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Showroom Testing time It’s the new caravan season, and we roll up our sleeves for some serious inspection and intensive use of new models from leading manufacturers. This month we test three. 59 Twin test It’s a close contest between family vans from Bailey and Lunar 68 Live-in test Stunning lines and plenty of kit, but what else does Swift’s Challenger Sport 554 offer?

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BREAKING NEWS…… The myastery shoppers have filed their reports, the judges have scrutinised the shortlist and now the Dealer of the Year is announced. Page 10

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75 First drives

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Surprises abound in Land Rover’s Range Rover Evoque and the latest Vauxhall Insignia 77 Towcar test Small Ford and Peugeot MPVs must cope with kids and caravans 83 Awning review Bradcot’s Modus breaks new ground. How well does it work? 85 Running reports The Practical Caravan fleet — where we’ve been and how we got there

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Caravan Genius 92 Genius ideas A new concept for digital radio on site, plus tips and Talking Tourers 94 Doug’ll fix it Have caravan queries or quandaries? Ask Doug “Fix-it” King 97 Project van Doug King replaces the lock on the main door of our old Elddis

The Ford C-Max (left) and Peugeot 3008 p77

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Twin test Bailey Olympus II 540-5 vs Lunar Quasar 546 p59

Large families get treated to spacious homes from home in fixed-bunk tourers. We compare two revamped models that take different approaches to giving families the room they crave on one axle.

99 Caravan College The jockey wheel is essential — and a little misunderstood. Here’s the correct way to use it 110 Used caravan buyer The upper mid-market Elddis Odyssey makes a great second-hand buy 113 Talking towcars From matches to motors, send your tough tug questions to David Motton 114 Used towcar buyer The Citroën Xsara Picasso is an economical, practical tug 116 Subscription offer Save 16% of the cover price and get an Autoglym valet kit, worth £41, FREE 120 New kit New lightweight Dustbuster with a flexible hose, and more touring gear 129 Caravan basics Essential touring knowledge for beginners and experts alike 135 Buying and selling Save cash with our listings of used awnings and accessories 136 Caravan scrapbook As Adria celebrates 40 years in the UK, Andrew Jenkinson looks at its history

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Buyer’s guide 102 New caravans Updated with prices and data for all the new tourers in the UK and now in a user-friendly format 118 50 top accessories From DAB radios to folding bicycles, here is our pick of touring accessories

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