We kick off our latest TV show with a tow car test, presented by Practical Caravan’s Tow Car Editor David Motton. Find out what tow car potential the Volkswagen Golf Estate has, when powered by a 148bhp 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine with 236lb ft torque, towing a Swift Expression 520. Motty certainly likes the spacious, well built cabin and the roomy boot, but does he think the VW Golf Estate is up to scratch? Watch our TV show to find out more.
Then we’re off to the New Forest with Practical Caravan’s Features Editor Clare Kelly, to enjoy the region’s magnificent autumnal tones. She’s pitched her T@B at the popular Sandy Balls, a large campsite famous for its first rate facilities, where she is enjoying the peace and quiet of the low season. Set in 120 acres of woodland, stay at Sandy Balls and you really feel you’re getting away from it all, but its location between Fordingbridge and Godshill means it’s still very accessible, which is great news for caravanners. Visit the New Forest with Clare as she meets and feeds the animals at the New Forest Wildlife Park.
Next, expert John Wickersham sees what brilliant bargains you can discover in the used caravans for sale pages, as he reviews a 2006 Abbey GTS 418, priced at just £8500. With fully framed windows, silvered blinds, beefy corner steadies, an Al-Ko stabiliser and a pneumatic jockey wheel, there are plenty of notable details on this top of the range, eight-year old four-berth. Inside this spacious van, there’s a fixed double bed at the rear, plus two can sleep in the lounge. It’s filled with carefully considered design touches, while the cupboard fronts are made of Italian imported wood. Make sure you tune in to The Caravan Channel on Sky 192, Freesat 402 or watch live online to find out why John thinks this is a great, secondhand buy.
And that’s not all – John’s also been finding out about hydraulic levelling systems, which can level your van at the touch of a button. It’s great if mobility is an issue, or if you have a puncture and need to change your caravan’s wheel. It even enables you to store your caravan without the tyres being on the ground, so they don’t degrade. Make sure you tune in to find out more.
We also bring you a new caravan review in our latest TV show, as Practical Caravan’s Group Editor Alastair Clements looks around the Sprite Major 4 SB, a super couples van that has a transverse island bed and an end washroom. ‘SB’ stands for ‘sliding bed’, a useful and desirable feature in a van which costs from just £14,560. The living space and the kitchen in this budget model also impress. Find out why Alastair thinks this van is a compelling choice, only in our TV show.
We hope you enjoy this show which will be aired between Monday 8 December and Sunday 21 December 2014, at these times, on these days:
- Monday at 8pm
- Wednesday at 5pm
- Thursday at 5.30am
- Saturday at 10.30am
- Sunday at 10.30am
Our TV shows are joint productions from Practical Caravan and Information TV, and if you’ve missed any shows, be sure to check Practical Caravan’s YouTube channel which is full of footage from previous episodes.
Tune in to find out why John Wickersham thinks a 2006 Abbey is a great, secondhand buy