Bailey Pegasus range gets a much-needed makeover
Back in the summer of 2009, Bailey launched their new construction methods with the Pegasus range. It’s no secret that this wasn’t the best new range back then, as it was soon being outsold by the company’s Unicorn range. Over the last decade, the Pegasus has plodded along sales-wise, but with the eight-foot wide revolution taking place, Bailey decided that they needed to get in on the act. They decided to put all the new Pegasus range into this category, but does this re-incarnation work?
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The Pegasus Grande isn’t the best-looking tourer on the road and the extra width gives it more of a box-like appearance. However, a new front and the all-white GRP sides and the blue graphics do add some style. Built on an Al-Ko twin-axled chassis which also has heavy-duty corner steadies, the Pegasus has an AKS hitch but no automatic trailer control. Having no front gas locker means that a side locker has to be used. Other exterior access lockers are also fitted.
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The Bologna has a G-shaped front lounge and is quite spacious. However, no chest of drawers are fitted, although the overhead side lockers do offer decent storage as does the space under the seating. The kitchen is placed on the offside with the tall fridge/freezer opposite, while the fixed bed is transverse with the washroom being at the end of the van. The colours look modern and the general space is, as you would expect, pretty good. A large front central window allows a good amount of natural light. Night illumination is also very good. This tourer will suit a couple very nicely.
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Although the kitchen in the Bologna comes with microwave and fridge freezer plus duel fuel hob and full oven, I felt that it could have been designed as a L-shaped unit using the extra width as the worktop is restricted. General storage in the kitchen isn’t bad but the side gas locker does take a section out of what storage there is.
Beds & Seating
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The seating is comfortable in the lounge, aided by the scatter cushions too, and it’s here that a double bed can be made up if desired. The fixed transverse bed offers a comfortable mattress and the bed itself is a good size too, so no complaints in this area.
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The Pegasus offers a decent amount of storage, with large roof lockers and with twin wardrobes in the bedroom. There’s also tons of storage space under the bed. The washroom comes with decent storage, with a wall-mounted cupboard and a cupboard below the sink. For two, it’s ample and four certainly wouldn’t be short-changed.
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The full-width end washroom comes with electric flush loo and a shower cubicle though no washroom window is fitted. The floor area in the washroom is massive – then you do expect extra with the tourer’s increased width.
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The Pegasus Grande is a tourer to which folk will aspire. The eight foot wide market sector is not a huge market but Bailey want a slice and the Pegasus Grande might just do that. I feel a larger kitchen would have been better using an L shaped design. The Pegasus comes with decent spec including solar panel and Truma heating. It’s a tourer that will find its niche but best to check out the opposition first and way up the pros and cons. Basically, it’s all down to personal needs so go and check it out!
Bailey Pegasus Grande Bologna
Price; £25,064 RRP
Length 6.33 m
MIRO 1481 kgs
MTPLM 1640 kgs