We announce the winners of the Tow Car Awards 2018, rate eight top campsites in Scotland and test the classy Coachman VIP 570

If it’s August, it must be the Tow Car Awards – and we’re delighted to unleash one of our biggest and best issues of the year. If you’re thinking of buying a new tow car, then our 24-page special is essential reading. See what happened when 44 top tugs from across the market faced off in five weight classes to find out which ones make the best tow cars for caravans. And prepare to be surprised to find which class winner went on to take the top crown, our Tow Car of the Year 2018.

 

Top for travel and caravan reviews

Aside from cars, we have fantastic reader tours of southern France and exotic Morocco, rate eight fabulous campsites in Aberdeenshire, and live-in test the new-for-2018 Coachman VIP 570 family-friendly five-berth. We also visit Anglesey, to meet the owners of Tyddyn Isaf, the Wales regional winner in our Top 100 Sites 2018.

Friendly, expert advice

Our Caravan Genius section offers a raft of expert, friendly advice in every issue. This month, we explain what one needs to consider when buying the right caravan step, and show how easy it is to upgrade a caravan's standard analogue radio/media player to a crystal-clear DAB set. We also continue our series on caravanning for newbies with a beginner’s guide to campsite etiquette.

Buying pre-owned? We can help

For any readers looking to buy a pre-owned caravan, Practical Caravan offers plenty of pointers. Two lightweight five-berths under £6500 go head-to-head in Secondhand Shootout, and the Elddis Crusader Mistral from 2014 gets a detailed appraisal in Used van buyer.

Full new caravan Buyer's Guide

Plus, we run our full eight-page new caravan Buyer's Guide, and a page of classified adverts from readers looking to sell awnings, caravan parts and accessories.

It's on sale now

The August 2018 issue of Practical Caravan is on sale now.