Alliance 70 6 motorhome awning

20th August 2019

Awnings are everywhere. Most tend to be attached to caravans or small campers. You are less likely to see one on motorhome and up until now, we had no experience of one.

Back in April, Bailey of Bristol, who specialise in both caravans and motorhomes loaned us an Alliance 70-6 motorhome.

Wild swimming by the lake

7th August 2019

Bodies of water are proven to have a calming effect on us humans and various studies have been conducted to uncover the magical properties of this ‘blue mind’ phenomenon.

As a family, we often find ourselves pitching the Phoenix 760 close to rivers, lakes or the coast, and whether this is pure coincidence or my subconscious trying to keep the kids in check, I’m happy to reap the rewards.

discovery girls in lounge

2nd August 2019

A vehicle designed to allow you to get the most from the great outdoors, Discovery is a new type of caravan. Available in a choice of three lightweight layouts, these compact vehicles are easy to drive, easy to park and easy to store, thus providing you with the flexibility of use that will satisfy your appetite for adventure.

1715 Phoenix on Location copy

3rd July 2019

Touring in a Caravan or a motorhome is a fantastic way to enjoy a holiday with a furry companion.

Most of the UK campsites are pet friendly and offer facilities tailored to make their holiday just as enjoyable as ours.

Davey family kayaking

28th June 2019

School trips introduced me to kayaking and I have hazy, ice-cold memories of being submerged in water that felt perilously close to becoming a solid.

Fast forward a decade or two, casting thoughts of sub-zero temperatures aside, I got back in the ‘saddle’ when we bought a caravan and wanted something to accompany us on trips to the coast.

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19th June 2019

With the dust now settling, we can take stock at the amazing attendance and money raised at this year’s TourerFest. But you may be asking, what is TourerFest?

Now in its 2nd year, TourerFest is a gathering of many caravanning and motorhome bloggers, vloggers and supporters in one location. This year’s event saw 56 families descend on the immaculate Caravan & Motorhome Club campsite in Longleat.

 

Motorhoming in Paris with a Bailey Advance

31st May 2019

Paris may not be the first destination that springs to mind when planning a motorhome minibreak. But, you will save yourself a fortune in hotels and getting back to your motorhome at the end of a long day’s sightseeing, with all your home comforts and your own cosy bed is a great way to do it.

If you want to take in one of Europe’s major cities and you have a van, it makes absolute sense.

Breakfast outside the Phoenix 650

8th May 2019

Finally, as the evenings started to get lighter and we entered the final days of March, all my attentions started to shift to the annual rugby tour to Holt, Norfolk with my boys. 

Bailey Unicorn on its first trip of the Spring

2nd May 2019

Spring is well and truly upon us, and if you are anything like me, you will love this time of year. The clocks have shifted forward, the days are longer and the landscape is blossoming once again.

Spring is also a great time of year to have a clean in the caravan or motorhome and check that the vehicle is ready for the year ahead. So, in this article I will run down some of my top tips for getting the home from home in top condition once again.

72 hours peak district

16th April 2019

After clocking up 2500km on our mammoth road trip down to Biarritz last August, we chose to round off our 2018 summer motorhoming adventures with a 3-night trip to the heart of the stunning Peak District National Park.

Cool Campsites Great Pitches

4th April 2019

Summer is on the horizon and promises to bring longer days, shorter nights and sunnier times.

Whether you choose an action-packed adventure in Cornwall, family fun in Yorkshire, or the wonderful walks of Norfolk, there’s a huge selection of campsites to choose from throughout the UK.

So spend some time in the great outdoors with our campsites guide.

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4th April 2019

Would you like your holiday to begin the moment you leave the house?  Towing a caravan can be a scary prospect, but it needn’t be. Whether it’s your first time or it’s been a while since you last hit the road, these simple tips can make a huge difference.

