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Packed with eight of 2017’s most exciting new ’vans, make sure you don’t miss this week’s episode – it is our NEC Motorhome and Caravan Show special

We jump straight in with our first ’van review in this week’s Practical Motorhome TV show and it’s a British model that’s been updated for the 2017 touring season.

The Auto-Trail Tracker RS two-berth is longer than before, increasing the living space. While the repositioning of the awning increases the capacity of the overhead lockers. You also now get an L-shaped kitchen, a wider shower in the end washroom and more externally-accessed storage. See this 3500kg motorhome in detail for yourself with our Editor Niall Hampton in this week’s TV show.

Head to Practical Motorhome TV on Showcase TV, which is on Sky 212, Freesat 161 or Freeview 254 (you will need a smart TV for the latter). Don’t have these channels? Not a problem! You can click to watch our live stream.

Once you’ve found us, here’s when to tune in:

  • Monday 7 November at 8.30pm
  • Wednesday 9 November at 6.30pm
  • Friday 11 November at 4.30pm
  • Saturday 12 November at 8.30pm
  • Sunday 13 November at 6.30pm
      

Then Peter Baber takes a look at an offering from Elddis for 2017, the Autoquest 196. And what’s so special about it? There’s a drop-down bed over the front lounge which means it can sleep six – and there are six belted travel seats.

It’s a high-spec motorhome, too, especially considering its price. The fact there are two lounges makes it great for families, and that triple-aspect rear lounge means you can enjoy touring, whatever the weather. Plus the all-in-one washroom is pretty smart. Tune in to check out our Elddis Autoquest 196 review!

Next, Niall’s back to look at a new-season Bailey, the Autograph 68-2. Fresh styling catches the eye outside, while inside that sumptuous rear lounge is sure to tick all the right boxes for many motorcaravanners, as Niall explains.

You get a separate shower cubicle in the smartly-finished offside washroom, but one thing you don’t get in the kitchen is a separate oven and grill. Watch our 2017 Bailey Autograph 68-2 review to find out why.

Our fourth show star is the Lunar Roadstar TI. This marks a return to the coachbuilt market for the British brand – and based on the Renault Master.

We’re impressed at the sense of space in the well-equipped kitchen, the washroom, with its shower cubicle and stylish, salad bowl sink, and the front lounge. But for many, this motorhome is all about that rear, in-line island bed.

After the break, Niall delivers some serious wow factor with the new Niesmann+Bischoff Smove, a low-profile ’van from this prestige manufacturer that gives it a foothold in the sub 3500kg market.

As you’d expect, it’s full of high-quality features. Here we review the Niesmann+Bischoff Smove 7.4 E which has a parallel front lounge, a concealed side kitchen, and a luxurious washroom with a shower and sliding toilet. Sleeping accommodation comes courtesy of large twin single beds at the rear – this ’van really is something special. 

Watch on Sky 212, Freesat 161 or Freeview 254 – or via our live stream – to see it!

Nu Venture's Ford Transit Custom conversion is the next motorhome to fall under our spotlight. It’s a new and thought-provoking coachbuilt with its habitation door on the rear panel, built in conjunction with Wellhouse Leisure.

You get a good-sized parallel lounge that converts into a double or can be used as twin singles, plus a useful amount of storage space. It’s just 5.64m-long but this ’van packs a lot in! Watch Practical Motorhome TV this week to see more!

And the 2017-season ’vans just keep coming! Next it’s the Swift Escape 694.

It feels awfully plush for a motorhome always marketed as an affordable line-up. Check out the fancy window surrounds and the stylish kitchen once you’ve stepped aboard this 694.

And then there’s that rear island bed in a very elegant bedroom. There’s also a multi-function washroom and a smartly-upholstered front lounge. Find out more when you tune in to our TV show – and find out why our Niall thinks it’s great value for money.

Finally, it’s the CMC Reimo TrioStyle, on the Renault Trafic. The fit and finish of this campervan is of the highest standard, and it uses the classic campervan layout. Get it for under £40,000 – and see it on Practical Motorhome TV!

That’s it for this week’s show and this series. But, fear not! We will be back soon with series three. Thank you for watching!

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