Kate Taylor
Digital Content Manager

See other News articles filed in ‘Practical Motorhome on TV’ written by Kate Taylor
SUMMER MIGHT BE fading but in our new show on The Motorhome Channel, sponsored by Motorhome Depot, we've got lots of reasons to be excited and to inspire you to get out on the road all year round.

SUMMER MIGHT BE fading but in our new show on The Motorhome Channel, sponsored by Motorhome Depot, we've got lots of reasons to be excited and to inspire you to get out on the road all year round.


You can find The Motorhome Channel on Freesat 402 and on Sky 192, and our programmes are broadcast 10 times across a fortnightly period. If you have no access to Sky and Freesat channels, you don't need to miss the show. Instead, watch live online – just click here. So even if you have no satellite dish you've got no excuse to not watch – and with our packed new show, you won't want to miss it.


The show starts with Practical Motorhome's Editor Niall Hampton talking about panel van conversions. He is reviewing the Shire Phoenix 2XL Studio Twin, built by the Leeds based firm Shire Conversions. Now with a twin single bed option, giving great flexibility, this is a very customisable motorhome – in fact, this example has a digitally controlled wine cooler!


The Shire Phoenix 2XL Studio Twin is based on the Fiat Ducato, is 6.4 metres long, has a thoughtfully designed end washroom, and a well specified kitchen with a neat cutlery drainer built into the lid of the sink. It also has a wind-out awning and reversing sensors. Find out why Niall thinks this £46,950 ‘van is an excellent option for wheelchair-bound motorcaravanners in our new TV show. 


It's then time for a tale which might inspire your future tours. Andy Harris meets a couple who’ve owned their Hymer since 2000, when it had 40,000 miles on the clock. It’s their first motorhome and they’ve travelled right across Europe in it – they’ve even been to Morocco a number of times. It has now covered 175,000 miles and is still going strong. Its owner shares her top tips for adventurous touring and is full of admiration for the abilities of their 1993 S700 Hymer.


You will not want to miss our Niall's review of the brand new for 2015 Swift Esprit 494, with its new and stylish Fiat cab. This four-berth, £47,895 motorhome’s extra width over its predecessor gives excellent space for the rear transverse mounted island bed. This inviting sleeping area has lovely ambient lighting and decent storage, too. Moving into the kitchen area, there’s a microwave, an oven and grill, and a new sink, and while the midships washroom is compact, it has all you could need. Watch our TV show on Sky 192, Freesat 402 or live online to get inside this brand new Swift motorhome.


But that's not all. In this TV show we're really spoiling you with a third 'van review – Niall is back and he is reviewing a Volkswagen California. It's a smart, attractive, well made, compact camper with bags of style and character, but what does our Editor make of it? Be sure to watch our TV show on The Motorhome Channel, sponsored by Motorhome Depot, to find out.


Then it’s Andy who makes a return, meeting a gentleman who’s a first timer in a borrowed ‘van. Mark, a complete motorcaravanning novice, has an Auto-Trail Apache on loan from his father-in-law and tells Andy and us how he and his daughter have got on during their first tour – perhaps it will inspire a few more to get out there?


This edition of our TV show is going to be broadcast on The Motorhome Channel from Monday 1 September 2014 through to Sunday 14 September 2014 on these days, at these times:

  • Monday at 8.30pm
  • Wednesday at 5.30pm
  • Thursday at 6am
  • Saturday at 11am
  • Sunday at 11am

The Practical Motorhome team works with Information TV to produce these shows on The Motorhome Channel. If you've missed any and you want to catch up – we've broadcast over 20 shows – then head to our YouTube channel for reviews, travel content and much more.


Share with friends

Follow us on

Most recent motorhome reviews

Nomad Ranger


The Practical Motorhome Nomad Ranger VW campervan review – 1 - The Kombi-based Nomad Ranger costs from £44,135 OTR – the campervan pictured is £49,985 (© Practical Motorhome)
The Practical Motorhome Bailey Autograph 75-2 review – 1 - Priced from £50,995 OTR, the Peugeot Boxer/Al-Ko-based Bailey Autograph 75-2 has a 3500kg MTPLM (© Phil Russell/Practical Motorhome)

Autohaus Ashton


The Practical Motorhome Autohaus Ashton review – 1 - This T6 VW campervan costs from £37,950 with lots of available options – this model is £46,995 as tested (© Practical Motorhome)

Rapido 665F


The Practical Motorhome Rapido 665F review 1 - Read our Rapido 665F review – it costs £51,000 OTR, or £55,169 as tested (© Niall Hampton/Practical Motorhome)
The Practical Motorhome Rimor Katamarano 95 P Plus review – 1 - You get five berths and five travel seats yet still a 3500kg MTPLM, all for under £40,000 – read our review! (© Niall Hampton/Practical Motorhome)
The Practical Motorhome Hillside Leisure Birchover review – 1 - Hillside's Birchover costs from £41,995 for the long-wheelbase camper and from £39,995 for the short-wheelbase version – with extras, the featured model costs £46,749 (© Practical Motorhome)