Absolutely stunning low mileage example of this perfect sub 6 metre motorhome!
First impressions of the Compact 540 are certainly promising. It ups the ante versus its imported opponents here with its use of an Al-Ko chassis extension to the Peugeot Boxer cab, as well as standard features such as Alde’s ‘wet’ central heating and hot water system, although whether such a high-performance piece of kit as this is needed within the confines of a 6m-long motorhome could be open to debate. The Al-Ko chassis offers better ride and handling characteristics, thanks to giving the whole vehicle a lower centre of gravity. The circular sink has a chopping board cover and an add-on plastic drainer. There’s an 80-litre Dometic 8-series fridge (removing the freezer box gives you an extra five litres) opposite, with further work space adjacent. The former is subject to some minor adaptations in production models. There are hessian-style fronts to the overhead lockers over the main kitchen, with the one on the right pre-wired and vented, should you wish to carry a microwave. Across the back of the Compact 540, there’s a washroom with a full complement of equipment – including a roomy separate shower cubicle – extending to a fixed washbasin and a swivel-bowl toilet. Full marks to Bailey, though, for providing a Froli bed base. Something you might expect to find in far more expensive vehicles, those individual multi-jointed plastic supports really do add to the comfort and support (and only the Bürstner here offers anything similar).
There are also safety nets either side of the bed, but you need to be careful to pack them away under the mattress when not needed – or the rising mechanism will make them mark the ceiling. But a particularly neat touch is the stowage point for the ladder – on the back of the washroom door.