Originally Posted by asleep.at.the.oars
I know River Runners has gone above and beyond for many people, but the drivers have also "confused" gas money and tip money and left a friend's car at Swasey's running on fumes 2 years in a row, and have pushed my truck up to higher RPMs empty than it took me to get over from Denver fully loaded, and then told me I was lying when I called to give them feedback. (not complain, just inform so they could talk to their drivers). My take-away is that if you aren't driving your own car yourself, it's a crap shoot.
We passed River Runners transport group on the sand wash road through the construction section a week ago. They all drove in a convoy with a lead car being their own van. The emergency flashing lights were on, their speed was very slow for the road conditions. My buddy reset his chip in his nice truck and overall they went 77mph as highest speed and normal RPMs. I've trusted Melanie and Ed from River Runners for over 7 years now with my vehicles and they do a great job.
Regarding the airplane shuttle. I did enjoy it once myself and I am glad I did it at least once. It definitely adds a day to your trip and you have to drive the vehicle yourself and then get yourself from Swasey's to airport or arrange a local shuttle for your car to get to Swasey's from airport (is what I did). However, it was really neat to see the river from above and do the hike down to Sand Wash. I would not do it again, because RRT is so convenient and cheap, but I would recommend to do the flight at least once.