When your business requires moving large quantities of big equipment, logistics can be difficult. You have to decide which vehicle is large enough to safely transport everything, who will be able to drive it, and whether to purchase or to rent a large vehicle.
Fluid Truck’s philosophy is that most businesses should be able to rent a box truck for a flexible amount of time, rather than spending an inordinate amount of money on a vehicle. That’s why we are changing the way businesses use vehicles as assets with our sharing model. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to acquire use of a box truck straight from your mobile phone?
Fluid Truck equips businesses to do just that. We built the future we want to see with our app-based truck rental experience, equipped for 24/7 on-demand box truck rentals without the rental counter, paperwork, exorbitant fees, or the need to purchase your own vehicle.
Skeptical? We don’t blame you. Technology has changed the game a lot in recent years, and the idea of picking up a large vehicle with just your mobile phone can feel a bit daunting. We’re here to alleviate the uncertainty that might be holding you back. This article contains everything you need to know before you drive off in your first Fluid Truck rental.
Fluid Truck offers a wide variety of spacious, new, and reliable commercial vehicles to help you haul everything from a pallet of 2x4s to an entire house full of furniture. Here’s a breakdown of each vehicle type we offer and what kind of project they’re suited for:
Box Truck Rental
Fluid Truck Box Trucks are between 400–1600 cubic feet in size.
Box trucks come in various sizes, making them a versatile choice capable of moving small to large loads.
- Quickly move your office across town in one trip.
- Transport the belongings in your house to a new home across town.
- Deliver flowers and event equipment to a large wedding reception.
Cargo Van Rental
Fluid Truck Cargo Vans are between 300–500 cubic feet in size.
You can use a cargo van rental for small deliveries and jobs around town.
- Transport a new bed or washer/dryer combo to your home.
- Move your studio apartment with ease.
- Bring up to five or so pieces of furniture you score at a garage sale.
- Deliver a last-minute catering order without the hassle.
Cargo vans are perfect for personal needs, like moving homes or transporting large purchases from store to home, or professional needs, like booking an extra vehicle to deliver flowers on Valentine’s day.
Pickup Truck Rental
Fluid Truck Pickup Trucks are between 30–70 cubic feet in size.
Renting a pickup truck allows you to transport a variety of things for small deliveries and jobs.
- Easily transport your business’ products to local stores and markets.
- Deliver a custom prototype your company designed for a customer.
- Pick up your latest furniture finds for a DIY home restoration project.
Spotlight: Special Box Truck Features
Box trucks are only available in select Fluid Truck markets, so make sure to check for vehicles around you. Fluid Truck box trucks are adaptable to a wide range of needs and come with multiple unique features.
Most vehicles listed on our app have backup cameras for fool-proof maneuvering, and all of our vehicles have keyless entry for convenient opening when your hands are full. Plus, you never need to worry about locking keys in your vehicle when you can simply unlock the vehicle from your phone. Ample storage space, A/C, and a ramp for your convenience is usually included.
Box trucks are also regularly maintained and inspected for safety so you can rest easy knowing that your ride will get you where you’re going safely.
Can you tow a car with a box truck?
It depends. Some box trucks have a towing capacity of up to 20,000 lbs and can be used to tow a car. You’ll want to check towing capacity with your lender before making a reservation, and confirm the vehicle comes equipped with a tow hitch.
What does it feel like to drive a box truck?
It can be intimidating to drive a large vehicle like a box truck if you’ve never driven one before. However, driving a box truck is like driving a regular vehicle, with some added precautions. You have to account for its larger size, specifically the roof. Fluid Truck box trucks come with specifications for the roof height so you don’t need to worry about hitting anything. You need to ensure you have clearance for your vehicle under bridges and other overhanging obstacles. The width can also be a challenge. The bigger the truck, the more space you need to leave as you enter a corner or make a turn around an obstacle.
Fortunately, box trucks are equipped with extra wide side-view mirrors and a backup camera so you will be totally aware of your surroundings. Ultimately, be aware of blind spots and start out driving slower than you’re used to. CDL licenses are not required to operate Fluid Truck box trucks.
How does a box truck compare to a cargo van or pickup truck?
Wondering what type of vehicle you need to complete your job? To help clear the fog, here are some pros and cons of each vehicle type:
- Box trucks are obviously more spacious than pickup trucks or cargo vans, and are a better choice for hauling items during inclement weather.
- Box trucks can have significant hauling power and can carry much larger of a load than cargo vans
- At times, loading and unloading can be cumbersome since the storage compartment, or box, is relatively high up above the ground.
- Conversely, pickup trucks reign supreme for off-road terrains or hauling heavier items. However, they don’t offer protection from bad weather and have limited space.
How To Rent
Renting a vehicle is as easy as 1, 2, 3 with the Fluid Truck App:
- Sign in to the mobile application and search for vehicles by location or vehicle type.
Using the home screen map, zoom in on a specific location. To see more details about a vehicle, simply tap on the vehicle pin on the map. If you would like to view a list of vehicles instead, click on the list icon in the bottom right-hand corner.
- Narrow your search results by clicking the filter icon in the upper right corner of the screen. Search by vehicle type, availability, date and time, and location to help narrow your results.
- Once you find a vehicle you’d like to reserve, click on it to review the rates. To check availability, click “Check Availability” to see when the vehicle is available to rent.
Need more help? Visit the knowledge center for step-by-step videos on everything Fluid Truck.
Gas Mileage + Fluid Truck’s Gas Policy
We pride ourselves on price transparency. There are a few fees to be mindful of when renting a Fluid Truck vehicle. Mileage fees are subject to the lender’s discretion. Lenders will state if a vehicle comes with unlimited mileage or a set number of miles per day. All mileage fees will be clearly listed on the reservation page. For example, a box truck rental may be listed at 100 miles per day included ($0.39 per mile after).
Secondly, all vehicles must be returned with the same fuel level at pick-up to avoid incurring a fuel fee. Fuel charges may fluctuate over time.
Where Are Vehicles Near Me?
Fluid Truck is headquartered in Denver, Colorado, but we offer vehicles across every major city in the United States. For an up-to-date look at the cities we serve, visit our locations page.
Once you select a location pin, you can click on the city you would like to rent in. From there, you can browse the vehicle types available in your area. Interested in using Fluid Truck for business? Click here to learn more.