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Old 03-30-2012, 04:10 PM   #1
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Please help! Rental to tow with DE to MA

Hey. Hoping someone might be able to help. I'm in Smyrna DE, and my transmission blew at 25,000 miles. I'm 375 miles from home and 75 from my destination. I am now sitting at the Ford dealer with a rental car, so I at least have a place to sleep and a way to complete my plans for the weekend.

I have to be back in MA Wednesday at the latest, preferably Tuesday. I'd rather not leave the Airstream behind so I'm looking to find a one way (preferably) rental I can tow with. It doesn't look good to be bringing the truck with me, but if I can bring the Airstream I'd be happier. Anyone have any suggestions on where I can get such a rental?

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Old 03-30-2012, 04:16 PM   #2
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Try U-haul. A number of forum members have found that they will rent trucks with trailer hitches. Be prepared for the fact that the per-mile charge can be quite high.
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Just a thought

A possibility might be renting a van from u haul or one from another truck rental company. Trying to find one with a hitch however might be very difficult.
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How big an Airstream are we talking about?

You might give Enterprise a call and see if that have anything that you could tow with. They also might have a suggestion.

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Old 03-30-2012, 04:39 PM   #5
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I can tell you that you will not be able to rent anything that you can "legally" tow your trailer with. I have been around and around with this and know it for a fact. I would suggest you hire a tow truck to take it to a secure storage facility until you can come back and fetch it.
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I few years back I had my tranny go out in FLA. In my Chevy van. Aamco rebuilt it in one day. You may want to call a tranny shop.

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Both u-Haul and Ryder rent trucks and car carrier trailers to tow behind, so maybe one of them would work with you. U-Haul rental agencies have a notorious reputation for sending off the crap in their fleet on one-way rentals, though. Best of luck to you. Maybe storing the trailer, and picking it up when you pick up the truck is the best option.
Just out of curiosity - New Ford truck? What size trailer?
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Frank is correct...you can't rent something legal. I've been in the same situation you are in right now, it also happened in DE and I am from MA. Best bet is storage and come back to get it.
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Old 03-30-2012, 05:57 PM   #9
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U-haul will do a van one way to tow up to 6,000#, so I have that reserved if I don't get incredibly lucky and get a miraculous 1 day fix. Thanks for the suggestions.

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You had better not make one mention of towing anything. You will be violating your rental agreement, their insurance, and your own. I know this 100% for sure. Sorry to be the damp noodle, but I have been through this before. Try flying into a city 2000 miles away and renting something to tow a trailer back. I do not even want to revel what an expensive personal lesson that was.
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Parkview RV is in Smyrna. You may want to see if they have a solution. They were once Airstream dealers, and are good people. Worst case scenario, they may be able to store your trailer. I know they have a few sites on premises with hook ups.

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Hey. Hoping someone might be able to help. I'm in Smyrna DE, and my transmission blew at 25,000 miles. I'm 375 miles from home and 75 from my destination. I am now sitting at the Ford dealer with a rental car, so I at least have a place to sleep and a way to complete my plans for the weekend.

I have to be back in MA Wednesday at the latest, preferably Tuesday. I'd rather not leave the Airstream behind so I'm looking to find a one way (preferably) rental I can tow with. It doesn't look good to be bringing the truck with me, but if I can bring the Airstream I'd be happier. Anyone have any suggestions on where I can get such a rental?

Thanks for any suggestions.

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Eric,

I worked at a Chevy Store/Featherlight and Authorized Workhorse repair facility. There were always some pretty high end stuff parked on our lot most all the time. Never had a problem in the 9yrs I was there.
If the dealer your at is well lit, secure and patrolled, it may be just as safe as when on the pad at home. Cable the wheels, disconnect the batts, lock the tongue and park as close to a lot light as you can.

Good luck with the tranny repair!!!

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Got the pm. Thanks. For those of you who tried U-haul, were you up front with your intentions? I called the 800 number and they had no problem setting me up with something to tow with. I am wondering if I'll encounter problems on pick up now. Thanks.

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That is exactly right. I had a truck and trailer reserved once. Flew all the way out there, paid for the taxi to the rental place and when I could not provide the vin number that matched a car or truck going on the trailer, I was denied service. The happy note was I got some awesome Memphis BBQ while I waited for an open seat at full fare on a return flight. Very expensive lesson for me.
It is about liability and not being covered by insurance under yours or their policy. Towing things is a very grey area. You are going to have to break the policy, lie to the people, and say nothing about towing something when you pick up. I am just not sure it is worth doing all that lying. I personally am too paranoid to take those risks.
The PM you got would have you on your way home by now. The guy offering gets off on being unlike most people and actually finds pleasure in helping others.
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Had the family reunion thing to do yesterday and today, tomorrow will be interesting to hear from the Ford dealer about just how long the truck is out of commission for and have some fun and take my daughter to the zoo. Tuesday will be the test with U-haul. The 800 number said all would be ok, but will I get the bait and switch like you did. I will give an update Tuesday when I know, but I have to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for the kindness displayed by complete strangers offering to go out of their way to tow me, just shows how great a group this is. Thanks.

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Eric, when I broke down and went to U-Haul I made the mistake of telling them my tale of woe...as soon as they heard I wanted to tow something it was over. So if you have no alternative...don't tell them what you're doing...and pray you don't get into an accident.
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