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I think that we all agree that how people spend their leisure time in their caravans is entirely their own business.

 

I have noticed however that, over the years, when rallies are mentioned on forums there always seems to be a majority of people that don't like them or would never go to one.

 

We go to rallies every year and that's what we enjoy. Mainly, through laziness, I sit down in say February and where necessary book the rallies for the year. (some you just need to turn up)

 

I noticed this year that several were already full. (some of them have specific maximum numbers because of safety &/or insurance reasons). One CC Centre that we use frequently had 15 of their 2009 rallies over subscribed back in February !

 

I just wondered if anybody else had noticed this and wondered why. Is it just the increase in the number of caravanners or are people seeking cheaper alternatives to commercial sites ? Is the same happening with CL's & CS's ? I'm just intrigued.

 

Bill

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I think that we all agree that how people spend their leisure time in their caravans is entirely their own business.

 

I have noticed however that, over the years, when rallies are mentioned on forums there always seems to be a majority of people that don't like them or would never go to one.

 

We go to rallies every year and that's what we enjoy. Mainly, through laziness, I sit down in say February and where necessary book the rallies for the year. (some you just need to turn up)

 

I noticed this year that several were already full. (some of them have specific maximum numbers because of safety &/or insurance reasons). One CC Centre that we use frequently had 15 of their 2009 rallies over subscribed back in February !

 

I just wondered if anybody else had noticed this and wondered why. Is it just the increase in the number of caravanners or are people seeking cheaper alternatives to commercial sites ? Is the same happening with CL's & CS's ? I'm just intrigued.

 

Bill

 

Excuse my ignorance, but we've been caravanning about 10 years, and I keep reading about "Rallies" on here, and haven't a clue what they are and how they are organised, I'm curious.

 

Please put me out of my misery and explain this activity please !

 

- Wilkie

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I think that we all agree that how people spend their leisure time in their caravans is entirely their own business.

 

I have noticed however that, over the years, when rallies are mentioned on forums there always seems to be a majority of people that don't like them or would never go to one.

 

We go to rallies every year and that's what we enjoy. Mainly, through laziness, I sit down in say February and where necessary book the rallies for the year. (some you just need to turn up)

 

I noticed this year that several were already full. (some of them have specific maximum numbers because of safety &/or insurance reasons). One CC Centre that we use frequently had 15 of their 2009 rallies over subscribed back in February !

 

I just wondered if anybody else had noticed this and wondered why. Is it just the increase in the number of caravanners or are people seeking cheaper alternatives to commercial sites ? Is the same happening with CL's & CS's ? I'm just intrigued.

 

Bill

 

Hi Bill,

We have been rallying with the Yorkshire Dales for about three years and I’d say you always see the same people. Some go to nearly all the rallies, some go to a few selected rallies, some go to nearby centres. We do the ones suitable for kids, which is about eight a year.

 

We’d like to see more young families going to rallies. The vast majority seem to be older or retired couples. I think the popular rallies do get booked early, sometimes by member from nearby centres.

 

I think people seem to think they need EHU all the time.

 

Lloyd

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Excuse my ignorance, but we've been caravanning about 10 years, and I keep reading about "Rallies" on here, and haven't a clue what they are and how they are organised, I'm curious.

 

Please put me out of my misery and explain this activity please !

 

- Wilkie

 

Wilkie

 

It is very difficult to cover in just a few words.

 

We belong to several caravan clubs most of whom run rallies. Some call them meets. They can vary enormously from just relaxing, site seeing or they can be themed.

They are invariably, but not always, on specific rally fields that don't have any facilities or electric. Not every rally/meet is to everybodies taste but I have been going to them for over 30 years and you know the ones you enjoy.

The wife and me have similar hobbies and interests so go to many of the themed meets. Nightly costs are usually from say £5 to £10 per night. Last year we had a fortnight on a cliff top site in Norfolk including EHU for £114, full price was over £240.

Very often the organisers place their vans close to the entrance so they can see any unwanted intruders so I feel there is a degree of safety and security on some meets.

I'll also found the people very helpful; and friendly. Last month a couple and their children, new to caravanning, were on a rally and didn't realise they couldn't use butane. It was less than 15 minutes before someone had found them a spare regulator and propane bottle.

