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New year, new 'van? Watch The Motorhome Channel and be inspired, with five reviews from panel van conversions to luxury, money-no-object motorhomes

It’s as easy as A-B-C in our latest TV show – to find out why, read on! And in case you’ve not seen our shows before, you’ll be pleased to hear it’s also easy to watch. We’re on The Motorhome Channel, which is on Freeview 254, Freesat 402 and Sky 261, plus each show is broadcast live online. You can catch this episode between Monday 4 and Sunday 17 January 2016, at these times, on these days:

  • Mondays at 8.30pm
  • Wednesdays at 5.30pm
  • Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 7.30pm

Let’s start with A – for Adria. Practical Motorhome’s Editor Niall Hampton is here to review a new panel van conversion from the Slovenian manufacturer. The Adria Twin 540 SPT is a mere 5.4m long, meaning it’ll fit on most people’s driveways. You access the interior by just one sliding door which is on the UK offside, but you can load and unload the gas locker from the rear doors. Step aboard and you’ll see it’s capable to create a friendly dining space here, using the table between the pair of travel seats and the swivelled cab seats. The kitchen is small and functional, featuring two gas burners, a sink with a fold-up tap and a compressor fridge. Tune in to our show to see the washroom and the sleeping accommodation – it’s an impressive package.

So next it must be B? Indeed it is. Join us on The Motorhome Channel to check out the new Bürstner Ixeo Time 586 Sovereign. The range is built with the British market in mind and with kit including a colour reversing camera, new alloy wheels, a roll-out awning and a panoramic sunroof, it has a lot going for it. Inside, eight can fit round the dining table – yes, really! – and enjoy the leather-upholstered seats, and it’s a great, well-lit area, despite the fact that this is where the electrically-operated drop-down bed is. Two additional berths are available below. There’s little to grumble about with the compact corner kitchen, while in the nearside rear corner washroom you’ll find an interesting swing-out sink. All this for just a shade under £50,000 OTR.

After the break, we stick with B and take a second look at our Bailey Approach Autograph 730 review. This Peugeot Boxer based four-berth has a 3500kg MTPLM, a 433kg payload and a low step making it easy to climb aboard. Layout-wise it has a front parallel lounge, a central kitchen and washroom, plus a rear transverse island bed. That kitchen is well-equipped, the wetroom is roomy and the rear bed comfortable. Watch our rerun of this review to find out why this Bailey could be a great option for couples looking to switch from a caravan to a motorhome.

Now, it’s time to move on to C, with Carthago – and if money is no object, this German-built ‘van could be the one for you. Practical Motorhome’s Editor Niall Hampton reviews the Carthago chic c-line XL 5.8 Q which, as tested, costs just over £111,000 – it’s just over £91,000 OTR. As you’d expect for that sum, it is packed with excellent detailing, such as sumptuous upholstery, chrome accents in the cab and classy cabinets. The high-spec kitchen features three gas burners, an oven and grill, a fridge with separate freezer, a motorised coffee machine that drops down from a recess, a glass cabinet with Carthago glasses and good storage, too. Tune in to our show on The Motorhome Channel to see the stunning split washroom and elegant rear bedroom, on Freeview 254, Freesat 402, Sky 261 or live online.

Next I’m afraid there’s no D for Dethleffs, but we’re staying in Germany as we rerun our HymerCar Sierra Nevada review. Stylish on the outside and spacious on the inside, this two-berth panel van conversion has a 150bhp turbodiesel engine, a compact but fully functioning washroom, a chic kitchen with soft-close cupboard doors, a comfortable double bed and generous storage options. You’ll have to watch our TV show to find out how it all fits in!

With five fab motorhome reviews, make sure you don’t miss our latest episode. So tune in to The Motorhome Channel between 4 and 17 January on Freesat 402, Sky 261, Freeview 254 or live online at the times listed above. We hope you enjoy the show and we’ll be back in February with more.

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