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Moving to a new place or stowing extra stuff in a self storage unit? Your friends with pick-up trucks have probably stopped returning your phone calls, texts and tweets. Keep your friends and make short work out of it. Uncle Bob's includes a free moving truck rental with your mini storage rental, so you won't need to beg that friend who has a pickup truck. Here's everything you need to know to get your move rolling with a rental.
ForRent.com, an apartment finding service, offers these tips for selecting a rental truck or van:
Elite Moving Labor, which provides labor for do-it-yourself movers (another good way to keep your friends from avoiding you), provides some general guidelines for choosing the right size truck:
Don't want a truck? Rent a trailer. The do-it-yourself experts at Moving Insider narrow your choices to cargo trailers and utility trailers. Cargo trailers are entirely enclosed and provide the most protection because they can be locked, which makes them the right choice if you're traveling long distances and take restroom, restaurant, or sleep breaks. They're also good if you're moving when it's raining or snowing. Utility trailers, on the other hand, are open on top. That makes them great for short distances and hauling bulky or oversized items.
If you opt for a trailer, you'll need something to tow it with. Before you decide on a trailer size, you'll have to determine your vehicle's towing capacity. You'll find that in the owner's manual that came with your car, truck or van, or in the door jamb where tire pressure info is listed. Moving Insider makes this important note: The weight of the trailer itself must be included in the total weight that your vehicle will be carrying and should never exceed the maximum capacity under any circumstances. Overshooting the maximum will put undue strain on your vehicle.
The other consideration when choosing a trailer is your hitch. There are entire websites devoted to the topic of hitches and towing, but basically if your vehicle isn't already equipped with a rear-mounted hitch, you'll have your choice of five classes when shopping. Each class is determined by the amount of weight it can safely pull. Class I will tow the lightest loads (up to 2,000 pounds) and Class V, the heaviest (up to 13,000 pounds). According to About.com Guide Dale Wickell, important terms to keep in mind when shopping for hitches are gross trailer weight; the total weight of the railer, plus everything it's holding; and tongue weight, the weight forced down on the hitch ball. The maximum is usually about 10 percent of the maximum gross trailer weight. Wickell advises, "Be sure to check the tow rating for your truck, because installing a Class V hitch doesn't mean the vehicle can handle that type of a load."
Whether you're moving across the country or just hauling extra possessions to a self storage unit, you'll want to take care to get there safely. Penske Truck Rental offers these basic safety tips:
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