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This provides a stable combination and good towing performance. All rights reserved. 2K Threads 23.5K Messages. Lexus. An ideal read for any keen caravan owner, a Practical Caravan magazine subscription brings you the best caravans available, rated and reviewed by an expert team, alongside ideal tow cars, places to go and stay, readers suggestions and much much more! Tuesday at 3:37 PM; otherclive; Towing, Driving & Safety New. Practical Motorhome is definitely the best motorhome/caravan magazine that you can read. Now, we’ve gone one step further. Practical Caravan Magazine 13 issues per year View Reviews | Write Review From €2.85 per issue Britains best-selling caravan magazine Practical Caravan is Britain's best-selling caravan magazine. And, once you’ve identified what you need, we can put you in contact with the best caravan manufacturers, who will help you through the process of buying a caravan. So it really doesn't do it justice. Then we’ll run a full live-in test where we’ll head off for a weekend or an extended trip around the UK or overseas, just as you would. Initially, we take a ‘first look’ at new models and layouts that we believe warrant closer review and how they fare in relation to other caravans of similar size and price. © 2021 Practical Caravan is part of Future plc, an international media group and leading digital publisher. There’s also space in the awning to store outdoor gear, while the A-frame provides space to carry bikes, so this van is deal for outdoor adventurers, too. If you passed your driving test on or after 1 January 1997, your tow car and caravan must have a combined Maximum Authorised Mass of less than 3500kg unless you pass an additional Category E driving test to attain a B+E licence. Discover our honest reviews of the best caravans, tow cars, accessories and awning on the market today. If the minimalist interior décor is to your taste, this is a roomy two-berth with an excellent spec, Ford's Kuga is one of the most popular tow cars on the market today. We look at its build quality, its internal and external design, its layout and how well it functions. Some of these may come as part of the caravan package you buy, but you’ll need to deduct the cost of these from the overall price of your caravan if they don’t. They’ll then contact you to see if you want to take things forward. Our picks for the best caravans How we review caravans. This leaves the lounge area potentially a toy-free zone. Practical Caravan is Britain's best selling caravan magazine. With more than 200 models of new touring caravans available in the UK, it can be a daunting prospect deciding which is the best caravan for you and your family, especially if you’re a first-time buyer. Practical Caravan's experts review new and used caravans for sale to help you buy with confidence. Drivers that passed their test prior to this date may drive a car/caravan outfit with a combined weight up to 8250kg. The second generation of the Mercedes-Benz GLA is now in showrooms - and here, as Practical Caravan's Towcar Editor previews the new model Although this range is the smallest of the Mercedes SUV family, even the lightest GLA has a kerb weight of 1480kg, so makes a sensible match for lightweight caravans. Nov 2, 2017. A central washroom and kitchen completes the picture. © 2021 Practical Caravan is part of Future plc, an international media group and leading digital publisher. All the new vans reviewed here include large panoramic windows and, often, sunroofs to enjoy your view of the sea, the lake, the mountains, the stars. From all our sources, including our many tests and reviews, we’ve selected the best caravans for sale from the 2020 season so we can help you find a caravan that’s right for you. 4.2K Threads 44.3K Messages. Trust the experts at Practical Caravan before you make your next purchase. The third generation of the Ford Kuga has new engines, new technology and a smart new look. Practical Caravan is Britain's best selling caravan magazine. The front lounge, in stylish browns and greys with coordinated checks, is especially comfortable. Practical Caravan, Twickenham. Coachman introduced the ten-strong Acadia range for the 2020 season, an amalgamation of – and theoretically improving – the tried and tested formula of its previous Vision and Pastiche ranges. Helping you get to your destination safely. A Dutch pop-up caravan manufacturer that only started operations in December 2019 has already grown so fast that it has had to move its factory to a larger site, and is now exploring the possibility of exporting to the UK, despite the break with the European Union. If there’s one thing that keeps family caravan holidays running smoothly, it’s ensuring that kids have a place to call their own. Caravanning for beginners – here’s everything you need to know! For: separate rear bedroom; versatility of the layout, Against: limited kitchen storage and prep space; shower cubicle not self-contained within the washroom, Year: 2020 Class: Entry-level Price: £19,995 Berths: 6 Length: 8.28m Width: 2.29m Payload: 179kg MTPLM: 1650kg. If your preference is for taking greater periods of time to tour Europe and you’re likely to be travelling long distances – such as spending winter in the Med – you’ll be looking to buy a caravan that offers excellent stability when towing alongside a higher degree of comfort. Everyone sleeps better in their own bed, at their preferred temperature. 