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As a recent owner of my first caravan I'm looking for insurance. Caravan Guard quoted £95 (2004 Swift Lifestyle) but if I joined The Camping and Caravanning Club at £41 their insurance is only about £70 so in real terms I get membership for £20. But are they worth it? Are the membership benefits real benefits or a con?

 

The reason I ask is I a few years ago I was told I receive a 20% discount from Jewsons. I got a price from Jewsons for some fencing and then presented them with my discount card assuming I'd get a further 20% off.

 

"The 20% discount has already been discounted" the lad said

 

"How can it if you didn't know I had this discount card" I replied

 

"Oh everyone gets that discount"

 

So it turned out it was a bit of a con. 

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The clubs are not a con. If they were, they wouldn't survive in the caravanning world. 

Graham

 

Unless otherwise stated all posts are my personal opinion 

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Don’t overlook that apart from various discounts via either club, they also provide exclusive access to CS & CL sites, as well as providing travel services, and insurance. 
They also provide very good technical advice. 
 

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5 minutes ago, Argyll said:

So what's the best club?

 

   It's down to personal preference.   Try both and take your pick.   I used to belong to both,  but now just Caravan and Motorhome Club.

           John.

 

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14 minutes ago, Lost in the wilderness said:

Don’t overlook that apart from various discounts via either club, they also provide exclusive access to CS & CL sites, as well as providing travel services, and insurance. 
They also provide very good technical advice. 
 

When I bought my Rexton back in 2014, I got a towbar with 13 pin electrics fitted free because I was a member of the CMC. I also get Mayday cover from the same club.

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46 minutes ago, Argyll said:

So what's the best club?

That's a hard question.

I guess the CCC if you want more families around on rallies and CS sites due to tenters might be more likely to be families.

I think the two clubs have same features.

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2 hours ago, Argyll said:

So what's the best club?

 

I'm a member of both.   But I find myself using the CMC more than CCC.   I prefer the CMC's insurance services and Red Pennant and tend to use more CMC CLs

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Also A member of both, use mainly CL/CS sites choosing based on location, have used both clubs main sites occasionally as well as commercial sites. Have my Caravan insurance thought CCC. If you look into the discounts offered by retailers etc they differ from both but can often save you more than the subscription per year. Hope you enjoy you caravan. 

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Another member of both, CMHC for nearly 45 years mainly rallying but use insurance, Mayday , sites and CLs, use the the CCC for winter rallies in Spain and Portugal.

 

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What's Mayday sites?

Loads of acronyms flying about here for a newbie. What's CL&CM Sites?

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5 minutes ago, Argyll said:

What's Mayday sites?

Loads of acronyms flying about here for a newbie. What's CL&CM Sites?

Mayday is the CMC breakdown service, not a type of site. It's operated by Green Flag, but with some advantages over standard Green Flag.

CL sites are a maximum of 5 van sites, privately owned, and with varying facilities. Look on the CMH website for details, you can get lots of information without joining. You have to be a member to use CL's, but some of the main sites are open to anyone.

I think CS are the CCC equivilent, but I've never joined that club.

I am a member of the CMH club, but rarely use their own sites, as we prefer the CL's, or some commercial sites.

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We joined both clubs when we bought our first van 3 years ago, but found we never used CCC for anything. The CMC on the other hand has been great as we regularly use their CL’s, as our children are grown up now we like the peace and quiet you get on a CL. 
We did get a quote for the CMC breakdown service, but found by going direct we got the same level of cover for 2/3 of the price. 

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We love the Camping and Caravan Club (CCC) and to us they are certainly worth it. You only need to stay at one of their sites for 3 nights and the discount recived meets the annual membership cost, without the other benefits.

 

The Member line for  is fantastic too, website could be a bit faster but the staff are the phone are brilliant!!

 

Ted 

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"We did get a quote for the CMC breakdown service, but found by going direct we got the same level of cover for 2/3 of the price"

 

 You may have got Green Flag assistance but not Mayday which is exclusive to the CMC and is designed specifically for caravanners. Check what you've got....

