Welcome to the final show from series one of Practical Caravan TV. But don’t be sad, we’ve plenty packed into this episode, so make sure you don’t miss it!
Tune to Practical Caravan TV on Showcase. You’ll find our channel on Sky 212 and on Freeview 254 (you’ll need a smart TV for the latter), or watch every episode live online. This show will be on at these times, on these days:
- 8pm on Monday 23 May;
- 5pm on Wednesday 25 May;
- 7pm on Friday 27, Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 May 2016.
First, we put two island-bed Bailey caravans head-to-head. Our Group Editor Alastair Clements starts with the Bailey Pegasus Brindisi, which was added to the range for 2016. It features a transverse island bed and an end washroom, but this layout doesn’t bring the expected compromises in the front lounge – watch our review to find out why. You’ll also see the kitchen with its microwave, dual-fuel hob, separate oven and grill, large tower fridge and generous amount of worktop space. That retractable transverse island bed is 6ft 1in long and offers bags of storage space beneath it, and beyond the bedroom is a washroom that’s dominated by the big shower cubicle. Watch our Bailey Pegasus Brindisi review to find out why we think it is worth a second look.
Then, as promised, there’s another Bailey review – this time it is the Unicorn Vigo. Again, it has a transverse island bed and an end washroom, plus loads of kit, such as chrome grab handles, Al-Ko goodies, alloy wheels, a gas barbecue point and more. Inside and it is easy to see why the rear bedroom is the reason many fall for this van. Light floods in from the side window, there’s a comfortable, domestic-style mattress and storage is super. Enter the washroom through a sliding door and you’ll see a great-sized shower cubicle, a large sink, a toilet, a mirror, a fitted shaving mirror and a laundry basket.
The Unicorn’s extra width over its Pegasus and Pursuit siblings is clear in the spacious living area, and Alastair thinks this is a van that gives buyers fantastic value for money. Tune in to Practical Caravan TV on Sky 212, Freeview 254 or watch live online to judge for yourself.
After the break, we throw the spotlight on the new Renault Kadjar, our expert David Motton on hand to assess what tow car ability this Nissan Qashqai and Škoda Yeti rival has. Towing with the front-wheel drive, 1461cc turbodiesel variant with 108bhp, which has a 1469kg kerbweight, we’ve mixed feelings regarding its engine, but despite its steady performance it’s a stable tow car. Inside, build quality and the driving position both impress, while there’s little to grumble about regarding space in the rear or the boot. It also features a neat, retractable tow ball, that pops out at the touch of a button.
We then hitch up and head off to Highfield Farm Touring Park, a campsite well-placed if you’d like to visit Cambridge. It’s a peaceful and dog-friendly site with well-maintained washblocks, so watch this week’s TV show on Freeview 254, Sky 212 or live online, and see what you think of it.
Finally, Alastair returns to review the two-berth Compass Corona 462, which carries a price a shade over £17,000. The 462 has an MTPLM of 1234kg and despite its entry-level status it comes with an Al-Ko AKS hitch stabiliser, ATC trailer control, shock absorbers, alloy wheels, a satellite point inside the battery box and Alde wet central heating. In the attractively upholstered front lounge that’s well-lit thanks to the rooflight, there’s lots of storage. At night the Corona 462’s lounge converts into a fabulous 6ft 6in-long, 4ft 8in-wide bed. With no fixed bed to accommodate, this diminutive van boasts a roomy kitchen that’s very well equipped, while our Group Editor is most impressed by what he finds in the washroom, so don’t miss our review.
And that’s it for this show and, indeed, this series. We hope you’ve enjoyed watching Practical Caravan TV and, fear not, we will return very soon with a brand new series.
At night the Corona 462's lounge converts into a fabulous 6ft 6in-long, 4ft 8in-wide bed