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Hi,

 

Been using a caravan for years from my parent and have had our own for a couple of years now but not joined either of the caravanning clubs.

 

In your opinion which is better for a family of 5 with a 5 year old and 3 year old twins?????

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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 1500 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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Is it just me, or is there a trend with the new/improved Caravan Club Sites that there is more and more 'hard standing' and less and less grass?

Personally I would rather not caravan in what is effectively a car park with a few bits of grass for cosmetic effect!..... But I do prefer the predictable quality of services on their sites.

 

Maybe it is just me!!

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One thing I might add is that with the C&CC you can also make use of weekend meets where you just turn up, no booking, it means that if a good weekend weather report comes along and you are free, you have somewhere to go.

Also, there are temporary holiday sites in ares where you would not normally be able to afford, or book in advance. As Bill Lord says the C. C. usually have nicer sites. I am in both because I like to keep my options open. Regards Peter. :rolleyes:

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I'm a member of both, this is necessitated by our love of Black Knowl CC site, and the magazine isn't too bad for the fee, and I need to be a member of CCC because most of the CLs in our located are CCC. I get the most enjoyment from a 20 minute at most tow, then settle down for a drink and relax. If I've forgotten anything I can pop home and get it!

 

Shingle

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As the OP has a young family, the C&CC claim to be the family friendly club and that was most certainly my impression when we became members a long time ago.

The CC is obviously the bigger of the 2 clubs (are they really clubs or quazi businesses?) and would appear to have far more commercial support for its members, but if you aren't after that and as you do have the young family, I would plump for the C&CC.

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Hi,

 

Been using a caravan for years from my parent and have had our own for a couple of years now but not joined either of the caravanning clubs.

 

In your opinion which is better for a family of 5 with a 5 year old and 3 year old twins?????

 

 

Neither. both clubs are for the exclusive use of old people who don't like kids, dogs, speeders, other caravanners, motorhomers, long stayers, shortstayers, early arrivals, late arrivals etc.

 

Seriously, either. The CC sites tend to be more pristine and the C&CC ones more lived in. You'll be made welcome at either. Except by the members listed above.

 

N. B. the above is a light-hearted philosophical commentary. It is not meant to represent any persons living or dead and no insults will be accepted. So there!

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The fact of the matter is that one club or the other will probably suit you best, and the only way to discover which is to try both as a non-member, or take membership of both for a year, and see which you prefer.

I belong to both, cos it gives us max flexibility, and its only around thirty quid, anyway!

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The fact of the matter is that one club or the other will probably suit you best, and the only way to discover which is to try both as a non-member, or take membership of both for a year, and see which you prefer.

I belong to both, cos it gives us max flexibility, and its only around thirty quid, anyway!

 

 

Chris

 

I think from memory for CC, C&CC and BCC it cost us £84 this year.

 

Bill

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Like others I am a member of both as it gives me flexibility. The CC has a perceived issue with weekend bookings especially on popular sites whereas the C&CC site in the same area is usually free, although you have to stay 2 nights. The C&CC has a deposit system for bookings, the CC does not. This has led to some complaints about 'no shows' although the CC denies it has any issue with it. As mentioned by others the CC is moving towards hard standing pitches which my wife states do look just like a car park. The C&CC also has hard standing pitches but these are made using a honeycomb mesh on grass so still looks like grass. The CC allows you to pick your own pitch, which is fine when the site is quiet but a pain when it is full and you are driving around looking for a free peg, and hope to find it before the person behind you does. The C&CC will escort you to your pitch, however if you do not like it they are usually amenable to change unless the site is full.

 

Both Clubs offer overseas booking and ferry services with insurance. CC's Red pennant is considered the best but is expensive. The C&CC offer Rallies overseas which are highly popular and booked well in advance. With either Club booking a EU site often means you get a poorer pitch, as they are allocated in advance. If you book direct with the site you get to choose your pitch. It is also often cheaper to book direct as well, but some prefer the Club to do the leg work.

 

Both will offer car, caravan and motorhome insurance as well as house insurance. However, both Clubs are merely agents for the insurance Companies so check the small print. All offer a discount to new customers and then jack up the premuium on year 2. Like anything else in this world, shop around.

 

The CC has a reputation for being more aimed at elder couples, but some sites are packed with kids at weekends. The C&CC has tents as well as caravans and motorhomes so you will get a broader mix of campers. Both usually have excellent toilet facitlies although again some prefer the CC probably for the age of the clientel, asmentioned above. Fewer kids to clog up the place etc.

 

One reason for choice may be where you like to stay and see which has the most appropriate site for you.

 

Do remember that although both describe themselves as Clubs, there is little of a Club nature to either. They are both commercial businesses with management who set all the agendas. However, most of the revenues are ploughed back into the sites and other facilities.

 

I would suggest try both for a year or so and see if you prefer one to the other. If not, as others have mentioned for £30-£40 per annum, it is not a lot to have both options.

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Neither. both clubs are for the exclusive use of old people who don't like kids, dogs, speeders, other caravanners, motorhomers, long stayers, shortstayers, early arrivals, late arrivals etc.

 

Seriously, either. The CC sites tend to be more pristine and the C&CC ones more lived in. You'll be made welcome at either. Except by the members listed above.

 

N. B. the above is a light-hearted philosophical commentary. It is not meant to represent any persons living or dead and no insults will be accepted. So there!

 

Which means that since the members listed above are very few and far between you will be made really welcome wherever you go.

 

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The fact of the matter is that one club or the other will probably suit you best, and the only way to discover which is to try both as a non-member, or take membership of both for a year, and see which you prefer.

I belong to both, cos it gives us max flexibility, and its only around thirty quid, anyway!

 

£40 mate,inflation

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