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Scottish Caravans & Motorhomes

Every issue features live-in road tests of all the latest models and reviews of parks throughout Scotland and the North of England by respected industry insiders – plus the latest news and what’s on guides. Whether deciding on which caravan or motorhome to buy, looking for the ideal park to visit or browsing for new gear to enhance the touring experience, Scottish Caravans & Motorhomes is the perfect companion for travels throughout Scotland and the North of England.

Brieftest Bailey Unicorn

Brieftest Bailey Unicorn Seville The 2018 Unicorn’s new layout is a real step up, discovers Andy Jenkinson pictures AndY Jenkinson It’s official: the Unicorn range is Bailey of Bristol’s top seller. Keeping that up takes careful planning, so the fourth generation of Unicorns had to keep sales moving and tempt folk away from rivals like Swift, Elddis and Lunar. Just after the company’s 2o18 launch, we tried out the new Seville, which has a revised layout similar to Lunar’s Stella. Using the end as an L-shaped kitchen and keeping the washroom on the offside increases the Seville’s appeal. Elddis and Compass have also latched on to this layout – the start of a trend? Exterior No doubt about it, the Bailey profile has ★★★★ been sharpened up. The new-style side windows are good, but the bland back panel lacks any at all – although we do like the full-width rear grab handle. The split front window also acts as a sunroof. Lounge ★★★★ For two, there’s more than enough room in the lounge area, with extra Price £22,399 Length 4.66m Width 2.28m MIRO 1,203kg MTPLM 1,326kg Berths 2 We like Fresh exterior, lighting, front overhead lockers, solar panel, fridge/freezer, wired up for mover, DAB We dislike No kitchen window, no washroom window, battery in floor, no seat base access flaps, restricted exterior locker storage Clockwise from above: The 2018 Unicorn exterior stays faithful to the original profile, but gets more modern mouldings and controversially loses the rear window; the rear L-shaped kitchen offers plenty of storage as well as a tall fridge-freezer, microwave, oven and hob space provided by the redesigned bulkhead. A central chest of drawers comes with a slide-out coffee table that neatly pops back away out of sight. The seating has individual back rests and feels comfortable enough. Bailey has adopted Lunar’s trick of making use of the overhead front corners by turning them into storage lockers, with the speakers placed on the front of them. The nearside locker houses the CD/radio, which is a DAB digital radio unit – most makers don’t fit these. LED lighting is provided above the roof lockers and in ceiling and corner spotlights. Strangely, no seat base access lockers are incorporated, so all bed locker access means taking the seat cushions off. The bigger lounge gets soft furnishing options; our test model had the standard Brompton design Kitchen Rear-end L-shaped kitchens in ★★★★ two-berth caravans disappeared back in the early noughties, but ABI and Lunar stuck with the idea. Now Bailey has come back to it for 2018, and it works well. The Seville’s kitchen has gained plentiful storage, especially with the deep roof lockers and corner shelves. Beside a very practical worktop, you get a full oven with duel-fuel hob and a stainless steel sink with a clip-on drainer. The fridge and separate freezer are placed next to the wardrobe, with the microwave opposite built into the side dresser. Excellent night lighting is built in. 28 Scottish Caravans & Motorhomes winter 2017 www.scottishcaravansandmotorhomes.co.uk

Clip-on table in lounge area The absence of a back window, however, means the Seville’s kitchen falls short of five stars. Beds and seating The lounge comes with ★★★★ good soft seating and separate back cushions. Bolster and scatter cushions are provided, adding to the comfort, and Front styling is tweaked, but the gas locker remains at the side four can sit here with ample room. A free-standing table is available for main meal times, should you need it, with the seating providing good support. Making the beds up? Well, two single beds are easily set up, and to make the double bed, slats are used to bridge the gap. It’s all pretty conventional and works well. Storage The deep overhead roof lockers are ★★★★ helped out by a good-sized wardrobe. Under-seat storage isn’t bad, but with no front gas locker (it’s on the offside), a side storage locker eats into the nearside front seat storage. The dresser offers more storage, with a large cupboard and overhead locker plus a worktop. Storage in the washroom is also much improved. Washroom The side washroom is very good ★★★★ for this size of van, but with no window, a roof vent has to suffice. The corner shower cubicle is a decent size, and a standalone basin adds to the more upmarket feel. There’s an Alde radiator and Thetford electric cassette loo. Overall impression ★★★★ The Seville in its new guise is a better layout. Fans of rear-end washrooms may feel miffed, but to be honest it’s no hardship. The new interior has a more contemporary look, and with the new low-level lighting it gives the Unicorn an upmarket feel. It’s a great tourer for two and comes with a decent spec at a competitive price. The new Unicorn looks set to keep up the accolade of Bailey’s bestselling range, we reckon. More information baileyofbristol.co.uk Our thanks to Bailey for their time and the loan of the Seville for testing winter 2017 Scottish Caravans & Motorhomes 29

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