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Main Office
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(404) 364-0177
Toll Free - Outside of Georgia: (888) 457-5209

Main Fax: (404) 350-9407
2051 Marietta Blvd., NW - Atlanta, Georgia  30318





Repair Shop: (404) 367-1455

2051 Marietta Blvd., NW - Atlanta, Georgia  30318

 

FAQ - SLEEPER COACHES... ANSWERED by DON NEUEN, VP of OPERATIONS...


Q: HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO RENT A "SLEEPER COACH"?

A: Well, that's a lot like calling Delta Airlines and asking them "how much does it cost to fly in a plane?"

My quick "ball park" answer is between $1,000 - $1,400 / day when everything is factored into the equation...

To elaborate: First, you need to understand that there are three major costs involved in leasing a sleeper coach:

a) the cost of the coach...

b) the cost of the driver...

c) the cost of fuel...

After those three big costs, everything else is rather minor...

COST OF THE COACH: Our fleet of nearly 50 coaches offers clients a wide variety and spectrum of coaches from our least expensive models (2000-2002 Prevost H3-45 non slide outs) to our brand new and high end specialty coaches such as "star configuration" (coaches with a rear bedroom suite)...

Generally, our entire fleet will fall in the range of $350 / day up to $750 / day...



COST OF THE DRIVER: Our Drivers offer the best value in the industry. High quality Drivers at fair rates... A number of variables determine Driver's pay:

If the Driver is not pulling a trailer, his rate is either $200 or $220 / day... (depending on coach level)

If he is pulling a trailer, his rate is then either $225 or $245 / day... (depending on coach level)

In addition, the Driver is paid for three services that usually take place on a weekly basis:

Generator Services (every 100 hours of use): $50 / service...

Weekly Interior Cleanings & Linen Changes: $50 / service...

Exterior Bus Washes: $50 / wash... And additional $15 / wash is charged if pulling a trailer...

Overdrives (equal to a Driver's daily rate) are very common to the "Entertainer Coach Driver" world... Basically, this is financial compensation to a Driver for driving higher miles in any given day while remaining legal within the guidelines set forth by The Department of Transportation (10 hours on-duty driving).

The Industry standard is that an overdrive is set at 451 miles... Star Coaches Drivers give back to our Clients by not charging for an Overdrive until 501 miles. This difference has saved our Clients thousands of dollars.

It should be noted that Star Coaches, and our Drivers, strictly comply with The Department of Transportation for both safety and legal reasons. The limit set forth by The Department of Transportation is 10 hours of "on-duty" driving per day.

If your tour involves daily drives that will exceed a Driver's legal limit, be prepared to incur the additional cost of flying a Co-Driver out to help with the long drive... Bottom line: We stay safe and legal...



COST OF FUEL: Obviously, this is a major factor and a huge inconsistent variable that is very difficult to forecast... But I use a very simple formula to calculate and estimate the fuel needed for a tour...

Many people ask me: "How much does it cost to fill the bus fuel tank?" The answer is "that's irrelevant"... The useful information is:

a) how many miles are you traveling...

b) what is the expected MPG for the coach (6MPG without a trailer and 5MPG if pulling a trailer)...

c) how much does a gallon of diesel fuel cost...

In calculating your fuel estimate, I am very conservative... I'll "pad" your mileage slightly, as my objective is to come in a little high on your fuel estimate...

Here is the simple equation I use for calculating fuel:

Total Miles divided by the Bus MPG times Fuel Cost per Gallon...

For example, let's use a typical 45 day tour that travels a total of 14,805 miles, there is no trailer being pulled behind the bus, and diesel fuel is currently averaging about $4.35 / gallon... So:

14,805 miles / 6MPG X $4.35 = $10,733.62 is how much estimated fuel I would list on my proposal...

 



Now, there are a host of other costs involved that are considerably less than the three big ones we have discussed thus far... They are:

DirecTV In-Motion Satellite: $10 / day

Verizon based WiFi: $10 / day (not available in Canada)

Trailer Rentals: $50 / day

Main Engine Service: based on $.06 / mile

Transmission Service (if pulling a trailer): $.03 / mile

End of Tour Generator Service: $50

End of Tour Comforter Cleaning: $120

End of Tour Coach Wash: $50

End of Tour Trailer Wash (if applicable): $15

End of Tour Interior Cleaning: $150-$250 (depending on tour length)

In addition, you will need to provide the Driver with a hotel room each day (or night) of the tour (and any Deadhead days)... and you will need to cover the costs of any tolls, DOT permits, and parking costs... I'll list suggested budget estimates for all that in my proposal...

So, that pretty much wraps up how much it costs to lease a rock & roll bus...

