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Old 01-08-2012, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Kennewick - Tri-Cities WA
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I'm looking to rent a heavy duty truck with a 5th wheel hitch to haul a trailer long-distance. Does anyone know of someone who does this? I figure it's a long shot but we have great insurance coverage and it'd be two of us tag-teaming the driving for safety. Biggest catch is that it's from Cleveland to here. Also want something with a towing capacity of 12,000 lbs or more and decent-ish gas mileage. Any ideas would be appreciated. I know it'll be a pretty penny but if I can come out with a total under $2500 for transport it'd be better than my currenty option. Thanks in advance!
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Old 01-09-2012, 01:08 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Thx for adding the weight, as I thought you wanted a HD (class 8 / 80,000#) truck, and had some suggestions. so... yours is a bit unique request.

Renting a light duty truck that allows towing is not ez to find.

1. I would check with RV relocators (tho they usually tow from Indiana factories to deliver to PNW, tho sometime back as well)
2. check with Hotshotters (they haul pretty cheap, and maybe one would take you up, if he can get a backhaul w/ trailer.
3. post your load on u-ship .com (I have got some great deals through them, and very dependable and Fast DELIVERY)

4. consider buying a decent truck and reselling after the haul. You can buy a 1st gen Dodge Cummins for ~$3000 and they are EZ to re-sell. For more capital ($10k, you can do this with a newer cummins). The ultimate desirable ones are the '1997 and '98 with 12V cummins. They are very reliable and simple / with LOTS of free power mods. They can be resold in a heartbeat. As a wise buyer you could make some dough to pay for the trouble. (But... I wouldn't want to be a WA buyer of an Ohio originated truck (rust).) I find my best deals on used cars and trucks in TX, and can bring to PNW and resell for enough extra to make it worth the trip.
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