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Forecourt
You need to check an ex-rental motorhome over as carefully as you would any other secondhand motorhome, of course, but there are good bargains to be had if you purchase one from a trusted and respected source. At the time of writing, Camperco had som
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EDEN VALLEY wandering
This was our final tour of the year, so we decided to take Hilary Hymer to Cumbria between lockdowns, opting to base our trip in Penrith just a few miles north of the Lake District. We booked into Thacka Lea Caravan Park, a small site within walking
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MENDIP Meanderings
Whatever would Jane Austen have made of modern-day Bath? Hordes of tourists, booming street music, fast food, and a man dressed in top hat and tails (and purporting to be Mr Darcy) at the entrance to a museum dedicated to her life and work. Fortunate
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Welcome
I always love putting together this issue each year – for me, our Top 100 Sites Guide heralds the start of the touring season proper. Longer, sunnier days; evenings spent outside the motorhome with a BBQ; visits to a lovely pub near the campsite… all
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Connect
I was interested to read in a recent issue (243) your news story about the rising popularity of motorhomes as a base for working from home – the story felt very relevant to me, as that’s exactly what I have been doing during the second and third lock
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Touring
With the vaccine rollout slower in Continental Europe than the UK, the lack of tourists is having a significant impact on the economies of some European countries. A ‘green passport’ for those who have had the vaccine is being considered by the UK an
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Workshop
Just about all motorhomes will have a fresh-water tank on board nowadays, which supplies water to the various taps. We have become used to having fresh, drinkable water on tap at home, so a lot of motorcaravanners are drinking the water from their fr
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MOTORHOME BASICS A Cut-out And Keep Guide
Did you pass your driving test before 1 January 1997? ✔ You can drive a motorhome up to 7500kg on your B+C1 licence. When you reach 70, you must submit a medical form to renew your licence to continue driving a ’van over 3500kg, and do this every thr
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Get Ready For The Road
Things with wheels are designed to move, but low-season weather, high-season crowds, global pandemics and more can mean your motorhome spends time sitting still. Such spells of idleness make things deteriorate, rather than wear out, but being aware o
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Wildax Europa
The rear-lounge Europa has been a staple of WildAx’s range, based, as it was, on a Renault. But this year, faced with restrictions in supplies of that base vehicle, the Yorkshire converter has redesigned the Europa to sit on a Citroën Relay base; or,
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A350
The A350 begins at the M4’s junction 17, heading south before it turns right onto the Chippenham Bypass. It bypasses the time-warp picturesque village of Lacock, and continues on to the small market town of Melksham, avoiding the town centre. The roa
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Our Tests Explained
These are our most detailed tests – we spend at least one full day (usually more) inside each motorhome, to bring you our comprehensive verdict. The overall score is based on the opinion of multiple members of the team. Each issue we test new models
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Local Authority BANBURY & AROUND
● WHO ARE YOU? Caroline Mills, travel writer and author specialising in camping, touring and travel in Europe. ● HOW DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE AREA? I’ve lived on the Warwickshire/Oxford border, the area known informally as Banburyshire, for most of my l
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VOLKSWAGEN CAMPERVAN at 70
REME, the British Army Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, takes over control of Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg Factory. To assist in moving parts around the factory, Plattenwagens are built – a motorised flatbed trolley based on the Type 1 (
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Nightstops
The Nightstop Scheme is run by us in conjunction with the Motor Caravanners’ Club (MCC), and the sites are certificated locations (CLs); you don’t have to join any club to use them. You’ll need to ring the relevant site to confirm whether there’s spa
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Ask The expert
HOW CAN I SELECT THE RIGHT AWNING FOR MY MOTORHOME? Q I want to buy an awning that will fit along the canopy awning rail on my motorhome, but I’ve been told I need to be careful because awnings come in different sizes. Is this correct? Michael (surna
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Where In The World?
54.5313° N, 3.2646° W Offering one of the best lake walks in the Lake District, Buttermere measures some 2km long and is 23 metres deep. The path around the lake is 4.5 miles long, making it an achievable and popular walk. The National Trust suggests
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Windows On The World
1 To get the cleanest cab glass possible, you need to clean the worst muck off the windows before you polish them. Run up the ’van and squirt the washers over the screen for 10 seconds or so, to push through all the fluid that has been sitting in the
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Route Master
● A69/A68 Styford Junction, Corbridge, and A69/A6079 Bridge End Junction in Hexham Until spring 2021. Road closures and diversions ● M6 junction 10 Until 2022/2023. Lane closure and 60mph speed limit ● M6 junctions 13-15 Until 2021/2022. Smart motorw
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Coupling Up
Adria’s Compact range has been around for some time, offering a ’van with a narrower width so you can navigate those twisting lanes and city streets more easily. But the new SC is the first model in the line-up to include an island bed. In addition,
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Blast From The Past!
We were itching to get away in this ‘Start of the season’ issue, with tours of Italy, France and Germany. And top tips for touring with your pooch! We’re all up for living la dolce vita, aren’t we? That was what was on the cards for Gary Blake and We
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Hiking Boots
Like the tyres of a car, the most important part of your outdoor gear is the bit that grips the road or trail, and a good quality pair of hiking boots are the critical tools you need to enjoy the outdoors. The very best hiking boots will not only be
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Hotshots
Email your pictures and their stories (40 words, plus name, address and contacts) to hotshots@practicalmotorhome.com. The best photo will win these guides: All the Aires Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands; Go Motorhoming and Campervanning; Seavi
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Technical
I hear a lot of complaints about blown-air heating systems, and the most common problem appears to be unequal distribution of heat around the motorhome. The basic concept of blown-air heating is that a diesel-, gas- or electric-fuelled main unit warm
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In Brief
Laika has added two new models to its sporty Ecovip range for 2021. At 6.99m long, the L3010 has a transverse rear island bed and the H3119, fixed single beds at the back. Both have four berths and four travel seats, but the L3010 can include two add
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New Gear
This clever drainer helps to dry washing-up in a small space – it’s easy on the wallet, too. Price £6.50 Web www.campervanbits.com Immortalise the coordinates of your favourite touring destination in a unique way, with this impressive ‘bus blind’ pri
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Industry Faces
■ Tell us about your current role – what do you do? I’m the MD. Most of my role involves business development – moving the company forward in a strategic way. We’ve got a really good team and everybody looks after their core area – we like to see eve
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Pitches for POOCHES
Keswick, Cumbria CA12 4TE Tel 01768 744 499 Web castlerigg.co.uk Amazing views and acres of space mark this out as one of the north Lakes’ greatest campsites. It’s also perfectly located for dog-lovers who want to walk on-site, with two dedicated dog
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Our Expert Panel
SARAH WAKELY Editor-in-chief sarah@practicalmotorhome.com PAUL CRITCHER Deputy editor paul.critcher@futurenet.com PETER BABER Reviews editor peter.baber@futurenet.com GENTLEMAN JACK Contributor askjack@practicalmotorhome.com CLAUDIA DOWELL Features/t
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Overcab Coachbuilts
People’s needs differ, and your layout choice will depend on your companions and how you want to use your motorhome. To understand which layouts are available, spend a day at one of the big shows, where manufacturers and dealers will be showing their
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