When Bailey launched its compact low-profiles at the October 2013 NEC show, it had been building motorhomes for just two years, but in that time had produced more than 1000 ’vans. This puts it in the top handful of UK motorhome manufacturers by volume.

It started in 2011 with the launch of its Approach SE range, and replaced this for the 2014 season with the Approach Autograph range. The exterior styling was improved, with a rounded rump and an overcab with subtly inward curving sides. The range also starred the 765 – a six-berth low-profile with a drop-down bed over the front lounge. Two compact models followed.

Both Approach Compacts are low-profiles that measure a shade under 6m, so they’re no bigger than most panel-van conversions. Under scrutiny here is the 540, with four belted seats and three berths. It has a central kitchen, a full-width end washroom, and an L-shaped lounge with an electrically operated, transverse drop-down double bed above it.