 

Bill

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Hi Bill,

We have been rallying with the Yorkshire Dales for about three years and I’d say you always see the same people. Some go to nearly all the rallies, some go to a few selected rallies, some go to nearby centres. We do the ones suitable for kids, which is about eight a year.

 

We’d like to see more young families going to rallies. The vast majority seem to be older or retired couples. I think the popular rallies do get booked early, sometimes by member from nearby centres.

 

I think people seem to think they need EHU all the time.

 

Lloyd

 

Lloyd

 

I quite agree and I come in the retired category and have to say we tend to look for rallies outside of school holidays but everybody to their taste.

 

Because we go to the same type of rallies we invariably meet exactly the same people time and time again and I think we develop some form of friendship this is the reason that there are criticisms of people being a clique. It happens in all forms of activity.

 

Bill

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I'm a member of both the Caravan Club and The Camping and Caravanning Club and find that there is a difference in how the rallies are organised.

 

Its not as easy to just turn up at a Caravan Club rally as the information in the magazine requires you to phone up the organiser to get the site location details and book the rally.

 

The Camping and Caravanning club publish all the details of all the meets to be held that month in the magazine and the temporary holidays sites for the year, most of the rallies do not require you to book, you can just turn up at the site from the published details.

 

I do most of my caravanning using rally sites it gives me the freedom to tour around the UK with out Booking weeks in advance and if the weather changes I can pack up and move to an area where the weather is better, and it's very inexpensive thanks to the volunteers who man the sites.

 

I made a couple of videos about Temporary Holiday sites that might be of interest

 

 

Abergele North Wales THS

 

And a rally weekend meet

 

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In answer to the OP . .. many of our centre rallies have filled up quickly, and one I'm running for the May bank holiday was filled by the end of January, the New Year rally is also full already - these are both 40 van rallies!!

 

After a few years of only getting "late" bookings it appears that folks are now more willing to plan ahead to avoid missing out, lets hope the trend continues as it will, hopefully, encourage more folks to run one . . :)

 

To Wilkie . ... it is difficult to describe a "typical" rally, as I've yet to find one in 20 years !! They are all different and it's up to you how much you join in or not.

 

For an insight into some of what can happen have a look here . ..

 

http://www. wiltshirecentre. co. uk/rallygallery2008. html

 

and a read here . ..

 

http://www. wiltshirecentre. co. uk/Documents. ..ewsletter78. pdf

 

might not be your idea of fun you say . . but until you try it you'll never know . . :)

 

HTH

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I have been vanning for over 40 years - got the badge - and have over the years at different times been a keen or not so keen rallier.

At one time we just couldn't wait till Friday evening and getting away in the van -- sometimes as little as ten miles others up to fifty miles. .

 

There is a great sense of "belonging" when you have been on a couple - and people are looking out for you to turn up.

 

When the kids were with us it was great for them too -- to see mates who were different from school mates - and they looked forward too.

Organisation was generally different on most rallies -- some were "strict" and others lax -- but no matter what we generally had a good time - You can socialise as much as you want too -- or if you want you can park up and be alone. . It is totally up to you and how you feel.

 

With some rallies they give a Badge or token to say you have been on a particular rally -- and some people are Badge Hogs and have elaborate boards to show off their badges -- even to the extent of displaying them outside their vans. . But I suppose you get that sort in all walks of life -- not just caravaning.

 

There is a good sense of camaraderie - and you will never be "stuck" -- either on a muddy field - or if you want gas -- or any thing else for that matter -[ we forgot to take our bacon once ]- someone will help you out.

 

They are good things. .

But Like all things the dedication and desire to attend waxes and wains over time.

 

I possibly would like to start over again - but home circumstances have changed - so at this time it isn't possible.

 

If you want to go -- contact your local CC - or CCC centre and I am sure they will be able to accommodate you -- the costs are minimal - and the distances not great and you do have good fun. ..

 

Go ON - give it a go. ..

 

Maurice

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Happy to meet, Sorry to part, Happy to meet again
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I have been vanning for over 40 years - got the badge - and have over the years at different times been a keen or not so keen rallier.

At one time we just couldn't wait till Friday evening and getting away in the van -- sometimes as little as ten miles others up to fifty miles. .

 

There is a great sense of "belonging" when you have been on a couple - and people are looking out for you to turn up.

 

When the kids were with us it was great for them too -- to see mates who were different from school mates - and they looked forward too.

