September 2014 issue

WHAT A CRACKING British summer 2014 is turning out to be, and we've been making the most of it, with our Staycation Special. You'll find 15 pages of top touring ideas and motorhome travel stories in our September issue. 


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Don't miss the September issue – on sale from 31 July


We highlight 82 of our favourite British campsites, and feature motorhome holidays in Eastern France and Germany. Plus our resident motorsport fan Lizzie fulfils her ambition by going to Le Mans in a camper van.


First things first, here's a quick round up of what delights are in the September issue of Practical Motorhome. 


Talk is our friendly, chatty section featuring your letters and photos. This issue you tell us about parking for the Commonwealth Games; ask about insuring longer ’vans; and share your holiday photos of some of you having a wonderful time with your motorhomes in beautiful locations.

In Stacie’s Super Savers she brings you a chance to win a weekend at the Shepton Mallet Motorhome Show from 12-14 September. Enter online before midnight on 27 August 2014. Plus there's an exclusive offer of 25% off advance tickets to the Motorhome and Caravan Show in Birmingham's NEC, from 14 October. Backdoor Shoes are giving Practical Motorhome readers 10% off the price of their slip-on holiday footwear, too. 


The Nightstops round-up gives you a chance to save money by staying at one of our many motorhome-friendly stopover locations in Britain.

Subscribe to Practical Motorhome and pay less! Plus, you’ll grab yourself a fantastic Muc-Off Cleaner Kit worth £30. Just ring the Subscriptions Department on 0844 848 8812 quoting m0914b for print and digital editions, or m0914p for print only. Or visit The Magazine Shop online.


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Our Staycation Special section visits 14 UK destinations


Travel this month starts with Clare Kelly’s updates on the latest travel and touring news that you need to know to have the best motorhome holidays.


In our Summer Staycation Special, why not try some of the splendid attractions and events here in the UK? It’s easy with a motorhome! We have tips for 14 destinations and list six great touring campsites for each location.

Geoff Crowther tells his story of an epic 1062-mile motorhome holiday to Eastern France, where he walks through parts of the country ravaged by wars in the last century. Geoff, Chrissie and their dogs love touring across Europe in their Auto-Sleeper Warwick Duo van conversion.


In her short tour to Le Mans, motorsport fan Lizzie Pope feels the rush of excitement at the world’s most prestigious endurance race. Her Toyota Pro40 camper caused a buzz of its own. 


If you're planning any family holidays in Germany, read how 
Caroline Mills gets on when she takes her children to see the majestic landscapes along Bavaria’s Alpine Road.


Our Good Sites Guide looks at camping in Yorkshire this month and our team reviews and rates 10 top campsites in the eastern Yorkshire Dales.


Tour that changed my life this month is by reader Gary Burfield-Wallis. His wife, Ann, suggested getting a campervan and he couldn’t stop thinking about the idea while on holiday. That was how it started...


Expert motorhome advice a-plenty is in every issue of Practical Motorhome. In Ask Jack, 
Gentleman Jack advises readers on their pressing motorcaravan queries, from fitting motorhome awnings to troubleshooting a dodgy water heater. He also gives buying advice on new motorhomes to a young driver who is saving up for her first motorhome.


Diamond Dave, our technical motorhome workshop expert, shines a light on issues caused by noisy LEDs in your motorhome, spare tyres and wine stains.


In Project Pilot, our starter camper van conversion project, Gentleman Jack recovers the ceiling and walls, and gets the kitchen into shape.


Touring with teenagers can be hilarious when they're having fun, so do read Nicki Hatton's top tips on how to make motorhome holidays with teenagers a happy experience for all the family. 


Buy and own is where Nick Harding brings you all the industry's latest motorhome news that you need to know. 


The Practical Motorhome Owner Satisfaction Survey needs you! Have your say about your new or pre-owned motorhome, and the dealer that sold it to you. You could win £250 in M&S vouchers if you enter by 22 October, 2014.


Alastair Clements starts our Tests section by revealing his pick of this month’s new-model news.


Live-in test features the 
Elddis Autoquest 155. We give our full test verdict on this flexible four-berth, now with folding travel seats. It's a must-read for anyone considering Elddis motorhomes. 


We also test the 
Marquis Majestic 155
A. A top retailer has added kit to take the Elddis Autoquest to the next level as a dealer special. The Marquis Majestic is the best-selling range of dealer specials in Britain, taking the excellent Elddis motorhomes and adding quite a few desirable extras. 


Richard Baldwin Motorhomes also sells its own dealer special based on the Elddis Autoquest. This month in our RBM Athos test 
we try out this dealer’s changes to the same Elddis motorhomes. 


We test the Hymer B 798 SL motorhome. 
Hymer motorhomes are growing in popularity in Britain, so could this classy tag-axle tempt buyers of luxury liners?


Enjoy our exclusive look at the Toyota Pro40
. We go behind the scenes at G&P Conversions in Staffordshire to see what it takes to transform 
a Toyota Proace into a camper van.


Take a sneak peek at 2015 ranges
 of new motorhomes in our New Models Preview. We look at top Continental motorhomes that you'll see on the forecourts this autumn, from the very best European manufacturers. We look at 2015 Burstner motorhomes, Chausson motorhomes, Niesmann + Bischoff and Rapido motorhomes. 


The Inaca St Jordi drive away awning is put through its paces in our motorhome accessories test. 


Secondhand challenge this issue puts two nearly new Autocruise and Bailey motorhomes. Both are low-profile coachbuilts with end lounges up against each other. Find out which motorhome is best!


Used ’van buyer looks at how to bag a bargain used Swift Kon-Tiki – the iconic, well-specified, tag-axle coachbuilts.  


Our ’vans brings you all the latest news and updates from our fleet of test motorhomes.


We hope you enjoy the issue!



The Practical Motorhome September issue 2014 is in the shops from 31 July 2014, and you can also buy it by mail order from our own Haymarket Publishing service, The Magazine Shop.  


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