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Bailey Discovery D4-3 — caravan review

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Key Features

  • Model Year : 2020
  • Class : Single Axle
  • Berths : 3
  • Internal Length (m) : 4.35
  • Shipping Length (m) : 6.11
  • MRO (kg) : 946
  • MTPLM (kg) : 1082
  • Max Width (m) : 2.23
  • External Height (m) : 2.60

The Verdict

We thought that twin-lounge/dining area caravans had disappeared into the mists of tourer evolution time. Yet this caravan brings back the once-popular layout — with twists that create a caravan with sure-fire newcomer appeal.


Bailey Caravans View more details about the manufacturer of this vehicle over in our manufacturers section.

AT A GLANCE

The Bailey Discovery D4-3 is a three-berth tourer with versatile seating areas, an MTPLM of 1,082 kg — and an optional wrap-around awning.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Model Year
2020
Manufacturer
Bailey Caravans
Class
Single Axle
Range
Discovery
Price From (£)
16999
Berths
3
Shipping Length (m)
6.11
MRO (kg)
946
MTPLM (kg)
1082
Max Width (m)
2.23
External Height (m)
2.60
End Washroom
No
Island Double
No
Fixed Singles/Bunks
No
Triple Bunks
No
End Kitchen
No
Back & Front Dinette
Yes
Side Dinette
No
Caravan Test Date
Caravan Buyer Test Date

DETAILED REVIEW

The Bailey Discovery D4-3 is a three-berth tourer with versatile seating areas, an MTPLM of 1,082 kg — and an optional wrap-around awning.

Bailey’s ultra-lightweight Discovery range is characterised by rounded rear body lines, an eye-catching exterior colour scheme involving four shades of grey — and one single central front window that arches high into the roofline.

This new, three models range is specifically designed to attract new people into caravanning. And we believe they will succeed. They look like no other caravan. They’re ultralight in weight. Plus, you can buy an air awning which wraps around the rear as well as along the side of the caravan.

Like all Bailey’s ranges, they built the Discovery range using the Alu-Tech system. This construction system involves an interlocking aluminium framework and a composite plastic internal skeleton, so no wood is used in side panels.

There’s a two-berth, a three-berth and a four-berth. The heating and hot water system is provided by Truma Combi.

All three models have extended drawbars so that a double bike rack (£349) can be fitted. It’s designed for a Thule model, available from Prima Leisure, a division of Bailey.

Prima also supplies a specially designed awning (£1,199), which wraps around the rear of the Discovery range; you can get a sleeping compartment for the portion of the awning that sits behind the caravan.

This is an air awning which has six inflation/deflation points. It’s in smart grey and black, to match the Discovery colours. It’s not only the awning rail that runs around the rear of the caravan; there’s a channel for the awning’s draught skirt, too.

The Discovery range differs from all other caravans in that they have only one front window. The D4-3 has a small window on the offside but no nearside window, yet the front area is light and bright, thanks to the height of the front window.

The D4-3 model has two seating areas. It’s a three-berth, with the double bed making up from the four-seater lounge-dining area at the rear. The front seating area makes up a wide single bed.

Showering

The shower and toilet share a compartment. A curtain wraps around a square shower area and the toilet sits on a raised area of floor so that water will confine itself largely to the shower area.

A three-shelf wall cabinet, curved shelves and two small areas under the washbasin for shampoos take care of the washing paraphernalia. There’s a towel hook on the wall and another beside the washbasin.

Dining

With two dining areas, the D4-3 provides excellent versatility. There’s a hinged snack table by the front seating. That, combined with the windowsill, creates ample room for breakfast.

If there are just two of you, the D4-3’s dining arrangement creates the option to leave the rear section in bedroom mode and eat and lounge at the front. That’s brilliant flexibility. And there’s more.

The table at the rear is wedge-shaped, to create plenty of space to move in and out of the seating on the offside. This table gives ample space for three to dine. There’s a free-standing table, too, so you can remove the wedge-shaped table from its mounting on the wall and replace it by the free-standing, four-person table. Or you could use that one outside or in an awning.

Lounging

For such a compact caravan the amount of lounge seating is phenomenal. Nice touches are the USB ports set into the bases of the spotlights with fabric pockets beneath them to place your phones.

Upholstery fabrics are plain grey, edged with pale mustard piping. Two cushions come as standard; one side is bright mustard and the other is plain grey. Top lockers are white and handleless.

Kitchen

Cooking equipment is a three-burner hob and combined oven-grill. The fridge is Dometic’s 103-litre capacity model. A surface extension hinges up over the rear seating area.

