5 August 2022
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Bailey of Bristol becomes first UK coachbuilt motorhome manufacturer to receive Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier status

Bailey of Bristol has become the first UK manufacturer to be awarded Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) status for coachbuilt motorhomes.

In order to obtain QVM status, a manufacturer must meet Ford’s strict engineering, manufacturing and quality control standards. The company must also prove that their vehicles have followed Ford’s Body and Equipment Mounting (BEMM) guidelines which describes the standard to which the conversion should be carried out.

The scheme encompasses the full range of Ford vehicle conversions and currently includes accredited manufacturers from the Blue Light (Police & Fire), Construction, Delivery and People Transportation sectors.

The QVM accreditation audit undertaken by Ford ensures that Bailey not only meets the required production standards but also offers a comprehensive customer support programme, which includes product performance data analysis, as well as a warranty package comparable with that already provided on the Ford base vehicle. Audits will continue to take place on a regular basis to ensure the necessary standards continue to be maintained.

Introduced in September 2020 the Bailey Adamo range is Bailey’s first Ford-based coachbuilt motorhome. All models are under 7.5 metres in length and have an MPTLM of 3,500kgs or under making them suitable to drive by anyone holding a full UK driving licence, without the need for a B + E entitlement.

These particular motorhomes are built on a Ford Transit ‘Metallic Silver’ cab and chassis platform and are powered by the latest 2.0 litre 160 bhp Euro 6 engine complete with automatic gearbox. The cabs are fully specified to include a host of features to enhance on-the-road comfort such as air conditioning, cruise control and fully adjustable Captain’s seats with dual arm rests, while the factory-fit Vision Track mirror mounted reversing camera allows drivers to manoeuvre the motorhome with complete confidence

Bailey also undertakes a crash-testing programme to ensure its vehicles can withstand the force of a head-on impact. As a result, Bailey motorhomes have the extra support of chassis outriggers to strengthen floors, more robust fittings to secure heavy appliances such as ovens and fridges, plus steel-framed seat base supports for all designated travel seats.

Commenting on gaining this accreditation Managing Director Nick Howard said, “Our partnership with Ford has proved very successful to date and the awarding of QVM status really cements that relationship”.

“Confirmation that we are building our Adamo models to Ford’s required vehicle conversion standards reaffirms our pedigree as a coachbuilt motorhome manufacturer and provides additional piece of mind to prospective customers” he added.