Our special Practical Motorhome Awards issue is now on sale, featuring the winners of our Motorhome of the Year 2011 Awards.


Inside the issue, we’ve selected and reviewed the best new ’vans of the 2011 season, and here online we’ve got exclusive video reviews of each winning model.


Remember, all new or substantially revised motorhomes were eligible for inclusion. Here’s how we judged them:


1. Our journalists assessed all new models at their summer press previews in 2010.


2. Our 17-strong test team judged start-of-season launches at the October 2010 NEC show, and mid-season launches at the February 2011 NEC show.


3. We drew up a shortlist based on our testers’ marks.


4. Over recent months we tested each shortlisted model, and published reviews of our shortlist in our October issue.


Now, we’re delighted to announce the winners, below. Click on them for our exclusive Practical Motorhome video reviews.

Motorhome of the Year 2011: the winners

Best for innovation: Chausson Suite Maxi

Best elevating-roof camper: Wellhouse Leisure Hyundai i800 camper

Best high-top van conversion: Rapido V56

Best compact motorhome: Bürstner Ixeo Time it585

Best coachbuilt for two: Elddis Aspire 240

Best coachbuilt for four: Adria Sonic I700SP

Best family motorhome: Swift Escape 696

Best luxury ’van up to 3500kg: Hymer B544

Best luxury ’van over 3500kg: Auto-Trail Frontier Comanche

Best ’van over £100,000: RS Elysian TS230

Best accessory: TyrePal TD1200 AX 04

OVERALL WINNER: Swift Escape 696