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Old 10-15-2016, 11:03 PM
 
Location: North Dakota
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I would definately settle the pet question BEFORE checking in. Some hotels charge an extra pet charge and others do not permit pets. I have seen folks evicted because they snuck a pet in to the hotel.
Agreed. Not checking on the pet policy before checking in is moronic.
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Old 10-16-2016, 02:31 AM
 
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The suggestion of backing up the trailer so it butts up against a wall is good. There will be no room for anyone to steal your stuff.

We put professional-looking signs on our trailer that said, "CAUTION: LIVE SNAKES" and never had a problem with theft.
I had that situation many years ago, i was driving a rented minivan a far distance and had to stop overnight, but had a tv set in the back, so i found a big huge bush and backed the car up against the bush, they would have had to steal the car to get the tv, i felt smart when i got up the next morning and the tv was still there!
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Old 10-16-2016, 02:32 AM
 
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Thanks for the tips. Looks like I'll be investing in a decent padlock. Will uHaul give me one with my rental or should I look forward to purchasing one separately?

And yep, my hotel already knows I have pets. I'm staying in a La Quinta so no extra charges!
motel 6 very pet friendly.
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Old 10-16-2016, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Glasgow Scotland
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I used to stay at hotels frequently on weekends for events and I have seen theives walking from car to car trying to open every door.

Choose a well lit hotel with front desk staff up front at all hours. Make sure you can park in front, and inform the staff to keep an eye on your vehicle, unless you are able to keep an eye on it yourself all night. Also, get a room up front so you can also watch it.

I would probably just sleep in a cab at a safe rest stop if I was hauling too many valuables.
Surely though the staff arent there to watch cars or vans out front... thats outwith their job ..
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Old 10-16-2016, 08:25 AM
 
Location: Billings, MT
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Thanks for the tips. Looks like I'll be investing in a decent padlock. Will uHaul give me one with my rental or should I look forward to purchasing one separately?

And yep, my hotel already knows I have pets. I'm staying in a La Quinta so no extra charges!
U-Haul used to have very nice solid brass padlocks available for purchase. I still have one around here somewhere. I suppose they still have something similar available.
In all my travels around the West, I have never had a problem. Perhaps I have just been lucky.
Have a good trip, and don't worry.

I just noticed that the original post was from 2013. Never mind.
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Old 10-16-2016, 03:30 PM
 
Location: North Dakota
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motel 6 very pet friendly.
If you find a clean one.
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Old 10-16-2016, 05:09 PM
 
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We drove a 26 foot Uhaul from WA to TX and used this on the truck wheel:

https://www.amazon.com/Trimax-TCL75-...476659359&sr=1
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Old 10-16-2016, 09:03 PM
 
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Covering stuff left out in car with blankets or trash-bag pack stuff in back of car is very helpful. Doesn't look like anything to snoop while you are having a meal or getting gas. Some do just sleep in the car or Uhaul truck.
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Old 10-18-2016, 09:06 PM
 
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We moved using a UHaul a couple of times. I did something kind of gross and dastardly. I wanted it to look like there was poop on the handle of the trailer, so I smeared chocolate on it. I stuck some grass to it so it looked like we drove through a cow pasture.
We never had any problems with anyone lifting anything out of the bed of our truck (just a tarp tied on) or the UHaul. Maybe we've just gotten lucky... or maybe my chocolate poop trick really worked.
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Old 10-18-2016, 10:53 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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We never had a problem either. When we moved last year, a few of the trips were with a uhaul truck. One night we could not get the truck into our neighborhood. It was too snowy and ice packed to go up the hill (moved to Colorado in Feb. lol!). We had to park our uhaul at the King Soopers (Krogers) parking lot about a mile away and leave it overnight. We had a lock on it and I worried all night but everything was ok in the morning.

Best of luck on your move.
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