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switz
post May 4 2010, 10:46 AM
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With Direct TV (and I assume others) satellite set up for motorhomes, one of the first questions I ask when reserving a spot is "can I get satellite reception from that space?" Just yesterday, I checked into a very nice campground (Lassen KOA, Northern Ca.) and the manager didn't really know. They were nice enough to let me walk around and pick my spot as they weren't crowded at all. I found a perfect spot that got me Direct TV HD.

It would be nice to see an area in the review for what space # one camped in and do they use satellite for TV. If they do, were they able to get reception. Just a thought. Regards, Steve
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post May 9 2010, 11:41 PM
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I like this thread. What frustrates me is someone reviewing a park and says the clothes washer did not work and gave it a 1. The other says the flowers are beautiful and gave it a 10.

I give parks like Rayford Crossing in Spring TX a 9 and Buckhorn Resort in Kerrville TX maybe a 10. The difference between Rayford and Buckhorn is that the concrete sites are level. But they are great. To get a 10 they have to be very good.

I am not complaining for the following, so do not take this in a negative manner. I am just expressing my experience.

I really rely on RV Park Reviews to determine the majority of the campgrounds where I will stay. After reading many reviews that gave no information about the campgrounds being a great place to stay, I tried to make a list of things that I thought were important and saved it in the notepad format.

When I went to review a campground I would use this format. I found out that the list type format was not acceptable to the comment part of the review. So I would remove the carriage return and make the list in a paragraph format which, as I am told, is like one long sentence and was hard to read. I don't really care if anyone knows that I am making a specific post because I am trying to give clear concise information so those trying to find a place can make a good decision. That is what I would like from those that made reviews I am reading to help find an acceptable place to stay.

I am not pointing to the person that PMed me to change the way I posted a review. I am ok with the PM, I just don't know how to make an informative review with out giving facts. I know what I am interested in many may not be.

This is some of the information and the format I used to try to relay to anyone wanting to stay at a campgound that I have stayed at.


Shore Services: 50amp, Sewer good, Water @ psi
WiFi:
AT&T Cell Phone:
Sprint Air Card:
Verizon Air Card:
Cable:
Site:
Site Size:
Site Closeness:
Roads:
Restrooms:
Laundry:
Long term tentants:
Directv Satellite:
Discounts:
Payment:
Additional Charges:

Additional Remarks:


I found out this was not useable in the comment area. So I changed it and it went like this.

Shore Services: 50amp, Sewer good, Water 40 @ psi - Wi-Fi: Good - AT&T Cell Phone: Good - Sprint Air Card: Poor - Verizon Air Card: Very Good - Cable: Poor Could not use on site 5 - Site: Poor. Concrete but broken. Un-level front to back and side to side. - Site Size: Some good - Site Closeness: Good. Can put out awning - Roads: Paved - Restrooms: Good In office - Laundry: Good. 2 W & 2 D $1.00 each - Long term tenants: Few or none - DirecTV Satellite: Open area good signal - Discounts: None - Payment: Credit Card - Additional Charges: None - Additional Remarks: This park has a lot of 30amp and a few 50amp. Come in early and get a better spot. We would stay here again when we come through. I would have rated higher if the site pad were not broken and very unlevel.

This I am told is hard to read and should break it up. I haven't posted again yet, and I will but I guess it might read easier if I put a few carriage returns in and around to make it easier to read. I will try this in the future.

Lastly. I try to give good information and would rather read something in the format that I wrote than something that gives no valuable information about the campground.

Something else would be nice is if we can post a photo showing the park. Many times the park has great photos but when you get there you find it is not half what it seems.

We plan to go to Florida and I found that some of the campgrounds have fees in the 3 digit range. Bluewater Key RV Resort shows to cost $150 per night for some sites. PS this is listed under Bluewater Key rather than Key West Florida.

I apologize for the long post and please receive this in a positive manner. It is meant in a constructive manner.

Thank you for letting me express my thoughts.
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post May 10 2010, 03:13 PM
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What frustrates me is someone reviewing a park and says the clothes washer did not work and gave it a 1. The other says the flowers are beautiful and gave it a 10.


We understand your frustration. We want reviews to have useful information about the campground, its services, and its amenities. Personal accounts or long diatribes are not appropriate for reviews.


