Welcome to our 40th show on The Caravan Channel – we hope you like what we’ve got in store for you in our latest episode.

As ever, you can find The Caravan Channel on Freesat 402 and Sky 192. In addition, each show is broadcast live online on the Information TV website, meaning no one needs to miss out.

This episode comes from the recent Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show at the NEC Birmingham, and getting this show started is Practical Caravan’s Group Editor Alastair Clements, who’s reviewing the Compass Rallye 530, a three-berth which costs from £21,694. This well specced van has a very usable, spacious, practical layout for a touring couple. The comfortable front lounge converts into a generously sized double, plus there’s a dinette opposite the kitchen. Considering this is quite a compact van, the kitchen is a good size and it’s impressively equipped, too. There’s also a big washroom at the rear. Make sure you tune in to find out more about this Compass Rallye 530.

Then Alastair looks round something rather different, the Knaus Deseo 400 Transport Plus, a van designed along the lines of the toy haulers we first saw at the RV show in Louisville. Looking at its compact proportions, you might be surprised to learn that it can sleep four and seat up to six in its lounge. Tune in to our show on The Caravan Channel to find out more about this van for caravan holidays with a difference.

Next, we set our Test Editor Mike Le Caplain a challenge in the accessories hall of the NEC. He learns more about the Truma SolarSet, Whale’s Expanse Water Heater and the Vango Air awnings. Be sure to watch to find out more, especially if you want to top up your caravan accessories.

Also in this episode of The Caravan Channel on Freesat 402, Sky 192 and online, Alastair takes a quick look at the Adria Altea 552 UP Trent and is very impressed by its fantastic 6ft 6in long island bed. 

He also discovers more about the Mogo Freedom, an interesting, lightweight product that its makers hope will appeal to younger enthusiasts. It weighs just 350kg, or 750kg laden, meaning you don’t need a heavy tow car, plus it is small enough to fit in your garage. Buyers can personalise their vans, choosing its colour and the accessories it is fitted with. Intrigued, we catch a few words with Mogo’s founder Matjaz Korosec – watch our TV show to find out what he has to say.

For something more conventional, look no further than the luxurious, twin-axle Lunar Delta TS. This four-berth has a front lounge and fixed twin berths at the rear, with a superb, full width end washroom. There’s tonnes of storage in the kitchen, with snazzy, back-lit cupboards up top and a smart collection of compartments beneath the worktop. See it for yourself only with Practical Caravan on The Caravan Channel.

Tune in and you will also get to look around another Lunar, the Quasar 646. This six-berth, designed with active families in mind, has a large lounge, a big kitchen, a pair of fixed bunks at the rear, a lot of storage and a good sized corner washroom, which will serve as a top spec, family bathroom. If you thought a twin-axle van was out your league, perhaps it is time to think again. 

We’ve packed a lot into our NEC show special – you really don’t want to miss it. This and all our TV programmes are joint productions between the Practical Caravan editorial team and Information TV, and they’re shown on The Caravan Channel, which is on Sky 192, Freesat 402 and online. This episode will be shown from Monday 16 March until Sunday 29 March 2015, at these times, on these days:

  • Monday at 8pm
  • Wednesday at 5pm
  • Thursday at 5.30am
  • Saturday at 10.30am
  • Sunday at 10.30am

Turn on, tune in and we hope you enjoy our show.