30 talking about this. Subscribe now: http://bit.ly/PcaravanWelcome to the home of Practical Caravan on YouTube - the UK's best selling magazine for caravanners since 1967. Brand Evolution Discover the evolution of the Coachman Caravans brand here. There is still a living area, however, and it incorporates an L-shaped lounge that’s especially cosy and more informal than parallel sofas. The popular Danish company continues to develop and enhance its inflatable awnings offering and here, Nick Harding sets up the 2020 version of its... Kia has revealed the fourth generation of its flagship SUV, The stylish new Focus should appeal if you're in the market for a lighter-weight SUV lookalike, If pitch size is at a premium, this could be an ideal awning choice, says Peter Baber, Quality build and thoughtful design touches make this Premium Edition dealer special very appealing, David Motton previews the new Land Rover Defender and weighs it up as a potential towcar, The latest four-berth from the German brand lives up to its name, especially if you add option packs, The adaptable layout in this spacious six-berth offers plenty of versatility for families on tour. Helping you get to your destination safely. Legally, the caravan must not exceed the weight of the tow car or its maximum towing limit (determined by the manufacturer). Our team of testers are generally very experienced caravanners – and know what to look for in a good caravan, including from the perspective of a newcomer to camping and caravanning. In The Magazine Issue 435 is out now! Watch to check out the new and rather clever Swift Basecamp Plus. Magazine Description: Practical Caravan is Britain's best-selling caravan magazine. Enter the Coachman Acadia 675. Practical Caravan Magazine 13 issues per year View Reviews | Write Review From $2.46 per issue Britains best-selling caravan magazine Practical Caravan is Britain's best-selling caravan magazine. Get and share recommendations for the best tow cars and read Practical Caravan's latest reviews. In any case, it may be preferable, if only to maintain good neighbourly relations, to store your caravan in a secure storage compound when it is not in use; it could also help to reduce your insurance premium. I've used these sites for a couple of years. Motorhome reviews from the expert team at Practical Motorhome, giving you the definitive verdicts on the latest models Each month we travel at home and abroad, bringing you essential guides to the best caravan holidays around. Camping and caravanning is all about a love for the outdoors, the freedom that touring offers and to pitch up in wonderful locations. Each month we travel at home and abroad, bringing you essential guides to the best caravan holidays around. Upwards of this, you’ll find that caravans within the £25k to £29k price bracket reflect ever-more luxurious interiors, manufactured to a higher specification and, potentially, have a greater amount of gadgetry inside and out. Not so anymore. 2K Threads 23.5K Messages. This L-shaped layout also gives a greater sense of floor space and, with a separate bedroom at the rear leaving the lounge free of bedding, is a great space for entertaining friends. Press Reviews Keep up to date with the latest independent news, reviews and opinions about Coachman Caravans and our model ranges from the leading caravan industry experts and publications. What's 2017's funkiest new caravan? The contemporary design and vibrancy of the U-shaped lounge – offering more seating than parallel sofas – will appeal to young families. The van sits on an Al-Ko galvanised steel chassis and comes with Al-Ko’s AKS 3004 stabiliser for added stability, plus, the twin axle will help with road handling on those long journeys, too. Welcome to the home of Practical Caravan on YouTube - the UK's best selling magazine for caravanners since 1967. This dinette turns into a further two bunk beds at night. If you’ve never been caravanning before – and you’re not even sure whether the lifestyle is for you (we think you’ll love it!) Right now, camping in a caravan provides one of the best ways to enjoy a holiday and remain socially distanced within private family bubbles. Manufacturers design caravans aimed at specific markets, and purchasers with a particular budget in mind. For an exclusive spec, you’ll be looking at British manufacturer Vanmaster, whose caravans range from £55k to £63k while the very pinnacle is the iconic American-inspired aluminium-riveted Airstream, now available in UK-tailored versions, which retail between £78k and £92k. The Sprite’s budget price offers excellent value for money – little wonder, then, that it won the top gong in our Tourer of the Year Awards 2020. Update my browser now, Superb comfort and performance, but poor fuel economy might make running costs a concern, The second generation of the Mercedes-Benz GLA is now in showrooms - and here, as Practical Caravan's Towcar Editor previews the new model, Spacious interiors combine with great practicality to make these family-size vehicles an excellent choice, The new Hyundai Santa Fe goes on sale this autumn, promising better performance, efficiency and safety, Practical Caravan takes a look. Or, better still, where it hasn’t. Future Publishing Limited Quay House, The Ambury, Bath BA1 1UA. For: central washroom allows access by all; good rear bedroom, Against: front single beds too short for most adults; no ATC trailer control system – even as an option, Year: 2020 Class: Mid/upmarket Price: £25,400 Berths: 4 Length: 7.9m Width: 2.26m Payload: 160kg MTPLM: 1715kg. Mid-market tourers, ranging from £20 to £25k, is where the fiercest competition is among manufacturers, offering the most choice to customers looking to buy a caravan. 