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I tried to make a list of things that I thought were important.
I just don't know how to make an informative review with out giving facts.



The items in your list are not the problem. They all convey good, basic information about the campground that many other members would be interested in. We want you to include these things.

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Shore Services: 50amp, Sewer good, Water 40 @ psi - Wi-Fi: Good - AT&T Cell Phone: Good - Sprint Air Card: Poor - Verizon Air Card: Very Good - Cable: Poor Could not use on site 5 - Site: Poor. Concrete but broken. Un-level front to back and side to side. - Site Size: Some good - Site Closeness: Good. Can put out awning - Roads: Paved - Restrooms: Good In office - Laundry: Good. 2 W & 2 D $1.00 each - Long term tenants: Few or none - DirecTV Satellite: Open area good signal - Discounts: None - Payment: Credit Card - Additional Charges: None - Additional Remarks: This park has a lot of 30amp and a few 50amp. Come in early and get a better spot. We would stay here again when we come through. I would have rated higher if the site pad were not broken and very unlevel.


This is the problem. The system will not accept a list format, and because it automatically puts the information in sentence format, the review is difficult to read.

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I guess it might read easier if I put a few carriage returns


I am sorry but putting in more carriage returns will not solve the problem because the system is not programmed to accept it that way.

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I try to give good information and would rather read something in the format that I wrote than something that gives no valuable information about the campground.


Your reviews deserve to be read, but if they are in the format as shown above it is difficult to tell which words go with which characteristic. I am concerned that many people will not even try to read them, and then your effort has been wasted. I wish your format was not a problem, but it is. All I can suggest is that you continue to provide the same information, but try to write it in a sentence format. For example you could say:

"Wi-Fi was good. AT&T Cell Phone was good. Sprint Air Card was poor. Verizon Air Card was very good. Cable was poor and could not be used on site 5."

This has kept every word of your review, but this format is far more readable. Yes, you would have to spend a little more time with this version and put in a few more words, but if it gets more members to read it, it should be worth the added effort.


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Something else would be nice is if we can post a photo showing the park. Many times the park has great photos but when you get there you find it is not half what it seems.


A picutre would be nice, and I agree that park webpages do not always give a true story. The problem is space. This would use up a lot more room on the server. The final word here belongs to the webmaster.

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some of the campgrounds have fees in the 3 digit range.


We have asked the webmaster to expand this field to 3 digits. I am sure he will make the change when he can find the time.

Again the content of your reviews is fine, and I hope this has given you a clear understanding of the problem with the format.
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switz   For Admins: Add Area In Review For Satellite Reception   May 4 2010, 10:46 AM
dalsgal   That would be a benefit to us managers also. Sinc...   May 4 2010, 03:04 PM
RLM   This brings up an issue that I, as a customer of t...   May 5 2010, 06:48 PM
Texasrvers   RLM, It's interesting that you bring this up ...   May 5 2010, 07:54 PM
Jerry S.   I have to side with most of what TX said. Not onl...   May 5 2010, 10:38 PM
John Blue   As TX said we have been work hard to review all it...   May 6 2010, 01:45 PM
pianotuna   Hi, Perhaps do a poll and see how many satellite ...   May 6 2010, 09:11 PM
RLM   I am also a Webmaster. If I had to spend time tryi...   May 7 2010, 08:38 PM
DXSMac   Above all else, the change I would most like to s...   May 7 2010, 09:33 PM
Texasrvers   RLM, You have made some good suggestions and your...   May 7 2010, 10:54 PM
Nolan   What about a place where a person has to add their...   May 9 2010, 12:06 PM
DXSMac   What about a place where a person has to add thei...   May 9 2010, 04:15 PM
Texasrvers   There have been discussions in the past about whet...   May 9 2010, 05:26 PM
TXBobcat   I like this thread. What frustrates me is someone ...   May 9 2010, 11:41 PM
Texasrvers   What frustrates me is someone reviewing a park an...   May 10 2010, 03:13 PM
Denali   ...I found out this was not useable in the comment...   May 10 2010, 05:33 PM
rgatijnet   My reviews all reflect MY OPINION of a campground,...   May 10 2010, 09:07 AM
DXSMac   I forgot who said it, but it still cracks me u...   May 10 2010, 03:37 PM


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