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Hotel Reservations?
#1376754 Sat Sep 12 2020 12:05 AM
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I'm planning a road trip to Virginia in about two weeks.
With this covid stuff going on, should I make early reservations?
Or are the Hotels slack on business due to the panic so can I just stop, when I get tired and get a room?
Or should I make reservations and plan the trip out?

Thanks
Don


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Re: Hotel Reservations?
2-Ton #1376757 Sat Sep 12 2020 12:17 AM
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Logic would say the Hotel/Motel business is hurting right now. Personally I wouldn’t hesitate to just go. Find a place to stay when you get tired. Bet getting an upgrade will be easy if you ask and offer the desk clerk a tip. Have fun.


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Re: Hotel Reservations?
2-Ton #1376758 Sat Sep 12 2020 12:18 AM
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The hotels here have been pretty full, the parking lots anyway. My preference has been to plan the day with reservations made in advance. The one time I didn't we got to town with a festival going on and ended up having to stay in a one star hotel (one star is being generous). I was genuinely concerned that I was going to wake up the next morning and find the car on blocks with the wheels gone.

Last edited by Tiny; Sat Sep 12 2020 12:22 AM.

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Re: Hotel Reservations?
2-Ton #1376762 Sat Sep 12 2020 12:43 AM
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Looking at the route I'll be taking, I-64 to Wheeling WV. The hotels seem to not be booked up when I put in dates.
Even Winchester Va. hotels have open rooms for the Tri State Truck Show.
Night driving and I don't get along any more, so I plan on a layover somewhere, drive the rest of the way and a good night's rest before the show.

More Thoughts?
Don


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'46 2-Ton grain truck
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'70 American LaFrance pumper fire truck.
Re: Hotel Reservations?
2-Ton #1376825 Sat Sep 12 2020 07:27 PM
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I have traveled all over th U S and all but one time was not able to find a room. It was in Upper Michigan in the middle of the summer at midnight.


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Re: Hotel Reservations?
2-Ton #1376885 Sun Sep 13 2020 12:09 PM
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Reservations can get you a lot better rate but I can't schedule my "I'll be tired" time and just go till the tired hits. Only (almost) backfired one time and that was when we stopped in Cheyenne during Frontier Days. Like Tiny we found just one room that was on the wrong side of the tracks and spent a tense night. It has been the ONLY time I carried the .357 from trunk to motel room and was also happy to find a complete car the next morning. Oh yeah, we covered the bed with towels and slept on top of everything fully clothed.


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Re: Hotel Reservations?
2-Ton #1376942 Sun Sep 13 2020 11:07 PM
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Re: Hotel Reservations?
2-Ton #1377284 Wed Sep 16 2020 02:27 PM
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I travel a lot in my warranty inspection business, and an overnight stay is not uncommon. If you pick a specific motel chain and book through their reservation service, it's usually better than using one of the "we find the best rate" services like "Hotels.com", for instance. Most of them have confusing sign-up procedures, and they will reserve a wrong date on occasion. I learned that the hard way when a reservation I thought I'd made had me listed as a "no show" the night before, with no way to get a reimbursement for the website's error. Also, always use a credit card, not a debit, to prepay a reservation, as you have much more leverage with a business if a dispute needs to be resolved. I've had to wait a week or more at times for a reservation deposit to be credited back to my debit card. Have fun!
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