I've got four different trailers I use to haul vehicles on. Five if you count the motorcycle tag along. But, I learned long ago to not loan them out. But, if I can be of service to you, we might be able to work something out.
Have one I built just to haul Fieros and that size of vehicle. It doesn't get used much.
Please remember, transporting is, what I do that puts beans in the pot.
Where to, from where, one way, one car?
St Louis is only about six hours away, in what I do, that's not really all that far.
Isn't it strange that after a bombing, everyone blames the bomber, his upbringing, his environment, his culture, his mental state but … after a shooting, the problem is the gun.... Open your frigg'n minds, think about all the other tools that can be made into WMDs.
I sincerely hope that life is never discovered on another planet because, sure as hell Progressives and Socialists will want to send them money.
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$700?! That is absolutely INSANE! ! ! ! ! I would double check with another U-Haul shop, go in in person is the best. I rented a full trailer, as seen below, for $25 for the day when I towed the car to the Muffler shop. For 5 days, that would work out to around $125 at a daily rate. A weekly rate should, by all accounts, be cheaper.
I hope you can find a trailer to borrow there. If not, I hope you can find something FAR cheaper than you were quoted!
Assuming that you are going one direct with the trailer hence the cost. Each Uhaul is independently operated there for you take a trailer from NJ and take it to Texas someone has to be paid to return that trailer from texas back to NJ. And its not cheap. I paid $200 for a trailer to be towed back 3 hours because I was to lazy and frustrated after the car broke down.
Go to or call actual rental shops for price. All Uhaul and many others are franchises and can put some different rates for "local" deals because local dealers in many areas are competing w/ each other in same brand and other rental operations. Problem is many franchises do not have car dollies and/or trailers so you have to call/visit more shops vs online or 1-800-#
Note that you must return to shop at same location for all local rentals. Start shop ≠ to End shop is often a One Way Rental even if both are in same town.
Others, Many to Most One-way units are not "dead head" returns to Starting shop. (I got to ask why a Uhaul driver had special trunks to carry/tow more units for one trip.) Most starting shop have to deal w/ regional Uhaul to replace the "lost" unit and many time End shops have to return to regional because too much inventory for the shop. Ether way the cost rises vs local rentals. Example: You have a OW trailer but End shop... have trailers but too many now and often causes parking space and other problems. doesn't keep trailers. Many small shops only have 2-3 trucks normally.
Side Note: This include OW car rentals from Budget et al. Keeping Inventory correct often needs Regional Distribution to add/remove car(s) at start and/or end points. Example: I believe some car rentals RD for "local area" here are in/near Tinicum Township near Philly Airport that supplies cars to rental shops in SE PA, N DE, some of NJ, maybe more. (And in the case of Enterprise Sales, "retired" Enterprise Rental units for sale.)
------------------ Dr. Ian Malcolm: Yeah, but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should. (Jurassic Park)
Maybe I missed something, but I have rented from uhaul several times before to tow my fieros and the price sounded high, so I checked. If STL is St. Louis, all of the locations in your area show a 5 day rental for $275 if you return to the same location. If you have to keep it a couple days longer, add $100.
Their trailers are usually good and come with great straps that go around the car tires and feel very safe. Only had one trailer tire blow out with a car on, but they came out and fixed it quickly. Luckily I was on the interstate going the 55 mph marked on the trailer and not trying to keep up with the 80 mph traffic...... . In case uhaul is reading, that is what I was doing.
I have rented a tow-dolly from u-haul before, drove it 700 miles and dropped it back off the next day. I don't remember them asking about mileage, but if they had it would have been 50 miles to go along with the "cavalier" that I was moving.
Yeah, I had the same issue when I picked up my Fiero from two states away (9 hours), costing me over $750 for one way with Uhaul. There was no way around getting discount for unused days. I was pissed so I decided to hold on to the truck & trailer for the full period before returning it even though they said to return it right away. Yeah, right! So, they can continue to make profit for the time unused. I used the truck for other projects in the meantime.
