Take Your Car with You

When you rent a tow dolly or car carrier from us, you'll get your vehicle to your new destination safely. Just follow the instructions below.

  • Attach the towing device to your Penske rental truck before loading your vehicle.
  • Do not load possessions, people or pets in your towed vehicle.
  • Do not attempt to back up your rental truck with the towing device attached. Severe damage to your vehicle and the tow device could result. If backing up is necessary, remove your vehicle from the towing device, then unhook the towing device from the truck and move them separately.
  • Vehicles with a low front end or air dams may not have enough ground clearance to drive up the car carrier ramp or tow dolly platform.
  • Your vehicle must be centered with its front end facing forward on the towing device. Never back a vehicle onto a towing device.

Tow Dolly or Car Carrier?

Penske Truck Rental offers two devices for towing your vehicle, a tow dolly and a car carrier. Use the table below to select the right device based on your towed vehicle.

  Tow Dolly Car Carrier
Load capacity 4,300 lbs. 4,050 lbs.
Strap system 3-point tie-down 3-point tie-down
Ramp type attached ramps 84 in. with 13.75° angle

For towed vehicles with:

Front-wheel drive
Four-wheel drive
All-wheel drive
Maximum width of 74 in. 79 in.
Minimum width of 42 in. inside of tires 42 in. inside of tires
Maximum wheel base of 125 in. 125 in.

Tire diameter*:

22 – 27 in.
22 – 28 in.
* Calculate overall tire diameter

Simple Instructions for Moving Your Vehicle