Practical Motorhome's December 2014 issue

Lights, campervan, action! Tour Britain's best film and TV locations, featured in our December issue. We explore the beautiful settings used in Robin Hood, Downton Abbey, Harry Potter, Broadchurch and many more.


Broadchurch fans John and Sandra Capel seek out key locations along the Jurassic coast from their favourite TV murder mystery drama.


Spooky settings are in demand for many films and TV dramas and they don't come much more thrilling than Northumberland's castles, as Donna Garner finds out. 


Our Claudia crosses the Channel in an Autocruise Carrera 4 and finds fabulously formal French gardens to inspire her and her family and topiary-loving friend.


Going medieval in the Midi is the theme of Peter and Vera Whalley's holiday in their Chausson Welcome 76. They discover history and picturesque sights in Carcasson, Rocamadour and other ancient towns in South West France. 


A seaside holiday in a Devon Moonraker campervan provides plenty of fun for Nick Judd and family. He, his wife and toddler son find campervan heaven for families amongst the sand dunes of sunny West Sussex.  


If you fancy a walking holiday in the Yorkshire Dales this autumn, don't miss this issue's Good Sites Guide to Yorkshire Dales West – our pick of 10 campsites that make a perfect base if you're touring the wild moors, mountains, stone villages and cosy pubs of the Dales.  


Do you carry on touring in your motorhome all year round? If not, read Ed Evans's essential guide to laying up your 'van for winter. A little work now will ensure that your camper's raring to go as soon as you are!


Our Workshop guru Diamond Dave passes on his expert tips on winter touring, too. Meanwhile in Ask Jack our motorcaravan sage addresses yoiur queries, from sourcing new windows to releasing a rooflight.


Plus we review fantastic new motorhomes in this issue. Read our live-in test of the Auto-Sleeper Kemerton XL, an extra-long high-top panel van conversion with a lovely end washroom. We also have a live-in test of the Niesmann + Bischoff Arto 66F, a luxury liner at 6.99m long.


For those of us with a somewhat lower budget, there are some great tips on buying a used bargain camper in the December issue. Read our Used 'Van buyer guide to buying a used Autocruise Driving Range camper made from 2007 to 2012. And if you're a fan of Hymer motorhomes, don't miss this month's Secondhand challenge.


Part II of our Self-build masterclass is in this issue too. Read more about how Grant Long transforms a delivery van into a motorhome, and what he does to keep it £2,000 below his top budget of £10,000! It's a money-saving masterclass, too.


Every issue begins with  the Talk section, full of your letters, comments and holiday photos, plus our Reader Team columns, competitions and our regular Nightstops listing.


And every issue ends with 'A tour that changed my life'. In this issue Cath and Allan Denton tell us that buying Connie, their Kon-Tiki, has changed life for their whole family. They use her to go on epic educational trips with their young children. Please tell us your story! Write 500 words about how you got into motorcaravanning, and send Editor Niall Hampton the words and two or three photos of you and your 'van. We pay for stories we print. 


How do you use your motorhome? We love hearing from you, so please email us your letters and photographs to Follow our lively Practical Motorhome Facebook page, send a tweet on Twitter to @pmotorhome and chat to fellow motorcaravanners on our Forum. If you prefer to use the post, the address is Practical Motorhome magazine (Talk), Haymarket Media, Teddington Studios, Broom Road, Teddington, Middlesex TW11 9BE. 


Don't miss the December issue of Practical Motorhome! It's in the shops now.


You can also buy Practical Motorhome by mail order from our own service, The Magazine Shop. Digital editions of Practical Motorhome are available, too, and you can get a good rate for a 'print and digital bundle' subscription.


We hope you enjoy this issue!


Kate Taylor 

Practical Motorhome 


23 October, 2014



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