Here at Caravanning Life we really like the Bailey Pursuit 400-2, so much in fact it won the under £17,000 price class in the 2018 Caravanning Life Awards and was also the Overall Runner up. For 2019 however we say goodbye to the Pursuit and hello to the new Phoenix range with the smallest being the 2 berth Phoenix 420.
Using a compact 13’2″ (4.032m) internal length body the 420 features front lounge, offside kitchen and a full width rear washroom.
Externally the shape is similar to the top of the range Unicorn range, featuring a polar white body, opening vertical front skylight and alloy wheels.
Unlike the Pursuit, the Phoenix features an offside gas locker where the bottles fit side-by-side. Much easier to access the bottles.
Inside the furniture is in a ‘Eucalyptus’ finish with ‘Brushed Champagne’ Italian design locker doors. The upholstery is called ‘Brockwell’. The photos show the optional ‘Dressing Pack’ which includes four scatter cushions, two supplementary armrests, two pure wool throws and a washroom carpet. If you want you can go and buy your own scatter cushions to create your own atmosphere. The upholstery and curtain fabric used give a good base colour in order personalise in inside to how you want it.
The kitchen, whilst compact features all that is needed. Four burner Thetford hob with oven and separate grill. Below the stainless steel sink is a wide drawer and cupboard that backs onto the gas locker.
The job features the lift up solid worktop as used in the Unicorn range and taken from the Australian Bailey Rangefinder.
Opposite the kitchen lives the 103 litre Dometic fridge and Daewoo microwave, set at lower height, with storage above. There are also shelves for onsite storage.
Across the rear lives a full width washroom that is very similar to that used in the Unicorn Cadiz. The Thetford took cassette is accessed under the wardrobe from outside. On the nearside is a good sized shower and table storage locker.
The large access locker door allow for storage of chemicals, waste pipes etc.
The front corners of the Phoenix features open shelves and on the nearside a JVC radio.
The front chest features two drawers, a pull out table and a mains electrics point.
There are also two USB points in the corner spot lights, again a feature used in the Unicorn range.
Overall the Phoenix 420 is a worthy successor to the Pursuit 400-2. It may cost more at £16,699 (plus on the road charges) however it feels a more complete caravan. The Phoenix having the vertical skylight is in keeping with the Bailey family look and onsite it immediately looks like a Bailey.
Bailey don’t call the Phoenix entry level, rather First Choice for buyers of a new tourer. It doesn’t have a budget feel to it and does feel more upmarket than the price suggests. It doesn’t have features that the more expensive Pegasus GT70 or Unicorn have such as solar panels, exterior mains or barbeque point and Al-Ko ATC is a factory option, however you wouldn’t feel as if you are hard done by and it does have all that you need. A few years ago the specification of the Phoenix would be classed as mid range.
CaravanningLife Life rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5
RRP £16,699 plus OTR charges
Optional Dressing pack £229
Internal length 13’2″ / 4.032m
Overall length 18’3″ / 5.564m
Overall width 7’3″ / 2.212m
Details as supplied by Bailey of Bristol http://www.baileyofbristol.co.uk