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Old 10-03-2016, 10:08 AM   #1
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Has anyone here rented a tow vehicle to pick up their Escape from Chilliwack? We are picking up our Escape 19 next summer and I thought about flying to Seattle and then renting a Chevy Tahoe to pull the trailer back home on a one-way trip to our home in New Jersey.
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Old 10-03-2016, 10:27 AM   #2
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Has anyone here rented a tow vehicle to pick up their Escape from Chilliwack? We are picking up our Escape 19 next summer and I thought about flying to Seattle and then renting a Chevy Tahoe to pull the trailer back home on a one-way trip to our home in New Jersey.
Not sure rentals are offered with a brake controller installed.... or 7 pin wiring.
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Old 10-03-2016, 10:42 AM   #3
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Not sure rentals are offered with a brake controller installed.... or 7 pin wiring.
correct. never seen this.

plus the one way rental fee is CRAZY high, almost always.



i think this would be a very difficult, expensive rental to arrange.

plus you'll need some travel trailer camping stuff for the trip home

(for example chocks, plus sewage kit that is much cheaper currently $30 USD to buy on Amazon than the $80 CAD at ETI - the one item that is currently much cheaper to take)

etc

plus you'll need to setup the height of the hitch for YOUR tug sometime - wht not just have ETI do it?

i'd just do the drive.
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Old 10-03-2016, 11:50 AM   #4
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Has anyone here rented a tow vehicle to pick up their Escape from Chilliwack? We are picking up our Escape 19 next summer and I thought about flying to Seattle and then renting a Chevy Tahoe to pull the trailer back home on a one-way trip to our home in New Jersey.
Hi,

Another option( which we didn't use, we drove to Chilliwack) to driving round trip is to have your car shipped to Seattle. It was discussed here, with shippers other folks used :

I'd love to hear your ideas for cheaper delivery


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Old 10-03-2016, 11:53 AM   #5
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A U-Haul type rental truck would probably have the necessary plugs and brake unit, but my experience with moving trucks is they are not too comfortable and rattle like crazy when empty!
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Old 10-03-2016, 12:05 PM   #6
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I seriously doubt anyone would rent you a vehicle that would tow the trailer, due to liability. It's been a long time since I've rented, but I remember seeing disclaimers about how you can't tow with them. As stated, one way is very expensive. One option could be to rent a U-Haul type truck and then tow the trailer back that way. The larger trucks would be able to tow your trailer. But they're not going to be anywhere as comfortable as your regular vehicle would be. And your gas mileage would really suck big time.

If time is an issue, can one of you drive back and the other fly (assuming there's at least 2 of you getting this trailer)? Then both of you drive it back. That way the trailer is set up for your rig.

Another thing I just thought of. Sometimes the rental companies restrict taking it out of the country, so you might not even be able to drive it to Canada to get your orientation.
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Old 10-03-2016, 12:18 PM   #7
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I don't know if they are available out west, but I've seen U-Haul Ford 250 pick up trucks pulling good sized trailers in campgrounds here in NY. To do that legally, they would have to have brake controllers (brakes are required on any trailer over 1000 lbs in NY).
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Old 10-03-2016, 12:29 PM   #8
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I believe all U-Haul rental trucks have towing capability but they are not very comfortable for long distant driving for sure...

Here in the bay area we have local RV shops that rents tow vehicles as well.. I don't know if you can find similar ones in Seattle but they probably wouldn't do one way?
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Old 10-03-2016, 12:55 PM   #9
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U-Haul here rents pickup trucks. Worth checking to see if you can rent one that is rigged to tow. But U-Haul trailers have surge brakes so they might not have a brake controller.
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I think if you call and ask what the drop fee is for your trip, you'll start making alternate plans.
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