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Moving with a full house? Embrace the challenge by making it enjoyable for everyone – especially if little ones and furry friends are involved.

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Penske Truck Rental has introduced its first-ever mobile app for consumer truck rental customers. It provides do-it-yourself movers with the ability to manage their move more efficiently and effectively.

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Many Americans will take advantage of the long Fourth of July weekend to move to their new homes. Penske Truck Rental offers these tips for a safe, happy and patriotic move.

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The busy summer moving season is an attractive time for thieves who prey on unsuspecting consumers.

When planning a move – across town or across the country, Penske's security experts encourage consumers to be selective when it comes to hiring a moving company and taking extra precautions when performing a do-it-yourself move.

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Summer. The infamous season to soak up the sun – but not too much sun.

If you're one of the thousands of new homeowners or renters braving the heat for a summer move, Penske offers these tips to keep you safe and cool.

Top Tips for Staying Cool

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend the following:

  • Drink plenty of fluids – even if you don't feel thirsty.
  • Schedule outdoor activities carefully.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing and sunscreen.
  • Pace yourself.
  • Take cool showers or baths to cool down.
  • Never leave children or pets unattended in vehicles.
  • Stay in an air-conditioned indoor location as much as you can.

Hydration is Key

Chuck Pagesy, Penske's director of safety, reiterates the importance of hydration.

"The most important thing to consider when moving in hot weather is to ensure you remain properly hydrated," said Pagesy. "You can never drink too much water in extreme heat."

According to the CDC, certain factors hinder the body's ability to stay cool:

  • High humidity – sweat doesn't evaporate as quickly when the humidity is high. This prevents your body from releasing heat as fast as it may need to.
  • Personal factors – Age, obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, mental illness, poor circulation, sunburn and prescription drug and alcohol use can impact whether an individual is able to effectively cool off.

Taking these factors into account, it is important to be aware of the telltale signs of heat-related illness. According to the CDC, these signs could indicate:

  • Heat exhaustion
  • Heat stroke
  • Heat cramps
  • Sunburn
  • Heat rash

Concerned about too much sun exposure? The CDC outlines what to look for and what to do if an individual is exhibiting symptoms of a heat-related illness.

It's not too late to plan your summer move. Penske Truck Rental offers free unlimited miles on all one-way truck rentals, discounts for AAA members, college students and members of the military as well as packing supplies and 24/7 roadside assistance. Are you ready to make a reservation? Visit the Penske Truck Rental website for more information.

By Nicole Forktus

Are you packing up and moving into a new space this summer?

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Memorial Day travel skyrocketed as nearly 43 million Americans journeyed to their destination in 2019. Nearing record-breaking numbers, the surge came to a halt in 2020 as COVID-19 swept through the nation.

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Regina the T-Rex – Reggie to her friends – was recently in need of transportation from her home at the TAG Art Company in Indiana to an event in Dublin, Ohio.

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Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Penske rents thousands of trucks to movers across North America. While some movers take the do-it-yourself approach, others hire professionals to deliver their belongings safely and securely to their new homes.

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Just in time for May and National Moving Month, Penske Truck Rental announces its latest list of Top Moving Destinations. Now in its eleventh year, the annual listing of U.S. cities seeing the most inbound one-way truck rentals looks different than years past.

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Advancements and updates in technology have added distractions to virtually every aspect of modern life, but they have become increasingly troublesome to drivers. And while 48 states have enacted texting bans to prevent dangerous and deadly consequences on the road, drivers continue to use their smartphones behind the wheel.

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The consumer truck rental fleet for Penske Truck Rental has been busier than usual heading into its traditional peak moving season, which normally runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. To provide the best possible rental moving experience, the company is refreshing its inventory by introducing thousands of new cargo vans, small box trucks (12-foot and 16-foot units) and large box trucks (22-foot and 26-foot models) and implementing them into markets across the United States.

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Penske Truck Rental is now an Affinity Program Provider for the American Trucking Associations (ATA). ATA member companies, which includes those enrolled in the ATA Moving & Storage Conference, now have access to discount fixed and mileage rates. Also, an additional 10% discount will apply on one-way truck rentals.

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Penske Truck Rental has selected Avaamo's voice-driven Intelligent Virtual Assistant (IVA) for its phone-based truck rental central reservations call center. The goal is to further enhance Penske's truck rental reservation process by phone and drive efficiencies in its call center operations.

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Snowflakes falling on trees often create picture-postcard winterscapes, but snow and ice-covered roadways can also make driving hazardous for Penske Truck Rental's do-it-yourself movers.

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Four Penske rental trucks armed with Santa's helpers visited military families across North Carolina today, bringing presents and a much-needed dose of Christmas cheer.

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With Tropical Storm Zeta expected to strengthen to a hurricane before striking the Gulf Coast, truck fleet operators are encouraged to take steps now to brace for the storm's impact.

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With plans for a dream wedding in Greece dashed by the coronavirus pandemic, Angelo Efstathopoulos wanted to make the day no less magical for his bride, Lucy.

The couple's childhood friendship blossomed into more on a do-it-yourself move in 2011 from New York to New Orleans, so Angelo thought it be would more than fitting to hold their wedding ceremony inside a white Penske rental truck.

With a friend serving as the officiant and Irvington Woods as the backdrop, the couple recently exchanged vows – and danced for the first time as man and wife – inside the Penske truck, which Angelo decorated himself for the occasion.

