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PMV in Feb Car type to get

Bigfacemoe
January 24, 2017 01:47PM

Registered: 1 year ago
Posts: 30

Hey yall.

I will be there soon and cant wait. For the 10 days we will be there, will be be able to get by with a full size car?
I know if one is moving to the islands every one of you suggests a 4WD vehicle, but if we are just staying for 10 days can we get by with a car?
The price difference is almost $400.
Thanks

Re: PMV in Feb Car type to get

speee1dy
January 24, 2017 01:57PM

Registered: 10 years ago
Posts: 8,509

i dont have a 4wd and never have. i am on stx, pretty sure there are a plethora of non 4wd vehicles.

it really isnt a necessity. get a vehicle you will be comfortable in

Re: PMV in Feb Car type to get

Alana33
January 24, 2017 02:32PM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 11,847

You'll be fine.

Re: PMV in Feb Car type to get

fdr
January 24, 2017 03:39PM

Registered: 10 years ago
Posts: 1,187

You mentioned visiting STJ as well as STT and Water Island. If it's raining, a car on St John won't get you over Jacob's Ladder or up the North Shore switchbacks. Also, some companies won't let you bring their rental cars over to STJ by barge (but that's no problem if you're taking the people ferry).

Never, ever follow behind a big truck up a steep hill in the islands, no matter what kind of vehicle you are driving! Wait at the bottom until it has cleared the top. People may swerve around you, that's fine. I have seen too many trucks come back down hills the wrong way to put my life at risk like that.

Re: PMV in Feb Car type to get

Alana33
January 24, 2017 03:53PM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 11,847

Good point.
Like the accident on Maud Proudfoot area, the other day.
I like to give them plenty of room myself.

Re: PMV in Feb Car type to get

Bigfacemoe
January 24, 2017 07:09PM

Registered: 1 year ago
Posts: 30

Thanks everyone!

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Exit Zero
January 24, 2017 08:24PM

Registered: 10 years ago
Posts: 2,239

This is from the Source about the Mafolie Hill truck accident.

[stthomassource.com]

Re: PMV in Feb Car type to get

jj00802
January 24, 2017 09:26PM

Registered: 5 years ago
Posts: 72

I am NOT one of the persons who says:
-----------"every one of you suggests a 4WD vehicle"

I have never had a 4-wheel drive and only knew a few people who need to drive through a unfinished road to their residences that require having 4-wheel drive.

In my opinion, the average resident or tourist does not need 4-wheel drive.

Re: PMV in Feb Car type to get

Scubadoo
January 24, 2017 10:07PM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 1,998

Quote
fdr
Never, ever follow behind a big truck up a steep hill in the islands, no matter what kind of vehicle you are driving! Wait at the bottom until it has cleared the top. People may swerve around you, that's fine. I have seen too many trucks come back down hills the wrong way to put my life at risk like that.

Fortunately this is not so much a problem on STX.

If you are visiting STX a 4WD is certainly not required anywhere that the rental companies allow you to drive. Something with higher ground clearance does have it's advantages in a few locations.

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