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Oshkosh 2010: Where to stay at reasonable rates?

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Ronald Arif
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#1 Posted: 8/23/2009 18:03:08

I was interested in visiting Oshkosh Airshow in 2010 and would like to stay there for the entire week, but I happen to check the rates at the area hotels/motels for that week. They told me that during that week of the airshow the rates are 400% more than the regualr days year round. They told me that the highere rates are their only source of business for the rest of the year, as the hotels/motels remain empty at other times of the year.

I was wondering if EAA members get any discount rates or are any reasonably priced lodging facilities in Oshkosh or nearby.

Who in their normal state of mind would spend a thousand dollars for a crummy bed; I know I would'nt.
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Jason Wodack
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#2 Posted: 8/23/2009 20:35:30

You can always bring out a tnt and do tge camping thing at camp scholer.  You'll probably have a better time than you would at the hotel anyway.



Jeffrey Scharpf
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#3 Posted: 8/23/2009 22:22:06

Ron I live about 50 miles south of Oshkosh in West Bend, WI. There are plenty of places to stay just a little drive up there

 

Jeff



Ronald Arif
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#4 Posted: 8/23/2009 23:14:35

Thanks for the suggestion. I will have to explore locations may have to be outsied of this high business area (inside Oshkosh) and stay.



Tom DeWinter
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#5 Posted: 8/24/2009 11:48:23

The best bet is to camp.  Probably right on site at camp Scholler.  This year it was $21 a night.  You have to pay from the day you arrive until the end of the show.  If you leave early you get a refund check for the remaining days.  Keep in mind that there are no water or electric  hookups.  Community showers and generators if you need electricity at your campsite.  Some say that $21 is a lot for no electric/water sites.  Others think it is reasonable.

Frankly, If I lived in Oshkosh I would camp on site.  You don't have to mess around with parking, traffic or having to lug all  your stuff with you all day.  you can take what you need, head back to camp for luch and rest etc.  The money you save from being able to eat at camp versus buying on the flightline or at a eating establishment also can not be discounted.

Besides the people you meet in the campground is part of the experience and maybe the best part.

I always say that airplanes bring me to Oshkosh each year.  But is the people that make me stay!

So my recommendation is to buy a good tent and air matters etc or even rent an RV and don't look back!



Rick Galati
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#6 Posted: 8/24/2009 17:12:09

Over the years, I have done the Oshkosh experience in many ways.  I am past the age where pitching a tent in the North Forty has much appeal for me anymore.  I require a motel room and the best place to find one at reasonable cost is Green Bay, WI.  Whether you drive or fly, there almost always seems to be room available somewhere in the Green Bay area. Some Green Bay motels offer daily shuttle service to and from AirVenture. When flying, I prefer to land at Austin Straubel airport.  I tie down at Executive Air and if you plan and call ahead,  they will even have the rental car waiting.  The commute to Oshkosh is an easy 50 minutes or so via Hwy 41. Even with the price of a rental car factored in, the week can be cheaper especially if you share costs compared to the much pricier motel rooms located closer to Oshkosh.  So that's it.  Whether you choose to drive or fly to AirVenture,  I suggest Green Bay WI as an alternative to (comparatively)  pricier motel space located at or near Oshkosh, Appleton or Fond Du Lac. 

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Rick Galati RV-6A N307R "Darla!" RV-8 N308R EAA Technical Counselor
Reggie Smalls
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#7 Posted: 8/24/2009 17:19:18

For me it's on-site camping every time - cheapest and most convenient (for transportation) but - most important of all - the most fun, you can't beat the cameraderie of the campgrounds.

 

If you need a solid roof over your head, would recommend the university dorms at UW-Oshkosh.   Much cheaper than hotels / motels.  A lot of the rooms are now air conditioned.  Good bus transport service.



Reggie Smalls
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#8 Posted: 8/24/2009 17:19:49

Link to more information about dorm rooms

http://www.visitoshkosh.com/eaa.cfm



Adam Fast
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#9 Posted: 8/25/2009 00:46:43

I'll second the suggestion of the Univ. of Wisconsin dorms - that's where I stayed this year, and the room was comfortable and inexpensive ($50/night) compared to hotels, etc. It's a 15+ minute drive when you factor in a bit of traffic, but buses run back and forth for less than $2 a ride or you can buy a pass for in the $20 neighborhood for the week.

Last year I stayed at the Oshkosh Christian School and the people there are great, the rate comparable to the dorms, but it is further away.

Those two years have driven me to plan for camping next year. I am not, in general, a camper, but it's becoming apparent the more I go to AirVenture that I'm going to have to just deal with that and do it anyway. Camp Scholler is close, the people are great, and it's just another place to have fun on the grounds. So I'm shopping for a generator, considering some RV (not the plane, unfortunately) rental options, and figuring out some of those aspects of the trip.



