Forward of this, the kitchen offers a full oven, separate grill and three-burner hob, plus a microwave and 100-litre fridge/freezer. Replies 1 Views 947. Slovenian manufacturer Adria has the largest market share of all Continental vans imported to the UK, the fact that their tourers are UK-specific adds to their appeal. Helping you get to your destination safely. Tuesday at 3:37 PM; otherclive; Towing, Driving & Safety New. Manufacturers design caravans aimed at specific markets, and purchasers with a particular budget in mind. Initially, we take a ‘first look’ at new models and layouts that we believe warrant closer review and how they fare in relation to other caravans of similar size and price. Each month we travel at home and abroad, bringing you essential guides to the best caravan holidays around. 4.2K Threads 44.3K Messages. If you’ve never been caravanning before – and you’re not even sure whether the lifestyle is for you (we think you’ll love it!) 4.2K Threads 44.3K Messages. At the very top of the market are the most luxurious caravans, which retail between £30k and £35k for units from, for example, the Coachman Laser range or Buccaneer (from Erwin Hymer UK), and continental manufactured vans such as the Knaus Starclass or Eriba Nova. It’s one of the best things about camping in a caravan. Subscribe now: http://bit.ly/Pcaravan Practical Caravan's review of Venus Caravans all new range including the fixed single-bed 500/4. At the rear is a full-width washroom together with a transverse island double bed in a separate bedroom. Adria’s Altea 622DK Avon has just that. For: front lounge area can convert to a double or two single beds; good amount of storage, Against: separate oven and grill preferable; long length may not appeal to all for towing, Year: 2020 Class: Entry-level Price: £16,199 Berths: 2 Length: 5.61m Width: 2.23m Payload: 111kg MTPLM: 995kg. Each month we travel at home and abroad, bringing you essential guides to the best caravan holidays around. Regular readers of Practical Caravan will know that we run our annual Tourer of the Year Awards, picking out great vans for the new season that have caught our eye. Against: limited floor space around double bed when not retracted. Practical Caravan, Twickenham. Upwards of this, you’ll find that caravans within the £25k to £29k price bracket reflect ever-more luxurious interiors, manufactured to a higher specification and, potentially, have a greater amount of gadgetry inside and out. 32K likes. Discover our honest reviews of the best caravans, tow cars, accessories and awning on the market today. Practical Caravan's expert Russ Smith investigates. Each month we travel at home and abroad, bringing you essential guides to the best caravan holidays around. (function(globalObject) { globalObject.Falcon = globalObject.Falcon || { configs: [], mount: function(config) { this.configs.push({ selector: config.selector, observe: config.observe, processed: false, }); } }; })(window); Falcon.mount({ selector: '.falcon-placeholder', observe: false, }); We are constantly testing and evaluating touring caravans of all sizes and budgets; since Practical Caravan magazine launched in 1967 we have reviewed thousands of caravans to build up an unrivalled knowledge of caravans for sale; more than 400 of these reviews are here on our website. This dinette turns into a further two bunk beds at night. The area is also flooded with light during the day, thanks to the huge up-and-over panoramic sunroof. Subscribe now: http://bit.ly/PcaravanWelcome to the home of Practical Caravan on YouTube - the UK's best selling magazine for caravanners since 1967. A Dutch pop-up caravan manufacturer that only started operations in December 2019 has already grown so fast that it has had to move its factory to a larger site, and is now exploring the possibility of exporting to the UK, despite the break with the European Union. Drivers that passed their test prior to this date may drive a car/caravan outfit with a combined weight up to 8250kg. In The Magazine Issue 435 is out now! For: separate rear bedroom; versatility of the layout, Against: limited kitchen storage and prep space; shower cubicle not self-contained within the washroom, Year: 2020 Class: Entry-level Price: £19,995 Berths: 6 Length: 8.28m Width: 2.29m Payload: 179kg MTPLM: 1650kg. But when I've gone on UKCS to check on reviews, I find that many, according to reviews, are not so very good. Launched for the 2020 season, the Discovery is aimed firmly at newcomers to caravanning