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Old 04-26-2014, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Metro Detroit, Michigan
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I'm moving in about 1 1/2 weeks. I'm looking to do it in one shot. I drove almost everything I have from Michigan, but now I need to take it all back to Michigan in one shot. I don't have terribly much, except a large dresser, a large roll around toolbox, a large full stack amplifier, about 7 very expensive guitars, a file cabinet and a coffee table. I'm ditching my bed, along with many of my cloths. I'm sure I can find other stuff to part ways with as well.

Here's what I have to work with... A Buick that I can install a trailer hitch to. Heavy car and handles well. I was thinking about renting a mid sized Uhaul box trailer, but I'm not sure if they are ok to haul with a car. I know you can also attach your car to a Uhaul van with a car dolly, but I would prefer not to go down this route. The fees are too high, and the gas mileage is poor for long distance travel.

Anyways, any thoughts? I priced it out and renting a trailer would be the most affordable option, so that's what I'm hoping to do.
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Old 04-26-2014, 09:35 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte
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Why are you moving a coffee table and a filing cabinet but ditching the bed? You can pick up a used filing cabinet for $20. Same with coffee tables.

Get space bags and pack your clothes it them, vacuum them and you can pack a lot of clothes in a small space. Keep the bed. Harder to replace unless it has just flat had it.

Check the towing capacity of the car. A 6x8 UHaul trailer should handle what you will have.
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Old 04-27-2014, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Seattle, Washington
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I didn't bring anything with me that didnt fit in my car on my 3000 mile move from Savannah, GA because it wasn't cost effective.

The list of what I packed:

Clothes
32" TV
Laptop

Everything else from bed to furniture to fridge to washer/dryer was sold off and I purchased new stuff when I got established out here.

You have a much shorter trip so I'd either go with the small trailer or if it's stuff you can part with I'd really consider ditching it and buying new when you arrive. I had decided to upgrade my stuff so it was easy to get rid of it prior to my move. I went from a double bed and a dresser to a king size bedroom set once I got here... upgraded everything else too. Only thing I haven't done is replace the washer/dryer because my apt included a set.
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Old 04-27-2014, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Metro Detroit, Michigan
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I didn't bring anything with me that didnt fit in my car on my 3000 mile move from Savannah, GA because it wasn't cost effective.
You and I have somewhat similar jobs. You didn't bring any tools with you? I have a large roll around Kennedy, with the middle and top boxes included. The thing is jam packed with tools, about 10K worth. Obviously, I'm going to be bringing this along, so I will be renting the Uhaul anyways. I could throw some stuff away, but certainly not the guitars and full stack. So long as I have room, I plan to bring the dresser and tables.

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Why are you moving a coffee table and a filing cabinet but ditching the bed? You can pick up a used filing cabinet for $20. Same with coffee tables.

Get space bags and pack your clothes it them, vacuum them and you can pack a lot of clothes in a small space. Keep the bed. Harder to replace unless it has just flat had it.

Check the towing capacity of the car. A 6x8 UHaul trailer should handle what you will have.
The dressers will fit, but I don't think the bed will. So, I'm leaving the bed. Aside from that, my bed is nothing more than a high end futon. It's probably time to upgrade. I have many cloths that can be donated. Shouldn't take up too much space.
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Old 04-28-2014, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Seattle, Washington
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My toolbox fit on the floorboard... LOL

I have tools but not nearly what you have... No need for it at present.

Sounds like you've got it all planned... Good luck with the move.
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Old 04-28-2014, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Airports all over the world
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When pricing your various options did you include the cost of installing a hitch (can be upwards of $300)? Also you need to come up with a reasonable estimate of how much the trailer will weigh once loaded and see if it is under what your car is rated for.
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