Savour the good life


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Our March 2013 issue is now only available as a back issue, while stocks last. If you read it, we hope you liked our Nordic-themed touring adventures, as well as holidays closer to home. 



Who can you trust, when you go looking for a new or pre-owned motorhome to buy? We asked readers to rate their motorhome manufacturers, direct sellers and dealers, going right back to 2010. The results were revealed in our Practical Motorhome Owner

Satisfaction Awards 2013, sponsored by specialist motorhome and caravan insurer Coast. Read all about it in the March issue!


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Spring flowers are beginning to make an appearance, so we are keen to get everyone to book a place on our Reader Rally at Stowford Farm

Meadows (pictured above and below), a glorious spot on the hillside near Combe Martin,

North Devon: 3-6 May, 2013, a real bargain at just £42 per pitch for 3

nights! (See March issue, page 52, below.) We all had a great time last year so we hope you’ll join us this year.


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Plus: This issue featured our new Buyer’s Guide

– listing all the new motorhomes launched for 2013. If you’re thinking

of buying a new motorhome, don’t leave home without this. Enjoy!




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Your Tours: Scandinavia


Crowther, his wife Chrissie and their dogs continued their epic

adventure in the tracks of the Norsemen. Here he toured from Norway’s high

Hardangervidda plateau to the delights of Sweden.


Dutch courage


Hawkins took his family to the Netherlands for three weeks in their

1970s VW camper, hoping to avoid a breakdown of any kind…



Good sites guide to Somerset


reviewed ten top motorhome-friendly sites. They’re perfect for your

tour of Glastonbury Tor, Wells, Wookey Hole caves, Bath – and, last but

not least, the enticing factory outlet shops of the Clarks Village in




Latest motorhome news

Buying secondhand: European A-class motorhomes


challenged Nick Harding to find two high quality pre-owned European

A-class motorhomes. He came up with two excellent ’vans: a 2005 (55) Pilote Galaxy 40 and a 2001 (X) Hymer B574 – but under scrutiny, which do you

think was best? 



Jeremiah Mahadevan reported on Wheelhome‘s ingenious new Skurry, Dethleffs‘ new suspension and the return of the Club Joker, following Rapido‘s acquisition of Westfalia.


Reviewed and rated: new motorhomes from Vantage, Hobby and Adria


tests and ’van reviews always make essential reading if you’re building up to a

big new purchase. In this issue’s big live-in test, we examined the Adria Matrix Axess 590 SG, a new drop-down bed low-profile ‘van from Slovenia. Plus we reviewed the Vantage Cad rear-lounge van conversion, based on a Mercedes Sprinter, and the stylish Hobby Premium Drive 70GE rear-bed luxury low-profile.


Owner Satisfaction Awards 2013

Our Gentleman Jack had worked hard to count all your votes for the Owner

Satisfaction Awards 2013. In this issue he revealed the best motorhome

manufacturers, dealers, direct sales companies and base vehicles. He

also compared this year’s votes and comments to past results to discover what it all means for the world of



Meet the winners: interviews

with Dave Pegg of Horizon Leisure Vehicles Ltd, Simon Howard of Bailey

of Bristol, Gary Morgan of Richard Baldwin Motorhomes, Rob Naylor of

Vantage Motorhomes and Rob Kirk of VW Kamper Centre and Motorhome Dealer



Fly-drive: Living the American dream


Rob Ganley and Nigel Donnelly crossed the pond for a road trip in an

American RV to visit the 50th US National RV Trade Show…


Continental connection

The French Trigano group has acquired Italian motorhome manufacturer SEA. What does it mean for us in the UK?



Kate Taylor,

Newsletter Editor,

Practical Motorhome







Practical Motorhome is your definitive guide to motorhome holiday

lifestyle. Inside you’ll find travel features, product reviews, advice

and columns to bring essential information to experienced motorhome

owners and potential buyers.


We have just the right mix of enthusiasm and true authoritative

content, delivering an exciting, aspirational and informative approach

to motor caravanning.