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Post by Gollom on Wed Apr 02, 2014 10:04 am

Is it worth joining one of the camping clubs?

If so, which is best? I have a motorhome

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Re: Is it worth joining one of the camping clubs?

Post by Ann B on Wed Apr 02, 2014 10:46 am

I think so.  Both major clubs give you standard facilities on the club sites so you know what you are getting, reduced prices for members, a wide network of members only certified sites and cover most of the country.  We joined both sites when we got our a Topaz and recouped our membership in a couple of months.  The only quibble I have is the new pricing structure for the C&CC which I find a bit confusing, and their new cancellation policy.  Will have to see how it goes but I may drop this one next time.
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Post by NigelS on Wed Apr 02, 2014 10:51 am

I would agree and say yes as well. Choice, you pays your money and takes your choice as they say! For what it is worth I used to be a member of both and dropped the C&CC in favour of staying in the Caravan Club - I never use Club sites and stay a member to access the CL site network which are excellent - as are the C&CC CS sites.
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Re: Is it worth joining one of the camping clubs?

Post by Paulmold on Wed Apr 02, 2014 4:58 pm

I also say yes being a member of both CC and C&CC. Agree with comments above plus the C&CC put on lots of Temporary Holiday Sites all over the country almost throughout the year, mostly no facilities except water and toilet disposal but costing around £7 per night, no need to book and stay as long as you like while the temp site is on. Both clubs also have rallies at weekends if that's your thing.
I'm sure someone will be along to give you the benefits offered by ASOC and MMC, neither of which I am a member of at the moment.

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Re: Is it worth joining one of the camping clubs?

Post by roli on Wed Apr 02, 2014 8:09 pm

We are members of the CC & C&CC and have been since our "tugging days" and will stay in both as they have their merits but the CC do think of caravans first and motorhomes last.

We joined the MCC and ASOC to widen our options on rallying outside our normal travel areas and this has been fine.

Regarding ASOC, this is a national club and some rallying members travel many miles to get to a meet and generally speaking arnt a bad crowd (have to say this as the National Meet is coming up and I dont want earache hugegrins ) We have made many friends in ASOC.   All Rallies are bookable similar to CC

The MCC caters for members via local groups and you can go to any meets anywhere in the country and most rallies are non bookable, so if its a nice Friday you can get up and go without booking. I see you are in Preston so would come under the Lancashire Group who are not a bad lot

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Re: Is it worth joining one of the camping clubs?

Post by Jaytee on Wed Apr 02, 2014 8:22 pm

I am a member of both and use the benefits from both. MH insurance CC and Breakdown UK and Europe C&CC for instance. We are off to Iceland on an escorted tour with the C&CC in June with mainly other MHomers.  drinksallround The small CL's and CS's are all we really use all of which are great value and we rally with the C&CC as they have a MH group which is great.
The BIG thing I like with C&CC rallies is you don't need to book unless specified and that is rare. This suits me as I cannot plan ahead and have to send booking sheets in advance.
As ? said the C&CC do seem to suite MH's a little more.

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Re: Is it worth joining one of the camping clubs?

Post by Tommy-Darcy on Thu Apr 03, 2014 10:04 am

I agree with the above and on our tour used mainly CC sites just because they were the ones closest to where we were. Plus, unless you have time to plan your next stop, the CC map and guide book is by far easier to use than that of the C&CC.

I would also highly recommend the "Brit Stops" scheme. If you are unaware of this just google it. In essence it is a free stop over at a variety of venues from pubs, farm shops etc. The idea behind it is that you could, but don't have to, buy produce from them. Whether it be a meal in a pub, or some organic grocery's from a farm shop. One of the best for us was a B&B who did a brilliant breakfast for £5.95. We stayed in their carpark, had brekky with them which set us up for the day ahead.

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Re: Is it worth joining one of the camping clubs?

Post by rendene on Mon Sep 22, 2014 7:42 pm

Gollom wrote:If so, which is best? I have a motorhome

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joining one of the clubs is a good idea we have been in the c&cc  and have had lots of help in the past arranging holidays abroad
and insurance. the c& c will probably do the same.
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Re: Is it worth joining one of the camping clubs?

Post by stoneb on Mon Sep 22, 2014 10:15 pm

One thing of interest here that hasn't been mentioned so far is that, whichever club(s) you belong to, if you quote the details to your vehicle insurance company/agent you generally get a discount off your insurance premium!

I'm currently a member of both MCC and C&CC. Originally, I couldn't see the point of belonging to a club at all, until my wife went ahead in spite of my ideas, and joined us into the MCC. What a difference it made! This sceptic was quickly converted, to the point where I was actively looking forward to the next rally (etc). After 13 years of MCC membership I can confirm this continues by saying that, until recently, I was Chairman of MCC's West Country Group for 3 years, not bad for someone who really didn't want to join up!

