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Practical Motorhome February 2019

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
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WHY TOUR HERE? The area of Stokes Croft and Gloucester Road is like an open-air gallery for street artists and creatives. All around you are pieces of graffiti, from artists’ tags and sketches to giant murals, such as this, Tsunami of Roses. This work is a combination of several graffiti artists, and was a People’s Republic of Stokes Croft production. Volunteers painted the wave, Phlegm painted the figures, and the octopus was added by Jonathan Farr. It all makes for a fascinating area to visit on your tour of this vibrant city. WHAT MOTORHOME? Benimar Mileo 283 PHOTOGRAPHED BY Phil Russell…

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our tips for buyers

I felt I had to respond to Mr Patton’s letter in the January issue, about buying a ’van. We are on our third motorhome, bought brand new in 2014. It is an import, so we were limited as to dealerships. Like Mr Patton, we initially thought our issues were teething problems. They were not. Second, we had the same experience of the dealership never being able to ‘fit us in’ to sort things out before we went away on a trip, despite weeks elapsing. We have suffered numerous issues with internal items in our motorhome, but of more importance are the bodywork problems. During January 2018, my husband noticed an eight-inch split in the plastic roof and splits in the wall panel at the back of the ’van, where screws had been overtightened. After…

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5 things we’ve talked about most this month...

1 TAKE A TOP CITY BREAK Bath or Bristol as a destination? That was on the minds of the PM team for the past few weeks. There’s so much to love about both, as you’ll see on p22. 2 CHECK OUT KON-TIKI Swift’s Kon-tiki is one of the best known names in the business, so we couldn’t wait to see the latest iteration. Read our full verdict on p66. 3 LEISURE BATTERIES Perhaps not the most exciting topic, but crucial in your ’van. We learned loads from Sammy Faircloth’s article, which you’ll find on p84. 4 PEDAL POWER Marcus Leach has written in this magazine before about his cycling adventures, but his latest race had us gasping with admiration. See p34 to find out how he fared. 5 PICTURE PERFECT We love taking photos when we’re on tour, but…

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why it’s great to have a good aire day

As I type this I’m busy planning a long weekend to Belgium in a motorhome and, of course, I’ve been sorting out somewhere to stay. It’s not going well, though: browsing through my aires guide has had me reminiscing about all the places I’ve stayed at over the years. So, what should a good aire offer? Close proximity to good restaurants is a must for me, as well as a working – and preferably clean! – facilities point. One I stayed at in France offered a smart washblock; another had an honesty box for visitors to pay the small fee – I love the trust that this implies. I’ve also stayed at one near a vending machine belonging to the local boulanger; every morning it was filled with delicious fresh bread.…

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holiday hotshots

On Fårö, Gotland, Sweden, overlooking the Baltic in our Toyota Alphard at the start of our month-long tour. Pete Benson Evening view taken from our motorhome at Dunbar, in Scotland, where we were parked up for the night alongsid e a French and a Spanish motorhome. We were made very welcome by the nearby residents. Norman and Anne Killoh Taken during our recent tour of Argentina, the picture shows us high up in the Andes, 4000m above sea level, on salt flats about 100 miles from the Chilean border. David Dowling Parked up near the Vauban Tower (part of the extensive fortifications built in the ar ea during the time o f Louis XIV) at Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue, Normandy. Cliff Mason Email your pictures and their stories (40 words, plus name, address and contacts) to hotshots@practicalmotorhome.com…

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new gear

New year, new trails Price £140 Web www.anatomfootwear.co.uk Is your New Year resolution to get out and explore more of the countryside? A new pair of hiking boots can keep you on track for any goals you might have set yourself. You can’t go far wrong with the Anatom Q2 Classic Hiking Boot, designed with comfort and durability in mind. They look stylish, too, with an Italian leather outer that is easy to clean; you can even repolish or wax them to get rid of any scuffs. The boots are in a unisex design, and are available in European sizes 41-47. BS Laundry is in the bag! Price £19.99 Web www.primaleisure.co.uk Save money on campsite laundry machines by using the ingenious Laundreez Portable Laundry Washer, a purpose-designed, multi-use bag that is a really convenient solution to…