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Old 10-03-2007, 04:14 PM   #1
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One way pickup truck rental

Does anyone know where I could rent a pickup for a one way rental from LAX to Tucson for the upcoming Creel gathering? We're launching from Douglas, AZ, and I don't want to come back for my truck.

Budget, Hertz and Enterprise all said no thanks.

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Old 10-03-2007, 04:16 PM   #2
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Would a box truck work?
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Old 10-03-2007, 04:26 PM   #3
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Does anyone know where I could rent a pickup for a one way rental from LAX to Tucson for the upcoming Creel gathering? We're launching from Douglas, AZ, and I don't want to come back for my truck.

Budget, Hertz and Enterprise all said no thanks.

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I had the same experience a year ago when trying to get to Montana for the start of our Continental Divide ride. Ended up with Penske. The phone quote was no better than anyone else but when I showed up and talked with the guy there, I found what vehicles he had too many of sitting in the lot. The price dropped from over $1000 to just under $400 for a 12' box. He gave that to me cheaper than a pickup. They give a AAA discount.
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Old 10-03-2007, 07:07 PM   #4
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I had the same experience a year ago when trying to get to Montana for the start of our Continental Divide ride. Ended up with Penske. The phone quote was no better than anyone else but when I showed up and talked with the guy there, I found what vehicles he had too many of sitting in the lot. The price dropped from over $1000 to just under $400 for a 12' box. He gave that to me cheaper than a pickup. They give a AAA discount.
^that's probably the best bet.

If you absolutely must have a pickup truck U-Haul rents them too.

What kind of bike are you bringing? You could get creative with an SUV or Mini-Van from one of the Rental Agencies as well. Hertz etc doesn't want you renting a Pickup from them One-Way 'cause they don't have many of them in their local fleets to begin with and they are sooo easy to rent out. I'd rather rent an F150 for $70/day from Avis than $19 +$.08/mile locally from U-Hual.
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Old 10-04-2007, 08:12 AM   #5
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Uhaul only rents pickups for local moves- last I checked. Might be the same for other companies.
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Old 10-04-2007, 08:18 AM   #6
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I had the same problem....no one-way pickups....

I called U-Haul to go from San Diego to Durango -- they said $1400 -- I said no thanks....then they dropped their price to $1000 -- then $800 -- I said nah, that's okay, "I can find a pick up truck for less than that..." They told me to name my price...I told 'em $300 -- they countered with $350 and it was a done deal.

Lots of Uhaul places need their trucks dispersed and are motivated to sweeten the deal. Worth a try.
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Old 10-04-2007, 12:46 PM   #7
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Thanks for the tips, guys. The bikes are a KTM 525 and a KLR 650. With the custom windscreens, it would be tough to shoehorn them into a minivan.

I'll try swinging by some of my local rental companies and seeing if they're more reasonable in person. I hadn't tried Penske yet, thanks for the tip!$400 is about all I'd want to spend, or else I'd be better off paying one of my buddies to drive my truck.

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Old 10-04-2007, 12:59 PM   #8
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Does anyone know where I could rent a pickup for a one way rental from LAX to Tucson for the upcoming Creel gathering? We're launching from Douglas, AZ, and I don't want to come back for my truck.

Budget, Hertz and Enterprise all said no thanks.

Cheers,

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Can you fly into another airport? Enterprise in Vegas has trucks.
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Old 10-04-2007, 04:05 PM   #9
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Does anyone know where I could rent a pickup for a one way rental from LAX to Tucson for the upcoming Creel gathering? We're launching from Douglas, AZ, and I don't want to come back for my truck.

Budget, Hertz and Enterprise all said no thanks.

Cheers,

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Try Auto Driveaway. They will pay you to drive someone elses rig to the destination.

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Old 10-05-2007, 09:38 AM   #10
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Try Auto Driveaway. They will pay you to drive someone elses rig to the destination.

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They're going to Douglas. NO ONE goes to Douglas. All the streets are one way.............OUT.

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Old 10-06-2007, 08:50 AM   #11
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Option I have used

I have used U Haul with great success in the past. 10' Box van will swallow both bikes with no problem. I would not tell them you are hauling bikes, it seems that they are not really open to that idea! Rates do vary, it seems that it is far cheaper to rent north to south (by half the price), than south to north.

There are some tricks to secure the bikes in place, as the tie-down strapping along the walls of the truck will not support holding bikes in place.
PM me and I will be happy to share the bombproof means to secure bikes in a U-Haul.

PS: All of U-Haul vans from 10' up do come with ramps, which make loading/unloading ez
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Old 10-06-2007, 11:07 AM   #12
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PS: All of U-Haul vans from 10' up do come with ramps, which make loading/unloading ez
Unfortunately, that's not true...I rented a brand new 10' box truck from them and I had to sneak around and borrow a ramp from a car-hauler to put the 950 inside...

I would also agree that U-haul is not too happy to hear that you're hauling motos, so just dont mention it when youre placing your order. They didn't seem to mind when I loaded the bike in their parking lot, but who knows...

As far as securing tie-downs to the walls, I've had good experience with that -- I went to wally-world and bought a bunch of long nylon loops to tie around the walls mounting points. I used 4 tie downs and had no problems.
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Old 10-07-2007, 05:31 AM   #13
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Talking Uhaul 10' & 14'

I guess I got lucky with the ramp on a 10' ft box van from uhaul, it had a ramp (it was brand new with only 7,000 miles on it)!

U-Haul site says 10' box van = no ramp
14' and up comes with ramp

I still don't trust the wall tie-down straps, as they are NOT through bolted and have NO backing plates to prevent pull outs. Would hate to see my bike trying to climb into my lap in the event of a hard braking or accident
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Old 01-21-2013, 07:53 AM   #14
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Little help

I'm looking at doing the Tet from NC north to est Hartford cT or Chicopee MA. Any suggestions on getting two to three bikes back?
I'm looking at truck rentals mainly. Hertz, Avis or Uhaul etc.
What are your experiences? Ideas?
thanks for your help
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Old 01-21-2013, 10:44 AM   #15
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My experience has been shop all the providers. Penske, UHaul, Hertz, etc. Both online and by phone. Get the lowest price than contact all of them again with your best quote. Then go back to the one who gave you the best quote originally and they will usually beat the others again. Penske usually wins.

Helpful tip for one-way rentals. Try providing alternative drop off cities. For example: It was hundreds less to drop off in Washington D.C. than in North Carolina. Like $500+ less. After getting to NC from Denver and anticipating having to go to D.C to drop off, the local operation told me they can't disallow you to drop off the vehicle anywhere. I left it in NC and there was no extra charge.
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