I just had a rude experience while making a reservation at Cheathum Annex, Yorktown. The Navy portion of the website
wasn't working correctly...which is the norm lately. I called the 1-800-navy-bed telephone reservation system to get a spot for the 4th of July weekend...success! Interesting that they asked if I wanted a 30 foot or 40 foot spot...but they could tell me what spots were where...That should have been my hint. About 30 minutes later I receive a call from Cheathum Annex manager saying they cannot honor my reservation because they will be full for that weekend!! Wait a minute! I just made a reservation on YOUR reservation phone line!? WTH! She explained that the reservation system doesn't know if they are full or not...wait, what? That doesn't make ANY sense! She was very apologetic and said they have been telling the upper echelon about this problem "for some time" with little success. She said she would honor my reservation for any other weekend...but I declined.
The best plan to get into these campgrounds is to call them directly! That's my plan from now on.
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3 years 2 months ago #13809
I am here at Ocean Pines RV Park. I had a conversation with the park manager/host about reservation online and calling 800 number versus calling them directly.
The military RV parks have ran into multiple occasions where the online/800 # will:
- allow over booking, putting the camp host in a bind to deal with disgruntle customers.
- not see vacancies from late cancellations.
- not update the computer system the camp host uses to manage sites.
Here they not only use the computer, but also use the old school white board. They are real thorough and track Souls On Board by adults and children.
So after learning more over a camp fire. I will only call the camp grounds directly from now on.
Just got back from my summer trip and I ran into the same thing with the Navy. Seems that the folks at the 800 number have no idea what's going on at the campgrounds. They had NO available spots at Seabreeze, but I called Seal Beach directly and found out that the 800 number couldn't really "see" the reservation computer at Seabreeze. Made the reservation over the phone with them and had no problems. I guess until the Navy gets their computer systems to talk to each other, my advice would be to call the campground directly.
The only thing wrong with being retired is that you never get a day off!
Dojdokota, $30 per night, no discounts, is not 15 - 20 dollars per night at the RV park.
$85 + is not your 15 - 20 per night either.
Regardless of what a customer pays per night is not the issue. The issue is dirty bath rooms.
There is a expectation of clean properly maintained FamCamp.
Would you pay over $85 per night for a room at Gateway Inns and Suites and not expect clean rooms? and expect that your reservation can be taken care of properly without be jacked around? I don't think so.
UH1-Vietnam wrote: MWR has turned into a money making business. Simple and sweet.
No, Services (MWR) operates under a 100% self sufficient policy service wide. There are no support funds given to any Non Appropriated Funds (NAF) function. Services (MWR) is a NAF function. All the units under Services (i.e. FamCamp) most show a profit or close their doors.
I'm sure there are a couple of units out there that are abusing their charter to show a profit, but don't for one minute believe they are a majority. The $276/night for lodging would be an example of gross abuse.
Complain all you want about the higher costs, but it will not change the fact that all the Services functions HAVE to show a profit these days or close up shop.
Bob Hicks, from Utah
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