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Old 01-07-2013, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I'm about to move from Texas to California, and I'll be driving with all of my things packed in my car + a 5'8 UHaul trailer I'll be towing with me. I'm stopping halfway in New Mexico for one night since I'm also carrying pets with me, so I'm going to have to park the vehicle overnight in the parking lot of a La Quinta.

I'm concerned about two things: the trailer making my car twice as long and therefore not fitting into traditional parking spaces, and also safety of all my earthly possessions in a Uhaul trailer overnight since I kow that's basically a big glowing "please break into me" beacon.

Any tips/advice on parking and safety? Is there some sort of extra lock I could buy to place on the trailer?
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Old 01-07-2013, 12:03 PM
 
Location: NY
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Done it many times.

Motels have oversized parking spaces/areas for trucks and towed trailers.

There is a hasp for a lock on the trailer. Use it.

Parking as close to your room as possible can be comforting.

That's the best you can do.
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Old 01-07-2013, 12:04 PM
 
Location: South Florida
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I'd suggest calling the hotel and explain your parking concern.
The other issue, unfortunately, I've got nothing and get your concern.
Maybe the hotel will have some security?
Be it a guy or cameras?
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Old 01-07-2013, 12:27 PM
 
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We pack valuables in the front of the u-haul, pad lock, get motels with security, hope for the best & don't sleep all that well LOL!

Good luck on your move!
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Old 01-07-2013, 12:28 PM
 
Location: The Triad
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Any tips/advice on parking and safety?
Just tell the desk clerk and then follow their advice.
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Old 01-07-2013, 12:42 PM
 
Location: On the brink of WWIII
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We have stayed overnight with U-hauls and with the pick up bed loaded. Generally there are spots for trailers. We have stayed in some tacky motels (the one on McCorkle Blvd in Charleston WV) and have never had a problem---yet.
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Old 01-07-2013, 12:55 PM
 
Location: NY
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I forgot to mention one item I never forget, since my trips are typically 1500-2000 miles.

Insurance.

It's a jungle out there.

Your auto insurance may not cover the trailer.

I always get it from UHaul.

Like any insurance, it's you gambling nothing will happen.
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Old 01-07-2013, 01:00 PM
 
Location: A Very Naughtytown In Northwestern Montanifornia U.S.A.
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Why not drive in shifts and bail on the motel idea. Drive straight through and sleep while the other is driving ? You may save money by turning in the trailer early ??
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:11 PM
 
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Why not drive in shifts and bail on the motel idea. Drive straight through and sleep while the other is driving ? You may save money by turning in the trailer early ??
Sleep while the Pets drive
He didn't say he had another person with him.
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Old 01-07-2013, 11:07 PM
 
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I've driven everywhere - no problems. I was driving by myself from WI to AZ...out ran a Tornado (everyone else was under the bridges and the convenience marts locked their doors and wouldn't let me in so I just hopped back in my car and floored it. Later that day I got stuck in some one horse town in NM during a blizzard...I had a few drinks with the hotel desk person and forgot to look my doors and nothing happened. I had just won a Marilyn Monroe contest so I was not bad to look at either... I even stopped at a few rest stops in the evening- no problem!
I am saying two things here...even clueless people can move cross-country without incident and don't worry so much...just take good care of the critters!
Let us know how it goes when you get there!
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