The new issue of Practical Motorhome has hit newsstands, brimming with travel ideas to launch you into Autumn and make the most of this golden season.
Grab your copy and sit down with a steaming cup of tea to enjoy 22 pages of top tours that will inspire you to get out in your ‘van while the leaves are falling. Caroline Mills and her family head for the Austrian mountains, while Marcus Leach and co revisit childhood favourites in Pembrokeshire, and Emma Leask’s family brave stormy Scotland.
Plus, we’ve got a dozen ideas for those that want to make the most of the scenic autumnal colour that is sweeping the country. We also take a closer look at Ross Park, our Top 100 Sites Guide 2018 regional winner for Devon, to see what their winning formula is.
In motorhome news, we have a detailed look at the brand new Randger R535, a campervan that’s surprisingly well-equipped for wild camping, demonstrating clever French design. There’s also a review of the Swift Escape Compact C402, which recently snagged the Best Compact Motorhome gong at the recent Motorhome of the Year 2019 awards, and a new addition to Bailey’s popular Advance range, the 76-4T. We also look inside Benimar’s new van conversion, the Benivan 120 2-berth, and the ground-breaking Grand California 600 from Volkswagen.
If you’re thinking about turning up the adventure in your touring, you’ll want to take a look at Sonia Wignall’s feature about upgrading to a 4×4 motorhome; knowing what to look for and what to expect from the buying process could open up new roads for you to explore.
We’ve got plenty of touring accessories to look at, too, including the Olpro Cocoon Breeze inflatable awning put to the test, and a comparison of compact vacuum cleaners, and trek testing the latest walking gadgets.
Looking to get technical? We’ve got plenty to offer. We’ve put the spotlight on repairing acrylic ‘van windows and skylights, using gas abroad, and the importance of protecting your pride and joy with an effective motorhome alarm system. Plus, a step-by-step guide to making your own flashing warning triangle, so you can stay safe even if your ‘van has a hiccup on the road.
We can also help you out if you’re looking for a pre-owned ‘van, with advice on what to look out for if you’re shopping for a Niesmann+Bischoff Flair 7100. In the Used ‘Van Challenge, a 2017 Swift Escape 694 goes up agains a 2013 Auto-Trail Apache 632 and a 2009 Chausson Allegro 96.
We’ve got the first of a brand new series, too; Blast from the Past examines vintage issues of Practical Motorhome, picking out some old favourites, starting with the January 2008 issue.
We've got a dozen ideas for those that want to make the most of the scenic autumnal colour that is sweeping the country