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    Well, everything was looking good so far with the weekend at Buttonwillow, even my re-built trailer is ready to go. Now, as it happens we had a little incident today that almost ripped off the right front wheel of the tow car.

    Anyway, it will not be ready at the weekend. I found the usual rental places including U-Haul don't rent pickups with a hitch.

    Anybody has an idea where to rent one?

    Otherwise I will just drive the Se7en up there but it sucks. I hate driving it on the freeway, especially with track tires.

    Gert

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    Gert,

    I've rented a ryder truck that came with a hitch - but it was a 24' moving truck!
    Tom "ELV15" Jones
    http://PIErats.com

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    • #3
      Sorry to hear that Gert. I don't know who rents trucks with hitches, but maybe Brad would know. I believe he rented the Ford pickup that he used to tow his Seven to Buttonwillow last year (I guess it was 2 years ago now that I think about it!).

      My wife's minivan was hit a week and a half ago and has been in the repair shop since. She is now driving my car to work and I've been driving the Birkin as my commuter car. No freeways, but it is really no fun to drive during rush hour! Just got a call today that the minivan might be ready tomorrow.

      Stan
      Last edited by soareyes; April 21, 2008, 09:11 PM.

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      • #4
        Dr. Gert,

        I have rented trucks from a couple of FORD dealers that came with the female hitch end. Rented the truck and put my male end in to hitch up and go. Ford is very proud of their trucks and happy to rent them. Suggest doing it ASAP because there is some demand. Don't ask too many questions about towing. It's best to look over the "inventory" in person to make sure the trucks are equipped to tow. A lot of dealers seem to have horror stories about tow renters so they are probably not encouraging it. A good F150 or certainly an F250 will be up to the job. That big F250 saved my car from being destroyed in my famous towing incident a few years ago! Good luck! Brad

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        • #5
          It would be prudent to try Chevy, Chrysler, Toyota, Nissan etc if necessary. Cost was in the $50-75 per day range with 100 miles per.

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          • #6
            Thanks for the commiserations and thanks for tip Brad! I will check tomorrow.

            Gert

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            • #7
              No idea if they're equipped for towing or not, but the Pasadena Rent-A-Wreck on E. Colorado Blvd. rents Ford F-150s for $29.99 per day. Might be worth a phone call to find out.
              http://www.rentawreck.com/LANSAIMG/R...A/PASADENA.htm
              | | Sean

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              • #8
                can u drop ur track wheels off with someone else nearby during the week who is traliering and just swap them at teh track?
                2002 SV zetec/sierra; yellow over green

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Sean View Post
                  No idea if they're equipped for towing or not, but the Pasadena Rent-A-Wreck on E. Colorado Blvd. rents Ford F-150s for $29.99 per day. Might be worth a phone call to find out.
                  http://www.rentawreck.com/LANSAIMG/R...A/PASADENA.htm
                  thanks, good idea but I called and like the other rental companies they don't allow towing and thus don't have a hitch receiver. U-Haul rents very small moving trucks with a hitch for cheap daily fee but the mileage is prohibitive at 99c/mile (would be almost $300 for the weekend).

                  Also checked with 3 local dealers....no, they don't rent trucks at all, actually they looked at me somewhat puzzled.

                  Doug already offered hauling some of my stuff. But since he does not exactly live close by it might even be simpler strapping the stack of track wheels to the roll bar and just drive up there.

                  Gert
                  Last edited by slomove; April 22, 2008, 02:45 PM.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by slomove View Post
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                    Doug already offered hauling some of my stuff. But since he does not exactly live close by it might even be simpler strapping the stack of track wheels to the roll bar and just drive up there.

                    Gert
                    scares me that traffic is that bad during the week...:eek:
                    2002 SV zetec/sierra; yellow over green

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                    • #11
                      I've wanted to make a copy of Dave Kirk's rack for hauling tires to the track:
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                      • #12
                        I found the willing dealers in the yellow pages under some clever heading like "truck rental". A few phone calls turned up a renter. Don't know if that still works around here.

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                        • #13
                          Yes, that is a good way of carrying the tires. But a little too elaborate or this one time. I threaded now two 3/8 inch rods through the wheel stack and bolted them together to a solid column. That way I guess I can ratchet strap them to the roll bar. Just disappointing that I can not use the trailer after spending quite a bit of time getting it ready.

                          But after all, the accident could have been worse. Rosie did not get hurt and I believe the other driver had only some air bag shock.

                          Gert

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