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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

  • I’ve had a new clutch and dual mass flywheel assembly fitted, should I run it in?

    Modern vehicles are built to such fine tolerances that the historical sense of ‘running in’ a vehicle or a new major part is not the task it used to be. However you will find many car makers put advice in their handbooks about how to use the vehicle and there may be comments suggesting the vehicle is not used to tow until it has covered a prescribed distance. It would be prudent to check this advice and apply it to your vehicle with the new clutch assembly.
  • I get lots of condensation in my new awning, surely it is faulty?

    Not necessarily. If you get the right (or perhaps wrong) combination of conditions including a lot of moisture in the ground (even if it seems dry at the surface) along with a significant difference in the air and temperatures it is possible for a large amount of condensation to form. So much that it seems as if the tent or awning is leaking even though it isn’t raining. Read more »

  • I thought driving licences expired on your 70th birthday, but my new photocard licence has a ten year life even though I’m 68. How does this work?

    Since its introduction the photocard licence has had a finite life, with a maximum of ten years, so it is important you check your licence to ensure it is in date and renew it as necessary. Read more »

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