Bailey Adamo 69-4 ? (1 Viewer)

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Jul 4, 2016
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V-Line 636 Sport
I'm just looking into buying my next motorhome. I quite like the 69-4. There are mixed reviews and I would appreciate any comments.

Some concerns are the front sky light is a weak point and some reviews talk about the 'Bailey whistle' coming from the sky light.

The drop down bed is often mentioned as a weak point, and often needs a repairing.

I've spoken to my insurance company and they are happy with the Ford base but must have a tracker fitted and a decent immobilizer, (visit to van bitz )!

By the time i have added the optional extras, roll out canopy, tv, external gas and shower outlets, extend the grey waste pipe, extend the warranties the total comes out at £78.5k

For 2 of us and a labrador, I like the lounge space and a big bonus is the separate shower and loo, plus a massive garage!

Anyone got experience of Bailey and the quality of build. Spending a lot of money and will appreciate your thoughts

Thanks
 
Jan 16, 2014
1,375
2,553
Surrey
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29,725
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Rapido 854f
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Since 2012
I'm just looking into buying my next motorhome. I quite like the 69-4. There are mixed reviews and I would appreciate any comments.

Some concerns are the front sky light is a weak point and some reviews talk about the 'Bailey whistle' coming from the sky light.

The drop down bed is often mentioned as a weak point, and often needs a repairing.

I've spoken to my insurance company and they are happy with the Ford base but must have a tracker fitted and a decent immobilizer, (visit to van bitz )!

By the time i have added the optional extras, roll out canopy, tv, external gas and shower outlets, extend the grey waste pipe, extend the warranties the total comes out at £78.5k

For 2 of us and a labrador, I like the lounge space and a big bonus is the separate shower and loo, plus a massive garage!

Anyone got experience of Bailey and the quality of build. Spending a lot of money and will appreciate your thoughts

Thanks
You need to see and feel the quality for yourself as somewhat subjective but for that sort of money, personally I'd be looking at something like a Burstner or Adria and add a bit more.
 
Jul 11, 2020
543
1,444
Southampton
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72,887
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Benimar Tessoro T486
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Since August 2020
We've got a 75 4DL and like it. A few fiddly issues that the dealer should have sorted (sticking cupboard door, mess left by wifi installer). Don't like Whale water filler - see if dealer will swap for a sureflow?
Spares /accessories via Prima Leisure (a Bailey Co) are the pits - huge delays, no communication etc)
 
Oct 30, 2022
29
53
Spalding, UK
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92,170
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Laika L4009DS
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Newbie
I can only say we rented one from a private owner last year. It was a year old with 3k miles. Admittedly a hire can but not much use on it. He spent 1/2 hr at the start of the rental showing us everything broken on it. Put us off! But with the help of friends we had a great time. I would say that the lounge space, toilet space etc was good as was the garage. I personally didn't get on too well with the transverse layout drop down bed. But you may like it
 
OP
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Cliffdale
Jul 4, 2016
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V-Line 636 Sport
I've spotted the Whale water intake and would change it so I can fill up using watering cans. The sureflow, is that the water pump?

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lunarman

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Sep 23, 2008
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Is the quoted 410kg sufficient for your needs. Any extras will eat into it, and Bailey recommend travelling without water in the tanks:

From the Bailey website:

Within the quoted MRO figure there is an allowance made for 'essential habitation equipment' which consists of the following:

  • Vehicle driver = 75kg
  • 90% fuel tank capacity = 81kg
  • One full gas bottle = 14 kgs
  • Fluids in ALDE heating system (when fitted) = 10kg

The MRO is calculated with the fresh water tank empty. It is not recommended that you travel with water in the fresh water tank but if you chose to do so then our available payload will reduce accordingly.
 
OP
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Cliffdale
Jul 4, 2016
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V-Line 636 Sport
Thanks, if I go ahead, I will up plate it to give me a little extra pay load
 
Feb 22, 2016
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York
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41,744
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Bailey 620 Approach
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Since 2015
We’ve got a 2012 Bailey and, whilst you read many disparaging things about the brand on here, it has been our experience that our van is pretty well made. In fact, at our last hab service in October, the guys, who see a lot of vans, said ours was the first van they’d seen that week that had no damp. Their words were “a good, solid little van”. So it’s horses for courses. I don’t know about the particular model to which you refer, but good luck, in any event.
 
Aug 26, 2021
807
1,528
Fleetwood, UK
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83,741
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a class Burstner
We had an autograph, to many problems from new got rid after 12 months. Adamo is in theory a step down from autograph, if ours was anything to go by. Stay clear, but you need to look and look very closely as after sales with us was shocking both dealer and manufacturer. But hey they do look good and are fairly well specked up. Just be aware of the width, if you are not used to vans or mh, they are wider than the average mh.
 

swifty947

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Feb 3, 2023
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9
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swift
The Achilles Heel of Bailey motorhomes, all of them, is that the body sits on a plywood floor. If the reasonably-modern (apart from its expanded polystyrene insulation) Alutec body manages to keep the water out of the floor then all well and good, but if leaks come from above or from the wall-floor joint then you can be into a world of damp and mildew and rot as water creeps into the plywood and softwood floor edging and beams. Personally I think that there's no place for such a construction in the 21st. century given the modern materials available but Bailey persist with it - presumably a purely financial decision, production vs. warranty costs etc.

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Oct 25, 2016
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Hartford Cheshire
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Bailey Autograph 79-
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Lots but slow learner.
We have a 79-4T.
No issues with the top light thing.
However the general overall build quality is pretty poor in my view. But then again you are not paying German build prices.
The layout for us is the main reason we bought. Do not like the French bed and or the dinette layouts.
 
Jul 10, 2017
1,120
3,032
Ireland
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49,405
MH
Coach built
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Newbie
2013 740SE here from new , tenth birthday in March , never had damp problems , general construction is rock solid .
We’ve ob v had problems along the way but in general the van has been more than excellent .
I shudder to think about replacing him with some of the expensive tat I see at the shows .
 
Oct 25, 2016
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Hartford Cheshire
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Bailey Autograph 79-
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Lots but slow learner.
I would think so also but never heard of the model so was wondering.

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Oct 11, 2016
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2,264
Bognor Regis
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45,542
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Bailey Adamo 69-4
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6 years
We bought the same model last October, 2 years old. We have found it to be a vast improvement on our previous dethleffs. Payload a little limited but we manage. Good living space and storage. I don't like the Whale water filling but we manage .
The only fault was a breakdown due to injector failure but that was a ford issue and covered by the ford warranty.
 

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