Join Bryony Symes in the March issue of Practical Caravan as she packs her mackintosh for a rain-lashed but scenic tour of Pembrokeshire and bags as many Welsh castles as possible! Come with us as we discover romantic ruins, panoramic views, sunshine, battle tales, Welsh Cakes and some friendly campsites in South Wales.
A Derbyshire country fair in the genteel surroundings of Chatsworth House is the destination for Nigel and Kay Hutson’s caravan weekend break. He spots some very famous faces taking tea on the lawn, but if they’d imagined this would be a quiet weekend, any such ideas would have been banished by the roar of motorbike stunt riders, thunder of heavy horses and carriages and the rousing sound of a magnificent marching band.
And if you’re thinking of booking caravan holidays in the Yorkshire Dales, compare notes with our pick of good campsites in Yorkshire to book when you go on walking weekends in the Dales or visit beauty spots and tourist attractions in Yorkshire such as the scenic Aysgarth Falls, Bolton Abbey, Skipton Castle and more.
As well as sharing great touring destinations for caravan holidays this month, we are delighted to offer you competitions.
This month you have a chance to win a weekend at the Newark show! We have six free weekend camping pitches at the UK Spring Motorhome and Caravan Show in Newark, Nottinghamshire, from 21-22 March. The show features 150 stands with traders selling new and used caravans, caravan accessories, camping and outdoor equipment, barbecues, cooking kit and delicious food. When you stay on a pitch at the show you get two nights of free entertainment, music, magic and comedy.
Enter our other March issue competition, too, for a chance to win a CTEK MXS 7.0 universal charger worth more than £100. This smart battery charger will help you keep your batteries topped up while you enjoy your caravan holidays as well as acting as a trickle charger to keep everything running sweetly when you’re not using the caravan. We recently ran a group test of battery chargers for caravan leisure batteries and this is the product that came top. Read our review online and then head to our competition page to see if you can win this terrific prize!
Read Stacie’s super savers in the March issue to find out more about the competitions and also how to extend your Isabella warranty. Awning maker Isabella already gives two years’ warranty on top of the statutory two years’ guarantee. Now the firm is extending it by an extra year!
Enter the latest Practical Caravan competitions online by 25 February, 2015.
The March issue gives us a chance to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for telling us all about how you’re getting on with your own caravans, and the dealerships that sold them. Thanks to you, we now know which caravan brands are the most reliable and best out of all the vans currently owned in Britain! Find out how your own favourite caravan fared against the rest – as we announce the winners of our Practical Caravan Owner Satisfaction Awards 2015.
Another exciting highlight in the March issue is our special report from America. Our Practical Caravan editorial team flew to Kentucky recently and went to the Louisville RV show to find out what makes US caravans special. What are the trends from across the pond? Read our report in the March issue – and Nigel Donnelly’s blog, The American Way!
Meanwhile, here in Britain we review the brand new Lunar Lexon 590, a stylish caravan with fixed twin beds at the back and twin facing sofas that would make good beds for small children. At £19,499, has Lunar come up with a winner? Check out our review to see what we think of this attractive van.
While we’re debating Lunar caravans, take a look at our review of the smallest, cheapest model in Lunar’s budget range, the Venus 460/2. It’s a caravan made for two, with a spacious rear washroom and twin sofas that you can turn into a double bed or two singles. It costs just £12,999 for this brand new 2015 tourer, so it’s worth a look, but do read our reviewer’s expert verdict in the June issue!
Used caravan buyer this month looks for the best nearly new family tourers for £10,000 to £16,000 and comes up with five bargains to consider, how much to pay when haggling, and what the pros and cons might be of each.
We throw lots of light on the subject of portable camping lanterns as a result of the group test of 10 lamps in our latest issue. Find out why you might need one and how to identify the best camping lanterns in Britain here.
With all the fabulous caravans for sale this year, you may well be wondering if your existing tow car is up to the job. Read this month’s tow car tests to find out what our tow car editor thinks of the Nissan Pulsar 1.5 dCi, Citroen Grand C4 Picasso HDi 150 Exclusive and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Plus we bring you a running report on our loaned Skoda Superb Estate 2.0 TDI and a quick update on our Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer 2.0 CDTi.
For those on a tighter budget we test used tow cars as well. This month’s used tow car buyer features the Honda FR-V 2004-2009
Plus we meet a lady who shows us round her restored 1920s showman’s caravan, we get tips on repairing severe scratches on your caravan windows and lots more. So don’t miss the March issue of Practical Caravan, on sale now!
Discover romantic ruins, panoramic views, sunshine, battle tales, Welsh Cakes and some friendly campsites in South Wales