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Hello All,

 

I am a complete newbie when it comes to caravanning, in fact we haven't even got our first caravan yet.

 

I've been ploughing through forums, visiting caravan dealers and asking friends who have caravans to try and get the basic information we will need and have got the answers to most of my queries.

But, I haven't found a good answer to this one. What are the differences between the two clubs and why do we even have two clubs.

 

I've tried searching these forums but haven't found a duplicate thread, if there is one I apologise and would be grateful if you can point me to it.

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Try here http://www. caravantalk. org. uk/topic/53768-cc-or-ccc/ if you look through the rest of the clubs and assosciation part of the forum you will finds loads on each club.

 

Edit Ooops Barry, typing at same time :)

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http://www. caravanta. ..__1#entry518298

 

Try here

 

Oops you both beat me to it. :):(

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Hi and welcome. ...

 

Amazed you can't find a duplicate thread as it is one of the most often asked questions on ALL caravanning forums!.........even beats what type of toilet paper should be used. ....therefore asked about once a month! Try the search engine here. .often CC is used for Caravan Club and C&CC for the other. .

 

What type of Caravanning ae you looking for?? Are you looking for Rallies or tip-top sites or a club that allows Camping as well ( Thats the main difference. ..the tents)..........Many forum members have been or still in both as there are very different styles of 'management'...both I must say pretty efficient . ...

 

I'm sure someone will be along shortly and give you the reference points for searching. ..

 

cheers

 

 

geoff

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Thank you for the links, considering I write web and Windows applications for a living you'd think I would know how to do a simple search on a forum!

 

What type of Caravanning ae you looking for?? Are you looking for Rallies or tip-top sites or a club that allows Camping as well

Definitely not considering camping, that's just organised homelessness!

 

We will try to get away somewhere just about every weekend and go for longer trips about three times a year.

We want to go to the Hungarian Grand Prix in July next year and the Belgian one at Spa in August. Not sure if UK clubs will much help for those trips though.

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http://www. caravanclub. co. uk/join-us/benefits/?gclid=CNGp88upk6sCFQULfAodDkvZww

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http://www. campingandcaravanningclub. co. uk/

 

Have a read of both and join both same as I did for a while.

 

I am now a member of the C & CC but was in the CC for over 20 years.

 

I have also belonged to two other small private clubs who have about 12/14 Meets or Rallies a year.

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There is no best but some differences. The majority of CC sites only take caravans and trailer tents with a few exceptions, eg Brighton, which also take tents. The C&CC take both caravans and tents on their sites hence the name Caravan & Camping Club. Some people are members of both and some prefer one or the other or none, only you will know which suits you. Check out their web pages to see where their sites are, cost, amenities etc. I suggest you try both. The C&CC tends to allocate you a specific pitch, the CC lets you chose any that are vacant on a site. I have used both in the past but personnally prefer CC so now use them but there is nothing wrong with the C&CC. I just didn't want to pay for both memberships. You get people who swear that the one they are in is the only one worth having but I think both are good in their own way. As I said, only you can decide whats for you and to do that you need to try both. You don't have to be a member to use most of both clubs sites, you just pay a bit extra.

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We are CC members. .. But mostly for CL's which are cheap and usually quiet. . CC&C have CS's which are the same basically.

 

As for GP's they usually have campsites set up specifically for the event. Monza actually have a brilliant campsite just outside the circuit and walking distance from town with the most amazing hole in the wall pizzaria. You will have to check to see if it is a temp site within the circuit or just outside and if you need to pre-book the site. Monza is a first come first served site but is quite large and getting on site is not a problem. . Well it is OK for World Superbike rounds there.

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Hi and welcome. ...

 

Amazed you can't find a duplicate thread as it is one of the most often asked questions on ALL caravanning forums!.........even beats what type of toilet paper should be used. ....therefore asked about once a month!

 

 

geoff

 

I don't think it matters much if the same questions keep getting asked as helpful regulars seem to take a pleasure in racing to be the first to steer you in the right direction and anyway there is turnover in the CT membership so new answers also get given.

 

We joined both CC and C&CC when we took up caravanning 4 years ago. We found from experience that we preferred the standard of the CC sites to that of the C&CC sites (which I think are more varied) and in my view the more specialist CC provides better technical back-up services. I also found the C&CC sites book a nightmare to use as it is organised according to OS Map sheets and mixes up club sites, certificated sites and commercial sites in a way I find very confusing. The CC sites book based on countries and counties suits me better.

 

I think the CC has more certificated locations than the C&CC has certificated sites if that is a factor for the OP.

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I am not a member of either, but a member of a local club!

 

advantages;- go to local sites / rallies, meet local caravaners with local knowledge!smile.gif

 

disadvantages don't get discount's at some shops (towsure etc)mad.gif

 

as I drive for a living I don't generally want to go to far anyway. ....... busman's holiday etc

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One thing to bear in mind is pitch availability. Will you be able to book months in advance or will you want to book last minute? Because the C&CC charge a deposit it's sometimes easier to get on a site with them at the last minute than on a CC site where deposits aren't charged.

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One thing to bear in mind is pitch availability. Will you be able to book months in advance or will you want to book last minute? Because the C&CC charge a deposit it's sometimes easier to get on a site with them at the last minute than on a CC site where deposits aren't charged.

That's something to take into consideration for us, we do tend to decide where we are going at the last minute, with hotels this usually means very good rates, although not as good a caravan sites.

 

 

 

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We've belonged to both for several years, and I like the diversity that you get from the mix.

 

Both clubs work hard on behalf of caravan and motorhome owners, and campers in general - so why not join both for a year or two and see which one you like best . . and if you can afford a caravan or or motorhome, you can probably afford £30 to discover which you prefer . . !

