YOUR Bailey Pageant Provence v Lunar Quasar 525

YOUR Bailey Pageant Provence v Lunar Quasar 525
OWNERS’ REPORT : TEST
v
Lunar Quasar 525
Bailey Pageant Provence
YOUR
Bailey Pageant Provence v
Lunar Quasar 525
VIEWS
P
erhaps the most practical of
caravan layouts for families
are those that feature two
separate dinette areas,
one at each end. By day
this means that the kids can make as
much noise as they want at the back,
while the adults watch TV in relative
peace. However, the real bonus comes
at night when the rear dinette converts
into a separate sleeping area for the
littl’uns. This means that they can go
to bed early, giving parents the time to
enjoy some quiet relaxation in the
separate front lounge.
No longer with us, since Bailey
introduced its new Alu-Tech caravans, the
Pageant was a popular mid-market model
range for many years and for several
different generations. The Pageant
Provence featured a twin-dinette design –
the Series 7 models featured parallel
inward-facing settees at the front, with
the previous generation having an L-shape
front dinette seating arrangement.
Lunar’s Quasar range has been with us
for years, and has just been updated again
for the 2014 season. The Quasar 525
model is no longer in the line-up but, like
the Pageant Provence, it featured
separate dinettes.
We asked members who owned either
of these caravans to give us their views and
many thanks to those who responded.
Here’s what they had to say.
LIKES AND DISLIKES
The Provence layout, especially models
sporting the L-shape front lounge, is
much liked by owners. The large shower
cubicle in the centre washroom is also
popular. Comments included, “Fantastic
layout, particularly with the cosy L-shape
front lounge… sleeps five very
comfortably.” Another owner explained,
“The rear dinette is now used as a
permanent double bed, since the kids no
longer come along with us.”
On the negative side, owners’
comments about the Bailey included
complaints about a lack of free
worktop in the kitchen, plus some
thought the washroom was cramped,
with the separate shower cubicle
taking up a lot of space. For example,
one owner explained, “It’s impossible
to bend over the sink to wash without
my backside pushing the door open.”
How do members feel about this pair
of twin-dinette family caravans?
Mike Steer crunches the numbers and
Steve Rowe looks at owners’ comments
Another owner commented, “The
kitchen would benefit if there was
a hinged flap to increase worktop space.”
For the Quasar, enthusiastic comments
centred around the flexibility of the
twin-dinette layout, plus the relatively
light weight of the caravan, making it
easier to tow than some others of this
size. “We used the rear dinette as a den
for our teenager, with an extra TV point
fitted,” said one member, while another
commented that, “We use the end dinette
as a permanent rear double bed, which
is larger than any other fixed double bed
we have seen!”
On the flip side, there was again
talk of limited worktop space in the
kitchen, plus complaints about the
limited number of mains electrical
sockets, and the fact that the space
around the toilet and washbasin was
quite tight. “Washbasin and toilet area
is too small, though shower is adequate,”
said one owner. And, “Everyone
is frustrated trying to charge their
mobile phones, when the one
socket in the front is used for the TV
and the one in the kitchen for the kettle!”
commented another.
Bailey Pageant
Provence
October 2013 The Caravan Club Magazine
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TEST : OWNERS’ REPORT
one owner with a Ford S-Max 2.0 TDCi
stated, “Can’t use the 6th gear unless it’s
very flat or there’s a tailwind.”
TECHNICAL
RATINGS
BAILEY
LUNAR
SLEEPING
ON THE ROAD
SLEEPING
LIVING ACCOMMODATION
WASHROOM
KITCHEN
SERVICES
QUALITY AND RELIABILITY
VERDICT
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Internal length
Overall length
Width
Headroom
MRO
MTPLM
Berths
New (ex wks) price
Caravan Club
insurance quote
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
Bailey (Series 7)
18ft 5in (5.60m)
23ft 7in (7.19m)
7ft 6in (2.28m)
6ft 3in (1.91m)
1,275kg (25.1cwt)
1,490kg (29.3cwt)
5
£14,430 (2010)
Lunar (2010)
18ft (5.49m)
23ft 1in (7.04m)
7ft 1in (2.16m)
6ft 3in (1.91m)
1,197kg (23.5cwt)
1,395kg (27.4cwt)
5
£15,095 (2010)
£188.38 (2008 model*,
sum insured £9k)
£195.67 (2008 model*
sum insured £9.5k)
Above figures from manufacturers’ literature
AVERAGE USED PRICES
2008
2009
2010
£9,100
£9,775
£10,775
OWNER PROFILE
Age
Driving experience yrs
Towing experience yrs
Mileage
No. of contributors
Bailey
47
29
15
4,316
21
£9,425
£10,300
£11,200
Lunar
54
36
19
2,997
20
Avg
50
32
17
3,656
Total 41
* Standard 5Cs market value cover based on four years’ no claims discount, £100 excess, £500 contents cover
and a 10% discount for a tilt activated or corner steady sensor alarm. Subject to terms and conditions and
Insurers’ acceptance of the Risk. The Caravan Club Ltd is Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Conduct
Authority. Call 01342 336610 for further details and to obtain a quote.
