We have been members of Caravan Club for 15yrs now. We were also members of Camping & Caravan Club for about three years. Membership of both seemed unecessary to our needs and we reverted just to the CC which, along with use of various private sites, has more than fulfilled our needs. Being now based in southern Scotland, it must be said that there appear to be a bigger network of CCC sites & their CLs (hideaways or whatever they call them) in Scotland than there are CC sites. What we have found in the past is that many of the CL sites aren't too particular about whether their clients are members of either club. One CC CL site that we use every few weeks is situated in Abbey Village in Lancashire, between Blackburn & Chorley. It's ideal for our purposes as it is central to various family members who we visit. The Duckworths, who are the site owners, are particular about membership and won't allow double axle caravans because of the damage to the ground that they can cause. This is fair as you are effectively taking up residence in their garden and they are open all years round. One of the benefits of Dandys is that many CLs, of both clubs, are licenced for five caravans only but can take as many tents as they can accomodate. Dandys seem to fit neatly into a hybrid bracket.
The situation in Scotland is also different in that wild camping is both acceptable and legal. It means that use of lay-bys, many car park as well as open land is open to use. Dependant on local bye-laws which seem to be more relaxed the further north you go and the permission of any relevent landowners. For anyone interested it's worth googling 'Scotland - freedom of access' and having a read up. If anyone were to consider a trip to the Outer Hebrides, as we did two years ago, you will find that wild camping is actively encouraged as there are very few campsites. Amenities can be found at all of the ferry terminals for fresh water, waste & chemical loo disposal and most of them are equipped with washing and shower facilities. Many of the villages also have village halls which leave their toilets open around the clock for passing tourists and, again, many are equipped with showers for which there is a small charge. The islands are well worth a visit, especially if the weather is reasonable, and whilst there is the obvious cost of ferries it is countered by minimum costs for camping.
Perhaps it's our age, or that we're just unsociable, but we shy away from busy, commercial sites and do seek quieter areas, unless accompanied by any family members. This was one reason why the Islands was a special trip. It was wonderful to camp in beautiful scenery with neighbours who were often more than quarter of a mile away. The use of CLs, even in their more basic form is the main reason that we are members of the CC. Another plus point is The savings involved. The cost of fuel and charges on a commercial site can make even a weekend away expensive. Use a CL, save money and go away twice!