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Planning your next tour

Where will be the first place that you tour when restrictions are (finally) lifted? I’ve been giving this a lot of thought over the past few months - it’s something that we’ve all been looking forward to for so long now, that I keep changing my mind about where I want to go. There are so many great sites out there… Hopefully, though, our Top 100 Sites Guide 2021 – which you should have received with this issue – will help you decide. Every one of the sites featured in the guide has been recommended by you, our readers, and our expert team – together, we’ve produced what we believe is the perfect accompaniment to your touring year.

Once you’ve decided where to go, do let us know how you got on – and don’t forget to send us your photos! Editor-in-chiefSARAHisakeencaravanner who loves seeing the best of Europe on her travels






1 Essential outdoor gear and tools for your touring packing list (p90) 2 Staycation destinations! Our guide has the best of British (from p24) 3 Expert advice and tips to enhance your towing experience (p84) 4 We select some of the choicest family-friendly vans for 2021 (p58)

Chat 6 The big picture Stunning scenery in Scotland’s Speyside 8 Connect Readers share their news, views and photos 13 New gear Our round-up of the latest essential caravanning kit 14 Expert Q&A Caravanning problem? Our panel can help! 16 Top 100 Sites Guide Award-winning sites voted for by you!

Travel 21 Travel Claudia Dowell has all of the latest touring news 24 Special feature: Best British breaks Looking for the perfect staycation? We’ve rounded up 12 top UK holiday destinations 34 Getaway: Somerset A tranquil break in the Mendip Hills 38 EU touring post-Brexit Our expert guide to the new rules 44 Dogs on tour Top dog-friendly destinations and campsites 50 Local Authority Inside information on Stratford-upon-Avon 52 Road sense All you need to know about towing on the A350

Newvans 55 Tested Peter Baber has the latest from the showrooms 58 Family favourites A great selection of family-friendly tourers 60 First look: Camperlands Campmaster Compact mini-caravan 62 Van Live! 2021 All the highlights from our online show! 66 Our vans Latest updates on our long-term-loan fleet

Used vans 71 Used vans Andy Jenkinson reports from the forecourts 72 Used van buyer Elddis Odyssey 482 K (2009) 74 Showroom stars Our round-up of bargain used twin-axles

Towcars 79 Tow cars Sneak preview of the new Vauxhall Mokka 80 Tow car test How does the revamped Seat Ateca 2.0 TDI 150PS 4Drive Xperience Lux DSG perform on the road? 84 Tow like a pro! David Motton shares his expert tips for towing 86 Used tow car test Suzuki SX4 S-Cross (2013-present)

Skills school 89 Skills school How to change a caravan gas bottle 90 Kit Special Key gadgets, gear and tools for great touring 97 Fit USB sockets How to install lights with integrated USBs 98 Buyer’s guide Comprehensive listings and data 114 Look-back page Caravanning life in years gone by

JUST FOR SUBSCRIBERS Subscribers to Practical Caravan receive 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, simply turn to p68 | MAY 2021 | 5

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