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So Why Do You Not Go To Rallys Then ?


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During a recent rally we got onto the subject of the ever decreasing numbers of new members joining our rallies, this made me wonder why more people were not keen on it. .... obviously we are aware that many people have bought their vans with all the gizmo's and want to use them, and therefore see hookups as essential, however quite a few rallies are now held on commercial sites with all the facilities. ...

 

So go on then what would it take to get you on a rally field (don't worry I won't hold you to it!!!) ;)

 

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Guilty of not trying it.

 

Trouble is that we are loaners (sad). Don't mind talking to others but like to do our own thing and don't like being organised.

 

It is not the facilities. Quite happy on CLs without any extras.

 

Not sure what would make us change our minds

 

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Hi

 

Not really sure why we don't. We tend to go to small hideaway sites where there are only a few people on site - security is good. We don't have anyone telling us 'everyone is going to be. ...' and expecting us to join in. We are quite a friendly family and find on most sites we go on people will pass the time of day but usually nothing more - we have had the odd rounders game when other caravanners can mustre up some enthusiasm. I guess in my mind someone will be saying - now its the rounders, now its the organised walk, now its the fancy dress, now its gang gooly round the fire etc. I don't like to be organised - I like chilling out.

 

We are in the CC & C&CC but never been to one of their meets.

 

Emma

 

However - I would be interested to meet up with some people from on CT2 as some common ground has already been established and personalities and advice has been given and taken and I would meet up. ...... if there was a meet down South

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We don't go on rallies because the organisers expect you to join in their sometimes silly games. On one rally you had to stick the "clue" in the front window of your van for other people to find and I consider this an ivasion of privacy. In addition, on the last rally that we went on we arrive in the early afternoon having taken the afternoon off from work only to discover that all the best pitches had been booked for friends so obviously they were not intereste din making newbies to rallying welcome. Never been on another rally since.

 

However we have been on some UKCS meets and have thorough enjoyed ourselves as the organisers made you feel welcome and if there were spots booked, they explained why. We were never cajoled into joining games or quizs etc. You were not regimented into participating into "wellie whanging" or meetings. Meets with UKCS yes, rallies definitely a big NO NO!

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There's a fine line between 'being left to your own devices' and 'being ignored'

 

I went on a UKCS meet and the welcome was warm enough but that was about it. Everyone else seemd to know each other and we felt totally left out.

 

We said then 'never again'

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During a recent rally we got onto the subject of the ever decreasing numbers of new members joining our rallies, this made me wonder why more people were not keen on it. .... obviously we are aware that many people have bought their vans with all the gizmo's and want to use them, and therefore see hookups as essential, however quite a few rallies are now held on commercial sites with all the facilities. ...

 

So go on then what would it take to get you on a rally field (don't worry I won't hold you to it!!!)  ;)

 

MikeC

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I guess the question you could answer for us is what is the difference going caravanning on one's own, and going to a rally.

When I used to go to rallies 'in the olden times' we had to go to meetings, someone was detailed to get the milk and news papers etc in the morning, all the tables had to be put together in the evenings so that everyone could sit together and get feed and watered together. Not really my scene. It was almost a duty to attend!!!

The club was formed at my workplace (we had to be in it to store our caravans on site), we also had 'social evenings' in the works club house (they were OK!!) to raise money for the club and to pay towards the site fees.

That was about 20 years ago.

What are rallies like today?

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Everyone else seemed to know each other and we felt totally left out.

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Very true about everybody knowing each other, however we have found when we sit on our own somebody always comes over to ask you to join their group. We are only in our first year and have now rallied 5 times and are starting to make new friends. I disagree about the statement of being forced to join in silly games, the rallies we have been on, people appear to do their own thing during the day if they want and then get together at night to socialise (even then some just want to stay in their vans and they are left alone to do so) We are now starting to get 'geared up' for rallying ie 13kg of gas, power inverter and a solar panel on the shopping list.

 

I would urge anybody just starting out caravaning to give rallies ago, they have been given an unfair and unjust 'press', especially if you like a drink and BBQ.

 

Pass the Stella, and put tabasco on my burger

Wildkat

 

A great weekend last week at Northern Centres

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The word clique, comes to mind. we did Rally in the early days but you need to take your own clique with you now. :o many other things have changed too, but that's another story.

Perhaps all us loners should get together for a meet. :lol: at least we will all know what we all except from the gathering. Friendship,without commitment.

 

Shiba. :rolleyes:

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I'm with Shiba and RogerN, which makes me a loner :blink: I haven't tried a rally so I can't really comment but I just like to do my own thing. Don't mind basic facilities, don't mind sharing a beer with someone but group organisation has never been my thing.

