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Post by rogersrimini on Sun Mar 26, 2017 4:02 pm

Yes that could be it. The in-laws have been CC members for eon's so that would fit.
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Post by groundhog on Sun Mar 26, 2017 7:56 pm

If you shop at Sainsburys regularly join the motorhome and caravan club. 4% discount of your shopping with a prepaid card, no limit but excludes fuel. £48 comes back very quickly!! up!
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Post by rogersrimini on Mon Mar 27, 2017 10:27 pm

rogersrimini wrote:Yes that could be it. The in-laws have been CC members for eon's so that would fit.

And then again: The April 17 edition of the CandMH magazine carries an obituary for a Neil Cairns who has passed on at the age of 92 (RIP Neil). This grand gent of the caravan club had 'just received his 50 year life membership'. So it seems after 50 years of continuous membership you get it free. Alas already pushing 60 and only joining last year I shall have to be an extraordinary camper to achieve that particular accolade bouncing
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Post by Roger Pratt on Wed Apr 12, 2017 4:31 pm

I'm a member of the (now) C&MC, but only for its extensive range of CLs for short breaks. Their main sites are too regimented and too expensive. I tour almost entirely in Europe and Scandinavia while I can, where ACSI is very helpful (if you get the app the site reviews are good) and gets you good site fees out of season. UK, and perhaps C&MC, will come into its own when I'm too old (I'm 78) to take my Clubman abroad. Off to France and Spain at the end of May.
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Post by daisy mae on Wed Apr 12, 2017 5:58 pm

Am in both, just back from Norfolk, stayed at C&CC at Sandringham, nice sight but pricy, CMHC at Ludham  Bridge, thought that one was far better, stayed also at CMHC a CL right on the sea front, couldn`t have been better. not saying where that one was, as going back soon and they get booked up. Sorry.
Have also re-joined Britstops
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Post by PennyandDerek on Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:30 pm

We are long time members of the C&CC - age discount out of season, CS's and odd THS's popping up in areas we want to visit.

My main worry is that the newly branded C&MC will now claim to be 'representatives' of the motorhoming community.
Will they now be the body that government will turn to for their 'expert' opinion?

For years there have been threads about the various caravan organisations believing that their sites are where motorhomes should be overnighting, making us pay again for facilities we already have.
This has been the major problem with Councils up and down the country - being lobbied into their belief that they can shoehorn motorhomes into caravan sites(the clue is in the name).

Will we see the C&MC providing aire type facilities across the country?
Of course not!

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Post by Bad Penny on Wed Apr 12, 2017 9:41 pm

We have been members of both clubs for over twenty years and find both clubs have different things to offer.

As for the comments about not using a guided tour with the clubs, I find   the criticism by Gromit, of something he has obviously not experienced, rather sad. We have toured Europe extensively over the years under our own guidance, but have on three occasions thoroughly enjoyed guided tours with the 3Cs, something entirely different. Motorhome, two people, coach tours, meals and visits to places we would not have done ourselves and when broken down good value for money. Gromit, I suggest you try it first before making comments like that. Who knows you may enjoy it.

Being members of both clubs does give you more site options in the uk.

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Post by Jaytee on Wed Apr 12, 2017 10:46 pm

We are members of both, primarily for a better choice of CS's and CL's. We also rally occasionally with the CCC when we have a spare weekend because as someone already mentioned you don't have to book which we find difficult. There is also the Motorhome Group within CCC who have some good rally's too. CMC we use for caravan and MH insurance (which I hadn't been able to match with all the included add on's and benefits) as well as our house. Funnily enough although others have said ferry prices are cheaper with the Clubs I have always managed to beat them with the cheap ferry booking Companies. 
As bad penny we have been on two escorted tours with the CCC, Canada and Iceland and yes on the surface they seem expensive and yes you could probably do the same yourself cheaper, BUT the organisation is superb, they have knowledgable guides who can direct you to all the best things to see and do which would be hard to achieve on your own as well as organising all sorts of little extras at the various stop offs and we love the camaraderie of the fellow travellers you meet up with each night. In our view they are worth every extra penny.
We also travel on the continent on our own so the very best of every world is our oyster. Love it allthumbz

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Post by Gromit on Thu Apr 13, 2017 9:07 am

Morning Jaytee
Motorhome holidays in Canada and Iceland (trying not to let the envy show too obviously! smile! ) are a little bit different to popping across the Channel to France rolleyes . If we were to go to such far flung destinations we would do exactly the same as you and for the same reasons, but my comments (which seem to have ruffled feathers) were in response to a query from someone who was planning a first visit to Europe and usually camps with DAs and on "the cheaper CL sites". (Tragically he won't be doing it now. Our deepest sympathy to him and his family.)

I don't quite understand why Leighton focussed on one small aspect of my post and made his response so personal. If you read the whole of the post it's quite clear (I thought!) that I was responding to the request for practical advice and reassurance on how to plan and enjoy a first trip over the Channel without it having to cost a lot of money, and without necessarily having to adhere to a rigid itinerary based on someone else's choice of criteria.

