Motorcaravan Club of Ireland. We do like to help if we can.
The Motorcaravan Club of Ireland was formed in 1983 to act as a forum for those like-minded people who are interested in the pursuit of the Motorized caravan.
The Motorcaravan Club has been highly successful in promoting the use of the motor-caravans here in Ireland and has encouraged friendship amongst thousands of people of similar persuasion. It has also supported the tourist industry, and encouraged motor-caravan owners and hirers from other countries to visit Ireland.
Membership of the club is reserved for people who love the free way of life that the motor-caravan can give and are of good character. The Club may require people who seek to join to be recommended by existing members. We may ask a member in the location to recommend an applicant. We make no apology for being selective. and we don’t suffer fools.
We require all applicants to give full name ,address, date of birth, occupation,insurance history, make, model,value and year of the motorcaravan
The club has a very successful Insurance deal underwritten by Europe’s largest insurers Allianz. The annual rate is very competitive. The Club has also negotiated very good rates for members from the following ferry company Stena . These rates are for members and foreign visitors alike. At present the club is recognized as the foremost authority on motor-caravans in Ireland and on many occasions act as consultants to Insurance companies and the Revenue Commissioners regarding importation of Campervans into Ireland.
We have assisted in compiling for the Customs & Excise authorities a list containing accurate ‘Market Values’ for motor-caravans, for the purpose of calculating fair excise duties on importation.
Statistics in 2005 show there were over ten thousand motor-caravans in Ireland. In 2014 that number is almost 20,000 Not a very significant number by UK and continental Europe standards, but then the motor-caravan is comparatively new to Ireland. Not having the support of an industry or Government for many years.
A great leap forward occurred in 1998 when the then Minister for Finance Ruari Quinn TD changed the Motorcaravan V.R.T. from the draconian 33% and reduced it to 13.33% of open market value, quite a substantial drop .
Most motorcaravans here in Ireland are imported. Many are home conversions and some intrepid builders have built a few very good home builds almost equal to those imported. There could be a labour intensive industry here in Ireland building motorcaravans, were it not for high labour costs and overseas competition. Not that motor-caravans should attract any such a duty under the Treaty of Rome free trade agreement, for as a vehicle, they are not commercial. They are strictly private. 90% of motorcaravans are used at weekends and holidays.
Reduced Road Tax
We are now the envy of Europe thanks in no small part to the efforts of the Motor Caravan Club of Ireland. We have achieved the lowest rate of road tax in Europe, (€102), and with the club, you can insure a camper-van full comprehensive for less than €350 all year, provided you are aged between 25 and 80 years with a full clean driving license and a positive proof of driving experience.
This insurance policy is full and complete; there are no restrictions, terms or conditions and you don’t have to have another vehicle. The Club do insure vehicles that are properly converted low roof but must be from commercial vans not cars or people carriers
The Club has negotiated with Mondial a very good annual breakdown and recovery (from anywhere in Europe) deal for all members from 2006 and going forward. details from the club . Mondial AGA as they are now known have changed the rules and as of 2014 they will not cover for campervans in excess of 7 Mtrs in length
International Motorcaravan Festival & Trade Show (Suspended temporarily)
The Motorcaravan Club of Ireland have for over 30 years hosted the biggest Motorcaravan Trade Show and Rally Festival in Ireland which traditionally took place every June week end. In 2005 it was on the Racecourse in Wexford and in 2006 it returned to Ballinrobe probably the nicest racecourse in Ireland. The event was very successful but the recession in 2008 took its toll and the Club had to downsize .The last great Rally Show was in Roscommon Racecourse in 2008, It then moved to Ballyshannon Caravan Park where it was held for 2 years. It has since been held on other caravan parks and rugby club location ,but as the economy recovers we are hopeful for a Phoenix like return
The Motorcaravan Club own and operate the very successful and much sought after Tavern Trail, (That’s an exclusive list of Good Pubs hotels and other places where members may overnight in their motorcaravans). This is only given to full paid up members of the Motorcaravan Club and free to overseas visitors.
Self Build Booklet
The Motorcaravan Club of Ireland have their own self build booklet. Ideal for anybody converting a Ducato, Transit, Mercedes. Iveco van, this only available to members.
The Motorcaravan Club of Ireland is the only ( to use a generic term) “caravanning related pursuit” organization in Ireland, with an office open 5 days a week, 9.30 to 5.00 pm. Telephone lines are open 24/7 by answering machine , just leave a message and we do return all calls.