Bailey caravan test for Australian conditions
Monday, October 29, 2012 | Admin
Bailey of Bristol enjoy putting Alu-Tech caravans through their paces to test the performance of the award-winning bodyshell construction system. Developed initially on the track and in the cold chamber at the internationally renowned Millbrook Proving Ground through a series of accelerated life and thermal insulation tests the Alu-Tech product validation programme remains an on-going process.
Most recently this included a visit to the AL-KO test track in Markbronn Germany - a circuit renowned for its severity and is known in the industry as the 'caravan graveyard'. There a Bailey Unicorn Cabrera became the first time a UK-made caravan to complete 1,000 laps (simulating 100,000 kms of usage) on this punishing circuit.
This testing was undertaken specifically to confirm the suitability of the vehicle for Australian road conditions which are perceived to be tougher than those in Europe. However it was felt that an additional demonstration would be required and where better to do this than Australia itself?
Michael Browning of Caravan World Magazine agreed to take up the challenge by towing a Unicorn Pamplona, virtually the whole length of the country from Melbourne to Perth accross 3,500 miles through the Australian Outback in temperatures as high as + 35 degrees centigrade. The journey took twenty one days to complete covered much of the country's spectacular scenery including the famous Nullarbor Plain, 684 miles of inhospitable limestone desert, to provide the Unicorn with a unique test of durability in extreme temperatures.
The full details of Michael's epic journey can be found on the following link:-
The test vehicle was built to Australian specification featuring an AL-KO chassis, axle and running gear and the Bailey Alu-Tech bodyshell. In terms of construction the only significant difference is that that the caravan it is covered with a GRP outer skin, as featured on our Orion caravan and Approach SE motorhome ranges, rather than the aluminium skin currently used on domestic Unicorn models.
The Alu-Tech construction system features a structural interlocking aluminium framework that clamps the body shell panels together to produce a shell that is considerably stronger than that of a conventional vehicle. The same framework helps to substantially reduce the number of external joints and fixings thus minimising the number of potential water access points to improve the overall integrity of the protective shell. While timber free body shell panels, featuring a composite plastic internal skeleton offer a second line of defence against water damage by limiting the impact any possible ingress may cause.
This test is in direct contrast to the Alpine Challenge carried out on one of the early Pegasus models by Outdoor Leisure journalist Andrew Ditton in December 2009. He took an outfit 1,400 miles across six countries in seven days to the highest site in the European Alps open at that time of year to see how it performed in winter temperatures as low as -15 degrees centigrade. To find out how Andrew got on have a look at his video diary on the Bailey You Tube page - which can be found at http://www.youtube.com/user/baileycaravans
Successful completion of these two challenges highlights the versatility of the Alu-Tech construction system and its ability to provide greater protection against the elements keeping you comfortable safe and secure no matter how tough the conditions.
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