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what's your ride??

Postby davidjones@a2zmobilemusic » Tue Mar 29, 2005 11:18 pm

i used to get around in a dodge ram pick-up. any time rain was in the forcast i was praying for daylight (country song). i just got a mecury villager with fold up and removable seats. i am now looking into signage and a possible paint job. it got me wondering what some of my peers were using to get around..? send pics if you have em'! :lol:
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Re: what's your ride??

Postby djdonny » Wed Mar 30, 2005 12:14 am

I use a cool black tinted 2005 Grand Caravan with Stow-N-Go seating (the greatest invention for DJs since the CD).

Here's my stock pic.
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Re: what's your ride??

Postby AzPartyPleasers » Wed Mar 30, 2005 1:54 am

Check out the Party Van!

1984 dodge ram van, 314 small block v8 3speed auto carubrated. she's a hog, but has cold a/c , fits all the equipment, and is super reliable.

I have 2 magnets for the sides with the company name, and a full spread on the rear window with logo, name and slogan + tel. #

Nothing like some free rolling advertisement.
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Re: what's your ride??

Postby dokai » Wed Mar 30, 2005 10:26 am

djdonny wrote:I use a cool black tinted 2005 Grand Caravan with Stow-N-Go seating (the greatest invention for DJs since the CD).


Woohoo! I'm jealous!

I'm using a 1997 Dodge Grand Caravan (no stow-n-go!) for the small events, and call in favors from a DJ friend who owns a 28ft trailer and a pick-up for the large events. When either of us has an event that is THAT large we frequently team up for it anyway, so using his trailer is not a big deal.

My next vehicle is probably going to be a full-size van, though. It's just taking too much "finagling" to fit everything into the mini-van, especially since I insist on taking a lightshow with me for even the smallest events. Major overkill sometimes, but I'm hoping that it'll buy me some repeat business. Always better to give them more than they expected, right? Then again, that Stow-N-Go is a pretty nice feature...
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Re: what's your ride??

Postby SirWolfy » Wed Mar 30, 2005 11:31 am

I used to do the 4x4 pickup thing too...lol It was a pain any time it rained, but I bought a huge tarp and bungied it all down... it did the trick of keeping the gig-gear dry. For the last 3 years, we have been using a 1989 Ford Aerostar and that thing is turd with wheels! Oh yeah, I dispise it too...lol

God willing, in the not to distant future, I'm looking at a Durango or Dakota and trailer with paintjob combo. I guess it actually depends on how well my book does...lol
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Re: what's your ride??

Postby TheBartman47 » Wed Mar 30, 2005 11:35 am

I pull a 6x12 cargo trailer with this...
http://bartman.topcities.com/personal/1975mc.htm

And here's a short video of it doing 0-100 in under 15 seconds.
http://www.streetneeds.com/uploads/vide ... mobile.mpg
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Re: what's your ride??

Postby MusicDoctorDJ » Wed Mar 30, 2005 12:27 pm

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Postby djdonny » Wed Mar 30, 2005 1:05 pm

I won't do signage on my van. In NYC, it tells the theives "Break in -- expensive equipment inside."
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Postby AzPartyPleasers » Wed Mar 30, 2005 6:21 pm

djdonny wrote:I won't do signage on my van. In NYC, it tells the theives "Break in -- expensive equipment inside."


agreed. but the van never has anything in it when i am not around it, and i only use it for gigs when the equipment is in my view the whole time.

i never leave anyting in the van ever.
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Postby CJ Greiner » Wed Mar 30, 2005 6:38 pm

Winter snow covering the DJ ride...

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And of course, it has a cool license plate!

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Postby TheBartman47 » Wed Mar 30, 2005 8:26 pm

Instead of getting my trailer painted with signage, I've thought about using those magnetic signs, so when It's sitting around, I can take the sign off so as not to advertize "expensive equipment inside".
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Postby davidjones@a2zmobilemusic » Wed Mar 30, 2005 8:33 pm

CJ Greiner wrote:Winter snow covering the DJ ride...

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And of course, it has a cool license plate!

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'96 Ford Explorer



I used a explorer for 3 years. it worked out well for me. Do you carry lights as well?
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Re: what's your ride??

Postby jbrown157 » Wed Mar 30, 2005 8:49 pm

1999 Ford Windstar cargo van. I bought it a year ago on eBay (great deal too!). It's perfect for my needs. Just added the magnetic signs.

We're parked in front of a yacht that I did a couple of gigs on last year.. it was a blast!

CJ... You call that snow??? We call that spring!
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Postby djdonny » Wed Mar 30, 2005 8:54 pm

agreed. but the van never has anything in it when i am not around it, and i only use it for gigs when the equipment is in my view the whole time.
i never leave anyting in the van ever.


I recently heard a story of a DJ who had the same policy, but when he showed up to a hall, it was not set up as originally explained, leaving much less room for the DJ than expected. He had brought a truss of lights, and with no room to put them up, and no room to store them in the room, had to keep them in his trailer. Sure enough, the trailer was stolen.
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Re: what's your ride??

Postby MusicDoctorDJ » Thu Mar 31, 2005 1:04 am

Here's 'The Music Doctor DJ Mobile' with my 24 1/2 foot mobile dressing room . . .

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Postby JR » Thu Mar 31, 2005 2:29 am

96 Ford Windstar. However, I have out grown it. I'm looking to obtain a regular cargo van. I'm currently at or probably over gross right now and I can't fit anymore in with out flattening the tires.
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Postby Dj Sweaty Eddie » Thu Mar 31, 2005 11:39 am

If anyone is looking for magnet signs for thier RIDES. I own a graphics shop as well and can hook you up with a great DJGold deal. Email me at sweatys501@verizon.net www.njwebservice.com

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Re: what's your ride??

Postby MusicDoctorDJ » Sat Apr 02, 2005 10:37 am

I suppose a shot with our vehicle loaded is in order . . .

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Postby sddj » Sun Apr 03, 2005 1:57 am

2004 Dodge Dakota 4x4 Quad Sport.... this pulls along a Haulmark 5x8 trailer. Both are black! This is my personal system. Fully loaded, depending on system that is booked... the 4x4 is hauling 1,900 lbs, 2,200 lbs or 2,500 lbs. Again, depends on which package.

The back of the Dakota has a velcro railed tarp top that stays closed. I had the bed sprayed when I bought it with that DuraLiner stuff. So for bridal shows, we can load everything we need in the bed of the Dodge, roll close the cover, and not need to tow a trailer !

We also have other Haulmark trailers that are identical and are pulled by Grand Cherokee's, etc... all used Class III hitches.
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Re: what's your ride??

Postby jeaniec » Mon Apr 04, 2005 12:20 am

A Kia Sportage--unbelieveable but true.
On the RARE occasion someone actually helps me brings stuff to the car from the gig, they can't believe how much stuff fits in it. I have it down to a science and no one can pack it but me--but every cranny is used for something and I even have room for more if absolutely necessary. I basically do parties of 300 or less, and if I do larger gigs, I either need to do two trips or I just rent a van for a weekend if it's not local. Beats the big car payment and I save on gas to get around when I'm not gigging. I do have a magnetic sign for use when I want, but I do take it off when my rig is in it, though. As a woman alone, it's a tiny bit scary getting gas in an unfamiliar area with all my equipment with me. They couldn't care less about the car or me, but the equipment could get them a few bucks.
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