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Old 08-03-2011, 01:25 PM   #11
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Online reservations even with pictures and info can be misleading. For example this past weekend at Writing on Stone Provincial Park (In Alberta quite close to the US border with Montana and yes a Must see place) the website claimed many sites were for less than 30 foot units. Once there we realized that all of the powered sites would have worked for our 35 feet (with bike rack). Our no service site was lovely (shade most welcome) but I'd have preferred the power.

At Miles Standish State Park in Mass (near Plymouth) the sites again were shown on Reserve America as being for less than 30 feet. That didn't make sense to me given the size of the park and the fact that some were former horse sites. I phoned and the rangers who knew the park indicated which loops would be appropriate for our rig (there were many). I can't help but think that the few motorhomes at that park was due to wrong information on the reserveamerica web site. By the way, that would be a place to stay for a week - lots to do and nice interpretive programs for the children.

I think a phone call and talking to a real person can sometimes make a big difference!

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Old 08-03-2011, 03:48 PM   #12
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We usually study the campground map online, choose our spot then call the campground to reserve it. We tell them why we are interested in that spot and make sure it is what we are looking for.

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Old 08-04-2011, 03:38 PM   #13
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I have been trying to get my wife to fly by the seat of our pants more frequently. I've found that there is no substitute for touring the campground and picking a spot before you put your hard earned money down. I don't like surprises!

We've been burned a few times, I'm sure everyone has, but you live and learn!

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Old 08-04-2011, 07:32 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by Danielflading View Post
we just returned from a sate park here in Texas and we had to drive into the park and around the loop and back to the park office to tell them what sire we wanted before we were allowed to drop anything at the site, maybe anew policy ad we have never had to do that before. We used to drive in a pick a site, drop the camper and then back to the office to tell what site we picked. either way we get to scout our spot.
We really enjoy the Texas State Parks and have had a couple different experiences.

One "let" us drive through the campground before coming into the office.

However, most of them helped us pick a site when we come in and gave us a registration receipt. They would let us change to a different one - if we wanted - but asked that we call them so they didn't assign it to someone else while we were setting up. We could come up later to get a corrected receipt.
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Old 08-04-2011, 08:37 PM   #15
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Overall I haven't had any trouble with ReserveAmerica but once it had almost all the sites at a particular cg listed for handicapped only. It took a while to get it corrected but looks ok now.

Sometimes I will need to change a reservation with RA so by calling I can save one of the fees. I have changed dates, sites, and campgrounds (in various combinations). Once the person was going to charge me the cancellation fee along with the new reservation fee so I ended the call and then called back & got someone with more experience.

Selecting a campsite is getting easier with experience. My main goal is to get a pretty level site with some shade and go from there. Like others I will walk around and make notes on the best sites and ones to avoid. If I haven't been to the cg before I will try to take a day trip to check things out.

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