 

Cheers

 

fatcol

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Well I have looked to see where all the loner's come from to see if it is possible to meet up sometime, and guess what, we all come from the four corners of the country, one also in Ireland, so not sure we would ever get to meet each other, shame :( it could prove to be a new club. :D

 

 

Shiba. :rolleyes:

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We tried rallying for quite a few years, and each rally was different, depending on venue (of course) and who the organisers were. Some rallies had absolutely nothing organised apart from one coffee session, and others had things organised morning, noon and night, varying from sports activities, to quizzes, nights in the pub, communal BBQ's, sing-a-longs, you name it. Even then, if you didn't want to join in you didn't have to. The whole idea was to provide something for everybody at some point. After a few years, we felt we'd done all the venues etc in our area, and now we tend to use Holiday rallies, which can save quite a lot of money, as rally fees are cheaper than using commercial sites.

You can also find some rally venues which have a limit of say 30 vans, others have no limit and may well have 100 vans on them. Just try one - it's only a weekend after all - and you don't usually have to be off by 12 noon, either, so your Sunday can be enjoyed for a few more hours.

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Go on the T & T rallies where ordinary sites are used with EHU but not keen on others especially after being jammed next to a trailor tent where my van was damaged.

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Like John, we go on the T & T rallies. We've never been made to feel we "have" to join in, but we've never felt left out either. We'll be attending our 5th rally of the year next weekend in York and are really looking forward to meeting up again with the friends we've made.

 

I've not yet tried other rallies although we do go away with friends sometimes, which we also enjoy. In fact, in the year (almost) we've been caravanning, we've only been away three times on our own!! :D:D

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Hello,

Our 1st rally, sorry get together was with 5 units from this site in June @ Clumber park

we met 5 lovely families and we all shared our stories about our lifes in the vans

the fellas went late into the night with a wee dram supplied by steve and many more,

we have organised 2 more meet ups this year there was no night fire, but plentyof laughs along the way.

we are in contact with each other often sharing weather reports via texts,

so why not get another get together in your area and see how many people show a interest

 

 

cheers

 

mark/jayne Sth yorkshire rally booze up :huh: sorry meet up

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Hello,

Our 1st rally, sorry get together was with 5 units from this site in June @ Clumber park

we met 5 lovely families and we all shared our stories about our lifes in the vans

the fellas went late into the night with a wee dram supplied by steve and many more,

we have organised 2 more meet ups this year there was no night fire, but plentyof laughs along the way.

we are in contact with each other often sharing weather reports via texts,

so why not get another get together in your area and see how many people show a interest

cheers

 

mark/jayne      Sth yorkshire rally booze up :huh: sorry meet up

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Well boys and girls, this, to me, is what rallying is all about!!!

 

All you who think it is about someone else organising your weekend, obviously haven't been on a rally for a while, and certainly haven't been on a recent CC Bucks Centre rally.

 

Rallying is what YOU make it. No one should feel obliged to join in anything they don't want to, likewise, the other ralliers SHOULD talk to you and make sure you are ok etc. but leave you alone if that ios what you want - for now at least :rolleyes:

 

All of my close friends are ralliers and/or caravanners - am I sad? NO - happy as can be.

 

Don't knock it 'til you try it :lol:

 

Martin W

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Recently, we pitched on a site adjacent to a C&CC centre rally with 100 vans. I’ve never been on one of these rallies so wandered in for a nose with an open mind. :D What I found made me think if this was representative of club rallys I’m not going on one. :unsure: I found a high level of apathy by members and cringing entertainment. :blink: I suppose if this level of activity is right for you then great, but for us the only reason for going would be to get a cheap pitch and I think this is taking advantage - not that it seemed to bother a lot of the people on this particular rally!! :rolleyes:

 

Rallies organised by internet Forums are completely different. I’ve been on two now, one with T&T which are always popular and the other with a small group from another Forum which was equally enjoyable. Perhaps the difference between club rallies and forum rallies, is that the club ones try too hard whereas the Forum ones are just about having a drink and a chat with no pressure to do anything. :)

 

Its about time these club rallies had a bit of life breathed into them then perhaps those with a bit of life left in them would get in the swing more. That said, I’m guessing they differ from centre to centre so it would wrong to tar them all with the same brush - I’d need some convincing that they are for me though and I didn’t even see a dib, dob, dob, dib nor dancing round a flagpole either.

 

PS All this stuff about being ignored? well its like that in life - you have to make an effort yourself, no one else will.