4.2K Threads 44.3K Messages. Tuesday at 3:37 PM; otherclive; Towing, Driving & Safety New. That includes the bed in your own caravan rather than the unknown, possibly lumpy, too hard or too soft mattress in an overly hot hotel room. For: front lounge area can convert to a double or two single beds; good amount of storage, Against: separate oven and grill preferable; long length may not appeal to all for towing, Year: 2020 Class: Entry-level Price: £16,199 Berths: 2 Length: 5.61m Width: 2.23m Payload: 111kg MTPLM: 995kg. There's practical advice, too, with technical tips and all your questions answered, making us the perfect place for first-timers a… There's practical advice, too, with technical tips and all your questions answered, making us … Therefore, you’ll need to take the weight of the caravan you intend on purchasing into consideration in relation to your tow car. With good driving manners and the worst of the depreciation behind it, read our review to find out why the 2007-2014 Ford Mondeo makes... Tow Cars Used Volvo V50 buyer’s guide. We are constantly testing and evaluating touring caravans of all sizes and budgets; since Practical Caravan magazine launched in 1967 we have reviewed thousands of caravans to build up an unrivalled knowledge of caravans for sale; more than 400 of these reviews are here on our website. England and Wales company registration number 2008885. Examples include the Xplore 304, a four-berth caravan that, at £14,794, is one of the lowest priced new caravans for sale. There’s no place like home, except your own brand new caravan, which also offers your own home comforts to come back to after a busy day of activities or sightseeing. With a brand new caravan, you know that it hasn’t been dragged along – or through – inappropriate ‘road’ surfaces. Launched for the 2020 season, the Discovery is aimed firmly at newcomers to caravanning and has a distinct external look designed to appeal to a new audience, with modish grey sidewalls and a curvy wraparound rear wall panel. “The UK's best selling caravan magazine for a reason....” Written on: 23/10/2008. A brand new oven that has never been used to cook chips, soft furnishings you know haven’t had sticky marmalade dropped on them and a washroom that you know hasn’t been used to hose down the dog! But when I've gone on UKCS to check on reviews, I find that many, according to reviews, are not so very good. We’ll match your requirements with the services and prices that our partners offer. There's practical advice, too, with technical tips and all your questions answered, making us the perfect place for first-timers and experts alike. You may also need or like (which comes back to our first question) a host of extras such as an awning for additional space on rainy days or to accommodate occasional sleepers, a motor mover to assist with manoeuvring the van at a campsite, solar panels and extra batteries if you like touring off-grid, an outdoor shower to hose down the dog and so on. There was a time when camping in a caravan relied upon fair weather. Each month we travel at home and abroad, bringing you essential guides to the best caravan holidays around. The D4-2 is a two-berth (Bailey also produces a 3- and 4-berth Discovery) with a double bed made up from the chic grey/mustard yellow sofas at the front of the van; it’s very comfortable. While it’s not a legal requirement, experience has shown that the weight of a laden caravan is best not to exceed 85% of its tow car’s kerbweight (unladen weight). 32K likes. Practical Caravan is Britain’s best-selling caravan magazine, and has been bringing the best of caravanning to its readers every month since 1967. 4.2K Threads 44.3K Messages. Within our regularly updated Buyer’s Guide, which highlights the many models of caravans for sale, we categorise these markets as entry-level, mid-market, upmarket and luxury. Plus, visiting family could sleep on these sofas occasionally, which is why this van’s versatility makes it so great for couples. 1. Practical Caravan's expert Russ Smith investigates. You’ll appreciate the extra space around the rear transverse island bed, while the front lounge is great for entertaining friends and family. Practical Caravan Magazine 13 issues per year View Reviews | Write Review From $2.31 per issue Britains best-selling caravan magazine Practical Caravan is Britain's best-selling caravan magazine. But the beauty is a large, bespoke, wraparound awning that offers additional sleeping space, so whether you’re purchasing as a couple or family, your first ever caravan doesn’t need to cost a packet. Well, possibly not. Couple this with our Owner Satisfaction Survey, where you, our readers, help the decisions of those looking to buy a caravan and we’ve a good basis from which to start selecting a caravan that’s just right for your needs. The UK's best selling caravan magazine for a reason. 