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Many auto transporters use hotels while on the road.

But finding a truck friendly hotel can be a challenge – especially for low clearance car hauler trailers.  I’m going to tell you about two resources that I use when I want to find a truck friendly hotel anywhere in the U.S.

Resource 1:

Hotels4Truckers.com helps auto transporters locate leading hotel chains that can accommodate their rigs. In addition, members get great discounts at participating hotel chains.  I’ve been a member since 2011 and have used the site many times over the years when I wanted to find a hotel that had real truck parking.  Hotels4Truckers.com is trucker-owned so they’re well aware of what it takes to park a big rig and how important clear parking directions are.  It’s free to join, but in order to get the benefit of their service, you will need to use their discount codes.

Here are the discounts with the more popular brands.

20% Discount
1. Ramada Inn
2. Wingate Inn
3 .Days Inn
4. Microtel
5. Super 8
6. Howard Johnson
7. Baymont Inn
8. Travel Lodge
9. Knights Inn

15% Discount
1. Comfort Inn
2. Comfort Suites
3. Quality Inn
4. Sleep Inn
5. Econo Lodge
6. Rodeway Inn
7. Red Roof Inn

Resource 2:

Another resource is Corporate Lodging (CLC).  During the week, most hotel rooms are vacant. Truckers have banded together in the CLC Lodging program to leverage their purchasing power of hotel rooms during the slow weekday period in order to encourage discounts for rooms that would otherwise be unfilled.  Participating hotels realize that it’s better to discount 20-40% on a room, then getting nothing for it.

I use their website while searching for a hotel in the area that I want to stay. If you only have a smart phone, they have an Android and iPhone app for hotel searching as well.  I must warn you that you need to Google map the address because what they consider truck parking usually will not handle a tractor and 53′ trailer.

If your truck doesn’t have an APU for cooling or heating, you may idle up to 10 hours during your sleep break if the outside temperature isn’t comfortable for sleeping.  The nationwide average for a gallon of diesel fuel in July 2016 was $2.40.  If you idle for the entire 10 hours, you’ll burn around $24 in fuel – that’s a lot of money that could be used toward a hotel stay where you can also get a shower and breakfast for a few dollars more.

About the Author:

Joey Slaughter has been in the trucking industry since 1992. He is the owner of Blue Ridge Transport, LLC, a Virginia based step deck carrier. Joey has operated dry vans, reefers, gasoline tankers, hot shots, doubles, car haulers and step deck. He is an honor graduate of Liberty University and a U.S. Army Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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