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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.

Pre-owned Brieftest

Pre-owned Brieftest Bailey Ranger GT60460/2 Bailey’s Ranger tourers have long been a favourite on the used forecourts. Andy Jenkinson checks out the Ranger GT60 460/2 Bailey’s Ranger was launched in 1996, and by 2009 it was in Series 6 mode with a special GT version boasting extra kit and triple front windows. The GT range was still light in weight and offered a good range of layouts, the 460/2 being a particular favourite with older couples. We spotted one at Knowepark Caravans & Motorhomes in Livingston complete with a mover, so was it a good buy? Exterior The Ranger’s exterior had been well ★★★★ looked after and was in good order, although the front panel GT decals had peeled off. Price £8,995 Year 2010 Length 4.45m Width 2.18m MIRO 1,002kg MTPLM 1,177kg Berths 2 Seen at Knowepark, Livingston 01506 411827 More information Clockwise from right: Spacious for two, the interior has lots of locker room and was in great condition; the washroom has a good-sized shower as well as a vanity unit with storage; the rear has a full-height ABS panel; with alloy wheels and an AKS hitch as standard, the 460/2 is an impressive-looking van The van’s alloy wheels and AKS hitch were the original standard fit, while a mover had been left on by the last owner, a very handy accessory that makes maneouvreing much easier. There were no nasty dents or damaged trim. Lounge The lounge hasn’t dated too badly at all. ★★★★ A chest of drawers sports a fold-out top table and a mains socket, while a blown air outlet is situated here too. A CD/radio is fitted, as is a Heki roof vent and a Status 530 TV aerial. Night lighting is in the form of spotlights plus the more typical ceiling lights. A standalone table can be used for main meals, while overhead roof locker storage is very good. pictures Andy Jenkinson The side kitchen has a good level of equipment and incorporates an excellent amount of storage Kitchen The 460/2 has a side kitchen, which ★★★★ comes with a microwave, Thetford fridge/freezer and a full oven. With a good worktop and four-burner hob fitted too, it covers all the essentials. Ample storage comes in the form of a large cupboard and three overhead roof lockers. Opposite, there’s a large side dresser, which offers somewhere to put a TV. More storage can be found in the dresser. This is also where the Truma duel-fuel heater is fitted; it’s only 2kW, but that 30 Scottish Caravans & Motorhomes winter 2017

should be enough to keep a van the size of the Ranger nice and warm. Beds and seating The twin single settees ★★★★ can be made up as single beds or, using slats, a large double. The seating in this van was still supportive and had bolster and scatter cushions. As twin single beds, the seats need the back rests taken off to make more width, but the double bed provides plenty of space for two, and the slats seemed to run out smoothly. Washroom ★★★★★ The rear-end washroom in the Ranger GT60 460/2 offers a generous amount of floor area and a good-sized shower cubicle. A Thetford electric flush cassette loo is fitted, along with a small hand basin. The wardrobe in this model is also placed within the washroom, offering decent storage for two. Good night lighting and a roof vent add to the washroom’s appeal. Our used buying tips Set a budget Buy from a dealership for peace of mind Make sure the layout suits your needs Check for service records Check the seat belts are up to standard Check condition, damp, damaged panels, interior wear Look for any extras fitted Don’t be afraid to ask questions Overall impression ★★★★ The Ranger GT60 460/2 offers excellent value. Overall condition was very good; we checked the ABS panels for cracking, but all was OK. The fitted mover adds to saleability, along with a good front locker and spare wheel. Light and easy to tow, yet with all the spec you need, this would make an ideal first tourer fora couple. It’s a great van that should fly off Knowepark’s forecourt. winter 2017 Scottish Caravans & Motorhomes 31

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