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Packing the Car - How much do you shove into what?

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Bufalo, Aug 27, 2017.

  1. Bufalo

    Bufalo Funk in the Trunk Supporting Member

    Jan 6, 2005
    Harrisburg, PA
    In the "what's your rig of choice" thread a fellow listed out the mountain of gear he'd managed to contain within his Jeep. It got me thinking about just how how ridiculously complicated it is to haul a gig's worth of large black boxes in a modern people-mover. Here's my Tetris puzzle, feel free to post and describe yours!

    Vehicle is a '17 BMW X3.

    Gear List for last night's outdoor party show:
    • Yamaha DXS12 sub
    • 2 Yamaha DBR12 speakers
    • 4 Alto TS212 speakers
    • Ampeg SVT
    • SWR Henry the 8x8
    • 2U rack case
    • bag with a Mackie DL1608 and iPad
    • Bass in gig bag
    • Bag with speaker and microphone stands
    • 3 bins with audio cables and microphones and assorted electronics
    • Crate of various power and extension cables
    • Bass drum mic stand all by its little self
    • Change of clothing!
    So all of this - 2017-08-27 11.12.50.

    Fits in here - 2017-08-27 11.05.06-1.

    Like this:
    2017-08-27 10.53.13-1.
    2017-08-27 10.53.04.
    2017-08-27 10.53.26.
    2017-08-27 10.53.38.
    2017-08-27 10.55.14.
    TolerancEJ, J_Bass, Beamrider and 4 others like this.
  2. McG

    McG Goat Hill Gamblers

    Oct 6, 2010
    Costa Mesa, CA
    I usually don't have to (or want to) haul more than my bass rig but when I need to I can get this in my Grand Cherokee with ease.

    1 2x10 bass cab
    1 1x12 bass cab
    3u rack case
    gig bag
    2 basses
    2 floor wedges
    large, old school Fender 8 channel powered mixer
    cable crate
    2 mic stands
    camera tripod
    Combo guitar amp
    2 guitars
    2 people

    Untitled 1.
    SWRnut likes this.
  3. Howlin' Hanson

    Howlin' Hanson Lighter cabs, please. Supporting Member

    Sep 3, 2007
    Austin TX
    Toyota Sienna minivan, third seats removed. Everything fits with room to spare. I travel light anyway, two 1x15 cabs, bass (sometimes two), mic stand, bass stand, music stand, tote bag with cables, mic, tuner, etc., tablet, lyric sheet binder.
  4. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    No pics but I shoved a five piece Pearl drum set with a crapload of cymbals/stands, a Fender Bassman 400 combo, a Fender P in the hardshell case, the drummer and myself in a 2004 Forester.
    S-Bigbottom and McG like this.
  5. guy n. cognito

    guy n. cognito Secret Agent Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    I used to carry all this in the back of a Mini Clubman:

    2 basses
    212 Bergantino
    Amp and gig bag
    Two Yamaha monitors

    Nowadays, since I don't carry PA gear anymore, it feels like cheating to get just my bass rig in the back of my QX50.
    Bunk McNulty likes this.
  6. jthisdell

    jthisdell Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2014
    Roanoke, VA
    I drive a Miata so I needed to build a rig around that.

    Berg CN112 cab
    ToneHammer 500 head
    Gig bag
    Either Fender or EUB (but not both)
    folding music stand
    mic stand
  7. Bunk McNulty

    Bunk McNulty It is not easy to do simple things correctly. Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2012
    Northampton, MA
    I have 57 cubic feet of space in the back of my Honda Fit. Into it go:
    1 Avatar 4x10
    2 Avatar 2x10s
    1 Mackie Thump 12" monitor
    1 16"x16"x12" case for amp and cables
    1 small Gator pedalboard
    1 mic stand
    1 guitar stand
    1 3x6 foot rug
    1 bass case
    ...with room to spare.
  8. Gravedigger Dav

    Gravedigger Dav Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Rumble 500c
    Rumble 2x10 extension
    2 Kustom floor monitors
    1 box containing 100' snake
    1 box containing cables, mics, extension cords
    1 drummer's bag with additional items (more cords, strings, tools, tuner, wireless, etc)
    speaker stand bag with 2 speaker stands and 2 mic stands
    Rock ' Roller cart.
    2 basses
    I drive a Ram 1500 with a hard bed cover.
    No problem.
    (basses in the back seat)
    Rule 1. Basses last in, first out.
  9. filmtex


