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Hi, I am new to motorhoming, having bought a coachbuilt CI Carioca 5 on a Fiat Ducato chassis in March, and I am currently researching which of the various clubs I should join. I need access to as many CLs as possible, but I would also like to join a club that has a good rally and social scene. I am 46 with two children, aged 8 and 10 (oh...and a soon to be X-wife, but that's another story which is half the reason why I have just bought a motorhome!).

My choices appear to be the Motorcaravanner's Club, which looks good for the social scene, but doesn't have many CLs listed, the Camping and Caravanning Club and the Caravan Club.

I can't afford to join all three, but can anyone give me any pointers towards which one or two may be best for me, or are there any others that I don't know about?

....and coming back to the x-wife-soon-to-be, does anyone have any advice on full-timing in the UK?

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Hi voyager,

The C &C.C. are much more child friendly,the C.C tends to be more for couples and older people,although if it is only cl's it won't make much difference.The M.C.C.are rally mad.
 

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Thanks for the advice; it looks like the C and CC then, although I'm intrigued....when you say "mad" for the Motorcaravanners, I confess to a little eccentricity myself, so I may fit in, but can you elaborate on what type of madness and how it is portrayed??

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Hi.
We have been CC members for years, the majority of their CL's are super,with lots now having electric hook ups,shower and or toilet. You can join your local "area" i.e. Derbyshire centre and join in the rallies and mid summer holiday rallies. Having said that,a lot of our friends who are in both,say the C&CC are much more informal and have super rallies. Last but not least are Owners clubs,we also belong to a club that was formed years ago,and the company has gone out of business, it is more like a family gathering,as there are never more than 10-12 units,maximum 20 when they have the A GM
Have fun.
Ted.

PS Right ,put your CC head on, you belong to the CC,you can then join the local 'centre' ie Derbyshire or whatever county you live in, thats free,you can also look at what the other county centres are doing in the way of hols/ rallies,if you prefer to do their rally on that weekend,you can phone the other centre,and if there is space on their rally,you can go. We have often done this,and have always been made most welcome by the host centre.Hope this helps
 

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we are members of all 3,all have some thing to offer but if you like rallys we have found the mcc very good one advantage this club has you have no need to book a rally just turn up
 

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You dont actually have to be a member of the C&CC to use their CL's and they are available to browse on their website. You do have to be a member to access the CC CL's. I use both but I am only a member of the CC.
 

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Out of the two big clubs the C&CC's rallies are easier to access. There's no requirement to book on 99.9% of the rallies (it will say if there is), so you can make a last minute decision, you don't even need to inform anyone, just turn up. The Caravan Club likes you to book or as the previous poster has said, phone before going.

The C&CC's District Associations are all available on their own websites and rallying with another district is quite common. We rally on as many weekends as possible and 'cherry pick' which ones we like the sound of. The monthly club mag has an Out and About listing of all the rallies for that month and also details of Temporary Holiday Sites which are in effect longer rallies lasting at least a week up to about a month. You can arrive and depart whenever you wish.

With the C&CC you are allocated a District Association on joining but there is no need to change. There are specialist 'Districts' (Motorcaravanners/Boating/Folk Singing etc) but you can join their rallies too without being members of the District. The CC expect you to pick a district and you can change each year if you wish. The CC District will inform you of their year's rallies but unlike the C&CC it's more difficult to find out about other District's rallies.

There will invariably be other kids on the rallies and I'm sure yours will soon make friends.

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barryd said:
You dont actually have to be a member of the C&CC to use their CL's and they are available to browse on their website. You do have to be a member to access the CC CL's. I use both but I am only a member of the CC.
? Is this actually the case? C&CC has CSs rather than CLs. I'm pretty sure they're (supposed to be) restricted to members - see second bullet.

Of course, when run by farmers who are happy to get all the cash they can....

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Rosbotham said:
barryd said:
You dont actually have to be a member of the C&CC to use their CL's and they are available to browse on their website. You do have to be a member to access the CC CL's. I use both but I am only a member of the CC.
? Is this actually the case? C&CC has CSs rather than CLs. I'm pretty sure they're (supposed to be) restricted to members - see second bullet.

Of course, when run by farmers who are happy to get all the cash they can....

Paul
Yes it is. The CS sites are available to browse on the C&CC website whereas the CC website you have to logon as a member to find them and you have to "officially" be a member to book and use them. The CS sites run by the C&CC will ask you if your a member when you book but just say no I am not and they will allow you to stay. They are supposed to give you an application form to join if you want to but in practice they never do

You can also find most of the CL's and CS sites on http://www.ukcampsites.co.uk/

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Teemyob 'CC is for snobby people with caravans' watch it or your'll be done for racist remarks 8) 8) 8)
 

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Join the C&CC

CC is for snobby people with caravans. :lol:

TM
The cc&c and cc are both well run clubs, probaly on balance the cc&c have a more relaxed atomosphere.

Slightly off the subject,with regards to "snobs with caravans" A reasonable gulde to this if ever encountered was voiced by my brother when I said most of the people in the next road are "Snobs", he said " well Tony, you can always drag them down to your level " I said " Thanks a bunch" !!

LOL, Tony A
 

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Are C&CC's rates much more expensive if you don't belong? I would only need to stay occasionally -so don't mind a couple of pounds dearer a night but wouldn't want to be paying lots more!

And are some of their sites members only? I belong to everything else but not these.
 
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