hiring vans/minibuses/whatever

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hiring vans/minibuses/whatever

Post by indiansummer » Mon Feb 09, 2009 12:30 pm

As i'm sure everyone's fed up of me mentioning, i'm trying to book Town Bike's tour in March, and whilst not all the dates are filled up yet (http://anorakforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=73&t=2598), i'm trying to find the cheapest possible way of arranging transport.

Including the driver, we'll be taking five people plus full backline (kit, amps, guitars), merch and sleeping bags and stuff. Can anyone recommend a REALLY cheap van or minibus hire that'd be best suited? Best we've found is £400 for six days' s hire, and i'm sure there MUST be something better than that.

Thanks!
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Post by bocken » Mon Feb 09, 2009 1:43 pm

I think the problem will be deciding whether you want to do it properly with a splitter van (6-9 seats and a separate load area at the back), or do it the old-fashioned way with a van and 3 people on seats and the rest perched precariously on the backline in the boot. I doubt you'd get everything in a mpv-type car - these usually seat 7 and hardly any luggage. Minibus hire is always really expensive. You can probably get a transit van for about £40 a day. Otherwise ask someone like http://www.starcruiser.biz/index.htm or http://www.myspace.com/tezbus - also there's always someone in local band scenes who has an old post office van with extra seats in who does this sort of stuff. Probably cheaper but they'll want to drive and they'll probably be a massive twat who you'll hate after the first gig.

Erm, there's probably loads of people on here who've got actual experience of this sort of thing, which I clearly haven't.

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Post by indiansummer » Mon Feb 09, 2009 1:54 pm

Haha. Yeh, in Flamingo 50 we hired minibuses or vans with drivers, but thinking about how much we made vs how much we must've spent, that band must've been run at a very big loss. It's times like this i realise i had no idea what the financial state of that band was, ever.

Cheers though Jona, all worth a look, i guess! Splitter vans are indeed proving to be one of the many difficult bits. For some reason i faintly imagined a minibus might be cheaper, but there's not been much evidence of this yet.

It's the people 'perched precariously on the backline in the boot' bit that we may have problems with. Although there's some beautiful alliteration in that phrase.
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Post by tonieee » Mon Feb 09, 2009 2:11 pm

In Velodrome we used to hire a people carrier because it was cheaper - that was for six people plus some amps (I can't remember if we took the bass amp or not) but only a minimal drum kit (just floor tom, snare and cymbal). It was very uncomfortable, though, as we had all the guitars wedged between our legs leaving no space to move - especially the Sheffield to Glasgow trip with no breaks.

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Post by indiansummer » Mon Feb 09, 2009 2:18 pm

tonieee wrote:In Velodrome we used to hire a people carrier because it was cheaper - that was for six people plus some amps (I can't remember if we took the bass amp or not) but only a minimal drum kit (just floor tom, snare and cymbal). It was very uncomfortable, though, as we had all the guitars wedged between our legs leaving no space to move - especially the Sheffield to Glasgow trip with no breaks.
Hmm, that's worth considering. It'd be five people including driver, but drum kit and amps are defo the awkward part. Maybe we could look at borrowing a smaller bass amp, rather than the massive head/cab thing that all our bands share at the moment... That's defo worth considering. Cheers!
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