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Aboutcamp B2B UK correspondent completes Bailey of Bristol's 2,735 mile Sahara Challenge

Over the last 19 days, the Aboutcamp B2B UK correspondent, John Rawlings, has travelled over 2,735 miles to Morocco and back to the UK during a Sahara Challenge media road trip hosted by the UK caravan and motorhome manufacturer, Bailey of Bristol.

The objective of the Sahara Challenge is to put Bailey caravans and motorhomes to real-life tests, generate media coverage, inspire people to try new destinations, and show the joys and benefits of travelling with your own leisure vehicle. This follows previous road trips to above the Arctic Circle in Finland (in winter) and to Istanbul in Turkey, as well as a coast to coast trip across Australia.

Various media and industry guests were invited to take part in different sections of the trip, including Nick Lomas, Director General of the Caravan and Motorhome Club, Martin Fitzpatrick, Joint Managing Director of Truma UK, plus Nick Howard and Simon Howard, the Managing Director and Marketing Director of Bailey of Bristol (respectively).

The guests used two Bailey Phoenix caravans towed by Ford MS-RT Rangers and a Ford Transit-based Bailey Adamo 75-4T motorhome.

From the official start in Sagres in Portugal (where the previous attempt had to be abandoned at the start of the pandemic in March 2020), the team crossed from Algerciras in Spain to Tanger Med in Morocco, and then travelled to Casablanca and Marrakech, and over the Atlas Mountains to camp in the Sahara Desert near M’hamid. The return leg of the journey took the team back over the Atlas Mountains to Fes and Chefchaouen, then back into Spain to take the Brittany Ferries crossing back to the UK from Bilbao.

“I really admire Bailey of Bristol for being proactive and undertaking a real-life adventure like the Sahara Challenge,” said John Rawlings. “I was lucky enough to be asked to organise the trip so did the full itinerary and am glad to say that everything went according to plan and all vehicles returned safely to the Bristol in the UK. Morocco surpassed all my expectations, but the highlight for me was camping in the Sahara Desert. That’s a caravanning memory I’ll always remember,” John added.

A photographer and video team accompanied the trip, and a full video will be produced. In the meantime, Bailey of Bristol has released two videos of some of the highlights of the trip: https://youtu.be/LfkDCxwOp48