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In-house testing on all aspects of the design was carried out throughout the development exercise in a process of simultaneous engineering.

Possibly the most spectacular was the Bailey 'trial of strength' which was a test devised to give a tangible demonstration of the superior performance of the Alu-Tech body shell involving both the test team and their test vehicle.

The following images show how the tests were carried out and to show we didn't use trick photography you can also watch a time lapse video production of this demonstration which can be viewed below.

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In 2005 Bailey was the first UK caravan manufacturer to introduce fully bonded roofs as part of the caravan construction. To demonstrate the strength of the new design at that time, six people (three from Bailey and three from The Caravan Club) posed for photographs on the roof of the caravan.
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Using this as the benchmark the six male members of Team Pegasus were invited to stand on top of their creation.
Total load on the structure = 497kgs
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The two ladies from Team Pegasus then joined their six male colleagues on the roof.
Total load on the structure = 627kgs
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In order to bring some serious weight to proceedings the entire board of Bailey Directors then climbed on board making a total of fourteen people on top of Pegasus Test Rig 018.
Total load on the structure = 1,169kgs
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Thus far the caravan had taken everything in its stride; however we had one challenge remaining. Instead of the test team we lifted the test car onto the roof of the caravan as the ultimate demonstration of strength.
Total load on the structure = 1,554kgs
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Plus, as the icing on the cake, to show his confidence in his products Bailey Managing Director Nick Howard adds his weight to proceedings. A total load on the Alu-Tech body shell of 1,630kgs, a weight well in excess of the MPTLM of the caravan, putting Bailey Pegasus in a league of its own as regards strength and durability
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Finally to show that Test Rig 018 was not modified in any way to carry out this test here is a shot of the caravan interior whilst the test car was still on the roof

Please note: Health and safety requirements were stringently adhered to whilst conducting this test. It is not recommended that consumers climb on top of their caravans or walk on the roofs in any circumstances.


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