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Re: Is it worth joining one of the camping clubs?

Post by Traficlady on Tue Sep 23, 2014 8:13 am

I'm in both clubs, too. Both clubs charge per person plus a pitch fee, so I can quite often pay less than £10 a night whereas I would be hard pushed to find any other kind of site for that. I've used a few CLs and CSs but find they're getting a bit pricey these days, even those with no facilities.

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Re: Is it worth joining one of the camping clubs?

Post by Jaytee on Tue Sep 23, 2014 8:46 am

I have noticed CL's and CS's are creeping up. Still very good value though as we only use the limited facility ones. We were going to AS at Wllersey yesterday so tried the CC site at Broadway. They wanted £21.50 for one night but wouldn't accept a one nighter. confused3
Wouldn't have paid that much anyway so found a fantastic little CS near chipping norton, expensive at £15 inc EHU but worth every penny. allthumbz
Only small, grass like a bowling green, miles of private farm land mowed dog walks, lovely little shower and kitchen block and hard standing if needed. Top marks.

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Post by Traficlady on Tue Sep 23, 2014 9:01 am

Sounds lovely John.

Just a quick thought that not everyone is aware of - and I don't know if the same applies to the CC - but if you arrive at a CCC site and just want one night, they are obliged to let you have a pitch as long as they have one free. We discovered this a few years ago at Oswestry when a friend phoned to book one night and was told he couldn't. I rang him and said there were at least 9 pitches empty so he just turned up and they had to give him a pitch. It does say it somewhere in the Big Sites Book.

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Re: Is it worth joining one of the camping clubs?

Post by Jaytee on Tue Sep 23, 2014 10:02 am

Worth knowing Nora up!

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Post by rendene on Tue Sep 23, 2014 7:32 pm

joining a club is the best thing to do as there are a lot of benefits with help and advice, we have been members of the c&cc for 42 years.

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Re: Is it worth joining one of the camping clubs?

Post by SteveUK on Tue Sep 23, 2014 11:48 pm

Just one point (having been a member of both); it would seem to me that both of the main clubs do not so much give a discount to members as pile on the pounds for non-members.  Their club-sites prices are hardly bargain-basement!

I know that you can (generally speaking) rely on fairly consistent high standards etc. etc., but it is clear that they are commercial enterprises rather than "clubs" run for the benefit of their members.

I for one am seriously considering whether to bother renewal next year.
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Re: Is it worth joining one of the camping clubs?

Post by Jaytee on Wed Sep 24, 2014 7:21 am

SteveUK wrote:Just one point (having been a member of both); it would seem to me that both of the main clubs do not so much give a discount to members as pile on the pounds for non-members.  Their club-sites prices are hardly bargain-basement!

I know that you can (generally speaking) rely on fairly consistent high standards etc. etc., but it is clear that they are commercial enterprises rather than "clubs" run for the benefit of their members.

I for one am seriously considering whether to bother renewal next year.

Agree that there are some negatives and yes they do seem to be ramping up ways of making money. Actual 'club sites' do seem very expensive so I don't use them unless no other option, BUT the standards are high compared with the majority of commercial full facility sites on an equal cost basis IMHO. The CS's and CL's are our prime use sites, are great value, normally very high standards and we meet some wonderful people on and owning them.

Ferry discounts; hmmm. Not convinced. As a package with sites etc possibly but ferry only I have personally not found any great advantage over the ferry operators 'deals' and I did nearly fall into a trap in August when I wanted a variable ferry time on my return in case I got delayed. C&CC club assured me I could change times without penalty, when pushed and they checked I couldn't. So their 10% discount was for fixed booking times only.

I was also dismayed to read in MMM that if you are going to a winter sun holiday with C&CC (which we were considering for next Feb) you get charged £75 if you don't use their ferry booking service as well. Extortion shrugg

However having said all the above if you pick and choose their services they have a lot to offer so we are members of both clubs.  And as already mentioned in this thread the C&CC club group rallies are great fun. allthumbz

AND I forgot to mention; the C&CC escorted tours are just brilliant. We have done two now, one to the Canadian Rockies and then Iceland in our own MH. Just brilliant fun.


Last edited by Jaytee on Wed Sep 24, 2014 10:46 am; edited 3 times in total (Reason for editing : Added escorted tour note.)

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Re: Is it worth joining one of the camping clubs?

Post by Swansea Jac on Wed Sep 24, 2014 9:27 am

I joined C&CC, paid my money, then heard absolutely nothing.  I phoned to ask why, and was told I would need to pay even more money to receive stuff through snail mail.  I paid up... but I still have received nothing.  This post has reminded me that it is time to make another phone call......
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Re: Is it worth joining one of the camping clubs?

