It’s hard to believe that Bailey has only been building motorhomes since 2011 – already well known for its caravan production, the Bristol manufacturer has been a mainstay of the motorhome industry for almost 10 years now.
Bailey is well known for offering a range of motorhomes catering for a variety of budgets, with everything from the more entry-level Advance right up to the luxurious Autograph.
All of the existing ranges are fairly traditional in style, with a mixture of fixed and make-up beds, good-sized kitchens and spacious lounge areas, all designed to appeal specifically to the British customer.
Bailey is about to shake things up, however, with a brand new line-up called Adamo, which provides a trio of European-style layouts, meanwhile retaining the features that have proved popular with UK buyers.
The new Adamo – which is Latin for ‘to fall in love with’ – is a brand new range of coachbuilt motorhomes; the three models will be based on the Ford transit, which is a first for Bailey.
This should help to attract the many Ford devotees out there looking for a vehicle based on something other than the omnipresent SEVEL products.The Transit cab also offers an automatic gearbox as standard (there’s no manual option), and a powerful 160bhp engine.
However, it’s further back in the motorhome that you’ll be spending most of your time, of course, and you have a choice of three Adamo layouts – all offering something different.
Travel seat options
Parallel-sofa lounges appear in all three models, but that doesn’t mean you’re limited to just the two travel seats in the cab – a further two forward-facing belted seats can be converted from the lengthy lounge settees.
All have at least four berths, but – extraordinarily – one of the models, the 75-4DL, can be transformed into an eight-berth featuring four double beds, with the inclusion of an optional upgrade pack.
The Adamo also promises to be very well-specified in terms of standard kit, including a 100W solar panel, Truma Combi 4 heating and room for an additional gas bottle for longer tours.
Traditional UK-friendly equipment hasn’t been forgotten, either: the kitchens are well kitted out, and there’s a Thetford tower fridge fitted as standard. Habitation doors are also on the UK nearside.
All three models benefit from Bailey”s Alutech build construction, and feature generous garages – more often found in Continental-designed motorhomes. The garages will provide plenty of room for bikes, and have power points and double-sided access.
The shortest Adamo in the range is the 69-4, a four-berth with facing parallel sofas that sit behind the cab seats, both of which swivel. There should be plenty of room here for multiple occupants to relax and dine.
The kitchen is in the centre of the motorhome, while the fridge/freezer unit is on the opposite side of the galley.
The 69-4 has a very spacious washroom – featuring a separate shower – that stretches right across the rear of the vehicle, slightly ahead of a substantial storage area/garage.
Rear-lounge models are very popular in the UK, so this one should do well – it features a very sizeable lounge that takes up the whole of the back of the ‘van. There’s loads of room here to relax in the evening; plus, you’ve the added benefit of an additional lounge and dining area up front, giving you lots of choice about where to spend your time.
Unusually, with the addition of an optional bed pack, you can specify that the Adamo has a rather extraordinary eight berths – perfect if you travel with a large family, or a group of friends.
The comfort and luxury of an island bed is the star feature in this model, which also provides a pair of facing sofas up front. The 75-4I has the smallest lounge of the trio, but you could also use the island bed as a day bed that’s ideal for relaxing.
The washroom (which has a separate shower) is located in the middle of the motorhome, split across either side of the corridor, giving the bedroom a really luxurious ensuite.
The kitchen sits in front of the washroom facilities, with the fridge again positioned on the opposite side of the galley.
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Adamo is a new range of coachbuilt motorhomes, with three models based on the Ford Transit, which is a first for Bailey