Originally Posted by tetoncounty
For two reasons:
-I've driven the roads in that part of Utah for decades. I have family in Emery County. There is no problem if you drive slowly. I don't know how to make a shuttle driver who is being paid peanuts, by the trip, who I've never met, do that. I worked as a river guide in the US and Canada, and I never let a shuttle driver drive my personal vehicle.
-I've read RRT's waiver. Translated for non-lawyers, it says: 1. If something happens 2. Not our problem. That's fine, it's their business, and I don't mean to disparage them. But to do business with them I have to sign away rights to my vehicle. I won't do that.
-As I've said, I'm willing to pay a premium to get the service I want.
I understand your concerns and normally I would share them, but RRT definitely is a cut above the average shuttle company. For what its worth, I've had my vehicle driven by RRT 4 times in the last year, two of which were Sand Wash to Deso. The vehicle has been there every time. I did have a battery go dead on one of them but they jumped it and got it to Swasey's no problem. The only reason I knew that was because they left a friendly note. The other times there was no other indication someone else had driven the vehicle other then a receipt left for gas and the right number of miles on the vehicle.
Chances are if you just are having one vehicle done it will be either Melanie or her Husband driving it themselves. I bought ice from them on my last trip (they have really good solid block ice...not the crappy pressed cube ice) and she was adamant that they drive slow and only take the smoother Sand Wash road in and out rather then 9 mile.
If you truly need a ride from Swaysey's to the Airport, perhaps a call to one of the local raft companies, local hotels or even Ray's tavern (traditional stop after you take off the river) might bear fruit for you.
Personally, I'd only ever consider going the RRT way. You don't have to waste half a day driving the shuttle, its cheaper, and since they usually wait to shuttle the vehicle towards the end of your trip, the vehicle stays at Sand Wash which I count as being much safer for the vehicle then chilling at Swasey's boat ramp all week.
That's just my input...take it or leave it I suppose.