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Check out the biggest model in the new Bailey Advance range, the six-berth 70-6 – it's been upgraded inside and out, and it's competitively priced, too
The relaunch of Bailey’s entry-level Advance range has arguably been the biggest model news of the year so far: the line-up was increased from four to six, and each got an all-new interior and exterior finish.
A couple of the layouts were new, but some were carried over; including this, the six-berth 70-6, which was previously available as the 665 model.
The latter was a strong seller, so it’s no real surprise to see it brought over to the latest range.
The latest Bailey Advance is built on a Peugeot/Al-Ko chassis; it’s set low to the ground, so stepping up into the accommodation area is easy.
Before you do so, though, be sure to take a look at the smart rooflight above the cab – it’s a new addition, and really pays dividends within.
Lounging & dining
It’s a bright, airy place to spend time, and the trio of windows means you’ll get a good view outside no matter where you sit.
The ‘Eucalyptus’-coloured upholstery scheme, new for this iteration of the Advance, looks very smart. The light tones – combined with those of the lockers above – really help to make this area feel spacious.
But that’s not the only place to sit. Opposite the kitchen is a double dinette, which can seat four; if you’re touring six-up, another table can be set up in the rear lounge to allow you all to eat at once.
The dinette is also home to four belted seats – along with the pair in the cab, this means that there’s a belt for every berth.
It’s a great size, with plenty of work surface for the chef to make use of – there’s even a lift-up flap to increase it further.
Below the worktop is a Thetford Triplex combination oven and grill, with a three-burner hob above. Additional cooking duties are taken care of by the stainless-steel, 800W microwave.
There’s also a Dometic 95-litre fridge with detachable freezer section, and a square sink with a drainer and chopping board.
Storage here is good, and there are also a couple of handy plug sockets on the wall to the left.
Both of the beds are comfortable, but the fixed bed is particularly so: it’s made of foam and rests on a sprung base.
The final two berths make up from the cushions in that rear lounge. Bailey dropped its Dreamsleep system for the new model range, but the resulting sleeping surface here is very comfortable, and the bed is easy to make up – you could choose to use the sofas as a pair of single beds if that arrangement suits you better.
The front double bed makes up to 1.82m x 1.01m (6'0" x 3'4") and the rear make-up double is 1.53m x 2.09m (5'0" x 6'11"). The drop-down double bed measures 1.81m x 1.21m (5'11" x 4'0") and has a maximum load capacity of 200kg.
There’s no separate shower cubicle, so you’ll need to be happy to make use of a shower curtain to protect the rest of the surfaces from getting wet.
The other facilities here are a swivel-bowl cassette toilet, plus a reasonably sized washbasin.
That’s plenty if you’re a family of four, but you’ll need to take a bit of care when packing if you’re touring with six.
|Fresh/waste water||95L / 93L|
|Leisure battery||80 Ah|
|Gas tank size||6kg|
|Number of gas tank compartments||2|
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill, Microwave
The new Bailey Advance range is a huge improvement on the previous version: everything looks and feels great quality, despite the vehicle’s low price tag.
Our one reservation is with the payload – not huge if you’re travelling with six – but if you take care, you’ll find this a very competent ’van.
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- The nearside kitchen is well proportioned
- This ’van has a very inviting end lounge
- The payload might be a bit tight for six