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Hi folks.

I'm a new member and I am slowly working my way around the forums, trying to gather as much information as possible.

I'm wondering if members tend to join one club or join multiple clubs (to take advantage of the clubs individual offers).

Are all the clubs very similar with their offer or are there clubs that stand out from the others?

Thanks for reading!

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Hi, very much down to personal choice with some not being a member of any club, some in one and others in more than one.

We joined the caravan club many years ago to use their travel insurance but now stay as members as there is a CL, small 5 van site, about 200 yds from our daughter and we attend some rallies.

 

The savings if using a club site, we have not done so for quite a while, are quite significant, I think £13 a night, and many years ago needing to use a camping and caravan club site found it far cheaper to join due to the savings.

 

Our friends, who have a MH, have just rejoined the cc so that we can do a two week rally together in June and the rally we are booked on in September will save us nearly £20 a night on the sites prices so can be very cost effective.

 

Have a happy 2021-fingers crossed!

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We belong to both to give a better selection of sites. We’re restricted to school holidays and find the C&CC sites have better availability than CMHC sites, but we prefer the fact that with the CMHC you can wander around and choose your own pitch whereas the C&CC pre-allocate your pitch at peak times.

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We have been members of the Caravan and Motorhome club for about forty years and found that the one club was all we needed. We mainly use their 5 vans sites and the insurance for going abroad and booking ferry facilities which are very good.

 

We belonged to the Caravan and Camping club for a year to gain access to a particular site we wanted to use one year but didn't join again. Which one you join is very much see which one you prefer. The big difference between the two is that the CCC charge deposits for their sites and the CMC don't. This means that the CCC often have more vacancies as people don't book lightly.

 

If you are planning to go abroad ACSI is another organisation that is a must for us.

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When we had our first tourer and our children were little we didn’t join any club, just used any site we fancied. We felt the clubs weren’t worth the money to join as they didn’t have what we were looking for, for the children.

When they grew up and left home we joined what was then the Caravan Club, and whilst we didn’t use them exclusively, we did find them useful. That’s the only club we were members of.

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We joined the C&CC in 1976 when we were tent campers and kept it going when we moved up to caravans as we were into DA meets by then. We now get veteran membership at half price and if we make it to 2026 we will be entitled to free membership.  However, apart from the occasional use of club sites and THSs we have drifted away, and IMO the average CS isn't on a par with the CMC's CLs. 

 

We joined the CMC in 1987 as our daughters wanted to try their rallies, which offered more in the way of organised entertainment and sports, but they didn't take to it and we found our local Centre to be rather cliquey. However, we decided to continue membership for club sites ,CL access and ferry bookings. These days we tend to use CLs wherever we can. 

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We have been members of both clubs for over 30 years mainly due to the quality, cost and cleanliness of the sites on offer when we joined.  However, private sites have caught up in these areas and we regularly use them as a preference as the cost of club sites is often more expensive especially during peak periods.

 

With regard to choice - we benefit from half price membership of the C&CC due to age and length of membership and they also gave members a free extension of three months during the lockdown periods imposed due to Covid.  When I contacted the C&MHC (Caravan Club) regarding subscriptions  they told me that there was no reduction for age or length of membership as they didn't want to discriminate between members and treated everyone the same.  They didn't respond when I suggested that they discriminated against parents when they raised prices substantially during school holidays.  They also refused to reveal the cost of rebranding when they changed their name for no good reason.  We have always used the C&MHC insurance for our caravan and trips abroad but, if we now had to choose, we would probably opt for the C&CC.  I feel that the C&MHC has become more of a business than a club but this is just my opinion and I know that many people enjoy the social events organised by them.

 

Many of the private sites we use offer a flat rate for accommodation regardless of season but there are, of course, many benefits to being a member of a club.

 

Good luck Dave!

 

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13 hours ago, Dave Rock said:

Are all the clubs very similar with their offer or are there clubs that stand out from the others?

 

I'm a member of both clubs.   I joined the C&CC a few years ago when I needed to use one of their sites which was close to where my daughters were staying at the time.   Since I get my Caravan Club membership free, I decided to continue with digital membership of the C&CC.   Most of the Caravan Club's sites are owned by the club, so you know the quality of the site when you book.   C&CC sites are often privately owned and consequently I've found the standard can vary.   On bookings -such as for ferries, when I've checked offers, both clubs have been identical.     Both clubs have small sites which cater for only 5 vans although the CC have by far the longest list.   Both clubs have their own travel insurance policies.   I've used the CC Red Pennant scheme for many years, and I've found them excellent.   I have no personal experience of the C&CC scheme other than that of knowing my age group rules me out of it.

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:welcome:Dave Rock, most folk join one or both of the main clubs for the reasons stated above, however if you have a hobby you may find a club with like minded people. I know that some small clubs rent a dozen or so pitches from the large clubs  at reduced rates so it may be worth looking into that side of things.  For myself the CMC does okay, nice sites and good facilities.

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We belong to both. For us it's a question location, location,location so by belonging to both Clubs we get more choice. We also use commercial sites as well but tend to use more Club sites. 

