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Old 05-13-2013, 02:21 PM
 
Location: the 718 and the 650
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Im in the Navy in stationed in CT and looking at likely getting orders to Washington state at the end of the summer. I am trying to see what my options are for my move. I don't really have much stuff to bring with me. It will likely 6-12 medium-large boxes and my truck a 93 F150. For being 20 years old my trucks in good shape mechanically but I'd really rather not drive it. Not that I don't think it will make it but I'd rather not put that wear and tear of 3000+ miles on it and it being a regular cab its not a comfy road trip truck. On top of that I would have to either put my cargo in the bed under a tarp and take it all out every night to avoid my stuff being stolen or tow behind a very small uhaul trailer, putting slightly more strain on my truck. Judging from guys heading out west from here I will likely get around 2000-2500 to drive if I chose to. Since Im only an E3 they won't ship my truck for me. I don't mind renting a truck from Penske and towing my truck behind it but on the Penske site they only allow a 4,000 and change weight limit on their trailers, apparently my truck is just a few over that. I can do it with uhaul but they are like another $1000 and Penske has better equipment. Anyone tow a full size truck or suv with Penske?
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Old 05-16-2013, 03:29 PM
 
Location: the 718 and the 650
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There is both a Uhaul and Penske location down the road from base, so I checked the trailers out a little bit just with the naked eye. They appear to be the same size just a different manufacturer I don't know why the rating is so much lower on Penske's equipment.
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Old 05-17-2013, 07:57 AM
 
Location: the Beaver State
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3000 highway miles on your truck is going to be less wear and tear then 3000 miles around town. I'd take it to a mechanic to get a check up and change all the fluids. Have the tires rotated and checked. Get a seat cushion to make it more comfortable, buy a canopy for the truck and lock it up at night. And F150 will pull a small Uhaul trailer with next to no problems, that's what it's designed to do.

In theory the trailer you'd get from Penske should have a bit of leeway weight wise in it. But realistically it's probably in bad shape and not worth the risk, if they even rented to you in the first place.
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Old 05-21-2013, 03:23 PM
 
Location: the 718 and the 650
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The 3000 highway vs 3000 city driving is debatable. Thing is it takes me probably 9 months to put 3k on my truck these days. I'm leaning towards driving it now especially since I plan to stop in N Cali to spend a chunk of my leave with my then wife and it's not my seat thats uncomfortable its the fact that since its a regular cab my seat doesn't have alot of movement to it and after 8-10 in the truck my lanky body is over it lol. I've driving it back and forth from NYC to Tampa I was not enjoying myself although that was a straight through drive. Bed covers are an arm and a leg, I don't like them and they are hardly "secure". If I drive I might try to load up large bags and boxes so I can just bring whatever I have into the hotel or cab with me and cover it with a tarp on the road. I mainly just have a bunch of clothes, tv, ps3, laptop, and maybe some golf clubs and hiking equipment.
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