Here at Flex Fleet, we are dedicated to helping businesses nationwide with all of their towing and truck rental needs. Towing is among the most common activities of businesses in different industries, particularly the construction industry. Construction material and equipment of various sizes and weights need to be transported from factories to construction sites. If the material mass exceeds the truck capacity, it can be disastrous for both the equipment and the vehicle. At the same time, owning multiple vehicles to share the load can be too costly, especially if the towing needs are limited.
The pickup rental truck offered by Flex Fleet Rental is the perfect solution to this dilemma. Without having to spend a huge amount on a new pickup purchase, you can easily ship different kinds of equipment through different pickup options. The type of pickup truck rental with a towing package that you need depends upon the nature of your towing needs and some other considerations.
CONSIDERATIONS FOR A PICKUP TRUCK RENTAL
Which Fueling Option Is More Cost-Effective?
While gas costs less than diesel, the characteristics of their respective engines portray a completely different picture. Everyone knows how economical and easy-to-maintain gasoline engines are, but when it comes to long-distant shipments, diesel engines are much more fuel-efficient than gasoline engines. If your towing needs are spread across extensive routes, diesel engines will enable you to save a lot despite the fact that diesel is expensive.
The underlying factor is the maintenance requirements of the two types of engines. Gasoline engines demand frequent maintenance while diesel engines will allow you to stretch longer time periods between maintenance work, ultimately saving tons of money in maintenance costs.
WHAT SHOULD BE THE WEIGHT OF THE PICKUP TRUCK?
The weight of the pickup truck is directly linked to your towing needs. The type of truck you want to rent depends on the load you need to tow. Three different types of pickup rentals offered by Flex Fleet include:
½ Ton Trucks
These trucks are designed to fulfill your daily towing needs, and thus, are most commonly used by firms. A ½ ton pickup rental can pull lighter loads such as other light trailers or moderately weighing boats.
¾ Ton Pickup Trucks
A ¾ pickup truck is equipped with a stronger suspension system that enables the truck to handle much heavier loads than a ½ ton truck. The all-around experience offered by this pickup truck means that you can conveniently tow a medium-sized camper with it.
1 Ton Pickup Trucks
A 1-ton pickup truck has unmatched resilience when it comes to towing. Its truck bed alone is capable of carrying over 6,000 pounds, while the truck has the capacity to pull a 30,000-pound trailer without feeling a thing. Furthermore, full-sized trailers, horse trailers, and large equipment can be easily carried using this truck.
HOW LONG SHOULD THE TRUCK BEDS BE?
Another significant factor that strongly impacts the towing capabilities of the pickup truck is the bed size. Construction equipment is often accompanied by construction crews in the pickup trucks. Truck beds provide the space for the crews, saving costs, and fuel associated with multiple trips.
However, the most recent industry trends are characterized by shorter truck beds. SuperCrew Cabs and Mega Cabs are becoming increasingly common trucks that are distinctively used to transport crews. This has allowed truck beds to be shorter in length, which, ultimately, affects the towing costs as well as the ease of towing. Shorter truck beds boost the ability of the trucks to tow additional material or equipment.
Moreover, maneuvering trucks has become easy with shorter truck beds, which are 8 feet or less in length. This is particularly true when the truck is not towing.
Hence, there is a trade-off between having longer or shorter truck beds. Longer beds allow crew members to travel with the equipment, saving fuel and time, but also make towing difficult. On the other hand, shorter beds make towing efficient but lead to higher transportation costs as crew members will not be accommodated in a single trip.
There is no right or wrong answer to what should be the size of the bed. It solely depends on your needs and business context. A firm with high-priority towing needs and fewer crew members will prefer shorter truck beds and vice versa.
NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS FOR TOWING
Besides the considerations, you should be aware of the threats and dangers involved with towing. The single most challenging aspect of towing with pickup trucks is trailer sway. Drivers need to be extra vigilant and cautious, or else the towed equipment can easily sway. The most effective technique to prevent sway is to balance all the materials in the truck.
