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Product Testing – Bailey Snow Season Part II



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Most people pack their camping and caravanning gear away after the summer, but not professional snowboarder Simon Cudlip (26) and blogger Faye Young (22) who have taken a new Bailey Pegasus to Austria to live in as a base all winter while enjoying their favourite winter sports and competing in championships across the Alps.

The couple, who have already spent the last six months in their caravan working on a campsite in the UK while enjoying their favourite summer sport, wakeboarding, will be posting regular updates of their winter lifestyle and sub-zero experiences on the new Bailey blog: http://www.baileyofbristol.co.uk/latest-blog/. They will also be sharing photos and updates via social media (@BaileyofBristol) using the hashtag #BaileySnowSeason.

Being told they ‘must be mad’ to want to live in a caravan through an Alpine winter did not deter this young couple from buying their first caravan (a Bailey Ranger) three years ago, which they subsequently upgraded to a 2008 Bailey Pageant Vendee. They prefer to have their own space and save money by not having to pay for expensive rental accommodation every winter sports season, but they are still surprised that more British people don’t use their caravans for winter sports holidays.

“The campsite we stay at near Innsbruck in Austria is busy all winter with people regularly using their caravans and motorhomes for skiing and snowboarding holidays, but we never used to see any from the UK. However, we’ve managed to introduce the idea to people we know who are also working here for the season, and persuaded several people from the UK to use their caravans for a holiday here, and now they love it,” said Simon and Faye.

“A caravan is perfect for our lifestyle as we love to be able to go off to snowboarding competitions, then come back to our own place with our own things around us. We love caravans, and wish more people our age would consider it,” they continued.

When not snowboarding, Faye writes her ‘girls snowboarding blog’ (www.fayevyoung.com) about fashion, travel (including caravanning) and reviews of anything snowboarding related, while Simon has a ski and snowboard waxing business which he does in the awning. For this season, he has an Isabella Universal 420 porch awning which is specifically designed to be used in winter with features such as a sloping roof to help avoid having to clear any build-up of snow.

For the 2015-16 winter, they have swapped their 2008 model for a new, fourth generation Bailey Pegasus Brindisi so will be able to experience how Bailey leisure vehicles with Alu-Tech bodyshells are more efficient and comfortable to live in and use in winter thanks to their thicker body panels and superior insulation. The Brindisi has a roomy front lounge offering great views from its unique vertical skylight, a well equipped kitchen in the central area, followed by a rear transverse double bed and an end washroom with a large shower cubicle. Full details of the Pegasus Brindisi are available online at: http://www.baileyofbristol.co.uk/caravans/pegasus/bailey-pegasus-brindisi/ 

To keep them warm, the new Pegasus has the latest Truma Combi dual fuel (6kw gas and 1.8kw electric) heating and hot water system which has been tested in a cold chamber to produce record warm-up times and a better distribution of heat inside the caravan,as demonstrated in this video: http://bbtv.baileyofbristol.co.uk/Video/pegasus-truma-combi-6-e-heating-system#videoview. This is also achieved thanks to the better insulation and thicker side walls of the patented Alu-Tech construction system which Bailey now uses for all its leisure vehicles.

Just like at home, the heating system in the Pegasus is programmable via an easy to use control panel, but Simon and Faye also have the luxury of the new (optional) Truma iNet box so they can use their phones or tablets to control the heating from wherever they are to make sure they always return to a cosy, warm caravan after an active day on the snow.

Nick Howard, Managing Director of Bailey added: “It’s great to see two young people using a caravan as a base for their leisure pursuits in any climate, and we’re delighted that the Bailey Snow Season with demonstrate that the thermal efficiency of the Bailey Alu-Tech bodyshell makes our caravans genuine four-season vehicles.”

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