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Old 05-15-2018, 08:00 PM
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Iím looking at buying a center console boatin the 28-30 foot range, or close to 10-11,000 pounds. I currently drive a Tundra and realize this truck wonít be adequate for that kind of weight. I plan to tow the boat 1-2 times yearly, so I donít want to buy a bigger truck. Any ideas? Are there 3/4 ton pickups for rent? Companies that will tow? I think the tundra can handle the occasional trip across town for service and such, and I just hate the idea of buying a new truck for the rare 300-400 mike trip.
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Old 05-15-2018, 08:22 PM
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I know enterprise rents the larger trucks. I think either that or check on an app like turo or similar for anyone renting their 3/4 ton. Another option of course would be to buy an older reliable 7.3
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Old 05-16-2018, 12:15 AM
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is the tundra 4x4?
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Old 05-16-2018, 02:12 AM
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It is 4x4. I think itís rated for 10,000 pounds and has a trailer brake controller. Should be ok for local towing I would think, but longer hauls I would be concerned.
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You dont have any friends with a 2500?
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Old 05-16-2018, 03:14 AM
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Old 05-16-2018, 05:47 AM
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Not a chance I am towing a 10k load 3-400 miles with a Tundra. Around town no big deal but not at highway speeds. I owned a 5.7 crewmax for 5 years. It was a great truck but towing 10k down the highway would be a white knuckle ride. I am traveling with the boat to go enjoy myself. Why would I want to be stressed out just getting there because my truck is not capable of towing the weight.

Rent a diesel truck from Barco. They have about any type of tow vehicle you could possibly need.
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Old 05-16-2018, 06:01 AM
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Buy a F150 EcoBoost or a F250 6.2L gasser. Unload that yota on craigslist
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rent/borrow.
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Is it too heavy to try air bagging the rear suspension? Just thinking, maybe with electric over hydraulic brakes and air bags it might not be too bad. The truck is rated right around 10k.

If not, then either borrow from a friend or rent from home depot. Buying a 3/4 ton to use once a year seems like a huge waste of money.
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If I'm not mistaken most of the rental trucks dont have hitches due to insurance reasons. Can anyone confirm you can tow with a home depot truck? At $99 a day that would be ideal. But I have seen lots of those on the road and never once one with a boat behind it.
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Old 05-16-2018, 10:32 AM
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Just did a google image search. Looks like it tows to me

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Weight Distribution Hitch

As for the home depot rental, most of them have pins welded through the hitch.
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I know there are rental companies that rent out HD trucks. If you shop for late model used diesel trucks on Car.com you will see lots of them for sale with around 30k miles being sold through a dealership still under factory warranty as 1 owner trucks. But then when you look at the carfax you will see that the vehicle was previously registered as a rental vehicle.

I once rented a Ram 3500 dually diesel and used it to haul a full size truck from PA to TN. It did not have a hitch in the receiver. So i bought a hitch at Walmart and stuck it in there. Bobs your uncle.
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Old 05-16-2018, 11:40 AM
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Good ideas gentlemen! I didnít know you could rent a truck like that. Iím white knuckled enough towing my 24 foot boat. Not a chance Iíd try it with a 30 footer in my tundra.
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Old 05-16-2018, 12:09 PM
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Originally Posted by chrisbtr View Post
If I'm not mistaken most of the rental trucks dont have hitches due to insurance reasons. Can anyone confirm you can tow with a home depot truck? At $99 a day that would be ideal. But I have seen lots of those on the road and never once one with a boat behind it.
Never seen a daily price on it, around here HD rents them short term $20 for first 75 minutes and in 15 minute increments after that.
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https://www.enterprisetrucks.com/tru...ehicles.html#3

3/4 ton an 1 ton options.
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I rented an F250 through Enterprise this year to move a new boat. I only needed it for 1 day and under <300 miles, and the cost was $99 for the rental and an additional $20 for ability to tow. This seems like it would be pretty cost effective for your usage.
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https://www.barcorentatruck.com/
This company will rent out loaded diesel trucks for a month. Not a bad deal if you are going on a vacation and need to tow the boat.
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Super cool! Thanks guys!
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