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Layout Finder Ah
It seems that the general trend with fixed single beds is to sling the van’s washroom right at the back behind them. But there are still a couple of models out there with fixed single beds and the washroom in front of them. The advantage of this set-
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Park Life
One of my abiding memories from a childhood that was full of outdoor adventures is weekends spent romping all over the Peak District National Park, often chasing after our Jack Russell as she disappeared along trails and tracks leading over all manne
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Top Sites For Touring
It’s been a busy few months here at Practical Caravan HQ – we’re just about to launch the second iteration of our popular Van Live! virtual show (p39), and we’ve created our biggest ever reader survey (you’ll find it at www.practicalcaravan.com/reade
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Trip Planner
We visited in July, when the weather was agreeably warm and sunny. But Ireland is one of the wettest countries in Europe, so it’s advisable to take waterproofs and stout footwear at any time of year. We used the Irish Ferries Holyhead-Dublin crossing
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Tested
A few years ago, you might have been forgiven for saying that when it comes to innovative space-saving design, campervan manufacturers have stolen a march on caravan designers. So it is good to note the tide has turned, now we see the likes of Camper
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• CARAVAN GENIUS • Canine caravanners
JOHN SOOTHERAN is Practical Caravan’s Consulting Editor and an experienced caravanner PET-OWNING CARAVANNERS would have guessed this already, but research has revealed that more than 65% of people who take a caravan on tour also take their dogs with
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Where We Stayed
Llwyn Ffynnon Touring and Caravan Park Address Yffor, Pwllheli, Gwynedd LL53 6UY › www.llwyn-ffynnon.co.uk Open 1 March to 31 October Charges (pitch+hook-up) £25 The seasonal pitches on this site are immensely popular, and it’s easy to see why. Not o
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Where We Stayed
Clifden Campsite and Caravan Park This peaceful, family-friendly campsite makes an ideal base for exploring Connemara’s beaches and countryside Address Shanaheever, Westport Road, Clifden, Co Galway H71 TPO8 › clifdencamping.com › 00 353 (0)95 22150
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Travel
While nature’s superbugs contrive to keep human activity at bay, there are signs, perhaps more hopeful than actual, that come summer, we will be able to take up some much-missed ‘normal’ activities. Plans for the Wimbledon tournament are going ahead
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Your Van Buying Questions Answered
Now featuring new 2021 models! The most commonly asked question in caravanning is whether a certain car is appropriate for pulling a certain caravan. To answer this, you must know the kerbweight of your tow car (X), the legal towing limit of your tow
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In Brief
The Erwin Hymer Group (EHG) says the pandemic has slowed its integration with its new owner Thor Industries, and delayed the roll-out of Airstream caravans in Europe. But in a statement markin the end of its first full year as part of the US firm, EH
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UK Campsites
THE PRACTICAL CARAVAN & MOTORHOME VIRTUAL SHOW 22-28 Feb 2021 This adults-only site is a haven for guests and wildlife alike. Leave your daily stress behind with walks in its 18 acres of woods or around the two fishing lakes. Last year, owners Martin
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Accessories & awnings
HALL 4 sponsored by HAIBIRE THE PRACTICAL CARAVAN & MOTORHOME VIRTUAL SHOW 22-28 Feb 2021 Advertisement feature YOU KNOW THE benefits of an electric bike by now: a little extra help on the hills, a little time saved on the commute… But for Haibike, i
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Expert Q&A
WHAT SIZE VAN AM I ALLOWED TO TOW? Q I own a Citroën Grand C4 SpaceTourer 1.2 petrol. We are thinking about getting back into caravanning again, but with my current vehicle, I’m not sure what size caravan I would be able to tow. Could you please help
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Useful Info
