Practical Caravan January 2022

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.

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in this issue

1 min
how to buy better

A caravan that features in our writer Andy Jenkinson’s Picks of the Month section this issue (p85) got me thinking. He spotted a used model that, 12 years on from when it first hit the road, is priced at just £150 less on the used market now than when new. That doesn’t allow for inflation, of course, but it’s an extraordinary thing all the same, and goes to show how well good caravans hold their value. No matter whether you’re buying for the long or short term, buying right is crucial – and that’s the thinking behind our Owner Satisfaction Awards (p51). Over the past 18 months, thousands of you have reported back on your new and used vans; with all the data, we’ve compiled a comprehensive round-up of the best…

1 min
the big shot

‘Ancient woods, heathland and coastline combine to create a wildlife-rich landscape covering over 200 square miles’ (p24) Where are we? The New Forest Why tour here? Renowned for the diversity of its wildlife and the beauty of its landscapes, the New Forest has been pleasing visitors ever since it was created by William the Conqueror around 1079 for the pursuit of the ‘beasts of the chase’, including red, roe and fallow deer and wild pig. Today’s pursuits are altogether more gentle, with an abundance of walks and cycle trails around this remarkable National Park. Find out more about places to visit in the New Forest on p34. Don’t miss… Who could resist the sight of a New Forest pony shaking its mane in the winter sun?…

5 min

★ Star letter ★ I spent much of lockdown obsessing over the Outer Hebrides and the trips people were having there. I watched many videos of others spending time there, yet they all seemed to be doing it in a campervan. Having now completed my own trip from Manchester all the way to the Isle of Harris and Lewis, I can understand why people love it and why it works well in a camper. That said, we had an amazing time and I would massively recommend it to those wondering about taking their caravan! 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 retailers of Milenco…

1 min
your photos!

Weather and wildlife feature in the latest selection of your brilliant touring adventures! TAG US #PRACTICAL CARAVAN OR EMAIL LETTERS@PRACTICALCARAVAN.COM…

9 min
pc’s christmas gift guide

Luxury gifts We all deserve a little luxury at Christmas time, so if you’re looking for something special… Hot water bottle Available in three warm colours, this two-litre hot water bottle from Welsh Otter has a cosy cover, knitted in the brand’s exclusive ‘Caernarfon’ and ‘Llandeilo’ designs. The soft, luxurious cover is made from 100% lambswool, so it won’t be itchy or scratchy. The hot water bottle comes in a smart gift box, and is bound to delight anyone who is trying to stay warm in the chilly winter weather. Price £38 Web Wood-grain aluminium folding camping chair Many camping chairs can look a little bit subdued, with their grey-toned frames and seat cushions. Now you can impress your campsite neighbours with this distinctive chair’s tough aluminium frame and natural wood finish. Weighing in at only…

2 min
expert q&a

Editor Deputy editor Reviews editor Tow car editor Consulting editor Used-van contributor ARE HYBRIDS MORE ECONOMICAL CARS? Q I know a lot of people are switching to hybrids or petrol tow cars rather than diesels these days, but which delivers the best fuel economy while towing? Have you done any research on this topic? Chris Kent David Motton replies… Back in 2017 we tested two Volkswagen Tiguans, one petrol and one diesel, using them to tow around the same test route with the same caravan. The diesel achieved 30.3mpg, while the petrol vehicle returned 20.8mpg. Using the fuel prices at the time, we calculated that the petrol would cost another £385 to fuel over 5000 miles of towing. More recently, I’ve towed with both the petrol-electric hybrid Kia Sorento and the diesel model. They were driven on different days and in different…