First look: Bailey Pe­ga­sus GT70 Brin­disi

The Pe­ga­sus GT70 spe­cial edi­tion marks Bailey’s 70th birth­day and serves up some tasty ex­tras for buy­ers. Peter Baber sam­ples the range’s sole is­land-bed of­fer­ing

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The Bris­tol brand kicks off its 70th birth­day cel­e­bra­tions with a spe­cial edi­tion of its mid-mar­ket Pe­ga­sus

BAILEY IS MARK­ING its 70th birth­day in 2018 with the launch of a spe­cial-edi­tion range, the Pe­ga­sus GT70, a specced-up ver­sion of its mid-range of­fer­ing. Our test model is the end­wash­room, trans­verse-is­landbed Pe­ga­sus GT70 Brin­disi.

Pitch and set-up

A look at the extra spec you get on the outside ex­plains why spe­cial edi­tions are so pop­u­lar.

An Al-ko ATC trailer con­trol sys­tem is in­cluded as stan­dard, with the sta­biliser that used to be all you got, so tow­ing this 7.37m-long van was a breeze. The 14-inch al­loy wheels are a graphite colour, com­ple­ment­ing the dark blue de­cals.

You also get a drip-tray for the ex­te­rior door, a new ad­di­tion for the range, while ex­ter­nal lock­ers have wet-locker-style floors. The door has a win­dow, plus a bin with built-in dust­pan and brush.

All of the win­dows are a new aero­dy­namic design and you get a 100W Truma so­lar panel.


A plas­tic grab­han­dle helps you to get in­side. At the en­trance, there are also coat hooks and con­trols for the electrics.

Our test model had a shark’s fin-shaped bol­ster on the near­side set­tee, serv­ing as a use­ful draught-stop­per. This er­gonom­i­cally de­signed fea­ture is a £63 op­tion, but we think it is one worth hav­ing.

The two set­tees in the lounge would ad­e­quately seat four, but prob­a­bly no more than that.

The two shelves at the top of the side win­dows, be­neath the speak­ers and the CD/MP3 player/ra­dio, pro­vide stor­age, but any­one in the cor­ners of the set­tees will feel cramped – taller peo­ple will also have to mind their head when stand­ing up.

If there are only two of you, you prob­a­bly won’t sit here any­way, be­cause the TV and mains sock­ets on the ledge be­low the front win­dows mean that the most ob­vi­ous place for any TV is on the cen­tre chest.

The am­bi­ent light­ing around the win­dows is com­ple­mented by four spot­lights and two LED lights above each set­tee, plus three large LED lights at the up­per­most end of that huge, sweep­ing cen­tral win­dow.

You also get two blown-air vents at the bot­tom of the chest, so even in win­ter, the in­te­rior should be cosy as well as bright.

The free­stand­ing ta­ble is a good size, al­though it has to be fished out from un­der the is­land bed and when stow­ing it, placed pre­cisely be­tween two slots – we found this quite a task.

The new in­te­rior fur­nish­ings were pleas­ing to the eye. Warm Mendip Ash wood­work, with a con­trast­ing stripe on the Ital­ian­designed locker doors and a neu­tral grey on the set­tees, works well with the pat­terns on the cur­tains and cush­ions.


The flap ex­tend­ing the work­top is large, but the kitchen is L-shaped, with the round sink and four-burner dual-fuel hob at the other end, so this extra area is some way from where the cook would likely be sta­tioned.

There are two mains sock­ets nearby and con­trols for the Truma heat­ing (the panel is inet ready, but adding the inet sys­tem is a re­tailer-fit op­tion).

The area is well lit, with large LEDS un­der­neath the over­head lock­ers and the mi­crowave, and smaller LEDS in front of them.

The L-shape ac­com­mo­dates the gas-bot­tle locker, but you still get a large pull-out cut­lery tray and three shelves be­hind the curved cup­board door.

There’s an­other good-sized cup­board with a shelf to the right of this, be­fore you get to the Thet­ford Caprice Mk III oven and grill, with a pan locker un­der­neath that is mostly taken up by the wheel arch. To the right of the oven is a slen­der cup­board, fea­tur­ing hold­ers for three wine bot­tles. The over­head lock­ers here, un­like those in the lounge, have push but­tons, not han­dles, but they do swing high.

