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Monty Halls
So said writer Isak Dinesen in the 1930s, and I’m not sure a great deal has altered since. It’s something of a universal truth; although my ability to combine all three every time I go surfing is, I suspect, entirely unique. There hasn’t been a day o
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Touring
The sun is shining in the bluest of blue skies, spring flowers are showing off their colours and the birds and bees are going about their business. Suddenly, it feels like the future is full of possibilities and we can plan ahead. Although some early
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The Pros… And Cons
The idea of life on the road is exciting, but for many potential owners, motorhome cost is a major hurdle. Sorting a first ’van purchase can be an expensive business and working out where to start needs careful consideration. If you are on a tight bu
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Looking Back At Our Bailey
→ Price £62,999 → Berths 4 → Belts 4 → Base vehicle Peugeot Boxer → Engine 2.0-litre, 165bhp turbodiesel → Length 7.37m → Width 2.49m → Height 2.71m → MTPLM 3500kg → Payload 445kg → Expenses None → Previous reports Issue 232, 235, 236, 241, 242 Writi
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7 Used Stars Under £30k
If reading the preceding pages of this month’s magazine has made you drop your head in your hands in despair and think, “There is no way in the world I am ever going to be able to afford a new motorhome – I can’t spend over £30,000 on such a thing,”
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Hotshots
1, 2 Two of my favourite photos from trips we took a couple of years ago, when we were lucky enough to be on a long European tour. The first was taken at the amazing aire in the ‘eagle’s nest’ village of Monsaraz, Portugal. Breathtaking views stretch
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Blast From The Past!
España was calling on the cover of this winter special, which promised ‘surreal sierras, top tapas and fine wines’… and not an ‘Olé!’ in sight! Dan Wright’s epic trip around Spain in a Volkswagen California 4Motion took him to the celebrated bodegas
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Extend YOUR ADVENTURE
After spending so many months at home in the lockdowns, I dare say that I am not alone in feeling elated to be planning our first few local family trips, at long last For some people, simply being away on a campsite will be enough after all we’ve col
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Shooting Wildlife
Make the most of your backyard. The majority of us can encourage wild birds into our gardens with feeders and baths, or you could get really creative by building an infinity pool. Whichever you choose, shooting birds just outside your back door is gr
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6 Top Sites For ADULTS-ONLY TOURING
Set in a wooded valley and surrounded by peaceful riverside walks, Waterrow Touring Park is a great place to get away from it all. There’s also fantastic walking almost on your doorstep, in the nearby Quantock Hills and Exmoor National Park, making t
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GO WILD On Tour!
What fabulous wildlife can you expect to discover, and where in the British Isles can you see it? A round-up of some of the most informative and entertaining wildlife-related tomes on sale now Beginner’s guide to spotting our feathered friends Inspir
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Taking Flight!
The UK is brilliant for birdwatching, offering a huge range of different habitats. There are numerous bird reserves and plenty to see when out walking in the town or country. Your motorhome is the ideal way to start birding, where and when you want.
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Workshop
One effect of the pandemic rules has been in the workshop – with travel restrictions in place, it is difficult to consider taking your motorhome for a service as ‘essential travel’, unless of course you live in it full-time or it is your only vehicle
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Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind
Many wild animals have an instinctive fear of humans, and even the best camera and super-telephoto lens will be insufficient if the species you are trying to approach for a pic feels threatened by you. Here are some of the best ways to stay out of si
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Go Wild In The Isles
■ Star attraction This native species is now rare in Britain, with only 161,000 left, but there is a thriving population in the Widdale Squirrel Reserve, in the Dales. ■ Why go? Up-close views of the red squirrels, which are surprisingly tolerant of
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BIG SKIES And Solitude
Duration Three days When Mid-June 2020 Why? To enjoy quieter wide-open spaces and a good walk in the countryside Less than 10 miles from the beautiful but bustling city of Oxford, and within striking distance of the M40, lies Waterperry – a little oa
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Reviewed By Our Team
We’ve been stuck indoors for so long over the past 12 months that we’re all keen to get out and about in the fresh air - and one great way to do so is by having a barbecue. There’s something fantastic about sitting outside your motorhome with your di
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This Month
Yorkshire’s Spurn Point Discovery Centre is resuming its Spurn safaris. Enjoy the three-hour trip aboard an adapted ex-military, 4x4 truck – the Unimog – which acts as a mobile hide as it transports you across the nature reserve. Visit England’s tall
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Hot Shots!
Entering a competition is a wonderful way to improve your photography and will give your efforts focus and direction. For serious wildlife photographers, the blue riband event is the Wildlife Photographer of the Year (WPY) competition, which is held
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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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New Gear
This ceramic planter will add funky flair to your home or motorhome décor and is also the perfect way to show off your greenery! Price £16 Web www.redcandy.co.uk Feel secure carrying this torch on night-time trips to the facilities block – it has a 1
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Ask The Experts
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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Tour Essentials
Don’t use your sat nav, which will direct you along roads that are unsuitable for larger vehicles. From Ripon, we took the Grewelthorpe/Kirkby Malzeard road past Trinity Church. Bear left in four miles for Kirkby Malzeard. Turn left at the stone cros
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Fly, Butterfly, fly!
The beautiful scalloped edges of the Comma’s wings are unmistakable, as is the white comma-shaped mark on the underside of its hindwing. Together with its orange-brown colouring, this butterfly is brilliantly designed to conceal itself among dead lea
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Industry Faces
■ Tell us about your current role – what do you do? I’m Head of Marketing, Press and Public Relations for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, which covers vans, pick-ups and campers. My role encompasses all internal and external communications. It also c
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Bürstner Elegance 910 G
Bürstner’s Elegance more or less tips over into the special class of vehicles that Continental manufacturers call liners – seriously long (and seriously heavy), with seriously luxurious interiors. For 2021, Elegance was given a full upgrade, so it no
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Connect
I’ve recently bought my first dog, and it’s opened up a whole new set of issues for me in terms of going away in our campervan – whereas before my husband and I could more or less choose any site we wanted, we’ve now got to make sure that dogs are we
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Welcome
As I type this, the weather is getting better, and I have some grand plans for the year ahead. My first tour – already booked – is due to be to Somerset, and I can’t wait – I long for the opportunity to get out into the fresh air, away from the four
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New Gear
Stay safe on tour with a concentrated disinfectant that will keep your ’van sparkling. In a choice of fragrances, it tackles 99.9% of viruses and bacteria, including Covid-19. Price £1.59-£5.99 Web www.zoflora.co.uk Ideal for summer hikes, Fjällräven
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