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What are you touring in?

SRVBlue

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Bus, Van, Car, Bicycle....

Planning a small tour next summer and I'm curious how everyone is hitting the road these days.
 

tiktok

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When I did (with a four-piece), we rented a minivan and took out the back row of seats. Full-size van was much more expensive to rent, with painful mileage and a chore to drive in the city.
 

dewey decibel

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It really comes down to how many guys you have, and how much you can backline. I was in a 10 piece band, and in the states we used a 15 person passenger van (rented) with a trailer for gear (owned). It's expensive to rent, but for a one off or weekend gig we'd do 3-4 cars (owned), and that adds up too (gas mileage). If we were a 5 piece it would've been so much easier...
 

SRVBlue

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Very true, we are a 3 piece band so I'm thinking a van sounds about right and still have room for gear.
 

ckeathley14

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I toured Texas as a 3 piece in a large passenger van(12 seat???) Had a small vintage ludwig kit, rivera amp, small bass amp 3 guitars and our luggage. Plenty o' room! Good times!
 

Jet Age Eric

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Very true, we are a 3 piece band so I'm thinking a van sounds about right and still have room for gear.
I'm in a three-piece and we've been using rented minivans with the back seat out. It's tight, and I've just got a head and 2x10, but the savings in gas and (to a lesser extent) rental make a big difference for us. -E
 

hubberjub

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What, what?


2002 Volkswagen Jetta TDI. She's been from Upstate, NY to Pittsboro, NC and back for the Shakori Hills Grassroots festival, and still got 30mpg.

Contents:
Hammond M3 organ
Leslie 122
5 piece Yamaha drum kit (with accoutrements)
Genz-Benz Bass head
Ampeg 410 bass cabinet
MTD bass
Fender Telecaster
Fender Vibrolux
Carter S10 pedal steel guitar
Peavey Nashville 1000 steel amp
8-space effects rack
Four smelly dudes
 

DirtCity

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My band goes out in a Chevy Trailblazer pulling a 4x8 trailer.

Four guys in the band, contents of the trailer

1 ampeg fridge
2 orange 4x12's
2 marshall 4x12's
5 piece drum set with cymbals and hardware case
Merchandise
Pedal boards

In the back of the Blazer, guitars, bass, 3 amp heads, cooler full of drinks and road food (if we're doing more than a one-off). It can get cramped on longer trips with duffel bags and pillows, etc, but we make it work.
 

splatt

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i'm touring in cords, a t-shirt, a wooly jumper, a brown leather jacket,
blunnies & my fave chapeau,
which seems to keep the peculiarity in my brain both warm & cool.
 






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