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:D Hiya all.Hope Ive got the right forum location this time.Just wondered if any of you have advice of clubs (such as caravan club etc) that may be the nost benificial for me. I know the caravan club get you discounts on insurance and ferry travel but do other clubs do the same or maybe even better. I have just bought a hymer so does anyone know what the hymer club is like. I want to go to France this august so any discounts, insurance saving, ferry saving, breakdown cover savings are all important to me.Thanks to you all in advance.simon
 

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Hello Simon


Camping & Caravanning Club do good insurance cover for members.

If you have an overwidth/ length vehicle as most motorhomers do then their breakdown services covers any length width unlike the AA RAC

They also do travel deals as well - among other benifits. Well worth the membership IMHO



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We are in the Caravan Club and use their CL's - Certified Locations - Farmers fields with the occational electric and toilets. They are great fun at about £3 to £4 per night. The last one had a shower and toilet block. As the farmer swung his torch it landed on a garden shed! Needless to say we stayed locked in our Chuggs all night :wink: Its all part of the fun :lol:
 

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Most clubs offer some member benefits, the one major club not mentioned is the Motor Caravaners Club (good website)

If you bought your Hymer new or s/hand from the Brownhills group you can join the Hymer Club (its really a Brownhills Club but not Club Brownhills)

If you didnt there is another Hymer Club cant remember its title but links on the internet could be found easily.
 

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Camping & Caravanning Club have a section specially for Motor Caravanners for a extra couple of quid a year. They organise rallies but yoy don't have to belong to their section to rally with them.(Altho' you must be in the C & C C )
 

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We stopped our subscription to the M-C Section of the C&CC as the only benefit is you can vote at the agm, as an ordinary member of the C&CC you can, as you say still rally with them.

We found the NW Section very clicky and we introduced two of their commitee at one time, one is still on.

Their admin is also poor.

Now if you were talking about the North Midlands and North Wales Grp of the MCC well they are a different lot all together, no/few clicks, friendly and nicer rally sites
 

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This question comes up time and time again on other forums. Viewpoints can be subjective. Currently being a member of both the CC and C&CC here are my views.

Objectively:

There is little to choose between them when it comes to travel and insurance services.

Not counting certificate locations and sites (CLs and CSs) The CC has over 220 sites the C&CC 90. The CC sites are of a high standard but are, on the whole,more expensive than the C&CC.

As stated the C&CC has a Motorhome section and many other specialist sections e.g. Photography. The CC has no sections.

The C&CC organises 'Winter Sun' holidays the CC does not

The C&CC gives site discounts to the over 55s out of peak season the CC does not.

They both have local centres and organise National and local rallies

Subjectively .......

The CC is the more professional organisation

I think they are both equally friendly

The CC fails to come over as caring for its motorhome owning members, it exhibits a greater focus on caravaners. The C&CC does better but neither really fully cater for the modern motorhomer
a) disposal points could be improved especially for the disabled
b) both clubs do not really cater for the motorhomer looking for
a no frills night stop e.g. aire type facilities although the C&CC
does allow use of its facilities duing the day for a small charge.


I am bound to have forgotten something but no doubt it will be added by someone else.

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Agree Peedee,

You bring a very interesting topic up in the thread, Motorhome disposal points., Those of us who are tasked with these jobs, look out and see how many grey water disposal points are positioned in a place convenient to you, I would suggest, not many.

In this country I have only noticed one or two that our van lines up to, one of which was on a C&CC site which was great,,, but if you had a van like some of you will have thats around 22/25 ft long you would have great difficulty getting the van in position.

I have to say, this is something else the French do consider much better than us, and both clubs would do well to go and have a look.
 

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Evidently not interesting enough Dodger to generate follow ups!

A further difference between the CC and C&CC for the all year round traveller is you will find far more CC sites open in winter than C&CC sites.

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Another point is that friends in tents are not welcome at most CC sites, or at the rallies.

Having an older van my waste disposal works on the same principle as a caravan but I can see that those of you with onboard waste tanks could have problems, unless you de-cant into a separate container (or use a bucket like I do as I can't get the pipe that I used to use on my caravan to connect with the outlet.) :evil:
 

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re waste disposal Caz, if there is a disposal point and you are on your way anyway, you just need a short piece of hose, [may have to buy new bit by the sounds of it;] put one end on waste tap and other over drain, quicker and easier than lugging buckets [unless you've got kids n dogs trained up :? :wink: ]
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Mucky hoses!, nobody likes putting them in their van, especially me. :cry:

What I did to overcome the connection, disconnection and putting away of mucky hoses was to leave one end secured to the tank, the other end fit a quarter turn ball valve. Once finished with, hang it up on a series of deep hooks along the inside of the sill so that its secure and out of the way. Saves a lot of messing about unpacking the hose, fitting, cleaning and repacking.

Perhaps we need a hot tips section :idea:
 

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Good point about the tents, however I think the CC still allows pup tents on the same pitch as the motorhome.

It is all very well talking about carrying hoses but really it should not be necessary on a well designed MV waste disposal point. I do carry a hose of necessity but I strap mine to the rear nudge bar when not required. I looked at leaving it permanently fitting but it hangs too low and will bottom over the bumps and soon become damaged.

It was recently brought home to me by an ambulent disabled person how poorly designed most dump points are in this country. Why should we have to position a van exactly over a hole and then try and lift an akward heavy manhole cover which is often half covered by the motorhome anyway! Some of the better ones I have come across on the continent have a trench right across the road covered by a grill. The sides of the trench slope gently into the trench and at one end there is a chemical disposal point so you don't have to carry your loo too far.

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1 Filling
I use two systems, flat food category hose which I can use tap to tank where possible.
I will not use this sytem on muddly sites or where its too much hassel to shift the van. I have a water container around two gallons I suppose. I have got an inline caravan water pump and fitted hose to both ends. The container is filled at a tap, put on the step of the van, hose into tank filler, plug in to a socket I have in drivers seat base for connecting solar panel (could use vans cigar lighter) bingo tank topped up.

2. Tank Waste
Designers dont think about users when building. Our vans was sited under the side sill and secured by a terry clip. Now I am on blood thinning drugs and cut easily, should have seen my knuckles!
There was enough slack on the drain hose to move and I repositioned on the underside of the vans towbar at the back so I dont have to bend down (I am waist measurement impaired)and now dont get breathless emptying I replaced the not too bad compared with others valve with quite a large straight through from CAK and this does the job in half the time anyway, I also think the more direct route of pipe helps.
 

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(quote)Why not fit extra hooks to support the hose? Thats what I did.(unquote)

Because the lowest point is actually at the joint with the tank outlet which is from the bottom of the tank not the side and it is not possible to to hook it up any higher it being fairly rigid at that point.

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The lowest point on mine too is where it exits the tank. On to the tank spigot I have fitted 25mm ID (32mm approx OD) clear braided hose which can be quite stiff, but having a large radius on the hose avoids it kinking. With the deep hooks fitted slightly higher than the lowest point of the tank installation, the set-up stays clear of the road.



As a side issue, never use braided hose for potable water supplies, even filling tanks, unless it has been specifically graded as 'food grade hose' or for potable water.
 

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Thanks for the suggestion Twooks but I haven't got a waste tank, it just comes out of a pipe near the exhaust. Its too close to the ground to put a hose on & into the (from my caravan) waste container so it's easier just to shove a bucket under it & empty it regularly.
 

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:? :oops: sorry Caz, i thort all autosleepers had waste tanks, must be a pain if you are just stopping for brew and kip on your travels, the ad hoc stops are about the only time we use ours :wink: 'cos on site we use the 'facilities'
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