New Bailey caravans for sale for 2016
The Pegasus caravan range gets big changes for 2016, with four new layouts and a unique lounge-bed construction
Weight, price and upholstery construction all change in the Pegasus range of caravans for sale for the new model year.
Exterior looks are closer to Unicorns, with a change from cream to white, and the big, bold graphics incorporating the Bailey ‘B’ along the sides. Interior furnishings look more like Unicorns, too, with part-gloss locker doors and pale fawn ‘Italian stone’ kitchen surfaces, with hinged extensions.
Dual fuel hobs are introduced. Kitchen windows are larger. And some models have the new, tall Dometic 133-litre fridge-freezer.
Standard fabric, called Richmond, is a pale fawn, teamed with curtains and cushions in a red pattern. An option, at £199, is the Belvoir fabric scheme, with darker seating cushions.
The seat sections fold out, to make the mattress. The backrests don’t form part of the bed, and two of the four can be used as pillows. These backrests are higher, closer to the height you’d find in a domestic settee, and they’re shaped to support both back and shoulders.
Unique to Bailey, the DreamSleep settee-bed sections are made from high quality, dense foam, with fibres that are aligned vertically. The density of the foam has enabled the seating to be reduced slightly in depth.
The DreamSleep construction method, made in Derbyshire by caravan upholstery maker, Belfield, is also used for Pegasus mattresses, where a honeycore foam is used. Peter Leavy, Belfield’s general manager, explains: “Honeycore reacts like a pocket-sprung mattress, allowing it to compress while also giving comfort. It also prevents moisture retention.”
The test specifies a caravan must warm up from -15ºC to +15ºC in four hours. When a Pegasus Verona was tested for Grade III certification in the Truma Climate Centre cold chamber, the temperature rose to 15ºC in 64 minutes.
Martin Fitzpatrick, managing director of Truma UK, explained to Caravan magazine that this was the fastest warm-up time achieved so far by a caravan “by a significant margin.” He added: “We haven’t had a caravan of comparable size warm up in less than two hours, other than the Verona.”
The Combi 6 E uses both gas and mains power; gas gets you a rapid warm-up and then the system switches automatically to electricity to maintain the temperature you have selected.
All ducting on Pegasus models is inside. Bailey has fitted this system to heat the three zones of each layout evenly, with specific ducting to washrooms, bed areas and lounges.
An optional extra iNet box, available from October, will enable you to control the Combi 6 E from your phone or tablet. Within eight metres of the caravan it works with Bluetooth; for use beyond that range, you insert a SIM card into the iNet box. That gives you the ability to control the heating from up to seven phones or tablets.
The cost of the iNet box will be £250; it can be fitted in less than an hour by Bailey retailers.
Weight and price
Three new layouts are introduced. These are the Modena, with a fixed bed; the Brindisi with a transverse island bed; and the Palermo, a twin-axle five-berth with bunk beds.
The Ancona gets a completely new layout, with a full-width shower room and bunks, plus a dining area in the centre of the caravan.
The new Bailey caravans for the 2016 touring season
NEW MODEL: Modena
This model has a large split-level dresser opposite the kitchen, and a tower-style fridge-freezer with a microwave above it.
NEW MODEL: Brindisi
NEW MODEL: Palermo
NEW LAYOUT: Ancona
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