A CC member wrote the 'Star Letter' to PCv magazine a few months back. He moaned about absolutely everything, even the fact that somebody used a motor mover to reverse his caravan onto his pitch
He reinforced the grumpy old man stereotype of caravanners exactly, he definitely doesn't do caravanning to enjoy himself
The C&CC magazine letters are often a bit happy clappy, the ones which praise the club up the most usually wins the tent
(for any C&CC officials who may read this I'm only kidding!!! we enjoy being C&CC members and hardly ever moan, well not much anyway)
It's funny you should say that Parksy, Although not quite over the hill at 30 something you are right about grumpyness but also general attitude. When I was little I remember it taking over an hour to get water on club sites because everyone on site was chatting. On the rare occasions that I have ventured away from CL's/CS's and onto a club site I have found it only takes this long if it's predominately GM's on site. If they're mainly my age group they don't speak, infact they walk along with their heads down and don't even make eye contact. What a sorry state of affairs!! I wonder if they grew up to it like me or are relatively new to the hobby. What worries me is if they don't change over the years what a grumpy state of affairs in another 30 years from now!!
That Blasted Puppy's chewing my slipper now!!
i have to admit i havent seen many younger caravaners as its hard for young people to be able to get a caravan and car as its an expensive way to start. Me and my fiance are lucky as we where given a caravan as a wedding present. If it wasnt for our present we wouldnt be able to afford a caravan. When we hook up and settle down for the night we get some funny lucks sometimes as to say "why are they caravaning" ha ha
i love it as its just a peaceful way to have a great holiday.
We were surprised when we first started going on C&CC rallies at the wide age range of most rally goers around the Midlands.
There are several active district associations in the Central Counties and although one or two seem to attract predominantly older caravanners most have a fairly young average age.
The West Midlands district association who are hosting the 60s,70s,80s Rally which is the subject of a separate forum post has a thriving youth section who sometimes leave their parents and us old codgers behind to do their own thing and go camping in tents on their own (under appropriate adult supervision) and most of the adults on the rallies that we attend are between 20-50. The committee are mainly young parents and the older generation such as us who are 55-75 are never short of willing helpers if we need any water fetching or a spare set of awning muscles.
I have the impression that some 'thirty somethings' might be a bit shy which makes them appear to be unwilling to speak at first but as an old duffer I've got plenty of conversational opening gambits with which to break the ice and I look forward to sharing a joke or a bit of gossip or banter with the young people and now they just pass the time of day like everybody else when we see them around the site.
I'm not going to name the d.a's with the older age group, we go along now and then but I can understand why some younger caravanners try rallying once then give it a miss. They should go out with a few different district associations until they find one with a good mix of ages, a young committe and gregarious people who like to have a chat.
My wife and i are quite young,her being a bit younger than me.Saying that i had my 36th birthday last week.Quite unbelievable were the time goes really and very scarey.It all depends were you caravan really,if you go to a family orientated site with a pool and night time entertainment for children you are bound to see younger kinds of vanners with kids like us and likewise with rallies and such for older generations.
Flippin 'eck seth, if you think time goes fast at 36 wait until 50 hurtles past. You are right though, if you go to the sites that primarily cater for young families, you do see younger vanners. We used end up on such sites because we are foster carers so our lad was at the "young families" end even though we are at the "almost wrinklies" end.
im only just turned 30 ive been caravaning since i was a child with my parents now ive been caravaning for the last 4 years with my hubby and my two boys we love it and use our caravan as much as possible
Glad to hear it, it's always better i.m.o. when there are different age groups sharing a campsite.
I'm not sure if I'm in a minority of one but I enjoy hearing children playing together outdoors.
Bloody hell ive just noticed this thread has appeared again,im nearly 38 now i think!Nearly an old foogy now.LOL. Joking.
Where can I send the invoice for my dry cleaning. I spat my tea out laughing when I read that!
And I'm a relative youngster at 34yrs old :)