In a moment of desperation, i.e. a water issue with our Elddis Accordo 120 that not only stumped us but also made us realize how vulnerable we are in our motor home and also how much we have to learn (if you are interested about our first proper trip in the motor home to Walnut Lakes in Boston take a look at this post), we completed the application form to join the Motor Caravanners' Club ready to post off.
As we were completing the application form to join the Motor Caravanners' Club we were getting excited about the prospect of joining the group and attending some rallies, and learning some tips and tricks from the group’s members. Based on the members we met attending the Norfolk Motor Home Show back in July we were well aware that the average age of the Motor Caravanners' Club is several years older than us, but we were prepared to not to let the age difference stand in the way and get stuck in. Whether we would be accepted, as a younger couple was something we were worried about but we thought we would give it a good go nonetheless.
When we got back from our trip to Walnut Lakes I thought I would do one last bit of research on the Motor Caravanners' Club to make sure it definitely was suitable for us, and boy am I glad I did. I read details of previous rallies from different regions throughout the UK and noticed all of them had the same kind of agenda and activities, as follows:-
The above seemed typical of most regional groups, and whilst there was clearly a lot going on the activities aren’t really my (or my wife’s) sort of thing. The program of events are clearly for the more mature person and we are a little too young to fully appreciate and get the most out of it.
I don’t mind a game of bingo every now and then, and I am a fan of Wetherspoon’s pubs as many offer a good selection of real ales and good food that is reasonably priced. Given that my wife and I were born in the 1980’s and are effectively children of the nineties, the themed music nights are most definitely not for us. In the past I have attended a 1970’s disco night but I was totally out of my depth, recognized a handful of the tunes played and didn’t really have a clue on how to dance. If I went to a 40’s/50’s or 60’s themed night I really wouldn’t have a clue!
Coffee mornings, and tea and cake meetings aren’t really my scene either. I like coffee and I like cake but not in an organised and forced situation. My wife would also struggle with this since she doesn’t drink tea or coffee, or even eat cake!
I appreciate participating in the activities is optional, but if you’re not going to join in then what’s the point of even being there? I mean, taking part in the activities is where you are going to meet people, develop relationships and become accepted, and if you don’t join in there is no way you are going to ever fit in.
Whilst we will have the motor home in common with other members of the Motor Caravanners' Club I fear that is the only common ground we will have, and as such my wife and I won’t fit in and be accepted. At this stage of our lives the Motor Caravanners' Club isn’t right for us, but who knows what the future will bring. A few years down the line the Motor Caravanners' Club may offer exactly what we are looking for, and when that time comes we will know precisely where to go and which club to join.
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A total motor home newbie with a six year camping background in a folding camper. A keen blogger sharing my experience of researching, choosing, buying and owning a motor home. and every thing that goes with it.
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