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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 seen fans to assist fridges, why would I need one?

    Assister fans are used with the absorption fridges used in almost all caravans and many motorhomes. If your fridge can run on gas then it’s probably an absorption one. The heat exchanger in the back of such fridges can struggle to work in the high temperatures you may experience in the South of France or Spain in the summer. Fans are fitted to aid airflow and keep the fridge working effectively. Read more »

  • What’s the largest-screen television we can use while camping? We’re concerned about the power requirements.

    Modern flat-screen televisions do not necessarily consume a great deal. If you look on the back of the set you’re considering you’ll see a maximum power consumption in watt (W). From this you can calculate the current it will draw using our electricity datasheet. Read more »

  • Where can I get my caravan inspected? It has been repaired but I’m not sure about the quality of the work.

    If you require an impartial third party inspection with a report that could - if necessary - be used as evidence, you should use a member of a professional body such as the Institute of Automotive Engineer Assessors (IAEA). Read more »

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