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A pair of end-wash­room two-berths

END-WASH­ROOM Two-berths had taken a bit of a dive in pop­u­lar­ity, with fixed beds be­ing pre­ferred by cou­ples. How­ever, a dealer we spoke to re­cently reck­oned good end-wash­room tour­ers for cou­ples have seen a re­vival of late. So it was no sur­prise that our trip to Swin­don Car­a­vans Cen­tre had us strug­gling to se­lect a pair of two-berths, be­cause the choice was so good. We even­tu­ally found two tour­ers that fit­ted our bud­get of less than £12,500. The first was a 2012 Bai­ley Olym­pus 460-2 with a tempt­ing price tag of £10,495, which was in good con­di­tion in­side and out. The Olym­pus, al­though per­haps no stun­ner on the out­side, rep­re­sented a lot of tourer for the cash, with a level of spec that would please many cus­tomers. Our next choice was a Com­pass Corona 462, again a good tourer, and two years newer, so with a higher price tag at £12,295. The Corona looked good from the out­side, but would the in­te­rior pass muster?

The con­tenders 2012 Bai­ley Olym­pus 460-2

Af­ter a rather slow sales start for the mark one Olym­pus, the mark two put the record straight, mak­ing more im­pact. So our choice of this six-year-old 460-2 looked good. The Olym­pus has GRP sides and is based on an Al-ko chas­sis. Spec in­cludes blow­nair heat­ing, full oven, Sta­tus TV aerial, Heki roof vent, Cd/ra­dio and spare wheel. The lay­out of this model gen­er­ally fol­lows con­ven­tional de­sign, with a large front lounge; al­though the tra­di­tional cen­tral chest of draw­ers is re­placed by U-shaped seat­ing. The kitchen is on the off­side, with the side dresser op­po­site, while the wash­room spans the rear of the van. Al­though the mark two turned out to be fairly short-lived, with only a few sea­sons on the mar­ket, this is a spa­cious and well de­signed car­a­van, so it could be a very strong con­tender.

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