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Old 10-01-2008, 08:28 AM
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Hi. I need to rent a truck to tow a 28' boat that I might buy. Something big like a Ford F-350 or the similar GM or Chrysler truck. I'll be pulling around 10,500 lbs total. Any one know where I can rent a truck like this? A beefy van might work too. I prefer not to rent a box truck/van or anything like that. It's one day round trip.

Please let me know if you know of a source.

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From where and to where?
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In my area, both Home Depot & Lowes both rent trucks of this size. I don't know if they are set up for towing (hitch, wired, etc) but it might be a cheap alternative to a rental place.
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Most don't allow for towing BUT I have heard some do so it's best to check around. How about hiring a boat hauler? It may cost the same at the end of the day.
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Check and see if you have a Ryder Commerical Equipment rental place near you. they usually have F250's for rent with hitches etc.
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From where and to where?
From either southeastern NC to Annapolis, MD (6.5hrs) or central-eastern NJ to Annapolis, MD (3hrs)
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If a boat hauler can do it for $1000, factor that against renting a truck for two days, driving maybe 800 miles @ 100 gallons+ of fuel, plus mileage and the rental fee. A related concern is whether a breakdown might occur with these hard-driven rentals.

FireFly is probably right about hiring it done, unless you're taking the trailer to the boat.
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If you find a place that rents the right truck, I would be careful about telling them what you are doing. I could not find a company that would allow me to tow a boat.
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Triangle Rental Car is in that part of the country and they may allow towing. To my knowledge, none of the major car rental companies allow towing even if they rent trucks. I think the equipment rental companies are your best bet. Just make sure you check with your insurance company and ask the rental company about their insurance when towing.
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If you find a place that rents the right truck, I would be careful about telling them what you are doing. I could not find a company that would allow me to tow a boat.
Not telling them would not be the smartest thing to do becasue if they don't allow towing, it probably won't be insured if you get into an accident.
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If you find a place that rents the right truck, I would be careful about telling them what you are doing. I could not find a company that would allow me to tow a boat.
Not telling them would not be the smartest thing to do becasue if they don't allow towing, it probably won't be insured if you get into an accident.
Yeah, worst case scenario is that the rental truck suffers a mechanical failure that causes an accident and the boat's destroyed along with another vehicle. The boat insurer will subrogate back to the truck insurance and....uh oh....you are screwed, no insurance.

The other vehicle will sue and.....the liability comes to rest at your doorstep, not any insurance company's.

I can't think of a worse thing to do with a rental vehicle. If I were towing with a rental vehicle, I'd probably buy more insurance for the trip.
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HERTZ equiptment rental & Penske are your best bets. I just looked into this. They will rent you 3/4 or 1 ton pickups 2 or 4wd gas or diesel and ALLOW you to tow with them.
You might be able to get away with towing behind a UHaul or similar but I wouldn't chance that those 2wd box trucks will be able to launch and retrieve a boat that size on a slippery ramp. If your not launching it then and 3/4 2wd will work but if you are launching it I would consider looking for a 4wd.
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I just had a 27 ft. Hydra Sports 2550 towed from Sanford FL to Milton Florida- about an 8 hour trip for $600. It was a boat I had just purchased and was on a triple axle trailer. Weight estimate about 8000 lbs. I posted on "uship" and got a number of bids some as low as $500, but the one I used had a schedule that worked well with mine and I felt comfortable with him. All the right lic. , equip., and good reviews.

I did this after trying to find a truck to rent like you are. No one would rent after I told them I wanted to tow a boat home. If you find one that will, than go for it. Be sure they know what you are doing so you don't get messed up with liability problems if you have an accident.
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Thanks for all your input! There are dually-type truck renters who do allow towing. I just haven't found one within 2 hours from me.

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So how did the tow work out?
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