Post by Jaytee on Wed Sep 24, 2014 10:44 am

Swansea Jac wrote:I joined C&CC, paid my money, then heard absolutely nothing.  I phoned to ask why, and was told I would need to pay even more money to receive stuff through snail mail.  I paid up... but I still have received nothing.  This post has reminded me that it is time to make another phone call......
Disappointing to hear. They are normally very very good. Fingers  crossed its a one off glitch.

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Post by Traficlady on Wed Sep 24, 2014 11:56 am

I think they're offering two levels of membership now - the £42 or whatever it is one where you get everything in the post or a slightly cheaper one where you get it, including the magazine, on line.

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Post by Swansea Jac on Wed Sep 24, 2014 12:19 pm

So I understand, Nora, but even after rectifying the mistake, I still am no wiser.  I had forgotten about it as we have been away enjoying the van, but shall now phone again! Thanks.
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Post by rendene on Wed Sep 24, 2014 1:28 pm

Swansea Jac wrote:I joined C&CC, paid my money, then heard absolutely nothing.  I phoned to ask why, and was told I would need to pay even more money to receive stuff through snail mail.  I paid up... but I still have received nothing.  This post has reminded me that it is time to make another phone call......

it's unusual if c&cc are that slow sending your stuffI have been a member  for 42 years and have always found them to be very helpful,
we have used them to arrange holidays abroad had everything arranged for us, any insurance claims have been dealt with
no fuss and bother. Some of their prices do seem a bit high but sites are well run and members are demanding more of sites
like hard standings even for caravans which adds to the price.
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Post by Swansea Jac on Sat Oct 04, 2014 12:50 pm

Well!  Here we are...right at the end of the season, and the C&CC have finally managed to send me the book! Received it by mail this morning, Saturday, 4th October...after several emails have passed between us. Not a word of apology, no mention of a reduction for next year, either, to compensate fior the total uselessnes of this year's 'membership'.
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Re: Is it worth joining one of the camping clubs?

Post by terrybrinklow on Tue Oct 07, 2014 7:18 pm

Hi we used to be in both CC & c&cc but dropped the latter owing to their booking policy and web site.My wife also prefers the better standard of the CC facilities.In winter most users are Motorhomes and the more hard standings the better.AT the end of the day I would suggest you join both and adjust your memberships as required after the first year.
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Post by Jaytee on Wed Oct 08, 2014 9:58 am

terrybrinklow wrote:Hi we used to be in both CC & c&cc but dropped the latter owing to their booking policy and web site.My wife also prefers the better standard of the CC facilities.In winter most users are Motorhomes and the more hard standings the better.AT the end of the day I would suggest you join both and adjust your memberships as required after the first year.
Totally agree with try both as we prefer the C&CC as you don't  have to book to go to their rallies etc and the old saying 'the snooty and well healed club' did fit when we went to some CC rallies in our earlier 'financially leaner' years. Lol.
It all depends on personal taste so yes, try both up!

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Re: Is it worth joining one of the camping clubs?

Post by Pete Taylor on Mon Jan 19, 2015 9:57 pm

Rather late to this discussion... about 35 years late, as it was already raging when we gave up the tent and bought our first Camper-van back in the 80s.  snigger

Madame was, earlier today, using the online booking facilities of both the CC and the C&CC; she came away less than impressed with the ease of using the C&CC website, compared to the CC.

It seems that the C&CC is not a happy ship in some respects; talking to a site warden last Autumn he said that there was quite a bit of grumbling going on in the warden community about the way they were being treated by "head office".

I do try to keep an open mind between the two "clubs" (businesses?) and not have a favourite however, imho, the CC facilities, generally, are slightly better and larger; the C&CC magazine is extremely "lightweight" in content and hardly worth reading some months; yet the CC magazine does endless useless features on tow-cars (some of the winners of their "tow-car of the year" are just plain stupid) it seems that they can't simply say, year after year, that an AUDI/VW/SKODA/ SEAT 4wd Estate is the best; so they come up with daft alternative winners.
I don't have experience of the sub-contracted breakdown services, so can't comment; similarly we've always made our own arrangements for travelling to Europe.

Speaking of Europe; we always use ACSI sites and have NEVER, even in August, on the Riviera, failed to obtain a pitch (we tend to arrive around 14:00 and have never booked in advance) it is a shame that ACSI do not have an association with more sites in the UK. I guess that there is a more relaxed attitude to "leisure activities" in Europe? winkin!

I never really got why the Camping Club decided to go into competition with the Caravan Club; from that point onwards both seemed to become businesses, rather than Clubs. Oh well...

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