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Practical Motorhome October 2020

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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.

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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13 Issues

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1 min.

Editor-in-chief Here at Practical Motorhome HQ, we were disappointed to learn that the annual Motorhome and Caravan Show at the NEC had been postponed – it’s such a major event on all of our calendars that it really brought home the continuing impact of Covid-19. Safety has to come first, of course, so it’s an understandable decision, but one that will sadden many, offering as it does the chance to see a host of new models under one roof. But the industry will bounce back – there are already positive noises coming from dealers across the UK, and with plenty of the summer still in front of us, there’s lots to look forward to in the months ahead. And, as we have done for almost 20 years, Practical Motorhome will be right…

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where in the world?

Coordinates 53.34013 N, -1.79871 W Why tour here? Beneath the steep-sided limestone valley of Winnats Pass is a series of caves and mine shafts from the lead-mining industry that the area around Castleton was once famed for. Today, it’s a protected Site of Special Scientific Interest and wonderful for walks. Don’t miss… This is the only place in Britain where the semi-precious mineral Blue John is found. Visit the caves where small-scale mining of the blue and yellow stone continues. For more great summer destinations and activities, see p20.…

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letter of the month Regarding a letter in issue 235: I think it is important to mention that when you’re cleaning your motorhome, ladders should not end at roof height, because this encourages falling when climbing back down, or kick-out when climbing up off the ladder. Ladders should extend a minimum of 1m above the roof line for safe ascent and descent, and should also be secured to prevent toppling. You should use three points of contact when on a ladder. Ladders are inherently unstable and quite dangerous – a person on the roof should wear a short safety line to prevent a fall. The safest advice is to use a lifting platform and ideally get someone else to climb up, or just stay off the roof. Does it really need to be…

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1 Wanting to escape from lockdown for a few days, we visited Garlieston C&MC site. It was busy, but peaceful. This is the view from the harbour; the site is in the foreground. Lovely coastal town in Dumfries and Galloway. Just the ticket! Kev Slaney ★ STAR PICTURE 2 Our first trip since lockdown, to Longleat C&MC Site. A hearty breakfast helped us to prepare for meeting the animals in the safari park. The site is an excellent base to see the park and wake up to the sound of sea lions! David Aldred 3 Blue skies and sunshine over Portland Bill’s lighthouse, when we visited during a recent tour to this lovely part of Dorset. We were really lucky with the weather during our stay. Mark Short 4 We achieved a bucket list visit to the…

2 min.
new gear

Weeygo retractable table tennis net Play ping pong on the go – this retractable table tennis net can easily be set up to fit most tables, so you can have fun on the fly! Price £8.99 Web www.amazon.co.uk Crotec Festival Trolley with sunshade Use at festivals, the beach or the park for tired kids, pets, picnic gear or shopping. Children can sleep in the shade while you enjoy the day. Price £149.99 Web kidscampingstore.com Hario V60 coffee-maker This easy-to-use single-cup coffee-maker in light plastic makes great coffee! Paper filters £5.50 per 100, reusables £12 for three. Price £8 Web www.hario.co.uk Quecha portable shelter Take this Quecha lightweight sun and wind shelter on walks and you’ll have plenty of cover when you stop for lunch. Price £12.99 Web www.decathlon.co.uk Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar Titanium Harness the sun’s power in this multisport GPS watch,…

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The Nightstop Scheme is run by us in conjunction with the Motor Caravanners’ Club (MCC), and the sites are certificated locations (CLs); you don’t have to join any club to use them. You’ll need to ring the relevant site to confirm whether there’s space for you before you visit: you’ll find information at www.practicalmotorhome.com/nightstops. For further information about the MCC, visit www.themotorcaravannersclub.co.uk. NOTE We strongly recommend double checking that Nightstops are open before travelling FIND FULL DETAILS ONLINE www.practicalmotorhome.com/nightstops Stop of the month 24 South Moor Farm Dalby Forest Drive, Langdale End, Scarborough YO13 0LW This farm 30 minutes from the coast offers 13A hook-up, water and waste disposal, and Wi-Fi. Dogs by arrangement. £10/night.…