Don't miss Practical Motorhome's July magazine – it's our France special, with tours of the Loire-Atlantique, Paris, Normandy, rural aires and more

France is one of Britain's favourite motorhome holiday destinations, so we've made the travel pages in our July issue a 31-page Practical Motorhome France Special! 

Our cover star is the Auto-Sleeper Kemerton XL, with Claudia at the wheel, against the magnificent backdrop of the Cote d'Amour, in west France. Claudia Dowell and Bryony Symes explore the history, wild coast, fine chocolates and bars of Nantes and the Loire-Atlantique. Then they discover the magical mechanical sculptures of Nantes and get a wonderful surprise!

Alastair Clements takes his young family on a short motorhome tour to discover the romance of Paris – from the heady sights you can see from the Eiffel Tower at night to the daytime thrills of Disneyland Paris. 

Why is France such a Mecca for British motorcaravanners? We ask eight of our regular travel writers to reveal their favourite places in France, and share their top tips for motorhome holidays in France.

All the aires in France form what amounts to a magnificent welcome mat laid down for motorhome owners! Geoff Crowther takes the slow road back to the UK, staying at some lovely rural aires along the way.

Normandy is a destination full of resonance for many British people, brought up hearing their parents' and grandparents' tales of loved ones lost during World War II. Peter and Vera Whalley visit the D-Day beaches, inspired by last year's 70th anniversary of the liberation of Europe from Nazi occupation.  

If you're planning to visit France this year, don't miss our latest magazine. The July issue might just add an extra destination or two to your itinerary in 2015!

When it comes to buying new motorhomes, we want you to be armed with as much good information as possible about each of the latest 'vans for sale. In the July magazine we test the latest Autocruise Alto, a three-berth high-top van conversion from Swift that boasts some new updates for 2015.

We review the Bailey Approach Autograph 730 – a new transverse island-bed low-profile – the only new addition to this upmarket range of coachbuilt motorhomes for 2015.

If you're looking for a comfortable motorhome designed with couples in mind, read our review of the newest HymerCar Sierra Nevada. This stylish two-berth isn't the cheapest van conversion on the market, but it does boast a fixed double French bed measuring 1.4m x 1.92m (4'7" x 6'4") and plenty of storage. 

We review the 2015 Carado T339 next, one for you if you're comparing low-profile coachbuilt motorhomes. It's a Three-berth built in Germany, and we test it to how this Continental 'van has been adapted to compete with British-made rivals.

We also review the new Sunlight Carado T60, a compact two-berth low-profile coachbuilt motorhome with a fixed double bed measuring 2.1m x 1.4m. Read our expert's verdict to find out how it measures up if you're thinking of buying your first new motorhome.

We also go behind the scenes at Sunlight and Carado to find out more about the success of these German brands, as they celebrate 10 glorious years of motorhome manufacturing. 

If you're looking for pre-owned motorhomes to buy, don't miss this month's comparison of three used low-profile coachbuilt motorhomes with French beds. This could be your chance to grab a bargain!

We also bring you some great advice on what to check when you buy a used motorhome privately. Read our July issue so that you know exactly what to look out for.

This month's camping gear reviews bring you our test results on a batch of eight battery chargers and conditioners that you can buy to keep your leisure battery in great shape.

Diamond Dave offers his technical motorhome workshop expertise every month – and this time he's debating the pros and cons of front-wheel drive motorhomes.

Meanwhile Tony Brown shares his step-by-step instructions on how to modify a Ford Transit's driver's seat to allow much easier access to the vehicle's starter battery.

We like to give the last word to you, our readers, every month. This time round it's Emma Burton, who shares her short tale of her first motorhome trip abroad. Whether it was the 'van, the company or the beautiful destination, one thing's certain – this was a tour that changed her life

Enjoy the July 2015 issue of Practical Motorhome – it's on sale now! 

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