Sarah Wakely
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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

Overview

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.

Design

It’s the outside of the ’van where you’ll first notice the upgrades that have been made: the new brown graphics look much more classy than those of the previous line-up, and bring the range in line with its luxurious Autograph sibling.

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

British buyers tend to favour end lounges, and the one in the Bailey Advance 70-6 is a good-sized and comfortable example.

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.

Kitchen

You’ll find the kitchen set directly to your left as you enter the Bailey Advance 70-6.

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.

Sleeping

Four of the Bailey Advance 70-6’s sleeping berths are in the dinette area – the seats can be made up into a double bed, while another double drops down from above.

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.

Washroom

The washroom sits in the centre of this Bailey motorhome, directly behind the dinette on the offside.

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.

Equipment

All of the new Bailey Advance models have good payloads and the 70-6’s is 610kg.

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.

Technical specs

Sleeps6
Travel seats6
MTPLM3500kg
Payload610kg
Length6.96m22′10″
Width2.49m8′2″
Height2.28m7′6″
Engine (power)130
Fresh/waste water95L / 93L
Leisure battery80 Ah
Gas tank size6kg
Number of gas tank compartments2
Kitchen Equipment
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill, Microwave

Verdict

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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Conclusion

Pros

  • The nearside kitchen is well proportioned
  • This ’van has a very inviting end lounge

Cons

  • The payload might be a bit tight for six

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