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Old 07-05-2003, 09:33 PM   #1
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I just completed a trip with my family, about 3000 miles over 14 days, I made reservations along the way to insure ourselves of a place to stay. I had transmission problems 3 days into the trip and almost had to return home early. I was just wondering why the campgrounds haven't tried to be more consumer friendly regarding cancellations of reservations. Almost every hotel chain allows cancellation of reservations up until 4 pm of the day of arrival. After getting home I looked at my online banking statement and noticed almost all of the campgrounds had charged my credit card for my 1 night of camping well before I arrived. Not a very good way to ensure return business if the CG owners are just out to get that fee regardless if you show up or not, no matter what the circumstances.
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Old 07-05-2003, 09:33 PM   #2
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I just completed a trip with my family, about 3000 miles over 14 days, I made reservations along the way to insure ourselves of a place to stay. I had transmission problems 3 days into the trip and almost had to return home early. I was just wondering why the campgrounds haven't tried to be more consumer friendly regarding cancellations of reservations. Almost every hotel chain allows cancellation of reservations up until 4 pm of the day of arrival. After getting home I looked at my online banking statement and noticed almost all of the campgrounds had charged my credit card for my 1 night of camping well before I arrived. Not a very good way to ensure return business if the CG owners are just out to get that fee regardless if you show up or not, no matter what the circumstances.
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Old 07-06-2003, 02:38 AM   #3
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The campground should tell you what their cancellation policy is when you make the reservation. Most campgrounds will charge your card at that time. If you encounter a problem you should call the campground and explain your circumstances. Each campground will handle the situation differently. Be sure to ask what the cancellation policy is if they don't tell you and ask when they will charge your card.

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> Not a very good way to ensure return business if the CG owners are just out to get that fee regardless if you show up or not, no matter what the circumstances. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

CG owners are not out to get that fee. They possibly turned away business to hold that reservation for you. If you do not want to pay the fee then don't make a reservation.

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We have found that generally it is not necessary to make a reservation. Maybe if we are going to a destination area...we would make one. If in doubt I will call the campground to ask if they feel I need a reservation. Usually I am told that to guaranty a space I need one but that they have plenty of site.

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