and has a distinct external look designed to appeal to a new audience, with modish grey sidewalls and a curvy wraparound rear wall panel. Magazine Description: Practical Caravan is Britain's best-selling caravan magazine. Latest review: I wish I made the decision to get mine a lot sooner especially now when I look back at how much better camping could've been for me and the misses. Each month we travel at home and abroad, bringing you essential guides to the best caravan holidays around. The parallel sofas here, at 1.62m (5ft 4in) long as single beds, would suit occasional grandchild sleepovers, but if you’re planning on staying put as a family, opt for the 6-berth Super Quattro DB, which was a close contender on our ‘best for families’ list. Get and share recommendations for the best tow cars and read Practical Caravan's latest reviews. However, while many upmarket twin-axle tourers can be hefty beasts, the Acadia 675 is not so hefty to assist with fuel economy when towing long distances. Any family caravan needs a decent-sized kitchen, too, and the Avon delivers. Within our regularly updated Buyer’s Guide, which highlights the many models of caravans for sale, we categorise these markets as entry-level, mid-market, upmarket and luxury. Use our guide to the best caravans for sale in 2020 to help you buy a caravan that's just right for you, based upon our tried and trusted reviews, By Practical Caravan Published: July 17, 2020. Entry-level caravans are great for first-time buyers and those with the most limited budget. 2018 Bailey Pegasus GT70 Brindisi review. Practical Caravan is Britain's best selling caravan magazine. 3. The third generation of the Ford Kuga has new engines, new technology and a smart new look. For: central washroom allows access by all; good rear bedroom, Against: front single beds too short for most adults; no ATC trailer control system – even as an option, Year: 2020 Class: Mid/upmarket Price: £25,400 Berths: 4 Length: 7.9m Width: 2.26m Payload: 160kg MTPLM: 1715kg. Most mainstream manufacturers now offer lengthy bodyshell or water ingress warranties. In any case, it may be preferable, if only to maintain good neighbourly relations, to store your caravan in a secure storage compound when it is not in use; it could also help to reduce your insurance premium. So, we’ve done the hard work for you. Camping and caravanning is all about a love for the outdoors, the freedom that touring offers and to pitch up in wonderful locations. Plus, visiting family could sleep on these sofas occasionally, which is why this van’s versatility makes it so great for couples. Mid-market tourers, ranging from £20 to £25k, is where the fiercest competition is among manufacturers, offering the most choice to customers looking to buy a caravan. Practical Caravan Magazine 13 issues per year Write Review From €1,92 per issue Britains best-selling caravan magazine Practical Caravan is Britain's best-selling caravan magazine. Enter the Coachman Acadia 675. This leaves the lounge area potentially a toy-free zone. Not so anymore. This allows you to tow heavier combinations of tow car and caravan. Practical Caravan, Twickenham. “The UK's best selling caravan magazine for a reason....” Written on: 23/10/2008. 27 talking about this. A campsite I go on regular, who are one of the best sites I've been on, says that to go on Practical Caravan, they have to pay. This month’s travel picks – New Year, New You! Tuesday at 3:37 PM; otherclive; Towing, Driving & Safety New. Each month we travel at home and abroad, bringing you essential guides to the best caravan holidays around. Ranging anywhere between £15,000 and £20,000, these new caravans can be purchased for less than the price of a pre-owned van. All the largest UK manufacturers produce two- to six-berth caravans within this price range. We work with the UK’s best caravan manufacturers to match your requirements with their products. But the beauty is a large, bespoke, wraparound awning that offers additional sleeping space, so whether you’re purchasing as a couple or family, your first ever caravan doesn’t need to cost a packet. Or, better still, where it hasn’t. Practical Caravan is Britain's best-selling caravan magazine. We search our database. 