If the towed equipment is not properly balanced, the side with the greater weight distribution will create problems when the trailer picks up the pace or makes turns. To ensure equal weight distribution, drivers are advised to use truck scale stops that are a great way to measure how well the towed materials and equipment are balanced.
Also, the installation of brake control systems in the towing trailer is another great strategy to prevent sway. These are additional brakes other than the truck’s own brakes that help to stabilize the truck when pulling equipment.
Furthermore, drivers should take care of the most obvious rules, such as maintaining sufficient distance from other vehicles so that they have more time to slow down when a vehicle stops ahead of them.
Tips and Tricks To Safely Pull a Trailer
Before taking your truck rental with a trailer out to the job site, there are specific steps you must take to ensure the safety of your rental trucks and crew members.
Match the Ball and Hitch
It is essential to correctly match your receiver hitch to the ball on your trailer to ensure your trailer does not detach from your rental truck. Failure to do so can cause you to lose your haul and risk causing an accident.
Check The Tires
Whenever you are about to tow a trailer it is crucial to always check the tires of both your truck and trailer. Make sure you look for any leaks as well as any cracking or dry rot if you haven’t used your trailer in a while. You should also consider having spare tires in your truck rentals just in case an accident were to happen.
Use Safety Chains
When renting our trucks or cargo vans it is essential to use safety chains with every load you tow. Using safety chains acts as the last line of defense if your trailer were to detach from the hitch and ensures the safety of your crew and the drivers around you.
Check Trailer Lights
Before hitting the road, it is essential to check your lights and signals to ensure everything is working on both your truck rental and your trailer. It is crucial to properly check your trailer brake lights, turn signals, and hazards.
Secure Your Load
From light-duty loads to heavy equipment hauls, it is extremely important to secure your cargo. Use durable ropes, bungee cords, and winch snaps to make sure your material gets to your job sites.
Driving Your Trailer
Whether you are renting from our fleet of flatbed trucks, pickups, or cargo vans to tow your trailer, it is essential to know your towing capabilities and take the proper precautions to ensure the safety of you and your crew.
Know Your Trailer
When driving one of our commercial truck rentals it is essential to understand what you are towing. Sometimes the materials you are hauling can be heavier than your truck and payload so it is essential to understand your towing capacity. No matter how heavy your load may be, it is vital to always drive with caution.
Allow For Longer Stop Times
Even with all the safety features, our new trucks have in our rental packages it is crucial to allow for longer stop times. The extra weight you are attempting to tow can make it harder to stop so make sure you hit the brakes early and give yourself enough time to come to a complete stop.
Make Wide Turns
When towing a trailer with any of our Flex Fleet commercial truck rentals, it is important to make wide turns. Your trailer’s tires will be closer to the inside of a turn than the truck so making wide turns will reduce the chance of jack-knifing the trailer.
Don’t Ride Your Truck’s Brakes Going Down Hill
Every time you ride your truck’s brakes while going down a steep hill with a trailer, you risk overheating them. While our service and rental packages assist with maintenance, overheating your brakes could definitely dampen your day. All our trucks here at Flex Fleet Rental have a tow/haul mode which will help you downshift the truck’s transmission and take the pressure off your truck brakes and your trailer brakes.
Use a Spotter To Backup
Regardless of your skillset, backing up a trailer with any kind of truck is a challenging task. Consider using a spotter to promptly guide your truck in the trailer as you back into tight spaces on your job sites.
Get a Commercial Pickup Truck Rental With Towing Package
Pickup rentals offer tremendous towing packages designed to cater to all towing needs. However, there are multiple aspects that need to be considered before making a deal. The weight of pickup trucks and the length of the truck beds are directly correlated with your towing needs, so these should be the primary drivers of your decision. In addition, the type of engine in the pickup truck can influence the overall costs, so it should also be taken into account.
Rent With Us Today
Flex Fleet Truck Rental has everything your business requires when it comes to truck rental packages. From passenger vans to pickups with crew cabs, flatbed trucks, and more.
Reach out to our trusted team today to get a quote and to find and rent the right trucks for all your business needs.
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