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Old 03-04-2014, 03:59 PM   #11
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Spent 40 plus years on the road with 150 motel nights a year or 6000 nights in someone elses bed. Now I'm trying to make up that same number in the trailer. Don't think I'll make it but is sure is fun trying.
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Old 03-04-2014, 05:08 PM   #12
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Spent 20+ years on the road, 75 to 125 npr, and have stayed in five star hotels such as Château Frontenac right on down to Mom & Pops, such as one in Scottsboro, Alabama, complete with tin 3'x3' or whatever shower. After awhile, absent the critter factor, which can be pretty high, mostly in expensive NYC hotels in my experience, they're all pretty much the same - bed, hot water, TV, bad & overpriced restaurant food. Now that I have my choice, there's no doubt - our camper.
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Old 03-05-2014, 05:00 AM   #13
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Old 03-05-2014, 08:30 AM   #14
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Staying in a different hotel every night for two weeks on our last vacation road trip was actually what convinced us we wanted a travel trailer. DW thought she would LOVE staying in different places every night. She thought she would love not having to clean up after herself. We had been contemplating a TT for a while, so we decided to use the road trip as sort of a litmus test to see how we liked "hotel traveling". We didn't stay in the cheapest places, but we certainly weren't staying in the higher end places either.

Turns out sleeping in a different bed every night is actually pretty miserable, and totally not worth the 1/2 hr or 45 minutes we spend cleaning up after a trip... That and with a TT we get to sleep in our own bed every night, and shower in our own shower and use our own towels... All these items we know are clean, and if they're not, at least it's our own filth we're dealing with. Cost-wise it ends up being a touch more expensive primarily because of our abysmal fuel economy while towing, but it's still totally worth it IMHO.
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Old 03-05-2014, 10:13 AM   #15
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Whats a hotel??
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Old 03-05-2014, 09:18 PM   #16
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camper all the way, I was fortunate to be able to use my trailer for work when I was traveling and my company paid my space rent, made traveling for work tolerable.
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Old 03-05-2014, 09:21 PM   #17
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Our family likes to camp, we like to go on cruises, stay in Marriott properties. Why limit yourself to one genre?
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Old 03-06-2014, 11:47 AM   #18
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Been camping since 1973.........
One thing for sure. While I'm going down the road at 63 MPH the hotel people are already at the swimming pool with a cold beer. While I'm setting everything up the hotel people are having a nice dinner. While I'm tearing down to leave the hotel people are already half way home.
Done it both ways- so take your pick folks....
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Been camping since 1973.........
One thing for sure. While I'm going down the road at 63 MPH the hotel people are already at the swimming pool with a cold beer. While I'm setting everything up the hotel people are having a nice dinner. While I'm tearing down to leave the hotel people are already half way home.
Done it both ways- so take your pick folks....
Happy trails,
These are REALLY good points. But then I've been known to crack the beer while setting up, and dinner is almost always better outside, especially by the campfire...
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I agree. I spend about 50-70 nights a year in hotels for work. Always very nice places, but I just prefer my TT. Although once or twice a year I have to give in and have a family vacation using hotels. Although my life loves camping, she still likes the "no work" elements of a hotel/resort trip. No cleaning when the trip is over, no cooking during the trip and no gracery shopping and packing of the camper. I don't blame her really, and harmony in the house requires we do some hotel trips, but since I alerady spend so much time in hotels and eating lonely meals at the lobby bar on work trips I really much rather be camping.
I am in the same boat as you clubhouse. I just got home from a 7 day work trip, working 14+ hours each day. Last year I did about 80 nights in hotels for work, with the family 39 in the HTT, 6 nights tenting, and another probably 15 nights hotels/resorts it with the family. Hotels are my least favorite, as I never sleep very good. Any type of camping is my favorite.

I also get really tired of restaurant food, and the lousy hotel breakfasts.
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