Tow rentals? Last minute car failure, advice needed!

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Tow rentals? Last minute car failure, advice needed!

Postby Ever » Tue Aug 21, 2012 10:55 am

Hi all,

We're looking for a last-minute place to rent a 5,000lb tow-capacity truck in the Bay Area. Most companies large and small seem to not allow towing (Enterprise, Budget, Hengehold which is Burner Friendly..)

We've had a deposit on a third wheel for the good part of the year for BM, but my car's transmission just blew and now we're scrambling to find a car that can tow this bad boy.

BurningMan friendly a big plus. Any recommendations for smaller, harder-to-locate renters? Dare I brave uHaul?
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Re: Tow rentals? Last minute car failure, advice needed!

Postby Jackass » Tue Aug 21, 2012 11:22 am

You've got a CAR that can tow a 5,000lb THIRD wheel trailer?!? Dude, I've gotta see this!

P.S. Don't mention you're going to be towing a THIRD wheel trailer, they won't rent to you.BTW mentioning third wheel trailer makes you look as though you have no buisness towing anything, get a compact car your fellow motorists will thank you
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Re: Tow rentals? Last minute car failure, advice needed!

Postby Ever » Tue Aug 21, 2012 11:26 am

Jeep Grand Cherokee V8. SUV sounded just as weird :P
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Re: Tow rentals? Last minute car failure, advice needed!

Postby jkisha » Tue Aug 21, 2012 11:30 am

Jackass wrote:You've got a CAR that can tow a 5,000lb THIRD wheel trailer?!? Dude, I've gotta see this

Maybe this had something to do with the transmission going out?

Anyway, good luck finding something.
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Re: Tow rentals? Last minute car failure, advice needed!

Postby skippy3k » Tue Aug 21, 2012 12:37 pm

If you mean 5th wheel, a Jeep can't tow that. Or any SUV for that matter.
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Re: Tow rentals? Last minute car failure, advice needed!

Postby Ever » Tue Aug 21, 2012 12:40 pm

Wrong terminology, written too hastily!

Looking to tow an AirStream. 5,000lb tow-weight.
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Re: Tow rentals? Last minute car failure, advice needed!

Postby Jackass » Tue Aug 21, 2012 1:19 pm

Find a truck to rent that has a receiver already on it and make no mention of towing. Buy your own hitch and ball a whatever else you need, make it happen. Go out in the yard and have a look, when you spot one with said receiver on it calmly ask "how about this one here?".
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Re: Tow rentals? Last minute car failure, advice needed!

Postby Token » Tue Aug 21, 2012 3:27 pm

Most construction equipment rental places have no problem if you tow. Look those up in your area. Find the big boys that rent bobcats, fork-lifts, backhoes and the likes.

They usually have 3/4 & 1 ton trucks already setup for towing.

Cheaper than car rental companies too.
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Re: Tow rentals? Last minute car failure, advice needed!

Postby Ever » Tue Aug 21, 2012 4:37 pm

Thanks for the replies everyone, I'll try those ideas now.
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Re: Tow rentals? Last minute car failure, advice needed!

Postby gyre » Tue Aug 21, 2012 6:17 pm

5000 pounds DRY for a 31 foot.

That means empty too.
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