It’s time for a brand new episode of our TV show, exclusive to The Caravan Channel. Read on to find out more, and catch the shows on Sky 192, Freesat 402 and live online – for broadcast dates and times, please scroll to the bottom of the page.
In this show, Practical Caravan’s Group Editor Alastair Clements reviews the Sterling by Swift series of caravans, looking at the Continental 630, a four-berth, twin-axle model, which has a longitudinal fixed double bed. This van is loaded with kit, including barbecue and shower points on the outside, while the upholstery inside gives it a sharp, modern feel, the fixed sunroof helping to give it a lovely, airy atmosphere, plus the back lit mirror in the master suite is a thoughtful touch. There is also a generously sized rear washroom, which features a heated towel rail. The kitchen impresses too, with a four-burner, dual fuel stove, separate oven and grill, and elegant trim. Tune in to our TV show for the full story and to watch this review of the new for 2015 Sterling Continental 630 yourself.
We’ve also got more expert caravan advice for you from John Wickersham. Gas regulators, for both butane and propane cylinders, are his hot topic this week, as John investigates the problems faced by caravanners, including blockages and how to solve them. And that’s not all! Later in our TV show, John is up a ladder talking caravan roofs, with a 2006 Bailey Pageant Champagne. He then takes a closer look round this second hand, four-berth caravan, both inside and out. With its sensible, smart, central kitchen, roomy shower and bunk beds, all for a whisker under £8000, this used Bailey caravan is an affordable option for your caravan holidays.
If you’re wondering what tow car to buy next, we’ve another tow car test in our brand new TV show. As it has recently been updated, Practical Caravan’s tow car expert David Motton puts the new Skoda Yeti through its paces. Behind the wheel of a GreenLine II, the most fuel efficient model in the range, he wanted to see if, with a single-axle Swift Expression 514 on tow, it is still as efficient – you’ll have to tune in to find out what Motty’s verdict is. What we can say is it proved to be very stable, which is a useful quality in a tow car. It is certainly a very capable crossover.
Finally, John Wickersham is back and as it’s summer, it’s a perfect time to talk about solar panels, focusing on rigid, framed solar panels. He considers the pros and cons of this type of solar panel, as well as explaining how they work – he’s a big fan of the potential freedom offered by these panels.
Programmes on The Caravan Channel are produced by the expert editorial team here at Practical Caravan magazine, along with our colleagues at Information TV. They are broadcast on Sky 192 and Freesat 402, and if you don’t have these channels, you can watch live online – just click here. If you’ve missed previous shows, visit our YouTube channel, where you’ll find many of the caravan reviews, tow car tests, advice features and travel content that’s been broadcast previously on TV.
You can catch this show on The Caravan Channel from Monday 18 August 2014 until Sunday 31 August 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
We hope you enjoy the programme.
Watch our review of the new for 2015 Sterling Continental 630