And the winner is…

We’ve been running our annual Owner Satisfaction Awards for a few years now, and each time the results come in, they make really fascinating reading. I think what’s most compelling about them is that they represent the voice of you, the caravan owner: they reflect the true experience of buying and owning a caravan – both good and bad. For this year’s awards – held once again in conjunction with The Camping and Caravanning Club – thousands of you had your say. We reckon that makes this year’s awards the most comprehensive ever: you can trust our results to tell you what you need to know when it comes to buying your next van, whether that’s what to look out for, which dealer to visit, or which brand to choose. Turn to p41 to find out more!

Editor-in-chief SARAH is a keen caravanner who loves seeing the best of Europe on her travels


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Tow cars

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Special supplement

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