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  1. sinbad1

    sinbad1 Deleted User

    Hi

    New to all this (picked the motorhome up Wed:BigGrin:)

    Thinking of maybe joining one of these clubs ;but are they really worth it , I read some threads that say that there are better deals than the discounts offered with the clubs.

    Seems there is a lot of negative feedback for tthe CC , not seen any negative feedback for the CCC .
    Would like your feedback on wether or not to join and which one you would recomend

    Regards
     
  2. moandick

    moandick Read Only Funster

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    A few simple harsh facts which will bring enormous showers of vitriol from other MHFunners - but in my opinion as an Ex-Warden of the Caravan Club:..........

    In general........

    The Caravan Club has more sites, better quality sites, cleaner sites and many, many good wardens.

    It also has some very bad Wardens who can spoil your holiday if you let them get to you - put a uniform on them and they become Rottweilers!

    The Caravan and Camping Club is known as the friendly Club, has fewer sites and perhaps not such up-to-date, standard clean sites but also has a lot of very friendly wardens - AND Tents and footballs!

    Generally tents mean lots of younger children or teenager types who like to drink and make a noise late at night - and they don't mind too much if they site their tent on your pitch and tie their guide lines onto your wing mirrors.

    The Motorcaravanners Club spend a lot of time on rallies with the same motorcaravans - they don't have their own sites and therefore the Rallies tend to be on sites in the middle of nowhere with absolutely no facilities. Because they spend a lot of time with the same people they have got a bit of a reputation for being "cliquey"

    Most private sites have all of everything good and bad mentioned on all of the Clubs above - and in general are happy to charge you for it! However, they do quite often provide the 'Holiday Park' type site where you get entertainment every night and swimming pools and disco's etc., etc., etc.

    Oh, boy - this is one situation where you pays your money and takes your choice. :Eeek:
     
  3. Braunston

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    Hi,

    I think both Clubs are products of there own success in that both of them have sites in very good positions but like most things in life if they are that good everyone wants them so getting booked into some of the better positioned sites at the main times of the year bank holidays school holidays and weekends for the city based sites is often very difficult if you don't book a long while in advance.

    The special offers from both of them with the concept of the Internet can often be equally obtained by searching online or booking direct,i.e. ferry fares, insurance, breakdown cover.

    As a member of either you will be entitled to discounts on the site fees subject to the top paragraph, however quiet often the rates charged can be obtained from private sites where you don't have to pay a membership fee.

    Both Clubs have CL's or CS's which are small privately owned sites which offer more modest accommodation at reasonable rates, but we have only used a few of these and must be honest and say they are not our cup of tea.

    Being both over 55 we have chosen to stay with the C&CC as they have a scheme which makes some of the sites out of season very very competitive as that is where we think the main benefit to us lies, others i am sure will have other views.

    Hope that helps
     
  4. finby

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    Were in both - the CC club and the CCC club.
    We have found (in our opinion that is) that the Caravan Club is better. We will not be renewing our CCC subscription this year (partially because we cant afford both and partially because we have found the CC sites to be better located and better maintained). With the CC its advisable to read the book with reference to facilities on each site, for instance some sites do not have showers, some do not have laundry facilities - these are things you would probably want if staying for any length of time. We dont really bother about special "deals" being offered, we just decide where we want to go and book the appropriate site or sites - for example I'm in the process of bookin a week at Berwick on Tweed and another at Hawes, and another at Kessingland. These are nice places to stay at, and we cough up the going rate rather than save a few quid by relying on specials.
    Hope you enjoy motorhoming as much as we do (its addictive - be warned !!), and joining a club ensures that you have the peace of mind in knowing that the standards are pretty much the same at eash club site.:thumb::thumb::thumb:
     
  5. DuxDeluxe

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    On the other hand we are members of both CC and CCC but prefer the CCC. The CC always appear to be up themselves just a little bit, however we find their sites pretty nice but as Mrs Deluxe pointed out "I don't want to camp on a car park". Despite some horror stories we have found their wardens very friendly and helpful.

    The point is that each to their own and both are good organisations with their own particular merits. I will more likely renew with CCC although we have used the CC more.... probably end up renewing both.
     
