For the do-it-yourself style we’ll help you rent the perfect truck.
You need to be aware of all the costs when arranging a truck rental. There are often extra costs beyond the listed rental price. Some companies charge extra for furniture pads, two wheel dollies, furniture dollies, appliance dollies, tie down rope and other things you need with a move. You may be faced with a mileage fee or a fee if you exceed a certain number of miles, and more than one drive may cost extra. And, of course, there’s the cost of the fuel. A lift gate is good for heavy items, but usually costs extra and there may be limited availability. Some truck rental companies also offer car carriers and car dollies.
Check with your auto insurance to see if they cover truck rentals. Most insurance companies will cover rental cars but not rental trucks. Insurance included with your credit card may also have similar limitations, so be sure to check first. Various damage waivers may be offered for an extra fee.
Here at Bonita Storage Inn, we offer a free truck rental with move in.
Below are some tips to get you started on your journey.
First time driving a truck…
- Trucks are heavy vehicles, especially when fully loaded. It will take longer to stop than in a car, so allow at least 4 seconds between you and the vehicle in front of you (5 seconds in adverse weather).
- You’ll need more time and distance to pass because a truck is longer than the average vehicle. take your time, and don’t pass on hills or curves.
- Shift into lower gears when driving uphill to prevent jerking due to engine lugging.
- Before going downhill, slow down and shift into lower gear to allow the engine to control your speed. Do not ride the breaks on a downgrade.
- If your truck moves off the paved roadway, don’t panic, don’t turn sharply, and don’t apply the brakes. Slow down to below 25 mph and make your way gradually back to the road.
- When turning at a sharp corner, drive slightly past the corner to make a wider turn than you would in a car.
- Avoid parking on steep inclines. The parking brake may not hold, and the bumper may drag or get stuck.
First time using a moving truck ramp…
- Open the rear door of the truck.
- Push down on the latch that keeps the ramp securely under the truck and pull the ramp out slightly.
- Use the straps on the end of the ramp to slowly and carefully pull the ramp out until it is fully extended.
- Gently set the ramp on the ground.
- Grab both sides of the ramp near the rear of the truck and lift up. You will see two hooks. Place these hooks over the slots on the truck deck to secure the ramp in the loading position.
Now, you’re ready to drive a truck! We are committed to making your storage experience
as convenient and stress-free as possible.