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Bailey Pegasus Grande Palermo - caravan review

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Key Features

  • Model Year : 2019
  • Class : Twin Axle
  • Berths : 6
  • Internal Length (m) : 6.33
  • Shipping Length (m) : 7.86
  • MRO (kg) : 1513
  • MTPLM (kg) : 1692
  • Max Width (m) : 2.45
  • External Height (m) : 2.58

The Verdict

With practicalities including six sockets and four USB ports set into the bases of spotlights, a big wardrobe, three brilliantly designed seating areas and a feeling of space in all areas, the Grande Palermo is a strong contender in the six-berth market.

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AT A GLANCE

The Bailey Pegasus Grande Palermo is a new model with three dining areas – and a uniquely-designed table with hinged sides.

Pros
  • The ‘Grande’ width!
  • Three dining areas
  • The double hob cover
  • Exterior access to the area under the bunks
Cons
  • More towel hooks will be needed by most buyers

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Model Year
2019
Manufacturer
Bailey Caravans
Class
Twin Axle
Range
Pegasus
Price From (£)
24499
Berths
6
Shipping Length (m)
7.86
MRO (kg)
1513
MTPLM (kg)
1692
Max Width (m)
2.45
External Height (m)
2.58
End Washroom
Yes
Island Double
No
Fixed Singles/Bunks
Yes
Triple Bunks
No
End Kitchen
No
Back & Front Dinette
No
Side Dinette
Yes
Caravan Test Date
Caravan Buyer Test Date

DETAILED REVIEW

The Bailey Pegasus Grande Palermo is a new model with three dining areas – and a uniquely-designed table with hinged sides.

The Palermo gets a new layout for 2019 – and a new width. It still has bunks. And it still has parallel lounge seating. But almost every other aspect of this six-berth has changed. It's bigger – and it's better.

This is how and why: the new Pegasus Grande Palermo is eight feet wide; it's one of six models in the new Pegasus Grande range. The extra width opens up new layout possibilities; configurations that aren't possible in a standard-width caravan, which has enabled the new Palermo to have a much more versatile layout than the previous model.

The Grande Palermo has a wide, four-seater dining area amidships. It also has a tiny dining area at the rear – for tiny caravanners, alongside their bunk beds. The shower room is on the offside, longitudinally aligned.

This layout is broadly like the layout first seen in Elddis and Compass caravans in 2017; now, it has had time to prove its popularity among families looking for a caravan with plenty of space in all areas.

While there are similarities with other maximum-width six-berths, the Grande Palermo has a character all its own and two practical dining features. One is the size of the table which sits between the parallel seat units and clips to the wall on the offside. It's a generous 1.1m by 82cm.

The other is the design of the freestanding dining table. It has hinged flaps at each side, which means it's easy to manoeuvre in and out of its stow-away position with the flaps hinged up, and expands, to take advantage of the extra width of the caravan, with the flaps hinged down. This is a table design unique to Bailey – and it's been seen before.

In 2008, hinged-side tables of a similar design were in Pegasus models – and then disappeared. It's good to see this brilliantly simple and practical idea reintroduced.

The Pegasus Grande Palermo has the Truma Combi 6kW heating system. It's equipped with AL-KO's ATC stability control system as standard. And it has a feature which appears also in Bailey's Unicorn range: a shoe cabinet just inside the door.

That avoids six pairs of footwear forming a trip hazard in the entrance to the caravan! Another nice feature is the wide shelf above the door, perfect for keys, a torch and other small stuff.

Showering

Floor space in the 'little room' is 88cm at its widest point, marginally smaller than the size you'd expect to find in a full-width rear shower room. The shower is bigger than many, though, at 86cm wide and 62cm deep.

Walking to the shower around the loo is a little tight but we reckon most people would soon get used to that. The basin is rather small, at 28cm in diameter, but fine for hand washing and teeth cleaning.

There is one towel loop and two hooks; assuming each person has their own towel, most buyers will want to have more hooks fitted.

Sleeping

The double bed created in the dining area is 1.98m long and 1.13m wide. The table forms the centre section of the base. In the lounge, the bed is larger, at just over 2m long and 1.46m wide. Alternatively, you can use the lounge sofas as single beds; they're 1.87m long. The bunks are 1.89m long.

