Caravan club

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  1. mogbl

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    Just wanted to know if it is worth while joining the Caravan Club or would the Camping and Caravan club be better? What benefits other than CL's are there?

    Thanks in anticipation

    Richard
     
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    I belong to both solely for their CL/CS sites i.e. privately owned sites with around 5 vans on at very reasonable prices generally:BigGrin:
     
  3. GJH

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    We joined the CC when we bought the van 5 years ago and have used several main sites. Used our second CL a couple of weeks ago.

    Over the last couple of years we have attended more rallies/meets and spoken to people more about using alternatives to main sites. To that end we have just joined the C&CC because we are attracted by the wider range of weekend meets and temporary holiday sites within easy reach of us.

    We will renew the CC membership (think it expires at the end of this month) but then compare both over the coming few months to see what suits us best.
     
  4. dewaltman

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    I find the c& cc club better if you like to rally no advance booking required they also have a dedicated motorhome section the welsh region i belong to has 3 night and 4 night meets with a lot of them within easy access bus routes and towns
     
  5. jonandshell

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    We are CC members.
    We like the standard of the CC sites, but we aren't really avid site users. We prefer the less formal (and cheaper!) CLs.
    CC rallies seem OK, but are a bit stuffy for us being mostly for the benefit of caravanners! We tend to join a rally only if its in a good location at a bargain price.
    CC member offers for insurance, etc are not really competitive in our opinion.
    They do offer sites and CLs in places we like to visit though.
    We are not members of the C&CC, but would join if we thought the extra sites and CSs on offer were to our benefit.

    The CC do a cheap offer for members at cHaven sites once a year!
    We are off to Cleethorpes very soon!:BigGrin:
     
  6. DESCO

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    We belong to both mainly for CL/CS sites and find these good value and we also use the CC&C club for their RAC breakdown service no limit on weight or size, and have always found them very helpful.
    Of the two prefer CC&C always found them friendlier both staff and campers.
    Tend to stay with both as gives better coverage countrywide.
     
  7. cookingfat

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    I've been a member of the CC on and off for twenty five years. Last week I joined the C&CC on the recommendation of a friend. We attended our first event at Lockside site Ripon over the week end.

    Without doubt the C&CC win hands down. I will keep my Caravan club membership but doubt I'll renew.
     
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  8. WillH

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    Like others, we belong to both clubs. They have similar benefits and being in both gives better coverage when touring. Membership is not expensive so we'll continue in both clubs.

    Rgds
    Bill
     
  9. Landy lover

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    We belong to both for the CL/CS always find that if you are heading for an area it is one or the other that is dominate on the CLs so you need both really - with a 5'er the C&CC has the edge on recovery - if we are ever going to get a refusal because we are 27ft long 5'er it will be the CC - C&CC always seem to accomadate us - if we have to make a saving then we would bin the CC in real terms they are both useful
     
  10. Geordie and the Dragon

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    We are in both and find the C & CC club members are more like this club, a happy lot, they also give a discount to wrinklies.
     
  11. Movin' on

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    We belong to both and their are advantages to both. We feel that the C&CC are more like what you would expect from a club and seem to have a friendlier approach to members. The CC are excellent for ferry fares to and from the continent. However, I do feel that both clubs are guilty of charging large site fees and treat you in the typically British way of "price hikes" whenever possible. As a classic example, when the schools were on two weeks half term, one area had the last two weeks of the month and a neighbouring council had the last week and the first week of the following month. The Caravan Club therefore put up their rates for the whole 3 weeks. As a site user with no children, why should I pay extra any way during this period . I think that the CC should remember that we are not customers, we are members and therefore, owners and it wouldbe more beneficial to keep costs to a minimum for us. Just as a matter of interest, the CC were recently boasting about the Executive Lodges that they have had built. THESE LODGES ARE VERY EXPENSIVE AND i DOUBT THAT MANY EXISTING MEMBER WILL EVER USE THEM, so why build them.
    O.K. I've got that off my chest......my personal choice would be C&CC.
     
