If you own a caravan you’d be well advised to join one of the many clubs that serve the caravanning, motorhome and trailer tent community. There are many financial benefits, amongst other things, to membership of one of the many clubs.
The Caravan Club is the most well-known and established caravanning club in the world, and has been going for over 100 years and has about a million members. They offer their members a huge range of services and benefits such as access to 200 club campsites plus 2500 certified locations, special discounted ferry rates to Europe and Ireland, discounted insurance, information on local activities and sightseeing and much more. The club covers all aspects of enjoying caravans, motorhomes and trailer tents, at home and abroad.
The Caravan Club’s website is comprehensive and offers practical advice such as a range of leaflets to help members with any caravan related queries like: technical problems, towing licences, a glossary of caravanning terms, theft prevention, courses available eg manoeuvering skills, and so on. Members can find out about buying new and used caravans, which car matches which caravan for successful towing, manufacturer contact information and a large classified section selling all things caravan-related. They also have an advice team available to help members directly and a 24hour legal helpline. All these services are free to members. The club has a network of approved and monitored service and repair workshops so you can quickly find one in your area.
The Caravan Club’s news and events section keeps members informed with regional and national news about the club and the caravan world generally. The news encompasses leisure, overseas and touring events like shows, competitions and member offers on day’s out. The Club also produces its own magazine.
The club offers a discounts on a large range of insurances. As well as the obvious caravan and car insurance including overseas and touring policies, they have home, pet and breakdown and recovery policies. They even have their own credit card with member benefits like free nights on club sites.
There are many other clubs of course. The Camping and Caravanning Club is the UK’s second biggest caravan club, and it also includes camping. It styles itself the ‘friendly club’, which is in response to some people’s opinion that the Caravan Club’s rules are too strict. It gives members access to a large number of sites around the UK and of course in Ireland and Europe. They offer discounts on ferries, caravan insurance, help and advice to members and have information on organised events.
There are also clubs based on brand of caravan owned, for example the Swift Owners’ Club-these offer owner benefits like exclusive insurance deals, clubs based on geographical location, for example the Brunel CCC which covers the Bristol area, and specialist clubs such as gay and lesbian or Christian camping and caravanning clubs.
About 200 local clubs are represented by the Association of Caravan and Camping Exempted Organisations (ACCEO), which provides services and access to facilities not normally available to individual clubs.
clubs4caravans.co.uk is a website that aims to list all the caravanning, motorhome and trailer tent clubs available in the UK, so is a great place to start.
Clubs and Associations click here for a full list.
Camping Centres click here for a full list.
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