Need Rental to Move Older Parent

cargo

#1

What vehicle can I rent to move my 90 yr old mother from Memphis to Chicago - 2 days of 6 hour sessions. We’ll need cargo space and a front seat that reclines. But also, I hope to find a vehicle that doesn’t require her to make a big step up to get in. Any suggestions?


#2

Pick her up and put her in. What’s the problem?


#3

Regular minivans have low floor boards and slightly elevated seating making for excellent entry. They hold a lot but should be loaded strategically. Some can pull trailers for additional cargo, but FWD has it’s limits and must be respected when doing so. Honda/Toyota/Chrysler minivans would be my recommendations in that order if purchasing. Any would be fine for rental.
If you need a truck based van for heavier loads and towing, a portable step up will help or one with running board works very well. Our church has a truck based van with the boards and it works well for older passengers.


#4

How much cargo space? You can rent a panel van and use a folding step ladder, as dagosa mentioned. You might be able to rent a Dodge/ Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. They are absolutely immense, and should have captain’s chairs in front. Call U-Haul, Penske, Ryder, and other truck rental companies and explain the situation. In the end, it might be cheaper to ship her stuff and driver her in your car. You can rent a pod (storage container), fill it, and have it shipped to Chicago. Check prices and see if it makes sense.