New 2014 Bailey Approach Compact 540 Van Conversion Motorhome

This Model Year Is No Longer Available for Factory Order

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The two berth Compact 540 features a full width end washroom, a central kitchen and an L-shaped front lounge with a drop down double bed located above. .

Peugeot Boxer2.2 Hdi 130 bhpwith 6-speed manual gearbox on AL-KO AMC Chassis

The new Bailey Approach Compact range will consist initially of two models:

Bailey Approach Compact 520

NEW two berth low-line end-bedroom with designated travel seats, a rear fixed double bed & storage garage

Bailey Approach Compact 540

NEW three berth low-line end-washroom with designated travel seats & drop down double bed

Both models feature the Peugeot 2.2 Hdi 130 bhp engine complete with a 6-speed manual gearbox, AL-KO AMC chassis and the Alu-Tech bodyshell as standard specification.

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A new type of motorhome, the Approach Compact shares many of the practical advantages of a panel van conversion, such as ease of use and lower running costs, but with the design flexibility and extra interior space found in a coachbuilt motorhome to create a genuinely different vehicle ideally suited for the modern day adventurer.

Models are powered by a 2.2 Hdi 130 bhp engine complete with a 6-speed manual gearbox housed in a Peugeot Boxer Euro 5 cab and thus benefit from the resulting improvements in driving performance and reduction in vehicle emissions. Driver and passenger comfort whilst en-route is also catered for with a pair of fully adjustable front swivel seats with twin arm rests, opening sunroof, cab air conditioning and engine cruise control all included as standard.

The fully-specified cab is matched with a new ultra-low profile lightweight AL-KO AMC chassis which, with its lower centre of gravity, provides a more balanced weight distribution that improves road holding and braking efficiency as well as allowing for increases in user payloads and improving access in and out of the vehicle via a low level entrance step.

The bodyshell is built using the Bailey patented Alu-Tech construction system, complete with a GRP outer skin and under floor protection, to create a leisure vehicle which is more robust, more durable and yet lighter than those manufactured using conventional methods to offer greater resistance against the elements to keep owners comfortable safe and secure all year round.

A fully-specified Alde radiator heating system, complete with user-friendly digital control panel, is included as standard specification to provide programmable heating en-route or on site – which combined with the superior thermal performance of the Alu-Tech bodyshell makes the Approach Compact the ultimate four-season motorhome.

As practical as they are comfortable these well thought-out motorhomes include a variety of new features designed to make your life easier. Models now come supplied with a high performance 105Ah auxiliary Banner battery, housed in a convenient new under floor storage compartment, to give greater independence away from a mains power source. Whilst a 90 litre fully insulated external fresh water tank and matching 90 litre waste tank offer continuous supply for extended periods and in extreme weather conditions.

Key safety features such as twin cab bags, fitted rear three point seat belts plus premium quality Michelin tyres are present throughout the vehicle and, following the successful completion of a crash test research programme at the Millbrook Proving Ground, the dedicated rear passenger seating areas also receive extra protection through the additional reinforcement of the floor and furniture to provide owners with further peace of mind during their journey.

The compact 5.99m long and 2.15m wide exterior shell disguises a spacious interior, featuring internal headroom of up to 6’9’’, which includes everything you will need for anything from a weekend break to an extended holiday. Clever use of this space results in two practical layouts which ideally suit this type of vehicle.

The two berth Compact 520 features a front lounge, central kitchen and washroom plus a raised rear fixed double bed with garage storage underneath. In contrast the three berth Compact 540 has a full width end washroom, a central kitchen and an L-shaped front lounge with a drop down double bed located above.

Taking design cues from its sister Approach Autograph range the Compact features the same contemporary interior styling with the signature Bailey Walnut furniture finish, high gloss worktops and polished chrome fittings plus a choice of either Trafalgar or Piccadilly luxurious soft furnishing options.

