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Does someone you know have a truck that you can use to initially rent the trailer, then use your explorer after you get it rented? I know a little underhanded but they are forcing it.
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Does someone you know have a truck that you can use to initially rent the trailer, then use your explorer after you get it rented? I know a little underhanded but they are forcing it.
Hmmmm???? Yes this did cross my mind and a friend has a GMC Yukon (oh and BTW the smallest 4'x8' is all I need) and the Yukon gets excluded from small trailers but the Jeep Cherokee was good to go?? Madness.
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Re: End of the trip, now what....too much stuff?

I would try a different uhaul outlet. They dont say anything about explorers being banned, online anyway, and that seems significant as it is one of the top selling SUV's. The Ford Escape is number 1 and the Explorer number 5. In fact all they say is SUV's and jeeps must be hardtops.

Towing vehicle requirements

Must be equipped with a hard top if it is an SUV or Jeep. U-Haul does not allow any type of sport-utility vehicle not equipped with a hard top to tow U-Haul equipment.
Tow vehicle and trailer lighting must be operational at all times, day and night. All U-Haul trailers and towing are wired with a 4-way flat light connector.
The curb weight of your tow vehicle must exceed the weight of the loaded trailer.
In order to tow, your vehicle must be equipped with an adequate hitch system and lighting connections. Your hitch system includes the receiver hitch, ball mount and ball. The overall rating is determined by the lowest rated component of the three. How to determine your hitch system rating.
Must have 1-7/8" or, 2" hitch ball (2,000 lbs. minimum)
Must not exceed maximum allowable hitch ball height 25"
Must have external mirrors on both sides
The allowed cargo in this trailer will be calculated based on the curb weight of your vehicle and the lowest rated component of your hitch system.
Maximum recommended speed is 55 MPH
Load trailers heavier in front.
Reduce normal driving speed.
Wear a seatbelt.
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Re: End of the trip, now what....too much stuff?

How much stuff do you actually have? Was it close to getting it packed into the car? Shipping things by freight is a lot less expensive than most think. You just need to box/crate it all. Especially less expensive, if you can get it to/from the depot. Fedex or UPS ground/freight is an option too, but a tad more expensive that a depot to depot freight hauler.

You referenced "we", so I assume there are at least two of you. How about renting a second SUV, pack them both and drive two vehicles?
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Why not buying another boat and sailing it back? This is, after all, a sailing forum.
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You referenced "we", so I assume there are at least two of you. How about renting a second SUV, pack them both and drive two vehicles?
That's what we've done so far....the rental reservation is made. looking into other options.
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I would try a different uhaul outlet. They dont say anything about explorers being banned, online anyway, and that seems significant as it is one of the top selling SUV's. The Ford Escape is number 1 and the Explorer number 5. In fact all they say is SUV's and jeeps must be hardtops.

Towing vehicle requirements

Must be equipped with a hard top if it is an SUV or Jeep. U-Haul does not allow any type of sport-utility vehicle not equipped with a hard top to tow U-Haul equipment.
Tow vehicle and trailer lighting must be operational at all times, day and night. All U-Haul trailers and towing are wired with a 4-way flat light connector.
The curb weight of your tow vehicle must exceed the weight of the loaded trailer.
In order to tow, your vehicle must be equipped with an adequate hitch system and lighting connections. Your hitch system includes the receiver hitch, ball mount and ball. The overall rating is determined by the lowest rated component of the three. How to determine your hitch system rating.
Must have 1-7/8" or, 2" hitch ball (2,000 lbs. minimum)
Must not exceed maximum allowable hitch ball height 25"
Must have external mirrors on both sides
The allowed cargo in this trailer will be calculated based on the curb weight of your vehicle and the lowest rated component of your hitch system.
Maximum recommended speed is 55 MPH
Load trailers heavier in front.
Reduce normal driving speed.
Wear a seatbelt.
Fair enough but when you make the reservation and answer the details on vehicle type "honestly" then the buttons or options that come up after you click next become fewer and fewer....in essence you CANNOT select various trailers if you have a Ford. Correct I can go to the local store and see if the agent there will rent me a trailer face-to-face. I'll give that a try too
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Re: End of the trip, now what....too much stuff?

Look at the U-Haul Pods. Our son/family moved from California to Ohio and used two of the pods. They may be called U Boxes?

It was a very smooth transition and about 1/2 the cost of the original Pod system.

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Re: End of the trip, now what....too much stuff?

This may sound crazy, but sometimes it is actually cheaper to ship via UPS Ground or FedEx Home service, than to rent the second vehicle and pay gas and tolls on it. They both give discounts off the "rack rate" if you are a member of different organizations or fraternals or even if you have a PayPal account, which oddly enough you have to have used once before the discount will be enabled.

Discounted, FedEx Ground should work out to about a buck per pound, more or less depending on whether you need signed delivery or if they can simply leave it at the destination. And if you can have it delivered to and from a business address instead of a residence, cheaper still. FedEx will also do "hold at terminal" and that gets you the commercial rate, with the boxes held at a FedEx store, depot, Staples, etc. for a week or more on the receiving end.

The rental companies seem to want to rent box trucks. Cheap enough compared to their other options, except for the damned gas. No habla diesel, either.
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Re: End of the trip, now what....too much stuff?

Here's what we are doing.
No way to rent a trailer from U-Haul driving a Ford Explorer; went and visited 2-3 of them and they all were adamant that they would NOT rent to an Explorer. Could be less scrupulous vendors at U-Haul but I found none here.
Pods and other type units were too expensive; just not cost effective. Ended up with a one-way rental Dodge Caravan for about $200 for two days and that is all taxes, fees, drop off etc. We were lucky as going from SW Florida to Raleigh area would incur an additional $175 fee for the one-way. This time of year going south was essentially no-charge. So with fuel I'm under $300. FYI the 4x8 U-haul trailer was $149 plus taxes. Slowed me down and would've increased my fuel consumption on the Explorer. Downside on this is that my wife can't ride together but I guess after a whole year cruise we may be short on "small talk"!! All good now.
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