 



Q: WHAT INFO DO YOU NEED TO SEND ME A PROPOSAL?

A: Many people try and get me to give them a "quick quote"... I don't do it... I never guess... Here is what I need in order to prepare a detailed and accurate line item proposal for you:

1. Band Name?

2. Your Name, Email Address and Contact Numbers?

3. Pick Up Date?

4. Pick Up City?

5. Drop Date?

6. Drop City?

7. Number of Bunks Needed?

8. Level of Coach Needed (this is important... We have 7 different levels of coaches and price ranges... Give me an idea of what level coach your artist needs and can afford... NOTE: One of the most important bits of information that I can use is this: "How much can your band afford to spend on tour bus transportation?" Be candid with me... Most of the time, I will come in below that projected tour budget, and often times, I'll figure out a way for you to get your band into more bus than they can afford...

9. Is a Rental Trailer needed?

10. Is the coach going to need an exterior promotional wrap?

11. Lastly, and most importantly, I need a complete and firm itinerary (date and city)... Without this, I'm guessing... Something that takes up time that neither of us have to spare...

Once you have all of this, email it to me at: DonNeuen@Reagan.com

 



Q: WHAT IS DEADHEAD?

A: We position of coaches primarily in Atlanta, GA... We also position a few coaches in Indio, CA... The term "Deadhead" simply means the travel needed to get from one of our bases (Atlanta or Indio) to the pick up location... Deadheading can also refer to the travel needed to get back to our bases after dropping...

In a proposal, I will list deadheading costs separately for the Coach, the Driver and the fuel...

 



Q: CAN WE USE OUR OWN DRIVER?

A: No... We are regulated heavily by The Department of Transportation... These are commercial vehicles and we must maintain in depth Driver files for each of our Drivers...

In addition, our Drivers are very loyal and valued members of our team... Bringing in an outside Driver to drive for your band would bump one of our guys out of a seat, and therefore a job... We just won't do that...

 



Q: DO YOU HAVE RENTAL TRAILERS?


A: We have a large fleet of Rental Trailers that we can provide... And while I will list the cost of a trailer on your proposal (and eventually, your coach contract), you will be invoiced for the trailer rental by the actual trailer company for legal and liability reasons...

 



Q: WHAT HAPPENS IF WE HAVE A MECHANICAL BREAKDOWN?

A: Anyone who tells you their buses never breakdown is simply lying to you...

Buses, just like any other mechanical equipment, have problems... It doesn't matter if it is a brand new bus, or an older budget bus, they can have mechanical problems at any time, and any place... most with little or no forewarning...

What separates Star Coaches is how we handle problems... First, our owner, Danny Hamilton, and myself NEVER turn off our cell phones... Our Drivers can reach us 24/7/365... As a former driver, I cannot express how important this is...

Secondly, over 20+ years, we have built an excellent and reliable network of repair facilities all across the United States and Canada...

Next, we don't cut corners... We understand how critical a quick and thorough repair is to a band on tour... We will go the extra mile, and more importantly, spend sometimes ridiculous money to get things resolved quickly and properly...

Next, we have our own full service repair shop with certified mechanics... Preventive maintenance plays a major roll in not having problems out on the road... Any coach owner will tell you, road expenses are terribly costly and preventive maintenance reduces them significantly... Let me put this into perspective... One repair can cost more than the coach is earning for an entire tour... It makes absolutely zero sense to send a coach out on a tour knowing about the possibility of a mechanical breakdown...

Lastly, we are founding members of the Entertainer Motorcoach Council... All of the major "players" in our industry are members... We take care of each other... It's a great network...

 


Main Office: (404) 364-0177
Toll Free - Outside of Georgia: (888) 457-5209

Main Fax: (404) 350-9407
Repair Shop: (404) 367-1455

2051 Marietta Blvd., NW
Atlanta, Georgia  30318

 

 

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NEED SOMEONE ELSE TO HANDLE THE HEADACHE OF DRIVER HOTELS?

Call Marta Iglesias at IAG Travel & Logistics for any of your needs: airfare, car service, hotels, insurance, etc...
They specialize in handling travel for the entertainment industry and always have your comfort and budget as our top priority.
Confide in IAG Travel to deliver the most cost effective travel solutions and assist in the overall success of your project.



Call Marta Iglesias at 305-532-6999 or 786-210-8346...
Her email address is: mi@iagtravel.com

 

 

Kelly Stene of "Entertainment Travel" specializes in band touring!
Let Kelly handle the headache of booking tour travel so your Tour Manager can focus
on everything else. Send Kelly your routing and venues, she can handle every aspect
of band touring, from air reservations, to hotel rooms for the driver, band and crew.

Contact Kelly at 952-890-7725 or on her cell at 651-334-6108.