2018 Bailey Pegasus GT70 Brindisi review. On site, the layout offers excellent comfort and an element of luxury for long-term camping. Opt for Acadia’s cousin, the Laser 675, if you’d prefer the same layout with a higher level of specification (including Al-Ko’s ATC system for even greater towing stability) and greater degree of opulence. We preview the third generation model, In a nutshell, the Adria Altea 492DT Aire is spacious and self-sufficient for social distancing, Adding to its highly popular Challenger line-up, Swift's 560 is a very comfortable tourer for two, It doesn't come cheap, but the new BMW is a thoroughly impressive car, both towing and solo. Tow Cars Used Land Rover Discovery 4 buyer’s guide. It’s one of the best things about camping in a caravan. Purchase a caravan that’s inappropriate for your needs and that enjoyment can turn sour, and be a costly mistake if you need to trade in and change a caravan all too soon. Practical Caravan is part of Future plc, an international media group and leading digital publisher. No need to share a campers’ kitchen, or traipse out to public amenities at night; you’ve your own on-board shower and toilet, and a kitchen you can call your own. Practical Caravan is Britain's best selling caravan magazine. Lexus. However, while many upmarket twin-axle tourers can be hefty beasts, the Acadia 675 is not so hefty to assist with fuel economy when towing long distances. Future Publishing Limited Quay House, The Ambury, Bath BA1 1UA. Update your browser to view this website correctly. Replies 9 Views 3K. Year: 2020 Class: Mid-market Price: £20,194 Berths: 2 Length: 6.90m Width: 2.26m Payload: 128kg MTPLM: 1310kg. At the rear is a full-width washroom together with a transverse island double bed in a separate bedroom. The parallel sofas here, at 1.62m (5ft 4in) long as single beds, would suit occasional grandchild sleepovers, but if you’re planning on staying put as a family, opt for the 6-berth Super Quattro DB, which was a close contender on our ‘best for families’ list. Just tell us what you need from a caravan and we’ll forward your details on to the most suitable ones. Any family caravan needs a decent-sized kitchen, too, and the Avon delivers. Then write your list of must-haves and would-likes – they’re very different. The area is also flooded with light during the day, thanks to the huge up-and-over panoramic sunroof. It means you can kick back and watch the TV attached to the side wall, which creates more of a home-from-home environment than the conventional windows-on-all-sides design. Only the suppliers who match your requirements will reach out to you. Against: limited floor space around double bed when not retracted. Each month we travel at home and abroad, bringing you essential guides to the best caravan holidays around. Enter your details below. Superb comfort and performance, but poor economy might make running costs a concern. While many two-berth tourers rely upon a couple of parallel sofas to make up a double bed at night – every night – the mid-market Avanté 454 is different, which is why we like it. And, at 5.61m in length, it’s not so long if you’re anxious about towing for the first time. Practical Caravan is Britain's best-selling caravan magazine. They’re happy, while such a space allows parents to have a little ‘me time’ elsewhere in the van, too. If you’ve owned a caravan before, what didn’t you like about your previous van that you’d like to get right this time? Regular readers of Practical Caravan will know that we run our annual Tourer of the Year Awards, picking out great vans for the new season that have caught our eye. Most mainstream manufacturers now offer lengthy bodyshell or water ingress warranties. Slovenian manufacturer Adria has the largest market share of all Continental vans imported to the UK, the fact that their tourers are UK-specific adds to their appeal. Both practical and luxurious, this spacious 4x4 makes a strong and stable all-weather tow car. A campsite I go on regular, who are one of the best sites I've been on, says that to go on Practical Caravan, they have to pay. Each month we travel at home and abroad, bringing you essential guides to the best caravan holidays around. Use our guide to the best caravans for sale in 2020 to help you buy a caravan that's just right for you, based upon our tried and trusted reviews, By Practical Caravan Published: July 17, 2020. Replies 1 Views 947. Each month we travel at home and abroad, bringing you essential guides to the best caravan holidays around. Entry-level caravans are great for first-time buyers and those with the most limited budget. You should check any local byelaws in the area that you live to see whether you are prohibited from storing your caravan on a private driveway. 2K Threads 23.5K Messages. So, too, if you’re an experienced caravanner looking to upgrade or downsize to something new. It would benefit from a separate oven and grill rather than a combination unit, but you do also get a microwave, and the fridge/freezer has a 140-litre capacity, plus there’s plenty of storage for dry foodstuffs. Practical Caravan is Britain's best selling caravan magazine. So, we’ve done the hard work for you. It's street ahead of the rest of them, but still not perfect. The caravan is … – spending oodles of cash on a new van isn’t necessarily a wise move; Bailey’s Discovery D4-2 is one of the best value and most inexpensive new caravans for sale. 2K Threads 23.5K Messages. 