- Nov 11, 2009
I must be an odd one out as with both Clubs I’ve never had a problem with the rules or site staff. Perhaps it’s because I worked in a “ rules” based organisation, or really cannot get worked up by such things when in holiday. In fact on our last trip May last year we had an issue with our two dogs and we’re minded to come back early. I contacted our overnight CMHC stop and explained that I may have to cancel. Not a problem the lady said. Just leave the booking in place and do as you need. In the end we managed to make the overnight stop and were delighted to find they had allocated us a pitch right next to the exit into the woods. That was something of a relief as both dogs had “squiffies”.I don’t denigrate either clubs rules. But do complain about the regimantation and apparent lack of being trusted as an adult and the feeling that I am continually having to conform. But others really like that, so good luck to them. I can see that others may like the consistency of the facilities. But we don't use them! So of no interest.
So why then are we members of both clubs. Access the CL and CS networks. Foreign rallies, insurance, ferry deals.
Over recent years we have been using main sites more as getting too old for poor ground. But nowadays there are many more quality CL/CS’s to choose from.
Perhaps my tacit acceptance of the rules is because actually they don’t seem to conflict with our enjoyment of our stay. We tended to use the van as a base for visiting areas of interest and would go out for most of the day anyway. The last two commercial sites we used Old Brick Kilns and Wareham Forest Touring Park were little different to Club sites in their approach to advising visitors., and both allocated our pitch to us. But they did have shops. But in all our years touring having a shop (expensive) on site hasn’t been anywhere on our list of needs.
If people don’t like club main site then the simple answer is to not visit them.