We’ve been running our annual Owner Satisfaction Awards for a few years now, and each time the results come in, they make really fascinating reading. I think what’s most compelling about them is that they represent the voice of you, the motorhome owner: they reflect the true experience of buying and owning a motorhome – both good and bad. For this year’s awards – held once again in conjunction with The Camping and Caravanning Club – thousands of you had your say. We reckon that makes this year’s awards the most comprehensive ever:
you can trust our results to tell you what you need to know when it comes to buying your next ’van, whether that’s what to look out for, which dealer to visit, or which brand to choose.
Turn to p47 to find out more – and don’t consider buying a motorhome until you’ve read our findings!
TALK 4 Where in the world Mountainous Durmitor, Montenegro 6 Connect Readers share their news, views and photos 11 New gear Essential kit for keen motorcaravanners 12 Nightstops Stay at our motorhome-friendly stopovers 13 Ask the experts Pressing problem? We can help! 14 Puzzle time Take a break with our brain-teasers
TOURING 18 This month All of the latest travel and touring news 20 North Wales Susan Taylor explores the beautiful scenery and fascinating history of the spectacular Llŷn Peninsula 24 Nottingham Join Andria Massey on a fascinating tour of a historic city that has plenty to entertain visitors of all ages 28 48 hours in… Loch Lomond Make the most of a weekend in the glorious Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park 30 Morocco Karen and Myles Davies discover the splendours of North Africa on a tour of this glorious and vibrant country 34 European odyssey pt 11 Marcus, Kim and the children make a return visit to Montenegro’s gorgeous landscapes 40 Local authority: Kirklees Inside information to guide you around this beautiful region of West Yorkshire
TESTED 44 New-model news Peter Baber has the latest updates 47 Owner Satisfaction Survey 2023 You’ve told us what you think, so now it’s time to reveal the brilliant manufacturers and dealerships that have found favour with our readers! 56 ’Van review: Bailey Adamo 60-4 The latest from the Bristol firm packs a very comfortable interior into a 6m-long vehicle
PRE-OWNED 60 Pre-owned news Nick Harding reports from the forecourts 62 Used ’van buyer Autocruise Driving range (2007-2014) 64 Practical Motorhome Hall of Fame This month, we celebrate the groundbreaking CIM Autohome (1972-1978)
KNOW-HOW GUIDE 67 Get active this winter Never mind the weather! 68 Cycling routes for all Two-wheel trails for all abilities 73 Save money on activities Expert tips to reduce your costs 74 Six great walking routes Some of our favourite trails 77 Get fit for hiking Prepare carefully and you’ll go further 78 Open all year Ten top campsites for all-season tours 81 Expert tips Here’s how to start your chosen activity firstname.lastname@example.org
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TECHNICAL 83 Diamond Dave Minor improvements make all the difference 87 Rimor Rebuild pt 2 Nigel Stevens continues with the glass fibre bodywork and finishing for his major rebuilding project 92 Motorhome mistakes There’s always something new to learn about motorcaravanning, and Peter Rosenthal’s expert tips can help newbies and veterans avoid common errors 100 Carver 4000A Fanmaster Basic cleaning and maintenance will help to prolong the operational life of your heating system 102 Buyer’s guide Comprehensive listings and information 114 Blast from the past Touring life from yesteryear
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