Do I need to register a golf cart with DMV?

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Do I need to register a golf cart with DMV?

Post by blueballs » Thu Apr 03, 2008 4:37 pm

I am thinking about renting an electric golf cart and brining it with me this year. Does anyone know if I would have to register it with DMV? thanks.

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Post by Sensei » Thu Apr 03, 2008 4:43 pm

Yes.

Bring a bike instead.

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Re: Do I need to register a golf cart with DMV?

Post by lonestoner916 » Thu Apr 03, 2008 4:59 pm

blueballs wrote:I am thinking about renting an electric golf cart and brining it with me this year. Does anyone know if I would have to register it with DMV? thanks.
I'm pretty sure golf carts are no-no unless it's an art car or mutant vehicle. I think the deadline to register is either coming up or already passed, might want to check on that.
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Re: Do I need to register a golf cart with DMV?

Post by blueballs » Thu Apr 03, 2008 5:05 pm

lonestoner916 wrote:
blueballs wrote:I am thinking about renting an electric golf cart and brining it with me this year. Does anyone know if I would have to register it with DMV? thanks.
I'm pretty sure golf carts are no-no unless it's an art car or mutant vehicle. I think the deadline to register is either coming up or already passed, might want to check on that.
No no as in forbidden or no no as in they do not need to be registered? I saw a few golf carts last year. Heck, I rode on one and drank on another. I of course would turn my golf cart into an art car.

edit: The deadline for getting in a Mutant Vehicle application is June 30th. They actually mention golf carts in the pre-amble to the form. My challenge would be designing art for a golf cart in NYC, shipping it out to the playa, picking up the golf cart in Reno and then putting it together on the playa. Hmmm...

maybe I need to just concentrate on bringing bikes with us this year. :lol:

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Post by lonestoner916 » Thu Apr 03, 2008 5:23 pm

Plain golf carts are a no-no except for staff and the like.

For your first year, a trusty Playa Chopper is all you need! 8)

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Post by theCryptofishist » Thu Apr 03, 2008 5:42 pm

Adn the like included handicapped. Koosh would know for sure.
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Post by oneeyeddick » Thu Apr 03, 2008 5:58 pm

If you have Staff, they let you drive one without the decorations and such.
We have an obligation to make space for everyone, we have no obligation to make that space pleasant.

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Post by thirt33n » Thu Apr 03, 2008 6:37 pm

Anyone renting golf carts outta Reno anytime around BM is:
A)Nutz
B)gonna charge you your Nutz
C)gonna have a damage deposit that you will not get back.

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Post by oneeyeddick » Thu Apr 03, 2008 7:37 pm

They weren't getting used anyhow, from the looks of it.
We have an obligation to make space for everyone, we have no obligation to make that space pleasant.

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Post by ragabashpup » Thu Apr 03, 2008 7:53 pm

Yeah blue I think they crushed our fantasy right there. Maybe we can just bike around our bloody marys with a little red wagon or something ;)

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Post by plowman » Thu Apr 03, 2008 8:22 pm

get a two seater
not a bicycle built for two, but one of those new fangled four wheeled
two seaters.

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Post by ragabashpup » Thu Apr 03, 2008 9:22 pm

I fear to ask how much do those cost?

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Post by blueballs » Thu Apr 03, 2008 10:14 pm

thirt33n wrote:Anyone renting golf carts outta Reno anytime around BM is:
A)Nutz
B)gonna charge you your Nutz
C)gonna have a damage deposit that you will not get back.

...your blueballs'll be goneballs.
I figured that the rep at the golf cart place would have a good laugh at me when I inquired about the costs of renting one of their fine devices.
oneeyeddick wrote:They weren't getting used anyhow, from the looks of it.
Oh, they get used, but I have an extremely hyperactive libido.
plowman wrote:get a two seater
not a bicycle built for two, but one of those new fangled four wheeled
two seaters.
Those are rad. I have seen them before.

ragabashbup and I were talking about doing a Bloody Mary Mobile to reward lucky burners who are greeting the dawn. I am waiting for a call back from the rental place. I will maintain my fantasy until I am spitting up blood due to the seerity of the price quote.

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Post by Captain Goddammit » Thu Apr 03, 2008 10:42 pm

ragabashpup wrote:I fear to ask how much do those cost?
Cost? It's Burning Man! Just collect some old bikes, and weld up a thingamajiggy that suits your fancy!
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Post by motskyroonmatick » Fri Apr 04, 2008 12:19 am

I fixed a bike bar in 2006. The brazing lasted a year and then failed. I welded it up with my playa proven stick welder and they were on their way. It was a plywood box with two wheels that was the front of the bike.
Oh it is getting late. I'm not even going to try and describe the thing. I'll look for a picture later.
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Post by gyre » Fri Apr 04, 2008 1:32 am

Golf carts bring twice normal prices in nevada.
Burners and mafiosi scooting around in them seem entirely to blame.