In addition as people have come to expect from Bailey, models are extremely well specified and are packed with all the home comforts owners will need for relaxing and enjoyable holidays. Notably they include fully equipped kitchens, featuring the new Thetford Combi combination anti-rattle oven/grill, a Thetford three burner gas-hob and a Dometic refrigerator plus well-designed washrooms which contain a fully lined shower cubicle containing an energy-saving EcoCamel shower system.

Models will debut at the Motorhome & Caravan Show (Stand 19-29 Hall 19), NEC, Birmingham 15th – 20th October and display models will be arriving at Southdowns Motorhome Centre shortly afterwards. We will have full product information including a 360 degree product tour of each model will go live shortly before the NEC Show, so log back onto our website then for more.

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Model Order New 2014 Bailey Approach Compact 540 Van Conversion Motorhome
Availability This Model Year Is No Longer Available for Factory Order
New / Used New
Vehicle Type Motorhome
Manufacturer Bailey
Range Compact
Model Approach Compact 540
Bodytype Van Conversion
Licence Required B-Licence <3500Kg
Chassis Peugeot Boxer
Engine Peugeot Boxer 2.2 HDI
Engine Size 2.2 Litre
Fuel Type Diesel
LHD / RHD Right Hand Drive
Drive Axle Front Wheel Drive
Rear Axle Single Rear Axle
Gearbox Manual Gearbox
Transmission Details 6-Speed Manual Gearbox
Length 5.99m
Berths 3-Berth
Bed Layouts Dropdown Bed
Seating Layout L-Shape Couch
Heating Spec Alde Wet Central Heating
Kitchen Type Central Kitchen
Bathroom Type Rear End Bathroom
Toilet Type Cassette Toilet
Garage Type Scooter/Bike Garage
Disclaimer Please Note: This online showroom is provided to assist users to identify the most appropriate vehicles for them to view. Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the data shown here, it is not a definitive statement of the specification of the vehicle and users of this site must view the vehicle and satisfy themselves of the specification of the vehicle before purchase is completed. We can not guarantee the accuracy of this data and it is not intended to form part of any contract and no responsibility will be accepted for errors in listing made on this site.

Glossary of Terms


A motorcaravan that has a purpose built body on a chassis. The living area and the cab are made by the factory.


Automatic energy selection. This is a feature of many fridges, that enables them to automatically switch between 12V, 240V and gas power sources.


A chassis extension used to improve handling and lower floor height. Double-floor Alko chassis are used to provide underfloor storage.


The number of sleeping areas provided by a motorhome. This is not always the same as the number of seats.

Captain's chair

Often used as driver's seats, these are comfortable, stand-alone seats that have a swivel base, arm rests and are easily adjusted.


Alternative name for a coachbuilt camper (see below).

Cassette toilet

Toilets featuring a holding tank accessed via a hatch on the outside of the vehicle. Waste can be disposed of by removing a slide-out cassette.

Certified location

Sites approved by the Caravan Club - sometimes known as CL sites.

Certified sites

As above but run by the Camping and Caravanning Club.

Chemical toilet

Bottles of chemicals are used to keep the toilet fresh.


A motorcaravan that has a body built on an chassis that retains the chassis manufacturers existing cab.

Common rail

A fuel injection system used on the latest turbo-diesel engines. These are claimed to increase fuel economy.

Delivery Charge

The cost of bringing a motorcaravan from the factory to the dealership, which is passed on to the customer.


A popular style for motorhome seating, a dinette features a table between two bench seats. This layout can often be converted to form a bed.


The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency is an Executive Agency of the Department for Transport. Their primary aims are to facilitate road safety and general law enforcement by maintaining registers of drivers and vehicles, and to collect taxation - vehicle excise duty (VED). The DVLA website can be found at


Earth Leakage Contact Breaker - also known as an RCD or Residual Current Device.


A price that excludes on-the-road costs such as road fund licence, delivery charge and number plates.

Flame Failure Device (FFD)

A device used on gas appliances to stop gas escaping into a vehicle if the flame goes out.

Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW)

The maximum permitted loaded weight of a vehicle. It is an offence to take a vehicle onto a public highway that has a total weight in excess of its GVW.


Heavy Goods Vehicle. This term is now being replaced with LGV, meaning Large Goods Vehicle.


A term used to describe items found inside a motorhome, ie watertanks.

Living Section

The sleeping, eating and seating area of a motorcaravan, not including the cab.


A coachbuilt motorhome with no sleeping area over the cab. The more streamlined shape is designed to improve aerodynamics and fuel economy.


Liquid Petroleum Gas - a green fuel alternative that can be used to power petrol vehicles and which is available at many UK petrol stations. If you own a large motorhome, this could be a way to cut your fuel bills.


An overcab area usually featuring an integral sleeping compartment.

Mains hook-up

Available on campsites to allow motorhomes to connect to a 240V electricity supply.

Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM)

A new term now used to describe Gross Vehicle Weight (see definition above). It means exactly the same thing but is considered less open to misinterpretation.

Mass in Running Order (MRO or MIRO)

(Ex works weight inclusive of the manufacturer’s tolerances, Unladen Weight)
Mass of the caravan equipped to the manufacturer’s standard specification stated on the caravan weight plate. This now includes those items required for the safe and proper functioning of the caravan (e.g. gas cylinder, fresh water and hook up cable). Note: Dealer fitted items must be taken into consideration if it is a dealer special.

Optional equipment

Items made available by the manufacturer or dealer over an above the standard specification of the caravan e.g. spare wheel, air conditioning, motor mover, awning etc.


Payload is used by motorhome manufacturers to indicate how much a vehicle can carry. It is the difference between the Vehicle Unladen Weight (VUW) and the Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) or Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM).

Personal effects

Those items which you choose to carry in a caravan which are not included as essential habitation equipment (e.g. clothes, crockery, cooking utensils, bedding, TV, radio, footwear, books, awning and food). Often used in discussions of payload.


Pre-delivery inspection carried out by a dealer prior to delivery.


Private/Light Goods Vehicle.

Private HGV

Private Heavy Goods Vehicle.


Right hand drive.


Panels built around the lower edge of a motorcaravan which are often knock-resistant and may house storage lockers.

Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN)

Statutory off Road Notification (SORN) applies to any vehicle taxed on or after 31 January 1998. A declaration must be made by the vehicle's keeper whenever the licence is not renewed or is surrendered for refund. Keepers acquiring untaxed vehicles must license them or declare SORN if they are kept 'off road'. If your vehicle was not taxed on 31 January 1998 (ie classic cars, vehicles stored away for restoration, etc), you do not need to take any action until it is next taxed.

User Payload

(Caravan Allowable Payload)
Payload relates to the weights of all items carried in a caravan and is the allowance you have for: Optional equipment, Personal effects. The total allowances represents the difference between the MTPLM and the MRO.

Vehicle Unladen Weight (VUM)

Vehicle Unladen Weight (VUM) normally means the empty weight as a motorcaravan left the factory, ie without water, fuel, gas bottles or persons on board. Your 'empty' vehicle is likely to weigh more.


Offered by manufacturers and dealers to cover certain items against defects for a set period of time. Look for a warranty that covers the base unit and the living area of the motorcaravan for up to three years.

Part Exchange Welcome

Do you take part exchange?

Yes we do. many customer part exchange their existing motorhome or caravan.

What is part exchange?

When you're buying a new motorhome your 'part-exchange', 'px' or 'trade-in' is simply the vehicle that you already own, which you are handing over as part payment for its replacement.

Can I part exchange a car?

Yes, we will consider a car rather than a motorhome or a caravan in part exchange. Contact us and let us know what you have.

Can I part exchange a car or motorhome with outstanding finance?

