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Old 07-24-2012, 02:49 PM   #1
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Renting a tow dolly or flatbed

We're driving my daughter's car down to Florida where she's starting her new job next month. It's not setup to tow behind our coach and we don't feel it's appropriate to spend the money for a one-time setup like this. Instead we've decided to rent a dolly or a full trailer to take the car down.

Any thoughts on which would be better for a 3-4 day rental in terms of ease of setup, car safety, towing safety, etc...? We'll probably end up renting it from U-Haul. By the way, her car is front wheel drive...

Thanks for any advice on this.

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Old 07-24-2012, 03:06 PM   #2
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A tow dolly would be the easiest and simplest form of transport for a FWD vehicle, and I believe U-Haul rents them on a one-way rental basis.

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Old 07-24-2012, 03:22 PM   #3
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The flatbed would likely have brakes and can be manuvered easily if you have to end up backing up at a fuel stop.
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Old 07-24-2012, 03:25 PM   #4
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You didn't mention what kind of car your daughter's car is but you need to make sure the U-Haul tow dolly will accommodate it. We were recently going to rent a tow dolly to tow my wife's car (2010 Ford Edge) but were advised that the car was too wide to fit on the U-Haul tow dolly. Our option was to rent a flatbed trailer at a much higher cost. If your daughter's car will fit on the tow dolly, that would be my recommendation also - and they do rent one-way.
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Old 07-24-2012, 03:37 PM   #5
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Thanks! U-Haul's site says her car will fit - a 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe... One way rental is about $320 unless I can find some discounts (AAA, etc...). The flatbed is twice the price to rent!
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