The Iconic VW T2 Goes Electric
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. This Bailey’s kitchen is spacious and well equipped. Worktop space is a real highlight of the Autograph, with a classy glossy dark grey mood and cream-coloured trim and cream locker doors with frosted glass inserts that let you discern their contents before opening them. The sink is a large, circular unit with a separate chopping board and drain cover, the cooker is 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. Bailey’s designers have been very clever, the washroom doesn’t take up too much space for a 6 berth 6 travel. 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. 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. The rear lounge bed is the most spacious in this ’van, 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. 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 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. Features of this motorhome include: 6 Berth, 6 Travel, Electric drop down bed over the dinette, Rear lounge, 130BHP, 6 Speed manual, 3-way fridge freezer, Solar panel, Dometic Air conditioning unit, TV, TV Aerial, AM/FM stereo, Full oven, Grill, 3 x gas hobs, 1 x Electric hotplate, Captains swivel seats, Microwave, Sink, Shower, Cassette toilet, Wash basin, Skylights, Blinds and flyscreens, ALDE heating (Gas and Electric), 4 bike rack, Spare wheel, Outside BBQ point, Outside Shower point, Outside TV point, Awning, Awning Light. Length: 7.45m, Width: 2.41, Gross vehicle weight: 3,850kg, Mass in Running order: 3,217kg, Payload: 633kg.