Bailey’s Rangefinder Comet is a tough, lightweight caravan packed with accessories and storage.
The big leather-look club lounge at the front, with seating for up to eight beneath panoramic sky-view windows, is ideal for entertaining. Its huge windows bring the outdoors in.
The lounge can be converted into a bed when the foldable table is removed to create more space.
The Comet has apartment-grade fittings throughout, including reverse-cycle air-conditioning, a fully-equipped kitchen with a microwave, gas cooktop and a big fridge/freezer — plus a separate rear ensuite and a top-loading 2.5kg washing machine.
Yet despite its size and features, the Comet is lighter and stronger than comparable caravans, thanks to its patented Alu-Tech construction system.
This system has been destruction tested under harsh conditions at the Australian Automotive Research Centre at Anglesea, Victoria.
The Alu-Tech system, with its five-part fibreglass sandwich panels, has improved the van’s structural strength and rigidity.
The panels are bonded and bolted to a custom-made aluminium framework and offer exceptional insulation and an impact-resistant fibreglass outer skin.
The roof is one panel from the draw bar to the back, ensuring that it is waterproof.
This aerodynamic single-span feature makes the van easy to tow and the low drag improves fuel consumption.
The van sits on an Austrail ladder-frame DuraGal steel chassis equipped with either leaf or Cruisemaster CRS trailing arm independent coil spring suspension. Its position on the axles and the weight on the ball combined with the suspension create excellent stability.
When the flush-mounted cassette-style slide-out wall is expanded it adds an extra 600mm to the bedroom.
This may not sound like much but it allows you to get out of the east-west bed without climbing over your partner.
The pop-up mechanism in the retractable 32-inch TV at the foot of the queen-size bed (with sprung mattress for extra comfort) and the slide-out’s motor operate off the caravan’s 100Ah deep-cycle battery, allowing you to free-camp with home comforts.
Everything in the well-equipped kitchen is within easy reach.
There’s a stainless-steel sink and drainer next to a Thetford 3+1 gas/electric cooktop with a grill and oven below, between the 900W Sphere microwave and a slide-out two-deck pantry.
Opposite there’s a Thetford 185 litre, three-way fridge-freezer and a cupboard containing a second pantry and a big, separate dining table.
A gas-strut single-pedestal table that can double as the base for an additional front queen bed is also available.
Seven windows make for a light, bright, and inviting interior that extends from the club lounge back towards the bedroom.
A full front tunnel boot is standard, as is a Dometic roll-out awning, a drop-down picnic table, a manual-fold double aluminium step and a Dometic quad-lockable entry door and security screen.
With a payload of up to 600kg, all the storage space can be used. The exterior storage is ideal for bulky items, while inside there are cupboards in almost every area plus the large under-bed area.
Twin 105-litre water tanks are standard, with the option to upgrade to twin 140-litre tanks with grey water.
The Bailey Rangefinder Comet is an impressive, tough yet lightweight van ideal for long-term touring.
BAILEY RANGEFINDER COMET
Frame Alu-Tech construction system
Warranty 10 years
Suitable for On road
Dealer Cameron Caravans, 356 Albany Highway, Albany, cameroncaravans.com.au