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Product Testing – Part II of The W2E Challenge, a 6,000km journey across the centre of Australia



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In another demonstration of the unrivalled strength and durability of the Bailey Alu-Tech construction system two Bailey caravans have recently completed one of the toughest towing endurance tests ever undertaken with an epic 6,000 kilometre road trip adventure right across the centre of Australia.

The Bailey Australia West 2 East Challenge started at the most westerly point of the country, Denham in Western Australia, on 21st August 2015 and the team then travelled eastwards through the centre of the country arriving at the most easterly point, Byron Bay in New South Wales, 14 days later on 3rd September 2015. This extreme challenge took the caravans through some of the most remote parts of Australia passing iconic Outback locations such as Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Alice Springs in the Northern Territory and Birdsville in Queensland, travelling over approximately 2,200 kilometres of gravel, dirt and corrugated roads in the process.

The vehicles used on the challenge were the first two Bailey Rangefinder models to be built in Australia. Bailey caravans were introduced into Australia five years ago and until now have been modified versions of those found in the UK* (from the current Pursuit, Pegasus and Unicorn ranges). However, following the formation of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Bailey Leisure Pty Ltd, earlier this year, the next phase of the company’s expansion plan is to begin assembling caravans in Melbourne using a combination of British and Australian production and design expertise to develop models specifically tailored to the Australian audience.

The Bailey Rangefinder range will initially consist of three models and will be launched at the Melbourne Leisurefest show which runs from 8th – 11th October. For product information please visit the Bailey Australia web site at www.baileyaustralia.com

During the two week trip both caravans stood up to everything the Australian Outback could throw at them and safely negotiated all of the obstacles put in their path, managing to complete this marathon of endurance almost totally unscathed and in doing so demonstrated that they could hold their own in even the toughest conditions.

As in the UK, one of the key selling points for Bailey caravans in Australia is the Alu-Tech body shell construction system. This fully patented technology produces vehicles that are more robust, more durable and yet lighter than those manufactured using conventional methods and offer greater protection against the elements to keep owners comfortable, safe and secure all year round - making caravans manufactured this way ideally suited for the rugged terrain and harsh climatic conditions found 'Down Under'. To date over 35,000 Alu-Tech leisure vehicles have been built and are being enjoyed all over the world.

Commenting on the successful completion of the West to East Challenge Bailey of Bristol Marketing Director Simon Howard said:

"This has been the most severe real-life endurance test we’ve ever undertaken and for the caravans to cope in the way they have is further testimony to the unrivalled strength and durability of the Alu-Tech construction system."

"Since the introduction of Alu-Tech six years ago we have put our leisure vehicles through their paces both on the leading test-tracks in the UK and Europe and as far afield as the Swiss Alps in mid-winter and the Australian Outback in mid-summer. In all instances they have stood up to everything both the terrain and the weather has thrown at them, meaning you can be confident of going where and when you want in a Bailey Alu-Tech caravan or motorhome".

In addition to providing a thorough examination of our products the West to East Challenge has also taken us through some of the most remote and spectacular parts of the planet, proof if needed that caravans really do allow you to visit the places that other holidays cannot reach" he added.

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