Summer Special 2014

The Practical Motorhome Summer Special is on sale in the shops now!

 

Don't miss our special travel section for Bargain British Breaks - 18 pages of terrific town and country tours. We highlight city breaks in Oxford, York, Bristol, London, Canterbury and family fun in Blackpool. Plus we explore Scotland's countryside and our pick of the Seven wonders of Wales. 

 

Visit Cornwall 

In this issue we also review 10 great campsites for your motorhome holidays in mid-Cornwall. Don't miss it if you're planning an idyllic summer break near Newquay, Truro, Bodmin or Padstow this year. 

 

Motorhome walking holidays

If you enjoy walking holidays with a theme or a goal, you're right in tune with our regular writer Geoff Crowther. In this issue he writes about setting off in his motorhome through the picturesque mountains of Jura, then stepping out on foot to search for ancient border markers in Eastern France. Read how he got on in our Summer Special. 

 

 

New to motorhomes?

If you're new to the whole world of motorcaravanning, don't miss this issue's special guide to hiring a motorhome. It makes a lot of sense to try before you buy, because then you'll have a clear idea of your own likes and dislikes in terms of floorplan, bed sizes and equipment, before you go shopping for your own motorhome.

 

 
While we're on the subject of newcomers, this issue also has 20 essential tips for motorhome newbies. If you're an experienced motorcaravanner, why not tell your friends about this feature to help persuade them to take the plunge and join in with our happy lifestyle and discover the immense freedom of motorhome holidays?

 

 

New motorhome reviews, road tests and verdicts

Every issue of Practical Motorhome looks at the latest new motorhomes as they're launched. In the Summer Special 2014 we bring you our full road test of the Moto-Trek Euro-Treka 1. We also give our 3000-mile verdict on the classy Kingham, a fixed bed high top camper from Auto-Sleeper. Our Gentleman Jack has been busy working behind the scenes and this month he gets a chance to drive the brand new Fiat Ducato base vehicle before its appearance in motorhome ranges for 2015.

 

 

Caravan Club Motor Caravan Design & Drive Awards winners

We also reveal the best motorhomes in 2014 – the winners of the Caravan Club Motor Caravan Design & Drive Awards 2014. We report which campers won in various different size and price ranges. Among the judges at this year's awards were our Practical Motorhome contributors Gentleman Jack and Nigel Hutson, so they've given us their views on all the winning vehicles. Feel free to debate the winning motorhomes – and any other favourite 'vans you think missed out – on our Forum. 

 

Cheap motorhomes for sale

Buying a used camper van is a great way to get into the hobby for less and you'll often benefit from any extra kit that the previous owner has added. So what's the catch, how much should you expect to pay, and what do you need to watch out for? In this issue we have a guide to buying a Wheelhome Skamper or a Vikenze built from 2010 onwards. 

 

Go glamping for less

Our used 'van challenge this month looks at buying luxury motorhomes with fixed French beds. Our expert compares an Adria Vision and the Swift Kon-Tiki, two rather magnificent pre-owned motorhomes, from Family Travel Centre and Don Amott Leisure Kingdom. 

 

How to stop fridges breaking down

In our Advice section this month, our Workshop star Diamond Dave Newell looks at what to do to prevent your motorhome fridge breaking down this summer, just when you need it most. In Ask Jack our expert gives tips on converting a speedometer and other common motorcaravanning issues. 


Happy motorhome touring!

 

 

The Practical Motorhome Summer Special 2014 is in the shops now, and you can also buy it in our own Haymarket Publishing service, The Magazine Shop.  

 

Kate Taylor

Practical Motorhome


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