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Practical Caravan

November 2019

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
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why tour here?

‘Drive to the top of Llandudno’s mini mountain for fantastic views out across the Menai Strait, Puffin Island and the Isle of Anglesey’ Where are we? The Great Orme, Llandudno, North Wales What’s going on? Drive to the top of Llandudno’s mini mountain for fantastic views out across the Menai Strait, Puffin Island and the Isle of Anglesey (see p28 to read Elaine Ormerod’s Anglesey Adventure). Broad beaches, castles, Victorian seaside towns and famous gardens can all be found in the area, all against a backdrop of the mountains of Snowdonia. Outfit We towed a Bailey Unicorn Cabrera with our long-term-test Ford Galaxy 2.0L TDCI AWD…

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welcome to our new expert writer!

We’ve some very exciting news this month, as we welcome a new face onto the Practical Caravan team: I’m delighted to announce that John Sootheran – until recently the editor of Caravan magazine – joins us as Consulting Editor. As you’d expect, John is hugely experienced in all things caravanning-related, and we’re thrilled to be bringing his knowledge and expertise to these pages. You can expect to see his face in articles across the whole of the magazine over the coming months – I know you’ll love what he’s got planned. Whether you’re touring this winter, or storing your van, we have just the articles in this issue - they’re both written by John (p91). And don’t miss the reveal of our prestigious Tourer of the Year 2020 – categories cover everything from…

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here’s how we clean our vans!

I WAS SORRY to read that Phil Tupman labours so hard and with only mixed success when cleaning his stored caravan, soaking himself in the process (issue 417, p8)! I use a waterless cleaner/ polish called Greased Lightning on our car and caravan, and have previously used it on gliders, too. Forget about any risk of scratching, even if road grime and grit are involved. The product apparently contains cunning negatively charged anionic surfactants, which lift grit away from a hard surface. The polish is carnauba wax. The product is finely sprayed on, allowed to haze over, then wiped (not rubbed) off, leaving a high-gloss finish. Tar, bird droppings and tree sap are also removed. Various brands of waterless cleaners are on the market, but of all those I have tried, I find this…

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get in touch & win!

EMAIL US AT WRITE TO Letters, Practical Caravan, 1-10 Praed Mews, London W2 1QY JOIN OUR COMMUNITY AT practicalcaravan pcaravan practicalcaravan The contributors of our Star letter and Star photo each win a pair of Milenco Grand Aero towing mirrors, worth £50. They’re designed to fit all wing mirrors and offer an outstanding view. If you have a top tip, send it in for a chance to win four Milenco Stacka corner feet, worth £14. For further details and a list of retailers, visit…

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bryony’s 5 essential events for… autumn treats

1 Bright lights, big city Lumiere Durham will be putting on a fabulous display on the city’s streets in this, its 10th year, and once again, it is completely free. Date 14-17 November Web Stay at Finchale Abbey Touring Park Web 2 Great barrels of fire Delve into centuries of fiery history with The Tar Barrels of Ottery St Mary, one of many West Country traditions involving bonfires. Date 5 November Web Stay at Oakdown Holiday Park Web 3 Say cheers to Oktoberfest This autumn, the National Brewery Centre will host a traditional Oktoberfest, complete with foot-stomping, steins and music from a Bavarian Oompah band. Date 18-19 October Web Stay at Dovesite Caravan Park Web 4 Hail the saint’s day Join the Scots celebrating St Andrew’s Day in the city of…

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new gear

Warm up for winter Price £26.99 Web As the nights draw in and autumn turns the leaves to gold, curl up in your caravan lounge with a new blanket. Heat Holders’ luxury fleece ’Snuggle Ups’ blankets come in a range of colours, and have a 1.7 tog rating. They make the perfect companion to a mug of tea and a good book on a rainy autumn afternoon. Fold-away wellies Price £9.99 Web If you’re short on space in the van, wellingtons are often one of the first items left behind, despite the UK’s unpredictable weather. But now, you needn’t take the risk of being caught with wet feet – Feetz pocket wellies pack up small and slide on easily over your shoes to give instant protection against mud and puddles. No more muck Price £36 Web If you…