So, beds for six, or, if four are aboard, two have the bunks and parents can make their bed either in the lounge or the dining area, leaving the other area permanently in daytime mode.

That's brilliant flexibility!

Storage

With six top lockers including the capacious triangular ones at the front corners, the t-shirt and socks type of paraphernalia is amply catered for. The wardrobe gives you a generous 79cm of hanging width and three shelf spaces of the same width beneath. That's more than enough for everyone's footwear plus other stuff.

The storage boxes under the lounge seating don't have front apertures. The slatted lids have spring hinges but they only self-support when you take off both the backrests and the base seating

access to the nearside storage area but it lacks the plastic tray fitted to Unicorns; that's there to keep potentially dirty items including the mains power cable and your chocks away from other stuff. Palermo buyers would want to get around that problem by buying a mat of some sort.

There's a vast area under the lower bunk, as you'd expect, and, with an exterior access hatch, this is a particularly useful area.

To open the boxes under the dining area you have to remove the upholstery which, as in the lounge, is a little tedious because people will have to move out of the way. In this layout, with duvets and pillows for two double beds to hide away, these are key storage areas. So, there's plenty of storage space but not all of it has instant and easy access.

Dining

Straight away, it's an A-star rating for the Grande Palermo here, with three well-designed dining areas. Tiny tots have their own little dining table (with a mains socket nearby); bigger caravanners have two spacious dining options.

There's the 1.1m by 82cm central 'dining room' table, plus the brilliantly designed table with hinged sections on each side which sits between the lounge seats. This table fits easily into swivel clips inside the wardrobe.

Lounging

The lounge feels self-contained and separate from the dining area, and so spacious. The warm sunset orange hues of the cushions inject a welcoming, homely look.

In this layout the extra width doesn't just mean more lounge floor space, it means a wider chest of two drawers; 88cm wide, to be precise. It also means a wider occasional table; it's 84cm wide. The Palermo's lounge is simply delightful.

Kitchen

The fridge is the 145-litre capacity model with a good-sized freezer (25cm deep). The microwave is above it, at a height which most people will find convenient. Storage is fine, with top lockers stretching the width of the kitchen (1.25m), a 72cm-wide lower cabinet and a deep drawer of the same width above it.

In addition, on the other side of the fridge, there's a 20cm-wide, three-shelf cabinet, plus a locker above the microwave.

Bailey's double hob cover design (now in all three of its ranges) gives you a glass lid plus a top surface that matches the work surface.

Its purpose is to give you extra surface space before you start to cook – and it also keeps the kitchen looking neat and tidy. With the hob in use, surface space is limited to 33cm of width aft of the sink. That doesn't sound much but, when you consider there's a large table just behind you, we reckon this kitchen would be up to the task of creating meals for six.

Towing

Our Grande Palermo was a prototype and still confined to the Bailey factory at the time of our review so we weren't able to give it a road test.

We're pleased to see ATC stability control is a standard feature on all Pegasus Grande models.

With an extra-wide wheelbase and four chunks of rubber to keep you firmly planted on the road, we expect this to tow possibly even better than its standard-width Unicorn six-berth equivalent, the Segovia, which was a star performer on its road test. We're sure to get the opportunity to road test one of these superb models; watch this space!

Verdict

With practicalities including six sockets and four USB ports set into the bases of spotlights, a big wardrobe, three brilliantly designed seating areas and a feeling of space in all areas, the Grande Palermo is a strong contender in the six-berth market.

The arrival of this model and its three twin-axle siblings brings the number of six-berth, twin-axle caravans on the British market to 16. Only eight of them are under 1700kg. And only three of them are eight feet wide. So the Grande Palermo's arrival must be regarded as big news in terms of caravan choice.

Lowdhams (Huddersfield)


Crosland Hill
Huddersfield
West Yorkshire
HD4 5NU
http://www.lowdhams.com
[email protected]
New Bailey, Chausson, Compass, Dethleffs, Hymer, HymerCar, Sunlight and Swift motorhomes. New Airstream, Eriba, Bailey, and Swift caravans. Also used, base & habitation service, finance, accessories.