1. LizziePope; Nov 2, 2017; 1. Cushie. Year: 2020 Class: Mid-market Price: £20,194 Berths: 2 Length: 6.90m Width: 2.26m Payload: 128kg MTPLM: 1310kg. C. L. 2012 Bailey Olympus buying guide. Therefore, you’ll need to take the weight of the caravan you intend on purchasing into consideration in relation to your tow car. Enjoy the freedom of touring; when you’ve been there and done that, move on – except you can take that comfortable accommodation with you to the next place. All the caravans reviewed here are tested to receive the highest level (Grade Three) for thermal insulation and heating, making them suitable for use all year. Watch to check out the new and rather clever Swift Basecamp Plus. Our picks for the best caravans How we review caravans. The D4-2 is a two-berth (Bailey also produces a 3- and 4-berth Discovery) with a double bed made up from the chic grey/mustard yellow sofas at the front of the van; it’s very comfortable. The contemporary design and vibrancy of the U-shaped lounge – offering more seating than parallel sofas – will appeal to young families. No need to share a campers’ kitchen, or traipse out to public amenities at night; you’ve your own on-board shower and toilet, and a kitchen you can call your own. Future Publishing Limited Quay House, The Ambury, Bath BA1 1UA. 2K Threads 23.5K Messages. Then we’ll run a full live-in test where we’ll head off for a weekend or an extended trip around the UK or overseas, just as you would. England and Wales company registration number 2008885. With more than 200 models of new touring caravans available in the UK, it can be a daunting prospect deciding which is the best caravan for you and your family, especially if you’re a first-time buyer. This provides a stable combination and good towing performance. Great photos, genuine practical content and despite what the other review says, in-depth impartial reviews … You should check any local byelaws in the area that you live to see whether you are prohibited from storing your caravan on a private driveway. 2. There was a time when camping in a caravan relied upon fair weather. Each month we travel at home and abroad, bringing you essential guides to the best caravan holidays around. Practical Caravan is Britain's best-selling caravan magazine. Lexus. England and Wales company registration number 2008885. There’s ample preparation space, aided by a pop-up extension. This twin-axle Sprite is part of Swift Group’s ‘Super’ range, one of three models that follow the current trend for 8ft-wide vans, which makes it ideal for seasonal touring pitches without the need to tow after every visit. Update my browser now, Superb comfort and performance, but poor fuel economy might make running costs a concern, The second generation of the Mercedes-Benz GLA is now in showrooms - and here, as Practical Caravan's Towcar Editor previews the new model, Spacious interiors combine with great practicality to make these family-size vehicles an excellent choice, The new Hyundai Santa Fe goes on sale this autumn, promising better performance, efficiency and safety, Practical Caravan takes a look. © 2021 Practical Caravan is part of Future plc, an international media group and leading digital publisher. Practical Caravan is part of Future plc, an international media group and leading digital publisher. Practical Motorhome is definitely the best motorhome/caravan magazine that you can read. It means you can kick back and watch the TV attached to the side wall, which creates more of a home-from-home environment than the conventional windows-on-all-sides design. Simply tell us a bit about what you want from a caravan, and leave some contact details. 2K Threads 23.5K Messages. Our reviews are unbiased and we’re not afraid to point out little niggles we think could be improved. We’ll match your requirements with the services and prices that our partners offer. Now, we’ve gone one step further. Trust the experts at Practical Caravan before you make your next purchase. Think about how frequently you plan to use your caravan; where you plan to venture in it; how many people will use it – often, and occasionally; whether it’s a family tourer with toddlers or teenagers soon to leave home, a young couple or empty nesters looking for a child-free zone (or enjoying the occasional company of grandchildren), or for adventurous solo travel. For: flexibility of number of berths with sleeping pods in the awning; super lightweight with possibility to tow without B+E licence, Against: washroom space limited; small payload – go easy on the packing when towing, Year: 2020 Class: Entry-level/mid-market Price: £22,440 Berths: 4 Length: 7.98m Width: 2.46m (8ft) Payload: 205kg MTPLM: 1705kg. All rights reserved. Practical Caravan is Britain's best selling caravan magazine. Skip