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July 6th, 2018 - 8:23 AM

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Moving to a new home may also mean moving your vehicles. For a one-way move across the country, that might require splitting the family up between different cars or pulling one car on a trailer. If you’re planning to drive a rental truck and thinking about using a Budget trailer to tow your car, there are a few things to keep in mind. Take a look at the different types of equipment they offer, the ways towing can affect your move and towing alternatives.

Looking for a cargo trailer to haul your items? Check out this post on enclosed trailer rentals.  

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Towing a car with a Budget trailer 

Budget offers two types of vehicle trailers: car carriers and tow dollies. Car carriers are for four-wheel and all-wheel drive vehicles, while tow dollies are for front-wheel drive vehicles. Budget trailers have to be rented with a moving truck, and can’t be pulled with another vehicle. 

While it may seem simple just to hook up a Budget trailer behind your moving truck, towing can majorly affect driving and fuel efficiency.

How towing affects driving and fuel costs

Adding the extra length and weight of a trailer can make it difficult to maneuver an already unfamiliar, heavy truck. There are also extra considerations, like having to find pull-through parking since you shouldn’t drive in reverse with the trailer attached (they swivel at both the coupler and car platform, making them very difficult to maneuver in reverse). If you need to back up, you should offload the car, disconnect the trailer and move them separately. 

You’ll also have to keep a greater distance behind other vehicles and allow extra time to stop. Because of the extra weight, more distance is required for braking. Towing a vehicle also decreases the maximum driving speeds. Budget recommends a max speed of 45-55 MPH when towing, which will add extra drive time to the trip. 

Towing also reduces fuel efficiency — up to 1% for each 100 pounds of extra weight, according to fueleconomy.gov. The typical vehicle weighs between 2,500 and 3,000 lbs., and the trailer weighs either 1,640 pounds (for a car carrier) or 1,740 pounds (for a tow dolly). All of that weight can have a big impact on fuel consumption and costs. 

It’s also important to note that the Optional Personal Accident/Cargo Protection and Damage Waivers that you might add for the truck and your belongings don’t cover damage to the towed vehicle. Instead, you’ll have to add an Auto Tow Protection policy.

Towing alternatives where you don’t have to drive

There’s another way to get your belongings and car to the new home. Instead of driving a rental truck, let U-Pack® handle the move. U-Pack is a “you pack, we drive” moving service, so you’re free to either travel in your vehicle or use an auto shipping service. Either way, you can move affordably without adding a one-way trailer to a Budget rental truck. 

With U-Pack, there’s no worrying about driving unfamiliar equipment and maneuvering a trailer across the country—we do the driving! Prices compare to rental trucks (especially when you add in the extra cost of fuel). U-Pack rates include the moving equipment, transportation, fuel and liability coverage, so you don’t have to pay extra to protect your belongings.

See how U-Pack compares to Budget trailer rental prices

Want to compare rates? Get a moving quote online or call 800-413-4799. You can add services like storage or guaranteed delivery, or you can save on costs by loading or unloading at a local service center. If you have any questions or need help getting a quote, leave a comment below or call us. We’re here to help. 

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