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Practical Motorhome

December 2019

Practical Motorhome is your definitive guide to motorhome holiday lifestyle. Inside you'll find travel features, product reviews, advice and columns to bring essential information to experienced motorhome owners and potential buyers. We have just the right mix of enthusiasm and true authoritative content, delivering an exciting, aspirational and informative approach to motor caravanning.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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sleivecoiltia, ireland

WHY TOUR HERE? Sleivecoiltia means ‘Hill of the Wood’, which is apt because it’s part of the 252-hectare JFK Arboretum in County Wexford. At the summit is a free car park, so you can stop and eat a picnic while you take in the panoramic views over the River Barrow and into County Kilkenny. The arboretum is home to 4500 types of tree and shrub that are grouped regionally – and if you visit in spring, the rhododendrons and azaleas are particularly spectacular. If you are interested in heritage, a visit to the Kennedy Homestead gives a fascinating insight into the ancestry of the ill-fated US President. Find out more on p20. WHAT MOTORHOME? Benimar Benivan 122…

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island-hopping by motorhome is ideal

I liked the Holiday Hotshot Star Picture in issue 224 so much, that it has spurred me into sending in my own pictures. I like a bit of improvisation and think there’s nothing better than a ’van converted for pennies and someone living the dream in it. I’m on my third self-built campervan. Numbers one and two were VWs, but the popularity of T5/T6s has steered me away for number three, and I’ve seen the light with our Renault Trafic High Roof. This conversion has been complete for 18 months now. It’s perfect for me, my wife and our two dogs. The pictures above are from our latest 15-night trip to Scotland in June, doing a bit of island-hopping. The purple line on the map shows our route, while the orange line is…

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5 things we’ve talked about most this month...

1 IN THE SALON Did you attend the extraordinary Düsseldorf show this year? We did – you’ll find our full report on p80 of this issue! 2 DOGS ON TOUR We know that many of you enjoy touring with your pets, so this month, we’ve brought you details of a dog-friendly tour in fabulous Pembrokeshire – our story begins on p30. 3 AWARD WINNER We couldn’t wait to spend time in our Motorhome of the Year, the Elddis Autoquest CV60, and its Compass sibling. Read our full review on p64. 4 CELTIC WELCOME It’s all about the Celtic nations this month as we visit France, Scotland, Wales and more – our special section starts on p19. 5 WINTER IS COMING… It doesn’t matter whether you’re touring all winter or storing your motorhome until the spring, we’ve the article for…

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buying a ’van? tell us what you think!

As I type this, it’s almost time for the NEC Show, and our thoughts turn to buying and the season ahead. But the motorhome-buying experience isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be, of course – things can and do go wrong, with both the purchase and the owning experience afterwards. That’s why our Owner Satisfaction Scheme was created many years ago: it allows anyone who’s bought a new or used ’van in the past few years the chance to have their say and tell us all about it. The industry does take note of what you tell us, so don’t miss your chance to give us your feedback – our annual survey closes on 31 October. For more details, see p68. And if you’re planning to buy used over the next…

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holiday hotshots

A great night wild camping on our first motorhome trip to Scotland, stopped at a very beautiful spot on the north side of Lough Leven. It was a trip to remember forever. Karl (surname withheld) Taken during our stay at Invercaimbe Camp Site, Arisaig, Scotland: a small campsite right next to the beach. Sunsets are stunning in this area. The Frankia in the photo is our ’van. Chris Bethom Camping de Haro – our last night in Spain after a wonderful winter adventure. Anne Smith Email your pictures and their stories (40 words, plus name, address and contacts) to hotshots@practical motorhome.com . The best photo will win these guides: All the Aires Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands; Go Motorhoming and Campervanning; Seaview Camping Scotland; Seaview Camping Wales; Seaview Camping West Country; Road Trip Europe – The…

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new gear

Sober security Price £44.99 Web www.alcosense.co.uk Although the UK doesn’t require you to carry breathalysers by law, unlike in France, it’s still a good idea to keep one handy, for occasions such as checking that you don’t still have residual alcohol in your system the morning after a night that you’ve had a drink. The new AlcoSense Lite 2 is affordable, at less than £50, plus it has an upgraded sensor and sampling system, so you can rely on its accuracy. Lounge in comfort Price £89.99 Web www.amazon.co.uk The Lounger SL from US manufacturer Eagles Nest Outfitters is a small, light and relaxing chair that is perfect for evenings around the campfire, and mornings with a cup of coffee under the awning. It weighs just 1.6kg, but is strong and reliable, thanks to…