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We belong to the C&CC.

 

I just looked at a CC site in Southport and its booked up at weekends for 2 months, so we won't be joining the CC.

 

I don't know if people abuse the no-deposit idea and book just in case, only to cancel as the date grows nearer ??

 

 

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Caravan Club (CC) has about 220 of it's own sites with about half open to members only and over 2500Cl's ( small 5 five van independant sites of variable standard licensed by the club for members only ) , the standard of it's sites is consistently high over the whole network, it provides every service that a caravanner could need and all the services are comparable with the best of service that you can find anywhere. When you arrive at a club site you book in and pay your fees, no deposits are taken so the whole fee is paid at this time, you are then given information about the site and are told to go go and have a look at the pitches available ( all empty pitches are available ) choose one, set up and then let the wardens know where you have gone. Should you decide for whtever reason that you need to leave before the date that you have paid till, you can inform the wardens that you are leaving and will receive a refund of all fees for the days that you have paid for but will not be staying for.

 

Camping and Caravanning Club (CCC) has about 110 sites of it's own a handful (6 at the last count ) of which are members only and a network of about 1000 CS's ( like CL's ), the standard of the sites over the whole network is of a more variable standard with the best sites comparing favourably with the CC sites. It also provides a full range of high quality services for the caravanner that are just as good as those provided by the CC. When you arrive at a club site you book in and pay the remainder of your fees ( a deposit will be taken when you book which if you cancel more than 7 days in advance you get back, within 7 days you lose ), the warden will decide where you are to pitch and will escort you to it and ensure that you have pitched precisely as he requires. Should you need to leave for any reason the fees that you have paid will be forfeit ( though in some circumstances by special request to head office giving circumstances and doctors notes be placed on account for you to use in the rest of the year )

 

I have been a member of the CC for 19 years and have never regretted it, I have been a member of the CCC on two occasion in the last four years and have on both occasions resigned it just did not suit me. I know of a lot of people who like and use the CCC so I would suggest that it is worthwhile joining both clubs and seeing which one suits your purpose best

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I was a member of both but in the North East there isn't many c&cc sites and we did like the way they decided a pitch for you so we are only ccc members. Give both a try and see which one if any you like best, you may find better c&cc sites in your area. Both clubs are very good

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We are in both & will continue to be. Both have good points & bad points & we've found neither to be better or worse than the other. We just like to have the widest choice as we tend to pick a place to go, then look for sites in that area & pick which ever is closest, has space or is recommended by friends. We've stayed on both this year & a commercial & found all 3 about the same.

I refer you to the Rt Hon Member for the 19th Century.....................pictured just to the left of your screen..................

 

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Until yesterday we were members of both clubs. I have now resigned from the Caravan Club as in the past 3 years I have only ever been able to get onto one of their sites 3 times on dates to suit me. I refuse to book months in advance - had a lifetime being a slave to the working diary and refuse to do that in retirement.

 

Here in the south every weekend is booked out solid for months in advance on CC sites. Much easier to find a C&CC site slot when I want one so have voted with my feet!!

 

Alan

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Until yesterday we were members of both clubs. I have now resigned from the Caravan Club as in the past 3 years I have only ever been able to get onto one of their sites 3 times on dates to suit me. I refuse to book months in advance - had a lifetime being a slave to the working diary and refuse to do that in retirement.

 

Here in the south every weekend is booked out solid for months in advance on CC sites. Much easier to find a C&CC site slot when I want one so have voted with my feet!!

 

Alan

We've never had a problem booking with C&CC - we book early for some hols, but availability is generally good.

 

Hope you manage to get more trips in !

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We've never had a problem booking with C&CC

 

 

Does this suggest C&CC pitches/sites are simply less popular or less in demand than CC ones? If so why might that be?

 

Or is there something else about the C&CC set up which makes late availability more likely?

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Does this suggest C&CC pitches/sites are simply less popular or less in demand than CC ones? If so why might that be?

 

Or is there something else about the C&CC set up which makes late availability more likely?

 

We use both clubs and commercial sites with the C&CC you have to pay a deposit as most commercial sites do so people use the CC because they don't have to pay deposits hence CC sites get booked up. Some people say the C&CC sites are not as good as the CC but in my opinion there are good and not so good sites in both clubs

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Does this suggest C&CC pitches/sites are simply less popular or less in demand than CC ones? If so why might that be?

 

Or is there something else about the C&CC set up which makes late availability more likely?

 

Not too sure you can draw any comparisons or draw any conclusions from two completely different booking rules

 

For me there seems to be too much an issue placed by a few on the C&CC deposits. ....but if you're like me when you book a site and you have fairly good intentions of actually turning up, then the deposit I just don't see as being any issue.

 

If you need to change your plans, then you can easily get a refund or adjust your booking, if more than 7 days ahead. It's all very simple, indeed !

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We just reviewed our first camping summer and concluded that CCC was a complete waste of time.

 

Site book they send is a nightmare - all mixed up and hard to follow (including their wrong way round maps and changing symbols depending on type of site). On line is poor with no links to websites and almost no info on site.

 

Site choice is poor, did not find any sites where we wanted to be, they always seemed a bit away from where you want to be. So on our four trips this year did not use CCC at all. So saved nothing on site fees.

 

The magazine is rubbish with such highlights as someone listing the uses for clothes pegs (which included pinning notes to friends guy ropes).

 

Rallies looked a bit of a joke with pics of people marching along with flags !

 

So we will not bother with them in the future.

 

Desperately trying to think of a good thing about them to close on a positive. Err. ..

 

Well my dad goes square dancing with them and has fun.

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