Welcome to the Irish Division Website

This website is to primarily give information about caravanning items applying to Irish members of the Caravan Club.  It is also to promote the Irish Division as an integral part of the Caravan Club.


If you have anything you want advice on, or if you have any suggestions to improve the website, then fill in the comment form below.  We aim to reply to all approved comments within 48 hours so don’t forget to check back here for an answer to your query.

For Links to other Caravan Club websites e.g. Divisions, Regions, Caravan Club sections etc CLICK HERE

 

70 thoughts on “Welcome to the Irish Division Website

  1. Mary Quinlan

    Hi, we have just bought a 2008 Campervan, Fiat Ducato. We are travelling to Britain in September and as we will be within the London Emissions Zone we need to register under the “Low Emission Zone”. We have the Form and realise that we also need a letter confirming that the engine achieves the required standards. We have asked Fiat Ireland and also Fiat UK – they both will charge a lot of Euro/Sterling. What is the experience of others from Ireland who have registered – any advice would be great. Do we have to pay the 150 Euro that FIAT Ireland will charge? Thanks.

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    1. webmaster Post author

      Hi Mary,
      I will reply to you by email on this one as I need to seek clarification for you.
      Webmaster

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  2. William Faulkner

    Hi there, I recently lost the door at the front of the ’92 lunar Clubman caravan 510/4. Where the bottles of gas are stored. Just wondering if you know where I could get a replacement. My mobile no is 087 2365446. Thanks, William

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    1. webmaster Post author

      You should check out caravan salvage online in the UK and hopefully you will get lucky.
      Webmaster

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  3. Tom Quinn

    I am looking for some shop in Ireland where I can buy spare curtain hooks for a hymer motor caravan. If you could help I would appreciate it.
    Regards
    Tom Quinn

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    1. webmaster Post author

      Hi Tom,
      I have just sent you an email with the web link of a possible source for these.
      Webmaster

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  4. Ann

    Can I park a caravan on the public road in the city? What are the laws regard this in Ireland?

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    1. webmaster Post author

      Hi Ann,
      You can park where permitted same as a car but you cannot stay overnight in your caravan on a city street. I am assuming that you mean in the Republic of Ireland?
      Webmaster.

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  5. Jozef Pastorek

    Hi I bought a caravan of dealer few months ago without registration papers. I would like to travel europe with it but don’t know how to get it registered and get a number plates. Caravan is registered with CRIS in UK. Any help welcome

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    1. webmaster Post author

      Hi Jozef

      The caravan number plate is the same as the tow car number plate and thus is not registered separately.

      Reply
  6. Alison Palmer

    To all newcomers to caravanning (& motorhoming) the Caravan Club has its own forum called Club Together which is open to members AND non-members looking for information about all things caravan/motorhome/trailer tent related. it is easily accessed via the Club website, http://www.caravanclub.co.uk/community

    Alison

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  7. Emma Allen

    Hi there,
    We’re after purchasing a 4 berth lunar Jupiter so with rear bunks. When we bought it the seller advised they dumped the mattress for the top bunk as it was not needed. Can anyone advise a place to get a mattress made or to purchase one? We are in Cork, but could order online if w have to.
    Thank you,
    E

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    1. webmaster Post author

      Will send you an email regarding your query.
      Webmaster

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  8. david brady

    hallo there,

    David here, I am thinking of buying a caravan from a honest seller, i think, but there are no registration papers with it, is there a way of getting these re issued on purchase or is there a website/organisation i can check the serial number on,
    thanks in advance
    David

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    1. webmaster Post author

      Hi David,
      I am going to reply to you by email regarding your query.
      Webmaster

      Reply
  9. ian james

    Does anyone have photos, details of the “Ring of Kerry Caravan and Camping Park” just outside Kenmare. I looked at all the internet sites and can get virtually no info. Even google earth and street view don’t seem to spot it. Im looking for a small peacful site on the ring of Kerry region and thought with the minimal info about it might fit the bill. I have emailed the site but not had a reply – they must be away. Thanks

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    1. webmaster Post author

      Hello Ian, There was a little site about 5km west of Kenmare many years ago, long before Google Maps was invented! All official sites are listed on the Camping Ireland website.
      Webmaster

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      1. ian james

        Thanks do you know if it was the Ring of Kerry C and C park. What was it like please..Thanks

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        1. webmaster Post author

          That name rings a bell, I remember it as a fairly small site with tall hedges around the pitches.
          Webmaster

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  10. Chevalier Cathaoir Ó Tighearnaigh

    Would it be possible to have a link to the Caravan Club UK website from this site, perhaps included in your links above? It would be handy as then members could connect with both sites from one address.
    Thank you.