ahead and get a free personalised quote. On site, the layout offers excellent comfort and an element of luxury for long-term camping. There's practical advice, too, with technical tips and all your questions answered, making us the perfect place for first-timers and experts alike. The central washroom, closed off by a domestic-style door, allows access by all without disturbing sleepers at either end of the caravan and takes full advantage of its width; it really is spacious. Brand Evolution Discover the evolution of the Coachman Caravans brand here. Edmunds' expert review of the Used 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan provides the latest look at trim-level features and specs, performance, safety, and comfort. They’ll then contact you to see if you want to take things forward. You may also need or like (which comes back to our first question) a host of extras such as an awning for additional space on rainy days or to accommodate occasional sleepers, a motor mover to assist with manoeuvring the van at a campsite, solar panels and extra batteries if you like touring off-grid, an outdoor shower to hose down the dog and so on. © 2021 Practical Caravan is part of Future plc, an international media group and leading digital publisher. At the rear of the van is a proper kids’ den, with two fixed bunks and a dinette area that’s perfect for playing games, catching up on homework of having a lunchtime snack. It would benefit from a separate oven and grill rather than a combination unit, but you do also get a microwave, and the fridge/freezer has a 140-litre capacity, plus there’s plenty of storage for dry foodstuffs. Purchase a caravan that’s inappropriate for your needs and that enjoyment can turn sour, and be a costly mistake if you need to trade in and change a caravan all too soon. With good driving manners and the worst of the depreciation behind it, read our review to find out why the 2007-2014 Ford Mondeo makes... Tow Cars Used Volvo V50 buyer’s guide. There is still a living area, however, and it incorporates an L-shaped lounge that’s especially cosy and more informal than parallel sofas. Press Reviews Keep up to date with the latest independent news, reviews and opinions about Coachman Caravans and our model ranges from the leading caravan industry experts and publications. We look at its build quality, its internal and external design, its layout and how well it functions. Tow Cars Used Land Rover Discovery 4 buyer’s guide. We are constantly testing and evaluating touring caravans of all sizes and budgets; since Practical Caravan magazine launched in 1967 we have reviewed thousands of caravans to build up an unrivalled knowledge of caravans for sale; more than 400 of these reviews are here on our website. 30 talking about this. Just tell us what you need from a caravan and we’ll forward your details on to the most suitable ones. ‎Practical Caravan is Britain's best-selling caravan magazine. There's practical advice, too, with technical tips and all your questions answered, making us … All the new vans reviewed here include large panoramic windows and, often, sunroofs to enjoy your view of the sea, the lake, the mountains, the stars. Nov 2, 2017. We have an extensive team of testers who review all aspects of the caravan, from how it tows behind a tow car – including differing road conditions – to how practical and comfortable it is to stay in. Then write your list of must-haves and would-likes – they’re very different. Update your browser to view this website correctly. Opt for Acadia’s cousin, the Laser 675, if you’d prefer the same layout with a higher level of specification (including Al-Ko’s ATC system for even greater towing stability) and greater degree of opulence. The van sits on an Al-Ko galvanised steel chassis and comes with Al-Ko’s AKS 3004 stabiliser for added stability, plus, the twin axle will help with road handling on those long journeys, too. Update your browser to view this website correctly. Our team of testers are generally very experienced caravanners – and know what to look for in a good caravan, including from the perspective of a newcomer to camping and caravanning. If you passed your driving test on or after 1 January 1997, your tow car and caravan must have a combined Maximum Authorised Mass of less than 3500kg unless you pass an additional Category E driving test to attain a B+E licence. The caravan is … Superb comfort and performance, but poor economy might make running costs a concern. Partners will contact you.