Op­po­site the main kitchen area is a 134-litre Dometic fridge and freezer. The locker be­low houses the fuse box, but the one above is clear, if you can reach it.


The end wash­room seems a bit nar­row. A win­dow high up over the sink lets in light with­out com­pro­mis­ing pri­vacy – it also has a blind.

The basin sits on top of a shelved cup­board, with small shelves around it. It is well lit, with a large mir­ror and a hook.

The shower cu­bi­cle is stur­dily built, with two LEDS, a rooflight and a handy shelf.


With the is­land bed in the day­time po­si­tion, the main bed­room is spacious.

There are two spot­lights over the head­board and two more lights higher up in front of the lock­ers, so you shouldn’t have a prob­lem read­ing.

There is a small dresser in the front off­side cor­ner, with its own socket. This is handy, be­cause even if you used the socket on the fab­ric panel next door for the TV – which you can mount here – you would still have a power sup­ply for a hairdryer. But bizarrely, the dresser does not have a mir­ror.

How­ever, roll the bed out to its full length (1.86 x 1.42m) to sleep, and space is not so good. The gap around the bot­tom of

the bed is so nar­row, any­one try­ing to get past in the night could eas­ily wake a light sleeper.

The wardrobes ei­ther side have a cup­board be­low, al­though the far side one is a bit nar­row.

Be­tween the wardrobe/ cup­boards flank­ing the is­land bed are small built-in shelves, ideal for your book or phone.

The front make-up double is good and large (1.94 x 1.35m) and still uses slats and Bailey’s in­ge­nious Dream­sleep sys­tem, which cre­ates a sur­pris­ingly flat sur­face with rel­a­tive ease.

You can leave the set­tees up as sin­gles, but you only get beds that are 1.59m long – and you have to find a stor­age place for four bulky back­rests.


It’s good to have two ex­ter­nally ac­cessed lock­ers. Un­usu­ally, the bat­tery is lo­cated in a cub­by­hole in the floor un­der the is­land bed.

The two un­der­seat ar­eas are also rel­a­tively clut­ter-free – the wa­ter heater is po­si­tioned in the off­side space, but par­ti­tioned off. It’s just a shame there are no in­ter­nal ac­cess flaps to ei­ther of these ar­eas.

You get four shelved over­head lock­ers in the front lounge, and the cor­ner shelves, plus a twodrawer chest in the mid­dle with a small locker un­der­neath.

In the bed­room, as well as the space un­der the bed and the wardrobes, there are over­head lock­ers with a shelf in be­tween.


The lounge area pro­vides ad­e­quate seat­ing for four peo­ple, but prob­a­bly for no more than that This bol­ster on the near­side set­tee (a cost op­tion) also serves as a use­ful draught-stop­per Sock­ets on this ledge make the cen­tre chest the ob­vi­ous place for the TV Shelves at the top of the side win­dows pro­vide stor­age, but make set­tee cor­ners a bit cramped

The front make-up double bed is a good size, us­ing slats and the Dream­sleep sys­tem

LEFT Over­head lock­ers in the L-shaped kitchen have push but­tons rather than han­dles, but the doors do swing out quite high when opened RIGHT TOP-BOT­TOM The Brin­disi’s spe­cial-edi­tion ex­te­rior of­fers the Al-ko ATC con­trol sys­tem as stan­dard, a sta­biliser and 14in al­loy wheels

A slen­der cup­board lo­cated near the oven fea­tures hold­ers for three bot­tles of wine

The flap ex­tend­ing the work­top is large, but a bit of a stretch from the main cook­ing area

The fab­ric wall panel, with sock­ets close by, can be used to mount a television screen

FAR LEFT TOP-BOT­TOM With the is­land bed in day­time po­si­tion, the bed­room is spacious, but with it rolled out at night, floor space is tight CEN­TRE High win­dow with blind of­fers light and pri­vacy RIGHT The shower cu­bi­cle is well built, with two LEDS, a rooflight and a use­ful shelf

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