Is it just us, or are very few Internet forums active these days? (We’re looking at you for the blame, Social Media).
But demise or not, one place that’s still very active is Motorhome Fun — and that’s what makes it an indispensable resource for any motorcaravanners. You can click on Motorhome Fun at any one time and find scores of replies on message threads only half-an-hour old.
Motorhome Fun is a great place to meet new people, share insights, brag about a trip, and discuss what’s up and coming. It’s also great for reviews, too. We cannot recommend it enough.
The Camping and Caravanning Club
No list would be complete without recognition of the world’s oldest and largest (and most popular) caravanning club. This year will mark the Camping and Caravanning Club’s 119th birthday. While not a milestone, we’re expecting they will continue to provide some of 2020’s most cherished memories for its over 600,000-strong membership and over 1,300 member-exclusive sites.
What we love about the Camping and Caravanning Club is its not-for-profit stance. Every penny they earn from caravan club membership fees goes towards improving its services and the experience, year on year.
Practical Motorhome is one of the most recognisable resources in the industry — and certainly one of the few print magazines we still subscribe to. While the site doesn’t have the depth and the content-richness as the magazine does, it has some fantastic travel guides; and especially reviews of the latest motorhome models, and of campsites across the UK.
The forums are very active too, where you can discuss everything from insurance to towing, rallies, and even baking. The forum is being updated, too — so expect bigger and better things, and more invaluable information going into 2020.
Freedom Camping Club
There really is nothing quite like Freedom Camping Club. Described as a club “run by people for people”. Membership is free for life and will give you access to over 9,000 campsites; with one free night of caravanning or camping included in the privileges every year!
What we love about Freedom Camping Club is diversity. The campsites range from extremely affordable grounds (from around £2.5 a night) to glamping sites, shepherds huts, pods, tepees — you name it.
Then there is an ethos. Freedom Camping Club prides itself on its message: to make camping enjoyable for all, and to help create memories and reinforce social and family bonds by partaking in the Great Outdoors. It’s one of the best camping clubs around.
Self Build Motorcaravanners Club
If you have a DIY-flare, then Self Build Motorcaravanners Club is a must. In their own words: “The aim of our club is to provide practical, helpful advice and information and offer guidance for those wishing to embark on building their own Motor Caravan.”
Not only is the site a great resource for planning, budgeting, preparing, and fitting one’s very own motorcaravan from the ground up, membership will also put you into direct contact (and provide discounts with) suppliers and insurance companies that specialise in self-building.
And, of course, you’ll meet plenty of like-minded people on the forums and in-person with this caravan and motor home club.
British Caravanners Club
With nearly a century of experience, and over 10,000 club members and 6,000 families onboard, The British Caravanners Club is not one motor caravan club to be overlooked. Their motto is “big enough to be a national section and also small enough to be friendly”.
In fact, the BCC may be the ideal jumping-on point, as they are particularly fond of welcoming newcomers to the caravanning and motorhome-fold. They have insurance, breakdown and recovery discounts for members, plus a ‘Introduce a Friend’ offer.
The British Caravanners Club organises over 1,000 meets and social activities across the UK every year, and you may even be able to sneak into one of their events if you are a member of The Camping and Carvanning Club.
Out & About Live
Another contender that no awards list could do without. For us, the key strengths of Out & About Live is in the content it produces, including regular article updates on pretty much just about everything (including how to fix a jammed remis roller blind, and the best castles to visit in a motorhome at Christmas).
It’s also a great place to find out who is selling what, and you will find many like-minded individuals on its forums. Sign up for their newsletter to keep up to date with all the latest news and offers.
Caravan and Motorhome Club
The Caravan and Motorhome Club’s motto is “get the most from the great outdoors” and it is hard to dispute the validity of it. From just £54 a year, members get access to thousands of campsite locations and caravan & motorhome club sites; up to 50% off of tickets on shows, and even free glamping on Wednesdays… a sort of ‘Orange Wednesdays’ (remember them?) for motorcaravanners.
What we also love about the Caravan and Motorhome Club is its commitment to accessibility within the community. All of their sites are designed to comply with the World Wide Web Consortium’s guidelines for accessibility.
Amateur Radio Caravan & Camping Club
What we love about the Amateur Radio Caravan & Camping Club is its unique and intimate charm. The ARCC has been beaming out radio signals since 1979, and has toured the UK extensively since its formation; testing only the sites big enough to put up “good-sized” wire aerials.
The ARCC is primarily Midlands-based, but has hosted events in 23 counties since its inception and has members nationwide. Rallies usually have up to about 15 units, where the theme is good-vibes only. Everyone who joins this intimate club is guaranteed a warm welcome, so be sure to check them out.
What we admire about this particular motorhome insurance company is the peace of mind it provides. Coverage includes foreign-use and enables unrestricted travel to any country in the European Union.
But we love that it provides cover for your motorhome while in the process of a self-build, or while converting it. Motorhome Protect customers also get discounts for clubs and grounds and unlimited mileage.
The Phoenix Camping Club
This adorable non-profit motorhome and camping club was founded in 2000 and specifically welcomes singletons, and people who tend to live alone, and unites them with a common love for all things caravans, motorhomes, and camping. Meetings can vary in size from intimate gatherings of just three people — to massive gatherings of over 50.
The Phoenix Camping Club also tends to meet all over the UK, from Devon to Durham, and to host various meetings at the same time in different locations. The price of joining is a tiny £3, and members will receive newsletters either in print or via email to keep them updated.
Last year’s Christmas celebrations met up in the Cotswolds — so make sure not to miss out in 2020.
CaSSOA, the Caravan Storage Site Owner’s Association
For peace of mind, we would like to thank CaSSOA for doing its part to minimise theft, especially during the winter months. Anyone who has read our motorhome winterisation guide will know that winter features some of the highest months for theft. If you are ever thinking about leaving your motorhome or caravan unattended, for whatever reason, even for a short period of time, then CaSSOA has got you covered.
All of their sites are accredited and independently assessed, and include alarm systems, CCTV, and perimeter fences. And they are based all over the country, so you can be sure there will be a site not too far away. Anyone concerned about security should consider CaSSOA.
Retro Caravan Club
The Retro Caravan Club — the largest classic, vintage, period and historic caravan club in the whole of Europe — is not a sight to be missed. It is certainly a busy classic camper club, with over 40 events hosted in 2019, with rallies in all 12 months of the year and not all in the UK.
The RCR claims to be the fastest-growing club in Britain, and it’s hard to find fault with their reasoning, with over 1,300 paid members registered in the last few years. But we are absolutely in love with the quarterly retro-print (of course) magazine that all members receive, which is full of helpful articles, technical help, and caravan sales.
The RCR is also hosting the mother of all retro caravan clubs, the European Classic Caravan Rally in 2020, so don’t miss out.
To all those that featured, those that we consider to be the best motorhome, camping, and caravan clubs across the UK, we would like to say not only congratulations but also, “thank you”. Thank you for making the community great.
To our readers: make sure to check each of these motorhome and caravan clubs out for yourself. Each one will suit every other person differently. Ultimately, only you know which resource is the best for you.
Have we missed something? Let us know if you think you deserve a mention in our 2020 motorhome content awards.
We would love to hear from any motorhome or caravan club — no matter how big or small — who thinks they deserve a mention. Just get in touch.
And Happy New Year!