Lizzie Pope
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Think big in our latest Summer Special as we test three vans including the new 2016 Sprite Quattro EW, drive a budget heavyweight tow car and visit the US

We go large in our fourth Summer Special TV show as we focus on twin-axle tourers – and we start with a review of a brand new, 2016 van.

We’re getting to know the all-new Sprite Quattro EW, Practical Caravan’s Group Editor Alastair Clements on hand to take us round this new season van. And right away you can tell this is a 2016 model, as it has a triple-pane window, rather than the previous single-pane. Its new season graphics, alloy wheels and a raft of pleasing detail changes make it hard to believe that this is a model from the Swift Group’s entry-level brand. Inside, the light, bright, refreshed-for-2016 upholstery is very attractive. The L-shaped front lounge is an airy, comfy space, plus there’s a side dinette, a big fixed double bed and an end washroom in this van – the latter giving the model its ‘EW’ suffix. That washroom also has a lined shower and an Ecocamel Orbit showerhead. The new 2016 Sprite Quattro EW also has a smart, practical and well-equipped kitchen with a separate oven and grill, a three-burner gas hob, a microwave (part of the Diamond Pack) and a good-sized fridge. At night, the lounge can become a roomy double, while the side dinette can be made into one or two bunks, plus there’s that aforementioned French bed at the rear. Tune in to see our full review of the brand new Sprite Quattro EW.

You can watch our TV shows on The Caravan Channel, which is on Sky 192 and on Freesat 402 – keep an eye out for showcase TV. Alternatively, watch live online via the Information TV website. And as each show is aired 10 times, you’ve plenty of opportunities to catch it – please scroll down for the complete broadcast schedule.

Next, we rewind to the last NEC show, and our Lunar Quasar 646 review, to check out another twin-axle caravan. It’ll set you back a touch under £19,000, but we think you’re getting a lot of van for your money. Space inside is very generous. How does it sleep six? The large lounge can be converted into a huge double or used as two singles, while the dinette can become bunk beds, plus there are two kid-friendly fixed bunks at the rear. Opposite the dinette is the large and well-equipped kitchen, plus there’s a rather impressive corner washroom. If you thought a twin-axle tourer was beyond your means, this Lunar Quasar 646 could change that.

Watch our latest Summer Special TV show and you’ll also enjoy our second look at the Coachman Laser 650/4, another twin-axle caravan which we reviewed at the NEC. Having the washroom in the middle of the van might be unusual, but it works well here, and this seasonal-pitch Laser has a 6ft 1in-long in-line island bed, too. Find out more with us on The Caravan Channel, online, on Sky 192 and on Freesat 402.

After the break, we head Stateside, to see more super-sized caravans. Last year, Practical Caravan’s Group Editor Alastair Clements went to the National RV Trade Show in Louisville and saw some tourers that dwarf even the largest of the UK’s twin-axle models – tune in and see them for yourself.

Now, if you thought a twin-axle caravan meant having to splash out on a big, expensive tow car, think again, as we revisit our tow car test of the SsangYong Rexton W, one of the last truly budget SUVs; Practical Caravan’s Tow Car Editor David Motton puts it through its paces. With a kerbweight of over two tonnes, on paper the Rexton W is off to a strong start, and its other vital figures match up, too – not to mention its £21,995 starting price. Watch our review to see what tow car ability this SsangYong has.

Finally, benefit from our expert’s experience, as David Motton is back sharing his top towing tips, to give you the confidence to go touring, whatever size your outfit. Focusing on outfit matching, he tells you what numbers to check when matching your caravan and tow car, runs through the different driving licence categories and much more – it’s crucial information for any caravanner.

And that’s it for our twin-axle tourer special TV show – make sure you tune in. This episode will be shown 10 times across a two-week period from Monday 3 August until Sunday 16 August 2015, at these times, on these days:

  • Monday at 8pm
  • Wednesday at 5pm
  • Thursday at 5.30am
  • Saturday at 10.30am
  • Sunday at 10.30am

Watch on The Caravan Channel, which is on Freesat 402 and Sky 192 (look for Showcase TV), or watch live online on the Information TV website. And if you want more, remember to visit the Practical Caravan YouTube channel where you can enjoy our caravan reviews, tow car teststravel guides and much more.

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