Bristol-based caravan maker Bailey may have been late to the motorhome party, only launching its first Approach range in 2011, but it has already taken a firm foothold in the UK market.

Like its caravans, the firm’s motorhomes major on value for money, with strong kit levels, and the arrival of the Compact range last year made them still more affordable. The three-berth 540 won Best Compact Motorhome in our 2014 Motorhome of the Year awards, so how does its two-berth 520 sibling fare?

Unlike the 540, which has a drop-down double in the centre of the ’van, the 520 features a large rear fixed double mounted high above the huge garage, with a front lounge and a mid-mounted washroom and kitchen. It’s an ideal layout if you like to combine comfortable touring with active sports such as mountain-biking.

We’ve been lucky enough to run this 520 for nearly a year, giving us plenty of opportunities to discover how it performs in short- and long-term touring.