Niall Hampton
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Relaunched for the 2017 season, there's much more to the Bailey Autograph 75-2 than just a new name – check it out with our Editor's review

Overview

Strange as it may seem, Autograph is only Bailey’s fifth motorhome range. It feels like the brand has been in the market far longer than six years, though.

It may have been the last British volume caravan maker to cross into the motorhome space, but Bailey’s late entrance hasn’t held it back at all.

The company has a recognisable brand name, an established dealer network and a well-honed modus operandi – namely comprehensive kit counts for keen-as-mustard prices. This has helped the Bristol-based firm take significant sales from its rivals.

Design

Autograph, then, replaces Approach Autograph as Bailey’s top-end range – ‘Approach’ has been dropped. The numbering convention has changed, too. Now the body length and travel seat count are separated by a dash.

This new range has been completely redesigned. And the fact it has materialised at the same time as new Euro 6 engines for the Peugeot Boxer is not accidental.

White cabs and bodyshells with green decals are a simpler proposition than the previous graphite cab with black and blue graphics ensemble. Step around to the rear of the ’van, though, and there’s a smart panel with rear lights that really wouldn’t look out of place on an expensive import. The same could be said of the compression locks on the outside hatches and lockers.

On the road

The new 2.0-litre engines are lighter than the 2.2-litre Euro 5 versions. This neutralises the impact of having to carry a tank of AdBlue diesel exhaust fluid to meet the new emissions standard.

The 160bhp engine features in every Bailey Autograph model, so they’re all lighter, more powerful and greener. As before, Bailey continues to mate the Peugeot cabs to Al-Ko AMC ultra-low-profile chassis with wide rear tracks, so there’s no need for an entrance step.

Lounging & dining

Moving inside, there’s a contemporary look and feel. Mendip ash cabinetwork combines well with the sleek ‘Aero Style’ overhead lockers, manufactured by Tecnoform of Italy.

With no forward-facing travel seats, the Bailey Autograph 75-2 features parallel benches, with an offside midships kitchen.

There’s a real sense of space, thanks to two elements of the design: cutting back the overhead locker profile and opting for lounge seats with curved tops. All of these maximise the feeling of width. The white overhead lockers, and the ambient lighting above them, also help out in this regard. For mealtimes, a granite-effect folding table can be added easily to this area.

Kitchen

Bailey’s designers have clearly spent time admiring some Continentally produced motorhome kitchens, because European-style drawers make an appearance in the Autograph 75-2, and offer a more user-friendly experience. To match the overhead lockers, they are faced in brilliant white.

The kitchen's specification includes three gas burners and an electric hot plate, a combination oven and grill, a large fridge with a separate freezer section, and a microwave.

Sleeping

Like most examples of the genre, the 75-2’s French bed tapers along the left-hand edge to allow access to the offside corner washroom.

Bailey’s ‘Dream Sleep’ arrangement brings a comfortable mattress, lying on top of an aluminium-framed bed base with beech slats that is hinged to permit access to the bed box beneath.

Two more berths are on standby in the front lounge. These are made up from the pull-across slat frames built into the lounge seating, and provide a comfortable experience.

Washroom

The Bailey Autograph 75-2’s offside corner washroom has a separate shower, to the right of the swivelling cassette toilet. Above the toilet is a vanity unit comprising a circular sink and a cupboard.

A mirror, towel ring and loo roll holder complete the specification.

Storage

As standard, the 75-2 has a 315kg payload. Holders of C1 driving licences can up-plate the ’van to 3650kg, and boost the payload to 465kg, which would meet the needs of many touring couples.

Spreading this payload around the motorhome would call into action the rear bed box, the nearside lounge seat box, plus eight overhead lockers, the full-length wardrobe, and the cupboard adjacent to the nearside habitation door.

Equipment

The Bailey Autograph 75-2 comes with a long list of standard kit. Alde wet central heating is a star attraction, together with an external barbecue point, a wind-out awning and a midi-Heki above the lounge.

A spare wheel is included, as are driver and passenger airbags, Bluetooth and USB connectivity.

Cost options include alloy wheels, leather upholstery and a choice of two media packs, which add flatscreen TVs and Pioneer multimedia head units in the cabs, with sat-nav and a colour reversing camera.

Technical specs

Sleeps4
Travel seats2
MTPLM3500kg
Payload315kg
Length7.51m24′8″
Width2.49m8′2″
Height2.78m9′1″
Engine (power)160
Fresh/waste water93.5L / 93.5L
Leisure battery110 Ah
Gas tank size6kg
Number of gas tank compartments2
Kitchen Equipment
3-burner gas with electric hot plate, Combined Oven/Grill, Microwave

Verdict

The 2017 Bailey Autograph 75-2 is a well designed and well specified motorhome. For a modest price rise over the previous iteration, buyers get the latest engine plus a new habitation area.

We can’t imagine this model not being a hit with couples keen for elegance and refinement to go with the flexibility of those two extra lounge berths.

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Conclusion

Pros

  • You get a smart, new look and a good standard spec
  • Storage options are impressive
  • It's handy to have two extra berths
  • It has a 3500kg MTPLM as standard

Cons

  • The microwave is sited rather high up
  • You don't get a separate oven and grill
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