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On 17/10/2020 at 22:16, Carcol92 said:

We joined both clubs when we bought our first van 3 years ago, but found we never used CCC for anything. The CMC on the other hand has been great as we regularly use their CL’s, as our children are grown up now we like the peace and quiet you get on a CL. 
We did get a quote for the CMC breakdown service, but found by going direct we got the same level of cover for 2/3 of the price. 

Green Flag and Mayday don't have the same cover.
So you maybe restricted on what you get.

If your van is over 7m Green Flag won't tow or recover it 

 

 

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I'm in both and almost always use one or the other's sites because I know what I'm getting - good, clean facilities that are well maintained, and a site with reasonable safety, plus the knowledge that the other folks there are usually also members. The latter means they respect other's privacy and security.

 

Being over 60, and alone, The C&CC Sites are my first choice because I get an age discount, and am not obliged to pay for EHU when I don't need it in the summer. However, I choose a location first, then see which club has a site in the locality. 

Their caravan insurance is also cheaper than the C&MH Club, and they have a good deal with RAC Arrival breakdown.

 

But make up your own mind. If you're simply looking at the cheapest overall package, you may end up disappointed.

 

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hi i have been in both i prefer the ccc because of there sites in the lakes ,,as its where i want to be ,,i also like that i am booked for three nights next week in bowness  and it £38 and free wifi just suits me i dont think there is much between the sites(except kendal)   ,,i went to cmc site in kendal,,put me off going back to there sites ,,but each to there own as they say ,,,

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3 hours ago, robf1234 said:

 … I went to cmc site in kendal,,put me off going back to there sites ,,but each to there own as they say ,,,


I’d agree Rob. There are just two CMC sites I’ve been to once, and once only - that’s Kendal and Coniston. And in both cases I said ‘never again’ for the same reason - because they’re dark, dismal and virtually totally tree covered … and then if it rains (which it dies a great deal in The `Lakes), they’re even worse!

 

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6 hours ago, yellowbelly said:

"We did get a quote for the CMC breakdown service, but found by going direct we got the same level of cover for 2/3 of the price"

 

 You may have got Green Flag assistance but not Mayday which is exclusive to the CMC and is designed specifically for caravanners. Check what you've got....

For example with Mayday you get a driver to take your outfit home if you are ill, but with Green Flag you don't unless you upgrade. If you compare like for like May Day is actually cheaper.

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It is simply a matter of opinion if they are of benefit to you or which one to choose f you want to be a member.

Most people join because they like the sites and membership is the economical way of using them. The breakdown covers offered are better than you can get elsewhere although the CAMH is cheaper. The insurance policies are also probably the best both for cover and service but  the C&CC is usually far the cheaper. The CAMH has an excellent foreign touring option if you are willing to go abroad next year but the C&CC has apparently shut theirs although they promise something new soon but we will have to see what they come up with.

They both have a mixed bag of other offers, some seem useful, but others less so, they need checking out if you find any that interests you but I doubt they are worth joining for.

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 If you are planning to  caravan over the coming months it is interesting to read in this month's Club magazines  how many sites each has open this Autumn/Winter. The C and CC has 26 open to the end of the year, 14 of which are open all year, whilst the Caravan and Motorhome Club has 73 open until the end of the year, of which  55 are open all year.

 The figures for CSs and CLs are less clear but given the C and CC have 1400 and the CMC 2300 I guess the latter will give a better choice.

 So a much bigger network with the CMC  if that's of interest.

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I joined one of the Clubs lifetime ago when there were few options of other sites to go to, and few ways of finding them.

 

But times have changed - the internet has come along, there are hundreds of alternatives to Club sites,  all now with on line photos and reviews. 

 

If I were young and starting again I doubt if I would join a Club at all. There doesn't seem much need.

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Definitely worth joining both if you can afford it. C&CC wins on their temporary holiday sites, most of which don't require prebooking, likewise their rallies if you fancy that sort of thing. I'm less impressed with C&CC CSs and tend to use CMC more these days for the quality of their CLs, which I think may be down to the relative inspection standards.

 

Club sites are much of a muchness, but C&CC offer a 20% age discount most of the year.  Also, if you're a member long enough, you get a 50% veteran's discount on your annual fee.

 

Down to brass tacks, the magazines and discounts are worth the subs alone!

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