Verdict

We thought that twin-lounge/dining area caravans had disappeared into the mists of tourer evolution time. Yet this caravan brings back the once-popular layout — with twists that create a caravan with sure-fire newcomer appeal.

If you’ve never before considered caravanning, this model, of all the ones in the Discovery range is one to tempt you.

That’s because its layout is so versatile. It’s also chic, unconventional, super-light in weight and simple in styling — yet with comfortable seating. And the optional awning? That’s awesome!

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Crosland Hill
Huddersfield
West Yorkshire
HD4 5NU
http://www.lowdhams.com
info@lowdhams.com
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Lowdhams (Nottingham)


Lowdham Road
Nottingham
Nottinghamshire
NG14 7ES
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Marquis Motorhomes (Surrey)

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Bardsea Leisure

Bardsea Leisure Park
Priory Road
Ulverston
Cumbria
LA12 9QE
http://www.bardsealeisure.co.uk
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New & used tourers, statics & motorhomes. Bailey & Swift motorhomes. Service, repair, awnings, accessories. Based at Bardsea Leisure Park. Habitation service.

Blazers Caravans

Elba Crescent
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Swansea
West Glamorgan
SA1 8QQ
https://www.baileywales.com
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Campbells Caravans and Motorhomes

New and used caravans, motorhomes, awnings and accessories. Motorhome habitation service.

Chichester Caravans (Bromsgrove)


A38 Worcester Road
Bromsgrove
Worcestershire
B61 7EX
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Caravan movers. Accessories and awnings. New and used caravans.

Chichester Caravans (Chichester)

Service. Caravan movers. Accessories and awnings. New and used caravans.

Chichester Caravans (Uckfield)

Service. Caravan movers. Accessories and awnings. New and used caravans.

Chipping Sodbury Caravans


Badminton Road
Chipping Sodbury
Gloucestershire
BS37 6LH
http://www.chippingsodburycaravans.co.uk
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Bailey new caravans and motorhomes. Also used caravans and motorhomes. Accessories, awnings, finance and workshop.

Cosford Caravans and Motorhomes (Salop)


Newport Road
Wolverhampton
Staffordshire
WV7 3NA
http://www.cosfordcaravans.co.uk
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Bailey new caravans and motorhomes. New and used motorhomes and caravans. Accessory shop. Awning showroom. Caravan service & repair.

Couplands Caravans

Tattershall Way
Northolme Road
Louth
Lincolnshire
LN11 0YZ
http://www.couplandscaravans.co.uk
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Caravan new and used sales. Habitation service, repairs & accessories. Bailey, Bessacarr, Coachman, Swift caravans. Motor movers.

Cruisin’ Motorhomes Pty Ltd

2-6 berth vans for hire across Australia's east coast. Deports at Brisbane, Hobart, Launceston, Gold Coast & Sydney.

Dinmore Leisure


Hope-under-Dinmore
Leominster
Herefordshire
HR6 0PJ
https://www.dinmoreleisure.co.uk
info@dinmoreleisure.co.uk
New caravans. Base & habitation service & repairs. New motorhomes. Awnings, parts, accessories. Tents & gas bottles.

Dumfries Caravan Centre

308
Annan Road
Dumfries
Dumfries and Galloway
DG1 3JE
http://www.dumfriescaravans.com
info@dumfriescaravancentre.co.uk
New and used motorhomes and caravans. Accident/damage and bodywork repair (also mobile). Habitation service. Accessory shop.

Duncan Caravans

186
Wishaw Road
Wishaw
Lanarkshire
ML2 8ES
http://www.duncancaravans.co.uk
sales@duncancaravans.co.uk
New and used caravans. Caravan and motorhome awnings, accessories and tents. Caravan habitation service.

Dyce Caravans Ltd


Pitmedden Road
Aberdeen
Aberdeenshire
AB21 0EY
http://www.dycecaravans.co.uk
info@dycecaravans.co.uk
Caravan & motorhome storage. CaSSOA Gold award. Bailey & Swift motorhomes, new & used caravans, awnings, accessories, service & repairs. Tyron bands. Gaslow.

Ebor Leisure World


Malton Road
York
North Yorkshire
YO60 7SE
http://www.leisureworldgroup.com
mail@eborleisureworld.com
New and used caravans and motorhomes for sale. Habitation servicing.

Eglinton Caravans


Shewalton Road
Irvine
Ayrshire
KA11 5DB
http://www.eglinton-caravans.co.uk
mail@eglinton-caravans.co.uk
New and used caravans and awnings. Caravan motor movers. Finance. Storage.

