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July 2018


Bailey Down Under

Pamplona: quintessentially British ... but still at home in Australia's harsh conditions

'Important it looks quintessentially British'

Bailey to produce Aussie chassis for Pamplona

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MAJOR UK caravan builder Bailey has decided to produce a specially-designed Australian chassis at its Melbourne factory.

Based in Bristol, England, it was the first European manufacturer to enter the Australian market in 2010 and has since continued to ensure its offerings can handle the local unforgiving climate and conditions, whilst continuing to build the lightest caravans in their class.

After the successful release of its fully Australian-designed Rangefinder and Coastal caravans, Bailey the UK's top selling caravan brand is now taking the next step in diversifying its range by assembling its UK caravans on a specially designed, Australian-made chassis in Victoria.

Based on the successful Bailey Of Bristol Unicorn IV Pamplona design, the all new 'Australianised' Pamplona is being further adjusted by engineers in Melbourne.

Bailey Australia will keep the caravan relatively untouched besides plumbing, electrical, appliances and the specially-designed Australian chassis, ensuring it remains quintessentially British while meeting compliance-related items.

Bailey PamplonaThe manufacturer said it recognised that whilst the original Pamplona remains one of the most successful models, there are some limitations in the design.

As such, the Australian Unicorn IV Pamplona is set to feature a chassis designed and manufactured in Australia, greater ground clearance, large water tanks (about 200ltrs), greater payload capacity and a new entrance door.

Managing director Adrian van Geelen pointed out that the Pamplona was "loved by many Australians".

"The guys in the UK did a wonderful job in design and finish," he said.

"It's extremely important to us that this new Aussie Pamplona remains quintessentially British and as such it will look identical to the Unicorn IV with basically the same spec.

"It must be immediately recognisable as coming from the British stable."

More than 50 alterations to the original Bailey UK caravans were completed to compensate for compliance and practical reasons.

In 2016, Bailey took it a step further by being the first European manufacturer to set up shop in Australia in a joint venture which is fully supported by the UK.

Bailey Australia then produced and launched the Rangefinder series, the first Australian-designed and fully built Bailey caravan.

It has been a great success with traditional Australian caravanners seeking to find a larger caravan with a greater payload capacity and a substantially lighter ATM.

Whilst Bailey is still playing its cards close to its chest on the final specifications, it will launch the new caravan towards the end of this year.

  • Meanwhile, Bailey has designed and built its first single-axle family caravans ... the Burleigh (queen bed layout) and Currumbin (twin single layout). Priced from $52,990, they are aimed at families ready to hit the road.


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