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Practical Motorhome

July 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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symonds yat east, herefordshire

WHY TOUR HERE? Even on a misty April day, the stunning river valley location of Symonds Yat is a real magnet for adventurers and tourists alike. From the Rock, with its stunning views down the Wye Valley, it’s just a short, but narrow, drive to the riverside location shown here, made more accessible by the small footprint of our Danbury. Once there, the daring can partake in canoeing or rock climbing, while the more sedate among us can simply sit back and enjoy the views, with a cream tea in one of the area’s numerous cafés and restaurants. WHAT MOTORHOME? Danbury Surf - Special Edition…

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it’s all under the bridge!

We bought our Vantage Sol in February 2017, through the NEC Caravan, Camping & Motorhome show, and picked it up from Vantage’s Pym Street site the following April. Since then, we have returned annually for the habitation service.This year, we were due in Leeds in late March. Living more than two hours’ drive away, we stay at Moor Lodge the night before, so we can turn up at Vantage first thing. All went according to plan. After having dropped off the motorhome, we took the 30-minute walk alongside the River Aire into Leeds. About 10 minutes later, we spotted what appeared to be an angler under a metal girder bridge.He was holding a stout rope, which ran over a metal railing then into the river. As I walked past,…

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

1 CAMPER FANTASTIC We’ve loved putting this issue together – particularly the pages on the history of the campervan. Don’t miss our colourful article on p48! 2 SPAIN IS SO SPECIAL Spain may be a fair drive away, but it’s worth the effort – we really think you’ll want to go after you’ve read our feature on p20. 3 GERMAN BEAUTY Dethleffs’ new Pulse coachbuilts are stunning – you’ll find our full review on p90. 4 QUICK FIXES If you own an older motorhome, you’ll know that parts can and do wear out. If the windows and locks on your vehicle are past their best, don’t despair – we’ve got a couple of straightfoward fixes for them, from p102. 5 SUPERB SWIFTS…

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how the camper’s grown over 70 years

This month’s issue is a special one for us – we’ve dedicated a number of pages to the humble campervan. Actually, scratch the word ‘humble’ – as you’ll see in Andy Jenkinson’s fantastic article on p48, the small camper has grown over the decades, from its beginnings way back in 1950.Who’d have thought then you’d be able to buy (or at least view) a camper costing over £100,000? That’s the case with the latest model from Rolling Homes, which Nick Harding has checked out – our review of this extraordinary vehicle is on p72.Finally this month, we’ve exciting news for all of our fabulous subscribers – as of this issue, you’ll receive a very special cover on your magazine that’s only available if you take out a subscription. It’s…

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holiday hotshots

The perfect spot for a motorhome, within walking distance of atmospheric Tintern Abbey. The weather may have been inclement, but what more could we ask for – an empty car park and the abbey all to ourselves. A lovely place to visit, whatever the weather. Jennifer Jones We recently took a tour to France’s Somme region in our Auto-Sleepers motorhome – while there we visited Albert, which turned out to be our favourite stop on the trip. The WW1 museum there is definitely worth a visit – it’s atmospheric and moving. James Davies We’ve just had a great overnight stay by a canal, with a lovely evening stroll along the waterway. It didn’t end well, with our engine battery going flat in the morning, but…

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new gear

Solve the puzzle Price £13.70 (Amazon) Web www.armchercards.comArmcher Productions produces numerous fun gifts and products that are perfect for motorcaravanners – they feature the cartoons of Armand Foster, which realistically (and amusingly) reflect the outdoor lifestyle very well. One of the latest products is Caravan Chaos, a 1000-piece jigsaw that provides a charming snapshot of campsite life (Rules: ‘No noise, no anything – enjoy your stay’). It’s made by Gibsons and features sturdy pieces from 100% recycled board - we’re halfway through it as we went to press! SW Squeaky clean Price £79.99 Web www.bosch-do-it.comWant to keep your motorhome windows and washroom squeaky clean? Try the Bosch GlassVac bundle! This clever kit includes a compact yet powerful vacuum, with battery life that should last…