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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 am concerned that several cars I'm considering for towing have either a temporary slim spare tyre or run-flat tyres. Are these compatible with towing?

    The slim tyre is normally acceptable but check the car’s handbook for limitations or exact instructions for use when towing. Read more »

  • Where can I get a pitch marker for when I leave the site for the day in my camper?

    You can buy some quite elaborate pitch markers at many of the motorhome and caravan shows that take place throughout the year across the country. Read more »

  • Some tents claim to be treated to resist fire. Does this mean it is safe to cook in my tent?

    There is a subtle difference between fire-resistant and fireproof fabric. In the case of tents, fire-resistant means that when an ignition source is placed in contact with the fabric it may burn. But when the ignition source is removed from the fabric it will self-extinguish. Thus if your stove flares up and the tent catches light it will burn until the ignition source is removed. Read more »

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