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Old 10-14-2012, 05:54 PM   #1
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Tow vehicle rentals in northern CO?

We just bought a trailer a year ago, and are keeping it stored in northern Colorado. Last year we rented an F-250 in Houston and towed the trailer from Texas to CO. We had to drive the empty truck back to Houston to turn it in. This year we spent three weeks in the trailer, and rented a Dodge 2500 in Denver, and I pulled the trailer a total of six miles to the campground. We hired a tow truck to take it from the KOA back to the storage facility. Truck rental in Denver, for one day, about $ 200. And it was a pain to drive down to Denver, rent the truck, drive it to FTC, pull the trailer six miles, then drive the truck back to Denver, then drive the other rental car back to FTC. At the other end, the Tow truck to take it back ( 6 miles) $85.

Next year we plan to spend a LOT more time in the trailer, and want to be able to tow it to a few places. A week or so at a time. Do any of you know of someplace in the Fort Collins area where we can rent a vehicle set up to tow a trailer around 6500 lbs? We loved the Ford PowerStroke 4x4, but would be interested in all options. Its just not worth it for us to buy a truck and leave it parked for 8 or 9 months a year. We live outside the US.

None of the normal truck rental places seem to have trucks set up to tow, with good hitches and electric brakes and mirrors.
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Have you called a car rental place yet? Or even a tool rental shop?

Car rentals are like 60 some to 80 some a day. You could rent their truck. Since it's a truck it would come with a 2 inch receiver hitch and since it's a TT you wont have to modify the truck to pull the trailer.

You could also cost UHAUL. These options may not be cheaper but could be and worth the call IMHO.
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Lots of the Home Depots around here have trucks for rent for $20/90 minutes...
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Lots of the Home Depots around here have trucks for rent for $20/90 minutes...
Those are rated at 1/2 ton. I would try checking with a truck rental place like Penske or U-Haul. Some of them rent trailers with hitches and wiring, although you may not be able to easily find a rig with wiring that matches you trailer. Even if you find the proper adapters, you probably aren't going to find wiring for your trailer brakes, etc.
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Vulture47, they may get lucky because 7 PIN trailer adapter is standard on most vehicles now. It was on my 2005 1/2. However if it's a older vehicle they rent on then they may have the 4 pin
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Oh, sure we tried calling every rental place in the book. First in Houston, where we bought the trailer. Found ONE place that would rent us an F-350 set up to tow, with receiver hitch, mirrors, factory tow, and brakes. We rented that one to get the trailer to Dallas for storage the first winter. Then last year we needed to move it from Dallas to Ft. Collins. Same thing. Called Enterprise, Hertz, Avis, etc. All of them. UHaul, Ryder, Penske, all of those guys too and no, they don't rent trucks set up to pull travel trailers. In fact, they only let you tow their trailers and tow dollys.

So we rented the one in Houston again and towed the trailer to Ft. Collins, and then drove the empty truck all the way back to houston to turn it in. This year, we found just one place in Denver, and yeah, I called all the Colorado rental places. They don't set their pickup trucks up to tow trailers. None of the national rental places do. try it if you don't believe me, because I tried .

Also tried Home Depot. Same thing. Not set up to tow travel trailers with brakes.

What really chapped us was that we also rented a Toyota Sequoia for the three weeks we were in the trailer, and it came with a receiver hitch. BUT no trailer connector, and the fine print says NO TOWING. That was Enterprise.
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