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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 04-09-2003, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
 
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Looking for a truck

Ok I want to tow my bike to Michigan this weekend. So if anyone can suggest a place to find one of the following:

A place (or person) that would rent a pickup or box truck to load my bike on.

Or a place that would have a vehicle that has a hitch on it which I could hook a bike trailer to (I have access to the trailer already).

The catch is that I need a place that doesn't charge per mile or charges very little. Since I'd be driving over 200 miles, I don't want to pay .40 cents or more both ways. Any suggestions?
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I don't know if they charge per mile or not but I drive past Enterprise on my way to work everyday and they have pickups. Then there's the obvious u-haul but again I don't know how they charge. I'd haul it up there for you but I have a bunch of stuff to do this weekend.

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I would just call around and find out who charges per mile.
I THINK there are some that give you an allowance of so many miles included in the rental.
Whatever you do don't tell them your taking it out of state that is where they get you sometimes.

G'Luck and please post what you find out about a truck rental.


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I think if your a Hertz Gold Member no mileage charge.


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None of the places I've come across have trucks or vehicles with hitches that have no restrictions on mileage. Or at least enough to make it worth it.
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Ok I can get a truck from enterprise but they all have the extended cab. Should the bike still fit in the truck? Anyone ride an F150, RAM, or Silverado and have experience?
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you can rent a pickup from enterprise with no mileage restrictions. you will not be able to tow with it though. but, you can always throw the bike in the bed of the truck.
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If all else fails you will probably have to keep the tailgate down,but just make sure you strap the bike down real good and you won't have to worry. The guy that bought my 929RR last year picked the bike up in an S10 extended cab and drove back to New Jersey with it no problems.


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BTW..what is the cost they are charging and are miles included?

Thanks for any info.


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70 a day with unlimited mileage
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I would check into an S10 if your going to haul it in the back of the truck. I'm sure it'll be alot cheaper.


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They don't have them...all they got is what I listed above.
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I would check with Enterprise for sure. Last summer we rented a ranger they had for $19 a day unlimited miles. Then we got really lucky they didn't have one when we went to pick it up so we actually wound up with a F-150 crew cab instead.

That was luck, but a ranger should do the job, it will probably be hard on it but who cares it's a rental.
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Ok I can get a truck from enterprise but they all have the extended cab. Should the bike still fit in the truck? Anyone ride an F150, RAM, or Silverado and have experience?
My dad has an F150 and we haved hauled my bike and his Harley (separate of course ) around in the back. His new F150 has an extended cab, but he swore up and down mine and his would still fit back there. Never tried it for sure though..... Looks big enough though.
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i know enterprise will rent Dakota's also. and i also know that you can fit a 929 and an R6 in the bed with the extended cab.
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My friend has a '97 Ram and my old Katana just barely didn't fit in the bed, we had to take the tailgate off. I don't know the wheelbase of the Katana compared to your bike, though.
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Hey, I would look at budget. For a Ford Ranger it would be like $70.00 for the entire weekend with unlimited milage. I know the bed has a cover, I don't know how well it comes off and all, but still worth looking at.

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Ok I can get a truck from enterprise but they all have the extended cab. Should the bike still fit in the truck? Anyone ride an F150, RAM, or Silverado and have experience?
I have a Silverado and have driven all 3 and would definately say get the Silverado if you can. Since it's an extended cab it's probably a short bed but the bike should still fit back there, I picked my bike up in my freind's short bed silverado and the tailgate just barely closed. Of course the bike was wrecked and we just layed it on it's side so you should be ok .

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ill see you a 2000 i think it is chevy express cargo van with tinted side and rea windows, v6 vortec 1500 series with 70k on the trip for 8 grand bro


what ya say?
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any of those trucks will do the job. I hauled a 1992 gsxr 750 with a 2 inch stretch in my extended cab f-150 all the time. The tailgate even closed.

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Go to enterprise. They have all sorts of trucks. I'm fdriving a land cruiser discovery right now from them. It will be about 50 bucks a day and you only pay for milage if you go over 1500 miles.




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Tony....is that the new Toyota/Land Rover partnership that produces that vehicle.

LOL, Nice catch I didnt notice I did that




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