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Old 05-28-2008, 05:45 AM
 
Location: OH->FL->NJ
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Been there done that.

A 16' is gas. Gets like 6 MPG according to a friend who drove one.
The 22' (26' is same price btw) is diesel. I drove 2 of them. The first one with 86K mi got 9.4 MPG pulling a 7' Uhaul behind it with an insanely heavy full load. The 2nd truck got 9 MPG but was not broken in at 2200 Mi.

BACKING UP WITH A TRAILER IS A FEMALE DOG! Short trailers turn faster than long trucks.

Driving the truck is NOT scary. iTS NOT HARD. It is more hands on and requires more attention to your driving.
Learn basic Trucker Rules.
They will often even tell you when it is safe to get back in your lane by flashing their lights.
Fueling at truck stops is no biggie cept its annoying because Penskes only fill from the "Satellite" (passenger side) There is no driver side tank so you have to turn on the main pump and set it on the ground then walk around.
PULL THROUGH 25' when done so the next guy in line can start filling up while you pay.

Actually it was kinda fun. But I like driving.

Last edited by ottomobeale; 05-28-2008 at 05:45 AM.. Reason: clarity
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Old 07-15-2008, 05:13 PM
 
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ottomobeale, or anyone who's driven a 22 ft truck (ideally cross-country), your advice would be greatly appreciated. I'm currently planning a trip with two friends from San Diego to Chicago via Route 66 and have concerns about:
(1) finding places to stay with space to park the truck
(2) leaving the truck parked overnight safely
(3) finding diesel, though this is a minor concern as 66 joins up with major highways for stretches

Any insight into finding out where we can stay or tips for keeping the truck safe would be greatly appreciated. If the ideal way to do it is just to plan a route and then call all the hotels/motels and check on parking, I'll accept that as advice, too.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 07-15-2008, 06:18 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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ottomobeale, or anyone who's driven a 22 ft truck (ideally cross-country), your advice would be greatly appreciated. I'm currently planning a trip with two friends from San Diego to Chicago via Route 66 and have concerns about:
(1) finding places to stay with space to park the truck
(2) leaving the truck parked overnight safely
(3) finding diesel, though this is a minor concern as 66 joins up with major highways for stretches

Any insight into finding out where we can stay or tips for keeping the truck safe would be greatly appreciated. If the ideal way to do it is just to plan a route and then call all the hotels/motels and check on parking, I'll accept that as advice, too.

Thanks in advance!

(1) finding places to stay with space to park the truck:
In all my travels I have seen 1 motel from one of the major Motel chain that did NOT have truck/trailer parking for guests that are either driving a large truck, or towing a trailer of some sort. If you recognize the motel name, odds are that is has parking for you.

(2) leaving the truck parked overnight safely: Most of these places have a well lit parking area. I shouldn't have to say it, but make sure you have a GOOD padlock on the back door. Not some $2 Wal-Mart special. A few dollars spent here is worth the money.

(3) finding diesel, though this is a minor concern as 66 joins up with major highways for stretches: Most places that are farming or rural have about as many diesel pumps as anyplace else you will go. Tractors, and Farm trucks are 99.9% diesel powered, so finding diesel isn't that big of a chore. Plan on stopping at 1/4 of a tank or a bit before and that way if the station you pull into happens to be one that for some reason doesn't have a diesel pump, you are not screwed for getting to another station.
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Old 07-16-2008, 11:08 PM
 
Location: Cushing OK
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The 22ft Penske truck is $200 MORE than the 16ft to rent.

However, when traveling 1200 miles, using today's gas prices, and taking the lowest mpg for each truck (6 for 16ft, 8 for 22ft), the 22ft truck is $100 CHEAPER in gas costs.

So we can get a much larger truck for $100 more. Is there something I'm missing here...or its just the way it is? We will also be towing a small hyundai accent, which one will be better for gas...I'm guessing the 22ft diesel.

Any major benefit of one over the other (except for the size of course)?
I'm having a problem with three with driver and passangers... I believe the agent told me it was a lot more for the larger truck but will have to call again and ask.

I don't need anything near that size of course. We may have to have a car follow...
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