This award is the second accolade presented to the Autograph 81-6 this season and follows the receipt of the “Best 6-Berth Motorhome” title from Practical Motorhome Magazine last October.
he competition, run by The Caravan and Motorhome Club, is now in its 23rd year and attracted over 70 entrants this time round. All vehicles were assessed by an independent panel of judges on a wide range of criteria covering comfort, practicality and safety. Although the motorhomes were not driven they were also still evaluated for key driving essentials such as driver ergonomics and passenger safety.
The Autograph 81-6 is an established model in the company’s motorhome line up that has been topping the Bailey best-sellers list for the past two years. At just over 8 metres in length it is the largest model in the portfolio, is built on a 4,250kg AL-KO AMC chassis and is powered by a Peugeot Boxer 165bhp engine.
The layout features a spacious U-shaped lounge which can be converted to either two single beds or a large transverse double at night. In the centre of the vehicle is a well-equipped kitchen, including a double-door tower fridge freezer, and a practical washroom which incorporates a large separate shower cubicle.
Moving forwards there is a second lounge comprising of a four-seater dinette, featuring crash-tested dedicated passenger seats with 3-point seatbelts, plus an additional longitudinal bench seat. At night this dinette converts into a small double and to complete the sleeping accommodation there is a full width double bed above which drops down from the ceiling.
As with all Autograph models it features a host of features including a Thule wind-out awning, a Truma 100 watt solar panel, a Dometic reversing camera and an Alde central heating system all as standard specification making it a fantastic value for money package
Commenting on the receipt of these coveted awards Bailey of Bristol Managing Director Nick Howard said:
“The receipt of this latest accolade from The Caravan and Motorhome Club is testimony to the fact that great design is timeless. Now in its third year of production the Autograph Series III range shows no sign of diminishing in popularity with people looking for a premium motorhome range which provides them with superior performance”
Talking about the competition as a whole, Nick Lomas, Director General of the Caravan and Motorhome Club said:
“Our congratulations to all the winners. The Caravan and Motorhome Club organises this competition and compiles the data based on the important considerations when buying a motorhome or campervan. This invaluable source of information will provide people with the information they will need to help with their next motorhome or campervan purchase. We hope it will inspire many people to look at leisure vehicle holidays as an option to explore, have adventures and great holidays.”