Head for the coastal paths

 22nd March 2019

With Britain being a relatively small country, having one of the world’s longest footpaths may seem like a playground boast. However, National Trails, Wales Coast Path and The Scottish Coastal Way are planning to link a multitude of footpaths that follow our jagged coastline, and if the proposed 2020 deadline is adhered to, we could have almost 2,800 miles of coastal paths to enjoy.

Taking a photo in front of our new Bailey caravan

12th March 2019

The collection day of your new caravan is an important milestone. There is lots to take in and it can be quite overwhelming. With that said, you may wonder what to expect on the big day.

Young couple with their new Bailey Phoenix

 8th March 2019

If you have placed a deposit on a caravan, perhaps a first-time purchase or a part exchange on a newer model, you will be eagerly awaiting the collection date and possibly wondering what happens in between the deposit being paid and the collection of the caravan. 

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27th February 2019

The financial implications of having two kids and a mortgage makes trip planning during the leaner months a somewhat fraught affair. All is not lost, however, and here’s a great tip for making your caravanning budget go a bit further – Certified Locations.

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23rd January 2019

Caravanning has been traditionally associated with warm weather, but modern caravans work very well in colder conditions too. In fact, just a couple of years ago Bailey of Bristol took two caravans and a motorhome to the Arctic Circle to show just how versatile their vehicles can be in cold conditions. 

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18th January 2018

Thanks to a lack of willpower during the festive period, January is dedicated to my expanding waistline and the fact that my body fat percentage must be uncomfortably close to that of a pub snack.

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18th December 2018

Although a lot of people tuck their caravans up for winter, these days they are built so well that there is no reason not to go exploring all through the year, and with Christmas just around the corner we were looking forward to escaping for some festive fun.

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14th December 2018

As we crossed the border into Spain, we followed the N11 for 30km to one of our favourite holiday spots on the Costa Brava. Even though it was late September with autumn looming, the weather did not disappoint.

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 7th December 2018

After a gap of 20 years, Bailey of Bristol have returned to the factory-built Dealer Special caravan marketplace. You may ask, what exactly is a Dealer Special caravan? And, if you are considering purchasing a caravan, are Dealer Special caravans worth investigating further?

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20th November 2018

Nestled in the Allgau Alps, in a ski town called Pfronten Bavaria (853m above sea level) we sat thinking about our next destination. A stones-throw to neighbouring Austria, we decided our next visit would be sunny Spain where we will meet up with Hazel's parents who will be on their annual holiday.

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16th November 2018

We sit here writing our first blog in our motorhome, in an €8 a night car park in the Dutch city of Gouda. Outside it is absolutely pouring it down and Luke has man flu, but do we care? NO!

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14th November 2018

Having toured much of the UK in our Bailey Advance 76-4 motorhome, we the Philpott family decided it was time to crank things up a notch this summer. Time to venture into Europe and check out pastures new. Or as the French would say “nouveaux paturges”.

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9th November 2018

To commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars, Bailey of Bristol Marketing Director, Simon Howard, took his two sons on a tour of historical battlefield sites as they visited France, Belgium and Holland this summer.

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6th November 2018

The Indian summer we enjoyed in September provided the perfect excuse for a shoulder season escape. We’ve just returned from a cheeky little trip to a stretch of English coastline where you can park right on the seafront and explore miles of deserted beaches, atmospheric old fishing ports and spectacular coastal forts.

Focus Group

 15th October 2018

 Asking the general public for product ideas can be a tricky business and with Walkers Crisps walking the product development tightrope in the 1980’s by asking us Brits what flavours we would like to see; a collective snigger could be heard in Woolworths when we saw hedgehog-flavoured crisps on the shelves.

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12th October 2018

It’s time to enjoy your holiday, your way as you explore the open road, discover new horizons and experience the freedom to go anywhere with the new Bailey Alliance.

Making its public debut at the Motorhome and Caravan Show on stand 19.25 (Hall 19) this October, the all-new Bailey Alliance will be available in a choice of six popular layouts.