Info: baileyofbristol.co.uk ● lunarcaravans.com
ON THE ROAD
Lunar Quasar 525
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A look inside
Provence
Most of the Bailey Provence owners who
responded seem to tow with 4x4s, though
a couple of VW Passats and three Ford
Mondeos were also towcars of choice.
The general consensus is that the Bailey
tows very well. “A good tow all round,”
said a Mondeo owner. However, one
owner complained that, “The noseweight
seems to be very heavy when unladen and
it’s hard to load it correctly to maintain
the correct noseweight.”
For the Lunar, towcars were again mainly
4x4s, but also included a Vauxhall Vectra,
Jaguar XF-S and Mondeo. Comments
included, “The caravan is very easy to tow
and doesn’t get upset by passing traffic,”
and, “You hardly know the van is on the
back.” There were very few criticisms, but
Owners seemed to like the flexibility of
the Bailey’s twin sleeping areas, with just
a few comments about uncomfortable
cushions. “We have regularly slept six
inside the van,” and, “The mattress
sections are not of uniform firmness, so
the bed is uneven,” were two statements.
For the Lunar, owners also liked the
flexible sleeping arrangements, enthusing,
“Single or double beds are comfortable”
and, “Practical for a family, with a variety
of sleeping options.” Negative comments
included, “Bunk bed is a waste of space as
it is too close to the bed underneath it.”
LIVING ACCOMMODATION
Many owners seem to love the Bailey
Provence’s front dinette, but some had a
few niggles elsewhere. “The main lighting
was poor for reading but we have now
added mains lights,” said one member.
“Reasonable comfort and space for five,”
stated another.
For the Lunar Quasar, comments
were generally very positive – “Long seats
at the front are comfortable for a family
of four to eat at,” and, “Very comfortable
with plenty of space to relax.” Although
one members said “there are too few
reading lights in the front lounge” and
another opined that there were “not
enough mains sockets”.
WASHROOM
For the Provence, most owners
complained about the lack of space in
the washroom, though they liked the
shower – “Brilliant, love the separate
shower,” said one enthused member.
Quasar owners also loved their models’
large shower cubicle but also said the rest
of the washroom was very cramped –
highlighted by the following comment:
“A bit tight on elbow room, have knocked
things into the loo a couple of times!”
KITCHEN/COOKING
The main complaint about the Provence’s
kitchen seems to be the lack of work
surface, though a few owners thought
this was fine. “Good storage for kitchen
utensils and food,” said one delighted
owner. “Fridge hinges broke and door
fell off,” reported a disgruntled member.
For the Quasar, some also complained
about limited amount of worktop space,
but the lack of lighting above the hob
seems to be the main niggle. “Plenty of
space and works well,” said a satisfied
owner, but, “No light over hob is our
biggest grudge,” commented another.”
SERVICES
Most Provence owners were happy with
their caravan’s services, but some niggles
were reported – “The water pump is very
noisy,” said one owner, “Needs more
mains electrical sockets,” mentioned
another and, “Awning light is not
brilliant,” stated a third.
With the Quasar, comments were also
generally positive, with just a few issues
reported. “Water pump is sometimes
temperamental,” and, “Could have a few
more power points.”
QUALITY AND RELIABILITY
Most owners seem happy with the
quality of their Bailey Provence, with
some reporting a few minor issues –
“Over six years, very little to do other
than regular servicing,” and, “One or two
minor issues, but generally very happy.”
A couple of owners reported issues with
damp but the company’s six-year water
ingress warranty had covered the cost
of repairs for one, who commented,
“Well done Bailey.”
Most Lunar owners reckoned that the
quality of their caravan was good, with one
saying it was excellent. One or two seem to
have had relatively minor problems, but no
damp issues were reported. Comments
included, “Cupboard door handles and
locks are very basic,” and, “For a four-yearold caravan, it seems to be wearing well.” ■
VERDICT
With all the numbers crunched, the
Bailey just has the edge over the Lunar
when it comes to towing performance,
kitchen design, its services and its
quality and reliability. However, the
Lunar scores better for its sleeping
accommodation, living space and
washroom. The fact that there is not
much between these two models
according to our members is highlighted
by the overall verdict marks – only
1% separates the two.
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