2020 Bailey Discovery D4-2 review

Here at Caravanning Life we quite like some of the smaller caravans that Bailey have made over the last few years. The combination of specification, light weight and low price have meant the at the 2018 Caravanning Life Awards the Pursuit 400-2 was a class winner and overall runner up and at the 2019 Awards the Phoenix 420 didn’t just win it’s price class it also was awarded 2019 Tourer of the Year.New for 2020, Bailey have introduced a new three model Discovery range. Lighter in weight and price then the Phoenix, the new Discovery range ‘dares to be different’ whilst still being a caravan at heart.Of course, the Discovery isn’t a new name for Bailey. It can trace it’s history back to the early 1990s when a new entry level range was introduced which featured all that was needed for comfortable touring in a light weight body.Fast forward to now and the smallest caravan that Bailey have made since the Ranger 380/2 over a decade ago and the lightest Bailey this century, we have the compact Discovery D4-2.Different to other Bailey model in style the caravan still incorporating the signature vertical front skylight. There is an extended Al-Ko A Frame chassis fitted with an AKS stabiliser hitch and graphite colour 14″ TUV tested alloy wheels. On the roof there is fitted a Status TV aeriel, Midi Heki rooflight and washroom rooflight.The rear of the Discovery range however is different to other Bailey models. Shown here on the three berth D4-3, road lights and the number plate are fitted to a lower bumper which can easily been replaced in the event of an accident. The curved corners and wrap around graphics add extra interest.Moving inside, the D4-2 uses a layout similar to that of the Phoenix 420 in a smaller body with two very long front single beds, offside kitchen opposite the fridge unit and across the back a wet room washroom and separate wardrobe and storage.Being a Bailey, features such as the USB spot lights are standard with convenient pouches to store devices on charge. These are incorporated in vertical fabric panels in the front corners.The front corners feature open shelves with integral lighting. Above the roof lockers there are additional lights.Furniture is a combination of ‘Mendip Ash’, ‘Luna Grey’ and ‘Anthracite’ with ‘Java’ upholstery and two scatter cushions. A loose fit carpet is an optional extra. At the front there is a lift up coffee table and also a lift up flat at the end of the kitchen.The kitchen, whilst compact, comes fitted with a Thetford three burner hob with combination oven/grill. A square Stainless Steel sink sits over the exterior access gas locker. Opposite the kitchen is the Dometic 103 litre refrigerator. No microwave is fitted to the Discovery.In the rear offside corner lives the all-in-one wet room style washroom. Spacious considering the size the caravan, washroom features a Thetford C-260 Cassette toilet and a neat washbasin with swivel tap. The shower has a Ecocamel shower head. Like other Bailey models, the washroom is in ‘Granite Stone’ finish.Next to the washroom and by the door is the wardrobe with includes shelves as well as hanging space. At the bottom is a separate storage area with drop down door, handy for shoes and boots. The table lives at the other side of the door next to the refrigerator. A full height door flyscreen is fitted as standard.One interesting feature is the lack of curtains, however quality blinds and flyscreens are fitted. This, together with the dark upholstery and three colour furniture finish gives a European feel the the Discovery.There are a number of optional extras available for the Discovery. A Truma iNet system can be dealer fitted, ideal to remotely switch on the standard Truma Combi space and water heater.A Thule twin bike rack is available from PRIMA Leisure at £349 and a bespoke Discovery storage box is priced at £599.One extra that makes used of the unique body shape is the bespoke PRIMA Discovery Air awning.Designed to around the caravan, the Discovery Awning features roof windows, zip out panels, and room for a optional inner tent which is large enough for a double airbed. Effectively turning the D4-2 into a 2+2 berth.Each of the three Discovery models have their own bespoke awning, the model for the D4-2 adds an extra 13.8 square meters of space. All of the awnings have launch price of £1199 and are supplied with pump, pegs, PE fitted groundsheet and draught skirt and rear carbon fibre draught polls. The inner tent is priced at £89.99.Overall, the Discovery D4-2 is a caravan that is different, however it is still a caravan. Light enough to attract people with a restricted driving licence. Contemporary enoug without being too radically different. And being from Bailey, it’s available from dealers across the country.Previous Discovery models from the 2000s were accused of being stripped out Ranger models, the new Discovery is nothing like those previous models and don’t feel budget or basic inside.If you are in the market for a compact, light weight two berth the Discovery D4-2 is definitely worth a look either a first caravan or an experienced caravanner looking to down size.Caravanning Life rating:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5RRP £16,199 plus OTR chargesInternal length: 3.866m / 12’7″Overall length: 5.615m / 18’5″Overall width: 2.228m / 7’4″MRO 884kgMTPLM 995kgDetails as supplied by Bailey of Bristolwww.baileyofbristol.co.uk© DB MMXIX

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