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Practical Caravan

January 2021

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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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
let’s stay positive!

This has been the strangest and most frustrating year that we as caravanners are ever likely to experience. No sooner had the initial lockdown lifted, allowing us to visit campsites and dealerships (albeit with safety procedures in place), than restrictions were put in place again, shutting the gates of dealers and sites alike. This time around, though, things seem a bit more positive for the industry. Manufacturing has been allowed to continue, and Welsh restrictions had just been lifted as I typed this. What’s more, there’s positive talk of a vaccine, with some speculation that we could return to a (relative) normality as early as next spring. Obviously it’s still early days, but I for one am confident that next season will be wonderful – and I simply can’t wait…

1 min.
the big shot

‘Loughrigg Tarn lies below Loughrigg Fell, an area popular with all walkers. The start and end point is just half a kilometre from the village of Skelwith Bridge’ (p22) Where are we? The Lake District, Cumbria Coordinates 54°27’0.00” N 03°06’0.00” W Why tour here? “It’s very difficult to feel anything but sheer joy at being surrounded by some of the best scenery the UK has to offer,” says Marcus Leach on p23. And millions would agree with him. This stunningly beautiful National Park welcomes walkers, cyclists, mountaineers, adventurers and caravanners who just love to be in breathtaking landscapes. Don’t miss… Walking or climbing one of the district’s peaks, for incomparable views across the lakes Photographer Getty Images…

5 min.

THIS MONTH WE CHAT… SUNNY SPAIN // SITE UPGRADES // WINTER TOURING Star letter It was July 2020 and we were going stir crazy over coronavirus - so we decided, with a combined age of 149, to buy a caravan! After much study, we bought a Swift Coastline 480 SE in immaculate condition (pictured below), and the adventures began. We are lucky to have a lovely small site near us - Moorhouse Campsite, in Somerset - so we could enjoy short breaks away while learning about all of the caravan’s systems. For our first major trip, we decided on four nights at Merrydown Camping, a C&CC CS outside Axminster. Annabelle, Steve, Jackie and Milo the dog made us welcome and answered all of our newcomers’ questions with patience and humour. The site…

1 min.
your photos!


3 min.
this month we love… christmas gifts & decorations!

Red caravan Christmas bauble This cute caravan with festive fir on board is sure to become a favourite tree decoration for caravanners everywhere. Price £12.95 Web notonthehighstreet.com Picnic rug Every self-respecting caravanner needs a top-quality picnic rug! This durable classic comes in a smart herringbone tweed. Price £30 Web www.johnlewis.com Drone Home Race to launch your aliens into the drone to flee to safety, in this laugh-a-minute game featuring a real drone! Price £16 Web www.amazon.co.uk Activ 5 pocket gym This clever device for isometric training on the go helps you use your bodyweight to exercise, and works with an accompanying app. Price £124.95 Web activbody.com/en-uk Memory pin map Give the gift of memories - this map from designer Louisa Elizabeth has push pins, so you can keep track of where you’ve toured. Price £80 Web notonthehighstreet.com Secrets of the city Soul of Venice and Soul…

5 min.
expert q&a

CAN I TOW WITH AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE? Q Your car reviews tend to favour diesel power, but I would really like to change to a hybrid, plug-in hybrid or fully electric. In general, which type of electrified vehicle would you say works best as a tow car? Derek Miller David Motton replies… That’s a complicated question to give a brief answer to, as it depends to a great extent on the weight of your caravan and how far you intend to tow. A number of fully electric cars, such as the new Polestar 2, are capable of towing. But most are either prohibitively expensive or have a relatively low towing limit, and range will be severely reduced when towing. Many hybrid cars have a low towing limit (for example, the Toyota Prius can tow just 725kg),…