Practical Caravan March 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

1 min
have your say!

We know from reading your letters and emails, and chatting to you at many shows and sites over the years, that Practical Caravan readers are a diverse bunch – some of you tour with a large family, others as couples; many prefer UK staycations, while some travel as far as they can, whenever they can, across mainland Europe. No matter what your likes and dislikes, though, we would love to hear from you in what is perhaps the biggest reader survey we’ve ever carried out. In this issue you’ll find a form you can fill in to tell us all about your caravanning preferences, which will help us make Practical Caravan even better than before. What’s more, you’ll get the chance to be entered into a draw to win one…

1 min
the big shot

‘Two days was by no means enough time to discover all that this wonderful corner of Wales has to offer, and we know we have only touched the surface of what there is to do and see here (p28)’ Where are we? Three Cliffs Bay, Gower Peninsula, Wales Coordinates 51.570326, -4.1182826 Why tour here? It has long been recognised that the Gower Peninsula (see p28) has some of the most beautiful beaches and scenery in Britain. It was the first area to be designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty back in the 1950s. Don’t miss… The ruins of Pennard Castle, whose demise is shrouded in local mythology. Photographer Getty Images…

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Star letter I read your article about winter lay-up (issue 434) with interest, and would like to raise two points. It was suggested that a small oil-based heater could be used, but I was asked by my insurer if I used a heater other than original equipment. My answer was “No”, so no further comment was made; but clearly, if the insurer is not informed, the insurance might not be valid – it’s worth checking. Second, it was suggested that putting on or taking off a van cover took minutes. The author must have a van with no roof attachment and be extremely tall (with a similar friend)! I’m 85 and 5ft 9in, my wife is 85 and 5ft 2in, and we both have arthritis, so for us, this is not the case…

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your photos!


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this month we love...

Weber Summit Kamado Outdoor chefs will love this smart barbecue, designed to reach high temperatures quickly and use less fuel than conventional units. Price £899 Web Scottish scratch map Planning a tour in Scotland? Record your adventures with this fantastic scratch map from artist and designer Gillian Kyle. Price £20 Web Luminoodle LED light rope This clever light rope comes with a USB cable: it can be used as a string, or hung up in its nylon bag as a lantern. Price £38.99 Web E-Trends Fly e-bike This electric bike folds up for easy storage, has a range of 15-19 miles, and weighs in at just 23.5kg. For riders up to 120kg. Price £699.99 Web Tanki toilet paper This eco-friendly, plastic-free, two-ply tissue won’t clog your cassette toilet or pollute the environment. Price £4.99 (nine-pack) Web Wallet Ninja Multi-Tool The handy…

3 min
expert q&a

PLEASE EXPLAIN THE 85% MATCH FIGURE! Q I am rather confused by the 85% rule. If caravans should only weigh 85% of the weight of the car, why do cars have towing limits that are often much higher? Steven Gibbs David Motton says... Although it’s often referred to as the ‘85% rule’, it is better to think of this as a guideline, rather than a hard and fast rule. Both major caravanning clubs recommend towing caravans weighing no more than 85% of the kerbweight of the car, especially if you are new to towing a van. It’s considered acceptable for experienced drivers to tow up to 100% of the tow car’s kerbweight, but not over this figure. The legal towing limit should never be exceeded, even if that figure is lower than 85% of the car’s…