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  11. Norah Murphy

    This may be a silly question
    Is the caravan club only for caravans ?
    (We have a motorhome )

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  12. Les Walker

    Hi
    Could you please let me know of any 2015 holiday rallies in the summer that may be running (or when this will be available). We want to take the plunge next year and come to Ireland, and would love to go on an Irish rally. Many thanks – Les Walker- Upper Thames Centre

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    1. webmaster Post author

      Hi Les

      Details of the Rallies for the Centres in the Irish Division (Ulster, Munster & Leinster) will be available by the end of October. At present this information is being put together for our 2015 handbook. The information will be published on this website when it is available.

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  13. shane

    Hi just wondering how I join . First time camper and cant find your main site

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    1. webmaster Post author

      Hi
      If you are not already a member of The Caravan Club CLICK HERE and you will be taken to the caravan club website. Once you join the Caravan Club you can then join any of Leinster, Munster or Ulster centres for no additional costs and will then get the Irish Division handbook sent out by the centre secretary. This takes at least 2 – 3 weeks after you join as the secretary has to wait until headquarters sends them your details.

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  14. Michael mooney

    I am thinking of buying a caravan and would like to know all that it intales

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    1. webmaster Post author

      Hi Michael

      The best way to get the information you require is to visit your local caravan dealer who can show you what he is talking about. For me to try and advise you via the website would be extremely difficult and time consuming. As stated in previous comments on this site we are not technically trained to give the advice needed by yourself.

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  15. Ciara Kearney

    Hi I have just purchased a motor mover -on eBay – any ideas on where I can get it fitted ?

    Also I am looking for a second hand fridge for the caravan – any pointers on where I could get one ?

    Thanks

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    1. webmaster Post author

      Hi Caira

      The only advice I can give you is to approach your local caravan dealer who will fit the motor mover for you. If you do manage to get a second hand fridge you will need to get an approved gas fitter to fit it as well and again your local dealer can help

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  16. marie

    where can I contact some one to set up water toilets and so on in my caravan as I know nothing about it

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    1. webmaster Post author

      Hi Marie

      The best people to help you are those at your local caravan makers dealership. Every caravan is different and to try and advise you without knowing detailed information about your make of caravan would not be feasible.

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  17. michael

    Is there an official system in Ireland when caravan ownership/change of ownership can be registered?
    I have recently purchased a second hand caravan (privately) in Ireland. The caravan I’ve purchased was registered in the UK with CRIS (Caravan Registration & Identification Scheme). CRIS was very useful, for £15.00 they ran a history check (age/finance/ownership/write-off) . Once the caravan got a clean bill of health I tried to proceed with the change of ownership registration (another £15.00!). However CRIS will not facilitate ROI addresses on their owner register. I can use a friends address in UK to overcome this. but would appreciate some a advice.

    Thank you.

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    1. webmaster Post author

      Hi Michael

      Not being technically minded I do not know of any such scheme in ireland. Perhaps one of the Irish caravan dealers could advise you on this matter or if there is a government department that would help.

      Webmaster

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  18. Peter

    Hey, I Have a 7mtr long hobby caravan, andplan to tow it with a long wheel base sprinter van,, .the total length including the draw bar is 15.5mtrs!! My question is, do i have to put “long Vehicle” stickers etc. on my caravan.. any other info would be graet
    cheers
    Peter

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    1. webmaster Post author

      We are not techies here at the website but you can 1. phone the Caravan Club Technical Helpline at +44 1342 336611 quoting your membership number or you can 2. Email them with your query and again quote your membership number. Hope this helps.
      Webmaster

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  19. Adrian

    Hi i am looking for somewhere in north Wicklow that i could store my motorhome. I am wondering does anyone store their caravan or motorhome with someone like maybe a farmer as i am looling for somewhere that will give me access to my motorhome at weekends. Thanks Adrian.

