The first Bailey caravan was built by Martin Bailey in his garage in South Bristol in 1947 and was subsequently sold at Ashton Gate market for the sum of £200. A year later, F G Bailey Ltd was formed and went into production. The company developed rapidly throughout the 1950s, eventually outgrowing its original site and moving to its present address at South Liberty Lane in 1960. In 1977 the company was purchased by Patrick and Stephen Howard and Bailey of Bristol Ltd as it now known has remained in Howard family ownership ever since.
It wasn’t until 2011 that Bailey launched its first motorhome range. Their years of experience building and designing caravans firmly established them within the motorhome market. Today Bailey employs over 600 local people across three sites in Bristol and currently manufactures 7,500 leisure vehicles per year to generate an annual turnover in excess of £130 million.
Bailey are newcomers to our Awards but have achieved success, the first year they entered their Bailey Approach SE 745 not only won the Coachbuilts up to £45,000 class but took the overall title too. The following year the Bailey Approach Autograph 740 won the Coachbuilts £45,000 to £60,000 class. In 2019 the Bailey Alliance 59-2 won the Coachbuilts £45,000 - £49,000 class and with the Bailey Autograph 79-4T triumphing in the Coachbuilts £55,000 - £65,000 class.
Motorhome Design Awards 2018 entrants
"Traditional in style and substance"
"Loved the layout – practical and luxurious for a family of four."