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Old 04-23-2006, 11:45 AM   #1
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No more motels!!!!!

Never ever will we get a motel room again. We went to a wedding this weekend and stayed in a motel (Hampton Inn) not again the Airstream will go with us even if we have to stay in a parking lot. Upon checkin we found out our tv in the room was not working and the room had a odor we were able to get the first night free and the next morning they fixed the tv. My husband made the statement if we had the Airstream we would have tv. When we pulled in the driveway and Peppy was looking at us I felt so bad we didnt let him go it will be the last time. The wedding was great the pre party's and reception great beer and wine and a wonderfull band.


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Old 04-23-2006, 12:08 PM   #2
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Smile Oh yeah I hear you on that one!

Sorry you had that experience, we've had similar and I know just what you mean!! We stayed at an airport hotel (Alcoa) near Knoxville, ugh, everything smelled like cigarette smoke in a non smoking room, even the pillows, glad we brought the little guys own stuff so he didn't have to deal with that. Yuck! It was a "Hilton" too--go figure...if only we'd had the vacation time we would have taken the airstream....
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Old 04-23-2006, 12:21 PM   #3
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That is one thing we enjoy about our AS. We know who has been sleeping in our bed. Speaking of Hampton, we had reservations at the Hampton Inn in N Kansas City last year and after seeing the room, refused to stay at the motel. There were several long black hairs on one pillow case of the neatly made bed and spots of dried white substance (dna?) on the floor near the edge of the bed. My wife freaked out and demanded our money back.

At least if there is a hair on the pillow case in our AS, we know its ours!

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Old 04-23-2006, 01:01 PM   #4
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I travel for work a lot (about 110 nights last year) and have 'seen it all' in motel rooms, at one time or another. Best not to think about it...

Staying in my Airstream is a luxury, especially when it's parked in a campsite at my favorite lake!
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Old 04-23-2006, 05:27 PM   #5
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One must stay in a Motel every once in a while and you realize how nice the Airstream really is,

We took a 10 day road trip without the Airstream last year to southern Florida , it will not happen again without the Airstream !!!!!

200 dollars a night and I prefer my Roadhouse .
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Old 04-23-2006, 07:23 PM   #6
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Ditto, ditto, ditto and Amen! We've seen those "Black Light" news stories where the go into five star resorts and show the walls, beds, toilet areas and the like under the black light. YUCK!
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Old 04-24-2006, 06:03 PM   #7
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After just spending 10 weeks and 4K+ miles in mine, I must say there's no place like home on the road. I do wish the shower was bigger though......
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Old 04-25-2006, 12:12 AM   #8
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Hey, it least you know!!!

Tamis -

Hey, at least that shower is YOURS!!! You know everything that went on there... and everywhere else.


Nuf said!

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Old 04-25-2006, 12:33 AM   #9
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We stayed in a motel the night we picked up our AS from th PO. The motel wasn't bad....inside. However It was definitely not trailer friendly. No pull-thru and this was at a national chain! Only one way in or out. I pulled in before I realized that so then had to experience backing my 26 footer for the first time (around a corner no less!) I just took it slow and managed to do it without smashing anyone/thing. Had to park it in the Denny's lot next door.
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Old 04-25-2006, 01:06 AM   #10
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My 'Homeward bound' journey...

My homeward bound journey also found me in such a national chain lot. 1st trailer to us so we weren't ready yet to overnight, hence the national chain.... Today is another story.... I am READY baby!!!!!!!

Anywhooo, I also had the '46 point' turnaround that avoided all of the numerous objects (semi's, PT cruisers, trash recepticals, etc) cleverly placed to cause MAX discomfort.... Hit nothing other than a curb at a mind altering .012mph This was on the curb side which was already down from 3 to 2 tires, at 9:30pm on a Saturday with a snow storm hard on our heels....

Did get the tire, did out run the storm. Did get home safely and have enjoyed SilverToy ever since!!!!

Spent 2 hours outside commun'ing with her today - we spent quality time together. DON"T tell the wife!!! She'll just want some that....!;>)


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Old 04-25-2006, 07:58 AM   #11
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in defense of motels...

while generally agreeing with what ya'll are saying, i'll play devil's advocate, and argue that somet things about m(h)otels can be good, some of the time....

- in small communities especially, locally-owned m(h)otels inject much needed $$$ into the local economy, and support the people hosting my visit to their part of the world. while i still spend money in the community when i take the AS, i'm sending the larger part of my bucks to oil suppliers around the world.

- m(h)otels, especially locally-owned non-chain, can provide some of the best memories of a trip. wife and i spent a couple of weeks travelling the byways of northern Mexico a couple of years ago. some of our most charming, funniest, and intense memories of that trip are specifically due to the little dumps, comfy strip motels, and crumbling remains of Colonial grandeur we stayed in. i could tell you some stories!

- new surroundings! every night! the thrill of breaking the strip over the toilet seat and unwrapping the little tumblers! little shampoo and soap souveneirs! kooky, quirky owners and employees!

however, having said all that, i'll take the AS over 100% of the boring plastic boxes that we typically get forced into during the "gotta-get-there" phase of our trips.

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Old 04-25-2006, 08:08 AM   #12
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Coming back from our honeymoon at Cape Cod, we stopped at a motel in Newington, Conn. The room was cold, heat did not work, even after several calls to the front desk. My wife turned on the shower to 100% hot, and left it on all night!

Sunday we took the Airstream to Blue Springs, for the day. Nice to have your own bathroom, dressing room, and fridge for a day trip!
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Old 04-25-2006, 08:09 AM   #13
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oh yeah, and one more thing....

soon we're taking our first big trip with the AS - a 5000-mile roundtrip to New Mexico this May.

if we're lucking enough to pay only $3.00/gal, that trip will cost us about $400 more dragging Toasty instead of our past habit of driving our economy car, staying in motels about 60% of the time and tent-camping the rest.

this cost differential is of course greater for us than it would be for others, 'cause our old car gets great gas mileage, there are only two of us, we camp a lot anyway, and we're cheap dates as far as eating out goes.


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