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Caravan review: Bailey Phoenix + 640

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Key Features

  • Model Year : 2021
  • Class : Single Axle
  • Berths : 4
  • Internal Length (m) : 5.84
  • Shipping Length (m) : 7.37
  • MRO (kg) : 1240
  • MTPLM (kg) : 1395
  • Max Width (m) : 2.21
  • External Height (m) : 2.62

The Verdict

The Phoenix+ is an eye-catching caravan with grey sides and two bold sweeps of purple and grey graphics. They set the tone for an impressively stylish tourer that packs a punch in terms of value and lightweight appeal. There’s nothing ‘budget’ about this caravan’s looks. With first-rate kitchen storage, a lovely luxuriously secluded bedroom and en suite that closes off completely from the rest of the caravan, this is a charming and proven layout very well executed.


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

AT A GLANCE

Price from: £19,999 (plus £565 delivery) Berths: 4 Length – Body: 5.84m, Overall: 7.36m Width: 2.21m Headroom: 1.96m Heating system: Truma Weight – MIRO: 1,257kg, MTPLM: 1,411kg

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Model Year
2021
Manufacturer
Bailey Caravans
Class
Single Axle
Range
Phoenix+
Price From (£)
19999
Berths
4
Shipping Length (m)
7.37
MRO (kg)
1240
MTPLM (kg)
1395
Max Width (m)
2.21
External Height (m)
2.62
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

Words: Val Chapman Photos: Richard Chapman

 

Comfort, affordability, lightweight, versatility… These are Bailey’s key words to introduce the new-for-2021 Phoenix+ caravan range. This bright new caravan range is clearly designed to appeal to buyers taking their first venture into touring; all six models are under £20,000, and all come in well under 1,500kg MTPLM.

If your preference is for a caravan with a double bed, the Phoenix+ range has that covered twice, with a model in which the bed is aligned across the caravan, with the showering arrangements behind it, and another with the bed at the rear and the washing department amidships. That’s our review caravan, the 640.

One of the first retailers to receive the Phoenix+ range was Campbells Caravans at Lostock Hall, Preston – and Caravan magazine was there the day after the 640’s arrival to take a detailed look for you.

 

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First impressions? A super-modern fabric scheme; soft greys with purple accents are a stunning combination.

Tthe layout is proven, practical and with a gorgeously secluded rear bedroom. At 1.89m long, the bed will suit most statures. The usual twin wardrobe arrangement, each with 32cm of hanging width and cabinets underneath, plus overbed lockers, offers a reasonable amount of storage space.

There’s a little dressing table on the offside and, on the nearside, something that, for us, puts this bedroom in the top bracket in terms of practicality. It’s a triangular table, large enough for iPads and even a small laptop, with a mains power socket perfectly placed for charging.

So, we’ll call it the charging table… We fell in love with this arrangement last year during our time with a long-term-test Bailey Pegasus Grande Messina and we’re delighted to see it replicated in the new 640, which is a shorter, narrower version of the Messina.

So, if you fancy a Messina bedroom but would rather have a lighter caravan that’s also £5,900 cheaper, the Bailey Phoenix + 640 provides that. The showering-washing arrangements are pretty similar to those in the Messina, too; just a little more confined. But all you need is here – shower on the nearside, toilet and washbasin on the offside and a door to close off the entire en suite and bedroom area from the kitchen.

The kitchen in the Bailey Phoenix + 640 excels on storage, with a 73cm-wide double-doored cabinet and a deep drawer above it, plus two deep overhead lockers (with soft-close mechanisms), and opposite, in the dresser that houses the fridge and microwave, an additional top locker. Two power points are in the main kitchen area and a third, together with TV connections, is by the fridge.

The sink is a good size at 36cm in diameter and working surface around it is more than adequate. We love Bailey’s double hob covers, with a top that matches the work surface to hinge down over the glass top, to create extra work surface before you cook.

The lounge settees are a generous 1.81m long, which means you can use them as single beds (or make up a double which measures 1.88m by 1.4m). These settees have a noticeably comfortable feel, with good-sized knee rolls. Interestingly, the base cushions are fully sprung.

After a few years of absence, sprung upholstery is creeping back into fashion; Bailey even uses it in its entry-level, ultra-lightweight Discovery range, and Coachman also puts springs in its seating.

When you convert the lounge into a dining room you need to raise the bed to get out the table. It sits on a frame that keeps it above the underbed storage area. Tables under beds can draw adverse comment in terms of convenience but this is one arrangement that creates no problem for us.

