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Old 07-11-2010, 09:56 PM
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I am purchasing a boat w/trailer near Houston Tx. and was wondering what would be the best way to get it back to S. Florida. I was thinking about flying into Houston, renting a truck and after inspection, sea trial and so forth, towing the boat back to Fla. My question is, has anyone ever done this before and if so who did you rent from, UHaul, Budget, Penske? I really don't want to use a company like uship as I have plenty of time to bring a boat home and save myself the expense of hiring someone else.
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I would suggest calling the rental places that are in both areas and seeing which ones will let you tow a trailer with a rental first. I know most rental places will not cover you if you are towing a trailer and you get in an accident.
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I am facing the same issue next year. Try Hertz Equipmeent rental. They rent 3/4 & 1-ton pickups.
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I've flown into a city...rented an Expedition from Hertz, and towed both boats and trailers back on more than one occasion.

If you aren't comfortable doing this, rent a 14' box truck from UHaul. Those are designed to tow a car carrier and you will have no problem with a boat back there.
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Penske will not insure your trailer if you use their truck. They cover only their equipment. If you tell them that's what your're doing they will not rent you a truck. They have no way of knowing if your equipment is roadworthy or what the weight of your rig is. They don't want the truck pulling a load that would damage their truck. They have trailers (tow dollies and car carriers) but they know in advance what the towed weight will be and collect revenue for it.
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I really don't want to use a company like uship as I have plenty of time to bring a boat home and save myself the expense of hiring someone else.
Just a thought on the U-ship. You very well may get someone already driving back to FL from TX and would do it for a LOT less than it will cost you to get to Texas, rent a vehicle, feed the vehicle and yourself. I think the trick to using that service is to be patient.. Last minute this spring I got my car AND scoot FL-NJ for under $1000 enclosed and on the same trailer.
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Redslayer, that is exactly what I did 4 years ago! I found my Grady out in Katy (next to Houston). One way flight, checked out the boat, rented a Budget box truck (couldn't find any rental places that had pick up trucks or appropriate SUVs available) and drove her home to Tampa. Drove straight thru. I think it was about 21 hours, but my kids had a boat in their driveway when they woke up for the beginning of the July 4th weekend. I will tell you that the roads in LA are not very smooth. Plus, there are some very long bridges with no where to pull over. Make sure the trailer is in good shape!
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Try Enterprise, they had pick-ups for this at one stage, don't know if they still do.

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I've flown into a city...rented an Expedition from Hertz, and towed both boats and trailers back on more than one occasion.

If you aren't comfortable doing this, rent a 14' box truck from UHaul. Those are designed to tow a car carrier and you will have no problem with a boat back there.
Make sure you take the right size ball hitch (2", etc.) for the trailer coupler with you !!!!

I would rent the smallest U-Haul dually size truck they have on the lot (F350)or whatever, with of course a trailer hitch. I WOULD NOT (WOULD NOT)tell them your trailering a boat, but you are moving household stuff to Tampa, FL.

Get the Truck and go pick up the boat and head home......It's worked for many this way...

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It doesn't matter if the rental company doesn't cover your trailer, just make sure YOUR insurance company does.
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I have done this as well although not pulling a boat trailer but work trailers across country. Just make sure YOUR insurance not only covers the boat but the towing vehicle. I called my insurance agent after taking possession of the vehicle and called in the VIN # and make and model and had my own insurance for the whole rig. The insurance the truck company will offer you will probably be voided if you are towing a trailer without their permission. Be careful....
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Make sure you take the right size ball hitch (2", etc.) for the trailer coupler with you !!!!

I would rent the smallest U-Haul dually size truck they have on the lot (F350)or whatever, with of course a trailer hitch. I WOULD NOT (WOULD NOT)tell them your trailering a boat, but you are moving household stuff to Tampa, FL.

Get the Truck and go pick up the boat and head home......It's worked for many this way...

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The issue I had with Uhaul is that they weld the ball is welded and can not be interchanged. Caused me a big problem, the trailer hitch was a 2 5/16th. Believe it or not, I wrapped duck tape around the ball and towed for six hours back to the Keys.
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