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    Military Crashpad Is a Game Changer for Short-Term Military Rentals

    Imagine this: fully furnished corporate housing which includes a stocked kitchen, home theater, queen sized bed, high-end amenities like maid service and a weekly chef service...all at no out of pocket cost to you on your next TDY stay.

    Sound too good to be true? It’s not! Meet Military Crashpad.

    Military Crashpad, founded by Air Force pilot Johnny Buckingham, was initially created to meet the need for fully furnished, comfortable short-term rentals near military bases for pilots arriving for training or short-term stays. The first crash pad opened in 2013 near Altus AFB, and Military Crashpads are now located in nine states at 11 bases, with plans to open at Pensacola NAS, Ft. Meade NSANaval Station Great Lakes, Lackland AFB, and MacDill AFB by the end of 2018. Military Crashpad is open to any service member for short-term stays, whether needed for a week or several months. Find out more details about rates for your next TDY or travel in conjunction with PCS at their site. 

    I recently toured one of the locations near Randolph AFB and talked with Johnny. I was immediately impressed with the amenities and cleanliness of the home we viewed. Equally impressive is the passion behind the project. We compared notes about past bad lodging stays, and agreed that military members need better options. Military Crashpad is hoping to fill that need!

    As Buckingham says, “Our mission is to provide amazing homes for military members and families, and connect them with a network of housing professionals.”

    Military Crashpad is a Game Changer for Short-Term Military Rentals

    So….what exactly is a crash pad?

    A crash pad is a fully furnished house, rented by room. One of Military Crashpad’s tag lines is, "Just bring your clothes and your food!" All the rest is taken care of for you. A typical pad includes:

    • Large, comfortable bedrooms with security coded locks
    • Modern, spacious kitchen stocked with cookware and utensils
    • Large screen TVs/cable/WiFi
    • Maid service
    • Washer/dryer
    • Chef service in some locations
    • Lyft credits
    • Pets are allowed in some locations, with some restrictions.


    How does Military Crashpad work?

    Whether for TDY (temporary duty), en route during a PCS, or longer term training or school, simply set up a reservation with Military Crashpad for your lodging needs. They never charge a rate over what you'll get reimbursed. Families can rent out half or an entire house in some locations.  

    Why not just use a hotel or on-base lodging?

    If you stay in a hotel long-term, you likely won’t have access to a full kitchen or have space to spread out. And if you’ve spent any time in military lodging, you know that some locations are less than ideal and offer few amenities. Furnished apartments can be expensive and difficult to find.

    Military Crashpad offers a comfortable, stress-free environment.

    Let’s take a tour!

    This is a crash pad near Randolph AFB, Texas that I walked through recently. All photos are from the same house. 

    Military Crashpad offers short-term rentals for military members.

    Military Crashpad offers short term rentals for military members.

    Military Crashpad offers short term rentals for military members.

    Military Crashpad offers short term rentals for military members.

    Military CrashpadPhotos courtesy Grace Rebekah Photography and Military Crashpad

    As you can see, this is not your typical lodging. I spoke to several people who were staying there, and one mentioned she always uses MC now that she knows about it! For more information about booking a room or even listing your own property as a crash pad, connect with one of Military Crashpad’s in-house team of experts. They’ll handle all the details for you!

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    Jen McDonald


    Jen McDonald

    Jen McDonald is the Content Editor for MilitaryByOwner Advertising. She's a longtime writer, the author of the book You Are Not Alone: Encouragement for the Heart of a Military Spouse, the host of the Milspouse Matters podcast, and has been published in several books and numerous national publications. She was a military spouse for nearly 30 years and is the mom of four (including one son in the military). One of her happiest roles now is being a grandmother. She and her newly retired Air Force husband have been stationed all around the world from Europe to the Pacific and won’t count how many houses they’ve lived in because that would be too depressing. Her passion is encouraging young military spouses and regularly sharing about topics like military life, parenting, homeschooling...and now grandparenting! See more from Jen at her site, Jen McDonald and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram , and Pinterest.

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