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Old 08-01-2012, 06:49 PM
 
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Hello Everyone,
I have a 2002 Jeep Liberty that I'm looking to tow from Florida to California. Just don't want wear and tear on the vehicle. What's the cheapest possible way I can do this? I've looked on UHaul's website and they want to charge me something like $1600 to rent a 16' Truck and a two wheel tow dolly. That's kind of expensive! What are my options?

I thought about buying a used two wheel tow dolly and possibly saving myself a few hundred dollars and renting a smaller UHaul truck and just NOT telling UHaul about it. Any suggestions?


Is Dinghy towing an option?
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Old 08-01-2012, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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First of all your don't want tow dolly for cross country move. You should get a car carrier. Check with Penske, they can give you better rates if you call them. They beat U-Haul prices for my move.
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Old 08-01-2012, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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Hello Everyone,
I have a 2002 Jeep Liberty that I'm looking to tow from Florida to California. Just don't want wear and tear on the vehicle. What's the cheapest possible way I can do this? I've looked on UHaul's website and they want to charge me something like $1600 to rent a 16' Truck and a two wheel tow dolly. That's kind of expensive! What are my options?

I thought about buying a used two wheel tow dolly and possibly saving myself a few hundred dollars and renting a smaller UHaul truck and just NOT telling UHaul about it. Any suggestions?


Is Dinghy towing an option?
Ask yourself , and be honest with your answer, is this car worth moving from one state to another?

IMO a 2002 jeep is not worth moving this far unless it's gold plated.
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Old 08-01-2012, 07:52 PM
 
Location: The Triad (nc)
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I shipped a car from Tampa to Fresno Ca for $700 (Feb 2010).
It's the least problematic way to go.

But Grandpa Pipes has a point:
Selling it where you are and moving on might be best
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Old 08-02-2012, 08:50 PM
 
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Ask yourself , and be honest with your answer, is this car worth moving from one state to another?

IMO a 2002 jeep is not worth moving this far unless it's gold plated.

OK, so the only reason why someone should tow their car cross country is if it's gold plated. Can I ask you Grandpa if you're senile?

Not only is my Jeep in perfect running condition, it's paid off! So, to answer your question and the question of some of the others - NO, I'm keeping the car - it's not an option.

I have made the decision to tow it and it's final. I just want to find the cheapest method of towing it to California.
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Old 08-03-2012, 09:06 AM
 
Location: The Triad (nc)
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I have made the decision to tow it and it's final.
I just want to find the cheapest method of towing it to California.
Do you already own an interstate travel quality and reliable 4 wheel dolly?
How about a truck with enough a$$ to pull that dolly with the Jeep on it?
If so... then it's just about the gas.

The 2744 miles from Tampa to Fresno (@8mpg =350gallon --@$4/) = $1400 just for the gas.
This is why I had that car shipped and thought $700 was reasonable.
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Old 08-03-2012, 06:10 PM
 
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If you don't need a moving truck to move with then save the money and have it shipped.

Try uship.com. Shippers will bid for your business.

I don't reccomend towing without the company's consent because if something happens, accident or breakdown and they blame your towing you could be in for a headache.
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Old 03-28-2013, 06:42 PM
 
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need to tow a 1500 chev. to upstate n.y.,can I rent a one way Penske truck with a dolly?
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Old 03-28-2013, 07:29 PM
 
Location: 35 yrs CO, 3 yrs CT
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need to tow a 1500 chev. to upstate n.y.,can I rent a one way Penske truck with a dolly?
Yes, check these links

Personal Truck Rental - Penske Truck Rental

Car Carriers and Tow Dollies - Penske Truck Rentals
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Old 03-29-2013, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Lansing, MI
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The "cheapest" way is to have AAA Gold and have it towed every 100 miles by a new tow company. Time consuming, but won't cost you more money.
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