DUBLINBURNERKAREN wrote:Hey Red Arrow, we have rented from El Monte too, now I am so worried.
Thing is we are picking up camper on 29th as one of the lads coming with us needs to fly back out home from SF on the 7th, so this means we have to drop camper back in SF on the 5th as the 6th is Labour Day :(
This then means we have to leave the night of the Burn, can people tell me what time they Burn the Man?, drive back to SF - 9 bloody hours and try get it cleaned b4 we drop off b4 11am on the 5th?
This is the situation me and my crew are now faced with, has anyone anytips on what we could do here? To be honest we cannot afford to loose $1000 security deposit at all and need to get this camper back cleaned and looking perfect. any tips would be much appreciated.
man should burn at around 8 or 9pm on saturday and could take a few hours
so in a nutshell you want to leave the burning man after the man burns (the night of the best party) then drive to san fran to have it back at El monte before 11am the following morning
this is going to be really tough but not totally impossible
If you leave at midnight, you could drive to sacremento, theres a RV cleaning place there (totally DIY) - you can wash the outside with a hose and they have dumpsters for rubbish too (but not sure if youre really meant to use them...)
we stopped there, and some of us started cleanin inside and some cleaning outside of RV, took round 2 hours in daylight but at night time it would be much harder. to be honest, the thing wasnt totally clean but we did the best we could with the stuff we had (the sand is IMPOSSIBLE to get rid of entirely)
if you drove there directly, waited till sunrise (presuming this place is still open - google RV cleaning places along the route youre taking, the one we stopped at had machines where u put change in and can use the hoover, hose etc, not sure if it was 24 hours tho), washed and cleaned rv, you could then continue to on SF to return RV (90miles) but you will be pushing it really really finely
you need to bite the bullet and be prepared to lose the deposit im afraid, regardless of how much time you have - if you have 5 people in the RV thats 200 bucks each - â‚¬156, so its not the END of the world, although it does suck.. if you do your best to clean it you might get some of it back..
as people said earlier, put sheets over the dash board, keep windows closed while on playa.. etc, im even thinkin of tryin 2 get plastic for the couch/beds, cos the amount of sand that ends up inside them is shocking
hmmmm wish i could give you better news or advice but deadlines after burning man do suck (tell me bout it, we left directly after the man burned in 2008 too)