The Bailey Orion's spacious interior
Step inside the Bailey Orion 450/5 and the interior feels incredibly spacious. The rear end has an L shaped seat with three fixed bunks on the offside. This area feels very open (and is), but you realise that storage here would be limited with three children on board. A rear roof locker would provide more storage than the small shelf. Also, its here a down light would be perfect to use for dedicated lighting. The rear window is limited by the roof curvature. Making it a little longer would allow in extra natural light. We also reckon that a curtain divider needs to be added to shut off the children at night. Our bunk tester Georgina liked the bunk beds, but wanted her privacy in the evening. A nifty idea though was the table clip on the middle bunk (a good feature Georgina thought).
Side wardrobe proved fine for our usage, but five people may struggle on a long weekend stay. There is a shelf in the bottom, but we found untidy, loose wiring just inside which powered the bunk lights. The washroom is placed in front of the wardrobe and comes with a super deep hand basin and cupboard storage below. The shower has a curtain, while the loo has electric flush. It’s spacious and for light and ventilation a small roof vent is fitted. Well done Bailey for having a long chord for the light operation. Yes children do use the washroom at night!
Opposite we found the kitchen was practical in use, but storage was limited (though roof lockers number three and the free-standing table here is stored). The three burner hob by Thetford worked okay for us - a sign of the cost cutting is the combined grill/oven. A microwave is fitted though. Bailey have excelled on the lighting in the kitchen area, with very good down lighters. Two mains sockets are fitted and also 12-volt socket and TV point. Its here that the TV could be placed - on what was basically the side gas locker compartment. The front lounge we found very comfortable to use. The seating was supportive and making the double bed was simple, providing a good comfortable night sleep.
The lighting in the lounge area was very good, with two spots and central lighting. Natural light to is taken care of with a large front window and Hiki roof vents plus deep side windows. Under seat storage is good, but we were surprised not to see beech slats for the bases. No chest of drawers is fitted, which may be a disadvantage for some. However, we liked the old idea of clip on table. It was ideal in height and so easy to use. In fact we would leave the free-standing behind and use the clip on tables.