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This will split opinion I guess.

As new starters and as it’s nearly caravan delivery time,

Which club do we join?
 
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I've only ever been a member of caravan club/camc (whichever you prefer) I joined because of good insurance deal(not cheapest,but nobody seems to have a problem when a problem arises) .We use the main sites out of season as kids go very cheap,but are a very high standard.
 
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I have always been a member of both. But if I were to choose just one it would be CAMHC. Good sites and CLs more than CCC. The Recovery breakdown is cheaper and if you have two cars it’s an even better deal. This year when I had a family problem I had to cancel a European trip, Wales trip and a couple of minor ones too. No hassle they even offered to rebook the European trip but family reasons ruled that out. All I lost was £170 as the cancellation was less than seven days prior to departure and the first site had been paid. Refunds came through quickly too. None of the UK cancellations incurred any cost or difficulty just a quick login and cancelled.
 
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As Brasso has said , C&mC for us also , as the sites are very clean well kept and kept to a high standard and the amount of CL sites up & down the country are fabulous in some lovely locations .
We tend to use hard standing Club sites when the weather starts too turn bad and we caravan all year round but when the decent weather comes we tend to do CL sites on the grass to keep it cheap . I think it's a one off payment on about £51 or £59 per year which some people whinge about but out of that you get discounted rates on the sites ,
( I've just booked White Waterpark again for a few weeks time for weekend away £36.oo that's for the four of us )
access to the CL sites and you get a magazine every month through the door and a kinda like a phone book directory for every site going......

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Currently in both.
My preferred one is the CAMC with whom both car and caravan are insured.
Both clubs offer excellent sites. Some may say the C&CC are less regimented but in truth I've never found that.
It all depends where you want to go. Scotland for example has some excellent sites. You need to be in both clubs to take advantage.
Also they both offer Certificated Locations and Certificated Sites for up to five units.

Their magazines alone cover the cost of your membership. I suggest you use both in your first year and see suits you best
 
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Ste6t9 said:
This will split opinion I guess.

As new starters and as it’s nearly caravan delivery time,

Which club do we join?

Both, at least for the first year to allow you to judge which, if any, you prefer.

We subscribe to the CMC's Mayday breakdown service, which is only available to CMC members and we like to use their CL sites.
We now insure through the C&CC as it is about half the price the CMC charged us and we also like to use their CS network of sites.

The club fees are more than recouped by the above, and being members of both clubs gives us a much greater choice of club sites, of which we prefer the less regimented arrangements of the C&CC.
 
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I am currently a member of both. Joined the C&CC as we were campers, then kept the membership when we started Caravanning. I joined the Caravan (and Motorhome) Club this year to avoid a non-members fee for a site I wanted to book as the C&CC site was full; we then got a cash-back deal via Quidco, so the fee paid for itself almost immediately. Also being a user of the M6 Toll the caravan discount was a bonus, although this discount ends at the end of 2018.

I did have the 'Arrival' RAC cover through the C&CC but currently do not use this due to having Volvo recovery which will also recover the caravan. However, I will look to take out Mayday cover when this expires.

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Both C&CC and CAMC club sites are kept to good standards; but I have found that staff & residents at C&CC seem to be friendlier (this is a subjective opinion as they are "The friendly club" after all :lol: ). C&CC do not give you a choice of pitch and will escort you to your assigned pitch. CAMC seem to give you a choice, if there is one to be had and their toilet facilities always seem to be of a higher standard of fit & finish. Not sure if this is always the case, but the chemical toilet disposal at C&CC seems to be covered or in a more secluded location. CAMC it is open next to the bins/water point.
 
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I have been a member of both in the past but have never stayed on a CCC site, I only used the membership at that time because their breakdown is tied into the RAc and having a company vehicle with RAC, they allowed me to just tag on Euro cover.
In many case too, not all CAMC and CCC sites tend to be very close together, or at least in the same locality and they dont offer an awful lot in variety of location. We use only CAMC sites low season but find in summer we can get better deals on commercial sites just prior to the main holidays.
CAMC sites do offer a decent standard of facilities across the network though some commercial sites are better, and some very much worse.
CAMC Insurance and Breakdown for us too nowadays.
One point I will add that is oft covered is the booking up every weekend in advance, and the sites being pretty empty midweek. Unless you plan in advance these days it can sometimes be difficult to get away at short notice, especially on popular sites.
 
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We are members of both although use the CAMH sites more.
Basically both clubs have very good services and there is not a lot between them. Both have excellent foreign touring services if that attracts you with discounts on ferries.
The CAMH have the cheaper breakdown insurance although both have excellent cover. For me the C&CC insurance is far cheaper at least £100 but I gather the CAMH have now reduced their premiums so I may have another look at them come renewal.
Both clubs have sites you can use, some exclusive but many where non members pay a supplement which is too high to make it sensible other than to join. Neither club is particularly cheap but to me not excessive but the C&CC do a family deal and a give an age discount.
The CAMH have more but if you want to go to a particular area regularly then check which is the best.
Both maintain the sites to high standards but the CAMH probably go for immaculate rather than just very good.
On CAMH sites you book a type of pitch and choose your own from what of that type is free but on C&CC sites you book the type of pitch but are taken to your pitch, although they do try to find out what you want and you can ask for another if you do not like the one allocated.
C&CC take a deposit on booking and this is retained if you cancel within thirty days. CAMH take no deposit and allow cancelations up to three days before you are due. If you then cancel or fail to turn up twice within a year they can take action against you possibly by cancelling further bookings.
CAMH sites can book up more than C&CC possibly because of the different procedures but both will normally have sites somewhere.
 
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Just picking up on one point mentioned above.
Our experience is that the C&CC do offer a choice of pitches, that's if alternative pitches are available. They will discuss those available with you at check-in and then one of the wardens will lead you to your chosen pitch, if it's not to your liking then they will take you to another.
I much prefer the C&CC system to that of the CMC where you are told to find your own pitch and then return to the office to give them the pitch number.
 
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Contrary to Dodger, I do like to be able to go and look and find my own pitch as in CAMC, but the fly in that ointment is when the site is busy and it can get a bit manic when a few units are searching for their ideal pitch.
 
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Now you see I don't mind driving around 1 bit looking for a nice pitch rather than being shown to a pitch that I don't like and having them to find another pitch I may not like .
 

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