October 2014 issue of Practical Motorhome

THE AMAZING NEW Lunar Landstar is the cover star of our October issue. This spacious high-top van conversion is based on a long-wheelbase Mercedes Sprinter 313. If you're thinking of buying a two-berth, read our test report to discover how well this 'van allows you to downsize in style and comfort.  


In this issue we're celebrating 'ingenious motorhome design', as Editor Niall Hampton says in his regular column. Yes, it's the time of year when we look back at the most exciting motorhomes launched during the past 12 months and draw up a shortlist for our annual Motorhome of the Year Awards. So if you're thinking of buying a new motorhome, browse through our shortlist in this issue and you'll discover the very best motorhomes on sale in Britain today. 


Looking ahead to 2015, we continue our round-up of the new launches with a look at the exciting new Adria, Dethleffs, Hymer and Swift Group motorhomes going into production now! They'll be on show at the Motorhome & Caravan Show 2014 in Birmingham in mid-October and on the roads in time for next year's motorhome holidays. 


In this issue we also feature a full live-in test of the flexible Chausson Welcome 717, a French motorhome brand close to British hearts. Plus we take a first look test of Spanish brand Benimar, an exciting new import with low prices and UK specification. Plus we test 11 coolboxes to find the best to take on tour.  


Travel this month features Kate Taylor's Grand Tour of Ireland's wonderful Wild Atlantic Way, taking in beaches, cliffs, mountains and loughs, with colleague Claudia Dowell – and a potted Basil plant – for company.


Bryony Symes rounds up Britain's must-visit islands. Test your knowledge and see how many of her selection of 32 of the best British isles you've explored in your motorhome! 


Caroline Mills likes to use her CI Carioca 656 motorhome for walking holidays. This month she explores a long-distance path through Somerset with links to King Henry VIII. 


Plus we challenge Nick Harding to find the best used high-top van conversion for two people, with a budget up to £27,000. 


In used 'van buyer this month we have your definitive guide to buying an Auto-Sleeper Rimini, Rapport or Recro, made between 1988 and 1996. So if you're looking to buy a used camper van for less than £9,000, don't miss this guide!


Plus Stacie's Super Savers features a chance to win a special 'Air to Spare' tyre checking gadget and tickets to win for the NEC show in October. Plus there's a two-for-the-price-of-one deal on Shepton Mallet Motorhome Show tickets in September. 


There's plenty of great advice from our technical team, too, and Gentleman Jack meets a reader who has built his own van conversion motorhome to incorporate a Smart car!


Don't miss this issue – it's in the shops from 28 August, 2014! You can also buy Practical Motorhome by mail order from our own service, The Magazine Shop.  


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We hope you enjoy this issue!


Kate Taylor

Practical Motorhome