March 11, 2019 at 10:38AM
Grip Trucks In Phoenix: How to Load One & What Equipment Typically Comes in Them
Looking for a Grip Truck? Are you working on your next film production and need access to more sophisticated film gear? You need Reelmen Rentals, a grip and electric rental company in Phoenix, Arizona. For the last 20+ years, we have been the premier provider of G&E film gear in Arizona.
Finding A Grip Truck Rental Company In Phoenix, AZ
Finding the right grip and electric company in a smaller market like Phoenix or Scottsdale can be a little harder than it initially appears. Several owner-operators in the area include our equipment on their website to make them look bigger than they really are. In many cases, their website is missing the inventory, often times with no backup. That’s scary!
When you select your grip and electric rental house, do not just consider the package of gear on the grip truck itself, but the service and support you will be provided. Here are several talking points when looking around town:
Does your grip truck vendor have backup trucks?
Does your grip truck vendor have a mechanic on staff?
Do they have Millions of dollars of inventory in their warehouse to support your job should something change?
Does your grip truck vendor have Full time employees that work at the shop, answer the phone, and are there to solve your problems?
How about a complete “one stop shop” offering, including camera, production supplies, G&E, and anything else you need for your next job?
So what kinds of tools can you expect to find on a grip truck? Here's a walk through of a basic three ton grip truck package that rents for a day at Phoenix's Reelmen Grip Truck and Video Equipment Rentals:
The Cost of Renting A Grip Truck
As you know, grip truck packages include a wide variety of gear… rags, stands, sandbags, etc. Truck packages are heavily discounted compared to renting everything a la carte. In addition, having standard packages on the truck means you are prepared for the unexpected on set. Given the grip truck rental packages are priced, you will almost always save money going with a grip truck rental assuming you pick the right size truck for the job.
Pricing and load lists for most grip truck rentals tends to be fairly standardized based on truck sizes. So the key is selecting the right truck for your particular job… whether it is a 1 ton grip truck package that is perfect for a talking head interview, or a 10-ton for that grip-heavy outdoor shoot.
The rental price includes all the gear on the truck, but typically does not include expendables such as tape, gel, and fuel. In addition, there may be a mileage charge with rentals that exceed 100 miles. (We charge $0.50 per mile)
Renting A Grip Truck For The First Time?
Grip and electric trucks come in a variety of sizes. The most common ones are the 1 ton, 3 ton, 5 ton and 10 ton trucks. As the tonnage gets bigger, the physical size of the truck and the size of the included grip package increase.
Reel Men Grip Trucks
With decades of experience, we’ve refined our truck packages to make them highly functional. With features like custom shelving, large cantilever lift gate big enough to hold carts and dollies, ample jockey boxes… our truck save you time on set. There are also a bunch of little touches that you may never notice are there, but are there when you need them. For example, all our lift gates have two sets of controls, so if one gets pinched in the gate, you are not dead in the water. We also include LED interior lighting to save batteries for loading up late at night… and integrated batteries chargers when you work the gate a little too hard without starting the truck. Sometimes, it’s those little touches that make the difference!
Your Choice of Grip Trucks:
Day Rate : $800.00 Mileage: $0.50/mile
Our 10-ton grip truck is the largest in our fleet, and the largest in Arizona. This truck features two of each frame size, a doorway dolly, 30 c stands, and tons of grip hardware. A CDL-level truck, it has the size and power to handle large loads of equipment (and even tow a generator) with ease.
Day Rate: $500.00 Mileage: $0.50/mile
The 5 ton is our bread-and-butter grip truck, with frame sizes up to 20×20, and ample room for your carts and gear. We also reconfigure these as 5ton electric trucks when you want a separate 5ton for grip and electric departments. An optional 5 ton lighting package is available that includes two 1.2K HMI pars, kinos, and a tungsten package.
Day Rate: $475.00 Mileage: $0.50/mile
Great for smaller productions that need mobility. Include frames up to 12×12, and an electric package with HMIs, Kinos, and a tungsten package. You get the benefit of a large lift gate, jockey boxes, and aisle space, making it a great all-in-one package. Beefy enough to tow a generator. Note that our 3 ton is stick shift!
Day Rate: $400.00 Mileage: $0.50/mile
Sometimes a big grip truck is overkill. When you need to pack a lot of gear in a small package, the 1ton is great. Perfect for interviews and smaller teams, the 1ton packs a grip package up to 8×8 frames, HMIs, Kinos, and a tungsten package in a van small enough to fit into a hotel parking garage! The HMIs and Kinos alone cost more than the entire package, making this grip truck rental an amazing deal!
Beyond the grip truck rental
Reel Men is a full service rental house. That means our job is to make sure your project is a success!
Need help to pick the right truck for your project? Just let us know the gear you need or the type of project you have, and we’d be happy to recommend the best (and least expensive way) to get what you need.
Need a driver for your truck, or even full crew? No problem.
Want your truck delivered to set? You bet.
No insurance? We have workarounds!
Give a call today and let us help you with your next grip truck rental!
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