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Old 01-16-2016, 05:14 PM   #43
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I know it's expensive but does anyone stay at the Hampton Inn or similar roadside hotel for the evening on long journeys?
Sure, there are times in a long journey when stopping at a hotel/motel for one night, with the trailer hitched up and ready-to-go in the morning, makes perfect sense IMO.

The circumstances for pausing for the night are so plentiful that it doesn't make sense to speculate . . .

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Old 01-16-2016, 05:22 PM   #44
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I know it's expensive but does anyone stay at the Hampton Inn or similar roadside hotel for the evening on long journeys?
We have given it some thought, but the trailer has worked out so well, we have not been inclined to stay at a hotel/motel. We stay at the La Quinta motel chain when without the trailer, because they are very dog friendly.

We have threatened to stay at a motel when it's less expensive than an RV park, but that's not going to be a Hampton. More likely an econospecial.

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If we ever have to park the trailer at a motel, we will sell it when we get home.
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Old 01-16-2016, 05:32 PM   #46
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If we ever have to park the trailer at a motel, we will sell it when we get home.
Seems a bit extreme IMO.

There are absolutely no circumstances under which it might make sense?

Zero? An unforeseen blizzard for instance? A medical emergency?

Sometimes plain old exhaustion on a long trip with an arrival deadline can justify a stop for a night in a motel IMO, with an early morning start to make time . . .

Simple logic.

Perhaps you might consider softening your line so that Sjcjr, a relative newcomer, might appreciate the range of possibilities?
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There is a nice motel in Wisconsin on Lake Michigan that has camping. One gets to use the motel facilities. There is laundry, pool, hot tubs, exercise room and restaurant. I would stay there.
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I totally agree with you in safe areas or once you've reached your travel destination. But during the journey and in remote areas, safety is a concern when traveling with only your spouse (and loaded Smith and Wesson of course). It only takes one overnight parking mistake for something serious to go wrong. (I know it can happen anywhere!) I haven't done it but wonder if others have. I'll bet others with similar concerns have done so at times. If so, I would like to hear from them.

I've always been able to find a campground-
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If we ever have to park the trailer at a motel, we will sell it when we get home.

I agree.
When I drive by a hotel and see an RV in the parking lot I just shake my head.


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Well boys...I've stayed in a hotel with our airstream in the parking lot a couple times. It gives me a chance to "color my hair" without messing up my perfect airstream. lol
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When I drive by a hotel and see an RV in the parking lot I just shake my head.
It's a perfectly viable option for a Northerner en route to warmer climes with a winterized RV that won't get un-winterized until it reaches its destination. Especially in a part of the country where all of the campgrounds are closed for the winterů
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Yes, but i was talking aboutME, not someone else.
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It's a perfectly viable option for a Northerner en route to warmer climes with a winterized RV that won't get un-winterized until it reaches its destination. Especially in a part of the country where all of the campgrounds are closed for the winterů
Yes I agree,

I keep all options open just depending on what circumstances we run into on the road

I think we have only stopped at a motel once in 18 years when pulling our trailer south for our annual winter getaway.

Just a combination of bad road conditions that prevented us reaching the destination I had planned for the night, plus getting quite late and dark in cold snowy weather, plus feeling tired, then coming across a half decent looking economical motel with a huge carpark - just seemed the thing to do!

I would do exactly the same thing again in a similar situation - why the
heck not?! Nothing to be ashamed of - just a sensible decision under the circumstances IMHO!

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Recently we were at Babler State Park, near St. Louis, and were headed to Cypress, TX, NW of Houston. First I asked the map program to route me from one to the other. Obviously that is FAR more miles than anyone would want to drive in one stretch. Once I had the general route, though, I broke it down to comfortable daily drives (200-250 miles per leg). Then I looked for COE or State parks at appropriate locations. That method actually took me a few miles more than the absolute direct route, but gave me two nights at no cost (I visited the Foretravel factory for a minor repair).

So far we've not had to boondock and have stayed in commercial parks only a couple of times.

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I plan, and then make a contingency plan. If I come to the point, or place, where I am to afraid to be locked inside my AS at night, I will just go home, sell my rig, and lock myself in my house... where, by the way, I am probably no safer, just in a more familiar place.
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