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Old 11-09-2011, 12:01 PM   #211
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We use one on the back of our motor home. It works for us.
We did have one stolen once, while we were napping at a rest stop in WI. Now we have a locking receiver pin.
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Old 11-09-2011, 12:06 PM   #212
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We plan on staying one night at POFQ before we check into the BC for our December trip. Would you empty all of your luggage, or leave it in the car until you move to the next hotel?

I know that you can have the luggage transferred for us but it we probably won't get to POFQ until 7 or 8 Pm and it seems easier to just leave it in the car and bring it with us. What do you do?
I'd go with the overnight bag also. Can't see why you would want to unload your car, haul it all to your room, only to call bell services in the morning and have them transfer it. I'm thinking -- tip to get it to the room, tip to get it out of the room, tip to get it transferred and delivered to your new room. I have better ways to spend my money!

We spend one night or two on the road and I pack an overnight bag for that. Works perfectly for us.
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I'd go with the overnight bag also. Can't see why you would want to unload your car, haul it all to your room, only to call bell services in the morning and have them transfer it. I'm thinking -- tip to get it to the room, tip to get it out of the room, tip to get it transferred and delivered to your new room. I have better ways to spend my money!

We spend one night or two on the road and I pack an overnight bag for that. Works perfectly for us.
when we stay over night, we do the same. pjs and one change.
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Old 11-09-2011, 12:58 PM   #214
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We plan on staying one night at POFQ before we check into the BC for our December trip. Would you empty all of your luggage, or leave it in the car until you move to the next hotel?

I know that you can have the luggage transferred for us but it we probably won't get to POFQ until 7 or 8 Pm and it seems easier to just leave it in the car and bring it with us. What do you do?
Leave it. We're doing it in the opposite direction - another hotel for the last night and we'll load up and take an overnight bag in.

On our last trip, we stayed 3 days at the Contemporary then moved to OKW. We packed separate bags for the Contemporary and left everything in the van to move it ourselves. I think it's more trouble than it's worth to unpack just to have it moved and be unsure when you'll see everything at the new place.
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Old 11-09-2011, 12:59 PM   #215
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I didn't think I could join this thread, but I just mapped it out, and between my driveway and our resort at Coronado Springs it is EXACTLY 1,000 miles. So I guess that means our round trip drive will be EXACTLY 2,000 miles.

This will be our 3rd drive down from central Indiana - 2009, 2010, and now 2012!
Oh, we welcome those that don't fit the criteria exactly Just as long as you love driving and won't bash us for not flying!!!
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We plan on staying one night at POFQ before we check into the BC for our December trip. Would you empty all of your luggage, or leave it in the car until you move to the next hotel?

I know that you can have the luggage transferred for us but it we probably won't get to POFQ until 7 or 8 Pm and it seems easier to just leave it in the car and bring it with us. What do you do?
We do this every time - we drive down and stay at a DTD hotel the day before our resort stay starts. I pack 3 sets of bags - 1 set is our regular/resort vacation bags, packed furthest from the door, then near the door is our toiletries bag and our overnight bags for the extra day. It has pajamas and a change of clothes. I pack 2 of them in case we get tired on the drive down and find somewhere to sleep for the night.
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Oh, we welcome those that don't fit the criteria exactly Just as long as you love driving and won't bash us for not flying!!!
Oh, I do! We prefer to drive - yeah, its a long way, and yeah, we have to add at least a day (or two) to each end of our trip, but we have our van with us, I don't have to fret about how to pack, and I can bring as much shampoo with me as I want - more than 3oz, thats for sure Plus, isn't it part of the fun? Who doesn't love a good road trip?
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We plan on staying one night at POFQ before we check into the BC for our December trip. Would you empty all of your luggage, or leave it in the car until you move to the next hotel?

I know that you can have the luggage transferred for us but it we probably won't get to POFQ until 7 or 8 Pm and it seems easier to just leave it in the car and bring it with us. What do you do?
I have a small suitcase with all the necessities for all of us to get by a couple days and only take that one in leaving the rest of the luggage in the trunk. This way has always been easiest for us.
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We are also of the "overnight bag" club. We also take a few extra bags with us (especially the computer) when we check in to that pre or post-WDW hotel/motel. The rest of the luggage is kept out of sight in our vehicle by a removable shelf.

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Old 11-09-2011, 07:28 PM   #220
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I'm glad to join this great thread! We are planning our 1st trip driving down in April 2012. We have only been to Disney once (in 2009) but we flew down.

We are excited to drive this time. Anyone out there from Michigan, have advice on driving down I 75?

We are planning to leave on a Sunday around 5:00 am and try to drive as far as possible but at least 12-14 hours. Any advice on where to stop for the night? It will be me, DH, DD8 and DD6.
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Question for those who make a one-night stayover in Savannah: If you are not doing anything other than securing a room for an overnight sleep on the way to WDW, why are you stopping in Savannah? Doesn't it add about a hour to your total drive? Wouldn't it be better to reserve a hotel/motel room a few hundred yards off an I-95 exit? Savanah's a great place to spend some time in but it appears to be a bit off the path when considering time.

Please advise. [We're actually planning an extended stay in Savannah.]

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I don't know why they call hotels right off I-95 "Savannah"; it is very confusing When we book a hotel on I-95 near Savannah, I always ask/check directions to make sure it is right off the highway. Thank you for your previous comments to my questions.

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Any suggestions on how to keep the car as clutter free as possible? We are driving my Expedition and are planning on having all the luggage in a roof rack bag. There is not much room behind the third row so it will consist of an umbrella stroller, and food that we are carrying down for our family suite along with any thing else we can cram back there!!

So looking forward to reading this thread and see how all you "professional" road trippers handle the drives!
For our recent drive down I had the guys pick up a tail gate hitch cargo carrier. It was at Harbor Freight for under $100. For a few dollars picked up a set of working lights not to have a problem with visibility or laws for them. I had the stroller, largest luggage bag in a plastic cover, and cooler. It will hold 500 lbs. this was a great way without the cargo carrier on top to travel. The harder part was deciding to stow it in our room instead of leaving it in the back of the Van. Not for everyone but it really worked out well for us.
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For our recent drive down I had the guys pick up a tail gate hitch cargo carrier. It was at Harbor Freight for under $100. For a few dollars picked up a set of working lights not to have a problem with visibility or laws for them. I had the stroller, largest luggage bag in a plastic cover, and cooler. It will hold 500 lbs. this was a great way without the cargo carrier on top to travel. The harder part was deciding to stow it in our room instead of leaving it in the back of the Van. Not for everyone but it really worked out well for us.
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I'm glad to join this great thread! We are planning our 1st trip driving down in April 2012. We have only been to Disney once (in 2009) but we flew down.

We are excited to drive this time. Anyone out there from Michigan, have advice on driving down I 75?

We are planning to leave on a Sunday around 5:00 am and try to drive as far as possible but at least 12-14 hours. Any advice on where to stop for the night? It will be me, DH, DD8 and DD6.
Glad to see you decided to join us over here. I know someone will have answers for you.
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Plus, isn't it part of the fun? Who doesn't love a good road trip?
We drive because dh refuses to fly. I am not a good road-tripper. I have to admit that I don't trust dh to be as alert as I think he needs to be nor do I trust the others on the road around us, I'm constantly watching. I am a small-town girl that likes country roads. I would love to enjoy the trip but I just don't.
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