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Old 02-17-2009, 03:52 PM
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Need a Tow Vehicle for Short Time, what to do?

So here's the story: my boat is used pretty much exclusively on one lake, and is usually in the water from May until September. It is also stored about 200 yards from the lake, so getting it in and out are no problem. I had a 98 Ford Explorer and my Dad has an old Chevy Blazer, so between the two of us we were able to move the boat when needed.

I sold my Explorer last year as it wasn't practical to use as an everyday car, even though I only drive a few thousand miles a year. Anyway, this wouldn't be a problem because my Dad's Blazer would normally work for putting the boat in and taking it out, but this year I'm going to take an extended amount of time off (2-3 weeks) and live at my family's lake house. I'm going to law school next year so this will be the perfect way to relax and get ready for school, and it will also be my last chance to spend as much time as I want at the lake.

I would like to be able to take the boat to a few lakes in the area, but a 91 Blazer just isn't a safe enough vehicle to tow with for 30-45 mins. Anyone know of a way to have a tow vehicle for a short period of time (~3-4 weeks)? The only thing I can think of is to buy a cheap, used truck and then sell it at the end of the summer. I'd like to avoid this option just because of the hassle of selling a pickup in this economy. Also, because I'll need every dollar I have for school, it would be tough to keep the truck for any extended amount of time. Borrowing a friend's isn't really practical because its for a decent length of time, and no one in my family that I could ask owns anything capable of towing.

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Old 02-17-2009, 03:54 PM
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find a friend and use them... haha i would say a rental but there goes cost effectiveness... unless you got in good w/ a rental agent
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Old 02-17-2009, 04:01 PM
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Find a neighbor and start finagling now.

A little yard work here, a little painting there...

Oh, how can I repay you for your help?

Well, I would really like to tow my boat to (Fill in the blank) can I borrow your suburban!?!?
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Old 02-17-2009, 04:43 PM
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I just love how people think a vehicle bottoms out on price around $1,500.

I like that last truck, the gray Ford.
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Old 02-17-2009, 04:48 PM
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I heard about someone who wanted to borrow a forklift, that might work too!
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Old 02-17-2009, 06:35 PM
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What's wrong with the Blazer? It may be cheaper just to fix it.
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Old 02-17-2009, 07:23 PM
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How about renting a truck? It seems like I have seen a few U-haul pick up trucks around. If you got a big one you could probably just put the boat inside.
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Old 02-17-2009, 08:16 PM
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I looked into renting a truck for a weekend to tow a friends' boat to the lake. Trouble is, most (if not all) rental companies DO NOT allow towing of a trailer with their truck (liability reasons) . Most trucks don't even have a hitch. Only U-haul had box trucks with a hitch, only to be used to tow a U-haul trailer.

If you have a friend with a truck, see if you can swap vehicles for a few months. Other than that, buy something cheap and re-sell it. (Hey, if you find a really good deal, you may actually come out ahead or at least break even).
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Old 02-17-2009, 08:24 PM
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What's wrong with the Blazer? It may be cheaper just to fix it.
180k miles, rusted, brakes need to be replaced, and the transmission is on its last legs. Its too bad that the damn thing runs perfectly fine, as its the family car for the lake house, but it just doesn't need to be replaced.

What I need to do is work out a deal with my Dad where I buy a late 90s early 00s pickup and then sell it to him as a replacement for the Blazer when I need the money.

My guess is I'll end up spending 5-6k on a truck and then selling it at the end of the summer. I would buy one of the really cheap vehicles (>3k), but I'm worried that reselling it will be a nightmare.
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