Yes you can trade in a vehicle that still has finance outstanding. Hopefully you'll also have a deposit in your part exchange as it should hopefully be worth more than you owe to the existing finance company. Simply, the equity left over in your current vehicle can be used as a deposit for your new motorhome. In most cases we can make the arrangement and make the final settlement payment to your existing finance company.

What if I owe more than the vehicle is worth?

It's also possible to part-exchange your car if you're in the middle of a finance agreement and you owe more than the vehcile is worth. You can either pay a lump sum to settle the deal - known as the settlement value - or in some cases we can transfer the settlement value to a new finance agreement, so you pay off your old vehicle and finance your new one at the same time.

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Motorhome Finance From Black Horse

Black Horse, part of the Lloyd's Bank Group, is one of the UK’s leading vehicle finance providers.

They have close relationship with many dealers including Southdowns Motorhome Centre; they can offer excellent customer service and personalised finance otions including Hire Purchase and Motorhome PCP on selected new motorhomes.


Finance your next motorhome or holiday home by spreading the cost with fixed regular monthly repayments, after which you own it outright.

Black Horse Hire Purchase could help you buy your dream motorhome while spreading the cost. Agree an initial deposit, the agreement term and monthly repayment amount with the dealer, who will submit the finance application to us. Subject to your application being approved, you can just drive it away – and after you’ve made all the repayments including the interest, the motorhome is all yours.


  • Borrow any amount from £1,000 and set repayments to suit your budget for periods of 1–10 years
  • Maximum age for motorhomes is not over 20 years old at the end of the agreement; maximum age for holiday homes is not over 17 years at the end of the agreement
  • Flexible Deposit Options – 0% deposit may be available subject to status


Ideal if

  • You want to own your motorhome outright at the end of your agreement
  • You like to budget and know the exact repayment amount each month

Budget with confidence

  • Fixed regular repayments, giving you peace of mind and no final lump sum repayment
  • Protection under the Consumer Credit Act Termination Rights and Protection under the Consumer Rights Act

Things to consider

  • Your motorhome is at risk of repossession if you do not maintain contractual repayments
  • You do not own the motorhome until all the repayments have been made
  • You must have fully comprehensive insurance
  • You have no protection against depreciation as a result of an unexpected fall in the value of the motorhome


Keep your monthly payments low by deferring a large proportion of credit. Enjoy flexibility at the end of your agreement and the reassurance of a Guaranteed Future Value (GFV).


Our PCP product is a great flexible payment option. With Black Horse PCP you can choose how much deposit you’d like to pay, the contract term and final payment. It’s ideal for those who want to keep their options open – at the end of the agreement you can choose to buy the motorhome, part exchange it for another or simply hand it back.


Borrow any amount from £1,000 and set repayments to suit your budget for a period of 1–5 years

  • Available on new motorhomes
  • Annual mileage restrictions are set at 8,000 a year

The options at the end of the agreement are:

  1. Part exchange the motorhome subject to settlement of your existing finance agreement; new finance agreements are subject to status or
  2. Return the motorhome and not pay the Final Repayment. If the motorhome is in good condition and has not exceeded the agreed maximum mileage you will have nothing further to pay. Further information on what is considered good condition can be found at If the motorhome has exceeded the agreed maximum mileage a charge for excess mileage will apply or
  3. Pay the Final Repayment to own the motorhome.


Ideal if
You like to keep your options open

  • You want the option to own your motorhome outright at the end of the agreement
  • You like to budget and know the exact repayment amount each month

Budget with confidence

  • Protection under the Consumer Credit Act Termination Rights and Protection under the Consumer Rights Act
  • Protection against depreciation as a result of an unexpected fall in the value of the motorhome when you hand the motorhome back

Things to consider

  • Your motorhome is at risk of repossession if you do not maintain contractual repayments
  • You must have fully comprehensive insurance
  • You do not own the motorhome until the final payment including interest has been made
  • A significant proportion of the credit is deferred until the end of the agreement, you should prepare for this if your want to own the motorhome
  • PCP is only available on new motorhomes

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