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I still think uhaul is the way to go and you just need to ask or push more. Turn down the insurance, why would you pay $22 day to insure their trailer? If a tire goes flat they have to fix it anyway, that is a maintenance issue, not insurance. Yes, if it's stolen you are screwed, but that is why I lock it to the hitch of my truck. And it's a trailer, you really believe there is a mileage limit or somehow they are going to know how many miles you went if you return it to the same store? They don't.
And, drive faster so you can rent less days, that's a 2 or 3 day trip Less than $200 rental.
Anytime I've rented from U-Haul, I have declined the insurance. My vehicle insurance covers any cargo or tow and the tow content. Only time I was required to buy insurance was when I had only Liability and no Comprehensive coverage.
WHAT! I rented a Haul trailer for 73 for 3 days. Note that if the car doesnt run you will need to bring some form of winch. And also put some sort of transition from ramp to trailer edge. Its quite a lip to get over without a running car.
I would return the trailer to the same location where I picked it up.
Cost must vary by ZIP code. Apparently, we're getting ripped off.
I was offered a 30' trailer (bed length), but I declined. That's too big for a half-ton pickup with a little 5.3. I need to get a truck with an 8-liter engine.
Just checked the rates here in Phoenix, and using ZIP 63139 for St. Louis (I just grabbed one that appeared to be outside the downtown area, as I didn't know where you're at specifically) for their auto transport trailer - 4 wheels up. Both times I got $274.75 for a 5 day trailer rental, and $314.75 if you include their first level of insurance coverage. This was straight off uhaul's web site, which I generally prefer to do in cases like this, as you can pay for everything and know exactly what you're paying before you even leave home, so you're not going to get hit with ancillary fees upon arrival.
I don't know where the 30 foot trailer came into play here, as the biggest trailers U-haul has is either a 6x12 enclosed tandem axle, or a 6x12 open utility tandem axle, neither of which you'd want anyways as tying a car down inside one of those would be a real bear. Perhaps it was other trailer rental place you contacted, and confused them with U-Haul? I did notice that in STL, at least at the one place I looked at, the online system only allowed me to choose up to 5 days for a rental, whereas here in Phoenix I could get 10+ days. Perhaps whoever you spoke to was a tool, and quoted you for two 5 day periods and the highest amount of insurance they offer?
There is also a blurb in their FAQ that "There are no per mile charges for trailer rentals."
I think most people are going to be Blackrams and myself - we've learned that even loaning trailers to people we know is a generally bad idea. It's likely not anything personal, but loaning to a stranger is exceptionally unlikely to happen. I know it was mentioned prior that U-haul wasn't an option, but I really think that's going to be your best bet unless you find a buddy with an appropriate trailer.
Franchises and trailers certainly must vary. I rented a 1/2 trailer from U-Haul, drove from West Palm Beach, Florida to Alabama, through Atlanta to meet the Georgia Fiero Group for lunch, then back to Florida. Rented the trailer 3 days total, and it ran me like $80.
I agree with what someone wrote earlier in the thread.... If you have the extra cash, purchase a trailer, then re-sell it when you are done. You can make a profit, ot turn the trailer real fast by selling it for a couple hundred less, consider it a small fee for use Heck, use a Credit card to purchase it, and pay the card back as soon as you sell the trailer.
The other thought is rent or buy a tow dolly, with the removal a few bolts, you can remove the front fascia to tow it, saving a LOT of money for little work. Tow dollys are going for $500 to $700 here on craigs list, then again, resell it when you are done.
Something I would caution about for anyone towing a Fiero, or I guess any car, with the rear on a tow dolly is to be sure that the front suspension parts aren't worn. Of the two times I've towed a Fiero backwards, I almost wrecked both times. The first was on a surface street and at relatively low speed. The second was our Warrior Project and I was traveling at interstate speeds. Neither time did I have to remove the nose to keep it from scrubbing, but both cars had stock tires and weren't lowered but I can see that there might be a problem over speed bumps or speed tables and transitioning from one grade level to another.