 

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We started out with camping club, mainly for access to CL sites, but a couple of years ago, we joined caravan club. Shamelessly I admit, it was to get a 4K discount on a new car.  I now maintain membership to both clubs, simply for the access to a wide range of good quality sites

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We also belong to both major clubs.  Compared to the cost of caravanning as a whole, membership fees for the year pale into insignificance and there are some good savings to be made by being members especially in respect of the Age Concession Rate applied by the C&CC (which, I guess doesn't apply to you just yet!). We're members mainly because it gives us access to a whole host of CLs and CS's - many of which are excellent.

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Hi,

We’re members of both clubs. It gives us a bigger choice of sites.

We find that the Caravan Club sites are, on the whole, better (cleaner and better facilities, better kept grass etc) but the Camping and Caravan Club sites tend to have more availability due to them charging a deposit. It’s usually difficult to book a Caravan Club site for the Bank Holidays, should you wish to do so.

The Caravan Club sites tend to cost a  tad more, though.

If you intend to use your Caravan a lot, then you will recover the membership costs by the reduction in pitch fees.

Whatever you choose, you can always change it next year.

 

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23 hours ago, Jaydug said:

 

  Most of the Caravan Club's sites are owned by the club, so you know the quality of the site when you book.   C&CC sites are often privately owned and consequently I've found the standard can vary.   

 

With the Caravan Club, they have 42  'Affiliated Sites' which are privately owned but branded as if they are Club sites.  I guess this is similar to the Camping Club which now has a few 'Franchised' sites which again are privately owned.

 

Interesting to see that the Camping Club expect a minimum investment of £400,000 towards a total cost of anything upwards of £800,000. There is an initial fee of £35,000, and the Club takes a number of annual fees such as £5,000 for marketing and £3,000 for IT services. There is also a commission of 10% of all fees collected. Minimum size of site 5 acres and 60 pitches.

 

Information here  https://www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/franchising/franchise-benefits/

 

The Caravan Club doesn't have so much information on their website about their requirements but it seems that there is an annual fee although they do not charge a commission on bookings

 

Information here https://www.caravanclub.co.uk/uk-holidays/uk-sites/affiliated-sites/becoming-an-affiliated-site/

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Over the years I have been a member of six different caravanning organisations or clubs. Currently I am a member of just two.

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On 05/03/2021 at 20:47, Dave Rock said:

Hi folks.

I'm a new member and I am slowly working my way around the forums, trying to gather as much information as possible.

I'm wondering if members tend to join one club or join multiple clubs (to take advantage of the clubs individual offers).

Are all the clubs very similar with their offer or are there clubs that stand out from the others?

Thanks for reading!

 Before joining any club ask if they pass your information on to a third party ?

left the mcc as they wouldn’t answer the question is my details passed on third party 

it’s funny that as soon as I paid my membership the junk mail started it’s a extra source of revenue for any club to pass your info on

 

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There are more than two clubs in fact there must be hundreds.

We are in the CMC for use of CLs and caravan insured with them.

Also in a specialised club the CCCf for fellowship with other Christians on rallies and Holiday rallies.

Regards, David
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WOW!

Thanks very much for all the information folks, it's really appreciated.

Is there a club that offers discounts on sites in France and Spain?

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https://www.outandaboutlive.co.uk/caravans/clubs/

Take you awhile to read through this :-)

Regards, David
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9 minutes ago, Dave Rock said:

Is there a club that offers discounts on sites in France and Spain?

For site discounts in France and Spain you need to join the ACSI but note that the discounts only apply in the low season.   Look on the web to see which sites are members.

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Hi, Not aware of any 'clubs' but as Jaydug says an ACSI card, which comes with the guide you have to buy, is a must if you are going to be abroad when it is accepted but do your homework as my research this year is showing sites that are no more expensive than they would be with ACSI.

The bulk of sites use it to appeal to campers in low season but there are some that accept the card in the peak periods.

As an example of savings our favourite Italian site costs €20 but without ACSI its near €35.

 

We are caravan club members and its possible to get very good discounts on ferry fares and when combined with a site booking, or site vouchers, the savings can be even more-we have saved over £300 a number of times when crossing with Brittany Ferries.

My quote for this year was £295 with the club and £607 direct with BF.

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9 hours ago, Allan Guest said:

 

We are caravan club members and its possible to get very good discounts on ferry fares and when combined with a site booking, or site vouchers, the savings can be even more-we have saved over £300 a number of times when crossing with Brittany Ferries.

My quote for this year was £295 with the club and £607 direct with BF.

 

Part of that saving might be because on many BF sailings, out of the main holiday season, when booked through CMC there is no charge for a caravan.  Certainly the case on the Poole to Cherbourg service which  I use all the time :D  I paid £230 return for a crossing (car +caravan) last year (for which I now have a credit note!) 

(Don’t think that deal is available on the St Malo route though :angry:)

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16 minutes ago, Mr Plodd said:

 

Part of that saving might be because on many BF sailings, out of the main holiday season, when booked through CMC there is no charge for a caravan.

Is it a condition to use an unpopular time of day?

Regards, David
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3 minutes ago, David 38 said:

Is it a condition to use an unpopular time of day?

 

Nope, on every sailing, both of which are daytime so no need for a cabin AND you can “camp” on Poole ferry terminal prior to 08:00 departure and after the 22:30 arrival from France. 

 

If you go onto the CMC website you can look at all the available sailings etc and the cost, just don’t pay at the end of the process!!

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