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I have never been on a caravan rally.

 

I would love to hear members views however. Do you love them or is it something that you would never consider?

 

I once saw a scottish club caravan rally (the flags were a giveaway) on a separate field on the same site that we were on. I did feel at the time that having these huge flag poles and all the vans in a circle did remind me a bit of the old cowboy and indian films.

 

Perhaps cos they were scots in england they were playing 'Braveheart' or something. They also didn't seem to mix with anyone else on the site. Is this rally etiquette? (Not sure of spelling.)

 

So lets have your views.

 

 

Pete :)

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We have been caravanning since 1993, and until the end of last year we rallied regularly with the Compass Owners Club, and we loved it. We made dozens of new friends and visited parts of the country we probably would nevr have visited otherwise.

When we first started I was skeptical about the whole affair, but once we started to get to know people, we were hooked. The Compass Owners Club rallies are generally easy going, friendly affairs, with around 15-20 vans attending.

To be honest its not everyones cup of tea, and from what we have been told some clubs are better than others, but if you think it might be fun, give it a try - at very worst you will have had a cheap weekend.

 

Happy caravanning.

 

PS We now have a Bailey so can't attend the Compass Owners Club rallies.

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We went on a "meet" with the campsiteuk. co. uk and got virtually ignored the whole weekend everyone else seemed to already know each other

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I personally have not gone on a rally but been on lots of caravan sites with rallies there the ralliers all seem to be enjoying themselves but the caravanners who are not part of the rally seem to be pushed to oneside in what seems to be your not part of our rally so you dont count attitude I found there behaviour to be rude & insular

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I personally have not gone on a rally but been on lots of caravan sites with rallies there  the ralliers all seem to be enjoying themselves but the caravanners who are not part of the rally seem to be pushed to oneside in what seems to be your not part of our rally so you dont count attitude I found there behaviour to be rude & insular

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The only 'rally' I have ever been on was the one Pete. B ran last year for members of this site - and I really enjoyed it - but I have to say that I expect that unless you are part of the actual 'rally' you cannot expect to join in their activities !

 

Margaret

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I don't do technical !!!

Just me and my showdogs!!

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We went on our first rally on the New Year weekend and we met lots of pleasant helpful people. The downside was the organiser arranged various "games" and expected you to take part whether you liked it or not. One of the games involved looking into every one else's caravan for a clue that you were supposed to place in the front window. We made it quite clear that we would not participate as we prefered our privacy but others still came to peep in the front window for the "clue". Needless to say we never renewed my membership with that club. We don't think it the invasion of your privacy "game" was intentional, just a lack of fore thought. One or two others also voiced their disapproval but did nothing about it.

The other thing is that they hand out little plaques to comemerate your attendance at the rally so you can display it in your van???? We certainly don't want to brag where we have been as we went there to meet the other people who have a similar interest to us and enjoy ourselves. What is the big deal if you attend one or a hundred rallies? That is all the memory we need.

Having said all the above we are off on two rallies in early march with the Worcestershire Caravan Club and they have made it quite clear that all they want is your attendance and if you want to gap it off somewhere else for the day that bis not a problem. If you do not want to participare in any games no problem. We have also booked for the ukcs national rally at Lickhill Park in Stourport on Severn in June. We are looking forward to these rallies and we will judge them as they happen. You will never know if you like rallying until you have tried rallying with a few different clubs. One club may not be your cup oif tea but another may be what you have always been looking for. Us, we just like meeting people, having a chat and perhaps a few drinks and a BBQ. :)

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. ...... You will never know if you like rallying until you have tried rallying with a few different clubs. One club may not be your cup oif tea but another may be what you have always been looking for.   Us, we just like meeting people, having a chat and perhaps a few drinks and a BBQ. :)

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I think you have just about hit it on the head here - I've been rallying for many many years and it was, and is the kids that encouraged us more than anything else.

It's not often that they can make friends on a caravan site and see the same friends again & again.

It does take time to get to know people and for them to get to know you, but once this hurdle is over, many long lasting friendships will be made.

The only way to know, is to try it, but not just once!