> 01342 326 944 > thecaravanclub.co.uk > 024 7647 5448 > thefriendlyclub.co.uk > 020 3282 1000 > www.cris.co.uk > www.approvedworkshops.co.uk > www.thencc.org.uk > 0843 216 5802 > www.cassoa.co.uk > www.towsafe.co.uk > 0300 790 6801 > www.dft.gov.uk/
Practical Caravan6 min lettiTechnology & Engineering
VW Tiguan 2.0 Tdi 150ps 4motion Elegance Dsg
Price £36,860 Kerbweight 1715kg Volkswagen has updated the Tiguan SUV with revised styling, upgraded infotainment, hybrid technology and cleaner engines. The styling changes are very much a subtle nip and tuck, rather than anything extensive. The die
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Glorious GALWAY
THE HANDSOME TOWN of Clifden, also widely known as the Capital of Connemara, nestling between the majestic Twelve Bens mountains and the wild Atlantic Ocean, is steeped in fascinating history. Back in 1907, inventor Guglielmo Marconi sent the first t
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How To Buy New
People’s needs differ, and your layout choice will depend on your companions and how you want to use your caravan. To understand which layouts are available, spend a day at one of the big shows, where manufacturers and dealers will be showing their l
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Trip Planner
Towing to the Llyn Peninsula is best via the A497 from Porthmadog. We used the A5 to Llangollen, the A494 to Bala and the A4210 to Trawsfynydd before reaching Porthmadog via the A470. The main tourist season is from Easter to the end of October. Duri
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Tow Cars
Many motoring commentators think 2021 will be the year of the electric car. For caravanners, I wonder whether it is going to be the year of the hybrid. Plug-in hybrids (PHEVs), in particular, are making great strides. An increasing number of these ve
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Citroën C5 Tourer (2008-2016)
WHEN THIS GENERATION of C5 was launched, Citroën was keen to flaunt how it had managed to make the car… German. Yup, that most chic of French brands bade farewell to Gallic flair and focused on Germanic quality and efficiency. The car’s appearance ha
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Practical Caravan
Britain's best-selling caravan magazine Tel 020 7042 4000 Website www.practicalcaravan.com Editor-in-chief Sarah Wakely sarah@practicalcaravan.com Deputy Editor Paul Critcher Art Editors Jenny Owen, Simon Mortimer Production Editor Gillian Gould Feat
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Van Live!
Welcome to VAN LIVE! Practical Caravan The past year really has been extraordinarily eventful for the leisure vehicle industry: dealerships and campsites have been forced to temporarily close their doors, and we’ve all had to stay at home during the
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Technical Terms Explained
As defined by EU Directive 95/48/ EC, the car or other vehicle’s weight with a 90% full fuel tank, all necessary fluids, 68kg for the driver and 7kg of luggage. This is the figure that is used to calculate a tow car match (Gross train weight) The max
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Connect
Do you store your caravan, and if so, when did you last check it? We are lucky enough to keep our 2017 van at home, which was fortunate when we found water on the floor, caused by a leak between the roof panels last November. Our dealership was close
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Events
PLEASE NOTE All event details were correct as we went to press, but you should double-check the information before making any journey Interested in the planets? Look to the morning sky in the south-east in early March, when Mercury, Jupiter and Satur
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Continental Caravans
THE PRACTICAL CARAVAN & MOTORHOME VIRTUAL SHOW 22-28 Feb 2021 Advertisement feature THIS SEASON, ADRIA has focused on giving its best-selling Adora range – which accounts for 60% of its UK caravan sales – a complete revamp, both inside and out. The n
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Hope Valley
Who are you? I’m Kay Hutson, wife of Practical Caravan contributor Nigel Hutson. We are keen caravanners, and I’ve been touring with Nigel for the past 22 years. Why are you a local authority on Hope Valley? To me, Hope Valley, in the heart of Derbys
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Used Vans
Despite another lockdown, the demand for caravans doesn’t seem to be abating. I was at a dealership on the eve of the latest lockdown, and the sales manager was very positive about business, both pre-Christmas and into the new year. In fact, he told
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