EVERYTHING YOU CAN LOOKFORWARD TO IN ISSUE 437
Top sites for touring It’s been a busy few months here at Practical Caravan HQ – we’re just about to launch the second iteration of our popular Van Live! virtual show (p39), and we’ve created our biggest ever reader survey (you’ll find it at www.practicalcaravan.com/readersurvey). And that’s not all – the world has certainly changed a lot over the past year, but some things still remain the same, and great campsites are one of them. We’re currently putting the finishing touches to our iconic
116-page Top 100 Sites Guide, which you’ll find free with the next issue of Practical Caravan – don’t miss your copy!
With a bit of luck, we’ll all be back on the road very soon, and our Top 100 Sites
Guide will help you to find the ideal campsite for your perfect tour.
Until then – stay safe.
email@example.com Editor-in-chiefSARAHisakeencaravanner who loves seeing the best of Europe on her travels
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Stunning national parks to enjoy this spring; plus, a weekend in Wales, and insider info on the perfect Peak District
LUXURIOUS ISLAND-BED COMPASS CAMINO TESTED
COMPASS CAMINO TESTED
The New Forest, Hampshire
TOW CARS TESTED New VW Tiguan and Nissan Qashqai; used Citroën C5
TECHNICALTIPS Boiler maintenance, and how to take your pet on tour!
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1 Enter our prize draw and you could win a Vango awning! (p57) 2 Beautiful Britain awaits you! We visit the best destinations (from p18) 3 Expert reviews and reports on the very latest tow cars (p83) 4 In-depth assessment of the new Compass Camino 550 (p68)
Chat 6 The big picture Sweeping horizons on the Norfolk Broads 8 Connect Readers share their news, views and photos 13 Expert Q&A Caravanning problem? Our panel can help!
Travel 16 Travel Claudia Dowell has all of the latest touring news 18 Getaway: Llyn Peninsula Scenic short break in North Wales 22 Getaway: Galway Connemara’s stunning National Park 26 National Parks The ideal way to enjoy the great outdoors! 32 Local Authority Hope Valley, in Derbyshire’s Peak District 34 Road sense All you need to know about towing on the A59
Newvans 36 Tested Peter Baber has the latest from the showrooms 39 Van Live! Welcome Join our virtual leisure vehicle show! 42 Van Live! Hall 1 Latest launches from UK manufacturers 49 Van Live! Hall 2 New models from Continental brands 52 Van Live! Hall 3 All the latest news from the dealerships 55 Van Live! Hall 4 Looking for essential touring kit? It’s all here! 60 Van Live! Hall 5 Award-winning campsites plan for 2021 65 Van Live! Hall 6 Best of the rest – celebs, recipes and more 68 First look: Compass Camino 550 Luxurious four-berth 70 Owner Satisfaction Survey Key facts and figures so far
Used vans 75 Used vans Andy Jenkinson reports from the forecourts 76 Used van buyer Lunar Clubman CK (2016) 78 Showroom stars Our round-up of used luxury tourers
Towcars 83 Tow cars Updated Hyundai Kona crossover 84 Tow car test VW Tiguan 2.0 TDI 150PS 4Motion Elegance DSG 88 Tow car preview Nissan’s third-generation Qashqai 90 Used tow car test Citroën C5 Tourer (2008-2016)
Skills school 93 Skills school Expert advice about toilet chemicals 94 Canine caravanners Top tips for stress-free holidays with pets! 98 Boiler and flue maintenance Maintaining Alde heating system 100 Buyer’s guide Comprehensive listings and data 114 Look-back page Caravanning life in years gone by
Stunning national parks to enjoy this spring
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