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2nd October 2018

At home, you wake up, get ready for work and give a big sigh when you see the rain outside your bedroom window. However, whilst on the open road you can change plans as easily as the weather changes. That’s how we came to travel along the Romantic Road (Romantische Strabe) in Germany.

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With all the comforts of home on the road, it’s time to go anywhere & do anything in the new Advance motorhome range from Bailey. 

The second-generation Bailey Advance is a range of lightweight, yet spacious, and well equipped, yet affordable, vehicles perfect for people looking to commit to their first new motorhome purchase.

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27th July 2018

So about us… We are the Morris family, a family of four - Lee, Sian and our children Eleri and Rhys. Sian and I have been avid caravan and campers for years. Now we are keeping that dream alive in our own little family.

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20th July 2018

From the north coast of Scotland to the southeast of France, it’s time for the wanderlust experience as you enjoy your holiday, your way in the new Bailey Phoenix.

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21st June 2018

From Martin Bailey’s first caravan built in his garage in South Bristol through to the current day, caravan expert Andrew Jenkinson picks his Top 10 Bailey caravans of all time to celebrate 70 years of innovation. 

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16th May 2018

Rain may have dominated the first part of the trip, but difficult border crossings became the norm during the second leg with significant time spent trying to extract both car and caravan from country after country. 

The Bailey Bristanbul caravans approach the cross-channel ferry

26th April 2018

Rain dominated the early part of the trip and apart from a glimpse of blue skies in France, inclement weather followed us from Bailey’s HQ in Bristol.

Our #Bristanbul schedule is reasonably tight and the first handful of countries saw us mile munching on drenched motorways and dual carriageways which are always a test of car and caravan.

Bristanbul AnzacDay Adrian

25th April 2018

Visiting Gallipoli as part of the team that embarked on the trip from Bristol to the Bosphorus was emotional. We joined the team as they entered Turkey at Gallipoli and as part of the trip visited Hellas Memorial to commemorate the loss of my ancestors during World War I.

Anzac Day (25th April) marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. 

Bristol to the Bosphorus Campsites

 23rd April 2018

Our Bristanbul crew knew we were staying at a diverse variety of campsites during the trip. Each site was chosen because of its location, availability (ahead of the peak season) and needed to have other accommodation available, as there were more crew than spaces available in the caravans or motorhome.

Starting off in France, here’s part 1 to our accommodation guide from Bristol all the way to Dubrovnik.

Bailey leisure vehicles on Dubrovnik Bridge

17th April 2018

As we headed out of Bristol on Monday 9th April on our #Bristanbul adventure we were unsure on some of the road conditions that lay ahead. With 6 days until we reached Dubrovnik in Croatia, we were about to experience some challenging weather, glorious views and tricky hairpins.

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January 19th 2018

The City of London. 1843. It is Christmas morning and the church-bells are ringing as EBENEZER SCROOGE leans out of his upstairs window and shouts down to a young STREET URCHIN, passing below.

PCP Pegasus driving

5th January 2018

In recent years the popularity of PCP or Personal Contract Purchase has sky rocketed for those who are buying new cars. But interestingly, PCP has only recently been introduced to the leisure vehicle industry.

19th December 2017

Why not come on a journey with The Dickens Theatre who have been up and down the country treating people to a real Christmas Carol in Bailey motorhomes just as Charles Dickens himself used to do (although without so much horsepower!)

Box Hill

19th December 2017

Get out and enjoy the amazing British countryside this winter. Make the most of the stunning scenery, striking landscapes and bracing weather during the colder months as you hit the road on your caravan or motorhome adventure. 

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28th November 2017

Imagine the magic of caravanning or motorhoming AND the magic of Christmas all rolled into one magical thing! Doesn’t that sound just…well, magical? Luckily, our caravans and motorhomes are made to be used all year round so you need imagine no more. 

