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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

  • How do I find out if my campervan can go into London?

    London’s Low Emission Zone (LEZ) has been in place for some years now and impacts most motorhomes, depending on the year of registration and gross weight (maximum authorised mass). The minimum emissions requirement is Euro 3 and this is for campervans with a gross weight from 2,500 to 3,500kg. You can do a vehicle check here.

  • Why aren’t hydrostatic head figures given for cotton tents?

    Hydrostatic head testing relies on a column of water that applies a load to a textile. Testers then measure the resistance to the water permeating through. This doesn’t work with cotton as it will get pushed through very easily. As cotton gets wet in a shower it swells slightly, closing the gaps in the weave and it becomes naturally waterproof, hence the need to weather a new cotton tent, and therefore making the water column test an unsuitable method to use.

  • Can tinted glass interfere with a satnav’s reception?

    Normal dark glass tint shouldn’t affect the weak signal from a global positioning satellite (GPS). However, if the tint agent is metallic or the main screen has heating elements built in (sometimes called a quick-clear screen) then the metal within these components could block the signal.

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