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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

  • I have a short wheelbase campervan. Would this need a motorhome satnav?

    Probably not, because the footprint of your van is not significantly larger than a large car. The only concern may be its height. For a fixed high-top roof perhaps with an accessory such as a satellite dome or air-conditioning you may fall foul of very low bridges.

  • How do I find my caravan or trailer’s noseweight?

    Both the towing vehicle and the trailer have a limit at the coupling device. A typical caravan for example will be 100kg but a typical front-wheel drive car may only be able to take 75kg. In this case it will be necessary to trim the caravan’s load to bring the noseweight to 75kg as this is the lower limit. The numbers given are typical examples only so check your vehicle handbooks for actual values.

  • Can I use an external gas bottle at a Club Site or meet?

    We allow external gas bottles on Club Sites and at meets, but we have some simple rules governing their use. Please keep the gas cylinder as close to the unit as possible and secure it, if practical. Keep the hose strain-free and as short as you can. Do not use the barbecue outlet as an inlet. There is also a size limit of 13kg (propane) or 15kg (butane). And for safety reasons we ask that all cylinders are transported and stored in an upright position.

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