If you have had a tiny house built and are interested in moving it to a new location, you need to have the right vehicle for the job. If you do not own a truck, you can always rent one to make the move easier. Use the guide below to learn a few things to consider when renting a truck to use to move your tiny home.
Consider the Weight of the Home
The first thing you need to consider is how much the house weighs. You need to rent a truck that has the towing capacity to be able to easily tow the weight of the trailer. The rental company will be able to recommend which truck you should rent based off of the amount of weight you need to haul.
Consider the Type of Trailer You Are Hauling
Next, you need to consider if you will be hauling a flatbed trailer or a gooseneck trailer. A flatbed trailer can be hauled by just about any truck, but a gooseneck trailer requires a specific hitch that is actually mounted in the center of the bed of the truck. The gooseneck trailer is often used for heavier loads and is typically easier to haul because the location of the hitch gives you more control when hauling the home.
Consider the Factors That Affect the Cost of the Rental
You need to find out what factors will impact the overall cost of the rental. Some rental companies rent trucks for a day, and the mileage you travel does not matter. Some rental companies limit you to a certain mileage and then charge you extra fees for every mile you travel over the designated number of miles. If you know that you will be traveling a significant distance, you may want to opt for a rental agreement with limitless mileage.
Consider Paying for Any Insurance That Is Offered
While driving a truck is not overly difficult to do, maneuvering a large trailer can sometimes be a bit difficult, especially if you have never done it before. If you try to back up the trailer and accidentally jack-knife it, you could cause significant damage to the rear quarter panel of the truck. Paying for the insurance will ensure that any damage that occurs will be paid by the insurance company rather than you having to pay for it out of your own pocket.
Be sure to read the rental agreement closely to ensure you know if you need to fill the tank up before returning the truck or if you need to clean it. There are some companies that will charge you a fee if the truck is overly dirty or if the gas tank is empty when you return it. Contact a company like Allard Rentals for more information.