|Our huge van at Yosemite National Park prior to arrival in San Francisco
Would most people swap out three hours of their time on vacation to save $220 on parking fees in a big city?
I don't know about others, but I guess I would, because on a roadtrip out west a few years ago that is exactly what I decided to do.
We arrived in San Francisco to set up house in a apartment for about 11 days. I thought I had an agreement to park our huge long-wheel base, high-rise van for $20 a night at a local garage.
The deal had been completed and I plunked down about $220 for the duration of the time we were to be in the city.
The next day I went back by the garage to get something out of my vehicle and they told me they had to charge me $30 a day because of the size of my vehicle.
I had already accepted the fact of paying the $20 a night, but I was a little perturbed because of the change in fee.
I decided to get my vehicle and pursue other options. I paid for one night and they refunded the rest of my money.
What to do? Where to go?
I managed to park my vehicle on the street and then went on the Internet to check out one option I had thought about.
And that was an off-airport parking facility. I checked out their prices and it was about $9 a day.
I drove our vehicle out to the facility near the airport, checked it in and took their complimentary shuttle bus back to the airport. I plunked down $5 to take BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) back downtown and then walked to our apartment.
When it came time to leave the city, I took BART back out to the airport, took the shuttle bus and picked up my vehicle.
With taxes, the bill ran a little more than $100. I drove back into the city to pick up the wife and all our supplies and we headed out of the city having saved a little bit on our stay.
I figured the two trips out to the airport which took a little more than a couple hours total, was worth the savings.
Its good to save a little here and there and then be able to spend it later on something more interesting.
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