Vans - aaarrrgghhhh

Discussion in 'UK Motorcycles' started by Krusty, Jun 20, 2005.

  1. Krusty

    Krusty Guest

    Still trying to sort out getting the bikes to Switzerland next month, &
    failing miserably. 99.9% of hire vans don't have towbars, & the ones
    that do are either already booked or not allowed outside the country.

    Has the FOAK got any ideas? Or anyone got a van big enough for two
    bikes, with a towbar, & want a few hundred quid to 'lend' it to us for
    eleven days at the end of next month?
    Krusty, Jun 20, 2005
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  2. have you tried brs truck rental they have slightly larger vans with tail
    lifts , some do have to bars fitted
    i know they allow out of country use but you do need to put a large deposit
    down .
    steve robinson, Jun 20, 2005
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    frag Guest

    Krusty scribbled:
    Buy an old Transit for a grand, use it, flog it when get back and make
    money back?
    frag, Jun 20, 2005
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    Alex Ferrier Guest

    Nope, but the offer is still there from the FBC to personally
    courier the bikes there for you. :eek:)

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    Alex Ferrier, Jun 20, 2005
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    Krusty Guest

    Trucks have a very nasty effect on ferry prices unfortunately.
    Krusty, Jun 20, 2005
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    zymurgy Guest

    Tried this a while back and rang around for 2 days. They're like hens
    teeth. However, when i'm out and about I often see hire vans with bars.

    I think for some reason they don't like you towing. I suppose they
    can't vet what you're going to tow ..

    (much later) i've ended up getting a 4X4 with a towbar ....


    zymurgy, Jun 20, 2005
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    Krusty Guest

    That would probably have been my choice, but it's not up to me as I'm
    not one of the drivers. Unfortunately private insurance for vans isn't
    easy to find, & very expensive, so that coupled with European breakdown
    cover would probably cost more than hiring anyway.
    Krusty, Jun 20, 2005
  8. Krusty

    Krusty Guest

    One company said it was for insurance reasons. Another said they'd fit
    a towbar to one of their vans if we paid for it - cheeky cunts!
    Krusty, Jun 20, 2005
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    flash Guest

    If only there was some *other* way you and your bike could get there.
    flash, Jun 20, 2005
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    Krusty Guest

    Krusty, Jun 20, 2005
  11. perhaps a little trying, but not cheeky - you have a problem, they
    offered a solution. Seems reasonable to me.

    Sounds like you want your cake and eating it - big vans are too
    expensive to ferry, riding involves a tyre change, small vans don't have
    tow bars....

    how about 2 tranny vans?

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    Doesnotcompute, Jun 20, 2005
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    Krusty Guest

    That just about sums it up - we're a difficult lot.
    Not do-able for various tedious reasons - plus of course double the
    hire/ferry/fuel costs.
    Krusty, Jun 20, 2005
  13. they do 30cwt box vans if that helps
    steve robinson, Jun 20, 2005
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    YTC449 Guest

    Still trying to sort out getting the bikes to Switzerland next month, &
    I have successfully used this lot Hire tariff/Van_Hire_Tarrif.htm

    Several times before and if you let them know your requirements they
    *usually* allow continental trips. IIRC they have a few vans with towbars.



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    sweller Guest

    You might be surprised - CIS and Carole Nash do private vans.

    My Sherpa van is with Commercial Vehicle Direct £280 FC (parked on road,
    Brighton, 37 y/o driver, full NCB, non commercial use) includes
    breakdown, legal and, IIRC, 'green card' EU insurance.

    Can't find my policy book to check.
    sweller, Jun 20, 2005
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    Pete M Guest

    If you're at the correct end of the country, Adeva Vehicle Rentals have
    Transit vans ideal for your purpose. I.e with towbars and foreign cover.

    IIRC, they've got branches in Stoke, Chester, Warrington, Oldham, Preston,
    Stockport and Leigh.

    If, however, you're down South, sorry.

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    Pete M, Jun 20, 2005
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    Lozzo Guest

    Alex Ferrier says...
    I'm sure I could be relied upon to tailgate the FBC if needed, on
    another MV of course.
    Lozzo, Jun 20, 2005
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    Krusty Guest

    Damn good point - I used them loads of times when I lived in Erith, &
    they certainly had towbars back then. I'll bell them in the morning.
    Krusty, Jun 20, 2005
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    Krusty Guest

    That sounds like a good deal. It's a subject that often pops up on the
    trailriding lists, & always seems to cause grief.
    Krusty, Jun 20, 2005
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    Krusty Guest

    It wouldn't - trust me, you'd hate it. Nasty smelly noisy uncomfortable
    things those motorbikes.
    Krusty, Jun 20, 2005
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