Preloved 2 pageant

16th November 2017

In my previous blog post I discussed some areas to consider when purchasing a second-hand caravan. In this second part, I discuss more areas away from the caravan, but will need some thought too. So, like before have your cup of tea ready, and let’s get started.

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 14th November 2017

The second-hand caravan marketplace is a vast world. With such a wide diversity of caravans for sale, it can be quite overwhelming to find the perfect holiday home on wheels.

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 6th October 2017

My name is Mel & I’m a beachaholic. I admit it. The beach is my happy place. The ocean soothes my soul. The sea sets me free… You get the picture.

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 19th September 2017

The moment we set eyes on the location, we knew this was perfect in every way for a photoshoot to showcase our new Unicorn range. In the heart of Wales lies the Gower Peninsula, a beautiful spot with its winding roads and stunning landscape.

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5th September 2017

In order to create the new Unicorn, Bailey spent the last twelve months undertaking a comprehensive product review that started with customer and retailer focus group feedback sessions and finished with a thorough structural evaluation of the resulting pre-production models at the Millbrook Proving Ground.

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14th July 2017

Having taken a Bailey Autograph 75-2 motorhome to Paignton and stayed in the Australian Rangefinder in Devon, Bailey of Bristol Market Analyst Cristina and boyfriend Jake had enjoyed the two escapes, despite the differences between the two vehicles. 

Walnut Lakes

 23rd June 2017

Planning a trip away for that summer break? Practical Caravan, in conjunction with Bailey of Bristol, have compiled Britain’s best sites as chosen by you. But what are the sites that people truly love and go back to time-and-time again. 

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2nd June 2017

A UNESCO World Heritage Site. 185 million years of history. 95 miles of stunning coastline. Castles, coves, caves, lagoons, and cider. Delicious cider. So I just don’t get it? Why had we not been here before?

Caravanning but not as you know it the shambles

26th May 2017

As regular caravanners, taking the trip to York for the weekend in a 4-berth motorhome threw up all kinds of questions for Head of HR at Bailey of Bristol, Louise. Like shouldn’t we have brought the caravan instead?

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11th May 2017

No matter what you might think of the British weather, if you’re going out for the weekend in a motorhome or caravan you’ll usually make sure to pack your wellies along with some sweaters. But for Darren, General Manager of Bailey Parts and Accessories, this time was different.

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28th April 2017

I am a Cancerian. A crab. A nest-building, home-loving organiser. A bit of a control freak. Yet I had reached the age of 45 without ever setting foot in a motorhome.

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25th April 2017

The best thing about our Easter caravan holiday was seeing how much the children (8 and 11) enjoyed it - without having a TV or going anywhere near a Theme park.

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11th April 2017

The Arctic Circle and the Australian Outback are not the first places that come to mind when planning a trip in a caravan or motorhome.

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10th April 2017

Having spent the past few months planning an expedition to the Arctic, little did we know that there we had a direct family link to the frozen wastes working in our office – and it was one of the most famous expeditions of all time.

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25th March 2017

I have been feeling very restless since we got back from the awesome experience of the Arctic Adventure. The planning and preparations have been a big part of my life over the last few months, so it’s a bit strange now it is all over.

LD DRIVING

17th March 2017

During the planning phase of the #ArcticAdventure, the conversation was understandably dominated by the most northerly point on our expedition map – Ivalo, Finland. The journey through the UK, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia was our caravanning version of scaling Mount Everest with Test World, Ivalo, being our summit.

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16th March 2017

The Arctic Circle might not be the obvious choice for a caravanning holiday but as we pulled into Ranua Zoo Camping - some 50-miles south of the Arctic ‘border’ and heavily laden with snow - it proved that a caravan doesn’t mind where you take it as long as it’s helping you chase your dreams.

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15th March 2017

Before the Bailey of Bristol ‘Arctic Adventure’, my ice road experience was limited to re-runs of Ice Road Truckers on the TV but our route to Ivalo, Finland gave us the opportunity to take to the ice with a caravan in tow.