  6. greenasthegrass

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    We are members of them both - we are finding this year that C&CC are getting very expensive with four bods and 2 dogs. CC seems to be that bit cheaper at the moment for some reason - trouble is sometimes where you want to go its got the other one you are not a member of so we are members of them both for that reason - we are finding peak times at nearly £30 a night on some sites just too expensive. We have found the CL or CS far better value even though not quite same facilities as long as we have EHU we have our own facilities on board so can't see the point of troggin over to the shower block when its really cold just for a shower!

    We may try some CC sites abroad this year for a change just to see the difference.

    We have also found C&CC wardens more standoffish than CC - recently went to Hawes CC and the warden there was lovely very obliging and will definitely go back again.

    Greenie
     
  7. JayDee

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    We are members of all of them - CC, CCC and MCC.
    Haven't used the MCC sites at all (Cl type sites).

    We tend not to differentiate between clubs as we usually find that one or the other is open at the times we want and near the places we want. If not then we use commercial sites.

    Somebody said, on being asked the difference between them, that the CC had more dogs and the CCC had more kids, which though a bit flip has a lot of truth in it: the CC doesn't allow tents, while the CCC does. Younger and less well off families are the more likely people to have tents, so they will join the CCC. CC members will tend to be older, better off and thus have a caravan; often with a dog in tow (no, not literaly :Doh:). This of course doesn't mean that the CCC sites have no caravans and no dogs, any more than that the CC sites have loads of dogs and no kids.

    Having said that we don't differentiate, the CCC old farts concession saves quite a few quid out of season, so we do try to use those then.:thumb:

    So there it is; the choice is yours.
    (Oh and we've been fortunate that we haven't come across Mr. Stalin at any club site - yet), though we did stay at one CCC site a few years ago where the warden was blatanly flouting the 6 metre seperation rule. Naughty man!:thumbdown:

    Hope this is useful.

    John
     
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  8. Dodgey

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    We like the C&CC, third year and we've used quite a few sites and found wardens great, well Jerry's a bit scary at Blackmore:Eeek:....
    Tryed CC when we first got the RV (3 and a bit years ago) but didn't like the feel, that said our RV's 31 years old and she isn't bad for her age but she's definatly showing it and we did feel the one site we tryed wern't impressed.
     
  9. Zoe68

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    Its all down to who is staying on the site at the same time as you! either you will like it or you won't!
    9 ties out of 10 we end up shutting ourselves inside the van anyway so as long as theres a hook up and a waste and water point I'm not to fussed.
     
  10. Castaway

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    We're in both clubs and the Compass Owner's Club and use both club's sites, including CLs and CSs depending on what we want to do with the weekend. I find they're both as good (or bad!) as each other and haven't had any problems with wardens for a long time, finding them all very helpful and friendly.
    We also enjoy the Owner's Club rallies that we go on, having made many friends over the years so that's another option you could consider.
    Like most things in this life, you pays your money and you takes your chance!
     
  11. sinbad1

    sinbad1 Deleted User

    Thanks for all your reply's

    Seem that there is two camps cc or ccc I have no experience of either , although i did spend some time moored at a leisure park which at one time became certificated and was only allowed 6 caravans , it was later abandoned by the owner saying there were too many restricions (shame superb site).however i was on the canal adjoining the site so it didn't affect me.

    One problem with the cc that concerns me is the need to book well in advance to secure a pitch, as many sites are limited on the number of club members allowed.

    Site discounts should soon pay for the subsciptions whichever i choose, could be worth doing both for the first year then decide for myself;but does seem a lot of money to pay out, thats the reason for my post.

    Expect i'll be using all other types of sites too.

    Regards |Roy
     
  12. Cavendish

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    The above comment is very true. The CC started taking reservations for summer 2009 last month and already the popular sites are getting booked up at weekends. BUT the CC do offer campsites which are an excellent standard.

    When we started out caravanning we decided to join the CC & C&CC for a year and see which one we liked the best. A few years down the line we're still members of both clubs. :RollEyes:
     
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    I use both, not much between them but I find the C&CC slightly more expensive and not the "friendly club" they claim to be, they also have more booking rules (minimum of three nights must be booked in the summer or bank holidays) and are more likely to break there own rules and cram people in when busy.

