Caravan club or camping and caravanning club ?

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  1. carhil

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    There have been plenty of previous threads on this with both reccomended for various reasons and some being with neither .. have a quick search


    Edit : were a member of both .. mainly for cls cs' and temp holiday sites

    Edit 2: .. we have no real desire to wild camp unless completely unavoidable
     
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    If you want a nice quite regimented stay choose Caravan Club.
    Or if you prefer screaming unsupervised children running around your out fit go for Camping & Caravanning Club.

    Off now and [​IMG] waiting for fall out.[​IMG]
     
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  4. carhil

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    Ah, bit of us and them is it ? :LOL:

    The former definitely is prefered over the later. I hate kids :ROFLMAO:
     
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    You'll be disappointed in me then, take my reasonably well behaved grandchildren to both CC and C&CC sites, main criterias are area we want to visit and vacancies on the correct date.
    Have been to THS and rallies with both groups, found CC ones like god's waiting room, apart from a lovely new year meet which catered for all ages.
    Still a member of both and was thinking of dropin CC, but got best insurance, home and travel through them, so might just give them the benefit of the doubt for another year. Use a few C&CC 5 van sites, where i have mostly been asked for membership card, must look like a dodgy character.
    Spoke to some solos recently who prefer the pricing system at C&CC
     
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    Given the overall cost of buying, owning, running & enjoying a motorhome I am bemused by this oft asked question.

    Choose one, or choose both for £48, £37 or £85 for both & see which or none suits you best.

    First year I was Caravan Club, discount on HHA membership & insurance.
    This year both & have used the CC York site & CCC Dunstan Hill site (open to non members so site fee discount pretty much saved annual membership).
    Also Britstop member.

    For me the £100 plus gives me a huge choice of where to stop because I'm not (yet) comfortable wild camping.
     
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    This true - can be as cheap for me with all facilities as a CL/CS.
     
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    I belong to both clubs even though I rarely camp in the UK.

    The CC do a good European campsite guide, but you can buy this as a non-member, albeit for slightly more. The CC sites are good with heated showers etc. The site booking system is flexible so if you need to cancel this can be done without cost, providing you don't habitually abuse the system. I used their storage facilities when between Mohomes.

    The CCC sites tend to be a bit more rustic and welcome all types of camper. The site booking system is not quite so flexible, in fact you have to pay up front (well, I did when I last booked some years ago). I arrange my travel insurance and house insurance with the CCC.

    Both clubs have a good network of 5 van sites in the form of CL & CS. These are general much cheaper than official club sites.

    If I were to subscribe to just one club, I'd choose the CCC.

    For you, it's probably best to consider what areas you would most likely wish to camp and choose the club that ticks the most boxes.
     
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    I'm in both primarily because of the Insurance. I use CC for Motorhome insurance and C&CC for home insurance. I had hoped to use one supplier for both but couldn't get the right home Insurance cover from CC. Just renewed MH with CC £240.00 for a 12 month old A class so getting access to the sites is a free bonus as far as I am concerned!
     
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    I'm probably not going to rejoin the Camping and Caravanning Club this year because they have changed the earliest time you can arrive on any site to 1.00 pm.
    The Caravan club still allow you on at midday.
     
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    we have tried both and much prefer the CC sites and booking system. There are some great sites in very good locations for both clubs. We tend to use the ones local for weekend breaks like Bristol (next to SS great Britain) and Cirencester sites. The booking system is great you can book and upto 7 days before to cancel. The C&CC you have to pay upfront and cancel before 30 days! If you wait till the october show join at the NEC and you get two free night vouchers which pays for the membership. We join the C&CC one this way every few years just to use the Salisbury site.:)
     
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    We're in both and have been for years. For us, it's more about the locations than the sites themselves and both clubs have sites in some great locations (for us). I would say that it is so much easier to find places to stay, particularly at short notice, on the Caravan Club website so we probably use those sites more.
     
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    That 1pm thing is so annoying .. we turned up a bit early at St Neots last weekend and were scowled at and ordered away.
     
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    Been a member of both but dropped CCC this year. I have a big gripe with CC as the online booking system is almost a waste of time, dates you require may be displayed as already booked yet if you phone the site direct most of the time there are pitches free. I understand some of the problem is people block booking sites in advance and not turning up which is very selfish. The CC should take a non refundable booking fee at the time of booking and require a notefiction from the person booking four weeks before to make a confirmation that they will honour the booking.

    Basa
     
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    I only use the C&CC and only because I camp in the New Forest a lot and this gives me discounted fees. I think it is 3 days pays to recoup the membership costs, then the 4th day reap the benefits of the cheaper fees, so to me is very good value for money. Until this weekend just gone, I had never used a camp site or CS before, but took the opportunity to use a good CS for much cheapness and would certainly use a CS again. I am a bigger fan of pub stop overs / BritStops, but if camp sites are your thing, then a précis of the plethora of other threads on this subject is that CC is too regimented and C&CC clubs are more relaxed in rules which could lead to the more unruly campers.
     
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    Neither.

    We'd rather sell the van and stay at home than stay on any of their camp sites.

    It's possibly worth paying them for (official) access to their CL and CS networks although in practice I've yet to come across an owner of one of these who cares about checking membership cards and not being a member has never stopped me staying on one when I've wanted to.

    The only one we're in now is Britstops and I can't see a situation where I could ever be persuaded to rejoin one of the "big clubs."
     
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    I agree. We had a similar issue a few weeks ago. Mind you I think both clubs are guilty of doing things more for the convenience of the wardens than the members.
     
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    The CC will only allow 3 no shows or cancellations within the 7 days before they will take action. I think they are trying to sort it, but agree would rather they charged for the first night if they don't show up. That would stop the block bookings.
     
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    We are in both but mainly to use the CL/CS sites. Tried to book a Club Site for one night at the weekend but it just didnt work until I phoned and asked and was told minimum 2 nights at weekend - would have been good if a message had been displayed to say that when trying to book on line. We use a mixture of Britstops/CS/CLs in the UK and it works well for us.
     
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    For the last 3 years we didn't join either clubs, instead using a mixture of private campsites, britstops, fun rallies/meets or wild camping for our weekends away. It worked well but I found it slightly stressful deciding where to go and ringing up etc.

    This year we joined CCC and it's been a revelation. We've had 4 great weekends away using their DA (district areas)
    Every weekend there is a meet held by the different DA's, info either online or in the magazine. No need to book, just turn up and very reasonable, we paid £7.50 per night per unit to attend Upton Blues festival last weekend.

    The people are really friendly, a mix of moho's, caravans and tents. We've had a great weekend next to the cricket pitch in Brecon, stayed at a campsite in Pembrokeshire, enjoyed a weekend in a field in Henley on Thames (which included a firework display and Upton.

    What's not to like?
     
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