Sarah WakelySee other motorhome reviews written by Sarah Wakely
Bailey has added a seventh layout to its mid-market Alliance line-up for the 2019 season. Sarah Wakely finds out what's new in this compact two-berth
Bailey's new Alliance range caused quite a stir when it was launched during the October 2018 show at the NEC. The Bristol-based company placed the new line-up at the centre of its motorhome offerings, with the Autograph range at the top and the Advance sitting at the entry-level end.
The Alliance was originally available in six layouts, and now a seventh has been added to that tally. Enter the Alliance 59-2, launched at the February 2019 NEC show along with its cousin, the Advance 59-2.
One area where the 59-2 differs from other models in the line-up is immediately apparent as you walk in: this 'van has an electrically operated doorstep, in lieu of the lower well in the others. This does make climbing in and out easy, though, and it retracts automatically when the vehicle's engine is started.
On the road
We didn't get the chance to drive it during our test, but given that it has a MiRO of just 2680kg, the 59-2 should prove nippy on the road; what's more, that low MiRO means a whopping payload of 820kg, too.
Lounging & dining
The effect is well finished with the patterned fabric of the curtains; there are also roller blinds to the windows.
A large free-standing table stands between the sofas; when not in use, it slides into a slot under the nearside sofa. This is handy - it frees up storage space elsewhere in the 'van - but the table is fairly weighty, so you'll need to take care when sliding it in and out.
The resulting sleeping surface is comfortable and quite flat, as long as you place the cushions that have knee rolls to the head and foot of the bed.
Other equipment fitted in the Alliance 59-2, in line with the rest of the range, includes a Truma 100W solar panel, Fiamma wind-out awning and Truma's Combi 4E heating system.
|Fresh/waste water||95L / 93.5L|
|Leisure battery||80 Ah|
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill, Microwave
Separate shower cubicle
The tried and tested - and popular - end-kitchen floorpan is a welcome addition to the Alliance line-up, which now offers a wide range of layouts. It's well priced, too - although buyers will need to decide for themselves if it's worth the £35000 premium over the Advance 59-2.
- Electrically operated doorstep that retracts automatically when the vehicle's engine is started
- Buyers will need to decide whether the Alliance is worth the £3500 premium over the Advance 59-2