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Unread 8th May 2010   #11
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Right spent the whole day touring round caravan dealers on the south coast, we have finally narrowed down our choice of vans to one of the following, does anyone have any expereince good or bad points on any of them:

Bailey Pegasus 462 (2 berth)
Bailey Pegasus 514 (4 berth)
Bailey Pegasus 534 (4 berth with fixed bed)

There will only be a maximum of 2 adults sleeping, however we do have 6 cocker spaniels that we show and hence why we wish to purchase a van to take a holiday without paying for house sitters, etc. We will be purchasing an anwing and screens from D&T to ensure we have a safe enclosure for them. The dogs will live in van with us, but we wish to limit the areas they are permitted to have, for that reason I am not so sure about a 2 berth van.

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Right spent the whole day touring round caravan dealers on the south coast, we have finally narrowed down our choice of vans to one of the following, does anyone have any expereince good or bad points on any of them:

Bailey Pegasus 462 (2 berth)
Bailey Pegasus 514 (4 berth)
Bailey Pegasus 534 (4 berth with fixed bed)

There will only be a maximum of 2 adults sleeping, however we do have 6 cocker spaniels that we show and hence why we wish to purchase a van to take a holiday without paying for house sitters, etc. We will be purchasing an anwing and screens from D&T to ensure we have a safe enclosure for them. The dogs will live in van with us, but we wish to limit the areas they are permitted to have, for that reason I am not so sure about a 2 berth van.

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You need to be carefull because a lot of sites will not take more than 3 dogs, plus you need to do some research what sites you can get on.

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We have found many dog friendly sites recommened by people who have used them in the past and have checked these and they are happy to take this number of doggies, so no problems on that front, just not sure which van to go for does anyone have any good or bad points about these vans please?
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As the Pegasus with it's Alu-Tech construction is new to the market, there is very little information as to good and bad points. I think there are only one or two forum members who have one so feedback will be limited.
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There will only be a maximum of 2 adults sleeping, however we do have 6 cocker spaniels that we show and hence why we wish to purchase a van to take a holiday without paying for house sitters, etc. We will be purchasing an anwing and screens from D&T to ensure we have a safe enclosure for them. The dogs will live in van with us, but we wish to limit the areas they are permitted to have, for that reason I am not so sure about a 2 berth van.

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Hi Salero.
We bought our van only last month based solely on our dogs. Originally we liked the idea of a fixed bed, but upon seeing how much space they wasted, we went with a double dinette, so that we have the option of taking our son who would use the dinette bed, as well as taking the dogs (2 German Shepherds and a yorkie), or leave the dinette as the eating area and allow the dogs to have the area under the table and the corridor.
It only takes a minute to make the front seats into our bed, but e knew that having the fixed bed would be more of a bigger hinderance than just spending a minute making the bed each night.
Like you, our dogs are very very important, and their needs probably come first before ours. Well, not probably, THEY DO!!!!!!!!
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We have found many dog friendly sites recommened by people who have used them in the past and have checked these and they are happy to take this number of doggies, so no problems on that front, just not sure which van to go for does anyone have any good or bad points about these vans please?
Glad the doggie front is all sorted, as for the caravan its an all new design but I believe they do have a good warranty, its very hard knownig what you personally want in a caravan, ie fixed bed or like we do just make the seats up to make a bed, but that is your choice, never easy, like Ellie says there are a couple of members with the new Baileys so we just need them to post a review.

Good luck with your choice.

And when you have bought one and used it a few times give us a review of the caravan.

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The other thing about your shortlist is that they are quite heavy vans.

Done a bit of digging and

VW Caddy Maxi Life 2.0 (figures from VW)

Kerbweight = 1515Kg
GVW = 2315Kg
Max towing limit = 1500Kg

Pegasus (figures from Bailey)

514
Miro = 1250Kg
MTPLM = 1450Kg

534
Miro = 1266Kg
MTPLM = 1482Kg

The max towing limit is the weight of trailer the car can sucsessfully move away from rest on a 12% incline. Although the van appears to be within all the specs of the car I would wonder if it may struggle a little on hills.

I am probably being over cautious as you don't say what if any towing experience you have. It is advised that beginners to caravan towing try to stick to a van with an MTPLM that's no gtreater than 85% of the towcars kerbweight (yes folks. I know it's a devisive topic). Both these 4 berths are (in terms of MTPLM) close to a 1:1 match with your car (and even closer to your max towing limit).

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Just to let everyone know, OH has now changed his mind and is changing his nice sports in for a new L200 so that we can now go for a twin axle, my preference is the Swift Conqueror 645 and his is the Swift Challenger 630, 2010 models, has anyone any expereince of these vans?
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There will only be a maximum of 2 adults sleeping, however we do have 6 cocker spaniels that we show and hence why we wish to purchase a van to take a holiday without paying for house sitters, etc. We will be purchasing an anwing and screens from D&T to ensure we have a safe enclosure for them. The dogs will live in van with us, but we wish to limit the areas they are permitted to have, for that reason I am not so sure about a 2 berth van.

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I chose an L shaped lounge because it left more floor space for the dogs, particularly if I had a litter of puppies as there is space for me to put up an area for mum and pups. I also show my dogs and do a lot of stewarding on the days I am not showing.

Are you intending to stay on the campsites attached to the dog shows? It is where I do most of my caravanning and thoroughly enjoy myself there. Perhaps I will meet you some time.
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Hi Joan

Yes we will be OH is bored with being left at home when I go for champ shows and all weekend open ones, so we thought this would give us mini breaks and also let him not have to spend all day at the shows, which he hates, he only normally lates 3 hours at a time lol - what breeds do you have, when we get it we should meet
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