tech talk

Tech talk

tech talk header

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.

Submit a question »


  • Which is best for a solar panel, free standing or on the roof?

    There are pros and cons. Freestanding can be aligned to the direction of the sun and moved through the day to get a maximised charge and it is easily kept clean. On the roof is secure and out of the way but the charge is less optimised, however it charges continuously every day even in storage (assuming you don’t cover it) but you still need to get up to it to keep it clean.

  • Can I use my caravan steady legs to take the weight off the axle?

    No, they’re corner steadies and though you need a good load on them to stop the trailer from rocking they’re not designed to carry the whole weight of the tourer, the bulk of the load needs to remain with the axle.

  • How old can a ‘new’ tyre be?

    This is quite variable. If you have a common car tyre size then when you buy a new replacement it may have been moulded a matter of weeks before purchase. However, a tyre can remain in the supply chain for two years. This is due batch manufacturing combined with low turnover, however all tyres should have been stored correctly and be fit for purpose. It is quite reasonable to ask the age of the tyre while you’re getting quotes. Our data sheet shows you how to check the tyre age. Read more »



Tech Specials