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doxiemom11

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Posted: 12/23/19 07:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We actually prefer, first come-first serve. When it's full, it's full. We do use recreation.gov for COE parks, but many of them also have non-reservable sites that are available on a first come basis. We also travel and don't necessarily know where we are going to want to stop. Have used e-mail or phone to check availability at campgrounds an hour or so down the road. If you don't have your rates on your website, I won't bother. I'll look for a campground that doesn't need to keep secrets and I'd never pay a lock in fee. We don't group camp.

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Thank all of you for your ideas, comments and concerns.
To answer some questions or concerns, Yes we are selling, actualy nearing contract. We have researched every online res. system that could work with our camp, as it is not a uniform camp, campspot.com is the only online system that shows all our unique criteria and intimate knowledge of our sites, thus guaranteeing best match and satisfaction for those who prefer to reserve that way.
All our previous reservation request (old way, phone email ) is active and encouraged for the onliners to call ahead if you have any concern or request
We are setting this up with full knowlege and approval of the new operators, as a added value for you our guests and an option that over half of reservists prefer.
On my survey I asked 5 questions.
Responses generally were mixed about 50/50. Some only online, some only in personal contact. You can always call then complete in the online way to make the instant reservation or go through our request a res. which may take a day or 2 . .

Site lock fee seemed understood. Guess its a new thing for some. For instance, If you designate you only want a particular site such as #60, or # 49 for their special attributes for a small fee that site will be Locked and gauranteed for you. You will not be moved to another site we have deemed equal or better for our occupancy optimization
If you designate a site type with your dates, equipment size and configuration you will see which sites are available that suit you. There will be representative photos of that type of site to view. To see actual 2019 photos of each site, go to campsitephotos.com linked on our home page
If you do not designate a specific site with the reasonable site lock fee, then the system will shift you to another site we have deemed equal or better with the attributes you input on your online reservation. You will get an instant email if this happens.
Again, We have administrative control. Should you be concerned , CALL
We have blocked out some sites as unreservable for staff, walk ups and some others we designated as unsuitable for large units, for the unforseen such as day early arrivals or those unfortunate with a health or equipment issue that delays departure on schedule.
As these are rare, but necessary occurances, we must serve our reserved guests first.
Therefore, if you see no availability online CALL! There may well be
Thank tou all for your comments and concerns
To you all We wish you a very merry Christmas
We and all our staff thank you for assuring ours is .

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1- I always call 2 days out for a weekday reservation (Sunday to thursday). 5 days ahead for a weekend reservation (Friday and saturday) I enjoy talking to the staff and they always seem to find a site that serves our needs.
2- Yes
3- No
4- Doesn't matter because I usually call ahead
5- Dont know because haven't camped with a group yet.


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Reserve America is simple to use. On my contact list...

My favorite state park is in my phone.

I guess it's easier because we are retired, but arriving during the middle of the week, has always given me a large choice in sites.
Exceptions are at Yellowstone and other high usage National Parks.

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1- is it worth your trouble. to reserve online? No phone or email? Secure deposit and payment? instant confirmation?

I reserve on a map online unless there is really no other option I don't want to call and I don't go if I don't have a reservation

2- Are you OK with a site lock fee?
yes as long as its not excessive

3- Are you OK with an equal or better site we designate should the system shift your site to optimize our occupancy? If you did not designate a specific site, area or need?
no I book a site I expect that site

4- Accessibiliy in our camp is of highest concern therefore, we have locked out certain sites for reservation for staff, or because those sites have special needs like a dang good driver . Call or email if the system tells you no availibility. Might not be true.
list requirements per site like the Ontario Parks website does. you get filtered results based on what you fill in. their site is actually good (though their management isn't) if you cheat the filters and end up with a site that isn't good for you, that's your fault.

5- Groups can reserve differently. For adjoining sites and cabins, a reservation locks all those requested for a period until each party confirms with administrative hold.
rules are rules, we often book multiple sites, just means we do it together at the same time.

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Id recommend checking out the Ontario parks site. their reservation system is great.

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Rarely make a far out reservation unless it is for something special like a festival of some sort or over a holiday weekend.

Seldom make a reservation at all while on the road & when we do it will most likely be for same day arrival & made by phone, always getting name of the person taking the reservation.

Call us old fashioned but we like the personal touch.


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Ha. I had a choice between 2 campgrounds at the end of the month. I literally chose the one that I could reserve online vs. the one I had to call the park.


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For most RV resorts I tend to call because it's common that various discounts can not be applied their the online reservation system.


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Whats your vote?
1- is it worth your trouble. to reserve online? No phone or email?
Secure deposit and payment? instant confirmation? I still prefer to phone in a reservation for a private park, because I usually have questions. I'm more than happy to give a deposit. If I HAVE to book online, I will - and then call you later with questions.

2- Are you OK with a site lock fee? Yes

3- Are you OK with an equal or better site we designate should the system shift your site to optimize our occupancy? If you did not designate a specific site, area or need?
I usually have specific sites in mind, like being close to a pet walking area; or the restrooms

4- Accessibiliy in our camp is of highest concern therefore, we have locked out certain sites for reservation for staff, or because those sites have special needs like a dang good driver . Call or email if the system tells you no availibility. Might not be true.
I want to believe what the map says; but also understand that sometimes there are those "special spots", which is why I call. Our little camping van is perfect for special spots.

5- Groups can reserve differently. For adjoining sites and cabins, a reservation locks all those requested for a period until each party confirms with administrative hold.
That makes sense.

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I use both online and phone. If I am going to a popular area I try and make a reservation. When I do this I like to see a map of the CG & which spaces are available. When traveling we use a camping app and wife calls a CG in the are we hope to stop for the night. This gives us flexibility to find something if the place we call is full. When looking for over night I just want a space with power & water in a safe area. I check reviews before calling. I know I'll find at least one who posts all bad, just can't please everyone.


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