Where to hire a12 Seater

Old Jun 1st, 2004, 12:28 AM
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Where to hire a12 Seater

Hi,
We will be 12 people travelling from South Africa to Corvara for a ski vacation. We would like rent a 12 seater from Munich but are unable to get a vehicle that will fit 12 people as the usual companies(avis,eurpcar....)only goes up to 9 seats. Any help would be appreciated as we would not like to split the group by hiring 2 smaller cars.
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Old Jun 1st, 2004, 07:14 AM
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I wish I knew as I have seen some lovely 12-14 seaters made my Mercedes-Benz with adequate room to stand while inside. Very different from the ubiuitous 15-seat vans that one can easily find from Thrifty in the US.

I think they are privately owned by people who do private tours; I have looked high and low for such a thing in Europe and I have never found a rental source in any company. Perhaps they are technically considered a bus, and might require a commercial driver's license to operate.

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Old Jun 1st, 2004, 08:20 AM
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Although I hate giving second hand information, what Rex has mentioned, I've also been told is true. Supposedly in most of Europe you must have a special commercial license if you are transporting more that something like 8 or 9 people. I do know we ran into this problem in the UK when a group of us traveled together. Luckily a member of our host group had such a license and took a couple of days off work to chauffeur us around.
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Besides the problem of not being legally able to drive a commercial van - you REALLY should consider renting two smaller vans -- or even better, 3 or 4 cars. If you were travelling in one vehicle you'd all be linked at the hip 24/7. What if some of the group want to ski different slopes? Or some want to sleep in while others get an early start? Or some want to visit a nearby town while others want to ski all day? Believe me -- I have taken groups as large as 13 and it is MUCH easier to make everyone happy and avoid problems if you have transport options and multiple vehicles.
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Old Jun 1st, 2004, 03:53 PM
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I'd still love to know if anyone ever stumbles across a source. Unless they were OUTRAGEOUSLY expensive to rent (i.e., quadruple a "normal" 9-passenger van, for example, and they might well be) I think that the passengers would greatly enjoy the extra room (using one even for just eight passengers).
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