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Motorcaravanning Handbook, by John Wickersham, is a substantial and comprehensive work. Its main aim is to inform readers about the practical aspects of choosing, owning and using a motorcaravan.
The book succeeds well in this aim, a list of the chapter headings will give some idea of how comprehensive it is:
|1. Freedom to Roam
2. Different types of motorcaravan
3. Base vehicles
4. Design and construction
5. Buying advice
6. Legal considerations
7. Ownership issues
8. Choosing places to stay
|10. Water and sanitation systems
12. Mains electricity
13. The 12 volt system
14. Understanding gas
15. Cooking and heating
16. Servicing and MoT testing
17. Winter lay-up
We should say that the book is not a maintenance and repair handbook, although useful advice is given in many of the chapters, that subject is fully covered in another of John's books, The Motorcaravan Manual .
What this book does do is to provide a wealth of practical information, well laid out and amply illustrated with colour photos on every page.
There is perhaps a slight over emphasis on the technical side of things, with water, gas and electrical systems covered in greater depth than the average owner would probably need. Practical advice on some things, such as satellite TV for example, is sometimes covered in less detail.
Having said that, we are very impressed with the breadth of information in the book and would thoroughly recommend it to the motorhome owner who wants to know more about the technical and practical side of motorhome ownership and use, and to prospective owners who want to be fully informed about the choices available to them.
2008 review by Andy Clarke
Paperback - 304 pages
Author: John Wickersham
Published by: Haynes Publishing
ISBN 978 1 84425 428 6
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