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We announce our Tourer of the Year 2016 winner and the best vans for couples, families and buyers on a budget in Practical Caravan’s November 2015 issue

The November issue of Practical Caravan is a 'must' for anyone thinking of buying a new caravan. Our judges have selected and reviewed the best newly launched 2016 caravans in every category – and crowned one fantastic overall winner! Read the results of our Tourer of the Year 2016 Awards, sponsored by Whale, and take your pick of these excellent vans.

"This year we've expanded our awards with new categories, designed to recognise the best in luxury and the biggest bargains," says Alastair Clements, Practical Caravan's Group Editor.

Whether you need a couples' caravan, a large or small family van, one for seasonal pitches, a luxury caravan or a budget tourer, we've selected something to suit you. We've also chosen the best awning, best innovation and best specialist tourer. You can read who made it to the shortlist here and all about the winners in our story, 'Lunar lands Tourer of the Year 2016' online. But the full results and reviews are only in the November issue.

Preloved and classic caravan gems

In 'Me and my caravan' Andy Jenkinson meets the lucky owners of a rare restored classic Stirling caravan, hand-built in the 1960s. They tow this beauty with an equally classic Rover P4. Andy is not the only one smitten by this charming outfit, and he shares his nostalgic guided tour with us.

Secondhand shootout selects a pair of bargain buys for less than £3300 that would be ideal for first-time caravanners – but which is the best? Read our expert's comparison of these two and you'll be better at spotting the pros and cons of any preloved tourers for sale near you.

Andy Jenkinson explains what to look for when you buy a used Coachman Amara made in 2005 for 'Used caravan buyer' this month. Get the low-down on this model, what to pay, any trouble spots to watch out for and a couple of alternatives to consider.

Visit Austria, Northumberland and the South-east!

Readers Trish and John Deeley enjoy a great escape to Austria, exploring the sights and culture of this beautiful land. While they're there they add day trips to stunning locations in Slovakia and Hungary, to make this dream holiday complete.

It's 800 years since the signing of the Magna Carter, so Bryony Symes follows the trail of places that played their part in this historic event that shaped modern Britain's democracy.

Gary Richardson enjoys a spot of rest and relaxation in Bamburgh and Seahouses as he and three friends tour to a spa on England's spectacular Northumberland coast and make the most of his cosy Sprite. 

If you're visiting South-east England, don't forget there's more to the area than the bright lights of London. Whether you love castles, cars, fine art or colourful autumn gardens, we've got some great ideas for you. We round up 10 great campsites and 10 top places to visit in Kent, Sussex, Hampshire's New Forest and the Isle of Wight. 

Showroom reviews and news

We put the glamorous 2015 Isabella Ambassador Seed awning to the test this month and also try out an array of rival caravan cleaning products to decide which should be our group test winner.

Niall Hampton checks out the latest caravans at the busy Düsseldorf Caravan Salon, we bring you running reports on our Swift and Škoda, plus our new arrival, a Ford Mondeo. 

Talking tow cars

We bring you the latest tow car news, and then David Motton puts the new Honda CR-V through its paces for the full tow car test. Our expert gives his verdict on how this compact 4x4 SUV fares when towing.

We also test the new Mitsubishi L200 and Motty gives his first drive reports on a SsangYong Tivoli Diesel and an Audi Q7 3.0 TDI V6 272PS.

Our used tow car review examines the towing capabilities of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class range, built from 2007 to 2014.

Win a caravan cover, dehumidifier and a fire extinguisher!

We've teamed up with accessories supplier PF Jones to offer one lucky reader a chance to win a Maypole Breathable Caravan Cover worth £99! Click here to enter this competition online by 3 November 2015.

We also have 10 Minky Damp Guard Moisture Absorbers with refills to give away to 10 lucky readers! To make sure your caravan stays damp-free this winter, click here to enter our Damp Guard competition by 3 November 2015.

Finally, you could win a fire extinguisher for your caravan. We have three new Firepal FP50 fire extinguishers, worth £40, up for grabs for three readers. Feeling lucky? To enter this competition, click here – by 3 November 2015.

You'll find all this and more in our November issue – on sale now! 

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