Be honest with yourself about your expectations, and understand the magnitude of your responsibility :: are you really excited to share BM with 6 SIX! newbies on your clock or are you just trying to save a buck?? The best advice I can give is if you are taking the leap of faith toting 6 wide-eyed cheapskates (who no one knows how they will respond the playa, the elements, and their cramped dusty living quarters) to save money, you will pay the difference in miserable moments!!! not worth it!
Talking Points ::
******The person with the credit card down will desperately play house mom all week while everyone else won't give a rats-ass about the house rules (which are out the window by day 3 anyway) and no, telling folks they can only be in the RV to sleep doesnt work and isnt fair, people want to do what they want and thats their base camp that they paid for, and YES they will run the AC when they are in there by themself, on full blast, and leave it on when they leave! (plus leave the door not latched so it blows open and coats the inside with dust, yay!)
******7 different people will have 7 different ideas about how things should be done, and thats exactly how they will do things, their way, the best way *for them*.
******7 different people will have 7 different space, sleeping, emotional, cooking, cleaning, and grooming/hygiene needs....NOW shake that up with 7 different schedules, 7 different objectives, 7 people's clothes, crap, shoes & filthy socks, food & drinks & cups & bottles & dirty dishes, & towels EVERYWHERE!; plus tons of dust, dirt, mud, 100 degree heat, an emotional breakdown, a bad trip, relationship trouble, tears, sunburn, stomach ailments, uninvited guests, unexpected sexcapades, bad attitudes, and did I mention 7 people's dusty CRAP EVERYWHERE!!! Would this be a good time to remind that all 7 of you are in a 250 sq ft box with about 7 feet of floor/standing space! (even less if the beds are rolled out)
******An RV for 7 holds 4 adult size peeps (2 very cozy doubles that you share with your sandy sweaty bed buddy) and a couple bullshit beds for small people or kids. 3 people will be miserable and pissed they are paying the same as everyone else, so either rotate the sleeping arrangements or pro-rate the crappy beds. The bullshit beds also get stepped on, sat on, spilled on, screwed on, and are the only flat surface that everyone else's shit inevitably ends up on.
******Everyone will completely underestimate their water usage, generator usage, AC time, and general jackassery.
******Everyone will completely overestimate the amount they have contributed to the whole.... and with that many people there will be a few that will do exactly JACK SHIT, just because they can. The harsh reality is these 6 people don't have your best interest in mind, they just want to burn cheap like you do. If you want something done, you'll probably have to do it yourself.
******Don't kid yourself that food / drinks / liquor / cooking/ RV chores / maintenance & monitoring will ever be split up remotely fairly. Laminating the rules won't help!
You still want to do it??? Still got your heart set on the RV thing?
******I would recommend 4 people MAX, they get to bring ONE bin and one small bag each, (bins can be stored underneath the RV, or stacked in the shower stall (since it wont be used, no no) and pulled out when needed)
******All people must all be paid in advance (like now) OR 2 or 3 will bail or change their mind last minute and screw the rest of you, guaranteed. and if you give the flakes their money back YOU will end up paying their portion yourself so don't do it.(don't forget to add in double the deposit, fuel (plan on getting 10 mpg), gas for generator, ice, water pump money for the playa, last dump on return, trash disposal, RV wash money, cleaning supplies, WATER, and general stuff like trash bags, paper towels, toilet tissue etc etc.)
******If they don't pay the deposit, they won't even try to keep things tidy or help clean at the end, and remember there will be unexpected expenses on the way too, collect an incidentals $$$ pool before you leave, at least $200 - this can be split up at the end if not used. Make sure one OTHER person has a credit card that has space on it, in case of breakdown, repairs, emergencies, motel etc. All this responsibility doesn't need to fall on you! Have you thought about Liability? It sound corny, but a travel waiver is an excellent idea!
******You personally, with your own eyes, need to see every persons ticket in hand when they board. When everyone is on, have them all hold them up at the same time (take a photo). Just one person's oversight will cost everyone else lots of lost hours (and gas money and frustration) to turn around and pick it up.
******Consider yourself extremely lucky if all are present and ready to go at the designated time without demand and drama. Same thing for exodus. What's your plan if someone is no where to be found when its time to leave the playa? What if someone wants or really needs to leave early? (chances are good with 6 newbies!) Is the driver going to be sober? Is there a back-up driver to take over when the driver falls asleep? How are you going to fit 7 bikes, 7 coolers, 7 peoples groceries & WATER, 7 bins & 7 bags, and 7 butts in this thing when traveling?
******Finally, I would have at least other BM veteran in your mix, as it will become burdensome for you to hold everything/everyone together. There will be plenty of opportunities later for successful RV sharing when its with FRIENDS who have similar expectations and experience.....6 newbies have no idea what they are getting into, and it will be up to you to manage each and every one of them, like it or not.
No matter how great or responsible someone is in the default world, and how *burnery* they seem, and how much YOU *just know* they will blossom on-playa, people are unpredictable .... things come to the surface one might not ever expect (both good and bad). But, you could very well end up with an overdose, an attempted suicide, prissy temper tantrums, tears, and several interpersonal knock-down drag-out fights (one was over a member of our group going out on the street offering passers-by $40 if they would do his dishes shift...uh, wrong!), top that off with a walk-out and that just wrapped up my LAST group RV trip!! (can you believe walk-out bartered a boobie pic to the water tank driver to take him into the city....um'quay) True Story BTW!! Then coming home, one of the remaining knuckle-heads left off the cooler spout so we had a 3 inch mudslide going on by the time we got to Reno. It was awesome!
Personally, I think the situation as presented it is a bad bad idea, only you can decide if its right for you to be Miss RV monitor/mentor in exchange for a few bucks.
For me, NEVER AGAIN! My burn is for ME and the people I love (and in a peaceful hexayurt, which blows the RV out of the water, btw!) Good Luck!
Love is the answer . . . now what is the question?