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Message posted by Bessie560 on 27/9/2017 at 3:56pm
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If you attnd one of their foreign rallies they charge you a wapping 75 booking fee. How on earth can they justify that

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Is it a booking fee, or a deposit which is deductible from fees when you arrive? Never having been on a foreign rally, I dont know how it works. If it's just a booking fee, which is on top of rally fees, then I agree, that's rather a lot. Have they never charged a booking fee before, or only a small fee? Perhaps there is a reason for it, maybe people booked and didn't turn up?

At the end of the day, if people aren't willing to pay it, they'll soon find that out and perhaps change it.

Best thing is to let them know how you feel about it, That's what I'd do.

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Surely its a deposit.

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If you try to book they charge for the campsite then stick the 75 on top

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If it's on top of the normal cost of the campsite perhaps it's a charge for the expenses and services of the rally leader/ group organiser / hand holder?

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They had a charge of 25 if you didn't book a ferry or tunnel crossing with the club. Are you trying to book without a crossing? Are you trying to book a winter rally or a summer rally for next year?

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trying to book this year november but my crossing is free

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They have a winter booking fee of 75, that may apply even if you book a crossing through the club.

Try booking direct with the site or can you use an ACSI card to get a better price. Friends who visited us on a rally in France last year used their ACSI card and got a free night which made their pitch price lower than ours.

We've been on a few summer rallies and so far have not met any drunks, pensioners or otherwise.

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Quote: Originally posted by Bessie560 on 27/9/2017
If you attnd one of their foreign rallies they charge you a wapping 75 booking fee. How on earth can they justify that



only if you don't book an outward and return crossing , then there is NO booking fee .
I've just booked 3 winter rallys and outward crossing in late November and returning April and didn't pay any booking fee


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yeah but how much did you pay for the crossiong my was free with tesco vouchers

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Not free though. You are still paying a third with the Tesco vouchers. Depending on cost of crossing booked with club you might be better off doing it that way & spending your vouchers in Tesco if you are that bothered about saving a few quid. Or as suggested just turn up at the site without booking.

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Quote: Originally posted by Bessie560 on 28/9/2017
yeah but how much did you pay for the crossiong my was free with tesco vouchers



I'm crossing Portsmouth to Bilbao and returning Santander to Portsmouth ' if you turn up at a rally without being booked they will let you on but the first thing the rally steward will ask did you make your crossing whatever route with the club Carefree and if not you'll still get charged the 75


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Do you mean the campsite is booked by the club & closed to all other campers or is it still open to anybody? If its open then presumably anybody can arrive pay & pitch up? So whats to stop you taking chair & bottle of wine over & joining in the fun? Or does the steward tell you to pay up or move away from the group a set distance & not attempt any communication?

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We pulled into a campsite in France two years ago to see a friend who lives nearby - and found ourselves in the middle of a British rally run by the Motorhome Fun people. The rally steward and the others there were so welcoming - they said come and pitch by the lake with us, here's the code for the wi-fi, come to our quiz night by the bar tonight. Really nice people and so friendly. We just paid the site owner the usual 15 and said we are sorry we have to leave in the morning, we would like to stay longer.

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Rember that you have to pay the people that run the rallys so thats what the 75 is for. We joined the ccc and priced up a winter rally but found it was cheaper to use ACSI ect, we dont use them to book our crossing as like the Cc they charge to alter a booking where eurotunnel don't.   
I was surprised how expensive some of the rallies were.

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Quote: Originally posted by Bessie560 on 28/9/2017
yeah but how much did you pay for the crossiong my was free with tesco vouchers


Well, I suppose you can't have your cake and eat it. From what I've read, you either book your crossing with C&CC and don't get charged a booking fee, or you book your own (in your case "free") crossing and pay the booking fee.

If that's the deal, then it's up to you to work round it if you can; if the site is open anyway, then just go, if it's the site you are particularly interested in. If it's only about getting the cheapest deal, then perhaps the fact that your crossing is free to begin with may cancel out the booking fee.

Your call.


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