Practical Caravan February 2021

Practical Caravan is Britain's best-selling caravan magazine. Each month we travel at home and abroad, bringing you essential guides to the best caravan holidays around. There's practical advice, too, with technical tips and all your questions answered, making us the perfect place for first-timers and experts alike.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

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happy new year!

At this time of year – as we say goodbye to the old year and welcome in the new – I like to reflect on past trips and look forward to those in the seasons ahead. But 2020 has been so ‘unprecedented’, I don’t think there will be many of us looking back on it with fondness, even if you did manage to escape in the van during the few precious months we were allowed to. Onwards and upwards, though, and with news of a vaccine about to reach its first UK recipients, there’s definitely a light at the end of that long, long tunnel. No matter where you choose to tour in 2021, I hope you enjoy every second of it – we all deserve the most wonderful touring…

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the big shot

‘Another must-see was Golden Cap, the highest point on the coast of southern England and part of an ecologically and geologically significant estate owned and managed by the National Trust’ (p28) Where are we? Charmouth, Dorset Coordinates 50°44’00.6”N 2°54’21.8”W Why tour here? Charmouth Beach and the Golden Cap sea cliff are on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, famous for the high density of fossils that can be found here. The area has been used as a literary setting by several authors and as a backdrop in numerous TV dramas and films. For more on touring in Dorset, see p28. Don’t miss… The Heritage Coast Centre at Charmouth, or a guided fossil-hunt walk on the beach. Photographer Getty Images…

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Star letter Your article on winter lay-ups (issue 434) advises using a drain-down kit to eliminate water from your caravan’s system during cold weather, but I have an alternative. I suggest that you drain down the water and leave the drain tap open. Then, shut off the kitchen sink and washroom taps and remove the shower head. With the shower tap open, blow down the shower hose. You will soon blow out the residual water and you will feel when you are just blowing air out and the water system is empty. Easy – and free! Paul McCurrach MILENCO The contributor of our Star letter wins a pair of Milenco Grand Aero towing mirrors, worth £50. They’re designed to fit all wing mirrors and offer an outstanding view. For further details and a list of…

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your photos!


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this month we love…

Scooting off Exploring off-site is easy with this Ninebot KickScooter E25E, which has a 25km range (45km with the optional added battery). Price £499.99 Web Stepping out Your feet will stay warm and dry in these Salomon Men’s Quest 4D 3 GTX boots, weighing in at just 640g. Price £180 Web Tracing your route The Garmin eTrex 22X is a handheld GPS unit with a clear 2.2-inch screen – take it on walks to help you navigate and stay safe. Price £179.99 Web Carrying bikes Transport bikes on this Thule Caravan Light cycle rack, on your van’s A-frame. It has a maximum loading capacity of 40kg. Price £128.95 Web Walking in style These stretchy Zulu women’s 3/4-length trousers offer wicking, a mosquito-repellent finish and UV40+ protection. Price £39.99 Web Finding your way Adults and children alike will love the National Geographic…

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expert q&a

WHERE CAN I FIND SUITABLE SAT NAV? Q I’m a newbie to touring, and just about ready to buy my first caravan, so I’m doing rather a lot of research on equipment and so on. I have recently come across satellite navigation for those towing a caravan; it’s a great idea, but they are not cheap! I have a lovely top of the range Ford Mondeo (also not cheap) with a factory sat nav, so I don’t want to fit an extra device with wires, and have to find another 12V socket to charge it, and so on. I’ve looked for an app for my phone – unsuccessfully. Do you know if I would be able to buy an add-on for my Mondeo sat nav, so that it doesn’t become redundant when I need…