Who to join, who to avoid?...

David60

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Hi ho fellow Funsters

:unsure: ....my apologies for a slightly tongue-in-cheek title but by no means is it intended as click-bait.

As but one of the newbies that I presume populate this section of the Forum, I am interested in the experience of longer toothed Funsters as to whether they'd recommend membership of the various clubs available. I refer to the likes of the Caravan & Motorhome Club, the Camping & Caravan Club etc.

From my perspective, I'd intend only to use campsites occasionally and I intend to stick within northern UK, particularly Scotland. Others of course will have different ambitions and I'm sure that what is good for one is not necessarily as good for another.

None the less, lets release the worms... What, who or which would you recommend (if any!)?

(as always, sincere thanks to those who have earned the experience that the likes of me harken for. Your generosity in sharing such hard won knowledge is very much appreciated)

Best
David
 

Viennese

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You will get recommendations for all these clubs on here. I like the C&CC as I get good personal travel insurance from them, use them for discounted ferry crossings and enjoy their sites. They were started over 100 years ago and had Baden Powell as President. I have never used their highly recommended temporary holiday sites, but will do one day! I was in the Motorhome & Caravan Club (formerly called the Caravan Club), only for a year as I found them very cliquey and despite changing their name they are still very biased towards caravans. I hear good things about the Motor Caravanners Club but don't feel the need to join another club. Good luck!
 
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jumartoo

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As a Spanish based funster I don't have much of use to offer. But in the past we have been members of both major clubs but, due to our camping style, tended to favour the Camping and Caravan Club because of their, easy to use, holiday meets
 
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tonka

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Camping and caravan club has been my choice.
We very rarely use any sites within the UK but do like the rally events and temporary holiday sites by the CCC.
Having a motorhome all we need is fresh water and somewhere to empty the loo.
Their app "out and about" is a very useful tool for finding meets, rallies etc..
 

meanders

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We were in both, but contrary to earlier posts, and the tag line, found the C&CC the most unfriendly of clubs and took cliquishness to a new level. :( We cancelled our membership. CMC are also very cliquey and anti-motorhome and we no longer rally with them primarily because of the stupid rules they introduced. However we use the CL's from time to time making the annual fee just about worthwhile.

We can thoroughly recommend another club called MotorhomeFun. Generally we find its very welcoming, and those organising rallies and meets generally go out of their way to welcome newcomers and do their best to prevent cliques forming! (n)
 

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We save £300 to £400 a year by booking ferries through Caravan and MH Club. Of course if you don't use ferries or club sites it might be different for you

Martin
 

two

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You will find many 'Fors' and 'Againsts' for all clubs. If you have plenty of dosh, you could join them all but consider how much time you have to make good use of them.
None are essential.
 

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C & CC for us. Temporary Holiday Sites and area meets are brilliant - usually no booking required, and always reasonably priced. We don’t use their sites - the only exception is the beautiful one at Keswick.
 

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We were members of both clubs but we have cancelled both now.

It was difficult to justify either when we didn’t have a van anymore:)
 

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Martins @funflair response just shows that it's a matter of finding the best horse for the target course. We are committed escape tunnelers when it comes to getting to the continent. We do that courtesy of Tesco Clubcard points. We haven't used a ferry in years.
Indeed you are right Robin, we ferry 3 or 4 times a year (including tomorrow) and use the expensive Hull-Zeebrugge crossing so all savings are welcome.

Martin
 

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We are in both and although I prefer the camping and caravan club we tend to use more of the caravan and motorhome club sites. Probably because we spend a lot of the spring and autumn abroad and therefore because there are more Caravan and Motorhome sites open in the winter we tend to use them..
 

ABZSteve

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We are members of both CMC and CCC. Never experienced any issues other than one or two grumpy wardens but everyone can have a bad day. We like the rules, some sites are better than others and some are quite expensive. However, we are still working and only manage about 50-60 nights away per year but all of that including fuel is cheaper than our normal choice of a 10 day sun holiday bye some margin. And, what DBK said (y)
 

Kirsten

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CCC for us- we were also in the CMC 2 years and sadly had negative experiences every time we booked or tried to book. Don’t use sites often but the CCC hideaway sites ,the 2 near London and some near the dreaded Legoland trip with grandweans are worth the money. Also when wild camping ( sorry those who disapprove) we can pay a small fee for dumping grey water getting fresh and emptying the loo. Did also use them for ferry bookings (but now are Le shuttle and Tesco points addicts) they were excellent.
 

Puddleduck

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On and off for many years.
We are members of both which works out at around £2 a week in membership fees. The sites have enforced rules and are of a certain standard - if you don't like the rules don't go. We love the CL and CS networks which are private 5 unit sites in some interesting places and think the membership is worth paying for access to these networks.

Some club sites require membership and some don't.

You won't know if there is a CL or a CS where you want to go unless you join (or ask someone who is a member) and the coverage in Scotland is not as extensive as elsewhere in the UK.

Both clubs (they are businesses rather like golf clubs) have member benefits which you may or may not find useful. As CMC members we got 5 years free habitation checks on our new van for example. As others have said there are also ferry discounts and insurance deals but make sure that the deals cover what you need, don't buy because it is cheap.

The decision on if membership is right for you can only be made by you.
 

thebriars

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We have to pay over £50 for the CMC. As geriatrics we only pay £28 for C&CC. Also the C&CC have reduced fees during the off season. Because of the stupid booking arrangements on CMC it is difficult to find a site that is not full in mid season or weekends.
 

Viennese

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We have to pay over £50 for the CMC. As geriatrics we only pay £28 for C&CC. Also the C&CC have reduced fees during the off season. Because of the stupid booking arrangements on CMC it is difficult to find a site that is not full in mid season or weekends.
And they also have solo camper and mid week rates.
 
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