4.2K Threads 44.3K Messages. 32K likes. Each month we travel at home and abroad, bringing you essential guides to the best caravan holidays around. This allows you to tow heavier combinations of tow car and caravan. Practical Caravan's tow car reviews Play all What tow car is best for you? We have an extensive team of testers who review all aspects of the caravan, from how it tows behind a tow car – including differing road conditions – to how practical and comfortable it is to stay in. Enjoy the freedom of touring; when you’ve been there and done that, move on – except you can take that comfortable accommodation with you to the next place. Here, we've rounded up some of the best new gadgets, equipment and furniture, just perfect for your next trip! Partners will contact you. 27 talking about this. Our reviews are unbiased and we’re not afraid to point out little niggles we think could be improved. We work with the UK’s best caravan manufacturers to match your requirements with their products. This twin-axle Sprite is part of Swift Group’s ‘Super’ range, one of three models that follow the current trend for 8ft-wide vans, which makes it ideal for seasonal touring pitches without the need to tow after every visit. 2. 3. We’ll retain some vans for long-term tests over a period of six months. LizziePope; Oct 17, 2017; 9. Great photos, genuine practical content and despite what the other review says, in-depth impartial reviews … All the caravans reviewed here are tested to receive the highest level (Grade Three) for thermal insulation and heating, making them suitable for use all year. For: flexibility of number of berths with sleeping pods in the awning; super lightweight with possibility to tow without B+E licence, Against: washroom space limited; small payload – go easy on the packing when towing, Year: 2020 Class: Entry-level/mid-market Price: £22,440 Berths: 4 Length: 7.98m Width: 2.46m (8ft) Payload: 205kg MTPLM: 1705kg. Edmunds' expert review of the Used 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan provides the latest look at trim-level features and specs, performance, safety, and comfort. Latest review: I wish I made the decision to get mine a lot sooner especially now when I look back at how much better camping could've been for me and the misses. Cushie. LizziePope; Nov 2, 2017; 1. We search our database. There’s ample preparation space, aided by a pop-up extension. All rights reserved. Forward of this, the kitchen offers a full oven, separate grill and three-burner hob, plus a microwave and 100-litre fridge/freezer. Where do you start? C. L. 2012 Bailey Olympus buying guide. Think about how frequently you plan to use your caravan; where you plan to venture in it; how many people will use it – often, and occasionally; whether it’s a family tourer with toddlers or teenagers soon to leave home, a young couple or empty nesters looking for a child-free zone (or enjoying the occasional company of grandchildren), or for adventurous solo travel. Skip ahead and get a free personalised quote. At the rear of the van is a proper kids’ den, with two fixed bunks and a dinette area that’s perfect for playing games, catching up on homework of having a lunchtime snack. Ranging anywhere between £15,000 and £20,000, these new caravans can be purchased for less than the price of a pre-owned van. Get and share recommendations for the best tow cars and read Practical Caravan's latest reviews. It has so much information, including Holiday planning and touring in Britain and Europe, the best places to go for repairs, Insurance and accessories etc., and it has a great UK parks guide. The lower elevating bunk has external access, too, so if you don’t require the extra berth, it’s a useful storage space. Construction technology has come a long way in recent years and caravans built today are less permeable than some of yesteryear. Practical Caravan Magazine 13 issues per year Write Review From €1,92 per issue Britains best-selling caravan magazine Practical Caravan is Britain's best-selling caravan magazine. Adria’s Altea 622DK Avon has just that. In this van, Elddis has created a layout that includes a fixed transverse island bed (with the option of a luxurious Hypnos mattress) in its own boudoir-style bedroom at the rear, so there’s no twice-daily routine of making up and taking down a bed. Simply tell us a bit about what you want from a caravan, and leave some contact details. Update my browser now, Love camping and caravanning? There's practical advice, too, with technical tips and all your questions answered, making us … Nov 15, 2017. ‎Practical Caravan is Britain's best-selling caravan magazine. This month’s travel picks – New Year, New You! Subscribe now: http://bit.ly/Pcaravan Practical Caravan's review of Venus Caravans all new range including the fixed single-bed 500/4. The central washroom, closed off by a domestic-style door, allows access by all without disturbing sleepers at either end of the caravan and takes full advantage of its width; it really is spacious.

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