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Oct 30th, 2016, 11:53 AM
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Passenger van with towable luggage

8 golfers flying into Shannon next year from Boston area. Base will be Killarney but would like to rent one(1) large passenger van with a towable luggage cart. Any ideas? This avoids two vans and two drivers, etc. Thanks for ideas. I searched the web and many sites advertise 9-12-15 passenger vans then when you drill down ....nothing. Cheers and Thanks.
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Oct 30th, 2016, 12:34 PM
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Why not get a van larger than you need for passengers, use the additional space for the luggage. That seems far more practical than a trailer. Having towed and maneuvered more than 1 trailer in my day, I doubt I'd want to do it in unfamiliar territory.
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Oct 30th, 2016, 12:43 PM
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With EU law you need to have a special class of vehicles to drive a vehicle over 9 persons (including driver) Trailers also count as an additional class.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drivin...nce_categories
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Oct 30th, 2016, 01:13 PM
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So, 2 vans or a large one with hired driver. With so many to share the cost I'd think the latter would be ideal. If I recall, there was another thread addressing this issue with recommendations of companies.
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Oct 30th, 2016, 01:19 PM
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This is the company that was recommended:
http://www.butlers-buses.com/contact-butlers-buses.php
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Oct 30th, 2016, 01:29 PM
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I second Butlers. They are great. I have done two pub tours with them. Our local pub set it up and the local bike club used them on a biking tour. They do golfing tours also.
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Oct 30th, 2016, 04:35 PM
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You will not be able to drive any arrangements of vehicles/trailer that would accommodate all your stuff.

Hire a bus -- like a 12 or 16 passenger van -- and driver.

The only other real option is renting 3 mid-sized cars or a large saloon (sedan) and a people carrier (minivan) and drive yourselves. . . . which actually would probably be cheaper
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Nov 3rd, 2016, 04:13 AM
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With a regular drivers license you can drive vans with up to 9 seats. What counts is not the number of persons but the number of seats.

For a bus with more than 9 seats, you need a special license.

The 9-seaters are pretty spacious, so your luggage should fit in.

I have never heard that rental car companies rent vans with towable luggage carts. Be aware that roads and parking places are much narrower than in North America.
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Nov 3rd, 2016, 07:09 AM
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>>The 9-seaters are pretty spacious, so your luggage should fit in.<<

They won't just have luggage -- they will also have 8 sets of golf clubs -- and probably in large, hard travel cases cases.
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Nov 3rd, 2016, 09:00 AM
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A 9 person van will be a big PITA to drive in Ireland anywhere off the big motorways, which is to say, just about everywhere. (And it probably wouldn't be big enough for all the people and luggage and clubs, anyway.)

I concur with the advice to rent a vehicle with a driver.
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Nov 3rd, 2016, 09:33 AM
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I have driven a 9-passenger van in France, not Ireland, but it can't be much easier here. To begin with, it won't have room for 8 passengers, luggage, and golf equipment - it just wont, even if you all sit with your stuff strewn across your laps. Then there is the BIG question of maneuvering it down narrow streets, and then there's parking, if you can find it, especially with loads of expensive sports equiment inside. Sorry, it's not going to happen.

For anything bigger, you'd need a special license, which you in all likelihood with not be able to obtain - you'd have to fill out copious applications, take lessons and tests, wait months, etc. Trailers are simply a non-starter.

You need two large vehicles - probably 2 7-seater vans.
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Nov 3rd, 2016, 06:15 PM
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Agree that hauling some sort of carrier filled with luggage and expensive sport equipment will not only be a PIA - where/how will you park, how can you maneuver it on very narrow local roads?? - but all of your belongs to be open to disappearing anything you stop for any reason.

Two 7 seater vans seems the best option unless you want to hire a small bus and professional driver.
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Nov 3rd, 2016, 08:31 PM
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I would look into a service that will ship/deliver the golf clubs to/from your lodging in Killarney.

https://www.luggageforward.com/ship-...bs-to-ireland/

https://www.shipsticks.com/

http://shipyourclubs.com/
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