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Is it possible to rent a van/truck for only a few hours?

Odd question, but I need to transport a new aquarium and it won't fit in our car. Nor do we have any friends with a big enough vehicle. I did a quick search with Google but that didn't turn up much more than complaints against various rental agencies.

I have until Sunday to get this figured out, so any suggestions would be grand.
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Go to any rent a car agency and get an economy van or pick up truck. Both Enterprise, and U-Haul offer vans.
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What? This is America! You have a friend with a pickup. Trust me.

*Edit* and there's always Home Depot.
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yea HD rents those truck that look like a cross between a flatbed and a dump truck on an hourly basis.
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The answer is yes, but see this:

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What? This is America! You have a friend with a pickup. Trust me.

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I remember when i was in IKEA there was a booth with a phone that dialed to some rental place which rented you a truck on an hourly basis. It was very reasonably priced too.


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I have an astro van for sale, no lie.


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Hmm, I would suggest going to enterprise and seeing if you could get a daily rental...probably ~100$... but I wouldn't trust a tank being bounced around in the back of a dump truck especially with the suspension on those things.


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If you have a short trip, not involving 70 mph driving, I would use a pickup or the HD truck. The HD truck I rented was easy to drive. For a long trip or a 70 mph drive, I think I would look for a van, like a UHaul van for example.

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Definitely check out Home Depot, my wife and I rented one of their F350 trucks to move some stuff and it was $19 for an hour or so. Enough time for us to do what we needed to do, and I'm sure the rates for going over in time are pretty reasonable.
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Home Depot is your friend when it comes to equipment rental. I don't know what their truck rental options are (they have them, I just don't know their rates), but I've rented a 40ft ladder, a hand truck, a tiller, a dirt compactor, and probably several other things from them. They do 4hr and 24hr rentals. Heck, I've even walked around their rental department for the fun of it, and tried to come up with reasons to rent stuff (mmmmmm powertools...).

But I've been that friend with the pickup many many times, and before that, I was that friend with a minivan. I had a Plymouth Voyager (Dodge Caravan), and it had two removable bench seats in the back. I fit a single-size mattress back there when I was a traveler (i.e., bum) a bunch of years back. Many minivans have completely removable seating, especially the older models. So, before you spend money on a rental, think about what your friends drive again.
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Hmm, I would suggest going to enterprise and seeing if you could get a daily rental...probably ~100$... but I wouldn't trust a tank being bounced around in the back of a dump truck especially with the suspension on those things.
just dont drive like an idiot, and wrap that bad boy up in some blankets.

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just dont drive like a ...., and wrap that bad boy up in some blankets.

. But yeah, I'm not saying you should. Heck I can't say much I drove a 55G tank and stand back from a friends house in the back of my pickup with a blanket between the side of the bed, tank, the stand and the other side of the bed. I think I actually used cardboard now that I think further... Didn't have any problems, but I also made sure I was going slow and careful through every turn..Didn't want a freebie tank to turn into a few glass shards.

For a Home depot flat bed/dump truck it's 19$ for the first 75 minutes and 69$ for an entire day..Just looked it up on their site.

http://homedepotrents.com/truckrenta..._-truck_rental


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