Forest of Dean Caravans

Bailey & Swift caravans. New and used sales, service & supplies.

GNR Sutherland

Tourers and static sales. Accessory shop. New Bailey & Swift caravans.

Grants Caravans (Craigmills)


Strathmartine
Dundee
Angus
DD3 0PH
http://www.grantscaravans.co.uk
info@grantscaravans.co.uk
Used caravans. Accessories, habitation service and repairs.

GT Towing


Great North Road
Hatfield
Hertfordshire
AL9 5SD
http://gttowing.co.uk
sales@gttowing.co.uk
Towbars, trailers. Bailey caravans, servicing, repairs. Parts & accessories. Calor gas.

Knowepark Caravans and Motorhomes


Hardie Road
Livingston
West Lothian
EH54 8BA
http://www.kpcm.co.uk
sales@knowepark.co.uk
New and used caravans and motorhomes for sale. Habitation servicing.

Lee Davey Caravans Ltd

New and used caravans. Accessories and repairs.

Leisure Sales


Brereton Green
Sandbach
Cheshire
CW11 1SD
http://www.leisuresales.co.uk
sales@leisuresales.co.uk
Cheshire’s principal main dealer for Lunar and Bailey and Coachman caravans. Parts & accessory shop. Service centre. Caravans only.

Let's Go Motorhomes (Around Australia)

11/10
Pioneer Ave
Thornleigh
New South Wales
NA
https://www.letsgomotorhomes.com.au
reservations@letsgomotorhomes.com
Campervan hire in Australia. Offices in Brisbane & Sydney, depots across Australia.

M & M Leisure Centre (Haverhill)


Sturmer Road
Haverhill
Suffolk
CB9 7UU
http://www.mmleisure.co.uk
enquiries@mmleisure.co.uk
Bailey caravans. Accessories, service and repairs. Motor movers.

Milestone Caravans

32-34
Canterbury Road
Folkestone
Kent
CT18 7BP
http://www.milestonecaravans.co.uk
Fully stocked accessory shop.

Northam Farm Caravan Sales Ltd


South Road
Burnham-on-Sea
Somerset
TA8 2SE
http://www.northamfarm.co.uk
stay@northamfarm.co.uk
Bailey, Elddis and Xplore new caravans. Caravan sales and workshop.

Oxford Caravan Centre


Oxford Road (A418)
Thame
Oxfordshire
OX9 2LH
http://www.swindoncaravansgroup.com
sales@oxfordcaravans.com
New and used caravans. Habitation service.

Penrose Touring


Scorrier
Redruth
Cornwall
TR16 5BP
http://www.penrosetouring.co.uk
New Bailey and used caravans. Awnings, parts and accessories.

Perthshire Caravans

2016 Autocruise, Auto-Sleepers, Auto-Trail, Bailey, Bessacarr, Burstner, Elddis, Escape, Rapido, Swift new motorhomes. Caravans, holiday homes & accessories. Service & sprays.

Pioneer Caravans


Thorney Road
Peterborough
Cambridgeshire
PE6 7UB
http://www.pioneercaravans.co.uk
New Swift motorhomes. New Swift & Bailey caravans. Willerby & ABI new statics. Awnings, accessories, service & repair. Storage. CaSSOA Gold award.

Raymond James Caravans


Carlyon Road
Atherstone
Warwickshire
CV9 1JE
http://www.raymondjamescaravans.co.uk
general@raymondjamescaravans.co.uk
New and used caravans. Awnings, accessories and servicing. Motorhome habitation servicing.

Reading Caravan Centre

16a
Church Lane
Reading
Berkshire
RG7 1HB
http://www.swindoncaravansgroup.com
sales@readingcaravans.com
New and used caravans.

Ropers Leisure


Gatherley Road
Catterick
North Yorkshire
DL10 7SL
http://www.ropersleisure.co.uk
enquiries@ropersleisure.co.uk
Caravan and motorhome sales and online accessories. Caravan & motorhome habitation service & repairs.

Ryedale Caravan & Leisure Ltd


Ashby Road West
Loughborough
Leicestershire
LE12 9EF
https://www.ryedaleleisure.com
sales@ryedaleleisure.com
Bailey, Sterling & Swift new and used caravans. Awnings, accessories, habitation service & repairs,

Spinney Flintshire

76
Station Road
Deeside
Flintshire
CH5 2TE
https://www.spinney.co.uk
sales@flintshirecaravans.co.uk
New and used caravans and motorhomes. Habitation service, repairs and accessories. Dorema, Isabella, Ventura and Sunncamp awnings. Paint shop.

