This might be a weird question, but i'm a newbie so i have no idea what to expect.
anyone ever have any problems with car safety? i'm pretty attached to my car so i'd hate to see anything happen to it(dings and whatnot). i know it'll get dirty, that's inevitable, but it's the stuff that's not easy to fix that i'm concerned about.
i know i'm probably being overly cautious, but i figured i'd just ask
Worst thing that has happened to my car is an emblem fell off the back last year. I am quite attached to mine as well so I was really upset at first. Got over it quick though it's Bonnaroo, things happen. If your car is lowered like mine pray to be parked in an easy to drive area. Oil pans and front clips aren't cheap. People you do not know will inevitably pass by your car, the volume of which depends on where you get parked but almost everyone is respectful.
Bonnaroo number 6 here. I've never seen or been privy to any car damage or theft issues at the festival. The best advice I can give to avoid it is the same as you would get in any concert or urban setting. Leaving cash or valuables in plain sight is a good way to get a window busted, etc.
If you're really concerned about it you might be able to set up your camp defensively around your car, thereby reducing the chance that some drunk idiot will trip into your sideview mirror...
nothing bad happened to any of our cars in 2010, but i have come out of a fest before and found someone curled up on top of my trunk, asleep, with their hands wrapped around my radio antenna...bent the crap out of it. easily replaced though...
Driving in the fields can be rough, especially if your car is weighed down by gear and people. Just drive slowly and watch for holes as best you can. We bottomed out pretty hard last year, but nothing broke.
We always write "BONNAROO" in the dust on the back window before leaving for home. Get lots of waves from other people heading home in our direction.
I am totally down with waving when I see something like that, and maybe sharing a laugh or whatever. But NOT drawing attention to yourself either on the way there or on the way home is how you avoid an "imperial entanglements," if you know what I mean. I like to keep a low profile, and my first stop on Monday is a car wash.
And to stay on topic, I've had zero trouble with vandalism, theft, etc., though a neighbor last year bragged about doing some "car shopping" in years past. (He was a major know-it-all BS'er and demanded attention though, and I didn't really believe any of it, including the theft line of crap.) Hide anything nice out of sight, and lock your car. Most cars handle most of the conditions mostly fine, most of the time.
I'm looking for one, but haven't found the right one yet, so I'm driving my MR2 Spyder....I have no qualms about driving it in, but a Subbie would give me a lot (repeated heavily LOT) more luggage room. Actually had to turn down some people needing rides...just no room.
Don't worry, your car will be fine...if it's dry, it will be covered in dust, but otherwise, no problems.