Slide-out Bailey Comet launched

By: Max Taylor

Bailey Australia has launched the Comet, a big slide-out caravan that weighs less than you'd expect.

Bailey Comet 2

Bailey Australia has launched its first caravan fitted with a slide-out.

Many months in development, the Comet rounds out the marque’s Rangefinder series. And for a van with an overall length of 8.12m (26ft 8in), it is surprisingly light.

With a Tare of 2125kg and ATM of 2600kg, you won’t need a 200 Series LandCruiser to tow the Comet. Considering the size of this van, the fact it can be hauled by mid-range 4WDs is a tick in its favour. In fact, the company claims that despite the generous dimensions of the Comet, it is up to 800kg lighter than comparable caravans. Bailey credits its patented Alu-Tech construction method for the reduced weight of this large van.

Among its features, the Comet has a retractable 32in TV at the base of the queen-size bed within the slide-out. There’s also a large faux-leather club lounge up front that’s surrounded by Bailey’s signature panoramic windows.

Bailey Comet 1

The Comet also features reverse-cycle air-conditioning, a microwave in the kitchen as well as a gas cooktop and fridge/freezer, and a rear ensuite with shower, toilet and 2.5kg washing machine.

While Bailey is a big name in UK caravanning, all Rangefinder caravans are built in Australia. They have a DuraGal steel chassis, fibreglass body panels, lots of water storage, a 10-year guarantee against water ingress, and more.