Bailey of Bristol was invited by The Caravan and Motorhome Club to supply the caravans used in this prestigious event for the 23rd consecutive year. Whilst the purpose of the testing is to assess the performance of the individual tow vehicles, this competition also provides a thorough examination of the participating caravans in terms of product durability and stability.
A selection of ten Bailey Discovery, Phoenix+, Pegasus Grande SE, Unicorn and Alicanto Grande caravans were chosen for the testing process to provide each of the 32 entrants with a suitable tow match. Every caravan was ballasted to 85 per cent of the towcar’s kerb weight, or its maximum towing limit, if lower, and had any stability aids disabled to ensure each car’s reactions to the demanding series of tests could be fully assessed.
With towcars getting lighter, Bailey has designed its caravans to be a suitable weight match for as many of today’s cars as possible. The Alu-Tech construction system not only makes them lighter than those built using conventional methods but also more stable as a greater percentage of the overall weight is concentrated in the centre of the caravan.
Research by leading industry experts The University of Bath identifies this as one of the key factors affecting trailer stability and as a result Bailey has also re-positioned heavy items such as gas bottle lockers, battery storage boxes and spare wheel carriers nearer to the caravan axle to further enhance the performance of its vehicles in this area.
During the evaluation period over 160 circuits of the Millbrook track featuring a lap of the high speed circular track and a demanding hill route (equating to over 850 test miles), were successfully completed by the test units without incident.