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Hotter'N Hell Housing Options Popping Up on Craigslist
By David Gonzalez
Thousands of people are flocking to Wichita Falls for this weekend's Hotter'N Hell which means a lot of people will be looking for a place to stay before and after the ride.
That has some Texomans turning to the web in hopes of cashing in on this weekend's big event.
People are using Craigslist to list their homes or extra space for rent.
For Clint Strong, it's a win-win situation.
He says this weekend's Hotter'N Hell is more than just a ride, it's a possible business.
Strong is advertising his RV on Craigslist for rent for $250 a night.
"We're not using it this weekend and it'll sure help to defray some of the expenses," Strong says.
On Craigslist, there are many others posts advertising their homes, spare rooms or camp sites for rent.
Strong says the postings give riders alternatives to what is usually available.
He says, "I think people would enjoy just getting away from the hustle and bustle because downtown, it is crazy during Hotter'N Hell.
In addition, at Austin School Lofts, Leasing Manager Amy Vail says this is the second year they're renting out available space for riders.
"Like this apartment in particular we have a group that's already set up from one town coming of eight," Vail says. "They'll be traveling together, staying together. For others that are traveling in a party of one or two, they may be roomed with two or three other people."
For $35 a night per person, Vail says they make money, riders have a cheap place to stay, and they make lifelong memories.
"It's the Hotter'N Hell," Vail says. "They're all here for the love of bikes."
If you are considering lodging strangers through Craigslist ads, make sure to take the necessary steps to make sure they are safe.
Here are some tips: make sure you get to know the person you plan on housing beforehand, make any financial transaction through secure accounts like PayPal, gather potential tenants' personal information and let others know who is staying in your home.