Since the first proper trip away in our Elddis Accordo 120 to Walnut Lakes in Boston (if you want to read about our trials and tribulations, successes and failures, happy times and sad times, and all the problems we encountered please feel free to take a look at this blog post) we have been looking for a motor home group to join, go on adventures with and learn from.
The first trip out proved just how vulnerable we are in the motor home, how much there is to learn and also that (unless there is an internet connection where we are staying) we have no one to ask for help. We thought joining a group would accelerate the learning process, and also provide a chance to meet like-minded people and spark up new relationships.
The number of motor home specific groups in the part of the UK we live is very small, and the only one we can find is the Motor Caravanner's Club – an organisation we went to see during the Norfolk Motor Home Show back in July. When we were staying at Walnut Lakes we were all set to join the group, completed the application form and were going to post it when we got back home, but we put the brakes on it. I have written a blog post why we decided to put the brakes on joining the Motor Caravanner's club and if you want to read it take a lookhere.
With the Motor Caravanner's Club on the back burner it was time to try and find an alternative, and since we own an Elddis motor home what better place to start than the Elddis owners club. Okay, the Elddis owners club isn’t specific and members comprise Elddis motor home owners as well as Elddis caravan owners, but I thought it would be a good starting point.
When I went over to the Elddis owners website I was stunned on the restrictions in place and how little of the website I (as a non-member) could actually get access to. I couldn’t view the up and coming rallies, I couldn’t see the previous rallies, I couldn’t enter the member’s only section and there were other pages I couldn’t reach either.
I expected not to have access to the member’s only section but not being able to see past rallies? Hmmm……… Before I join the Elddis owner’s club I would like to know some details on the rallies they hold (i.e. what parts of the country, what towns/villages, the facilities, entertainment etc.) I appreciate the joining fee is only £15, but I wouldn’t spend £15 to get such basic information from any website, so there is no way I am going to spend £15 to get access to camping information that may be totally irrelevant to me and of no interest.
Since I had no joy on the Elddis site I thought I would do a general search on the “Elddis owners club” to see if there were any forum posts I could get access to. Fortunately, the question of “is the Elddis owner’s club worth joining?” has been asked before (although not as many times as I would have thought) so I quickly found a forum thread about it.
The forum thread I found was brutally honest and there were loads of posts about it being “strange” the Elddis Owner’s Club website is such a closed book. This lack of sharing information doesn’t really give the club much credibility and it instantly starts ringing alarm bells to me.
There was a bloke who had contributed to the thread who was a past Elddis Owner’s Club member who shared his experience, a summary of which is as follows:-
There are several rallies held all over the UK but there was only one held within 50 miles of where he lived. This bloke said he was from the Midlands, which is obviously pretty central, so if the rallies are held far away from him I do have to ask “whereabouts in the country are they held?”
The rally sites typically consist of a grass field somewhere. This is to be expected, however the bloke went on to say that whilst the organisers claimed the rally sites had basic facilities (somewhere to get water and empty waste) many of them did not meaning you had to fill up before you reached the rally site and had to take your waste back home with you.
The biggest gripe this bloke had was that the Elddis Owner’s Club is full of cliques and getting in to them is exceptionally difficult. This bloke said he attended a few rallies but he felt like an outsider at each and every one, and could never get accepted.
I can deal with grass fields and no facilities and I can deal with having to travel a long way (after all the travelling is why we bought a motor home in the first instance) but I can’t deal with cliques. I hate cliques and always have done, and I have experienced them throughout my entire life. There were cliques at school, cliques at college, cliques in my part time jobs and the world of accountancy is full of them, most of which are full of horrible back stabbing people. Yep, I can’t deal with cliques and closed groups and if the Elddis Owner’s Club is full of little cliques you can leave me out, and I’ll keep the £15 membership fee and use it to spend a night on a campsite somewhere.
Based on the blokes (honest?) account about his experience with the Elddis Owner’s Club, and the fact the website is so restricted and gives no information until I spend my £15 and become a member I have decided that I am not going to bother joining the Elddis Owner’s Cub and will do it alone until such a time I find a suitable motor home group close by.
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