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No, I'm not going anywhere but someone is coming here from two-thirds of the way across the country.

Has to move several largish pieces of furniture and a lot of books, so flying it is out.

Anyone had any experiences or recommendations to make as to how to proceed? Keeping the cost down is key. I did do a search, but only found international moves.
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A buddy just moved Boston to Tampa last week. I will extract details and get back to you.
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A buddy just moved Boston to Tampa last week. I will extract details and get back to you.
Thank you, that would be very kind.
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6 months ago, my son drove a U Haul from NYC to Minneapolis. They can either rent a truck (expensive) or a cargo trailer (significantly less expensive) and hitch it to their car.

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.... Has to move several largish pieces of furniture and a lot of books, so flying it is out.

Anyone had any experiences or recommendations to make as to how to proceed? Keeping the cost down is key. ......
"Flying it out" appears inconsistent with "keeping the cost down is key".

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6 months ago, my son drove a U Haul from NYC to Minneapolis. They can either rent a truck (expensive) or a cargo trailer (significantly less expensive) and hitch it to their car. ....
On the three occasions I have rented a truck, I always found Penske to be much cheaper. Of the Penske trucks I see on the road, they generally appear to be in much better shape than UHaul trucks.

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"Flying it out" appears inconsistent with "keeping the cost down is key".
More wine, Vicar?
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On the three occasions I have rented a truck, I always found Penske to be much cheaper. Of the Penske trucks I see on the road, they generally appear to be in much better shape than UHaul trucks.
I agree. Penske seems to keep their trucks in better condition.
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I agree. Penske seems to keep their trucks in better condition.
Me too .The corporate movers I dealt with last year turned up in a Penske Truck.
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"Flying it out" appears inconsistent with "keeping the cost down is key".


On the three occasions I have rented a truck, I always found Penske to be much cheaper. Of the Penske trucks I see on the road, they generally appear to be in much better shape than UHaul trucks.
Not "flying it out" - "flying it is out". If you read all the words it makes a lot more sense.

Truck rental appears to add up a bit, but I suppose it's less than a mover doing it.
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Not "flying it out" - "flying it is out". If you read all the words it makes a lot more sense. .....
Oooops. It's late.
..... Truck rental appears to add up a bit, but I suppose it's less than a mover doing it.
Anything where you rent the labour as well as the truck is going to inevitably cost more, and the renter would effectively have to fund the return leg empty after delivery.

That said I hear their are a few "freight exchanges" where you can solicit bids for shipping items from freight specialists, and you might get lucky with someone looking to travel that route, more or less, and otherwise empty. It was the basis for the TV show "Freight Wars", but is a real activity. I have no idea how easy or successful you might be in trying that approach.

There's a bunch of possible links on this web page. Many are UK, European and international, but there are US (only) ones dotted down the list of freight exchanges.

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Not "flying it out" - "flying it is out". If you read all the words it makes a lot more sense.

Truck rental appears to add up a bit, but I suppose it's less than a mover doing it.
I used a local budget mover to move 15 miles and was quoted $125 per hour. I gave away most of my furniture, packed everything myself and put the boxes in the garage, and the only thing left in the house was a bed, couch and two chairs, a bookcase, a dinning room table and chairs, and a flat screen TV and stand. I also had about 40 pictures that I didn't box that was in the garage. I figured that it shouldn't take more than about an hour to load the truck and another two hours to bring it into my condo. Immediately they went into the house and started wrapping all the furniture including the mattress and box spring. I tried to stop them and told them to just put the furniture in the truck and if it can get scratched, throw a blanket over it but they refused. Four hours later, they finally got the furniture wrapped and into the truck and then started boxing every single picture and then I grabbed the pictures and put them in the trunk of my car. Eight hours later after they unloaded, I saw one thing that was totally wrapped that I couldn't figure out what it was and after unwrapping, it was my golf clubs. I then spent the rest of the night unwrapping all their packing and hauling the packing material to the recycling bin. They sure made my life miserable for such a short move. They also charged me extra since the bed was upstairs and they had to use an elevator in the condo complex even though I was paying for their time in the elevator. I was also charged extra for all the packing material they used. I suspect that they had to figure out a way to get an 8 hour shift in so they did everything possible to make sure it took 8 hours. After a $600 job turned into a $1,200 job because they wouldn't do what I asked them to do, they then had the nerve to ask me to fill out a form about their service.

If they go with a budget mover, the final bill will likely be significantly more than the estimate and movers won't release the furniture until they are paid and then storage costs will mount. If you go with a major mover, they are likely more reputable but their quoted prices are likely higher.

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We rented a Uhaul with a car trailer, to move from Seattle to Louisville, KY last summer. We packed everything, and paid a couple of guys to load the truck for us. I think it was a 14ft truck IIRC, which was big enough for our 1bd plus den apartment. The truck & car trailer cost (including insurance) I think around the $1700 mark. This was for unlimited mileage and a 7day rental. There was no reduction in price if we returned it early either.

If there had been a Penske near us in Seattle, that's who we would have gone with. I've heard nothing but good things about them. Saying that, the Uhaul got the job done!
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We rented a Uhaul with a car trailer, to move from Seattle to Louisville, KY last summer. We packed everything, and paid a couple of guys to load the truck for us. I think it was a 14ft truck IIRC, which was big enough for our 1bd plus den apartment. The truck & car trailer cost (including insurance) I think around the $1700 mark. This was for unlimited mileage and a 7day rental. There was no reduction in price if we returned it early either.

If there had been a Penske near us in Seattle, that's who we would have gone with. I've heard nothing but good things about them. Saying that, the Uhaul got the job done!
That isn't bad. Fuel money on top of that I suppose. Wouldn't need the car trailer but would probably need a slightly larger truck, say an 18ft box - I may have to fly out and drive it, and relive my old trucking days I used to drive one of those things to and all over Mexico and back.
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Oooops. It's late.

Anything where you rent the labour as well as the truck is going to inevitably cost more, and the renter would effectively have to fund the return leg empty after delivery.

That said I hear their are a few "freight exchanges" where you can solicit bids for shipping items from freight specialists, and you might get lucky with someone looking to travel that route, more or less, and otherwise empty. It was the basis for the TV show "Freight Wars", but is a real activity. I have no idea how easy or successful you might be in trying that approach.

There's a bunch of possible links on this web page. Many are UK, European and international, but there are US (only) ones dotted down the list of freight exchanges.
Now that you mention it, I remember something about sharing truck space.
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That isn't bad. Fuel money on top of that I suppose. Wouldn't need the car trailer but would probably need a slightly larger truck, say an 18ft box - I may have to fly out and drive it, and relive my old trucking days I used to drive one of those things to and all over Mexico and back.
Yep, fuel was extra. Think it was around $500ish.
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