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Old 04-11-2016, 03:05 PM   #1
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Anyone Parked Bambi 16 in a Motel's Parking Lot Before?

Tow suv has 4 adults and 1child on road trip. I'm thinking of booking a room in a motel for 2 adults and just park the bambi within the motel's parking lot for one night. Is it usually accepted?
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Old 04-11-2016, 03:10 PM   #2
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Personally, If I owned the motel, I would not be happy. What is to keep the people in the trailer out of the motel room, using the shower, the other services, the pool and so on. They are not running a campground, but a motel.

I would call the motel in advance to get their opinion. My guess is the answer is no.
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Old 04-11-2016, 03:12 PM   #3
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I did that when I had my 1966 Airstream. On the way home from picking her up we stayed in a motel the first night. The owner was so excited that he let us park it right in front of his place. I was able to keep an eye on it from the room.
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Old 04-11-2016, 03:27 PM   #4
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We parked our Bambi II at a hotel on the delivery trip home. No issues with the hotel but we stayed in the hotel room we paid for. I think most hotels would have no problem with you parking the trailer in their lot but probably would have an issue with people staying in it and using hotel facilities.
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Old 04-11-2016, 03:38 PM   #5
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You pay for a room, you are a guest. I don't see why they should object.
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Old 04-11-2016, 04:05 PM   #6
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Similar to Walmart etiquette.

I've seen small motor homes in high end hotel parking lots. ( Hiltons, Marriotts and such ). I think motels would have issues with anybody staying in an RV even though you paid for a room ( security, illegal activity, what it looks like to other guests, insurance ) It's not what we think is fair….It's how the manager feels about it.
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Old 04-11-2016, 05:36 PM   #7
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Some of the replies seem to have missed the point that two adults and one child would be sleeping in the trailer overnight, did I get this right?

The facility might say OK, but best to ask ahead of time. Maybe you should offer to pay for extra beds for the room (without them being installed)?
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Old 04-11-2016, 05:48 PM   #8
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As has been mentioned call & ask, problem solved!
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Old 04-11-2016, 06:11 PM   #9
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I've parked at a motel more than a few times with a 30' trailer attached to a pickup. I asked, the management said no problem. No one slept in the trailer.
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Old 04-11-2016, 07:39 PM   #10
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We had a rather unique experience when traveling to Newfoundland. The ship was bound for Port Aux Basques and one of the couples we met on the ferry owned the hotel/ motel at the port.
As it was going to be about 1am when we arrived and the nearest RV park was out of town, they asked us if we wanted to camp out in their parking lot near the office so we could access the Wi Fi. He even dragged out an extension cord for us.
Now that was hospitality.


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Old 04-11-2016, 08:50 PM   #11
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Ok, seems it's totally depend on mgr/owner's mood. Will call ask.
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Old 04-11-2016, 09:25 PM   #12
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You'd also have to consider the size of the parking lot. If you're in a central city at a convention type hotel, and have to pay to park a car in a garage, forget about it. You'd also probably have a 9 foot ceiling and impossible turns to get it in or out. In a more rural or "off the interstate" situation the decision will also depend on how full the motel is - if the parking lot is 1/2 empty, you will be more likely to be welcomed.

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No, we have done this in the past when traveling by car and had a passenger stay in the car. Passenger got up next morning and used the toilet in the room. Manager went ballistic and charged us for third person. They are in business to make a profit and do not feel folks shaving the nickel a bit help their business model.

Now - if I paid for a room and preferred to stay in the trailer, I would have a hard time accepting the manager's objection to my enjoying a better bed when he got his full rate for the room. Have thought this might be default solution if no RV Park site was available and a motel room was.

So - ask and negotiate first. If they got a problem, go down the road. Worst case you sleep on the floor of the trailer in a Walmart parking lot or line up early for breakfast at the Cracker Barrel.

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I have stayed in a motel a few times while towing my 25FB (when making a mid-winter run south with temperatures well below freezing. Always asked, never was a problem. Some of the places near major highways have a lot out back for big rigs and other trailers.
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