Lowdhams (Nottingham)


Lowdham Road
Nottingham
Nottinghamshire
NG14 7ES
http://www.lowdhams.com
[email protected]
New Bailey, Chausson, Compass, Dethleffs, Hymer, HymerCar, Sunlight and Swift motorhomes. New Airstream, Eriba, Bailey, and Swift caravans. Also used, base & habitation service, finance, accessories.

Marquis Motorhomes (Surrey)


Station Approach
Guildford
Surrey
GU5 9NX
https://www.marquisleisure.co.uk/locations/surrey
[email protected]
Adria, Auto-Sleepers, Auto-Trail, Benimar, Elddis, Majestic, Mobilvetta, Randger new motorhomes. Habitation service, finance.

Bardsea Leisure

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

Blazers Caravans

Elba Crescent
Crymlyn Burrows
Swansea
West Glamorgan
SA1 8QQ
https://www.baileywales.com
Bailey new and used caravans and accessory shop. BP Gas Light. Motor movers.

Campbells Caravans and Motorhomes


Watkin Lane
Preston
Lancashire
PR5 5RD
http://www.campbellscaravans.co.uk
[email protected]
New and used caravans, motorhomes, awnings and accessories. Motorhome habitation service.

Chichester Caravans (Bromsgrove)


A38 Worcester Road
Bromsgrove
Worcestershire
B61 7EX
http://www.chichester-caravans.co.uk
[email protected]
Caravan movers. Accessories and awnings. New and used caravans.

Chichester Caravans (Chichester)


Main Road
Chichester
West Sussex
PO18 8RL
http://www.chichester-caravans.co.uk
[email protected]
Service. Caravan movers. Accessories and awnings. New and used caravans.

Chichester Caravans (Uckfield)


London Road
Uckfield
East Sussex
TN22 2EA
http://www.chichester-caravans.co.uk
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
Caravan new and used sales. Habitation service, repairs & accessories. Bailey, Bessacarr, Coachman, Swift caravans. Motor movers.

Cruisin’ Motorhomes Pty Ltd

3
Runway Place
Cambridge
Tasmania
NA
http://www.cruisinmotorhomes.com.au
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
New and used caravans and motorhomes for sale. Habitation servicing.

Eglinton Caravans


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

Forest of Dean Caravans


Parkend
Lydney
Gloucestershire
GL15 4JN
http://www.forestofdeancaravans.co.uk
[email protected]
Bailey & Swift caravans. New and used sales, service & supplies.

GNR Sutherland


Edderton
Nr Tain
Highland
IV19 1JY
http://www.sutherlandcaravans.co.uk
[email protected]
Tourers and static sales. Accessory shop. New Bailey & Swift caravans.

Grants Caravans (Craigmills)


Strathmartine
Dundee
Angus
DD3 0PH
http://www.grantscaravans.co.uk
[email protected]
Used caravans. Accessories, habitation service and repairs.

GT Towing


Great North Road
Hatfield
Hertfordshire
AL9 5SD
http://gttowing.co.uk
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
New and used caravans and motorhomes for sale. Habitation servicing.

Lee Davey Caravans Ltd


A20 East Street
Maidstone
Kent
ME17 1HN
http://www.leedaveycaravans.co.uk
[email protected]
New and used caravans. Accessories and repairs.

Leisure Sales


Brereton Green
Sandbach
Cheshire
CW11 1SD
http://www.leisuresales.co.uk
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
Bailey, Elddis and Xplore new caravans. Caravan sales and workshop.

Oxford Caravan Centre


Oxford Road (A418)
Thame
Oxfordshire
OX9 2LH
http://www.swindoncaravansgroup.com
[email protected]
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


Dundee Road
Perth
Perth and Kinross
PH2 7SR
http://www.perthshire-caravans.co.uk
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
New and used caravans.

Ropers Leisure


Gatherley Road
Catterick
North Yorkshire
DL10 7SL
http://www.ropersleisure.co.uk
[email protected]
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
[email protected]m
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
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
Bailey, Coachman, Swift new caravans. Used motorhomes. Static sales. Workshop. Habitation service. Finance and accessories. Mobile caravan service offered.