5 Rental Car Companies That Allow Towing: Vehicles, Hitch Options Listed

When you’re on a trip and using a rental vehicle, you may need to tow something like a boat, car, motorcycle trailer, or cargo trailer. While most car rental companies prohibit towing using any of their rental vehicles, several truck rental companies allow it. These companies rent vehicles like pickup trucks, moving trucks, and cargo trailers, and some will also allow you to rent things like car carriers and tow dollies that you can attach to your own car, SUV, or truck. Others will require you to use your own towing equipment.

Pricing for trucks typically works the same as pricing for other rental vehicles — you pay based on the size of the vehicle, destination, and length of the trip. Note, however, that while you must pay to use a company’s accessories like carriers and tow dollies, they typically do not come with per-mile charges like trucks do (unless unlimited mileage is offered), so you do not need to pay twice the mileage for the same trip.

What We Recommend

The rental company you choose will ultimately depend on your priorities, how far you need to travel, and the size of the vehicle and/or trailer you need. For the widest selection of truck and towing options that come with virtually no restrictions, U-Haul will likely be your best choice. It is the only rental company that allows you to use its vehicles to tow your personal trailer or use your personal vehicle to tow its trailers.

Penske is another company that provides a variety of moving vehicles and trailers, and it comes with the option for unlimited mileage, but it does not permit you to tow your own trailer.

The List

Below, we list the rental car companies that allow towing, including information about available vehicles and trailers, as well as other restrictions. Note that all of the rental companies that allow towing only rent vans, trucks, or trailers — they do not rent SUVs or other towing-capable vehicles. With U-Haul, though, you can rent a trailer and tow with your own SUV. We’ve ordered the list starting with the best overall options in terms of vehicle availability, towing equipment available for rent, etc.

1. U-Haul

  • Type of vehicles that can tow: Eight-foot pickup trucks; 10′, 15′, 17′, 20′, 24′, and 26′ moving trucks[1]
  • Types of trailers you can rent: U-Haul offers a wide variety of trailers, although availability varies by location. Options include several sizes of cargo (closed-top) trailers and utility (open-top) trailers. It also rents tow dollies, car carriers, and motorcycle trailers. You can attach these items to your car, SUV, truck, or other vehicle.[2]
  • Restrictions: None specified
  • Provides receiver hitch? Yes[3]
  • Allows one-way rentals? Yes[1]
  • Unlimited mileage? No (as previously reported)
  • Book online

See our related article to find out about U-Haul’s price matching policy.

2. Penske Truck Rental

  • Type of vehicles that can tow: 16′, 22′, and 26′ moving trucks[4]
  • Types of trailers you can rent: Car carrier, tow dolly[5]
  • Restrictions: Car carriers and tow dollies must be rented with a Penske truck reservation and cannot be rented separately. You cannot tow your own trailer.[5]
  • Provides receiver hitch? Yes[6]
  • Allows one-way rentals? Yes[7]
  • Unlimited mileage? Yes[7]
  • Book online

3. Budget Truck Rental

  • Type of vehicles that can tow: 16′ and 26′ moving trucks[8]
  • Types of trailers you can rent: Car carrier, tow dolly[9]
  • Restrictions: Car carriers and tow dollies must be rented with a Budget Truck reservation and cannot be rented separately.[10]
  • Provides receiver hitch? Yes[10]
  • Allows one-way rentals? Yes[11]
  • Unlimited mileage? Varies by rental; you will find out whether your rental will include unlimited miles during the booking process.[10]
  • Book online

4. Enterprise Truck Rental

  • Type of vehicles that can tow: 3/4 and one-ton pickup trucks[12]
  • Types of trailers you can rent: None[13]
  • Restrictions: You must provide your own towing equipment.[13]
  • Provides receiver hitch? No; you must provide all your own towing equipment.[13]
  • Allows one-way rentals? Yes[14]
  • Unlimited mileage? Yes[15]
  • Book online

5. Hertz

  • Type of vehicles that can tow: Varies
  • Types of trailers you can rent: None
  • Restrictions: Only available with certain vehicles; the vehicle must have a towbar, and you must have prior permission from Hertz. The weight and dimensions of the item cannot exceed the vehicle’s capacity.[16]
  • Provides receiver hitch? No
  • Allows one-way rentals? Yes[17]
  • Unlimited mileage? Yes[18]
  • Book online

Our related article has information about whether or not you can get a student discount at Enterprise.

Car Rental Companies That Don’t Allow Towing

In the course of our research, we found that the following major car rental companies do not allow towing of any kind. They do not rent vehicles that have a bumper/receiver hitch. If you use a vehicle like an SUV or truck from one of these companies to tow something, you could be charged for damages. Fines vary based on the extent of the damage to the vehicle. Keep in mind that towing with a vehicle from these companies will void any insurance coverage you have — both through your own insurer or any coverage purchased through the rental company.

  • Alamo
  • Avis
  • Budget Rent A Car
  • Dollar Rent A Car
  • Enterprise┬áRent-A-Car
  • Fox Rent A Car
  • National Car Rental
  • Payless Car Rental
  • Rent-A-Wreck
  • Silvercar
  • Sixt Rent a Car
  • Thrifty Car Rental
  • Turo
  • U-Save Car & Truck Rental

Note that you also cannot use hourly car-sharing companies like Zipcar for towing.

If you also need a tow dolly, see our article that lists the companies that rent tow dollies. If you are planning to tow bikes, consider using a bike rack — our related articles lists the car rental companies that offer bike racks.

  1. https://www.uhaul.com/Truck-Rentals/[][]
  2. https://www.uhaul.com/Trailers/[]
  3. https://www.uhaul.com/Trailer-Hitches/[]
  4. https://www.pensketruckrental.com/moving-trucks/[]
  5. https://www.pensketruckrental.com/supplies-and-services/towing-equipment/[][]
  6. https://www.pensketruckrental.com/renting-from-penske/faq/[]
  7. https://www.pensketruckrental.com/discounts/unlimited-miles/[][]
  8. https://www.budgettruck.com/moving-trucks-accessories[]
  9. https://www.budgettruck.com/moving-trucks-accessories/tow[]
  10. https://www.budgettruck.com/faq[][][]
  11. https://www.budgettruck.com/resources/one-way-truck-rental[]
  12. https://www.enterprisetrucks.com/truckrental/en_US/towing.html[]
  13. https://www.enterprisetrucks.com/truckrental/en_US/promotions/promo_towing.html?cm_mmc=EnterpriseWebsite-_-help.support-_-towingfaq-_-en_US[][][]
  14. https://www.enterprise.com/en/car-rental/one-way.html[]
  15. https://www.enterprise.com/en/help/faqs/unlimited-mileage.html[]
  16. https://www.hertz.com/rentacar/reservation/reviewmodifycancel/templates/rentalTerms.jsp?KEYWORD=RESTRICTIONS&EOAG=SYD[]
  17. https://www.hertz.com/rentacar/productservice/index.jsp?targetPage=One_Way_Rental.jsp[]
  18. Hertz customer service (800) 654-4173[]