Ronald Arif
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#10 Posted: 8/25/2009 02:04:11

I think I have enough information above to work with.
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Thanks Guys!
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I will start contacting the "dorms" which are 15+ minutes driving distance away from Wittman Field.......I'll be driving

8+ hours anyways from Cleveland, Ohio  so what is 15+ more minutes to & from Wittman. If the rate agreement works out with these "Dorms" I think it would be much better alternative (economically i.e.) to the hotel/motel $250/night lodgings.

I am just not ready for "camping" at this time.....perhaps in the future sometimes.



Ronald Arif
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#11 Posted: 8/25/2009 18:10:32

Well I got myself a Dorm Room for $52/Night at U of Wisconsin-Gruenhagen Conference Center-Taylor Hall (airconditioned) starting 07/25/2010 thru 08/02/2010.All confirmed and deposit paid.

Now I am left to buy the discount ticket for that week (~$107.00).



Bob Herrick
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#12 Posted: 8/26/2009 21:47:58

Hi Ron

Sorry this is a little late but it might be helpful for others who are looking for some place to stay during AirVenture.

I’ve been coming Oshkosh for the past 20 years and have been staying with different family’s who rent out rooms in their homes. The going rate has been $50/night for the last 20yrs also. You have nice beds, bathrooms, a/c, living rooms and some even provide a little continental breakfast if you want. It’s a little extra money for the home owners and they always treat you like family.

I’ve called EAA Housing only a week before I want to go and they give you a number of family’s to call, and always found a room in the first 2 or 3.

Have fun.

 



Dan Barnes
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#13 Posted: 8/26/2009 22:30:53

After twenty years of Camp Scholler, I spent the past two AIrventures at the UW-Oshkosh dorms. There are many dorm buildings but only one air conditioned one. Reservations open on July 1 for the NEXT year's Airventure. It may already be too late to get an air conditioned room for 2010.

The two dorms I've stayed in have been about four stories tall and without elevators. They're 1960s vintage and clean but not particularly interesting buildings. There are friendly 24x7 main desk attendants in each dorm.

This year the men's room for my floor was just a few doors down the hall from my room. Last year, the men's room for my floor was on ANOTHER floor.

The non-airconditioned dorms have windows that you can open. Most dorm room renters bring or buy a window fan to use in case it's very hot.

There's free, off-street parking for cars. Not always real near your dorm, though. You may want to bring a rolling cart or roller bag. (Just remember the lack of elevators, once you get to the dorm.)

There's a shuttle bus that'll take you from the campus to WIttman Field and back. Or, as noted, it's an easy drive back and forth. Airventure parking lots open at 7 am.

The campus food service offers meals but only during peak meal hours.

There's some free wi-fi for dorm guests but not everywhere you might expect. For example, not in the student union building. And not in every room. I had good luck in a common lounge area in my dorm this year.

All in all, for $50/night, it's a good deal if your expectations are low and camping isn't your thing.

But camping by your car at Camp Scholler or (find a way to do it sometime, it's great!) camping by your plane on the North 40 is the real deal. You get a sense of non-stop involvement that staying off the field doesn't allow.




Dan Barnes
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#14 Posted: 8/26/2009 22:33:50

Hmm, I see now that Ronald got his air-conditioned room for 2010. Good news!



Bob Meder
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#15 Posted: 8/26/2009 23:53:45

I've camped on the North 40, the South 40, at  Fond du Lac, and Camp Scholler.  I'm a terrible tent camper.  I've been flooded, eaten alive, frozen (in late July!), and have had my back thrown out.  I've had to transport laundry in (not very) hermetically sealed garbage bags back to St. Louis.

This year, several friends and I got together and rented a house located two miles away from a very nice family that went to the Dells for their own vacation.  It worked out to about $85/night for all of us.  The family has already given me the right of first refusal for next year. 

Ahhh - a kitchen!  Laundry!! A shower where I control the temperature!!!

For those of you that are better at it than I am, I really do highly recommend the camping experience.  I'm glad I've done it.  I'm glad I found that house!



Bob Meder "Anxiety is nature's way of telling you that you already goofed up."
patrick friedel
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#16 Posted: 7/16/2010 11:35:43

Ron

My name is Patrick Friedel, and I live in Fond du Lac Wi. just 20 miles south of Oshkosh, and I have a 4 bedroom home that I am interested in renting for the week. It is furnished and has central air. Its a very clean nice house. It is listed for sale with Remax Heritage/ Rod Drendel www.wesellfonddulac.com. If you are interested please email me at pfriedel1@hotmail.com