Fasten your seatbelts – we’re whisking you away for sunny seaside holidays as we explore some of Britain’s best sand dunes, cliffs and hidden coves in our new September 2015 issue of Practical Motorhome.
We visit Jersey’s glorious west coast and discover the ‘Five-Mile Beach’ of St Ouen’s Bay, find fortresses, harbours and pubs, ride horses and take a tunnel into the past to find out more about the German Occupation of WWII. We share our tips on the best campsites in Jersey, how to get your motorhome camping permit, speed limits, tourist attractions and the joys of duty-free fuel.
Fancy a little island-hopping? Enjoy our guide to the five main Channel Islands, with hints and tips on how to get there, where to stay in your motorhomes and where to find the best cuisine.
If you love feeling the sand between your toes, don’t miss our 10 top campsites for beach holidays. From Wales to Cornwall, Skegness to Cumbria, we pick out some idyllic seaside holiday hotspots for everyone to enjoy.
Sites and sightseeing in Cornwall is the next treat in store for you in our September issue. In this new series we recommend memorable places to go things to do – and 10 great campsites in Cornwall.
Inspired by the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII and the blockbuster film, The Imitation Game, Alastair Clements takes the Benimar Mileo 231 on a tour to Buckinghamshire to uncover the truth about the WWII codebreakers working at Bletchley Park and mathematician Alan Turing.
This year marks the 125th anniversary of artist Vincent Van Gogh’s untimely death. Caroline Mills travels to the Netherlands in her Romahome Duo Hylo campervan to find out more about the painter and see 275 of his paintings, including his atmospheric Café Terrace at Night.
Donna Garner continues her tour of northern Europe in ‘Monty’ the motorhome and enjoys the varied landscapes of Luxembourg and western Germany. She even talks poor Phil into overcoming his fear of heights and taking a cable car ride – lured by the best-ever view of Luxembourg’s fairytale medieval Chateau de Vianden.
Don’t forget to enter our terrific new competitions. We have a fantastic portable Hoover up for grabs. The Jovis is corded, so it’s got plenty of power to tackle all your motorhome spills.
This is an exciting time of year for us, as we’re privileged to get sneak previews of the next year’s motorhomes as they are unveiled to the press in the UK and the rest of Europe. In our September issue’s 2016 ‘New models preview’ section we report from the launches of the Bürstner, Carthago, Chausson, Niesmann + Bischoff, Pilote and Bavaria motorhomes for next year.
Our live-in test this month is the Swift Rio 340 – the larger of two end-lounge motorhomes with head-turning hatchback-style tailgates. Find out what you get for your money when you splash out £46,280 on this daring compact ‘van.
We also test the Auto-Trail Imala 715, an entry-level contender with two fantastic beds – a rear fixed bed and a transverse front double bed made up from the facing sofas. Find out the pros and cons of this new £45,670 low-profile coachbuilt in our September issue.
Our Hillside Leisure’s Ellastone campervan review is also in this issue and it’s a ‘must-read’ for anyone searching for a viable alternative to Volkswagen-based campers. Check out Niall Hampton’s review of this new four-berth Renault Trafic-based elevating-roof camper.
We can hardly believe that the evergreen Ford Transit van is 50 this year! It makes a popular base vehicle for motorhomes and in our special feature Gentleman Jack looks back at highlights from the past and picks out the best Ford-based motorhomes. Then our motorhome expert John Wickersham shines a spotlight on chassis choices.
Fancy yourself as a high-roller? If you’re looking for an upmarket used motorhome, don’t miss the three bargain buys chosen for this month’s used ‘van challenge.
We test no less than 14 modern windbreaks to find out which are the best instant shelters to enhance your picnics, barbecues and beach trips during motorhome holidays.
The last word goes to reader Julie Buckley, who tells us about the tour that changed her life. Two weeks were never enough for Julie and her husband Jason, so they saved up for years, rented out their house and set off for a year. Enjoy ‘A dream they could afford‘ and find out how one year leads to another.
We hope you’ll enjoy the September issue of Practical Motorhome – it’s on sale in the shops right now!
We report from the launches of the Bürstner, Carthago, Chausson, Niesmann + Bischoff, Pilote and Bavaria motorhomes for next year