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Practical Caravan

November 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.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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R 86,33
R 690,40
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
see you there!

Covid-19 has played havoc with all of ourlives over the past few months, resultingin events being cancelled across the UK. Manufacturers had plans to launch newmodels, accessories were ready to be madepublic, and campsites had lots of updates toshare - all of which had to be postponedduring lockdown and beyond. However, we’ve been busy gathering allof the latest news from across the industry, ready to bring to you during our Van Live! Caravan and Motorhome VirtualShow, which you can find onlinefrom 12-18 October 2020. In this issue we’ve included a taster of what you’ll be able to enjoy - turn to p43 to see what you can expect. We look forward to seeing you at www.practicalcaravan.com/ vanlive for a fabulous Van Live! week. sarah@practicalcaravan.com Editor-in-chief SARAH is a keen caravannerwho loves seeing the best of Europe…

1 min.
the big shot

‘The tidal island of St Michael’s Mount is impossibly romantic, accessed as it is by a short boat trip or a stroll across the 500m causeway - tide permitting!’ Where are we? St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall Coordinates 50.1172° N, 5.4778° W Why tour here? The tidal island of St Michael’sMount is impossibly romantic,accessed as it is by either a shortboat trip or a stroll across the500m causeway - tidepermitting, of course! The factthat it has a twin across theChannel in Normandy, in theshape of Mont Saint-Michel, onlyadds to its allure. For more greatUK destinations with Europeancounterparts, see p22. Don’t miss… The tide! And check out thebeautiful garden terraces andthe medieval church and castle. Photographer Phil Russell…

6 min.

★ Star letter ★ My husband and I have beencaravanning for years and love it.We try to visit as many new sitesas possible, investigating differentareas and meeting people fromdifferent places. Unfortunately, what we havenoticed lately are washing lines infront of vans, so they are the firstthings you see when entering thesite! If people have to use awashing line, surely it couldbe positioned at the back of thecaravan, as they are so unsightly? We recently visited a new site to us, and there they were - I’m surprised the owners don’t pass comment, as they look dreadful. Please put washing lines wherethey can’t be seen by the restof the visitors! Not what I wantto see all around me - after all, I too am on holiday. Sandra Iris MILENCO The contributor of our Star letterwins a pair of…

1 min.
your photos!

Back on the road at last, and now it’s getting a bit easier to tour,you’ve been heading for the wide open spaces to enjoy thegreat outdoors - and take some great pictures! TAG US #PRACTICAL CARAVAN OR EMAIL LETTERS@ PRACTICAL CARAVAN.COM…

2 min.
this month we love…

Whitby hand warmer Keep your digits toasty with this handy refillable gadget, which comes with its own protective fleece bag. Price £19.95 Web www.whitbyandco.co.uk Ember travel mug If you like your hot drinks served hot, this travel mug lets you set the temperature and maintains it for three hours. Price £180 Web ember.com Smart indoor camera This clever camera sends an alert if an intruder is detected in your home, along with a video and a picture of their face. Price £200 Web www.netatmo.com Personalised caravan notebook Keep a record of your touring memories and adventures in this stylish notebook, which can also be personalised. Price £14.45 Web www.etsy.com Sealskinz waterproof beanie Your head will stay warm and dry in this waterproof beanie, which comes in three sizes and four smart colours. Price £25 Web www.sealskinz.com ZeroWater jug The ultimate water filter! ZeroWater reduces 99.6% of…

6 min.
expert q&a

Sarah Wakely Editor sarah@practicalcaravan.com Paul Critcher Deputy editor paul.critcher@futurenet.com Peter Baber Reviews editor >peter.baber@futurenet.com Claudia Dowell Features/ Travel editor claudia.dowell@futurenet.com David Motton Tow car editor motty@practicalcaravan.com John Sootheran Consulting editor practical.caravan@futurenet.com Andy Jenkinson Used-van contributor practical.caravan@futurenet.com HOW SHOULD WE PACK HEAVY GEAR? Q I have recently purchased a 1999 Bailey two-person caravan for myself and my son. I am towing with a Ford Focus, and on our first trip, I found that it towed well, with no snaking. I was keeping up with traffic and could maintain 60mph where practical, but I was having to work at it. Being on a pension, changing to a more powerful car isn’t an option at present. Our heavy items are an awning (26kg), two Duvalay memory foam mattress toppers (excellent!), a couple of good memory foam pillows (also excellent) and a microwave (which sits in the wardrobe when travelling). Other than that, having…