So, a super package with value written right through it. What more could you want? Well, for our money, the option of the ATC stability control system would be £514 well spent.

And if you want your 640 to look show-caravan perfect, you could get Bailey’s bedding set, which coordinates with the lounge fabrics, at £229.

 

Our thanks to review location: Campbells Caravans, Lostock Hall, Preston

 

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West Yorkshire
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Nottingham
Nottinghamshire
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Bardsea Leisure

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Priory Road
Ulverston
Cumbria
LA12 9QE
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Blazers Caravans

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Swansea
West Glamorgan
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Campbells Caravans and Motorhomes

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

Chichester Caravans (Bromsgrove)


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Bromsgrove
Worcestershire
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Chipping Sodbury Caravans


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Chipping Sodbury
Gloucestershire
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Cosford Caravans and Motorhomes (Salop)


Newport Road
Wolverhampton
Staffordshire
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Bailey new caravans and motorhomes. New and used motorhomes and caravans. Accessory shop. Awning showroom. Caravan service & repair.

Couplands Caravans

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Northolme Road
Louth
Lincolnshire
LN11 0YZ
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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
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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.

Duncan Caravans

186
Wishaw Road
Wishaw
Lanarkshire
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New and used caravans. Caravan and motorhome awnings, accessories and tents. Caravan habitation service.

Dyce Caravans Ltd


Pitmedden Road
Aberdeen
Aberdeenshire
AB21 0EY
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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
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New and used caravans and motorhomes for sale. Habitation servicing.

Eglinton Caravans


Shewalton Road
Irvine
Ayrshire
KA11 5DB
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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
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Used caravans. Accessories, habitation service and repairs.

GT Towing


Great North Road
Hatfield
Hertfordshire
AL9 5SD
http://gttowing.co.uk
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Knowepark Caravans and Motorhomes


Hardie Road
Livingston
West Lothian
EH54 8BA
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Lee Davey Caravans Ltd

New and used caravans. Accessories and repairs.

Leisure Sales


Brereton Green
Sandbach
Cheshire
CW11 1SD
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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
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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
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Bailey, Elddis and Xplore new caravans. Caravan sales and workshop.

Oxford Caravan Centre


Oxford Road (A418)
Thame
Oxfordshire
OX9 2LH
http://www.swindoncaravansgroup.com
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Penrose Touring


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Redruth
Cornwall
TR16 5BP
http://www.penrosetouring.co.uk
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Pioneer Caravans


Thorney Road
Peterborough
Cambridgeshire
PE6 7UB
http://www.pioneercaravans.co.uk
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Raymond James Caravans


Carlyon Road
Atherstone
Warwickshire
CV9 1JE
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Reading Caravan Centre

16a
Church Lane
Reading
Berkshire
RG7 1HB
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Ropers Leisure


Gatherley Road
Catterick
North Yorkshire
DL10 7SL
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Ryedale Caravan & Leisure Ltd


Ashby Road West
Loughborough
Leicestershire
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Spinney Flintshire

76
Station Road
Deeside
Flintshire
CH5 2TE
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Spinney Staffordshire


Stonewall Place
Newcastle-under-Lyme
Staffordshire
ST5 6NR
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Stewart Longton Caravans (Chorley)


Friday Street
Chorley
Lancashire
PR6 0AH
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Stowford Leisure (Devon)


Berry Down
Combe Martin
Devon
EX34 0PW
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devon@stowfordleisure.co.uk
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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
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Swindon Caravan Centre


Greatfield
Swindon
Wiltshire
SN4 8EQ
http://www.swindoncaravansgroup.com
sales@swindoncaravans.com
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Teesside Caravans


Teesside Industrial Estate
Stockton-on-Tees
Co Durham
TS17 9JZ
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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
http://themotorhomeshowroom.co.uk
info@themotorhomeshowroom.co.uk
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Venture Caravans (Daventry)

Toll House
Watling Street
Watford Gap
Northamptonshire
NN6 7UJ
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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
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Brough Road
Brough
East Yorkshire
HU15 2DB
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wandahome@email.wandahome.online
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White Arches Caravans


Wellingborough Road
Rushden
Northamptonshire
NN10 6AY
http://white-arches.co.uk
info@white-arches.co.uk
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Winchester Caravans & Motorhomes

Clayfield Park
Main Road
Winchester
Hampshire
SO21 1TD
http://www.winchestercaravans.com
sales@winchestercaravans.com
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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.