    Ralph
     
  14. PeteH

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    Hi

    I`ve been in both clubs for over 30years, starting with a 10ft caravan. and now with a 30+ft R-V. Neither club is better, they both have strengths (and weakness!) I`ve Rallied with both too, as a "tugger" mostly. We have made some Very good friends, (and a couple of enemies, but that is what you get being on`t " comitee"!!)

    CC have lots of good sites, CL`s/C`s are mostly worth using, and in some very pretty places too, but with a motorhome (R-V) you need to watch for "hardstand" and "Part Sloping" One desireable the other not!!, and an incresing number have access to EHU if you want or need it. Same applies the CCC, their Sites tend to be less Formalised, and they have the benefit of a Reservation system, which means that Not all the pitches are "first come first served" thus avoiding not being allocated a pitch too small!! (for my R-V)

    In fact the CC are gradually LIMITING (More) sites with regard to size. (the CCC used to have a limit of 24ft until one of their senior officers bought a motorhome which was too big, then lo and behold the policy changed!!) The CC also have the only (I think) two sites within the London LEZ? which is fine IF YOU CAN PASS MUSTER ON EMMISIONS but not if you cant!!!. Site for site I think you can still make your Membership money back due to the lower site night prices, IF you use them frequently enough. And access to their magazines helps to keep you up to date with the latest Motor/Caravan SPECIFIC news, and just as importantly thinking along the lines of "what will be the next restriction on our passtime".

    Just dont expect them to put their heads above the parapet on behalf of "us". like they should have done over the LEZ, Nor to come out against Fuel Tax Hikes either.

    Pete
     
  15. sinbad1

    sinbad1 Deleted User

    mystery_machine,ralph-dot,PeteH.

    Thanks for your feedback being a member of CC and CCC is probably to way to go for the first year and then decide if i should renew.

    Apart from hopefully a planned trip to France later in the year , most of the trips we will do wont be planned that much in advance, just like to take off and land where ever

    Thanks again

    Regards Roy
     
  16. Jan Pendreigh

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    Being child free wrinklies, full time tourers and members of both clubs we tend to use club sites in low season (eg, on Canterbury CCC at the moment on a winter seasonal pitch which works out at £4.11/night) and migrate to CLs and CSs the minute the schools break up.

    The atmosphere on any club site is entirely down to the management team, call them what you will, wardens or HSMs, and we've encountered the Adolph variety (Kingsbury Water Park in June last year) and the wonderful variety that just make a stay so happy (Ferry Meadows). Their job isn't one I would want having seen some of the things some members do, and with both clubs spending less on renovations and upkeep it's not going to get easier.

    Has anyone ever been asked for their membership number for either club on a CL or CS? We haven't.

    On the other hand, most CLs and CSs have put their prices up in the last couple of years and are sometimes more expensive than club sites - especially for the single camper who has to pay per pitch rather than per person plus a small pitch fee.

    Jan
     
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    Was a member of CC but have cancelled this year..
    Only ONE reason, I simply could not put up with any more spam emails and unwanted post trying to sell me really crappy insurance policy stuff ..
    Now I run several on line shops and have done for 9 years now.. I average 20 or 30 spam mails a day offering me everything from nether region enlargement ( would LOVE to know how the buggers know I need it ) to a university degree..
    Yet the garbage I got from CC made me cancel membership... should tell you something !
     
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    Hi Jan

    Yes, at the last two CLs both asked for membership number, but as mine has expired some eight months previous I doubt they do any checks..

    To be frank, I think they only go through the motions, at the end of the day, one man's £ is a good as the next.

    What put me off of seasonal pitches with the C&C Club was the 'three week rule' .. is this enforced ?

    Jim
     
  19. sinbad1

    sinbad1 Deleted User

    I did read your post apart from the spam you got their response beggers belief
    so if i do decide they wont get my real email addy.

    Sorry to appear dim ;but 'three week rule'? is that a max stay time?
     
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    Yes, three weeks max stay on a seasonal pitch.

    This is also the rule on any touring site, but I think it may be 'bent' as it is on some CLs which have a 28 day limit.. perhaps other full timers could comment ?

    I personally know one CL where a full timer stayed for two years ..
     
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