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The Technical Team at the Club holds a wealth of information and much of it is distilled in these pages.

If you’re looking for the right tyre for your motorhome or need to find a gas cylinder to use on the Continent, the chances are you will find the answer here.

Team members Ian Hewlett and Iain Geddes have both been active campers and caravanners since childhood. Now they regularly test cars and are involved in the Club’s annual Tow Car Awards. They also try out tents, trailer tents, caravans and motorhomes for the magazine’s On Test section and in their own time enjoy their own camping holidays.

Whether your question is about matching a tow car and caravan, how to use an electric hook-up or finding spares to repair your tent, you are likely to find the answer in these pages. But if not, you can ask the team by clicking below.

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Q&A

  • Can you use ordinary car petrol in a dual-fuel camping stove or lantern?

    In a nutshell yes. Such kit will always work at its best with the manufacturer’s fuel, which has been blended for this purpose, but ordinary unleaded petrol is adequate. You may even be surprised how cleanly such stoves or lanterns will run when they’re well maintained and correctly pressurised. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. Read more »

  • How can I heat my tent?

    It is always challenging to consider bringing a heat source into a small textile structure. Some tents have been designed to have heating, for example some bell tents and tepees have been made to hold a dedicated solid fuel stove, with a route for the flue. If there’s no dedicated flue then do not use a combustion appliance – or even a take cooling barbecue inside – as the consequences could be fatal due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Read more »

  • Is it worth using a caravan or motorhome cover?

    Caravan and motorhome covers certainly have a place and when any tourer goes into deep storage it’s worth considering one. A cover keeps the elements at bay (whether it strong sunshine or foul weather), and even barn storage benefits from a cover of sorts to reduce dust and stop birds soiling the exterior. Read more »

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