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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

  • My tent’s zips are stiff to use. Can they be made easier to open and close?

    There’s no harm in trying a little lubrication on the zip. Most good camping and caravanning accessory stores will have in stock an awning channel and zip lubricant. There are many to choose from but they do broadly the same thing. Check the label first to be sure they’re safe to use on the various fabrics of your tent.

  • My camper has a diesel engine for which I carry a spare fuel can. I don’t want to carry an additional can of petrol to power my generator. If I have my generator converted to run on Liquid Petroleum Gas (LGP) can I connect it to my barbecue outlet?

    In principal this can be done, as long as the generator is designed to run from a regulated, free-standing bottled gas. In which case the barbecue outlet will work if the LPG installation is designed to run at the same regulated level. You should check this with the converter. Read more »

  • Where do I find the correct tyre pressure for my caravan?

    If you cannot find it in your handbook or for whatever reason the tyres fitted are not the same as the original specification then the best place to go is TyreSafe’s caravan pressure calculator. Read more »

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