Organisation was generally different on most rallies -- some were "strict" and others lax -- but no matter what we generally had a good time - You can socialise as much as you want too -- or if you want you can park up and be alone. . It is totally up to you and how you feel.

 

With some rallies they give a Badge or token to say you have been on a particular rally -- and some people are Badge Hogs and have elaborate boards to show off their badges -- even to the extent of displaying them outside their vans. . But I suppose you get that sort in all walks of life -- not just caravaning.

 

There is a good sense of camaraderie - and you will never be "stuck" -- either on a muddy field - or if you want gas -- or any thing else for that matter -[ we forgot to take our bacon once ]- someone will help you out.

 

They are good things. .

But Like all things the dedication and desire to attend waxes and wains over time.

 

I possibly would like to start over again - but home circumstances have changed - so at this time it isn't possible.

 

If you want to go -- contact your local CC - or CCC centre and I am sure they will be able to accommodate you -- the costs are minimal - and the distances not great and you do have good fun. ..

 

Go ON - give it a go. ..

 

Maurice

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Why not try an owners club? We belong to the Compass Owners Club. We rally with them all over the country. The rallies start on a Thursday & finish on a Tuesday. You can attend on as many days as you wish. The two week holiday rally this year is being held in France. We also belong to the National Trust, while we are on a rally, we go and see properties in the area.

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Why not try an owners club? We belong to the Compass Owners Club. We rally with them all over the country. The rallies start on a Thursday & finish on a Tuesday. You can attend on as many days as you wish. The two week holiday rally this year is being held in France. We also belong to the National Trust, while we are on a rally, we go and see properties in the area.

 

Gerald - Quite agree with you. As well as being in the CC and C&CC we are also in an owners club and thoroughly enjoy the rallies although as they are a national owners club some of the rallies tend to be too far for a few days.

 

Bill

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We live in South Wales. We try and group rallies together. We are going to a rally in Littleborough in Lancs. in May, over to Southport for a few days then on to a rally in Kidderminster on the way back.

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I belong to a small local club covering Cambridgeshire, Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk and surrounding areas.

We never have to book and can decide, actually on the Friday if the weather's a bit iffy, whether to go or not.

Last year I managed 20 rallies and also managed to get voted onto the committee, for this year, which I'm hoping will be fun.

Several weekends get "hosted" by members who decide to do anything from a sports day or a music quiz to a spot of karaoke.

I've been roped in to help out at an 80s weekend this year which should be good (I hope), but you don't have to do anything if you don't want, and some members just turn up for a relaxing break, and why not?

As has already been said if you go regularly you can't help but make some good friends and someone will always help you out with any problem such as running out of gas, helping you pull off a muddy field if you haven't got 4WD or repairing anything that goes wrong or breaks.

I've been involved in all sorts of minor caravan repairs and modifications over the years whilst away, and that's only because I enjoy it.

Most weekends are only ever about £12 which works out reasonably cheap for a years 'vanning.

I won't plug the name of the club 'cos I don't want the "mods" after me but I will say - if you've never done it then give it a try, at least once. You might be pleasantly surprised.

Ssangyong Korando Sports SX / Adria Altea 472DS Eden

 

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If it wasn't for rallying, I would probably have got fed up with caravanning years ago - I can sit at home and read a book!! I don't mind occasionally being away without being on a rally but we wouldn't go away nearly so often.

 

We love the company and have made a lot of good friends - the more rallies you attend, the more friends you make. Winter rallies are often the most fun having socials/parties in a school or a village hall. We haven't spent New Year at home for 15 years. Summer rallies usually involve sitting around outside, glass in hand, with everyone barbecuing together. A few years ago we were in Luxemburg for a fortnight with 30 other caravans. We had a street party every night, coach trips, wine tasting at a vinyard and a river cruise. It was made all the better by being with a large group of friends.

 

We are members of the Swift Owners Club and attended 25 rallies last year and we look like attending the same this year. We are away for over 4 weeks during the summer holidays taking in 5 weekend rallies and staying at sites in between.

 

Rallying may not suit everyone but the company and the relative cheapness make it well worth a try. The more you attend, the better it gets. Don't be afraid - you will be made very welcome especially by the Swift Owners Club who accepts anyone with a caravan that is a brand owned by the Swift Group. http://www. swift-owners-club. com

 

See you on the rally field!!

