Over the last weekend I rented a van at Toyota Rentacar. I had to move chairs, tables, a desk, and various things. The crew was two ex high school principals, two retired company presidents, and a loose nut behind a wheel. The loose nut was tall and had round eyes. I forgot to mention “my boss”.
It took me time to figure out which vehicle to rent. I needed one that had a cargo bay that was about 7 feet long. I could have gone for a two ton open truck but decided a long van would be safer. I wouldn’t have to worry about rain or things falling out. This is the type I got.
Since I was the driver I was a little worried because Japan has narrow streets and I have been driving a sedan for years. Lucky for me the van came equipped with a GPS unit, a back up camera sensor unit, and a lane keeping system. The last was two angled lines on either side of the odometer. If I started floating toward the left the left line would blink and a chime would sound. (The same if floating to the right.) I spent half my rental thinking, “What’s that sound?”
As for the price of the rental I paid $100 without gas for 6 hours. That comes out to be about $16 an hour. In Japan most people hire moving companies which I am sure would have charged many times the price. I have never seen a U-Haul or Ryder Truck here. I think what I did was not the norm.
When was your last experience moving? Did you hire professionals or do it yourself? If you rented a vehicle which kind?
On a final note I was impressed with the newer features in the van. It would be nice to have a good back up camera system for my sedan.