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minitauk85 posted 10-12-2005 04:04 PM ET (US)   Profile for minitauk85   Send Email to minitauk85  
I was just informed by the folks I am renting an SUV from (going to the Keys) that they don't provide or even allow the use of a hitch to tow anything, towing is not allowed in rental vehicles unless you are using a Uhaul or Ryder type moving truck. Is this true? Does anyone know if there are any national rental vehicle companies that would allow me to tow my Whaler behind the rented vehicle? The customer service rep said it was an insurance issue as well as an industry standard to not allow towing on passenger vehicles, even SUV's. Just curious-k
Contender25 posted 10-12-2005 04:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Contender25  Send Email to Contender25     
Technically I do not think UHaul or Ryder allow you to tow either unless you are towing their trailer.

There is a Ford dealership in So. Florda that rents trucks/SUV's and they allow you to tow with them. I apologize for not remembering the name of this dealership.

andygere posted 10-12-2005 04:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
The Chevy Trailblazers I have rented from Alamo come with the towing package, including receiver and standard wiring harness. I've never asked if I could tow with it...
Buckda posted 10-12-2005 05:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Ditto Andy's comment. You have to just take a look at their fleet of vehicles....sometimes they have the reciever, sometimes they don't. None of them approve of you towing with their vehicles.

I had the same problem/questions when I bought my 15 (before I even owned a car, since I live downtown in a major city). A little subterfuge is necessary..don't ask, don't tell.

It could be argued that if they supply you with a vehicle that has the receiver and wiring harness, they are implying that towing with the vehicle is okay, though your agreement may explicitly state that the vehicle is not to be used for towing.

Question: If you are flying to the Keys, where is your Whaler going to be coming from?

If it's a rented Whaler, check with that rental company about a tow vehicle.

If you're buying a Whaler in the keys and plan to tow it back, you should consider driving down with your tow vehicle or paying someone to drive your vehicle down there (snow-birds do this all the time, so there's likely a service available to do this. Check with seniors in your church or at a community center to get the scoop on that front).

Good luck.

Dave

jimmy c posted 10-12-2005 06:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimmy c  Send Email to jimmy c     
After seeing suv,s with recievers at Enterprise this past summer here in New Jersey, I question them about towing with thier rental vehical.
They said absolutely No.
When you sign the rental agreement it states you will not tow with it.
MyOutrage posted 10-12-2005 06:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for MyOutrage  Send Email to MyOutrage     
U-Haul will let you tow your boat with their trucks. I've done it in the past. You look a little like something from Sanford and Sons but it worked.
Crabby Mike posted 10-12-2005 07:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Crabby Mike  Send Email to Crabby Mike     
Armada Vans will allow you to tow your boat. Let them know what you will be towing so they can match the tow vehicle to the trailer etc. A friend told me he rented a Ford Excursion and towed his boat to the Keys from Atlanta.

www.armadavans.com/

bob1008 posted 10-12-2005 07:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for bob1008  Send Email to bob1008     
If your not buying insurance from the rental car company, it makes absolutely no difference. Just do it. They cannot penalize you in any way except maybe put you on their "do not rent" list in the future (and that's a stretch). Just make sure your insured through your credit card or your regular car insurance for rentals and boat/trailer etc. If you don't buy insurance from the agency, they have no risk anyway. It doesn't matter. Many Budget locations have Rangers that are all wired to go. Just add the ball.
RJG posted 10-12-2005 08:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for RJG  Send Email to RJG     
I rented a Chevy Z-71 from Enterprise to tow my 22 Revenge up from south Fla. to Jacksonville. They did not provide a receiver but I did tell them of my intentions. They didn't say I couldn't. That was September of last year.
where2 posted 10-12-2005 10:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
4 years ago, on my Honeymoon, I rented a Ford Escape V6 from Hertz. Clearly in the rental agreement, it stated that I was not to tow anything with their vehicle. However, it came equipped with a receiver hitch from the factory. The receiver was blocked with a bolt to keep me from installing my own ball mount. However, I suspect I could have defeated the allen bolt with ordinary tools if the need had presented itself.
ocuyler posted 10-12-2005 10:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for ocuyler  Send Email to ocuyler     
It's easier to appologize than it is to ask permission...
minitauk85 posted 10-13-2005 06:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for minitauk85  Send Email to minitauk85     
I appreciate the input- It turns out to be a non-issue as the vehicle we have rented doesn't have a trailer hitch!-k

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