Sarah Wakely
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Like the Alliance 59-2 motorhome, this latest addition to Bailey's entry-level Advance range is the baby of the family, packing a lot into a compact layout

Overview

Bailey's Advance range has been around a bit longer than its Alliance range - the first generation was launched in 2015 - but last year, it received an almost complete overhaul, with the new second-generation models being launched at the February 2018 NEC show.

Since then it's received a couple more new layouts, and it's now added the 59-2 to the line-up, taking the range to an impressive nine models.

As with the mid-market Alliance, the 59-2 is the baby of the family; both have the same end-kitchen, front-lounge floorpan.

The differences lie in the detail - the Alliance sits mid-market, while the Advance is Bailey's entry-level motorhome range.

You can see one of the prime differences straight away: while the Alliance's cab has a graphite paint job, the Advance gets the more usual white finish.

There's also no wind-out awning fitted here. Other than that, externally there's little to tell that this is a range aimed towards more budget-conscious buyers.

It's the same inside: you'll find that same layout, of course, and the differences are difficult to spot.

They are there, however. The end-kitchen gets the same spacious storage capacity, but has a darker-coloured work surface.

In the front lounge, the upholstery is also different to the Alliance's - here, it's in a 'Hampstead' colour scheme, along with scatter cushions and smart curtains.

Another difference is the lack of a flyscreen to the accommodation door.

Up front, the Peugeot Boxer cab looks more or less identical to that in the Alliance, but again, there are some subtle differences, including the fact that there's no sat-nav system fitted here (the Advance does, however, still get a DAB radio).

Under the bonnet sits the 130bhp version of Peugeot's 2.0-litre Blue HDi engine.

As with the Alliance, there's only one kit cost-option available for the Advance 59-2, which is a matching set of bedding. Prices for this start at £229.

Technical specs

LayoutEnd kitchen
Sleeps2
Travel seats2
MTPLM3500kg
Payload870kg
Length5.99m19′8″
Width2.49m8′2″
Height2.75m9′
Engine (capacity)2000
Fresh/waste water95L / 93.5L
Leisure battery80 Ah
External Options
GRP sidewalls, Electric step, External mains socket output
Kitchen Equipment
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill, Microwave
Washroom
Separate shower cubicle
Heating
Truma Combi heater
Security
Immobiliser

Verdict

We liked the revamped Advance range since its launch last year; so much so that the front-lounge, end-washroom 66-2 model won our coveted Motorhome of the Year gong in October.

The new 59-2 is a welcome addition to the line-up, allowing buyers to select a sub-6m model, with all the benefits that this brings - including cheaper ferry crossings, for example.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Sub-6m model with all the benefits that this brings - including cheaper ferry crossings

Cons

  • Lack of a fly screen to the accommodation door