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  12. coldstreamer

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    We were members of both Clubs for over 20yrs; three years ago the CC had a special offer on the Portsmouth/Cherbourg crossing.
    I rang the booking officer, gave him my details and he gave me the price.
    !! Nil discounts!! When I asked why, he replied” we are not here to provide discounts to 'Camper Vans' “We are the Caravan Club"
    I asked to speak to the Booking Manager, who was even more 'Stroppy.
    I cancelled my Membership there and then and my Van Insurance wrote a complaint letter to the President, who replied saying “Perhaps you would be better off with a more suitable organisation.
    I still get very angry when I think about it and take the view perhaps that’s what the majority of the members want. We are now in our 25 year with the C&CC and 20 years with the MCC.
    Best Regards, Mac
     
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    That is probably a good way of looking at it! Join one club, and you never seem to reap the benefits, and end up unhappy in some way. When joining both, and combining the fee as one for all CL's - then you will be much happier in geting the overall benefit through one or the other.

    Many times, I have scorned the CC sites for being more expensive than non member sites, or ccc sites - or have travelled in areas where there is an abundance of ccc sites, and no cc sites and vice versa.

    Joining both would make sense if you are touring fairly regularly - especially, if like me, you don't like planning anything and follow your nose!
     
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    I joined both and have used the CC sites and CL's more as the C&CC places have either been fully booked, grotty or not in the area I want to be. As for the people I've found nice and ignorant on all sites but the staff so far have been brilliant.
     
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    Hi

    As others have said we also are members of both clubs but find the c&c club very frendly and there rallys are good fun and informal you can attend any rally in any part of the country they also have holiday meets that last for longer periods in many loverly parts of the country.This may be my last year of joining the caravan club as most of my weekendy away have been with the c&c club rallys. Join the club and try a rally before you join the caravan club.
    Happy camping
    Batchpatch.
     
  16. chesterfield hooligan

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    CC utter rubbish for the last two years I have used them to book ferries’ Dover to Dunkirk, no problem using the internet to book on their site. Then they updated their website:Eeek: now if I take a trailer (is not a caravan a trailer:Doh:) I have to phone even when in France or Spain which can be very expensive listening to their advert trying to sell me insurance, when i eventually get to actually speak to someone they then have to ring the ferry company "DERR!":Rofl1: then tell me a price which dearer than the last two years of frequent travel so I then went on the ferry's website and booked straight away for a lot less money (30-40%) what is that all about in the end they do not want camper van's I think, or their business just their membership fee’s and don't make wave's I have renewed just to use CL's if I did not need to join I would not.:Eeek: in the end they do not want or need us:Eeek:
    rant about CC over
     
  17. Jaygee32

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    We've been members of both but like several others we don't use cc sites for that "us and them" reason. We are with Green flag recovery through the cc . Does anyone belong to the Motor Caravan Club? Are they OK?
    Joan :Confused:
     
  18. robnchris

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    We are members of both, after 2 years we think the caravan club just edges the Camping and Caravan club for 1st place.
    We find the C.C. site book so much easier to use than the C&CC book and the standard of the C.C. sites is generally so much of a higher standard.
    You don`t have to pay a deposit when booking a pitch on a site with the C.C whilst with the C&CC you do.

    Yes the C.C can be a bit regimented and some of the wardens are like little hitlers, odd than such miserable people should choose to work in a job were they are meeting people that have come away for a relaxing break and are generally in a happy mood, still thats life.

    All in all we think it`s worth being in both it all depends on which campsites you want to travel to.
     
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  19. mogbl

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    Thank-you to all who responded. I must admit years ago I was a member of the CC. I found exactly what has been said they are stuffy never stayed at a Cl. Hopefully we may be able to escape the rat race. ( In Ireland?) and go touring very soon. We will venture to England. There seems to be a lot of clubs to join Motorhome fun being the best of course. In Ireland I got European recovery included in my insurance fully comp for 350 euro Bargain or what. So it only seems that the CLs that come with both clubs would be the only benefit to me. Both Mo and I will if we do escape will be coming to more meets with you lot and would advise more who have not been to one to do the same.

    Richard
     
  20. callumwa

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    I'm with the Caravan Club at the moment, though do not seem to use it so much, but I did get a very very good insurance deal this year.

    Is the fact bookings do not require deposits, mean some users are "blanket booking" sites well in advance, (especially weekends, holidays etc) to hedge their bets then just choosing their actual destination site at the last minute. Some sites appear fully booked, but in actual fact end up with nowhere near 100% occupancy, as booked stays fail to show..

    I do think they are now also pricing some of their sites out of the market.
     

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