 

Martin W

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www.pennplanning.co.uk

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Whilst we are not avid ralliers partly due to the time factor we have been on several Coachman owners club rallies. We have thoroughlly enjoyed them and have met some grand people and made good friends. We have been on one CC National which is probably not a fair assessment as it is so large a rally.

We would go on more Coachman rallies but my partner often has to work Saturday morning which can make it impractical

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As a regular rallier (every other weekend from end of Feb), i find the comments some people make rather insulting, so lets get some FACTS right:

 

Firstly, clubs DO NOT run rallies, centres do. The caravan club does not particularly like rallies, nor endorse them for that matter, as they make little or no revenue from them. Rallies are organised and run by members, on a voluntary basis. One centre can differ enormously from another. In my centre (Cheshires), you can or cannot join in as you see fit. But they will go out of their way to make you feel welcome. I have made friends from rallying, and so have my children. As for joining in, i find it a tad annoying when people from sites think they can just wander over, and then complain because ralliers can be a bit off-ish. THATS THE POINT!!!! I don't want to spend my caravan life always hooked to mains, always on a site with this amenity and that amenity, i enjoy the simpleness of rallies. Which means i dont want someone from a site, who has no interest except to nose, coming over spoiling my rally. I AM courteous to anyone whatsoever, but if im on a rally, i have chose that rally because of A: the officers running it, so i know what to expect. B: the people attending, i know them or most of them and trust them accordingly, and C: i dont like sites. Whats the point of a van if you just plonk it on a site every time. Why not just hire a chalet and save the bother of towing? Because some people like to tow, fare enough. And some people like sites, fare enough.

 

But dont condemn me because i may be a bit more adventurous and not expect all the trimmings handed to me on a plate at a site.

 

And i defy ANYONE to come along to a Cheshire rally and not enjoy it. It's just a case of choosing the right rally.

 

I'll bet the rally fee on it.

 

Oh (shameless bit of self promotion), im (co) running my first rally this year, to try and give something back to the centre. It's over the first May bank holiday, and will be in Caernarvon, Cily Bont (Spelling???). All are welcome.

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Here Lenny, I don't think anyone meant to put rallying down to any great extent. I certainly didn't.

 

You say you are running your first rally - brilliant, I wish more would!

 

For myself, I have spent the last eight years on the Bucke Centre committee in various guises including rally secretary - I know how hard it can be to be criticised!!!

 

Keep the faith

 

Martin W (Wonky)

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We are going on our first proper rally next weekend.

 

We are going with Northumberland Centre and are hoping that it will be the first of many.

 

There is just the three of us (me, hubby and 10 year old son) and what we are looking to get out of rallying is to meet up with people for a drink in the evening and for our son to meet up with other children but if we want to do our own thing during the day.

 

We got the rally book a couple of weeks ago and they have occasional sports rallies which I am looking forward to. It should be a bit of a laugh (from what I can work out it is nothing more energetic than quoits etc (thank goodness :D )

 

Helen

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We have attended many over the years, though not many since the mid 80's . . more or less all Caravan Club & LandRover club . .

 

Generally, its up you what happens, make yourself known and you will be welcomed, sit in the van and dont mix, you'll be left alone .

 

Beware if youve got teenage kids . . if they get hooked you will jhave to attend many cos thats where their friends will be . . lots of club marraiages take place . . veryfew 'shotgun' . . my brother, myself and many of our friends found our nearest & dearest at rallies . . much the majority still married and still caravaning

 

 

We stopped going to rallies when they got very big, but maybe start again this coming year as I think they may be smaller now.

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As a regular rallier (every other weekend from end of Feb), i find the comments some people make rather insulting, so lets get some FACTS right:

 

Firstly, clubs DO NOT run rallies, centres do.

 

Lenny, please do not get insulted by what I am about to say, I say it tongue in cheek. ...

 

But you have got the facts wrong !!! ;)

 

Centres certainly do run rallies, but SO DO CLUBS. ... Owners CLUBS to be precise. ...

 

So there is more choice than some people would believe, whilst I am sure that the big two (CC and C&CC) are probably the most attended, the smaller owners clubs offer just as must (IMHO), as one of the earlier posts highlights if you don;t like the 'in-crowd' in one doesn't mean there isn't another group waiting with open arms to have you as a member. ....

