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Bailey Unicorn Pamplona - caravan review

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Key Features

  • Model Year : 2017
  • Class : Twin Axle
  • Berths : 4
  • Internal Length (m) : 6.38
  • Shipping Length (m) : 7.92
  • MRO (kg) : 1554
  • MTPLM (kg) : 1714
  • Max Width (m) : 2.28
  • External Height (m) : 2.61

The Verdict

If you like your caravans big, look at the Pamplona. If Alde heating and a water tank are musts, that box gets a tick, too. If you like ample space in which to shower and dress, the Pamplona has that in spades. And if you enjoy caravan cooking, this kitchen will meet your expectations.

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AT A GLANCE

This Bailey Unicorn Pamplona is a new rear island bed tourer which has a central en-suite shower room, a 190-litre fridge-freezer and an inboard water tank

Pros
  • The 190-litre fridge-freezer
  • The long lounge
  • The easy-access under-bed storage area
  • The ample kitchen surface
Cons
  • The bed will be too short for tall buyers

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Model Year
2017
Manufacturer
Bailey Caravans
Class
Twin Axle
Range
Unicorn
Price From (£)
24999
Berths
4
Shipping Length (m)
7.92
MRO (kg)
1554
MTPLM (kg)
1714
Max Width (m)
2.28
External Height (m)
2.61
End Washroom
No
Island Double
Yes
Fixed Singles/Bunks
No
Triple Bunks
No
End Kitchen
No
Back & Front Dinette
No
Side Dinette
No
Caravan Test Date
Caravan Buyer Test Date

DETAILED REVIEW

This Bailey Unicorn Pamplona is a new rear island bed tourer which has a central en-suite shower room, a 190-litre fridge-freezer and an inboard water tank.

Until October last year, Bailey was the only manufacturer who didn't offer the in-vogue, open-plan, central, en-suite shower room layout. Now, two new models have arrived in the Unicorn portfolio, to change that. They bring the number of models in this hugely successful range to 10.

And, just as Coachman, the inventor of this layout in 2014, did, Bailey has launched both a single and twin axle version of it. The twin-axle Pamplona has some key advantages over its shorter cousin, the Cabrera – other than the enhanced tow stability factor of four lumps of rubber on the road, of course.

The lounge is around 30cm longer, which means six can sit in comfort here. The fridge-freezer is larger the previous version. The capacity is a massive 190 litres, compared to the 133-litre fridge in the Cabrera. The central washroom is 25cm longer.

Sadly, the bed isn’t longer, though, at 1.77m. But, although Bailey didn't design the Cabrera and Pamplona for six-feet-tall buyers, they have enormous appeal to those for whom the bed is long enough, as we discovered during our review week.

Unicorns have the silent, warmth efficiency of Alde heating, plus 40-litre onboard water tanks, so they’re suitable for year-round caravanning. And they have some features found in no other caravans. Among them are the slightly angled backrests.

They’re not just shaped to give good back support (and they do); Bailey designed them for enhanced heating efficiency; warmth from the Alde radiators rises from behind the backrests.

All models in this range have a unique little feature: concealed storage recesses that reach into the forward bodyline, hiding behind the armrests.

Bailey’s thinking is that these are perfect for items such as wallets, keys and phones that you may want to keep out of sight when you leave the caravan with the blinds open. For us, though, they’re simply additional storage places; the more storage you have, the tidier your caravan stays!

Unicorns have unique design front windows; the central one reaches high up into through roof line (we love these). And they also have stable-style, two-part doors. We love these, too

There’s another feature of the Pamplona which we love. It’s the shoe cabinet right beside the door; a hatch leads into the storage space under the offside settee. So, no risk of footwear obstacles in the doorway – and there are two coat hooks to the right of the door. Superbly convenient!

Showering

The showering arrangements are superbly practical, too. Regarding floor space, this shower room is up there with the biggest you find. The shower is on the nearside and the loo on the offside, like most rear shower room models.

But there the similarity stops. Doors lead into the bedroom from both the shower and toilet areas; these doors slide into a central wall unit with the washbasin on one side and, on the bedroom side, a TV station.

Three cabinets hide away the washing necessities; one is under the sink, one is on the offside wall, and there’s also a small, two-shelf unit. There’s also a storage device that’s a Bailey hallmark: a linen bag suspended on four hooks under the hinged lid of a cabinet.

