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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

  • Is there a benefit to the extra cost of a wireless reversing camera for my motorhome?

    The major benefit is that you don’t need to a run a cable from the rear of the motorhome to the front, which can be quite a chore. This doesn’t mean the installation is completely free of wires. The camera still needs power, for example, and this is typically taken from the reversing lamp. The display needs power too, though there are usually power sockets set in the dashboard. Depending on the layout and construction of your motorhome, such installations can still be difficult so are often best left to skilled technicians.

  • My new car has tyre pressure monitoring as standard. Can I add sensors to my caravan so the car can monitor these too?

    At this time we’re not aware of any car system that can monitor trailer tyre pressures, even if the trailer sensors are factory fitted. You need a dedicated receiver for the trailer that’s generally fitted on the car’s dashboard. Read more »

  • How should you clean a tent?

    There are dedicated tent cleaning products available from good camping stores. Make sure the one you choose is appropriate for the type of fabric in your tent. Follow the instructions carefully and pay attention to any guidelines about reproofing your tent afterwards as this is likely to be necessary. Read more »

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