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Old 08-01-2018, 06:26 PM   #1
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Would you tow with a rental truck?

Our truck broke down on Sunday and was towed to the dealership for warranty work and wonít be ready until next Monday. We were planning to leave Friday AM for a 10 day trip to CO. We work full time and going with friends so moving the dates around isnít easy. So, would you tow with an Enterprise F-150 or similar? We are going 1,000 miles each way. Cancel the trip?

We have kids and a truck we really like so getting a rental isnít appealing but neither is not going. But is it even a good idea to tow for 2,000 miles with rental?

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Old 08-01-2018, 06:32 PM   #2
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Old 08-01-2018, 06:34 PM   #3
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There are some earlier threads/posts on this, but you have to make sure that the rental company knows what you plan to do, and that the truck is equipped and insured correctly.

Using the new search box above in blue, "tow vehicle rental" returns:

https://www.google.com/search?q=tow+...com&gws_rd=ssl

Recent threads:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f238...le-166124.html
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...nd-164946.html

Note the detailed posts about the info needed by the rental companies.

What size and model is your AS? Do you normally use a weight distribution hitch? The rental company will need to know all this, and your insurance company too. Given the short time-frame, not sure if you can pull all this together IMO.

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Old 08-01-2018, 06:43 PM   #4
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Thanks! Looks like the safety aspect of it is okay. Still not excited about going with a lower trim level, no bed cover and additional $500 out of pocket but it may have to work if we want to go.
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Old 08-01-2018, 06:44 PM   #5
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There are some earlier threads/posts on this, but you have to make sure that the rental company knows what you plan to do, and that the truck is equipped and insured correctly.

Using the new search box above in blue, "tow vehicle rental" returns:

https://www.google.com/search?q=tow+...com&gws_rd=ssl

Recent threads:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f238...le-166124.html
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...nd-164946.html

Note the detailed posts about the info needed by the rental companies.

What size and model is your AS? Do you normally use a weight distribution hitch? The rental company will need to know all this, and your insurance company too. Given the short time-frame, not sure if you can pull all this together IMO.

Good luck,

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25FB flying cloud and yes weight distribution. Guess will call up Enterprise to see if we can make it happen. I was thinking we may need to get insurance through them.
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Those earlier threads/posts have quite a bit of info on U-haul also FYI.
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Old 08-01-2018, 07:11 PM   #7
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Our truck broke down on Sunday and was towed to the dealership for warranty work and wonít be ready until next Monday. We were planning to leave Friday AM for a 10 day trip to CO. We work full time and going with friends so moving the dates around isnít easy. So, would you tow with an Enterprise F-150 or similar? We are going 1,000 miles each way. Cancel the trip?

We have kids and a truck we really like so getting a rental isnít appealing but neither is not going. But is it even a good idea to tow for 2,000 miles with rental?

Thanks!!
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What truck do you have? Shopping for new and this is what scares me me about everything outside of a tundra.
hope your trip gets salvaged however it takes.
25 years ago our young family was on our first night of a week long trip in the Sierra and our tent was destroyed in a wind event and faced going home or....renting a trailer from outfit that set up for you in your campsite, turned into a very memorable camping trip.
possibly one of the best so don't throw in the towel too easily.
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What truck do you have? Shopping for new and this is what scares me me about everything outside of a tundra.

hope your trip gets salvaged however it takes.

25 years ago our young family was on our first night of a week long trip in the Sierra and our tent was destroyed in a wind event and faced going home or....renting a trailer from outfit that set up for you in your campsite, turned into a very memorable camping trip.

possibly one of the best so don't throw in the towel too easily.


Thanks for sharing! We have a 2016 platinum f150. Started it up in our driveway on Sunday and transmission fuel starts pouring out. I guess Iím glad it happened before our trip, not during.
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25FB flying cloud and yes weight distribution. Guess will call up Enterprise to see if we can make it happen. I was thinking we may need to get insurance through them.
I would also make sure it has an integrated trailer brake or one you can connect.
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Would you tow with a rental truck?

Iíd be causing a ruckus at the dealership to get a loaner. My ford dealer had my focus for over a month and I put around 3,000 miles on their loaner.
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It is highly likely that I would take the daily driver and stay in a cabin, tent, or motel. But given a commitment or necessity to take the trailer, I would have no issue using a rental. It's a tool. When you need a tool, you get a tool.

Hope you have a plan and the execution is rolling forward. Pat
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An excellent short-and-sweet comment, Pat!

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One important question is whether or not the rental truck is set up right for towing. Not just the integrated brake controller, you could work around that, but the tow package in general, usable differential ratio, etc.

I know that some on the forums have rented F250s, but I don't know where. Maybe a commercially-oriented office of one of the big rental companies? Even a base-trim F250 XLT gasser should be set up to tow. I think the XLT even includes the brake controller by default, and I know it has tow mirrors by default.
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