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Sarah Wakely

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TALK 4 Where in the world Glorious Santiago de Compostela, Spain 6 Connect Readers share their news, views and photos 10 New gear The latest essential kit for brilliant touring 11 Nightstops Stay at our motorhome-friendly stopovers 12 Ask the experts Pressing problem? We can help! 15 A-Z of motorhomes Here’s everything that you need to know to make the most of motorcaravanning!

It’s easy to forget when it’s the height of summer and the sun is beating down, but our motorhomes are incredibly sophisticated pieces of kit that are built to withstand the coldest weather. This was brought home to us this month, when we attended a cold chamber test at Truma’s HQ as guests of Benimar – it put its motorhomes through nippy -15°C temperatures to gain the coveted Grade 3 accreditation. We followed the process every step of the way, and it really is fascinating – turn to p90 to find out exactly what happened.

In between working on magazine pages, we’ve also been passing around a copy of our contributor Andrew Jenkinson’s new book, The Motorhome Story. It’s an amazing look at how our pastime began more than 100 years ago – you’ll find some brilliant extracts from the book on p102!

sarah.wakely@futurenet.com

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On the cover 1 We take a look at the latest Twin model from Slovenian manufacturer Adria - it’s a practical van conversion for two (p15)

2 Splendid scenery at the beach, in the mountains and in great cities (from p36)

3 Expert tips on DIY health checks to keep your vehicle in peak condition (p108) and how to load your ’van for safe journeys on the road (p114)

TOURING 34 This month All of the latest travel and touring news 36 Southwold weekender Peter Rosenthal and a group of friends enjoy a relaxing short break in gorgeous scenery 42 Northern Spain Ian Beharrell tours off-season to miss the crowds, but still enjoy splendid scenery and lively cities 48 Top sites for… adults only Whatever your interests, there’s a quiet and peaceful campsite to suit you 50 Local authority: Thornton-Cleveleys Let the locals guide you around some Lancashire treasures by the River Wyre 54 European odyssey pt 5 Marcus Leach and family head into the mountains to explore the glorious Pyrenees 60 48 hours in… York Make the most of your weekend break in this historic cathedral city with our hour-by-hour guide

KNOW-HOW GUIDE 67 Family fun Motorcaravanning has something for everyone! 69 Great family sites We round up 10 child-focused sites 72 Choose the right vehicle Family-friendly layouts 73 Family attractions Great places to entertain all ages 76 Touring with children Expert tips for stress-free travel 78 Essential accessories Our selection of child-friendly kit 79 Family adventures The perfect time to try something new

TESTED 85 New-model news Peter Baber has the latest updates 88 ’Van review: Adria Twin Supreme 600SX Sporty two-berth will make a comfortable base for outdoor enthusiasts 90 Cold chamber testing Grade 3 testing assesses whether a motorhome heating system can raise the temperature inside from -15°C to +20°C within four hours 94 Our ’vans, our month Latest updates on our loan fleet

PRE-OWNED 98 Pre-owned news Nick Harding reports on the forecourts 100 Used ’van buyer Auto-Trail Scout (1995-2006) 102 The Motorhome Story Andrew Jenkinson tells the story of leisure vehicles from the early 1900s to the present day 105 Practical Motorhome Hall of Fame This month: Westfalia Camping Box on VW Transporter Type 2 (1951-1967)

TECHNICAL 106 Diamond Dave Understanding your ’van’s heating system 108 Vehicle health checks It’s essential to keep an eye on your ’van’s fluid levels, tyres and so on, says Peter Rosenthal 114 Packing tips Loading your motorhome is easy when you know how the experts go about packing for safe travel 116 DIY drinks stand This simple project will help to keep your glasses and mugs on a stable footing, says Sam Coles 118 Buyer’s guide Comprehensive new-model data 130 Blast from the past Touring life from yesteryear www.practicalmotorhome.com | September 2022 3

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