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* NEC Show preview issue
* Travel: 22 pages of top tours
* Winners: Motorhome of the year 2013
* Awesome new Auto-Trail V-Line revealed
Highlights from the November issue
Surfing heaven in Devon
Gary Blake introduces a new generation to the touring life by taking his grandchildren away in a Marquis Majestic 145 – to try surfing off sandy Croyde Bay, on North Devon's beautiful 'Gold Coast'
A French connection
After weeks in Spain and Portugal, full-time motorcaravanner Donna Garner crosses into France to enjoy a tour of the country's beautiful west – staying on aires and exploring medieval towns, chateaux and seaside resorts
Sicily: blasts from the past
Irene and Doug Sergent were drawn to visit Sicily by its multi-layered melting pot of cultures, stunning landscapes and simmering Mount Etna. Here's their Adria Izola pitched up on a Noto site in a sunny lemon grove
TOP MOTORHOMES REVEALED!
Motorhome of the Year Awards 2013
Read our 25-page special report for the full results – we reveal the winners in 12 categories, from 'Best for innovation' and 'Best budget ’van' to 'Best motorhome over £100k' – plus the overall winner!
We present our pick of 2013's best UK-campsite guidebooks, to help you find out everything you need to know about a site before you set off. Which books are worth their weight in the glovebox? Read our reviews!
Jeremiah Mahadevan reports on the small four-berth camper that marked caravan manufacturer Lunar's long-awaited return to motorhomes. Find out how our testers got on with the Vacanza's inflatable bed!
NEC SHOW PREVIEW
The Motorhome & Caravan Show
This Auto-Trail V-Line is just one of the motorhomes you must not miss if you're heading to the Motorhome & Caravan Show in Birmingham from 15-20 October. Follow our handy guide to the show-stopping highlights
USED MOTORHOME CHALLENGE
Find me a two-berth!
Two could travel in touring luxury in either of the attractive coachbuilt motorhomes selected this month. There's a 2007 (07) Auto-Sleeper Inca EL and a 2006 (06) Pioneer Magellan: but which is the best buy?
Follow our popular series if you want to convert a van to a camper! This month Gentleman Jack installs insulation and paves the way for electrical and water systems as he converts an ex-Royal Mail 2003 (53) LDV Pilot
PRACTICAL MOTORHOME NOVEMBER 2013: FULL CONTENTS LIST
8 Your letters
Your views on aires, full-timing, shock that Bailey is shelving the Approach SEs and more
20 Stacie’s super savers
Win prizes and pick up great offers on Stacie’s regular page of motorhome-friendly treats
22 Subscribe to Practical Motorhome and pay less!
Get both the print magazine and digital edition bundle for only an extra 50p per issue
24 Nightstops round-up
Save money by staying on one of our motorhome stopovers in Britain: here’s the full listing
30 Tour smarter
Clare Kelly updates on all the latest travel and touring news that you need to know
32 Grand tour: Devon
Gary Blake takes his family on a quest for surfing heaven in Devon and finds it in Croyde
48 Your tour: France
Donna Garner explores the Atlantic coast and medieval delights of south-west France
54 Your tour: Sicily
Blast from the past as Irene and Doug Sergent enjoy Mount Etna, wild camping and history
162 Tour that changed my life
How did you first get into motorhomes? Readers share that special tour, life event or Eureka moment that made them aspire to live the motorhome dream!
64 Ask Jack
Gentleman Jack advises on seatbelts and rear travelling seats in motorhomes, insurance difficulties and more
68 Diamond Dave
Our technical expert advises on how to avoid tyre blow-outs, the effect of weather on your tyre pressures and more
70 Project Pilot
Gentleman Jack tackles the cabling, insulating and boarding-out in his new project van
72 Marketplace news
Nick Harding has news of some exciting special editions from Britain’s top motorhome dealers, plus Adria’s awards
75 Show Previews
What to look out for at the NEC’s Motorhome & Caravan Show from 15-20 October
138 Owner satisfaction survey
What do you think of your new or pre-owned motorhome and the dealer who sold it? Tell us more and you might win an iPad
82 First look column
Our Jeremiah Mahadevan on new motorhomes at the Düsseldorf Caravan Salon, plus innovative new camper vans
84 Live-in test: Lunar Vacanza
Our Gentleman Jack gives this compact and car-like four-berth camper a full live-in test
93 Motorhome of the year
We reveal the winners – including the overall winner!
131 Product reviews
Our pick of the best of this year’s campsite guidebooks
135 2014-season model previews: Auto-Sleepers
Two exciting new van conversions join the British manufacturer’s portfolio
140 Secondhand challenge
We scout out a pair of two-berth end-lounge coachbuilts for £28,000
146 Used-’van buyer
Your guide to buying one of R-Vision’s Trail-Lite RVs, built from 1999 to 2008
148 Our ’vans
The latest news and updates from the team, as we get out and about on quick breaks and grand tours in our long-term test fleet
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