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14th March 2017

The Test World proving ground 300km north of the Arctic Circle in Lapland had never had a caravan or motorhome on its test tracks before we rolled in 2,700 miles after starting our Arctic Adventure from its sister site, the Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire.

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 13th March 2017

Contrasting.

Of all the words in the English dictionary, this one sums-up the roads between the UK and Tallinn, Estonia the best. Our route from Millbrook, Bedfordshire to the Eurotunnel took in the delights of the M25 but flashbacks of commuter ring-road hell were soon quashed thanks to Belgium’s empty roads.

9th March 2017

Day Seven - Wednesday 8th March - Kuopio to Ranua

Travelling to Ranua via an ice road in Oulu. Overnight at Ranua Zoo Camp, part of the Ranua Wildlife Park.

Follow the Arctic Adventure on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube

5th March 2017

Day Three - Saturday 4th March - Berlin to Torun

A morning sightseeing in Berlin, including the Brandenburg Gate. Making our way to Poland, staying the night in a campsite at Tourin.

Follow the Arctic Adventure on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube

3rd March 2017

Day One - Thursday 2nd March - Millbrook to Brugge

Crossing the Channel via the Eurotunnel and staying overnight at Camping Klein Strand, on the outskirts of Brugge.

Follow the Arctic Adventure on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube

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1st March 2017

Planning a holiday, and then looking forward to it, is all part of the fun, right? Well, planning for the Arctic Adventure was even more fun than usual.

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28th February 2017

On Wednesday 2nd March, we kick off our ‘Arctic Adventure’, where we are taking two of our new 530-4 and 550-4 Pursuit caravans, as well as a top of the range Autograph motorhome 75-2, on an epic 5,000-mile journey through Europe, across the Arctic Circle, and back.

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27th February 2017

In a further demonstration of strength and durability, Bailey of Bristol is about to embark on another marathon product endurance test. This time the company, in association with The Caravan and Motorhome Club, will be taking two caravans (a Pursuit 530-4 and 550-4) and one motorhome (an Autograph 75-2) on an epic 5,000 mile journey to the Arctic Circle.

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23rd December 2016

The Arctic in mid-winter, not the sort of place for a wild camping holiday?  The Barbey family braved the icy temperatures and took to the open road on their adventure to the Arctic Circle.  Staying in the Approach Advance they explored Finland in a way not many others have…

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12th December 2017

It was like a military operation. The dining table was the Strategy Room, strewn with maps and road atlases. Operation Rovaniemi was charted. There was a tangible buzz of activity – finally this was getting off the ground but we needed to act fast and get our initial plans (made before we had a Bailey of Bristol motorhome to travel in) firmed up.

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23rd September 2016

Every pastime has a club and whether you’re into classic cars, cooking or caravanning, doing the meet & greet with likeminded folks is a simple and rewarding process. The same rule applies to owners of Bailey leisure vehicles- motorhomes or caravans – and thanks to The Bailey Owners’ Club, we spent the weekend at their biennial rally at Dyrham Park.

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9th September 2016

Thoughts of a summer holiday may automatically conjure images of a 2-week, pool-side package deal but can a caravan or motorhome offer an alternative to the all-inclusive deals? What’s more, if you’re considering a cross-channel caravanning trip, is it really a relaxing way to explore other countries?

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29th July 2016

The Media pack and Media Pack Plus are new factory fit options for the 2017 Autograph motorhome range. Created in conjunction with sound technicians, a project was undertaken by Bailey to find the correct positioning and products to best suit the interior features of the new Autograph range.

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15th July 2016

Earlier this year we visited Si Cudlip & Faye Young in the stunning Austrian Alps and if you missed part one of their snowboarding story, here’s a brief recap...

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24th June 2016

The Matrix Fitness GP, also known as the Tour Series, is a series of criterium races around the UK in May and June. The series is on television as an evening highlights show so automatically it makes the racing go up a level.

