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Practical Caravan April 2020

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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chat on our forums!

One of the best things about caravanning is the sense of community it engenders – it’s such a great opportunity to meet like-minded people who simply want to get the most out of our wonderful pastime. It was with this in mind that we recently overhauled our online forums. They’ve always been popular, but now they’ve got a brand new look and an easier-to-use format, they’re attracting more users than ever before – which means your opportunity to get great advice from, and chat with, fellow caravanners is now simpler than ever. Topics currently trending as I type this include new insurers, worn tyres, motorway service parking and much, much more! If you’ve not visited them yet, do take a look – you’ll find them at Editor-in-chief SARAH is…

1 minuti
the big shot

‘David Bellamy Conservation Awards honour sites working to reduce use of resources and encourage local wildlife to thrive’ Where are we? Golden Cap Holiday Park, Bridport, Dorset Coordinates 50°43’34.608”N 2°49’6.096”W Address and website Mill Lane, Seatown, Chideock, Bridport DT6 6JX; What’s going on? Golden Cap Holiday Park is one of many British sites aiming to be as eco-friendly as possible in running their business, and its efforts have been recognised with a David Bellamy Conservation Gold Award. Find out more about the awards and some of the parks that have earned them on p48…

2 minuti

YOU ALSO SAID... In reply to the letter from J Drake (Practical Caravan issue 422), if I ask, my doctor will prescribe an additional month’s worth of tablets before I go touring on the Continent in my Knaus 500 FVU caravan. Perhaps J Drake could show their doctor a copy of this page? However, if the doctor cannot oblige, you can usually get a prescription from a French pharmacy. I have done this several times, when I have run out of my prescription tablets (because of not getting enough before going on holiday!). If J Drake takes their tablet container to the pharmacist and asks if they have the same medicine, the pharmacist will usually say yes. The pharmacist will ask for proof of your ID (in other words, your passport). Also, the cost of…

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star letter

Having recently read an article regarding insurance for cars and caravans, I have been wondering whether vehicle owners are aware they are compelled to disclose to their car insurer that the vehicle has been fitted with a towbar? When you purchase your car insurance, one of the questions you’re asked is, ‘Has the vehicle been modified?’ If you’re applying for insurance online and you click on ‘modifications’ in the accessories section, you’ll see that ‘towbar’ is included in the list. So in this day and age, when insurance companies are always looking to save money, I’d say, always declare your towbar! Otherwise, if the worst comes to the worst, you could face the possibility of a refused claim.…

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caravanning christmas

Reader and Practical Caravan writer Harvey Lyon (see p20) recently got in touch to show us the Christmas card that his wife, Anna, made him. He said: “My wife surprised me this year with an extra-special Christmas card, made from issues of Practical Caravan in which we have featured, together with words from our well-thumbed Caravan and Motorhome Club European holiday brochure. The tree bark was cut from one of the sticks Ben collected from our holidays together in Bella (our first Eriba Triton 430GT). The PC Christmas card certainly tells a story!”…

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we love...

Now this is a really clever idea. If you tour in warmer and colder weather, and use a sleeping bag, you’ll know finding one that suits can be tricky – and pricey, if you end up needing to buy two. The new Contour range from Outwell helps with that: the bag has double insulation on one side, and single on the other, so you can simply flip it when the weather changes, to get the right temperature for you. The Contour Lux is a three-season bag that weighs 1.7kg; it costs just £68.99, so won’t break the bank. See www. for details.…