    May 29, 2011
    I drive a Toyota Tundra with an extended cab. Guitars, briefcases along with my mic stand and an Ampeg BA 108 and Hartke HD150 ride in the back seat. Everything else goes in the bed in bins. I do have a trailer that everything lives in. If there's enough room at the venue to to park it, I just hook up and go. Makes it easy when I get home after midnight, just back in and I'm done for the night. If I don't have to take the PA, everything in the back seat will handle any of the other shows I do.
  10. friskinator

    friskinator Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    Montreal, QC
    My entire rig will fit in the trunk of my Honda Accord with room to spare. Granted, I've scaled down as far as I can go, but it's nice to be able to conceal everything.

    Barefaced One10
    Mono bag with GK MB200 and all cables
    One bass in gig bag, 2 on some occasions.
    Guitar stand
    Fan for outdoor gigs
  11. dbase

    dbase Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2008
    South Jersey, USA..
    One Bass,
    Two amps,
    Two cabs,
    Bass stand,
    Music stand,
    Folding cart,
    Bag of cords
    Bottle of Water
    Wife, if she wants to come along
    Hyundai Azera to carry it all.
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  12. In my Ford Escape:
    Single 18" sub
    Hartke 410 cab
    6 mic stands
    microphone box
    Large tub with cables
    drum mic stand
    guitar stand
    large bag with my personal stuff
    occasionally a single 12" powered monitor
    two basses in gigbags
    a wheelboard to move it all
    two people, sometimes three if my bro in law gets too hammered to drive.

    The singer carries in an Infinity QX50
    two Behringer powered 15" mains
    two Behringer powered 12" monitors
    four stands
    four flat par LED lights
    box with his mic.

    I would love one more sub, but there is no way to get it there..

    Bufalo likes this.
  13. For my old 3 piece band 30 years ago, I bought a '75 Lincoln Town Car. The drum set, 2 amps, bass cab and accessories (mic stands, cables etc) all fit in the trunk. Threw the Bass and Guitar cases in the back seat on top of the PA speakers and amp. Front seat fit 3 young skinny people comfortably. Don't have any pics of it loaded but here was the car:
  14. Bufalo

    Bufalo Funk in the Trunk Supporting Member

    Jan 6, 2005
    Harrisburg, PA
    I love every single thing about this.
  15. ONYX


    Apr 14, 2000
    I usually don't take much:

    Avatar OR Hartke 410 cabinet
    4 space rack case
    Bass in hardshell case
    Gig bag (leather duffel bag )
    Change of clothes

    All of this will fit into the back seat of my pick-up.
  16. Yeah, pretty much couldn't tell the car was loaded, got same gas mileage either way.

    I was the biggest at 150lbs soaking wet, we could all stretch out in the front seat. Ashtray was big enough to make it through any road trip. Talk about a blues mobile, who says you can't travel in style?
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  17. Chicory Blue

    Chicory Blue

    Oct 9, 2016
    I'm in a Ford Fusion. Bass goes in a gig bag with the B1on and my cables/tuner/GameBoy/headphones/setup tools and lays across the back seat with my mic stand (if it's coming). Mini-amp/stereo cab/RC30 and footswitch/ microphone/ tapestry to sit on go in a small shoulder bag on the floor. My "serious time" pedals (big looper, dedicated reverb, and octaver, if I'm bringing them) go in an aluminum pedal case on the opposite floorboard, and the Fender Rumble can go in the passenger seat or the trunk (which also contains a folding table and two chairs for unrelated reasons).

    Everything can follow me in a single trip- I refuse to let my rig inconvenience me.

  18. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Hyundai Elantra Hatchback - can fit my compact 2x12 cab, head, 1 or 2 basses, backpack with stand and assorted BS, and drum set into the back - drummer and I in front seats.

    As I get older, I get smarter (and pack lighter).
  19. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Big Dogs Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    I do think musicians develop great Tetris-like skills packing gear.
    I like convertibles, and I like to be able to put the bass in the trunk. Not many convertibles that I can do that with.
    Audi A4 convertible. Bass, amp, goodie bag, stand in the trunk. Cabs in the back seat. Pretty girl (my wife) in the front seat, sometimes.
    hrodbert696 and Stumbo like this.
  20. Gaolee

    Gaolee Official leathers tester and crash dummy

    2002 Chevy Express van. Everything fits.

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