Don’t use a U-Haul like this Washington driver


You may have seen this floating around the World Wide Web, but prepare to be impressed if it hasn’t. This daring driver decided to rent a U-Haul box truck and use it to haul his Isuzu Rodeo. This ingenuity certainly can’t be overlooked, but it’s not the right way to tow or transport a car. Especially when it comes to security. Towing can be a lot easier if you decide to follow the proper steps and hire a trailer, unlike this Washington driver.

Creative, but not correct

Some drivers looking to tow or haul a car may develop creative processes. This is especially true for those without a trailer. This driver from the Okanogan, WA region has indeed found a creative way to transport his Isuzu Rodeo. They placed their SUV in the box of the U-Haul truck and secured it with a sturdy ratchet strap. Passers-by were worried and alerted the competent authorities. the Seattle Times noted that the driver did not get off without a hitch. They ended up with a ticket, a $139 fine and steep fees because the U-Haul was kept long after the deal ended.

Although this driver was creative, it was definitely not the right way to tow or transport a vehicle.

Does U-Haul offer towing or hauling options?

The U-Haul logo | Educational Images via Getty Images

If you find yourself in a bind and looking to tow or haul a car, U-Haul can help. Depending on what you need to tow, there are a few things to check. These options are perfect for many drivers as these trailers come with unlimited mileage. There are four options to consider.

  1. Tow dolly: it can be used for city and long distance trips. This cart is lightweight and durable and can use safety chains and ratchet tire straps. It is a good choice for quick vehicle recovery due to its ease of use. It can have a maximum load of 3,900 pounds when towing a rear-wheel-drive model or 3,450 pounds for a front-wheel-drive model.
  2. Auto Transport/Car Hauler: If you want to tow something bigger, this trailer is a great choice. With this option, you can also enjoy more secure towing thanks to safety chains and ratchet straps. You will also appreciate the loading ramps provided and the automatic hydraulic inertia brake. In addition, this trailer can support up to 5,290 pounds.
  3. Motorcycle trailer: A motorcycle trailer is a perfect choice for towing a motorcycle. This small trailer comes with an easy-access loading ramp, a motorcycle chock, several tie-down rings and a door to keep your bike more secure.
  4. Ramp Trailer: The final option is the 5′ x 9′ utility trailer with a ramp which is the perfect option for motorcycles, golf carts, and side-by-sides. This trailer comes with a spring-assisted EZ-load folding ramp and several heavy-duty tie-down rings. This trailer has a maximum load capacity of 1,650 pounds.

With so many options, it’s no surprise that U-Haul has become the choice of drivers looking to tow and haul both short and long hauls. Do not rent a box truck!

How much does it cost to rent a U-Haul trailer?

a uhaul trailer loaded with large pumpkins, one of the things you can move

Pumpkins on a U-Haul trailer | Justin Sullivan via Getty Images

The cost of renting a U-Haul trailer depends on the particular trailer you are considering. It can be a cost-effective option for drivers who need to tow and haul without wasting a substantial amount of money.

The rates for these trailers start at $14.95 for the motorcycle trailer, $24.95 for the utility trailer, $44.95 for the tow dolly, and finally, $54.95 for the auto transport trailer. These are the daily rates that the cost may increase for a multi-day rental. But the overall price will still be much lower than trying to buy a trailer for a one-time move. It may allow you to tow an Isuzu Rodeo with more confidence.

What can tow a U-Haul trailer?

a white isuzu rodeo parked in a dealer showroom
A 2004 Isuzu Rodeo, an SUV you can tow with a U-Haul trailer | Tim Boyle via Getty Images

Fortunately, most cars or trucks can tow a trailer, but check your manual. Additionally, you want to consider whether your vehicle can tow the trailer, but you also want to make sure it can tow the trailer with the weight loaded. In addition to your car’s capabilities, you’ll also need to make sure it can handle safe driving. As long as your vehicle can handle the weight with the proper trailer hitch, be loaded properly, and adjust to your driving tendencies, you’ll have no problem towing a U-Haul trailer.

Whatever you do, don’t end up like that Washington driver

If you’re looking to tow and haul a car, truck, SUV, or other vehicle, you need to refrain from getting creative like this Okanogan driver. Do the right thing and rent a specified U-Haul trailer instead of rigging something much more dangerous. Additionally, if you do something like the Washington driver, you might also be liable for substantial costs related to damage to the van truck.

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