October 2018's Practical Caravan hits the shops today. A North Norfolk tour and some stunning late-season new caravan deals are just two highlights.

Practical Caravan’s October issue is full of eastern promise, as we hitch up and set off to explore North Norfolk and its rugged coastline. Join our Claudia and Peter as they pair our Bailey Unicorn Cabrera and Volvo V90 long-termers for a pootle around the region’s flat landscapes and big skies, taking in the delights of Breckland Meadows, Castle Acre, Little Snoring and Great Snoring. 

More travel and touring 

October's issue includes a Weekender in Teesdale and a Getaway to the Lake District, while County Counsel focuses on Somerset, with a selection of eight cracking sites and some top tips for things to do if you’re visiting in the near future. Many of our site recommendations are sourced from Practical Caravan readers, and they rated Tehidy Holiday Park in Cornwall as the best in the county in our Top 100 Sites 2018. 

New caravan & tow car tests 

Showroom, our section dedicated to new caravans and tow cars, continues its coverage of the 2019 model year launches with a look at the forthcoming offerings from the Lunar Caravans stable – Alaria, Lunar and Venus – and we sift through more new models news from Continental caravan brands Caravelair, Knaus and Hymer. 

Tow car editor David Motton is on hand to bring you a first drive of the BMW X4 20d, and tow car tests of our long-term Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer and VW’s dinky T-Roc SUV. For those who don’t want to stretch to a new tug, though, then our pre-owned car expert Euan Doig is on hand to recommend the Mitsubishi Outlander from 2007-2012. 

Our regular group test of products and accessories of interest to caravanners this month is portable vacuum cleaners. Tester extraordinaire James Stanbury rounds up 10 top models, and chooses the best ones for keeping your van’s carpets and floors clean while on tour.  

Buying towing mirrors? Read this first 

Caravan Genius is our one-stop shop for hints, tips and smarts to help get the most out of your tourer. This issue, Sammy Faircloth serves up everything there is to know about towing mirrors – the legal position, which types are available, and how to buy a set that’s right for your car and caravan. Keeping up the technical interest, Nigel Hutson shows how to fit a clever device that can display vital information about your caravan’s situation on your smartphone: whether it’s level, for example, and how humid the atmosphere is inside – although this useful functionality is only the start for the SMART Trailer unit. 

Buying advice for new and pre-owned vans 

Used caravan buying advice sees Andy Jenkinson assess the 2009 Swift Celebration dealer special as a good used buy. But Andy's been looking at new and nearly new vans alongside pre-owned ones. Don't miss his round-up of the best end-of-season caravan bargains – find out how you could save up to £4000 on a new van by reading his four-page round-up of hot deals. 

To bring the issue to a close, we run a five-page Buyer’s Guide covering the volume manufacturers, and columnist Martin Roberts takes his inaugural trip in his new caravan. We go along for the ride, of course.