You can remove the body and build an art car on a golf cart and return it to boring easy enough.
They aren't the most practical choice for most people though.
They are on the heavy side.
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Post by AntiM » Fri Apr 04, 2008 6:29 am

I've watched enough Price is Right to know golf carts are not cheap.

We have a Rhoadescar, which was cheaper, but also not cheap. MyLarry didn't have the time off to build our own, but I have seen some pretty cool homemade ones. They're rigid framed and a bitch to transport if you don't have a trailer. Plus side, it is a bike, so no DMV. It has a canopy, a deck with a cooler, and assorted trailers to tow art and goods.

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No, that's a bike.
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Why? That's a bike.
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Post by blueballs » Fri Apr 04, 2008 7:41 am

AntiM wrote:I've watched enough Price is Right to know golf carts are not cheap.
Ah, Bob Barker, my favorite vegetarian, pro-animal rights, lady lovin' game show host of all time. I would bet that right about now is chillin' by the pool with a cool drink and a couple of models.
AntiM wrote:We have a Rhoadescar, which was cheaper, but also not cheap.
I just looked them up and they are quite cool. How did you enjoy riding it around the Playa?

Here is a link to their video for those who are curious:

http://www.rhoadescar.com/jumpthea.htm

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Post by AntiM » Fri Apr 04, 2008 7:48 am

I don't do the pedaling nor the shifting, so it's quite comfy. The canopy we added acts either like a sail or a scoop, so that can be annoying. Geared to the limit, so we go slow, but it will hit 22 mph with two vigorous riders. Deep dust can be a bear, but nothing impossible. We've had trouble with the brakes and bearings, but Larry repaired them, and the newer models are better engineered. Ours is five or six years old.

I am very spoiled.

And it is perfect for ice runs and hauling out art installations.

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Post by AntiM » Fri Apr 04, 2008 7:58 am

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Post by Dr. Pyro » Fri Apr 04, 2008 9:04 am

If I may suggest, if you're in the market for a golf cart (and yes, they must be registered with the DMV and radically altered), check out retirement communities on or near golf courses. Del Webb has a number of them (I know of two nearby me, in Lincoln and Roseville, CA). When the people die, and they do it there all the time, the estate wants to get rid of the weird stuff, and for most of us, golf carts are about as weird and as useless as they come. You can get them for a fraction of their original cost and really, at a fraction of what their resale value is. Now, you have to be on your toes because you aren't likely the only one in that particular market. But still, a word to the wise.

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Post by Simon of the Playa » Fri Apr 04, 2008 9:32 am

actually, thru the years i've really come to appreciate walking...

it's a slower pace, i agree...


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Post by ragabashpup » Fri Apr 04, 2008 10:09 am

Alright blue you get to come up with some new brilliant ideas for us. I sent a message to my other half last night to see whats up there and haven't heard back yet.

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Post by Ugly Dougly » Fri Apr 04, 2008 10:22 am

Do you rent your golf cart at the links and say, "yeah I'll be right back!"

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Post by ragabashpup » Fri Apr 04, 2008 12:16 pm

"Do you rent your golf cart at the links and say, "yeah I'll be right back!""

No you just tell them you are playing a week long golf game on a very sandy course.. *blink*

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Post by blueballs » Sun Apr 06, 2008 9:00 am

AntiM: thanks for the photos. You are lucky to have a personal driver.

Dr Pyro: thanks for the morbid tip into the world of the recently deceased.

Simon: I am an avid walker and walked my butt off last year. My interest in bringing a golf cart was to do a mobile bar and also give rides to random folks who get stuck in an art car loop that keeps bringing them back to the same art sites. This happened to me last year and I was saved by 2 lovely women who had a golf cart and were kind enough to give me a ride and take me to party.

Rag: I will get back to the drawing board. Maybe we can just do a little red wagon?

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Post by oleg8888 » Thu Apr 17, 2008 3:48 pm

This used to be a golf cart, took me and my buddy 5 month worth of weekends to build.
I had to buy another trailer to haul it ($2k) had to rent big truck to pull it there (gas $ :roll: )
But it was so worth it, we doing it again this year
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Post by AntiM » Thu Apr 17, 2008 3:55 pm

I saw you! Kewl. Did the flowers moop?

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Post by BRC_Santa2003 » Fri Apr 18, 2008 9:45 am

ANYTHING with a motor needs to be registered.

If you have a legitimate Handicapped Status from your home state, you can register as a Handicap Vehicle without making it a Mutant Vehicle.
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Post by theCryptofishist » Fri Apr 18, 2008 10:57 pm

I'm tempted to get one. I hate relying on others for transport. But damned how I'd get it to the playa...
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