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Expanding caravans and the 12 best caravan sites near Cardiff revealed

How are your caravan adventures going this summer? Hopefully you’ve been kept busy with lots of outings at the weekends and, of course, an extended summer break in your favourite second home away from home.

Just in case you’ve been too distracted to keep up with all the news, here are just a few snippets about some of the latest developments.

Expanding caravan to be launched in the UK

If you’ve ever thought that touring by caravan is always a compromise between a home small enough to tow yet roomy enough to live in, there’s a new kid on the block which might solve the conundrum – a cleverly “expanding” caravan.

Built in France, the BeauEr appears modest enough when hitched to your car. But when it’s pitched at your chosen destination, a simple push of the switch activates electric motors. These slide an extending module that transforms the previous 4 sq.m. floor area into a spacious 12 sq.m. in just 60 seconds.

UK importers are motorhome manufacturers RP Motorhomes.

Revealed: The 12 best caravan sites near Cardiff

With its lush rural countryside, the wilds of the Brecon Beacons, the call of its valleys, and some breath-taking beaches, South Wales has long been a favourite destination for caravanners.

While there are touring sites aplenty, you might be left wondering which are the best – and Wales Online has come to your rescue by suggesting some of the finest, most easily accessible sites in the country. All are but a short distance from Cardiff, so you can avoid long drives into deepest Wales and still sample so much of the scenery, peace, tranquillity and sense of escape from the hustle and bustle.

Try Carmarthenshire, for example, for the seclusion of the Towy Valley at Quarry Lodge Camping, or Llandyfan Camping and Fishing for day trips into the wilds of the Brecon Beacons.

You’re certain to have heard of the beautiful Gower Peninsula, so if you want to experience it yourself, why not pitch up at the five-star touring site at Three Cliffs Bay Holiday Park.

Get to grips with the essence of Welsh farming by staying at a working sheep farm at Our Welsh Caravan and Camping, near Bridgend, just 18 miles from Cardiff.

Mobile caravans still welcome at North York Moors National Park

At the other end of the country, there is good news, too, in the welcome that continues to be extended to touring caravans in the North York Moors National Park, writes the Darlington and Stockton Times.

The head of strategic planning for the Park scotched rumours that controls were about to be tightened on the number of visiting touring caravans and the provision of camping sites for them. These were as welcome as ever.

The greater concern was posed by an increase in the number of parks for static caravans or the conversion of existing sites for tourers into parks for more permanent second homes within the boundaries of the National Park.

Make sure your caravan is properly attached

What’s your worst nightmare as you’re trundling along with your caravan in tow? Have you ever been wracked by the fear of it becoming unhitched and a runaway menace to other road users? Put paid to any such thoughts of disaster by making sure that your caravan is always safely and securely hitched – and then double-check to make sure yet again.

It’s not difficult to imagine the damage a runaway caravan may cause. A story in the Scotsman newspaper on the 19th of July illustrated the mayhem caused when a caravan became unhitched and crashed straight into an oncoming vehicle. Mercifully no one was injured, but police charged the caravan owner with driving with a dangerous or insecure load.

In yet another incident, a caravan broke its coupling and became stranded in the middle of a railway level crossing – causing both the road and the railway line just outside York to be closed.