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post #1 of 25 Old 05-13-2013, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
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Who will rent a trailer for soft top?

I just installed a Curt trailer hitch on my 04 TJ. I see that uhal won't rent trailers to soft tops though. I have seen this thread and realize that the risk is pretty much the same for hard top and for soft top SUVs. I know someone that actually had a trailer accident that killed 5 people and he was using a hart top.

Anyway, since uhal won't rent me a trailer and I just paid $150 to get the hitch, what are some uhal alternatives that will rent a trailer to someone like me who has a soft top? I am in Portland, OR - but I would like some national companies so this wont be such a localized thread... Even though there are a lot of Jeeps here in portald

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post #2 of 25 Old 05-13-2013, 05:49 PM
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What size trailer are you looking to tow? Is this a one time thing? Moving?

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post #3 of 25 Old 05-13-2013, 05:50 PM
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Home Depot sells those small utility trailers. Loading one of those and you'll be at the tow capacity pretty much.
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post #4 of 25 Old 05-13-2013, 06:03 PM Thread Starter
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What size trailer are you looking to tow? Is this a one time thing? Moving?
I'm looking for something pretty small. Maybe 4x7 or 5x8. I will need it to move some stuff to storage, and then to an apartment for my mom.

Everything is staying in-town, so it is easy to return to the same place I rent it from.

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Home Depot sells those small utility trailers. Loading one of those and you'll be at the tow capacity pretty much.
Yeah, but I really don't want to spent another $200 or $300 on something I will only use twice. Besides, I have nowhere to store it - that's why I'd like to rent one.
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post #5 of 25 Old 05-13-2013, 06:20 PM
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Home Depot here in Colorado rents small trailers. Cheap too. Last time I rented I had the soft top on.
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Have you thought of renting the Home Depot truck or a super small U-Haul truck?

I was going to suggest buying a 4x8 trailer from Home Depot as well. I have one and can't tell you the number of times its come in handy.

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Have you thought of renting the Home Depot truck or a super small U-Haul truck?

I was going to suggest buying a 4x8 trailer from Home Depot as well. I have one and can't tell you the number of times its come in handy.
Yeah, the reason bought the hitch was so I wouldn't have to pay the ridiculous price to rent a truck. Using trailers will almost nearly pay for the price of the hitch.
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post #8 of 25 Old 05-13-2013, 06:57 PM
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My local U-haul guy rented me a trailer just 2 weeks ago....
$24 bucks for the day, local (hauled trash to town dump)

I have a two-door , and when filling out the on-line form he said "Hardtop?" ,
and I lied and said "Yeah".

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post #9 of 25 Old 05-13-2013, 08:09 PM
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Lowes trailer I have. 5x8 works great. Wife works there so we get a discount. painted it to match, dozer ply bed and side boards.

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Pick up the trailer in a friend's rig.

Return it with your Jeep.
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post #11 of 25 Old 05-13-2013, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
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Pick up the trailer in a friend's rig.

Return it with your Jeep.
I thought about that, actually. My girlfriend has an MDX with a hitch on it. I don't think it's rated to tow, but it should be fine for getting the trailer to my house.
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Pick up the trailer in a friend's rig.

Return it with your Jeep.
I did the exact same thing a couple years ago. Picked it up in my buddy's Tacoma, dropped it off after hours in the jeep.

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post #13 of 25 Old 05-14-2013, 08:53 AM
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As they say, easier to get forgiveness then permission.


Also, when it comes to U-haul, just call a few agents. Some are less scrupulous than others.

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I did the exact same thing a couple years ago. Picked it up in my buddy's Tacoma, dropped it off after hours in the jeep.
Be careful, I seem to recall a section in their rental agreement that says you'll only use it with the vehicle you pick it up with. Could have insurance or liability issues if something happens. I know this because we wanted to pick a trailer up with my dad's blazer that could easily handle the weight empty and use it fully loaded behind my brother's full size truck one time (for logistical issues in picking up the trailer).

I have the harbor freight folding trailer that is easy for me to store in the garage. I realize your situation might be different, but even though you think you will only use it twice, you never can tell how often it might come in handy in the future. A few times a year I think "hey I need to haul something and don't need to borrow a truck".
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post #15 of 25 Old 05-14-2013, 04:45 PM
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Could you borrow a hard top from a friend for the move?
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