Bessacarr 645 towed by a BMW X5 Sport (Diesel 23mpg towing 35mpg solo) - I also have a Diesel Toyota Yaris Automatic in an attempt to be a bit green - it's doing over 70mpg on a good run. Shame it won't tow the caravan!!

Happy Caravanning! (& Happy Rallying too!)

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At the risk of getting loads of flak, my view of rallies is it's for the older generation, SORRY.

 

I don't mean to offend anyone and I'm glad some people enjoy their rallies, I just can't see the attraction for younger people/couples.

 

I prefer to use the caravan as a base and get out and about and have somewhere like home to back to in the evening and relax, not standing about in a field or school hall chatting and having bbqs or playing games.

 

I've been asked to join centres/clubs but they've been way outside my age group (there's only so long I can speak about the weather or caravans) plus there was the guy who was chairman of a Scottish centre who was much too interested in my young daughter!

 

My wife will never go on one so we'll stick to our own thing thanks.

 

Remember, this is just my opinion and I don't mean to generalise, I just seen enough to put me off.

 

After all that, I do agree that if you are thinking about it you should give it a go to see if it's your cup of tea.

 

<Ducks for cover> ;)

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At the risk of getting loads of flak, my view of rallies is it's for the older generation, SORRY.

 

I don't mean to offend anyone

 

Why be sorry - you'll be the older generation soon enough! ;)

 

And no offence taken :lol::lol::lol:

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I cant see that -- as it has been the reverse for us -- we loved going away for the week-ends some 15-20 years ago but over the years we have felt less inclined to do so. .

 

Initially we had the children and it was a great adventure for them -- and us as well - as there is nothing better than children enjoying them selves.

When the children didn't want to go 14 -15 ish then we got less and less inclined to "dash and pack" -- and this is after some 10 years or so --

 

Now we confine our selves to going by ourselves for the week end -- may be to a CC site -- and yes we do rally -- we have been on a few with T&T but they are not the same when you are older. . you Just want peace and quiet.

 

Rallies are great fun and you meet some very nice people -- just like real life in-fact. .

 

Maurice

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At the risk of getting loads of flak, my view of rallies is it's for the older generation, SORRY.

 

I don't mean to offend anyone and I'm glad some people enjoy their rallies, I just can't see the attraction for younger people/couples.

 

I prefer to use the caravan as a base and get out and about and have somewhere like home to back to in the evening and relax, not standing about in a field or school hall chatting and having bbqs or playing games.

 

I've been asked to join centres/clubs but they've been way outside my age group (there's only so long I can speak about the weather or caravans) plus there was the guy who was chairman of a Scottish centre who was much too interested in my young daughter!

 

My wife will never go on one so we'll stick to our own thing thanks.

 

Remember, this is just my opinion and I don't mean to generalise, I just seen enough to put me off.

 

After all that, I do agree that if you are thinking about it you should give it a go to see if it's your cup of tea.

 

<Ducks for cover> ;)

 

Univega

 

You are correct that there does seem to be a lack of younger people on rallies/meets but I think that there is also a lack of younger people who own caravans although there is some evidence on sales that this is changing maybe due to the current credit crunch.

 

I am retired now but have been rallying since I was in my 20's with two young children. It started because it was all we could afford. When we started going abroad regularly we still kept the van. I used to travel the world in my job so holidays abroad were always a bit flat for me especially that I had to travel 'economy' with the family !!

 

My opening thread wasn't trying to promote rallies but merely an observation that attendance has struggled over the last few years but more recently some of the bookable ones are oversubscribed and I was interested why.

 

If I was a selfish person (!!!!!) I would hope more people went onto commercial sites which would give me more scope on the rallies and meets !!

 

Bill

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Me and my husband are new to rallies and before we joined we had the same view as most that it's full of old people just standing around talking all day and you haven't got any freedom. Having joined the Camping and Caravanning Club Somerset DA in August to see what it was like my mind was totally changed. We had all the freedom to go and do what we wanted with our toddler, had all the space to let him run around with the added bonus that you knew there were extra eyes on him just in case he ran to another caravan. We're in our 20's and although we are the youngest adults in our DA at the moment we still find it really welcoming and fantastic. There are lots of activities if you did want to join in.

