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Old 05-09-2014, 12:21 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by Kaadk View Post
Oh, I agree, there's a distinct difference between a request for a reservation and an actual reservation system. But it does seem to be what I encounter more so than not unless I'm booking a provincial/state park. And at least it is a a way to receive requests for reservations online. Now I wouldn't trust my visa number to site using that, but I would rather send it that way than calling in. At lot of times I'll be booking these in between other work and sitting on the phone trying to make sure my name's spelled right, etc. doesn't work for me.

P.S. I do know just about how much work it is to build systems and integrate with other systems. It's what I do for a living.

I think we're on the same page. I'm realizing now that I didn't read your post as well as I should have and seem to have repeated some of what you wrote.

I hear you that you fill out the forms in between other activities. I generally have a distrust of them as I have had bad luck with hearing back from "contact us" forms. While I'm pretty allergic to calling people any more, I do do it for campground reservations. The most recent was Knoebels.

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Old 05-09-2014, 06:58 AM   #22
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That was the point I was getting at. I know some of the users here are tech savy, and some may actually be in the industry. But the general population does not understand what it takes to actually run a site with a reservation system to allow online reservation and tracking to avoid overbooking. It also requires either linking to software the campground is using for reservations and billing, or become the reservation system completely. And that is just the system side of it, then you need the business to strictly use the application which also means having stable internet to connect to it.

State parks, and members of KOA or other networks have that financial advantage of a larger group keeping all that up and running while the campground themselves also have some form of support to continue to have internet connectivity. The smaller campgrounds just do not have the overhead money to make that possible to keep up and maintain a system like that. Just this forum while it runs smoothly most of the time, still needs maintenance to the front end web server and the back end data base supporting it. Without regular care and maintenance it will go down and data will be lost.

Maybe a developer out here can come up with a cost affective solution of a universal plugin system for smaller campgrounds can subscribe for a service to allow online reservations and tracking of all reservations through the click of a mouse. They dont even have to get into secure payment.

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Old 05-09-2014, 06:38 PM   #23
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Old 05-09-2014, 06:50 PM   #24
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Originally Posted by Stg1 View Post
In Texas, our State Parks take reservations, but not specific sites. However, the Corp Parks will let you reserve a specific site up to 3 months in advance.
Texas Parks & Wildlife is running a pilot on site specific reservation at one of the state parks. (I can't remember which one) If successful I expect to see it state wide next year.
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Maybe there is no internet service at the campground? No cell phone coverage?

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