Penske canceling all trucks?

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Penske canceling all trucks?

Postby meeotch » Wed Jul 14, 2010 2:37 pm

Not to be alarmist, but I just got a call from Penske, saying that all one-way truck reservations into Nevada are canceled for the week of Burning Man, company-wide.

Anybody else get a cancellation? That's going to bone a lot of folks, I imagine - Penske's been pretty popular with burners, iirc.
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Postby Token » Wed Jul 14, 2010 5:01 pm

Why would you rent one way? Don't you have to take all your stuff back home?
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Postby FaeTora » Wed Jul 14, 2010 5:15 pm

thats what I was thinking, in that case they don't even ask. at least not the ones here in houston.
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Postby meeotch » Wed Jul 14, 2010 6:36 pm

One-way rentals are significantly cheaper, since they charge by the day only, not by the mile. (Discovered this tidbit from several posts on the forums.) "Home" for us is New York City - so everything large either burns or gets donated. We only need a whole truck one direction.

I assumed they're only canceling the one-way reservations because there's no way of telling if round-trippers are going to BMan.
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Postby Token » Wed Jul 14, 2010 6:40 pm

How about a one way to Sacramento, Oakland or SF?
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Postby Sham » Wed Jul 14, 2010 6:41 pm

You could do a one-way rental, but drop it off in Salt Lake City, or Anytown USA other than Reno.
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Postby Kinetik V » Thu Jul 15, 2010 12:47 am

I called to verify this earlier today and according to Penske they will NOT lease a truck to anyone that mentions Burning Man. In fact Penske corporate has provided their call center reps with a tip sheet for all Nevada rentals with questions to screen potential customers. They flat out do not want their trucks going to BRC.

If you want to find out more call them via the toll free number on their website but this is a shame as IMHO they have been the best company to rent from. They've always taken great care of me.
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Postby Mosin » Thu Jul 15, 2010 1:14 am

Not to be alarmist either (!) but anyone considering tyring to get around their BM policy by returning a one-way in another state should make sure the contract does not explicly state that BM is off-limits. Many car rental companies now track their vehicles with GPS and fine customers who violate their contract/s... including speeding! Here's an example:

http://news.cnet.com/2100-1040-268747.html
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Postby Sham » Thu Jul 15, 2010 1:29 am

The only reason that Penske would be doing this, is that "someone" didn't clean their truck when they returned it and now they went and spoiled it for everyone else.
Which one of you slobs did this? You know who you are! :roll:
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Postby Sham » Thu Jul 15, 2010 5:28 am

On another thread, I suggested using the "change of address moving kit" from the U.S. Post Office for discounts at various merchants. One of them is Budget Truck Rental for 20% off the entire rental of a box truck.

You can check out www.budgettruck.com/pmov and use coupon code PD226 for the 20% off. (AntiM: this is just a referal! :D )
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Postby AntiM » Thu Jul 15, 2010 5:38 am

Referrals are fine, Sham.

This is going to screw anyone moving to the university in Reno.

Our first two years we used U-Haul. While they had not heard of Burning Man as afar as we knew, we told them we were going out of state, antiquing. We also cleaned the snot out of the little enclosed trailer.

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Postby C.f.M. » Thu Jul 15, 2010 6:45 am

I've never rented a truck or car, but I was also told (or read somewhere) not to mention Burning Man, when you get one.
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Postby oneeyeddick » Thu Jul 15, 2010 6:48 am

That would be the smart thing to do, but over enthused newbs can't stop bragging about where they are going to people who really don't care.
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Postby Fire_Moose » Thu Jul 15, 2010 7:22 am

Can't wait to see how many are out there this year.


Should be interesting. Best of luck to any one this affects.
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Postby Dr. Pyro » Thu Jul 15, 2010 8:16 am

While this may be of little use to those of you trying to rent large trucks, the AVIS dealership in downtown Sacramento is very burner-friendly. Ask for the manager of the place, Steve, and do not hesitate to tell him you are planning on taking it to BMan. His number is (916) 446-2695. You must be over 25 to rent from them. But I have heard nothing but positive feed back over the past three years. Good luck.
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Postby Elderberry » Thu Jul 15, 2010 9:42 am

No cancellation here, but we got a one way rental originating in one city in CA and returned to another city in CA. Plus we go early and return late, so the dates don't correspond to BM and I also have a corporate address in Reno, so I'm sure that helps too.

I'm assuming that the one way rentals in Nevada are originating somewhere in Nevada and terminating somewhere in Nevada also?

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