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Unread 04-07-2009, 01:31 PM
 
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Lightbulb Cheapest way to move from coast to coast

(I'm positive I saw a similar thread somewhere else in this forum but I'm having trouble finding it now. I tried the "search" function and everything.)

My boyfriend and I are planning to move CA soon.
A lot of you have already been really helpful with helping me find a nice city/area to live in.
(thanks guys )

What is the cheapest way to move from VA to CA?

He currently lives in a studio apartment so he doesn't have a lot of stuff.
The biggest stuff he has is a couple of cabinets/speakers, small bed, big tv, and a regular sized couch (fits about 3 people comfortably). He may or may not bring the couch.

I currently live with my parents so I don't have a lot stuff either.
Just my full sized bed, small desk, and a dresser (which I may or may not take). Those are my biggest items.

He's going to moving out there before me.
Way before me.
In June.

And I will be moving...realistically...probably in October.

We each have a small car and we each have a cat.

We also have fish - I have no idea how that is gonna work. May have to leave them behind

I've looked up rates on the Uhaul website.
Renting a truck alone is $1467.
(**edit** Budget rate: $1130).

I figured we could probably split it which would be fine.

In June, he'll drive the truck, I'll drive his car and then I'll get a one-way ticket home (after visiting most of the cities you guys have mentioned to me).

And I figured he could take my big items on the truck going in June.
I can live without them for a while.

So all I'd have to do is drive myself in my car when it's my turn in Oct.

Man I'm pretty sure I could have written this in a less complicated way

Is this the cheapest way to do this? Any other creative ideas? Stories?

Any input would be greatly appreciated

Oh and we'll be staying in San Francisco at his brothers house until we get our feet on the ground. Not sure if you needed that info

Thanks!
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Unread 04-07-2009, 02:37 PM
 
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I UPSed or Fedexed my stuff across the country. It sounds silly, but it was definitely the cheaper option for me. I had 10 pretty large boxes of stuff, and no car. But, it'll depend on how much stuff you think you'll have. Go to their websites and check out the prices.
There are also truck services where you essentially rent a space on a big truck that's bringing lots of other stuff. Lots of college kids seem to do that. I can't remember the companies' names.
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Unread 04-07-2009, 02:42 PM
 
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Sell everything that doesn't fit in your cars.
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Unread 04-07-2009, 02:51 PM
 
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Sell everything that doesn't fit in your cars.
That actually may be a point. I didn't notice that you were planning on bringing furniture across country. Renting a truck might be the only way. But it might be the same to sell your stuff, then redo your life over in Cali. Suppose it depends on how fancy you expect your stuff to be. Mine is mostly friend donations/craigslist, so I would never bring my furniture anywhere.
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Unread 04-07-2009, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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I found the cheapest was to buy a trailer, sell it when I was done.
I rented a few trucks and found Ryder the most reasonable.
In some areas trailers can easily double or more in value. My dads neighbor drives down here in LA, buys 5 or 6 new trailers / stacks them up to tow. He sells them all over the weekend.
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Unread 04-07-2009, 05:51 PM
 
Location: Hawaii-Puna District
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Think of the fuel cost at probably 8mpg for the distance. Then, sell all the big stuff, ditch the truck option and send via UPS or USPS flat-rate boxes. You will save a bundle.
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Unread 04-07-2009, 05:58 PM
 
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I found the cheapest was to buy a trailer, sell it when I was done.
I rented a few trucks and found Ryder the most reasonable.
In some areas trailers can easily double or more in value. My dads neighbor drives down here in LA, buys 5 or 6 new trailers / stacks them up to tow. He sells them all over the weekend.
Don't trailers have to be registered like a car? Is it legal to buy it, pull it out of state, and sell it in the new state with out of state plates? Renting or buying a trailer is something I might look into but it seems the only company I can find that does one way trailer rentals is Uhaul and I hear so many bad things about them. I don't need one of their crappy tires exploding in the middle of the desert.
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Unread 04-07-2009, 06:18 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Nevermind my last post, I just read you are arriving separately.

1) Sell everything you can
2) Leave the fish
3) Avoid driving a big slow truck across country

Last edited by Mach50; 04-07-2009 at 06:29 PM..
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Unread 04-07-2009, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Get a job which offers a relocation package.
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Unread 04-07-2009, 08:06 PM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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Trailers register for two years at time in most states, legal to trade or sell with out of state plates.
For coast to coast the rent is equal to the cost of buying.
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