Motorcaravan Club Ireland was formed in 1983 to act as a forum for those likeminded people who are interested in the pursuit of the Motorized caravan.
The Motorcaravan Club has been highly successful in promoting the use of the motorcaravans here in Ireland and has encouraged friendship amongst thousands of people of similar persuasion. It has also supported the tourist industry, and encouraged motorcaravan 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 motorcaravan can give and are of good character. The Club require people who seek to join to be recommended by existing members.
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 companies Stena and Celtic Ferries. These rates are for members and foreign visitors alike. At present the club is recognized as the foremost authority on motorcaravans in Ireland and on many occasions act as consultants to 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 motorcaravans, for the purpose of calculating fair excise duties on importation.
Statistics in 2005 show there are over ten thousand motorcaravans in Ireland. Not a very significant number by UK and continental Europe standards, but then the motorcaravan 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 announced the Motorcaravan V.R.T. would be reduced to 13.33% of open market value as distinct from the draconian 33%.
Most motorcaravans here in Ireland are imported. Some are home conversions and some intrepid builders have built a few very good home builds. There could be a labour intensive industry here in Ireland building motorcaravans, were it not for high labour costs and overseas competition. Not that motorcaravans 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 Motorcaravans Club Ireland. We have achieved the lowest rate of road tax in Europe, (€78), and with the club, you can insure a campervan full comprehensive for less than €330 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 has negotiated with Mondial a very good annual breakdown and recovery (from anywhere in Europe) deal for all members for 2006 and going forward. details from the club .
International Motorcaravan Festival & Trade Show
The Motorcaravan Club of Ireland host the biggest Motorcaravan Trade Show and Rally Festival in Ireland which takes 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 Rally in 2007 will be on the June weekend in Roscommon on the racecourse. See the greatest collections of motorcaravans in Ireland all in one place Accessories as well..
The Motorcaravan Club own and operate the very successful 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.
The Motorcaravan Club of Ireland have their own self build booklet "So you would like to build a Motorcaravan.
The Motorcaravan Club of Ireland the only (is to use a generic term) “caravanning related pursuit” organization in Ireland with an office open 5 days a week 220.127.116.11PM telephone calls between 7.30 and 9 each evening (these times can change if circumstances necessitates.