You could cram an awful lot of clothes you are waiting to wash in here, and that's its purpose. But we've found an even more practical use for this feature.

There's a linen bag of the same design in our long-term-test rear shower room Barcelona, and we use it for bulky items such as clean towels, rolled up, so they take up little space, and packs of toilet rolls.

We can’t help but draw comparisons with the Barcelona, as will many potential buyers. Bearing in mind the two Chapmen in my family are sizeable guys, the circular shower in the Pamplona is not as spacious as the rectangular one in the Barcelona.

It's something to consider when you are making sure the caravan you are looking to buy fits all the people who will be using it.

 

Sleeping

…And on that subject, unfortunately, the Pamplona's bed is only 1.77m long (hence only a C rating) That’s only just long enough for your reviewer; my feet are against the bulkhead, and I’m no miniature at 5ft 7in.

That apart, the bedroom is lovely, there’s a socket for phone charging on one side of the bed and a shelf forward of the wardrobe for the phone. On the other side is a switch which operates all of the bedroom lights, in the perfect place.

Storage A

The wardrobes each provide 34cm of hanging width. The usual array of overhead cabinets, plus shoe cupboards under the wardrobe, give you enough space. The best storage asset, though is under the bed. And this is probably the most convenient under-bed box we’ve yet to see. Why? There is only one piece of cross-framework and, because of its position fairly far to the rear, it won’t impede loading large folding chairs. And you can reach both sides of the bed easily.

There’s a star storage design in the front, too. The offside under-settee space is accessible from the outside (as well as by lifting the top). And of course the other entrance to this locker is directly alongside the door; you can take off your shoes on the mat and put them straight in here out of the way! Another brilliantly convenient feature of the Pamplona.

Dining

The dining table lives in its cabinet aft of the fridge; the description ‘convenient’ is appropriate yet again. Even though the pull-out table above the lounge chest of drawers is suitable for breakfasts, quick lunches and even simple dinners, you’d get the main table out more often in a Pamplona than in many other caravans just because it’s easy, and you store it near to where you use it.

 

Lounging

At 1.69m (nearside) and 1.79m (offside), the Pamplona’s settees are perfect for feet up relaxing. Chunky armrests at the rear ends of the sofas, lower armrests that fit neatly into recesses in the front chest arrangement, plus four well-filled cushions ensure comfort is guaranteed.

Our review example has the Trafalgar fabrics scheme option, involving prominent dark brown imitation leather along the tops of the backrests. Fabrics are all a matter of personal preference, of course – and we think the standard mauve-and-cream fabric scheme is 100% more appealing.

Kitchen

The kitchen’s biggest asset is its 190-litre fridge. That feature, alone, may well be a factor in swaying you towards a Pamplona rather than the shorter, similar-layout Cabrera.

The cook gets a generous 1.2m of surface length. Even when the circular drainer is in position, there's ample space, chiefly because of the shape of the kitchen. It's almost L-shaped, jutting forward over the dual-purpose unit beneath. The curved door opens into four shelf spaces. The second purpose of this unit is on the outside, to house gas cylinders, positioned close to the axles for minimum influence on nose weight. (Unicorns don't have front lockers; Bailey designed the plastic-lined nearside locker for loo chemicals and other stuff that you might otherwise store in a front locker.)

Towing

At 1714kg MTPLM this is one twin-axle caravan that proves you don’t have to tow with a top-weight beast of a car.

We ventured out among the lanes of South Lincolnshire, through Grantham (some quite tight corners) and onto the A1 for the Pamplona’s test tow. No surprise that it towed like a dream. One to consider if you're looking for a caravan for long-haul, cross-continental holidays for which lots of living and storage space plus the smooth and safe towing characteristics of twin axles reinforced by ATC sway control are ideal.

Options to go for

Bedding set to match the lounge upholstery, at £209

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Nottingham
Nottinghamshire
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Surrey
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Ulverston
Cumbria
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Blazers Caravans

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


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

Chichester Caravans (Bromsgrove)


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Chichester Caravans (Chichester)


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

Chichester Caravans (Uckfield)


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Uckfield
East Sussex
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Service. Caravan movers. Accessories and awnings. New and used caravans.

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Chipping Sodbury
Gloucestershire
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Bailey new caravans and motorhomes. Also used caravans and motorhomes. Accessories, awnings, finance and workshop.

