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Old 04-15-2010, 10:47 AM   #29
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Old 04-15-2010, 01:17 PM   #30
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A few years ago, we made a quick trip from Louisiana to Las Vegas. Baby daughter had just moved there a few months prior and we loaded up the truck with her belongings she left with us, including two motorcycles. We drove to Texline, tex and stopped at a quik shop/restraunt/gas station. When we asked the clerk about a hotel, she suggested we drive on to Clovis, NM, since the only motel in Texline was not recommended by her. We got there at dark thirty and picked a motel where we could park in front of the room to watch the truck because of the stuff we had packed in it. At about midnight, a back up alarm woke us from a dead sleep. It seemed some idiot was trying to turn around a ryder truck and trailer in the parking lot. If I woul have had a baseball bat, I would have shut off his alarm in a heart beat. To top it off, there was just one bed and it was not very large. The air conditioner was installed over the door and every time it cycled, the whole front wall shook and the windows rattled. I then found out were next to a rail yard and heard trains switching all night. Right then and there, I decided come hell or high water, I would travel in my rv.

Baby daughtger moved to Florida a few years after that, and when we spent a week for Christmas, we took the rv, even if it took us two days instead of one. We parked in her driveway and had all the privacy we wanted. I even went to Lowes and got electrical wire and a breaker and receptacle and installed a fifty amp hook up in her garage so we could hav 50 amp power, better than an rv park!!!!!!
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Old 04-15-2010, 01:32 PM   #31
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We had to go to Iowa last December for a graduation and were not comfortable with driving the motor home in the snow. We took the wife's car and stayed in a motel. Yes, the car got better fuel mileage, but we had to eat every meal in a restaurant. Yes, the motel was nice, but the front desk called at midnight for us to turn down the music. The music was coming from a juke joint next door, not our room. If the situation ever repeats itself, I will just give myself an extra day and take the motor home.
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Old 04-15-2010, 05:31 PM   #32
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Just returned (2 weeks ago) from a 31 day 6500 mile trip in the motorhome. Cost averaged $92 per day, which includes fuel and campgrounds. I do not include food because the costs are about the same as when we are home.

We hardly ever take a three day trip, so we take the moho wherever we go for any extended trip. We shudder at the thought of using motels.
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Old 04-15-2010, 05:53 PM   #33
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Something interesting just happened and I thought I'd pass it on to readers of iRV2. The wife and I went to visit some friends in Atlanta, GA. It was a 3 night trip. It's about 630 miles one way from our house. In the past, without thinking about it, we always took the coach. I saw an ad for Priceline. We thought we'd try it and see what it's all about and if it is any good. About 4 days before we were to leave, I bid $35 per night and selected a 3 1/2 star hotel level (the highest for Norcross, GA). We got a room at a Marriott hotel! The hotel was top notch. The room was more than we could have asked for. The bottom line is it was perfect. .
Appears that most of the other posters weren't as lucky as you with the "bottom line is it was perfect".
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Old 04-15-2010, 06:08 PM   #34
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.....We shudder at the thought of using motels.
So do I, I never stay in a motel,

A HOTEL is the only way to stay...

You get what you pay for!

$29 Motel 6....

$150 Mountain Cabin Lodge....
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Old 04-15-2010, 06:49 PM   #35
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Just for the record, overnight travel is part of my job so unfortunately I'm somewhat savvy with hotels.

Comfort Suites is the absolute best bang for the buck. Rooms are cleaner than most and can be had for about $100 a night. Plus most have a fresh sheet policy which I really like.
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...."Seventy-five percent of people who have lungs that look like this do not survive." Turned out she had bi-lateral pneumonia and ARDS. They could not, and never did, find out what the infection was. She was on her death bed for 10 days, comatose, and 14 days total in the hospital. The only ASSUMPTION was that she acquired the infection from something in the hotel room, but it was never discovered.

Today she is a 25 percent survivor and a heck of a lot healthier then I am, but we avoid motel/hotels, just because.
Wayne, I am so sorry! That must have been terrifying- for you both! I am glad that she is 100% now.

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I bought my TT as, with multiple dogs, it was no longer the easiest thing to stay in hotels. They didn't sleep well and neither did I. Now all of us sleep better than we do at home.

There are only a few times where staying at a hotel would be less expensive but not often when I do not need to eat at hotels and listen to the neighbors TV jacked up to the top level or the fight they are having on the other side of me, or the pounding of people dragging their luggage up the staircase- outside of my room- at 2 am.

The big thing is my own bed. I also have seen CSI and the 20/20's. It creeps me out now to sleep in a 'public' bed.

I'm okay with paying a little more to have my TT and because she is only 18', my gas really isn't too much more to bring her along.

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Old 04-15-2010, 07:25 PM   #38
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Well frankly I for one think the prices for campgrounds has become outrageous. There certainly no savings anymore, used to be a big benefit - even KOA's are $50.00 a night.

I am a heart transplant recipient and do need my coach for hygenic reasons -it's also my airplane or any other mode of public transportation.

Maid service would be nice though....
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The last time we checked a motel for a trip with the dogs, it was going to be $20.00 per night "deposit" for the dogs. Deposit sounds like something you stand a good chance of getting back and hwy nightly....nope it was a fee for the "extra cleaning" on the room.

The fees to board the two dogs is about $50.00 per boarding day.

Come on now, our two dogs make less of a mess in the room than most of the people and certainly less than most children.

So it is the RV for our traveling.

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I haven't had a campfire in the last several motel/hotel rooms I have stayed in - but then I haven't in the last few CGs either
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... it was a fee for the "extra cleaning" on the room...
Come on now, our two dogs make less of a mess in the room than most of the people and certainly less than most children...
And think of all the folks who do not pick up after their pets in campgrounds... Now put those same people in a motel/hotel room. They let the dog pee in the room. They let the dog poop in the room (yes they do!). The dogs leave fleas (or the owners leave fleas). The room has to be deep cleaned due to pet smells and pet hair. We cannot rent a room that has had a pet in it to someone with pet allergies. Usually means they have to get moved to another room and often get their room comped... in other words they get their room either at a deep discount or for free depending on the company's policy. Besides the adults can trash a room worse than any child.
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And think of all the folks who do not pick up after their pets in campgrounds...

...Or the park, or the sidewalk, or ANYWHERE, for that matter. I find these types of people absolutely disgusting!

When I see someone who does not "clean up" after their pet, (or child for that matter), I have often been tempted to pick up the mess and put it in their pocket, purse, car, whatever, while saying, "Pardon me, I believe you dropped this!
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