Try towing a caravan at The International Caravan and Motorhome Show

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Thursday 16 October 2008

Visitors to the International Caravan and Motorhome Show can enjoy their first towing experience in complete safety, through The Camping and Caravanning Club’s ‘Towing Experience’ initiative.

The free 15 minute sessions are available for even the most apprehensive first time tow-ers. Whether you are looking at buying a caravan, would like to try a new towcar or would simply like to brush up on your towing skills, book your session at The Club’s Towing Experience stand. You can also visit The Club’s main stand, D8, to find out more about the incredible range of holiday adventures that campers and caravanners can experience.

The Towing Experience initiative runs throughout the show, 14 to 19 October, and will give visitors the opportunity to tow a caravan on the roads around the NEC. Peugeot is kindly providing a fantastic range of towcars and the whole experience is under the expert guidance of The Club’s friendly Caravan Manoeuvring Instructors who are Approved Driving Instructors and highly experienced caravanners themselves.

Models available for this experience include two trim-levels of the highly-versatile Peugeot 4007 – a 5+2 seater SUV with ‘on-demand’ four-wheel-drive and HDi 156 diesel powerunit.  The SE versions are specified with the latest ‘Sports upgrade Pack’ option that includes larger alloy wheels, a body-coloured rear roof spoiler, front lower spoiler and twin tailpipe finishers.  The top-of-the-range GT models feature leather seats and more chrome detailing.  The useful optional satellite navigation system on 4007 also includes a colour reversing camera viewed on the wide-screen display – ideal for when hitching up trailers and caravans.

Other equally interesting vehicles available to test drive are the 308 SW and 407 SW both utilising the accomplished HDi 136 diesel engine and specified with the six-speed automatic transmission.  These vehicle combinations bring together a highly-versatile package, capable engines with good levels of torque and a smooth delivery - ideal for towing a caravan.

The Club’s Marketing and Communications Director, Matthew Eastlake, says:  “This summer has seen more people than ever enjoying the great outdoors through camping and caravanning. This initiative provides a great opportunity for those who would like to try caravanning but may have concerns about about towing. 

“Our Manoeuvring Course Instructors have been helping caravanners for over a decade. They offer peace of mind to anyone looking to get onto the roads and tow.”

For further information about The Camping and Caravanning Club and the sites and service it offers to Club members, visit stand D8 at the International Caravan and Motorhome Show, call 0845 130 7632 or visit the website

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Notes to the Editor:

  1. Photo opportunities are available throughout the show.
  2. The Camping and Caravanning Club is 107 years old and is the world’s largest and oldest club for all forms of camping. It has over 100 award-winning sites throughout the UK and, through a partnership with the Forestry Commission – Forest Holidays – now runs a further 21 Camping and Caravanning and three Cabin Sites.
  3. National awards for 2007/8 include:
    • The Maison de la France Tour Operator Awards for Best Camping/Mobile Home Operator 2008 - Carefree International Travel Service
    • Practical Motorhome 2007 Sovereign Awards – Carefree International Travel Service awarded Gold Sovereign
    • Loo of the Year 2007, Milarrochy Bay Site – Winner, Family Friendly Facilities in Scotland
    • Loo of the Year 2007, Folkstone Site – Winner, Camping and Touring or Static Caravan Sites category in England
    • Loo of the Year 2007, Kessingland Site – Winner, Family Friendly Facilities in England
    • Loo of the Year 2007, Glencoe Site – Winner, Camping and Touring or Static Caravan Sites category in Scotland
    • Scottish Thistle Awards, Glencoe Site highly commended 2006
    • Tourism West Midlands 2007, Kingsbury Water Park awarded Silver
    • Tourism West Midlands 2007, Leek Site was Highly Commended
    • Barron’s UK’s favourite camp site 2007, Keswick