Well we had a look at a few models and sadly we left very underwhelmed
We are still owners of a series 1 Barcelona and have looked each year at the new models.
I will stress that the comfort/design of furniture is of great importance to us.
Our van is on a seasonal pitch and we get a lot of use out of it.
The series 1 seats and backrest cushions are of a high standard and still today look immaculate and the cushions are still completely in shape. The seating cushions have been covered since day one.
When they went to the series II the height of the back cushions dropped considerably and were moved away from the side wall by an inch or so to aid the central heating efficiency I believe.
For me when sitting I naturally rest my arm along the top of the back cushion. This was just too low and uncomfortable.
The changes in the layout with the series III and same cushion effect once again ruled out a change for us.
Now this year I had high hopes for the series IIII.
If the "leaked" layout of the Barcelona holds true (and I am 99% sure it will) then we were feeling confident that this may be the year.
The damn cushions again!
They are higher which is great, but oh my God they are so so soft!
If you rest your arm along the top it just slowly collapses.
When you sit back leaning into it the exact same of course.
BUT this was so bad that within seconds my back/side body were against the window/board standoff for the heating. This is MAJORLY uncomfortable.
This alone makes it a NO
On any other issues for those that find the seats OK, I thought the overall build quality was flimsy, all drawers were very difficult (stubborn) to operate.
I was unhappy to see they had dropped the aerial socket at the front but new I could request this be put in HOWEVER have you seen where the 240V sockets are?
They are on the side of the front chest facing forward. So if you wish to plug anything in, the cable will first come forward sticking out past the chest before you loop it back to your TV or whatever. So for me that looks so ugly I would turn the socket 180 degrees before attaching a custom multi block to go along the widow shelf.
On the chest, the wife and I sit to eat just using the chest and pull out flap on our series I
When you pull the flap out on this van the space before the lip is not even big enough to put a knife and fork either side of a moderate size plate.
When things aren't working for you there is a tendency to see the negatives only, but I genuinely tried.
The age of our van now has us wanting to change very soon BUT it can't be a Bailey again with the series IIII
For us also the dark wood looked cheap and did not work at all.
Also even if the cushions had had some substance, we feel it was very bland looking.
So positive changes to other areas aside, this cannot be for us.