What is a Rally?


A rally is...

A gathering of friends where it’s free and easy for you to do what you want. We have a communal tent to get together in the evening for a chat with our fellow rally goers. Rallying is about enjoying your caravan or motorhome without the high cost of commercial sites, rally fees start from £5.00 per night. We have members in the club who have been rallying for 40 years and younger members who are just starting out. Weekend rallies are within County Durham, Northumberland and North Yorkshire as you will find on our Rally Programme. A normal weekend will start on a Friday afternoon with some rallies starting on the Thursday afternoon. The weekend is free for you to do whatever you want, we sometimes get together on a Saturday for a Barbecue at about 17.00 and later in the evening we get together in the communal tent. It is not compulsory to join in but it is the ideal way to meet new friends. On the Sunday morning you are invited to join us for coffee morning at 11.00 where the rally marshal provides coffee, tea and biscuits. With the exception of Bank Holidays, most rallies will finish on a Sunday but it depends on the weather and other commitments as to what time most members will go home. As we use farmers’ fields generally there are no facilities for electric hook up or toilets although there is always a fresh water point and chemical toilet disposal points. So if there are no electrics or washing facilities, just how do you cope? The modern caravan/motorhome is well equipped for you to enjoy with toilet and shower facilities built in. Both the fire and fridge will operate off your gas and all caravans/motorhomes have 12 volt lights in them. You can purchase televisions that will operate from you 12 volt battery, so what more could you want? The question that we often get asked is 'will my battery last a weekend'? The simple answer is YES, you just need to think a little more carefully and there are a few options to consider: Only have the lights on that you need. Some caravan/motorhome spot lights use a lot of electricity so consider which lights you use. Some have changed to LED lights that use even less power. Consider purchasing a solar panel, they are inexpensive and help keep your battery topped up, even with our bad weather! Carry a spare battery, especially if you want to watch a lot of television. Consider purchasing a generator, again these are relatively inexpensive now. We have guidelines for the use of generators on the field. Always make sure you carry a spare gas bottle and it’s full, and if you are rallying in cold weather use propane gas as it won't freeze.

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