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2015 (15) Bailey Approach Autograph 765

£44,000
  • Berth
    6
  • Transmission
    Manual
  • Mileage
    24,285 miles
  • Gross Weight
    3,850 kg
  • Engine Size
    2.2L
  • Previous Keepers
    2
  • Gears
    6
  • BHP
    130 bhp
  • Body Type
    Motorhome
  • Colour
    White
  • Fuel Type
    Diesel
  • Interior Trim
    Part Leather
  • Year
    2015 (15)

Design

Bailey has wisely tweaked the Autograph range’s habitation moulding to address the Approach SE’s biggest shortcoming – its looks. The previously boxy front of the habitation body has been smoothed out with softer corners, creating a much more modern look.

Bailey has also switched to a colder blue-white for the habitation body, rather than the creamy white used on the SEs, and it swapped the Peugeot Boxer cab colour from silver to striking graphite. Overall, it looks more contemporary.

Step inside and you’ll find broadly the same ambience to the interior, but with modifications that add up to a big overall improvement. Worktops are now glossy and curvy rather than sharp-edged, and locker doors now come in cream. There’s also a new leather-look upholstery option.

The biggest changes are under the skin. The 765 is 2.79m tall – 20cm shorter than Bailey’s Approach SE low-profiles. Yet it also offers more internal headroom, at up to 2.1m. Bailey has achieved this by modifying the Al-Ko chassis, to make them even lower. This also contributes to the 765’s purposeful stance.

On the road

Bailey’s decision to use Al-Ko’s special chassis rather than the standard-issue Boxer structure makes a lot of sense, particularly on the open road. The Approach SEs were excellent to drive for such wide, large motorhomes, and the Autographs are even better, thanks to lowered centres of gravity. The 765 tackles corners with aplomb, and is planted and largely shimmy-free on the motorway.

Bailey restricts you to a single-engine choice, Peugeot’s mid-range 128bhp unit, which is potent enough to haul the Approach Autograph 765 around without feeling overwhelmed. The 765 comes with a 3850kg MTPLM, so those who took their driver’s tests after 1997 will need to upgrade their licences to be able to drive it. This makes sense, though, when you consider that this is a six-berth with lots of heavy equipment installed.

Lounging & dining

The Bailey Approach Autograph 765 has two separate lounging areas – the U-shaped rear lounge and the dinette just rear of the cab seats. This makes it perfect for a family of six, since parents and kids can lounge in separate areas.

Thanks to the extra-wide habitation body, there’s lots of room in both lounges. The rear lounge is especially palatial, which is important, because it’s the only area in which all six occupants can sit at the same time, making it the default dining spot. 

Kitchen

We’ve always rated the Bailey’s kitchens, which are spacious and well equipped. Worktop space was a real highlight of the Autograph SEs, and we’re pleased that Bailey has retained this strength with its new Autographs. The worktops are now a classier glossy dark grey, with cream-coloured trim and cream locker doors with frosted glass inserts that let you discern their contents before opening them.

There have also been a few equipment upgrades. The sink is now a large, circular unit with a separate chopping board and drain cover – Bailey’s customers expressed a preference for circular sinks over the rectangular ones fitted to the SE, and the company duly complied. The cooker is also new: a Thetford unit with a built-in oven and grill, three gas burners and an electric hotplate. A microwave oven is still included as standard, and is hidden behind a locker door to improve kitchen unit aesthetics. 

Sleeping

When we heard Bailey was launching the UK’s first drop-down-bed low-profile, we expected it to be a transverse double bed suspended over the lounge across the width of the vehicle. When lowered, these beds obstruct access between cab and habitation.

To our surprise, the Bristolian firm has positioned the drop-down bed longitudinally, taking up only half of the vehicle’s width, so a corridor is retained through the ’van even when the bed is lowered. Bailey has been able to do this thanks to its uniquely wide habitation bodies. This won’t be an easy act to follow.

This makes the 765 not just a UK first, but a European first: the only transverse drop-down-bed low-profile. The bed is lowered electrically, controlled by a dedicated switch near the control panel. As is usual for electric drop-down beds, there’s a safety cut-off in the form of a cylindrical key, to ensure that the bed never lowers by accident. It’s a spacious and very comfortable bed, equipped with excellent Froli plastic bedsprings. However, it’s only accessible via a ladder, since it lowers about halfway down the height of the interior in order to retain sufficient headroom for the dinette bed underneath it.


The rear lounge bed is the most spacious in this ’van, and the one most likely to be occupied by grown-ups. It’s comfortable and very easy to put together: just slide out the slatted base extension from between the lounge seats and reposition the cushions. It’s only special in one respect – its size. The extra-wide habitation body has allowed Bailey to make this bed into a massive 2.2m x 1.79m.

Washroom

Midships washrooms are tough to get right, and they often suffer from a lack of space, as well as a confusing array of swinging panels and flimsy curtains designed to cordon off the shower area from the toilet.

