The Caravan Club should take a serious look at their booking system, unless you are the website first when the bookings open you haven't a snowball in hells chance of getting onto one of their more popular campsites (Rowntree Park for example). They should definately take a payment at the time of booking. Its C & CC for me anytime.
Joined C&CC for one year as necessary for Scotland distillery chasing. Didn't really like the sites much though. Caravan Club sites much better groomed/landscaped and you do get a monthly excellent professionally produced magazine. Technical 'help' is good too. And if you are a 'starter' the caravan driving courses are very useful. We tend to look for the CC sites without facilities first (shame they closed Hemel Hempstead). Our only gripe is that they don't have rigid arrival/departure time limits. I have suggested no one arrives on site before 2pm and everyone leaves by Noon. Gives sometime to hard working wardens for lunch and to tend pitches as well as removing chances of road congestion. My other suggestion was that transgressors pay for an extra night if they arrive early or leave late as it wouldn't be long before everyone toed the line. Then at the end of the day we would all benefit from a much fairer sytem. What do others think?
Members of both but much prefer the C.C as there sites tend to be better right across the board whereas the C&CC quality of there sites ranges from being as nearly as good as some C.C sites to poor with rough access roads and unlevel pitches and outdated toilet blocks , also the 2-3 night minimum booking on BH weekends policy is rubbish . The C.C booking system doesn't suit everyone as the most popular sites are booked up at the beginning of the season and there are always some who complain that they cannot get there chosen sites however on the whole the majority of members are happy but you cant please everyone . Won't be renewing the C&CC this year at renewal date as i prefer better quality C.C sites and also the fact that there are far more of there sites open all year unlike the C&CC who close many of theres throughout the winter months also with the C&CC the Wardens do not allow you to pick your own pitch do not like that at all !!! So the Caravan Club gets our vote everytime
We are in both clubs as this gives us access to a vast network of CLs and CSs. At Christmas / New Year we tend to use club sites so that if things freeze up, there is the advantage of the shower block / dishwashing area etc but we usually use our own facilities. We find the CC quite friendly with everyone saying good morning and stopping to chat. The wardens of both clubs are lovely and always friendly. There is perhaps a little more respect for the fact that people go away in their caravans for all sorts of reasons on CC sites and you aren't weird if you have different views to someone else but I do like both clubs especially for the little farm sites. Denise Denise
Denise and Him (that's Tim, or Mothy, LOL) Lili the Swift Corniche 12/2 + Honda CRV
We are members of both, the C&CC we love their temporary holiday sites and the CC we love our local center rallies, and I'm sure we would get even more out of both clubs if we didn't have to waste time working to pay for it all.
"If it will stand still long enough it can be painted"
We are with the Camping and Caravan Club. We have always found them very friendly, and the sites well kept. Might try the CC if we find we need to use one of their sites, but the only one we have looked up so far was fully booked.
Been with the Caravan Club for a number of years but joined the Camping and Caravanning Club last year, didnt rejoin this year. Thought they were amateurish in all dealings I had with them, their prices on sites were more expensive, same as quotes for insurance, so will stick with what we know! I suppose its personal preference though.
:)We are with both clubs but by far prefare the Caravan Club the C/LS are better and the main sites are more organised also the sites book is easier to use. I shall not be renewing my subscription with the Camping and Caravan Club
We have been with the CC for years and last year joined the C&CC too. I have to say, that we were'nt that impressed with the sites or magazine and for that reason will not be renewing this year. As for the booking system, it suits us as it is. The CC has taken deposits in the past and has commented that the number of no-shows has dropped significantly since they stopped. What does infuriate me is posters on some forums stating that "the majority of members etc" when they actually mean a fewon that forum or site.
I cannot with any credibility answer your question. I haven't got a caravan yet! Will be buying one at the NEC in October. I did join the CC to have access to Tow car reviews on their website, I also wanted to do a towing course but their courses are all many miles away from where I live. So, I joined the C&CC because they do a towing course relatively near to me. I thought the joining fee of £36 was about the same as the petrol money I would have spent travelling the extra miles to a CC Towing course.
Keith (chunky) I'm with both clubs but get the most out of the Camping and Caravanning Club as most of the sites we use are the ones run by them and the vast majority of those are the Holiday Rallies.
I find the problem with the Caravan Club is that every thing has to be booked months in advance and as you have found even then they are booked up.
With the Camping and Caravanning club (other than their actual club sites) you can just turn up unannounced and get a pitch you can't do this in the caravan club even their rallies require you to book before attending.
As you know with my illness I never know if I'm going to be well enough to go away in the caravan so the flexibility that I get with the Camping and Caravanning club suits me but it's not to every ones taste.