"You moved us to new adventures and brought us back together again," Angelo said of his Penske experience. "Now, you will always have a special place in our hearts."

couple married in front of penske truck rental

Lifechanging Road Trip

Angelo and Lucy met as teenagers in Astoria, New York, thanks to an introduction by mutual friends, and remained close through early adulthood.

When Lucy decided to relocate to New Orleans to attend school, she asked her friend Angelo to drive the 26-foot yellow Penske rental truck.

"I was reluctant at first and then finally agreed. It was one of those moments that would change the entire course of history," Angelo said. "Say yes, and embark on this exciting adventure, while also helping out a dear friend. 'No' was really not an option."

As is the case with many married couples, Lucy remembers the conversation a little differently. "He said he would do it for $30,000," Lucy said with a laugh. "I said, 'That was not happening. I need you to do it for free.'"

Angelo's experience in construction, particularly driving trucks, would come in handy along the journey as the pair encountered strong storms as they made their way to Louisiana.

"I distinctly remember we were driving through Mississippi. The winds were really high, and the rain was coming down. It was almost like a purple hue in the sky. There was a storm or a tornado coming up, but we kept on trucking through," Angelo said.

At the end of the three-day-trip, the friends discovered they had deeper feelings for one another. A few months later, Lucy decided to return to New York to be closer to Angelo.

"I kept visiting New York, and I just knew I had to move back, and so I asked him to come to New Orleans and drive another Penske truck back," Lucy said. So, once again, they hopped into a 26-foot Penske rental truck and made the trip back to New York.

Charting a Path to Matrimony

Over the next few years together, the pair discovered a shared love of travel. Their Instagram page, "The Adventures of Lu Lu and Lo Lo," is a visual snapshot of their life together. The page is filled with pictures from their travels across the U.S. as well as Greece, Hungary, Mexico and The Netherlands.

After planning most of the trips, Lucy mentioned to Angelo two years ago that he should plan their next trip. That simple request sparked an extraordinary idea.

The pair had discussed marriage off and on but had no real timetable for their engagement. Angelo decided it was time. And, like most romantics, he wanted to make the proposal memorable.

"The trick I had up my sleeve was that I planned a trip to Iceland for Lucy's birthday and we stayed in one of those bubbles out in the woods," Angelo said. "You go and visit three or four waterfalls and grab some lunch, and you end up at night time in that bubble. That was when I proposed to her."

Soon the couple began making wedding plans. They decided to exchange vows on Aug. 22 in Greece in Angelo's father's hometown. "We were always against the typical catering hall idea and wanted something much more personal," Angelo said.

The ceremony was to be in the same chapel where Angelo's parents exchanged vows. The celebration was set to move to a little restaurant owned by Angelo's grandfather, who passed away six years ago.

"Our plan was to go back there, revamp the restaurant – paint it, put in some nice landscaping and lights," Angelo said. "It is in an area that is on top of a mountain so you see the whole city and the lake."

When the coronavirus took hold, the couple's plan for a wedding in Greece fell through. Angelo knew he had to come up with another plan. "It seemed like we were all but deflated with not many options," Angelo said.

Thinking back over their life together, the Penske truck kept coming to mind for Angelo.

"We always used to joke about how 'us' it would be to drive off in a Penske truck on our wedding day," Angelo said. "Then, the idea hit me: Let's get married inside a Penske truck."

Penske Truck Wedding

Just as he had done with his proposal, Angelo kept the Penske truck wedding under wraps, allowing Lucy to think their dream of a fairly-tale wedding was forever lost.

While Lucy made preparations for what she thought would be a wedding via videoconferencing, Angelo had some work to do of his own. His first stop was to a Penske agent location to arrange the truck rental, right down to the color.

"At first, I requested a yellow truck, to match the color of our original truck. Then I switched it to white, all while getting these confused looks," Angelo said. "I had to explain the story to not come off as a little crazy."

penske truck set up for wedding

Once he had the truck, Angelo went to work decorating it. On the night before the wedding, Angelo and his best man drove the truck to Westchester, New York, where it remained until a few hours before the wedding.

The next day, Angelo began adding a few special touches to the truck, including attaching a "just married" banner and coffee cans, to the back. "The coffee is the New Orleans coffee we drink every morning," Angelo said, "It was the little personal things that gave charm to it."

Meanwhile, Lucy spent the morning getting ready, surrounded by her friends, still unaware of her groom's wedding plans for her. "She was expecting someone from the state would meet with us on video conference and marry us," Angelo said.

One of Angelo's friends arrived to take Lucy to the wedding location, which was about three minutes away. When she walked over to where Angelo's car was parked, she saw him standing near a Penske truck.

"I didn't understand anything that was happening, but I loved it," Lucy said. "I didn't see any of it coming, and I'm usually good at this. I didn't know anything until I saw the truck, and it was awesome."

wedding couple

After the happy couple exchanged vows, they danced inside the Penske truck as their wedding song "I've Got you Babe" by Sonny and Cher played in the background.

Although her family was unable to travel from her native Brazil, Lucy was still able to share her happy day with her mother and brother via video conferencing.

Looking back at the obstacles the coronavirus posed to their dream wedding, the couple believes they were destined to be married in a Penske truck.

"I think it was possibly more memorable than our Greece wedding to me," Lucy said. "All the personal touches made it seem like this was meant to be."

By Bernie Mixon