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    1. webmaster Post author

      Hi Adrian
      I personally do not know of anywhere in North Wicklow for storage. Did you try a google search for storage sites? If not then that might give you the answer you want. If any member reading this knows of a suitable place then please reply through the comment box below.

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  20. mark o'callaghan

    Do you arrange insurance for a Campervan in Irealnd as in UK website or have links with a broker in Ireland?

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    1. webmaster Post author

      Hi Mark,
      I have it from a motor-home colleague that there are two companies in Dublin who cater for this type of insurance and they are Dolmens and Stewarts. So hope this helps.
      Webmaster

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  21. Alan

    Hi,

    I have recently toured around UK where i used CL’s and found them very convenient. My question is, are there any CL’s in Republic Of Ireland and if so where would i find a list. Also, i have some family land in Kildare (ROI) and might be interested in setting it up as a CL! Where would i start and what are the requirements?

    Thank you,

    Alan

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    1. webmaster Post author

      Hi Alan,
      There are no CLs in ROI; they operate in the UK and NI under a 1963 planning exception obtained by The Caravan Club. You could of course apply for planning permission to set up a small Caravan Club Members Only site but you would need to enquire with your own local planning office.
      Hope that is of help to you.

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  22. Bob Birchley

    I have recently re-located to Kerry from UK. My 2012 Lunar is due an annual service and habitation check, but I can’t find any dealer or servicing agent in this area. Any suggestions as to a suitable place to have the work carried out. Membership No. 17022034 Many thanks. Bob.

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    1. webmaster Post author

      Hi Bob

      As far as I know to maintain your guarantee you have to get the annual service done by the supplying dealer. Perhaps you could check with them as the only dealer I know of in Ireland is Cookstown Caravans in Cookstown. Co Tyrone, N Ireland.

      Webmaster

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  23. Brian Baker

    Hi
    I am hoping to be heading over to the UK next year for a wedding, just want to know as a member do we get any discounts from ferrie compays.

    Thanks
    Brian

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    1. webmaster Post author

      The best thing to do is to phone the Travel Services number which you can find on the reverse of your membership card.

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  24. Radie

    I am just wondering if anyone has ever bought a caravan abroad (new) and brought it home to Ireland. What taxes/duties/registration needs to be paid if any. I have googled it and rung the Revenue crowd about it, but aside from Motorhomes they were unable to give me any information, which is a bit mad I think.

    Anyway, there are no dealers of the caravan I want in Ireland and so if anyone has any experience and can help me out I would be very grateful. I need to factor this into the overall cost!

    Many thanks,

    Radie

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    1. webmaster Post author

      At the moment there are no regulations of any kind regarding importing a caravan into the Republic of Ireland; it would be wise though to have proof of ownership papers with you. Join The Caravan Club and avail of all the technical advice and information on buying a caravan.

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      1. Radie

        Thanks for that! And yes I will be joining the club very soon but your info. is very much appreciated!

        Thanks,

        Radie

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        1. webmaster Post author

          You’re welcome Radie.

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  25. Brian

    Hi, we are looking to buy our first caravan and everywhere we go to look second hand caravans there are English reg vin no’s on the caravans. We have what we are being told is a 2006 van picked out but don’t understand the vin no for 2006. How can I tell if what I’m buying is the year the guy is telling me. What is a 2006 vin no?

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    1. webmaster Post author

      Hi Brian

      I’m afraid I don’t know the answer to your question. If you do a seargh on Google I am sure you will find loads of information to help you.

      Webamster

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      1. Brian

        I did search google with no luck but thanks anyway

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  26. Pat

    Hi
    I tried to join online without success there are no counties listed for the Republic of Ireland I wasted a lot of time at this

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    1. webmaster Post author

      Hi Pat

      Sorry I cannot give you any advice re joining as you have not given details of the website where you tried to join online.

      Webmaster

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  27. Sean Cunningham

    Dear Sir / Madam,

    We are considering buying a caravan and joining a caravan club. We are at the very early stages of this process but we need some advice if you can help. I don’t know if my driving licence (which includes category B) allows me to tow the caravan we are interested in. The caravan is a Tabbert Comtesse 540. which, according to the website is, quote, ”Mass in Running Order weight: 1240 kgs” (I don’t know exactly what that actually means).

