunk to the left of the door; we liked this bunk as it’s really quite wide and becomes a side dinette.
The corner washroom is not at all cramped and has a decent sized shower and a Belfast sink along with a new swivel cassette toilet.
The soft furnishings are well co-ordinated; in neutral creams and browns with hints of glitz in the scatter cushions they sit well with the Walnut finish furniture with Italian design overhead locker doors. It’s very much a “what you might have in your home” look. Wrap around seating is standard, with an optional chest of drawers.
The kitchen has high gloss worktops with contrasting overhead lockers and flush fit energy efficient down lighters, a four burner gas hob, glass fronted oven and grill; add to this an 800w microwave, decent fridge size, good storage and worktops, and it’s all that mum or dad needs to cater for the family in the caravan, given the cost of eating out for a family of five.
Like all Bailey caravans, it’s made using the highly regarded and award winning Alu-Tech body shell with Grade III classification of Thermal Insulation (EN1645-I).
Given the specification, and the price of £15,975, the Olympus II 540/5 delivers both quality and value for existing caravanners and newcomers alike. And given the weight you won’t need a hefty tow car.
Those keen to save on caravan insurance will be delighted to hear that the Olympus comes with the AL-KO ATC electronic anti snaking system as standard, which of course qualifies for discounts. Also the caravan has the receiver for the AL-KO Secure, so if you buy the lock for this, you’ll get an insurance saving for that too.
Models will arrive on retailer forecourts from September 1st and a new micro site will give full information. www.baileyolympus-s2.co.uk
AL-KO AKS 3004 stabiliser
AL-KO Shock absorbers
AL-KO Secure receiver plate only (Optional Al-KO Secure portable wheel lock)
AL-KO ATC electronic anti snaking
MIRO 1272 kg
MTPLM 1450 kg
Shipping length 7.251m
Overall width 2.19m
Internal headroom 1.96m
Overall height 2.63m
Awning size 1046
Front double bed size 6’6″ x 5’7″
Two rear bunks 6’3″x 2’1″, 1 rear bunk 5’7″x2’6″
10 year body shell warranty subject to terms and conditions.
Cost to insure this caravan: £241 *
For more information: Bailey of Bristol, South Liberty Lane, Bristol, BS3 2SS. Tel: 0117 305 2939. Visit: www.bailey-caravans.co.uk. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Caravan insurance premium based on 2011 Bailey Olympus Series II 540/5 valued at £15,975. Fitted with hitchlock, Al-Ko Secure wheel lock (receiver fitted as standard, lock purchased as optional extra) and kept on drive behind 24 hour locked gates at HX4 0BE. Caravanners over 30 years old, claim free for 3 years and a member of a caravanning club. Quote includes 10% online discount and 6% Insurance Premium Tax and is correct as of 17.08.11.