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Does anyone know of a national company that rents pick-up trucks? I need to transport my bv200. The scooter is 7 feet long with a wheelbase of about 5 feet. Enterprise rents trucks but only with 6 ft beds. Any and all help appreciated!!
I've been without a scooter for two weeks and it's been tough! Crying or Very sad emoticon

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U-haul rents pickup trucks with an 8' bed. They say "available in select locations" so you'll need to check with your local U-haul.

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You should be able to get a 7' bike in a 6' truck just fine, see the other thread on a similar subject. Yours will just have to be a bit more sideways.
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Check National, they have pretty good rates on pickup rentals... I don't know about 7' beds, they do have a full size trucks, so that might be possibility. Personally, I would go for a smaller truck for better fuel mileage, and just transport the bike with the tailgate down.
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BVBob wrote:
Does anyone know of a national company that rents pick-up trucks? I need to transport my bv200. The scooter is 7 feet long with a wheelbase of about 5 feet. Enterprise rents trucks but only with 6 ft beds.
As jimc points out, it may well fit corner to corner. In any case, the 6' bed of a pickup suddenly gets a couple of feet longer when you drop the tailgate. I can't imagine any reason why you could not adequately secure a 7' long scooter under those circumstances. Use a real wheel chock or a jury-rigged one, a set of canyon dancers or equivalent tie-downs to the handgrips and another tie-down strap over the back of the seat. Should be secured well enough.
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You may need to rent a big U-haul truck. Their pickups are really only for around town.
Othwerwise, I don't know of any car rental compnies that rent pickups, and none of them will let you tow.
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Any pick ups I've rented from car rental places have had hard tops over the beds Someone like U-haul or Budget is probably your best bet. Possibly an extended Econoline such as Budget rents would work as well as a pickup depending on height.
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Lowes hardware rents trucks by the hour. Mainly just for customers to get stuff home. 8' beds.
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Check National, they have pretty good rates on pickup rentals... I don't know about 7' beds, they do have a full size trucks, so that might be possibility. Personally, I would go for a smaller truck for better fuel mileage, and just transport the bike with the tailgate down.
Is it OK to transport with the tailgate down? I've never owned a truck. Do they "lock" down? I'd hate to hit a big bump and have it lift and push the scoot up and out of place. Enterprise does have nice trucks with tie-down points. I have a canyon dancer and all the necessary tie-downs. I bought an el-cheapo wheel chock/stand from harbour freight. It's their heavy duty deal that looks like it has some stability without being bolted down. Do you think this combo will work? I have to drive about 1.5 hours away. When it's done (hopefully this summer ) I'll ride it home. I don't care if it takes me all day...
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Tailgate won't bounce.
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Tailgate won't bounce.
Thanks!

I guess I'm ready to give this a go. I'm still diligently trying to buy another scooter that I can get parts for and serviced locally. Going to have to be Japanese. My dealer that was an hour away went out of business now I'm going 1 1/2 hours away. This is getting to be too much. Got to have a back-up. Kinda sad since I think the bv line is one of the best out there... Life's a compromise.
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I've rented a pickup from U-haul....expensive. The next-time I rented a light weight motorcycle trailer (with a ramp) from U-haul for $20.00. I pulled it with my Honda Civic with no problem.
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I've rented a pickup from U-haul....expensive. The next-time I rented a light weight motorcycle trailer (with a ramp) from U-haul for $20.00. I pulled it with my Honda Civic with no problem.
I was just about to suggest this. Much cheaper, and easier to load as well. That is if you have a tow hitch on your car, of course...
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RosaRider wrote:
I've rented a pickup from U-haul....expensive. The next-time I rented a light weight motorcycle trailer (with a ramp) from U-haul for $20.00. I pulled it with my Honda Civic with no problem.
I was just about to suggest this. Much cheaper, and easier to load as well. That is if you have a tow hitch on your car, of course...
I do have a hitch but I use it for my bicycle carrier. The car is a Nissan Sentra- automatic. The manual says that it can pull 1000 lbs. That trailer from u-haul is 550lbs and and my bv is probably 375lbs. I'd be cutting it close-no? I'd hate to ruin the car/transmission over this. Or am I being over-protective? Anyone have a beer handy?? Razz emoticon

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How far do you have to go? It is a little close to the limit, but there is a safety buffer built into the limit as well. You should be fine, unless you have a lot of hills to negotiate, and a lot of stop and start driving might also put a it of strain on it. Overall, i think you'll be fine, though. You should be able to easily throw the bicycles on the trailer as well...
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HaHa have a beer man. I towed it with my Civic (w/ 170K miles on it) over 300 miles, no sweat. Big hills will be an issue but I did fine in the Georgia sand hills, mountains may be another story
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