Practical Caravan April 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
top sites for touring

It’s been a busy few months here at Practical Caravan HQ – we’re just about to launch the second iteration of our popular Van Live! virtual show (p39), and we’ve created our biggest ever reader survey (you’ll find it at And that’s not all – the world has certainly changed a lot over the past year, but some things still remain the same, and great campsites are one of them. We’re currently putting the finishing touches to our iconic 116-page Top 100 Sites Guide, which you’ll find free with the next issue of Practical Caravan – don’t miss your copy! With a bit of luck, we’ll all be back on the road very soon, and our Top 100 Sites Guide will help you to find the ideal campsite for…

1 min
the big shot

‘This protected wetland is rich in history, with wherries, windmills, boathouses, abbeys, churches and more, all offering a wonderful journey back in time (p27)’ Where are we? Horsey Windpump, Norfolk Broads Coordinates 52.7410° N, 1.6388° E Why tour here? The Norfolk Broads National Park has 125 miles of navigable waterways that attract plenty of wildlife. A day on the water will take you past attractive towns and villages, while you keep an eye out for the birdlife. Don’t forget your binoculars! For more, see p27. Don’t miss… Horsey Mill, for its gardens, tearooms and gorgeous views from the top (that’s 61 steps!). Photographer Getty Images…

6 min

★ Star letter ★ Do you store your caravan, and if so, when did you last check it? We are lucky enough to keep our 2017 van at home, which was fortunate when we found water on the floor, caused by a leak between the roof panels last November. Our dealership was closed, so the manufacturer suggested getting temporary repairs from a mobile repairer. I found one of his comments interesting: “It’s a good job you had it here; in storage, the van could have been full of water before you knew.” We still have a persistent leak, which is ingressing into the caravan body, with no expectation of repair in the near future. Check your van, if you can, and on a regular basis! David Asselbrough MILENCO The contributor of our Star letter…

1 min
your photos!


3 min
expert q&a

WHAT SIZE VAN AM I ALLOWED TO TOW? Q I own a Citroën Grand C4 SpaceTourer 1.2 petrol. We are thinking about getting back into caravanning again, but with my current vehicle, I’m not sure what size caravan I would be able to tow. Could you please help? Harry Easton David Motton replies... The exact weight of your car will vary, depending on the trim level and any optional extras, but the Towsafe database ( gives a kerbweight of 1372kg. Including 75kg for the driver, you could reasonably work from a weight of 1447kg for matching purposes. As you probably know, both of the major caravanning clubs recommend towing a caravan weighing no more than 85% of the car’s kerbweight. Your Citroën has an 85% match figure of 1230kg, which is within the car’s…

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Looking forward to summertime While nature’s superbugs contrive to keep human activity at bay, there are signs, perhaps more hopeful than actual, that come summer, we will be able to take up some much-missed ‘normal’ activities. Plans for the Wimbledon tournament are going ahead for June (although with the 2020 event cancelled, tickets for 2021 are as rare as hen’s teeth), Royal Ascot dates have been pencilled in and Goodwood has announced dates for its two auto festivals. Being able to take up our hobby again will come as a huge relief. For now, we must simply enjoy what we can in our immediate surroundings. Stay safe, and be hopeful. Features editor CLAUDIA DOWELL is our touring expert - she’s been caravanning for years and loves to explore both far and wide! ROUTE…