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GraciesDaddy

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Posted: 04/16/14 12:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

For some reason, I just don't trust a campground that does not have a website. If I am here, on RVParkReviews, GoodSam, BigRigResorts, etc., and the website link leads me to RVParkList.com (which lists absolutely NO reviews) I'm left to wonder just how interested the CG owner is in maintaining good customer relations? I mean, nowadays, one can set up a site for free or nearly so... Even Old People (like me) would likely have a grandson/daughter, niece/nephew 'Net savvy enough to put up SOMEthing; even if it's just a few photos, their rates and amenities and things to visit that're nearby. Perhaps a couple of testimonials from previous customers. I firmly believe that a good CG owner wants feedback about their level of service. I also believe that, were I an owner, I'd be bustin' booty to find out who posted that negative review on RVPRs and do whatever I could to make it right! Even Google, nosy as they can be, give business owners the opportunity to respond to customer comments and offer to turn that customer around should they have had a bad experience.

Without a website, all I'm left with is the (usually negative) comments from those who have taken the time to post something online... Even then, sometimes that person can be impossible to please, anyway; or have a bone to pick with that particular CG. I have even found myself in the habit of going to GoogleEarth to see what a not-so-well-rated CG's neighborhood is like! I look to see if I can tell if there ARE older, permanent campers parked there! Sometimes, the campgrounds do reflect their surroundings and look like a collection of meth labs. Sometimes, they look like oases of calm amidst chaos. Sometimes, I can't tell one way or the other. Looking DOES affect my choices, though. Not always in a good way.

Sorry to be so long-winded about this. I just get rather passionate about such things when there is such a very, very simple solution to them.


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Posted: 04/16/14 12:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

All the better campgrounds I've been to have websites. There's some real dumps out their so I agree with you.


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I would imagine that some RV campgrounds are not as techno-savvy as their customers or choose not to have a website for other reasons.
It's all good, IMO. I'd rather leave the techno behind on some occasions and camping with people wandering about waving a cell phone to get coverage gets boring.


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Posted: 04/16/14 02:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I usually draw the line at places with no current reviews on rvparkreviews.com. Websites represent an investment and overhead, especially for less technological owners.


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Websites are cheap these days for small businesses. I get that some owners may less than tech saavy, but in my experience the ones that don't have a web site are usually pretty old places that haven't been well maintained.


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When I'm tired and traveling I don't need a Web Site. Just need a level spot to park, eat, and sleep. I never make reservations when in between Home and final Destination. I sometimes make reservations for FD if it is a crowded location.
My final destination is usually one that I have stayed at before.


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A lot of campground web sites have old pictures of things to do close by, some kids with face paint or a camper with no one else around to make the cities look bigger.





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Posted: 04/16/14 04:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

K Charles wrote:

A lot of campground web sites have old pictures of things to do close by, some kids with face paint or a camper with no one else around to make the cities look bigger.


That's why I don't put much cotton in a CGs website.


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A lot of campground web sites have old pictures of things to do close by, some kids with face paint or a camper with no one else around to make the sites look bigger. If you know where you're going then you know, if you are just passing thru then who cares, if it's to bad just move on.

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I, too, like a good website with up to date info - especially rates - and a way to email or make a reservation on a form, because I have difficulty on the phone. Photos are nice but useless without information.

But one of the mst enjoyable places we ever stayed had no web site and had never appeared in RV Park Reviews. So you just never know.


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