Spinney Staffordshire


Stonewall Place
Newcastle-under-Lyme
Staffordshire
ST5 6NR
http://www.spinney.co.uk
sales@nscaravans.co.uk
Bailey & Coachman caravans. Accessory shop, workshop - insurance, repair work, body repairs, servicing and fitting of related accessories. Auto-Trail, Bailey, Swift new motorhomes.

Stewart Longton Caravans (Chorley)


Friday Street
Chorley
Lancashire
PR6 0AH
http://www.stewartlongton.co.uk
chorley@stewartlongton.co.uk
New and used caravans. Well stocked accessory shop. Servicing & repairs. Previously Swift limited edition Safari range.

Stowford Leisure (Devon)


Berry Down
Combe Martin
Devon
EX34 0PW
http://stowfordcaravancentre.co.uk
devon@stowfordleisure.co.uk
Storage. CaSSOA Gold award. Caravan sales, holiday home sales. Awning display and accessory shop. New Bailey caravans & Elddis Stowford. Also touring park, and campervan converter. Branch in Wales.

Stowford Leisure (Wales)


Ely Valley Road
Porth
Mid Glamorgan
CF39 8FP
https://stowfordsouthwales.co.uk
wales@stowfordleisure.co.uk
Caravan centre and accessory shop. Bailey motorhomes & caravans.

Sunnyhaven Caravan Distribution Ltd


Gorseinon Road
Swansea
West Glamorgan
SA4 9GE
https://www.baileywales.com
Bailey new and used caravans and accessory shop. BP Gaslight. Motor movers.

Swindon Caravan Centre


Greatfield
Swindon
Wiltshire
SN4 8EQ
http://www.swindoncaravansgroup.com
sales@swindoncaravans.com
Bailey, Lunar, Sprite, Sterling and Swift caravans. Also used caravans, hire, camping and accessory superstore, workshop facilities.

Teesside Caravans


Teesside Industrial Estate
Stockton-on-Tees
Co Durham
TS17 9JZ
http://www.teessidecaravans.co.uk
admin@teessidewarehousing.co.uk
Caravan & motorhome storage. CaSSOA Gold award. New and used caravans. Used motorhome sales and habitation servicing. Tyron bands.

The Motorhome Showroom

Crusader Park
Bath Road
Warminster
Wiltshire
BA12 8BT
http://themotorhomeshowroom.co.uk
info@themotorhomeshowroom.co.uk
New and used motorhomes. Service centre, MoTs, accessory shop. Redline campervans. McLouis dealer. Base & habitation service.

Venture Caravans (Daventry)

Toll House
Watling Street
Watford Gap
Northamptonshire
NN6 7UJ
http://www.venture-caravans.com
daventry@venture-caravans.com
Adria, Bailey new caravans. Bailey and Elddis new motorhomes. Base & habitation service and MoT. Awnings and accessories.

Wandahome (Knottingley) Ltd


Great North Road
Knottingley
West Yorkshire
WF11 0AE
http://www.wandahome.co.uk
sales@wandahome.co.uk
Bailey, Coachman and Elddis special edition caravans. Also used caravans, awnings. Caravan service.

Wandahome South Cave Ltd


Brough Road
Brough
East Yorkshire
HU15 2DB
http://www.wandahome.online
wandahome@email.wandahome.online
Roller Team, Swift new motorhomes. Buccaneer, Bailey, Coachman, Elddis, Sprite, Swift, Xplore new caravans. NCC approved workshops. Gold storage.

White Arches Caravans


Wellingborough Road
Rushden
Northamptonshire
NN10 6AY
http://white-arches.co.uk
info@white-arches.co.uk
New and used caravans. Awnings and accessories. Bailey, Coachman, Swift new caravans. 12 bay workshop. Finance. Accessories.

Winchester Caravans & Motorhomes

Clayfield Park
Main Road
Winchester
Hampshire
SO21 1TD
http://www.winchestercaravans.com
sales@winchestercaravans.com
Bailey and Swift new and used. Service. Caravan movers. Accessories and awnings. Finance available.

Yorkshire Coast Caravans


Lancaster Road
Bridlington
East Yorkshire
YO15 3QY
http://www.yorkshirecoastcaravans.co.uk
info@yorkshirecoastcaravans.co.uk
Bailey, Coachman, Swift new caravans. Used motorhomes. Static sales. Workshop. Habitation service. Finance and accessories. Mobile caravan service offered.