REVIEW: Pictures, prices and layout of the Bailey Orion 450/5
The Bailey Orion 450/5 features rear triple bunks and an L-shaped lounge
Thursday, 10, Mar 2011 08:55
by Holly Tribe
Since its launch last month the Bailey Orion has been mooted as the Bailey Ranger replacement. Yet the compact layouts carry an enhanced level of kit that is more commonly found in pricier ranges.
The largest of the four models is the Orion 450/5; a superb option for families on tour. There's a dedicated kids room at the rear with an L-shaped dinette and triple bunks on the far side - each with its own window.
Space & Practicality
Despite the new curved rear end, Bailey manages not to lose too much key headroom inside. The ceiling's slope begins where the triple bunks and kid's dinette are located which means the reduced headspace is not too noticeable. (Pictured below courtesy of Lady Bailey)
The kids room in the back can be closed off with a retractable partition wall for a bit of extra privacy and there's a decent amount of storage up front with deep overhead lockers running along each side. The washroom is on the small side, but to fit a twin dinette, triple bunk configuration into a single axle van will mean the odd compromise has to be made.
Equipment & Comfort
There's a surprising level of kit that comes as standard for this price range. An 800w microwave, CD/MP3/ radio system, and the innovative Whale blown air underfloor heating system are all included in the basic package. The kitchens are well equipped with a 3-burner hob, combination oven/ grill and a 107 litre fridge with a full width freezer section.
The cabinetry is finished with a 'Walnut' veneer and the furnishing scheme is in bright, beige fabrics with red accent cushions. There are contrasting beige locker doors to the front and in the kitchen and the overall effect is fresh and modern.
But it's touches like the Belfast style sink in the washroom, which comes as standard across the whole Alu-Tech series, that gives this caravan a feeling of solidity and polish that can be difficult to achieve in entry level vans.
Safety & Security
AL-KO AKS 3004 stabiliser, AL-KO chassis, AL-KO secure receiver with optional wheel lock. Better weight distribution with the gas locker housing now located above the axle, with the hatch located next to the entrance.
- Price: £12,995
- MTPLM: 1,287kg
- MRO: 1,130kg
- Axle: single
- Berth: 5
- Overall width: 2.19
- Internal height: 1.96m