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Practical Motorhome goes to the Caravan Salon Düsseldorf in this special edition of our TV show, exclusively on The Motorhome Channel

This edition of our TV show is a Düsseldorf Caravan Salon special! But don’t be fooled by the name, this annual German event is the world’s largest show for caravans and motorhomes, so there’s plenty for motorhome and campervan fans. >

Watch our Düsseldorf TV special to get a sneak preview of some of the exciting motorhomes that are set to make their first UK appearance at the NEC show next month!

As always, you can watch this episode of our TV show on The Motorhome Channel (sponsored by Motorhome Depot motorhome brokerage service) live online, or tune in to Freesat 402 and Sky 192. You'll be able to watch the Dusseldorf Special at the usual times and days for the next two weeks, 15-28 September, 2014. Please scroll down to the bottom of this page for all the broadcast times.

Practical Motorhome’s Editor Niall Hampton is in Düsseldorf checking out ‘vans from Knaus, Germany’s biggest selling motorhome brand. He gets into a low-profile model with serious wow factor and snazzy ambient lighting, plus a UK-friendly combination oven and grill.

Meanwhile, Andy Harris gets to grips with a massive, Dutch-built, all-terrain motorhome that is most definitely not for the faint-hearted. It is based on a Mercedes-Benz and has six-wheel drive. Yet despite its rugged, no-nonsense exterior and impressive capabilities, climb inside this Bliss Mobil and it is very elegantly finished indeed – there’s even a coffee machine and a wine glass holder, while the lounge is very generous. And as with the Knaus, ambient lighting creates a modern, sophisticated atmosphere, despite its tough, go-anywhere credentials. There’s even space to store a quad bike. Andy also chats with one of the guys who builds these motorhomes, for the full story.

Then our Niall is back, this time in a Chausson motorhome, and it’s a ‘van you can specify on a Fiat or a Ford chassis. This is the 2015 Welcome 728EB. There’s a super washroom that’s split across the ‘van, all in front of the island bed. In addition, there is an electrically operated, drop down bed, which gives you a second double bed, there’s a wonderful, panoramic skylight letting loads of natural light into the cabin, and there is even a pull out barbecue and a large rear garage.

Practical Motorhome’s very own Gentleman Jack is also sharing some of his Düsseldorf show highlights with us. He has found a 1965 Tempo Matador and is very impressed by this classic, coachbuilt ‘van that will soon be celebrating its half century.

To make your own mind up, watch our TV show exclusively on The Motorhome Channel by tuning in on Sky 192, on Freesat 402 or by watching live online – to find out when we’re on, please scroll to the bottom of the page.

Jack has also stumbled across a rather smart, classic Hanomag ‘van – and he couldn’t leave the show without getting inside a classic VW campervan. Gentleman Jack gets all nostalgic when he climbs into this ‘van, the last of the ‘proper’ VW campers (air-cooled and rear-engined), the conversion done by Westfalia.

Also in this Düsseldorf show special edition of our TV show on The Motorhome Channel, Niall gets to grips with the new and upgraded Fiat Ducato chassis that underpins so many motorhomes. And how about a motorhome you never need to reverse? Niall also considers one idea floated at this show to have a motorhome with cabs at both ends!

And what does €500,000 buy you? Niall hits the show floor to find out. He steps inside the huge, Mercedes-Benz truck based Concorde Liner Centurion and is left speechless by what’s on offer in this luxury RV motorhome. The electrically operated slide-out increases interior space for an even more palatial home-from-home experience – and there’s room for a car in the garage area. However, we are sure you will also be pleased to know there are other ‘vans at this show at much more palatable prices.

And there’s yet more from Germany. Niall also takes a look at a 4x4 Hymer concept motorhome, called the Crossover, and Hymer’s new for 2015 range of accessories. He’s also in a Rapido van conversion with features a natty storage solution, and in the brand’s Series 9 A-class he shows how you can change the configuration of the bed to suit your needs – very clever. While Andy discovers an intriguing prototype and a whole host of interesting accessories.

So, watch The Motorhome Channel live online or if you have a satellite dish in your motorhome or at home, tune in to Freesat 402 or Sky 192 at the following times between 15 and 28 September, 2014.

  • 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 (sponsored by Motorhome Depot, the motorhome brokerage service). If you've missed any and you want to catch up – we've broadcast more than 20 shows – then head to our YouTube channel for reviews, travel content and much more. And keep an eye on our Facebook page and Twitter feed for reminders.

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