My main point, which seems to have been missed, was to ask (in this particular scenario) if one really needs to pay someone else a great deal of money to plan a holiday, and inevitably to sacrifice one's personal freedom - which is arguably the single most appealing and enjoyable aspect of owning a motorhome. shrugg 

Great for those who enjoy group travel, and Eltel made the case most succinctly, but it's quite clear from reading this and other forums that "motorhomes mean freedom" to the majority of owners.

As ever, it's only my opinion, although it is clearly shared by lots of others. content

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Post by Jaytee on Thu Apr 13, 2017 9:38 am

Funnily enough it was the escorted tour to Canada that finalised our decision to get a Motorhome. We had total freedom to do and go where we wanted during the day with a daybook of the best places to visit and then met up at night at the campsite. One day we managed to totally underestimate distances on Vancouver Island and would never have made it back to the site. Phoned the guides told them 'see you tomorrow' and we found a fantastic spot on the side of a lake, brown bear and other wildlife galore think_smiley_46 absolutely wonderful. This experience firmly imbedded the benefits of a Motorhome. The rest is history allthumbz

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Post by Gromit on Thu Apr 13, 2017 9:56 am

Rotten swine - you are just taunting me now! censored!
That sounds right up our street, and you really did have the best of both worlds.

I keep looking at your motto in the subscript, so who knows!! Canada is certainly one place we would love to visit, and the security combined with the almost total freedom you enjoyed sounds absolutely spot on. smile!

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Post by bikeralw on Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:38 am

I agree with a lot of what Gromit says on this, motor homing is all about being free to go whichever way the wind blows (or sun shines in my wife's case!) on a whim.. Guidebooks are available to anyone, not just tour companies.
But like Jaytee I got into motorhoming after the experiences of one long trip, In my case a six month tour of New Zealand.
I bought a van the day after arrival (hiring was out of the question for such a long trip), kitted it out at a nearby superstore, bought food and headed out into the unknown. Twenty odd thousand kilometres later I'd visited every corner of beautiful NZ..
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Post by meanchris on Thu Apr 13, 2017 11:53 am

Can I just say Al, convince your missus to visit Scandinavia at least once, before discounting 'Northwards' as an option.

I've only worked there, but the scenery and people in Norway, Sweden and Denmark are worth a visit.

In terms of regulation of personal freedoms, they also have a lot going for them that we miss in the U.K. IMHO.

Choose your time carefully and experience the heat of a Swedish summer camped out by a huge and deserted lake.
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Post by groundhog on Thu Apr 13, 2017 12:25 pm

We all want different holidays and I am with Gromit, an organised tour to me would be the last thing I would want but for others it may suit, a little harsh to have a pop at him though!

I am probably in a good a position to understand the difference between travelling in Europe and Canada .. dual Canadian nationality... we still have a family home in Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, you could have stopped on our drive in Nanaimo had I known Jaytee! hugegrins

The distances are vast as Jaytee says and many of the better spots are quite hard to find without a guided tour or local knowledge. It takes us 30 minutes each way to drive the grandchildren to the local school for instance, the choice is yours do an awful lot of research first then set off ( the way I would do it!) or if you do not have the luxury of that time then use the guided tour system and you will see the best of the area. There is no right or wrong but I can fully understand why you may choose a guided or prebooked system in this area. Always happy to give my opinion by the way if anyone is planning to visit BC!

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Post by bikeralw on Thu Apr 13, 2017 2:13 pm

meanchris wrote:Can I just say Al, convince your missus to visit Scandinavia at least once, before discounting 'Northwards' as an option.

I've only worked there, but the scenery and people in Norway, Sweden and Denmark are worth a visit.

In terms of regulation of personal freedoms, they also have a lot going for them that we miss in the U.K. IMHO.

Choose your time carefully and experience the heat of a Swedish summer camped out by a huge and deserted lake.
I just wish I could meanchris! After all we did the NC 500 last year, which was north! This year I suggested driving the coastal highway to Sweden, telling her Scandinavia has much the same climate as the south end of NZ's South Island in summer, which she loved.
I'm still working on her, maybe I should just turn left at Calais and not let on to her...
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Post by Bad Penny on Thu Apr 13, 2017 7:29 pm

Dave, I'm sorry if you took my comment personally, it wasn't meant that way. Having experienced those guided tours and going it alone over the years, I felt you gave the wrong impression, as they do give somthing different to the norm.
Once again I appologise if I offended you.

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Post by Gromit on Thu Apr 13, 2017 7:56 pm

No worries Leighton. Thanks anyway but I was puzzled, rather than upset.

The message I intended to give obviously didn't come through at the first attempt as clearly as I intended. Hopefully my subsequent post clarified matters. In any event it's up to each one of us how we spend our cash, and no two people have quite the same preferences. smile!

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