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Hello,

Our 1st rally, sorry get together was with 5 units from this site in June @ Clumber park

we met 5 lovely families and we all shared our stories about our lifes in the vans

the fellas went late into the night with a wee dram supplied by steve and many more,

we have organised 2 more meet ups this year there was no night fire, but plentyof laughs along the way.

we are in contact with each other often sharing weather reports via texts,

so why not get another get together in your area and see how many people show a interest

cheers

 

mark/jayne      Sth yorkshire rally booze up :huh: sorry meet up

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It was a good rally wasn't it :D:D

We mentined it to some frends, they want to go now, so that will be another two units for bonfire night and one for losehill :rolleyes:

Paul B

. .......Mondeo Estate & Elddis Avanté 505 (Tobago)

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Rallies organised by internet Forums are completely different. I’ve been on two now, one with T&T which are always popular and the other with a small group from another Forum which was equally  enjoyable. Perhaps the difference between club rallies and forum rallies, is that the club ones try too hard whereas the Forum ones are just about having a drink and a chat with no pressure to do anything. :)

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I agree that rallies organised by internet forums are totally different, probably because those attending have usually already gotten to "know" the others there via the forum.

 

I went to a C&CC THS in July and came home a week earlier than I'd intended staying due to a really obnoxious old man who was very intimidating and who led a clique of old timers talking about my friend and I behind our backs. All those who spoke to us were very nice and made us feel welcome but the actions of the few who didn't speak to us, but about us, totally spolied our holiday. :(

 

I hadn't experienced a problem the year before but I tend to keep myself to myself and speak to my neighbours and folk in passing and, maybe being on my own last year, I wasn't aware of any bitching behind my back. :unsure:

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I guess the question you could answer for us is what is the difference going caravanning on one's own, and going to a rally.

When I used to go to rallies 'in the olden times' we had to go to meetings, someone was detailed to get the milk and news papers etc in the morning, all the tables had to be put together in the evenings so that everyone could sit together and get feed and watered together. Not really my scene. It was almost a duty to attend!!!

The club was formed at my workplace (we had to be in it to store our caravans on site), we also had 'social evenings' in the works club house (they were OK!!) to raise money for the club and to pay towards the site fees.

That was about 20 years ago.

What are rallies like today?

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Well I for one can only talk about the Owners club I am a member of, which if I am reading some of the responses correctly differs greatly from the two much larger mainstream clubs. .... C&C plus the C&CC. ...

 

Our club like the vast majority of owners clubs, have a much smaller population with the majority of rallies in the year having between 10 to 15 vans onsite. With a small population like this can come a cliche atmosphere, well all I can say is that I didnt finding that on joining our first rallies, though I guess after about 5-6 you could be accused of being in the cliche though. ....We have been welcomed into the fold with open arms. ....

 

Only during 3 rallies a year is anything formal planned, that being our National rally where events are held to raise funds for a charity of the members choice. Our AGM rally which normally coincides with the clubs Birthday (21 this year!) therefore we have a bit of a party, and the new year rally. .. 'nuff said !!

 

At other rallies things may be organised by the marshalls, but these are quite definantley not intrusive or compulsary, so if you want to sit them out, or go shopping or whatever there is absolutley no pressure. .... with 2 young kids (9 and 7) we find that the kids are quick to meet up with friends whilst also welcoming in new children to the club to play, this leaves us free to soak up the atmosphere / weather / beer whilst keeping one eye on them. ... at night we congregate in the clubs tents for a few drinks and a chat, whilst the kids are looked after in one of the vans watching videos / dvds and playing games. ...

 

We have just come back from our holiday rally, two weeks in a farm near Padstow in cornwall, which cost us just under £100. Now the reason for my post initially was that I find rallying one of the most cost effective ways of using our van that we are surprised that not everyone is doing it. .... Hence my question, what would a club have to offer to sway people to use them. ....

 

Sorry for the ramble, its getting late. ...

 

MikeC

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Near where I live there is a school field that gets used for rallies during the summer (don't know who by, I've just driven past and seen them there). It's next to a busy main road, is hardly picturesque and isn't even that convenient for the town centre or good local pubs. That sort or rallying doesn't appeal to me, I like to go to places properly geared up for caravans, at least to a basic level.

 

We haven't tried a CC rally yet, maybe next year? But then again, probably not, just because of time constraints. There will hopefully be a few T & T rallies (including one in France) and we now have a better idea of where we want to go and what we want to do. That's a few more trips to plan. We like the idea of going to France again, and possible further, next summer too. So financial as well as time limitations probably mean that T & T will be the only rallies we attend.

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What's T & T ?

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It's another forum, here.

 

Lots of the same people though. Slightly more geared up to the social, rather than technical side of caravanning.

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