SPRINGTIME NEED NOT JUST BE IN PARIS, so we hope you’ll buy our April

issue (it’s in the shops now) and enjoy the romance of France with us.

For life on the edge, visit volcanic Auvergne, and if you like cycling,

here are the best sites near quiet, scenic cycle tracks in France.


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in Britain, we review top campsites in the beautiful Severn Valley and

report the latest new sites and fresh tourist attractions for 2013.


This issue comes with a complimentary British Holiday Parks Guide to more than 2000 independent campsites.


Plus there’s still time to book a place on our Reader Rally in North Devon: 3-6 May, just £42 per pitch for 3 nights!


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Your Tours: Fabulous France

Visit the lush green volcanic mountains of Auvergne for easy, low-cost

touring with Ruth Bass, who finds the source of health-giving mineral

water… and delicious cheeses


Pedal your own Tour de France

From mountain ridges to historic towns, Irene Sergent describes her

favouirite voies vertes, or cycle tracks, from the north to the south of


The northern highlights

Geoff Crowther finds out where The Heroes of Telemark was filmed, enjoys

sparkling seas and unusual churches in his 4300-mile Scandinavian tour



Good sites guide: Severn Valley

We review ten top motorhome-friendly sites along the fast-flowing River

Severn. They’re ideal for visiting the Ironbridge Gorge, Severn Valley

Railway, Go Ape in the Wyre Forest, and the home of this beautiful

Sumatran tiger: West Midlands Safari Park



Buying a Ford-based family ’van secondhand

We challenged Nick Harding to find two family-sized Transit- based

coachbuilts and here he compares a four-berth 2007 (07) Eura Mobil

Profila 675 VB and a seven-berth 2007 (57) Hymer C682 CL. Both have

overcabs, but which is best?


NEW: Auto-Sleepers, Knaus and Hobby 


In this month’s big live-in test, we examine the £53k four-berth

Auto-Sleepers Broadway FB, which has only two travelling seats. Plus we

review the £41k Renault Master-based Hobby Premium Van 55 GF, a

two-berth with four travelling seats. Finally, we look at the £47k

two-berth Van Ti550 MD, from Knaus, following its recent UK comeback


Stacie’s super-savers: Prize draws galore!

Exclusive giveaways: we have three Heavy Duty Juicer multichargers for your gadgets, seven copies of The Countryside Companion

and VW festival fun at Santa Pod. Plus there’s a half-price stay at

Callow Top Holiday Park and a budget break on the Isle of Wight



Buying and owning your motorhome

The Buyers’ Guide is back, listing all the brand new motorhomes

on sale in the UK today. Use it to decide which floorplan is for you

before you head to a show or a forecourt and start haggling! Don’t miss

our experts’ advice: from torn blinds to blocked gas regulators and GRP

repairs. Plus: Gentleman Jack puts refillable cylinders into his





Kate Taylor

Practical Motorhome

27 February, 2013


PS: Practical Motorhome May 2013 issue celebrates Great British Touring Holidays!


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