    I’ve looked into allowable weights on the RSA website which tells me that, quote, ”The vehicle may tow a trailer (a) where the MAM of the trailer is not greater than 750 kg or (b) where the MAM of the trailer exceeds 750kg the combined MAM of the towing vehicle and the trailer is not greater than 3,500 kg”…… I’m totally confused!

    Do you have any guidelines that might be able to help?

    Thanks & Regards,

    Sean & Lorraine

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    1. webmaster Post author

      HI Sean & Lorraine

      I have a UK Driving licence and to tow a caravan I need group BE, group B on its own is only for a car.

      Without knowing the type of car I cannot advise if it would be suitable for towing the caravan mentioned. Mass in running order is the unladen weight of the caravan without any accessories such as battery, Gas bottle(s), water containers etc. MAM stands for maximum allowable mass (weight). For detailed advice from experts you can go to the Caravan Club website at http://www.caravanclub.co.uk/expert-advice and there are a number of sections there which may help. For some of these sections you have to be a member to access them.

      I am not an expert in the legal aspects of towing so cannot help you further.

      Richard
      Webmaster

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  28. Christopher

    I’ve successfully towed my caravan. So blessed to have done it safely and comfortably. My helper told me that I was a natural, how happy was I? New question though. I’ve bought a generator and it requires me to earth it. Anyone know how to do that? I’ve read that a copper wire into the ground is the way to go. Advice please!

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    1. webmaster Post author

      Glad to hear towing went well for you. Do a Google search and there is plenty of advice available on earthing a generator. Also in the Caravan Club generators can be run from 10am to 10pm in consideration of others. Join The Club and avail of plenty free advice, it is great value!

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  29. Christopher

    Thank you for the quick reply. It might be safer to not get one until I become more familiar with towing the caravan. I’m going to be taken out by an experienced driver who has driven all sorts of trailers including caravans. I tend to be a conservative driver as regards speed anyway but if there is anything else I should know maybe people would give some advice?

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  30. Christopher

    Hi, I am just about to get my first caravan. How can I join the CC and how much is it? Also, I am looking for bike racks for the caravan. Where should I be looking to get these second hand?

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    1. webmaster Post author

      Hi Christopher

      To join the Caravan Club just click the following link and join online http://www.caravanclub.co.uk/join-us the cost is £43.

      Once you join you can also enroll with one of the Irish Centres free of charge and you will get the Irish Division Handbook which details all local activities.

      I have never seen a bicycle rack mounted on a caravan just one that mounts on the car towbar. This mounting increases the nose weight on the towbar and may exceed the towbar limit. If you look on ebay you may find some there.

      Richard
      Webmaster

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  31. Neil Briscoe

    Hi there,

    Neil Briscoe, Editor-At-Large of Completecar.ie here. We’ve had a question from a reader regarding a new car purchase for caravan towing. They’re looking for a 1.6-litre diesel family car to tow a 1,000kg caravan. As I know nothing about towing caravans, would you mind if we tap you up for a little advice on the subject?

    Many thanks,

    Neil.

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    1. webmaster Post author

      Hi Neil

      Thanks for your question. I am not an expert as far as matching cars to caravans is concerned but I feel that a 1600cc car would not have the power needed to tow safely a caravan of 1000kg.

      If you go toi the caravan club website at the following link you will find informative leaflets giving all the advice you need re matching a towcar and caravan http://www.caravanclub.co.uk/expert-advice/choosing-and-buying/choosing-a-towcar/towcar-advice/

      There are a number of leaflets available to download on all the technical aspects along with other information built up by the technical team at headquarters.

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  32. mark starrett

    new site site looks fantastic

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    1. webmaster Post author

      Glad you like it

      Don’t forget to send us information for putting up here

      Richard & Valerie

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  33. Colin McCarthy

    Very good website. should there be a link across from the old site with an appropriate comment, at the moment there are two sites for The Irish Division, a bit confusing.

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    1. webmaster Post author

      Hi Colin

      Glad you like the new Irish Division Website. When you go to http://www.thecaravanclub.ie it will only take you to this site. The old site is no longer accessable.

      Webmaster

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