 

We have only ever rallied with the wonderfull www. aaocc. org. uk (or in English) the All Avondale owners caravan CLUB, and have enjoyed our 10 or 11 rallies to date, from the first rally to the last we have been made welcome, invited to join in with events when we wanted to, and left to our own devises when we wanted to. ... all without pressure. .....

 

My recommendation is therefore if you haven't tried one give it a go, especially if you have joined one of the big clubs for other reasons (insurance, cheap sites etc.) then why not go along to a rally. ... don't like it, leave, or don't go again. ...

 

my t'pennies worth. ....

 

(See Lenny I agree with you :P )

 

Mike

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I have been on a few rallies, some good, some not so good, some brilliant. They don't make you join in, however they have always tried to make us welcome. :)

 

A couple of rallies that we have been to, (one at Northumberland, with the CC South Yorkshire Centre and one at Norfolk with the Yorkshire Pennine centre), we went just to see the area, and loved the rallies and the areas. :D

 

We went to one for New Year, with UK Camp Site. co. uk, (well Clair's) and it was brilliant, she went out of her way to make everyone more than welcome. :D:D

 

Most rallies (not all) try to make you welcome but if they sense that you would sooner be left alone, they will.

 

But try a few, before you judge, our first was $%^&&* but it was the only one that had that effect.

 

we tend to do more CL's now

 

Just my opinion Paul

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you misunderstood me lenny I did not want to join in any activities to do with the rally I was just on the same site when they was there Iwill give you an instance of there rudeness & insular behaviour it rained allnight & some of there pitches was flooded so they moved there caravans 4 feet from mine pulled my hookup out when I went for a meal & plugged there caravans in when I asked what was going on & who told them you could do that they said there rally organiser "wonderful attitude" I could go on but choose not to as I am sounding miserable but I am very happy go lucky at least thats what the psychiatrist said whos treating me for madness haha :lol::lol::lol:

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Owner club rallies are probably the more difficult ones to participate in as they are generally national whereas the centre clubs like the Caravan Club and Camping and Caravan club will mainly comprise of people from your surrounding district and most rallies will be within easy travelling distance. I used to belong to the Lunar club but could only attend one or two rallies a year. Same applied to the Volvo club, but with the CC centre I can go just about every weekend if I so wished. I am not too fussed on sites without electric hook up as why should I spend x amount on a caravan with electrics only to use it on non electric fields.

And before I get shot down in flames, in Africa I used to live in a caravan in the wilds with no electric but gas for months on end with a shopping trip into the nearest town which was about 3 hours drive once a month to replenish our stocks including liquid refreshment. Even the lights where gas lamps and the freezer on the fridhe was only big enought to hold a small packet of meat. Fresh water was taken from the river, filtered and then boiled before you could drink it in order to kill bilharzia. Food was always cooked on an open fire in order to preserve the gas for lighting in the evenings.

That is camping and not going to some safe level field that probably has a tarmac drive. I could go on and on. Just in case some one is wondering, this post is not intended to slag off any one as every one has their own ideas on how to enjoy themselves and whether you like electric or not, rallies or not the whole idea is to get out there and enjoy the wonderful country that we live in. :)

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:lol: You obviously saw a Scottish Caravan Club Rally (Cowboys & Indians).

 

We are experienced ralliers in the South East.

 

Yes. Caravan Club rallies are run a bit on boy scout lines having a flag pole and organised meetings at the beginning and end of the rally with or without events/meals etc during the wekend. All activities are optional - up to you.

 

It depends which Club Centre you rally with. You said they never mixed outside their group. WEll, some of them never talk to each other within the group. If you're on in the clique you can be lonely.

 

We started rallying in 1999 and by 2000 had decided to give up. However at our last planned rally we made a group of friends and that was the beginning of a long series of enjoyable rallying (its a cheap weekend) with our local centre and in a small independent club, and foreign touring in the company of friends.

 

There are many small clubs like owners clubs and works clubs, but if you want to try it The Caravan Club has a vast range of rallies (register with a centre and you can go to anybody's rally nationwide) or if you like more informal rallies you might like to look into the Camping & Caravan Club.