Bailey’s designers have managed to avoid this, while ensuring that the washroom doesn’t take up too much space. They’ve done it by making the washroom taper towards the rear of the ’van, so that the central corridor widens slightly as it approaches the rear lounge.

The wider, front-most portion of the washroom is dedicated to the toilet, while the narrower rear section houses a separate shower cubicle. Intriguingly, the sink is located in the shower cubicle, which is a clever space-saving solution.

Storage

Six-berths always pose storage challenges, so it’s great to see that Bailey has put a lot of thought into the 765’s cargo space.

The new chassis design allows for double floor sections across certain portions of the ’van, and while these have been used mainly to house facilities, some of it is devoted to storage. The best example of this is the locker that runs under the rear lounge, which is accessible either from inside the ’van, or from outside via a locker door built into the rear panel.

By housing many of the facilities between the floors, Bailey’s designers have freed space for storage within the habitation. This is most noticeable under the dinette and rear lounge seating, both of which offer loads of space, although the space under the dinette seating is obstructed by the seat-belt frame.
 

Equipment

Bailey has made high kit levels one of its trademark selling points, and in pushing the Autograph range upmarket from the SEs, it has worked to make the specification even better.

As standard, these ’vans now include dual-fuel Alde Hydronic Compact 310 wet heating with programmable timing. While Bailey isn’t the first UK manufacturer to offer Alde heating – Elddis and Swift beat it to the punch by a couple of years – it’s the first one to offer the combination of wet heating, Al-Ko chassis, double-floor sections and wood-free sidewall construction in a single range. Thanks to the Al-Ko chassis and the 3850kg MTPLM, payload is a respectable 630kg.

The new double-floor design has allowed Bailey to improve the configuration of its facilities, particularly the plumbing and electrics. Heat and water are now carried through the vehicle without obstructing storage spaces, and even the leisure battery – now upgraded to a 105Ah unit – gets a special storage cubby under the dinette floor. Thoughtfully, Bailey has built in space for a second battery here.

Like all RAC Approved used motorhomes from AMC Motorhomes, This vehicle comes with 12 Months MOT, Full Pre-Delivery Inspection, Full Mechanical Service, Full Habitation Inspection, Full Interior & Exterior Valet, Full Demonstration On Collection, Full HPI Certification. Being the UK's only RAC authorized used motorhome dealer, all our vans come with a minimum 6 Month RAC Warranty. 

Technical specs

Sleeps6
Travel seats6
MTPLM3850kg
Payload633kg
Length7.45m24′5″
Width2.41m7′11″
Height2.79m9′2″
Fresh/waste water100L / 100L
Leisure battery105 Ah
Gas tank size10kg
Number of gas tank compartments2
Kitchen Equipment
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas with electric hot plate, Combined Oven/Grill, Microwave
Heating
Alde water heater

 

Included with this Bailey Approach
  • Brand New MOT
  • Minimum 6 Month Warranty
  • Full Valet Inside and Out
  • Habitation Check
  • A New Service
  • Full Comprehensive Handover
  • No Hidden Admin Fees/Charges
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  • Specification

    • Cab Air Conditioning
    • Central Locking
    • Climate Control
    • Electric Mirrors
    • Electric Windows
    • Phone Hands Free
    • Power Steering
    • Steering Wheel Phone/Audio Controls
    • Swivel Seat(s)
    • Awning
    • Awning Light
    • Bike Rack
    • Ext BBQ Point
    • Mains Hook-Up
    • Tow Bar
    • 3 Burner Gas Hob
    • 3 Way Fridge Freezer
    • Alde Heating
    • Blinds
    • Electric Flush Cassette Toilet
    • Drop down bed
    • Electric Hot Plate
    • Flyscreen Door
    • Flyscreens
    • Full Cab Blinds
    • Heating/Hot Water System
    • Kitchen Area
    • Microwave
    • Separate Shower
    • Skylight
    • U Shaped lounge makes double bed
    • Wardrobe
    • Wash Basin
    • Immobiliser
    • 6 Berth
    • 6 X 3-Point Seatbelts
    • Battery Charger
    • Leisure Battery
    • Power Management
    • DVD Player
    • TV
    • MP3 Player
  • Finance
  • Technical Data

    • Engine and Drivetrain
      • Driven Axle
        FWD
      • Engine Capacity
        2,198 cc
      • Gears
        6
      • Steering Wheel
        RHD
      • Wheelbase
        Standard
    • Performance
      • BHP
        130 bhp
    • Weight and Capacities
      • Gross Weight
        3,850 kg
      • Seats
        6
  • Contact Details
    AMC MotorCaravans
    Lower Dicker Hailsham East Sussex BN27 4BG
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    Opening Hours
    • Monday08:30-17:00
    • Tuesday08:30-17:00
    • Wednesday08:30-17:00
    • Thursday08:30-17:00
    • Friday08:30-17:00
    • Saturday10:00-16:00
    • SundayClosed
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