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    Car Rental Places w/P-up Truck or SUV w/Tow Hitch/Wiring Harness?

    I recently found a boat I really like and since I am on vacation for the next 3 weeks, I have absolutely no problem driving the approx. 1,400 miles to get it. Seriously.

    The thing is, I really don't want to put all of those miles and wear/tear on my truck. I'd really prefer to rent a pick up or SUV for the trip. I'm having a hard time finding a car rental place that allows their vehicles to be used for towing. I keep on being referred to those heavy duty moving vehicle places such as UHaul and Hertz, etx... etx... I really don't want to rent something that's gonna give me 8 mpg on the way there and 6 mpg on the way back. I'd really prefer to just rent a comfortable pick up or SUV...

    Any ideas? Thanks BBC. :)

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    They cannot insure you if you are towing..... Liability risk is WAY too high in this case. And in most cases if you do tow and have an accident they will be held liable being it was there vehicle.



    Way too many things to go over with this.....RISK is the biggest one.....and most rental places are not willing to take that risk.


    So your OK with towing (your truck) but think 1400 miles is going to be harder on it than towing 50 miles??

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    U Haul rents trucks and this is off their website.

    If you plan to tow your own trailer, check with a U-Haul representative to determine the maximum trailer weight you can tow. Make sure your trailer is properly loaded, that the coupler and safety chains are attached and that the trailer lights are working properly. See your trailer owner's manual for more information.

    U-Haul: Equipment specs

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    Quote Originally Posted by KellyJoe View Post
    U Haul rents trucks and this is off their website.

    If you plan to tow your own trailer, check with a U-Haul representative to determine the maximum trailer weight you can tow. Make sure your trailer is properly loaded, that the coupler and safety chains are attached and that the trailer lights are working properly. See your trailer owner's manual for more information.

    U-Haul: Equipment specs

    I also believe that if you do this you are required to purchase there insurance as well, unless that has changed over the years. Used to work at a rental place years ago

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    Oh I didn't say you wouldn't have to purchase extra insurance. I'm just saying it can be done which is what the OP was asking.

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    true.......and they rape you on the insurance too

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    Quote Originally Posted by R.D. View Post
    true.......and they rape you on the insurance too
    Hey nothing's free any longer. If you want to play you gotta pay right?

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    yeah but the OP will probably bitch about that too


    I still wanna know why he thinks 1400 miles will be any harder/different wear & tear on his truck more than 20 trips to the lake for 50 milers round trip??

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    If putting 1400 miles is going to put wear and tear on your truck, then Id probably be truck shopping not boat shopping.



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    Quote Originally Posted by JayLaw View Post
    If putting 1400 miles is going to put wear and tear on your truck, then Id probably be truck shopping not boat shopping.


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    Quote Originally Posted by JayLaw View Post
    If putting 1400 miles is going to put wear and tear on your truck, then Id probably be truck shopping not boat shopping.
    My inlaws will do the same thing renting a car to go on vacation so that they don't have to put the mileage on their own cars. I don't understand it, I would rather be driving my own vehicle, plus the cost of the wear and tear on your own vehicle is going to be less then the price of the rental car.



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    Quote Originally Posted by JayLaw View Post
    If putting 1400 miles is going to put wear and tear on your truck, then Id probably be truck shopping not boat shopping.

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    Jay, it's probably gonna be closer to 3,500 miles altogether, round trip. No need to go truck shopping yet. My Tundra's been great to me. Like I said, I just want to minimize the wear and tear on the truck.

    Thanks for the opinions/suggestions, everyone.

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    I don't know about everywhere else - but around here, you can't rent a truck with a hitch on it.

    When my last truck was in the shop, I had a tourney in 2 weeks......and asked if my truck wasn't ready, could I trade in the rental car for a truck so I could take my boat - rental company (Enterprise) informed me that NONE of their trucks have hitches on them because they don't want you towing with them.
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    Last Thanksgiving I went through the same thing. I looked around and found that as others have mentioned, no one would rent a truck that could pull a trailer. Having said that, I guess a commercial truck rental place might. Not U-hual, but a place that rents for commercial usage. As far as a U-Haul, would you really want to drive one of those for that many miles.

    Oh yea, I also found that a transport/delivery service wasn't much cheaper.


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    "The thing is, I really don't want to put all of those miles and wear/tear on my truck."
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    If that's the case, just leave your truck in your garage and find excuses not to use it again... forever.

    Hey, you bought a truck for a reason... to use it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bsktball55 View Post
    My inlaws will do the same thing renting a car to go on vacation so that they don't have to put the mileage on their own cars. I don't understand it, I would rather be driving my own vehicle, plus the cost of the wear and tear on your own vehicle is going to be less then the price of the rental car.
    My wife and I do a lot of rentals for road trips as well. We make two to four trips from Central Florida to North Louisiana every year. At about 2000 miles per trip, it runs the miles up on our cars pretty quick. In the event of a mechanical failure, we can always call the rental company and get a replacement instead of getting ripped off on an emergency repair along the way. Yes, we have had that happen. Just the extra costs associated with that one break down would have paid the rental car fee for a couple of trips.


    As for the OP, I would just use your own truck if it's mechanically sound. U-haul or something of that nature will be your only option for a tow vehicle and it won't be cheap.

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    Doesn't U-Haul also rent pickup trucks?

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    u haul has trucks but you cannot tow any trailer unless it is theres. When I bought my boat in La it was a 1100 mile each way drive I tried to rent a truck and use it and nobody will let you tow with there trucks period. I had to drive mine down and back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5-20 View Post
    Jay, it's probably gonna be closer to 3,500 miles altogether, round trip. No need to go truck shopping yet. My Tundra's been great to me. Like I said, I just want to minimize the wear and tear on the truck.

    Thanks for the opinions/suggestions, everyone.
    1400 miles one way should only be about a 2800 mile round trip just for fun how much did you think a rental would cost for that kind of trip?

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