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welcome sarah wakely


We always love learning more about the readers of Practical Motorhome – whether it’s finding out where you’ve been, your favourite type of tour or even which activities you enjoy,

we believe that every bit of information allows us to tailor the magazine even more closely to your preferences. With that in mind, we’ve just launched the biggest reader survey that we’ve ever undertaken – you can find it on p90. Tell us about yourself and your motorhome likes and dislikes, and you could be in with a chance of winning one of five £100 Amazon vouchers!

I also hope that you’ll join us at our latest Van Live! Virtual Caravan & Motorhome Show,

which we will be hosting on our website ( from 22-28 February. It promises to be a great event, and it’s completely free to visit! We look forward to seeing you there.

TALK 4 Where in the world Historic Charlestown, south Cornwall 6 Connect Readers share their news, views and photos 11 New gear A selection of the latest essential touring kit 12 Nightstops Save at our motorhome-friendly stopovers 14 Ask the experts Pressing problem? We can help!

touring 18 This month Claudia Dowell has the latest travel news 20 Your tour: Cornwall North or south, the beautiful Cornish coast has plenty to offer if you enjoy the great outdoors 26 Your tour: Isle of Purbeck Dorset’s scenic Studland peninsula makes the ideal location for a short break 30 Your tour: National Parks There are 15 gorgeous National Parks across the UK, all with their own unique attractions 36 Local Authority: Hope Valley Derbyshire’s Peak District 38 Road sense: A15 The route linking Peterborough and Lincoln tested 42 New-model news Peter Baber has the latest updates 45 Van Live! Welcome Join our virtual leisure vehicle show! 48 Van Live! Hall 1 Latest launches from UK manufacturers 55 Van Live! Hall 2 New models from Continental brands 63 Van Live! Hall 3 All the latest news from the dealerships 69 Van Live! Hall 4, sponsored by Haibike Essential accessories 74 Van Live! Hall 5 Award-winning campsites plan for 2021 79 Van Live! Hall 6 Best of the rest – celebs, recipes and more 82 ’Van review: Auto-Sleeper Broadway EL Chic special edition 84 ’Van review: Adria Matrix Supreme 670 SL Revamped for 2021 86 Owner Satisfaction Survey What you’ve been saying so far 88 Industry insiders Meet Outwell’s Clive Garrett 90 Reader survey Have your say on your favourite magazine!

pre-owned 98 Pre-owned news Nick Harding reports from the forecourts 100 Used ’van buyer Marquis Majestic (2010-present) 102 From the archives Motorcaravanning decades pt 6: 2010s

TEchnical 108 Diamond Dave Protecting your stored ’van from vermin 110 Knowhow… Television on tour Everything you need to know about getting the perfect picture, wherever you pitch 114 How to… install a coffee machine With the right kit, you can always enjoy a great cup of coffee, even off-grid 122 Blast from the past Motorcaravanning life of yesteryear




On the cover 1 Don’t miss our Van Live! 2021 Virtual Show, later this month! We’ve rounded up a taster of what you can expect (p45)

2 Spring is on the horizon! Now it’s time to plan your next tour, and we’ve found some great UK destinations (from p20)

3 If you’re shopping for your next ’van, read our in-depth reviews of the latest launches before you buy (from p82)

Just for subscribers Subscribers to Practical Motorhome get a host of fantastic benefits, including a discount on the cover price, free delivery to their door, and their own collectable covers! To find out more, turn to p106 of this issue | April 2021 3

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