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Old 03-25-2013, 01:58 PM   #1
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Camping Card International?

In doing some reading for my upcoming trip to Europe, where I'm planning to use campgrounds a lot of the time, I came across a reference to the Camping Card International. This is a card which campground owners will accept in lieu of a passport as security that you're not going to leave without paying. The CCI site lists regional and national organizations which you can join to get a CCI. In the US, it's the Family Campers and RVers club. So, I joined up, and when my membership packet arrived, no mention of a CCI. An email to them (which I clearly should have done first, but perhaps you can get some of my $30 worth of wisdom) reveals that they don't have anything to do with CCIs any more. I've got a follow-up email in to them asking what my next step should be.

But perhaps you, gnarly moto-friends, can help me out. Is there some other way to get a CCI? Is there some alternative to a CCI? I'm not fond of the idea of handing over my passport to a campground owner.
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Old 03-25-2013, 11:53 PM   #2
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You can get it on the spot. You can sign up on every camping that uses it.
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Old 03-26-2013, 03:16 AM   #3
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It's been a few year since I camped abroad but I never used one. I used to leave my passport as it's locked away safely. In the twenty or so year I've been travelling around Europe, I've not had a bad experience doing so.

If you go to France, I recommend you try and use the municipal campsites. Cheap and cheerful but they have everything you need and are usually close to the town or village so you don't have far to stagger back at night The more expensive sites, especially those in tourist areas, have bars and somewhere to eat on site.

http://www.campingcardinternational.com/cci/

It looks like there is an app for your phone. That is if it has android or is an iPhone. I don't know how that would work though. I'll have to look into it.

This is a good site for motorcycle friendly / motorcycle only camping.

http://www.motobotc.co.uk/

I'd also recommend this place in Germany.

http://www.bikertreff.de/

Free camping so long as you buy breakfast. A friend and I went there a few year back. Two of us camping, evening meal, loads of alcohol and breakfast and it came to 66 euros! The food is top notch too.

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Old 03-26-2013, 03:22 AM   #4
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I've just downloaded the app and it's just a guide to where campsites are situated. Still very useful for the next time I go abroad.
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Old 03-27-2013, 11:36 PM   #5
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I once bought an international camping card and it was not very useful, small discount meant I never got my money back and I found myself wasting time finding sites where it was accepted rather than just stopping at any suitable site, in my opinion not worth having.
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Old 03-28-2013, 02:49 AM   #6
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i agree with Mortis (thebrit). I have been camping for over 35 years all over europe. Never used that CCI. Give your passport or if you don't want to give it than pay in advance. Never had any problems. And yes.. in France take the campings municpales. There's a site on internet where you can track them on a map: http://www.camping-municipal.org/ France is the easiest country to camp in europe.
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:58 AM   #7
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Cool, thanks for the thoughts. I had the impression paying in advance wasn't an option, so that's good to know.
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Old 03-29-2013, 10:11 AM   #8
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I'm not fond of the idea of handing over my passport to a campground owner.
Any particular reason? I've done it for over twenty years in Europe and never had problem yet. It is locked away so no one can steal it if that's what you're worried about.

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