Practical Motorhome

March 2022

Practical Motorhome is your definitive guide to motorhome holiday lifestyle. Inside you'll find travel features, product reviews, advice and columns to bring essential information to experienced motorhome owners and potential buyers. We have just the right mix of enthusiasm and true authoritative content, delivering an exciting, aspirational and informative approach to motor caravanning.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min

I’ve just had a look at what I wrote here this time last year – we’d come to the end of an unprecedented year, during which many weren’t able to get away in their ’van at all. But here at PM HQ we remained positive, as I said: “I type this as England is once again in lockdown, with campsites and dealerships firmly shut for another few weeks… however, news of a vaccine is currently a light at the end of the tunnel.” Back to the present and I’ve just had my third vaccine – we’re certainly in a much better place than we were 12 months ago. To celebrate, we’ve been busy producing a comprehensive guide to the best things to do and the best places to go for…

1 min
where in the world?

Coordinates 55.0680° N, 3.6165° W Why tour here? Also known as the Devorgilla Bridge (named after the mother of King John Balliol), the Old Bridge over the River Nith is one of Scotland’s oldest standing bridges. The first stone bridge was built here in the early 15th century and is believed to have been preceded by a wooden bridge dating back to the 13th century. The bridge was rebuilt and shortened over the years, but some features point to its early origins. Find out more about the Dumfries and Galloway region on p44. Don’t miss… The annual Nithraid sail, row boat race and festival ( practicalmotorhomeuk…

4 min

letter of the month Nearing retirement, my wife and I are about to buy a motorhome. Following advice from Practical Motorhome and other sources, we hired a motorhome and then a converted van, which has helped immensely with our decision. We plan to order an Auto-Sleeper Warwick XL, pending further research. I still have one concern, which I’m hoping readers can help with. How will the new rules about fuel and engines, coming in over the next few years, affect the price, value, part exchange and disposability of ’vans? Is diesel likely to become too costly to make touring viable, or accessible for out-of-the-way trips? One dealer told us he has been advised by ‘high ups’ in the car industry that the move to electric is very unlikely and will not affect motorhomes or…

1 min
10 tips for driving in the snow

It’s crucial that drivers prepare before setting off on a journey in the snow. Here are 10 top tips for driving in icy conditions… 1 Leave 10 minutes earlier than usual. This should give you time to prepare your vehicle for the journey, including de-icing the windscreen. 2 Plan your route using major roads – these are more likely to have been gritted and cleared. 3 Stick to gentle manoeuvres and do your best to avoid locking the wheels. Remember when attempting to brake that stopping distances can be up to 10 times longer in snowy conditions. 4 Change into dry shoes for driving, so that your feet don’t slip. 5 Always clear snow from the roof of your vehicle – it’s a legal requirement. 6 Check that all bulbs are working, and lenses are clean. 7…

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1 At Broadway CAMC Site, our ’van pitched next to the occasional and rather lovely steam train! Peter Hales 2 We have had our motorhome for about six months. We were away recently and it started snowing while we were out at a Christmas fair. We realised we didn’t know if we had front-or rear-wheel drive and we were at the top of a hill on country roads. About an inch of snow had fallen in half an hour. Thankfully the drive was without incident and the motorhome handled well. By the time we got to the site, the snow was better, and we had a cosy night. Mark Richardson 3 It seems a long time since those summer evenings, but looking forward to next year’s visit to Start Bay CAMC Site, up the…

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win! a stay at cofton holidays worth £500

Devon is a beautiful and popular touring destination - there’s just so much to see in this stunning corner of England. And it’s here that you’ll find Cofton Holidays, a regular entrant in our annual Top 100 Sites Guide. Cofton Holidays is set in 80 acres of lovely Devon countryside; you can stay here in your motorhome, or in one of the luxury lodges with hot tub, dogfriendly cottages, Georgian-style luxury apartments or caravan holiday homes. There’s plenty to keep you occupied at the site, including the fantastic, modern leisure complex called Ashburn Springs: it features an indoor pool, and sauna and steam room, as well as a range of gym equipment and a fitness studio with classes. Other amenities include an amusement arcade and playground, a shop, five fishing lakes, plenty…