Perhaps the worst kept secret of 2011 has been the development of the first ever motorhome range by Bailey Caravans.
Having made its name in caravan manufacture for over sixty years, the Bristol firm recently confirmed the existence of the new model series, due to be launched at the NCC Motorhome and Caravan Show 2011 in October. And Caravan Times can now reveal the name of the forthcoming range: the Bailey Approach SE.
The vehicle will use an adapted version of the Alu-Tech bodyshell which Bailey introduced to its caravan ranges in 2009, and which is now used throughout its portfolio. The company partly chose the name “Approach” to reflect this new thinking behind its motorhome products, while at the same time promoting the idea of “travelling to” and “arriving at” a chosen destination.
Powered by Peugeot
For the base vehicle Bailey has chosen Peugeot to underpin its new touring range. The Boxer cab is well known in motorhome construction, and has been cited by Bailey as having a “well-deserved reputation for durability and value for money”.
And to keep the offering simple, Bailey has decided to offer a single cab for all models in the range. Working closely with Peugeot, the firm determined the most suitable engine configuration for the Approach SE, as well as the most popular range of options to include.
All vehicles will be powered by the Peugeot 2.2. Hdi engine coupled to a six-speed manual gearbox. With an output of 130bhp we believe this diesel unit is likely to be relatively forgiving at the fuel pumps, whilst still giving enough power to tour in comfort.
Comfort and protection
Bailey appear to have worked hard to ensure standard equipment levels are high. All models come complete with air conditioning and cruise control for driver comfort, while seating includes a pair of fully-adjustable front swivel seats with twin arm rests.
Safety has been the watchword for Bailey during a rigorous testing process, and potential owners will be glad to know the Approach SE is equipped with dual front air bags and an anti-lock braking system (ABS).
Bailey Approach SE: model range
Initially the Approach SE range will feature three of the most popular layouts currently offered in the motorhome market:
- Approach SE 620 – 2 berth low-line end kitchen
- Approach SE 740 – 4 berth low-line end bedroom (fixed double bed)
- Approach SE 760 – 6 berth high line end lounge
All models feature the Peugeot 2.2 Hdi 130 bhp engine complete with a six-speed manual gearbox, AL-KO AMC chassis and the Alu-Tech bodyshell as standard specification.
Finally, for additional peace of mind, a comprehensive Peugeot 3 Year/100,000 mile warranty and 12 months Peugeot Assist Cover are also included as part of the package.