 

I've just started re-advertising the rallys as a great place for beautiful babies up to gorgeous great grandparents to enjoy touring. I've even added a Facebook page for all the younger generation to have a look at what we do. I really don't think people realise what these rallies are about.

 

For anyone new and reading this and wanting to know more either go to www. somersetda. co. uk or even look for "Camping and Caravanning Club Somerset District Association" on Facebook and you'll find us. Last year on the August bank holiday weekend, when you would expect to pay around £36 a night for most sites, we paid only £24 for the whole weekend!!!

 

Need I say more - ROLL ON THE NEXT RALLY!!! :D

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The more I read about rallies the more I want to try one. I have joined the Suffolk CC Centre this year and will certainly go on a rally where there is EHU available. My other half won't even consider going without EHU in case the battery runs flat. Being more adventurous I would give it a go - after all you can always come home if it happens and you can't cope without lights. Every thing else will work on gas anyway.

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The more I read about rallies the more I want to try one. I have joined the Suffolk CC Centre this year and will certainly go on a rally where there is EHU available. My other half won't even consider going without EHU in case the battery runs flat. Being more adventurous I would give it a go - after all you can always come home if it happens and you can't cope without lights. Every thing else will work on gas anyway.

 

Very few weekend rallies will be on EHU facilities, most holiday rallies are.

 

If you can't last 2 nights (Fri, Sat) and 2 days (1/2 Friday, Sat, 1/2 Sun) without running out of battery life, then I'm afraid either your electrics need sorting, or your priorities on how you use them do !!!

 

We have gone over 5 days without EHU, Solar panel, generator, spare battery . .. ie just the one 110 A/Hr battery . .. all it does is lights, water and radio/cd player !!!

 

If you are that worried you won't enjoy the break, and you'll miss out on a major part of the fun of caravanning . . ie . . rallies . . :)

 

Just my views . . nowt else . . :)

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I'm a member of both the Caravan Club and The Camping and Caravanning Club and find that there is a difference in how the rallies are organised.

 

Its not as easy to just turn up at a Caravan Club rally as the information in the magazine requires you to phone up the organiser to get the site location details and book the rally.

 

The Camping and Caravanning club publish all the details of all the meets to be held that month in the magazine and the temporary holidays sites for the year, most of the rallies do not require you to book, you can just turn up at the site from the published details.

 

I do most of my caravanning using rally sites it gives me the freedom to tour around the UK with out Booking weeks in advance and if the weather changes I can pack up and move to an area where the weather is better, and it's very inexpensive thanks to the volunteers who man the sites.

 

I made a couple of videos about Temporary Holiday sites that might be of interest

 

 

Abergele North Wales THS

 

And a rally weekend meet

 

 

Hi I'm writing this from Dale Hey Farm. i've just watched the hog roast video You posted. My family were all on it. ......lol That was the first roast anji and don did and it was fantastic. It's a shame there wont be anymore now most members have split away from North Lancs. They have formed there own club which is going from strength to strength.

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The more I read about rallies the more I want to try one. I have joined the Suffolk CC Centre this year and will certainly go on a rally where there is EHU available. My other half won't even consider going without EHU in case the battery runs flat. Being more adventurous I would give it a go - after all you can always come home if it happens and you can't cope without lights. Every thing else will work on gas anyway.

 

Although we are in the Norfolk CC Centre we go to several of the Suffolk Centre rallies each year but as mentioned most don't have EHU's but as also mentioned it is not difficult in the Summer to go a few days on the battery only.

 

If you haven't done so look at the Suffolk Centre website it's one of the best but again several of the rallies are already shown as full for this year.

 

Bill

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when you are older. . you Just want peace and quiet.

 

 

:D Each to his own but please speak for yourself!!!!! I may be growing old but I refuse to grow up! We have ralliers from families with small children (admittedly not a large number) through to 70s and a few even older. We can all enjoy the fun on any rally be it a relatively quiet weekend through to partying four nights in a row at New Year.

 

I fully intend to grow old disgracefully! Peace and quiet - bah humbug!! No offence to anyone but it's not for me.

 

:D

Bessacarr 645 towed by a BMW X5 Sport (Diesel 23mpg towing 35mpg solo) - I also have a Diesel Toyota Yaris Automatic in an attempt to be a bit green - it's doing over 70mpg on a good run. Shame it won't tow the caravan!!

Happy Caravanning! (& Happy Rallying too!)

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