That's about the size of my MV; I limit the count to 12 for weight reasons more than space reasons, which becomes an issue in itself because people see room and think they should be able to climb on.
Defense has been an issue a couple times over the years. My vessel has weathered hijacking attempts, drunken damage-causing idiots, and even tasering-the-driver-for-fun assholes. Officially on the record, my vessel is completely unarmed. And that's all I have to say about that…
I'm not a huge boozer but sometimes it kinda' sucks that as the driver I can't have any beer, no margaritas, no nuthin'.
In years past, the single biggest downside to MV driving was people's expectation of taxi service. There was an endless stream of "Oh can we please stop by xxx" and even a lot of fake "injured" people wanting a ride to specific places. I will transport any injured burner to the med tent at any time, but if that ain't your destination then, uh… ?? It got so bad that I couldn't get home when I wanted to.
I think most vet MV drivers will tell you, other than at your discretion, burners who choose to ride choose to go wherever the vehicle goes. Sure, drive 'em home or to the next party if you feel like it, but they need to understand the rule.
Very drunk or otherwise very impaired passengers are nothing but trouble. Feelin' good is OK, but really messed up means "keep walking".
Bikers like to hang onto the sides and be pulled along. I'd be OK with that if I weren't likely to make a turn and run them over.
OH!! Absolutely outfit your rig with kill switches! Make it very, very difficult for anyone to joyride your MV.
The cops, the real ones, are out there. All the normal-world rules about alcohol and motor vehicles DO APPLY in Black Rock City. The days of "Bar Cars" have been over for years. Be careful about where the alcohol is in relation to the driver, you can get in a LOT of trouble out there.
It's a bit of responsibility, but overall it's a lot of fun to drive a Mutant Vehicle on the playa!
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