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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

  • Can my campervan have its front seats converted to swivel seats to increase the living space?

    In some circumstances this is possible but seek specialist advice from a dedicated conversion workshop. Also check whether the swivel bases are crash-tested and approved. Read more »

  • Why does my car appear to have two towing limits?

    We’re seeing this from time to time. Some handbooks give a towing limit that appears quite high but it assumes there is only a driver in the car. The limit is reduced considerably when the car is fully loaded with passengers and luggage. The only way to be sure of a car’s limit is to check its VIN plate, which is usually stamped on to the chassis of the vehicle.

  • What’s the problem with children blowing bubbles on a campsite?

    It’s worth being a little careful with bubble-blowing mixture on a campsite. Bubbles aren’t a problem in an open space but the detergents that help form the bubbles can have an effect on the water proofing on fabrics. So it is advisable to keep the bubble blowing away from – and ideally down-wind of – any pitched tents and awnings.

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