Cosford Caravans and Motorhomes (Salop)


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Wolverhampton
Staffordshire
WV7 3NA
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Cambridge
Tasmania
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2-6 berth vans for hire across Australia's east coast. Deports at Brisbane, Hobart, Launceston, Gold Coast & Sydney.

Dinmore Leisure


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Leominster
Herefordshire
HR6 0PJ
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[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
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New and used motorhomes and caravans. Accident/damage and bodywork repair (also mobile). Habitation service. Accessory shop.

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New and used caravans. Caravan and motorhome awnings, accessories and tents. Caravan habitation service.

Dyce Caravans Ltd


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Aberdeen
Aberdeenshire
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Caravan & motorhome storage. CaSSOA Gold award. Bailey & Swift motorhomes, new & used caravans, awnings, accessories, service & repairs. Tyron bands. Gaslow.

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York
North Yorkshire
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New and used caravans and motorhomes for sale. Habitation servicing.

Eglinton Caravans


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Irvine
Ayrshire
KA11 5DB
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New and used caravans and awnings. Caravan motor movers. Finance. Storage.

Forest of Dean Caravans


Parkend
Lydney
Gloucestershire
GL15 4JN
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Bailey & Swift caravans. New and used sales, service & supplies.

GNR Sutherland


Edderton
Nr Tain
Highland
IV19 1JY
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[email protected]
Tourers and static sales. Accessory shop. New Bailey & Swift caravans.

Grants Caravans (Craigmills)


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Dundee
Angus
DD3 0PH
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Used caravans. Accessories, habitation service and repairs.

GT Towing


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Hatfield
Hertfordshire
AL9 5SD
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Livingston
West Lothian
EH54 8BA
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New and used caravans and motorhomes for sale. Habitation servicing.

Lee Davey Caravans Ltd


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Maidstone
Kent
ME17 1HN
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New and used caravans. Accessories and repairs.

Leisure Sales


Brereton Green
Sandbach
Cheshire
CW11 1SD
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Cheshire’s principal main dealer for Lunar and Bailey and Coachman caravans. Parts & accessory shop. Service centre. Caravans only.

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11/10
Pioneer Ave
Thornleigh
New South Wales
NA
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[email protected]
Campervan hire in Australia. Offices in Brisbane & Sydney, depots across Australia.

M & M Leisure Centre (Haverhill)


Sturmer Road
Haverhill
Suffolk
CB9 7UU
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Bailey caravans. Accessories, service and repairs. Motor movers.

Milestone Caravans

32-34
Canterbury Road
Folkestone
Kent
CT18 7BP
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Fully stocked accessory shop.

Northam Farm Caravan Sales Ltd


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Burnham-on-Sea
Somerset
TA8 2SE
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[email protected]
New and used caravans. Caravan sales and workshop.

Oxford Caravan Centre


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

Penrose Touring


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Redruth
Cornwall
TR16 5BP
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Perthshire Caravans


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Perth
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Pioneer Caravans


Thorney Road
Peterborough
Cambridgeshire
PE6 7UB
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Raymond James Caravans


Carlyon Road
Atherstone
Warwickshire
CV9 1JE
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New and used caravans. Awnings, accessories and servicing. Motorhome habitation servicing.

Reading Caravan Centre

16a
Church Lane
Reading
Berkshire
RG7 1HB
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New and used caravans.

Ropers Leisure


Gatherley Road
Catterick
North Yorkshire
DL10 7SL
http://www.ropersleisure.co.uk
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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]
Bailey, Sterling & Swift new and used caravans. Awnings, accessories, habitation service & repairs,

Spinney Flintshire

76
Station Road
Deeside
Flintshire
CH5 2TE
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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
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[email protected]
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Stewart Longton Caravans (Chorley)


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Chorley
Lancashire
PR6 0AH
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[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
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Swindon Caravan Centre


Greatfield
Swindon
Wiltshire
SN4 8EQ
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[email protected]
New caravans. Also used caravans, hire, camping and accessory superstore, workshop facilities.

Teesside Caravans


Teesside Industrial Estate
Stockton-on-Tees
Co Durham
TS17 9JZ
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[email protected]
Caravan & motorhome storage. CaSSOA Gold award. New and used caravans. Used motorhome sales and habitation servicing. Tyron bands.

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Crusader Park
Bath Road
Warminster
Wiltshire
BA12 8BT
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[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
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[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]
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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.

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Clayfield Park
Main Road
Winchester
Hampshire
SO21 1TD
http://www.winchestercaravans.com
[email protected]
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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.