Practical Caravan May 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
planning your next tour

Where will be the first place that you tour when restrictions are (finally) lifted? I’ve been giving this a lot of thought over the past few months – it’s something that we’ve all been looking forward to for so long now, that I keep changing my mind about where I want to go. There are so many great sites out there… Hopefully, though, our Top 100 Sites Guide 2021 – which you should have received with this issue – will help you decide. Every one of the sites featured in the guide has been recommended by you, our readers, and our expert team – together, we’ve produced what we believe is the perfect accompaniment to your touring year. Once you’ve decided where to go, do let us know how you…

1 min
the big shot

‘Follow the Speyside Malt Whisky Trail and you will take in glorious scenery as the river winds its way from the Cairngorms to Spey Bay (p28)’ Where are we? Craigellachie Bridge, River Spey, Scotland Coordinates 57.4912° N, 3.1938° W Why tour here? This wonderful 19th-century bridge, built in 1814 and spanning the River Spey, is the oldest surviving cast iron bridge in Scotland. It was designed by celebrated Scottish engineer Thomas Telford and crosses the Spey in a single span. For more, see p28. Don’t miss… The Glen Grant Distillery, on the Speyside Malt Whisky Trail, is just four miles north of the bridge. Photographer Getty Images…

5 min

★ Star letter ★ I was interested to read David Asselbrough’s letter about leaks in his caravan (issue 437). Having caravanned for more than 50 years, I find it astonishing that despite the advances in design and the development of structural panels, some manufacturers appear unable to produce caravans free from leaks. We tend to replace our caravan every three to four years and the last three, bought new, all developed leaks within 12 to 18 months. We were fortunate to have the support of excellent dealers, who came to our rescue and rectified the faults. I would gladly give up the fancy LEDs and gadgets for a shell that was structurally sound and weatherproof. Barry Jones MILENCO The contributor of our Star letter wins a pair of Milenco Grand Aero towing mirrors, worth…

1 min
your photos!

Caravanning is even more fun when you can take your feline (and canine) friends along! Here are your brilliant photos of pets on tour TAG US #PRACTICAL CARAVAN OR EMAIL LETTERS@PRACTICALCARAVAN.COM…

2 min
this month we love…

Speevers juggling balls Impress fellow campers with your juggling skills – if you don’t learn now, then when? The three balls are washable and waterproof. Price £19.99 Web Carabarlife drinks stand Carabarlife’s drinks holders attach to the van wall (the sucker holds up to 85kg) or stand on your table. Extras include nibble dishes. Price From £30 Web Viofo A139 dashcam The A139 is Viofo’s first dashcam with three cameras. Its optional parking mode can run for 24 hours without harming your battery. Price £219.68 Web Flashlight gloves Two-fingered (index and thumb) gloves with lights on the fingers for working in the dark. Come with a screwdriver. Inspired! Price £7.99 Web NURVV Run Insoles & Coaching App These ultra-thin smart insoles have 32 precision sensors and link to an app that analyses your running technique and provides in-run workouts. Price…

7 min
expert q&a

WHICH VANS ARE BEST FOR NEWBIES? Q I am hoping you can help us, please! We have had VW campervans for years now (mostly T2 and early Bays), but we have got rid of them as ours cost a lot of money to maintain. I now fancy a caravan, but it will have to be one that is easy to tow because I have never towed before. I would also like something retro and cute – so it matches my dog! Can you help please? Sarah (surname withheld) Peter Baber replies… You are in luck, Sarah, as the trend among designers these days is very much towards producing lighter caravans that are easy to tow. One small manufacturer, Wheelhome, has even brought out a van called the Dashaway, which is so narrow that when all its extending…