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10th June 2016

Performing at the top-end of any sport requires determination and energy levels of herculean proportions, but if you’re considering a foray into cycling, how much fitter are the front runners compared to someone who, at best, would be starting from the back of the pack?

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20th May 2016

Joining the dots between a bank heist, a social club, a caravan, a walking frame and a paintball gun may seem like an impossible task but there’s common theme neatly knitting this unlikely list together – justice.

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13th May 2016

The innovative Bailey Unicorn, Pegasus and Pursuit ranges, featuring award winning designs, offer you real benefits of ownership and a real reason to change. Here’s a list of just 10 of the reasons why you should upgrade your caravan this summer.

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6th May 2016

A couple of caravans ago, our new addition came with a motor mover and from that moment I’ve become so reliant on the humble mover that my first mission was to have one fitted. Our night in the Truma cold chamber also involved a factory tour and after chatting with the tech team, a Truma motor-mover was well worth the 360-mile round trip to get one fitted at their UK base.

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 29th April 2016

If you read the Bailey Blog or follow us on social media you may know about our involvement with an independent British film, Golden Years. If you haven't heard about our Unicorn Valencia's starting role in the heist film with a comedic core you can catch up by reading our posts Filming Golden Years and Golden Years Premiere.

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 22nd April 2016

The Golden Years Charity Film Premiere, in aid of the Born Free Foundation, was being held on Thursday 14th April and the film production company, Moli Films, asked Bailey if we could display the caravan outside the Odeon cinema on Tottenham Court Road in London and then move to outside the after party venue in Camden. 

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15th April 2016

How it all started…..

One grey Monday afternoon in January last year I received a phone call from a gentleman called John Miller introducing himself as a film director asking if he could borrow a caravan for a film he had co-written with Nick Knowles (DIY SOS). 

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 8th April 2016

If you didn't pick up a copy of our latest Bailey magazine at the Camping, Caravanning & Motorhome Show, the Bailey Blog has got the digital version for you to read. Our patented Alu-Tech bodyshell construction technology makes winter touring as pleasant and comfortable as exploring in summer. In this magazine we're focusing on touring with our leisure vehicles all year.

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 12th April 2016

Showing how our leisure vehicles are truly built for four seasons of touring, Bailey Snow Season has been running all winter. Testing our caravans further and for longer than ever before. Now the snow season is finishing for the year and the slopes will slowly start turning green we wanted to catch up with Faye & Simon to see what they made of their snowy winter in a Bailey Pegasus Brindisi.

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 8th March 2016

Part 1 of my #BaileySnowSeason blog dealt with last-minute dry slope lessons, YouTube tutorials, a 1000-mile trip to Austria and a warm and comfy Bailey motorhome where I could close the door on the terrifying prospect of propelling myself down a snow-covered mountain the following day.

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 1st March 2016

Having previously spent the night in a Bailey Pegasus despite an exterior, cold chamber-induced temperature of -15, the time was right to give Alu-Tech construction a thorough, real-world workout with a trip to Austria.

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 22nd February 2016

Roll up! Roll Up! It’s show time, by which we mean the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show at the NEC this week, and we will have two special guests – the Bailey Snow Season snowboarding ambassadors, Faye Young and Simon Cudlip – flying in from their campsite in Austria to be on our stand on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to answer any questions about using a caravan for a winter sports holiday in the snow, or holidays at any time of year.

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 1st February 2016

Scrolling through Facebook shortly after last-year’s school summer holidays, I spotted a post from a friend who was putting his caravan into storage once his kids had gone back to school. He figured the beginning of the new school year signalled the end of the caravanning calendar and after a spot of winterizing, his poor caravan would be put into hibernation until Easter.

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 8th January 2016

“There’s something so romantic about it”.  I’m in the pub after a post-Christmas round of golf and we’re discussing plans for 2016.  Everyone is under the age of 40 and we’re discussing motorhomes.