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Old 06-06-2016   #11
 
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I have a hard time tipping shuttle drivers. The cost is already high and then the shuttle company wants me to even pay more because they don't want to pay their employees a good wage. Then the company says to its employees that they would make more if we would tip and its our fault they don'y make more $$.

But, I have come to a point were I will make a request of driver. Like stop, get ice, top off the tank, and you can keep the $ under the mat. Mostly they do nothing, keep the tip money and leave a note that says, "Sorry, boss wont let us stop!" with a sad face.

IDK, It's almost to the point to where I can hire a full time shuttle driver??????

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Old 06-06-2016   #12
 
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I like to try to incentivize those who are running my shuttles not to beat the hell out of my car and trailer, I've found that a tip goes a long way to that end.
I have not found that correlation to be true for me. But if I do find a good driver, I be happy to tip. Usually I get so old guy from the retirement home driving down the road with one good eye.
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Old 06-06-2016   #13
 
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Just for the record, the OP refers to the Deso/Gray shuttle specifically... which is a long, rough road. My experience has been excellent with River Runners Transport, and I tip them well. I am happy to continue doing so as long as they provide a service which I value.
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Old 06-06-2016   #14
 
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I don't think many people tip, so anything is a bonus. We used to leave a couple cold beers in the cooler for our Smith river shuttles, but as the companies have changed we stopped that. I left them $20 on a $120 dollar shuttle this year and my rig was spotless when I picked it up. I don't think they really expect it, so a little goes along ways. I sure hope I don't have to start tipping 20% on shuttles, that might be a little high on most trips.

That's the first cash tip I've ever left... I doubt I'll do it on day trips, but long trips and nasty roads - it might just get folks to treat your shit with respect vs rallying over wash boards with the trailer whipping around in the back.
Man i remember all my smith river shuttles being the best,trucks vaccumed and cleaned everytime i must of been doing something right lol
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Old 06-06-2016   #15
 
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Should you tip more if your vehicle/trailer sucks ass.

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Would it make sense to have them put their name & address on an envelope so that after you get your car back you can mail to them an appropriate amount?
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Would it make sense to have them put their name & address on an envelope so that after you get your car back you can mail to them an appropriate amount?
Good idea

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Old 06-06-2016   #18
 
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I have always wondered about that option. Why tip 20-25% as some are saying before we even know the outcome? I do it but it seems like a unique definition of "tipping".

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...Usually I get so[me] old guy from the retirement home driving down the road with one good eye.
Ouch! -- I resemble that remark.
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Old 06-07-2016   #20
 
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I tip $20 to $40 bucks, depending on the shuttle.
I always tip a decent restaurant server 20%,
A shuttle driver is not a waitress/ waiter.
Just because someone accepts tips does not mean you have to break with 20%
Seems like everyone has a tip jar out these days.
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