 

On balance rallying is a great way to get weekends away in locations you would never be able to visit privately.

 

So our advice is to join a club and give it a go.

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I HAVE ONLY BEEN TO ONE RALLY/MEET AND THATS WITH UKCS, WE WENT TO TO DUNNIKIER IN FIFE, IT WAS BRILLIANT FUN EVEN THE FOLKS THAT RUN THE SITE AND PEOPLE IN SEASONAL PITCHES CAME OVER TO JOIN US ON THE SAT NIGHT. I WAS EVEN SURPRISED TO SEE A FAMILY FROM BIRMINGHAM THERE AND WHILE TALKING TO THEM THEY TOLD ME THAT THEY COME UP TO ALL THE SCOTTISH MEETS. ALTHOUGH IT WAS MY FIRST MEET I MADE AN EFFORT TO CHAT TO EVERYONE AND GET TO KNOW THEM, EVERYONE WAS SO FRIENDLY AND THERE WAS NO LITTLE CLIQUES. ON THE FRIDAY NIGHT EVERYONE HELPED EACH OTHER AS THEY ARRIVED TO SET UP IF IT WAS TENTS,THEN WE ALL MET IN THE GAZEBBO FOR A DRINK AND AND A CHAT,ON SATURDAY THERE WAS GAMES ETC ORGANISED FOR THE KIDS AND AT NIGHT A BBQ, QUIZ, BINGO,RAFFLE AND A SINGSONG. NO ONE HAS TO TAKE PART AND PEOPLE COME AND GO TO WHATEVER THEY WANT TO . I PERSONALLY WOULDNT GO ON A MEET AND NOT JOIN IN, BUT EACH TO THEIR OWN I GUESS.

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I bet when they marched in to Poland their excuse was, "Sorry, we're looking for the tap, where can we fill up our Aquaroll ?" ;)

 

Never been on a rally myself, being something of a misanthrope - the thought of sitting around discussing awnings and drinking tea would be my idea of Purgatory. I prefer quiet CL's and long walks with the dog.

 

If there was a rally on a site I was at, I would do them the courtesy of wandering over, saying hello, and seeing what it was like.

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I been on quite a few organized by another site and the are totally informal so great IMHO ;) but organized and being a newbie doesn't appeal to me really but who knows. :blink:

 

One day I'll give the CC rally a go in the summer as we can only like it or hate it and it's only a weekend :lol:

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I have been rallying since the rip old age of 2 with my grandparents and parents. I now have a family of my own, including a six year old boy, who thinks it is great.

 

It's a great way to get away without having to travel miles and miles from home and to be in a nice friendly environment. I have been rallying with my family for the past 2 years, the first year people were friendly but we were on our own a bit but now we have stuck at it we have a fantastic circle of friends.

 

It is also nice to be able to open the caravan door and let my boy out knowing he is safe in the confines of the rally field.

 

The organised social events are great, and it's nice to be away from work and socialising with others from various backgrounds, of different ages and all for about £12 for the weekend.

 

Rallying is GREAT give it a go.

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We have been on quite a few rallies and enjoy having the company of other adults, as do our children.

 

I personally don't see the point of going on a rally and not joining in, ???

 

That said its not compulsary.

 

Its a fact of life that some peeps get on better with some than others.

 

I have been to about 5 or 6 rallies with UKCS (or meets as they prefer to call them) and enjoyed them all. The person who made the comment 'I was ignored' should have been more proactive, gone round, introduced themself, put their screen name in the window of their unit etc. I am quite shocked at this comment as they are a really friendly bunch.

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UKCS. ....Seem a good bunch on-line.

Had a meet booked with them to York but had to cancel.

It would have been our first rally with them.

I think meets that are run by forums are a very good option.

You can meet the people you chat with on-line. ..face to face and any preconceived ideas of that person may be proved wrong.

We have only been on 3 centre rallies, to the same place with the same centre.

It was only the last rally that people talked to us at any length. :unsure:

There is definitely some club within a club attitude with some. ..clubs. :rolleyes:

We are attending our first rally with touringandtenting. com to Buxton and looking forward to it immensely.

Any plans for a formal CT2 rally or even informal CT2 meets?

:D

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