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« on: January 27, 2008, 03:43:19 PM »

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Offline sheltongail

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Re: FarFlung
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2008, 10:54:50 AM »
My friends recently did a jeep tour with Far Flung.  They loved it.  The guide was excellent, and very knowledgeable about the plants, wildlife, history of the area.  Would hightly recommend.
gail shelton

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Re: FarFlung
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2008, 09:25:23 AM »
They're doing a tour this weekend to Mariscal Mine, as a heads-up. I'll be there! :)
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Offline Native Texan

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Re: FarFlung
« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2008, 04:05:45 PM »
I see they rent 2 & 4dr. Jeeps too... May give it a go this weekend. :crossedfingers:

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Re: FarFlung
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2009, 04:57:51 PM »
I have had Far Flung do hiking shuttles for me twice and they were great. On time (up to 1/2 hour early) and very nice. Shuttles are not cheap, especially if you don't use your car but hey, it's sometimes the only way to get from A to B without hitch hiking.
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Re: FarFlung
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2009, 09:31:12 AM »
We're visiting the first week in March and had planned to rent 4WD vehicles to check out some of the backroads.  I just heard that FarFlung is no longer renting Jeeps.  Is there anyone else in that business in the area?

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Re: FarFlung
« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2009, 02:38:48 PM »
We're visiting the first week in March and had planned to rent 4WD vehicles to check out some of the backroads.  I just heard that FarFlung is no longer renting Jeeps.  Is there anyone else in that business in the area?

As of December 31st 2008 we no longer offer Jeep Rentals

Please visit our guided Jeep and ATV tours instead.
Bummer. I'd recommend contacting Far Flung and see if they know of anyone offering Jeep rentals in the area. It's possible that nobody else is, so you may be out of luck.

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Re: FarFlung
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2009, 06:42:05 PM »
They were probably tired of dealing with vehicle damage, replacing tires constantly, and the general high cost of maintaining vehicles that receive heavy off-road use.

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Re: FarFlung
« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2009, 03:11:44 PM »
They were probably tired of dealing with vehicle damage, replacing tires constantly, and the general high cost of maintaining vehicles that receive heavy off-road use.

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That's too bad but you are probably right. I am guessing right now that the nearest is going to be Fort Stockton with plenty of notice, or Midland for a SUV or Pickup with short notice thru someone like Enterprise, Hertz, etc.  Read the contract carefully however as some contracts state not allowed for off road useage; at the very least buy their all damage protection insurance for a ridculous amount of about $24.99 a day in addition to whatever the daily rate is. Was glad I did the last time I rented a vehicle because a rock hit my windshield going down the highway. Would have cost me $350 extra if I had not purchased according to the agent even without it being my fault.    
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Re: FarFlung
« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2009, 06:08:02 PM »
My normal vehicle insurance covers auto rentals.  Buying their junk is wasted money.

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Re: FarFlung
« Reply #10 on: February 02, 2009, 01:07:24 PM »
Read the contract carefully however as some contracts state not allowed for off road useage...

Yes, but off roading is not allowed in the park.
I'll be the jump start for the car parked in your mind, 'Cause you left the lights on all night long.

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Re: FarFlung
« Reply #11 on: February 02, 2009, 02:33:44 PM »
Read the contract carefully however as some contracts state not allowed for off road useage...

Yes, but off roading is not allowed in the park.
...and some insurance companies consider dirt roads the same as off-road. Always read the fine print and ask, if in doubt.

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Re: FarFlung
« Reply #12 on: February 02, 2009, 02:56:00 PM »
Always read the fine print and ask, if in doubt.

Definitely read it, but as for asking, I find the chances they'll rent me the car decrease when they find out its intended use. Sometimes it's better to beg forgiveness than ask permission.

I tend to use my insurance versus their (overpriced) insurance, but, if you DO order their insurance, read its fine print and make sure it doesn't exclude your intended use of the vehicle.

On the main topic, it's sad that local jeep rentals appear to be a thing of the past. I suppose doing away with them helps reduce costs and encourage folks to purchase more value-added services.
Jeff Blaylock
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splendor and the complicated grandeur of Big Bend will still be here. Waiting for us."--Ed Abbey

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Re: FarFlung
« Reply #13 on: February 02, 2009, 04:06:34 PM »
I've driven rented vehicles on the primitive roads in the park on two occasions. Once with a small 2wd pickup and again with a 4x4 SUV. I'm pretty certain I bought their insurance and if they asked me where I was going and what I would be doing , I told them. It didn't occur to me that I should lie to them. Why rent out a 4x4 vehicle if it's use is resricted to the pavement?
I'll be the jump start for the car parked in your mind, 'Cause you left the lights on all night long.

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Re: FarFlung
« Reply #14 on: February 02, 2009, 08:13:35 PM »
My normal vehicle insurance covers auto rentals.  Buying their junk is wasted money.

Depends upon your deductible and the number of days you are renting the vehicle. Typical deductible $250. Typical rental for this kind of
trip: 5-7 days. Total cost for supplemental insurance=$125-$175 vs. normal vehicle insurance claim filed subject to typical deductible = you lose.   

 


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