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Old 09-18-2014, 07:27 AM
 
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Thanks everyone for the help... with what everyone is saying...I just might drive the truck myself... it doesn't sound as bad as I thought! I would still hire someone to load and unload for me... it's me and my 2 kids... so it's easier to hire someone to do it for us.. @younglisa7 don't alot of people say to stay away from Uhaul... just looking at stuff online...it seems like you can get stuck with a truck no one should be driving lol
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Old 09-18-2014, 11:02 AM
 
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Gotcha...thanks...I always look out for motorcycles...even when I drive a car...because I ride.... Do y'all know how much gas it would probably cost driving a truck like that? Am I better off just hiring movers or getting one of those container things if I have to hire someone to load and unload the truck anyway?
If you figure an average of 11 MPG and the cost per gallon of gas at say $3.40 then it would cost around $255 for gas...

Add that to the $880 (does this include the cost per mile).. and that is $1135... NOT including the insurance...... What does a moving company charge???
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Old 09-18-2014, 11:58 AM
 
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Check the cost of P.O.D.S and similar companies.
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Old 09-18-2014, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Sango, TN
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If you figure an average of 11 MPG and the cost per gallon of gas at say $3.40 then it would cost around $255 for gas...

Add that to the $880 (does this include the cost per mile).. and that is $1135... NOT including the insurance...... What does a moving company charge???
When I moved from Michigan, it ran over 3,000 dollars for the move, and I didn't get all of my stuff delivered in one piece, or at all.

Buyer beware.
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Old 09-18-2014, 12:37 PM
 
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Yah that's the scary thing about getting movers....moving just sucks period lol Packrat quoted me $2200(uh that's more expensive than I thought)...10 business days delivery... PODS was $1880...something like that...6 days delivery... I'm gonna call a few movers just to compare...
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Old 09-18-2014, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Where the sun likes to shine!!
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Thanks everyone for the help... with what everyone is saying...I just might drive the truck myself... it doesn't sound as bad as I thought! I would still hire someone to load and unload for me... it's me and my 2 kids... so it's easier to hire someone to do it for us.. @younglisa7 don't alot of people say to stay away from Uhaul... just looking at stuff online...it seems like you can get stuck with a truck no one should be driving lol
I don't know about others but I have used U-haul over the years with no problems.
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Old 09-18-2014, 12:40 PM
 
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Drive slow until you get the feel of it. Do not assume everything is ok just because you can't see everyone.
Try not to pass unless you have to. You will get there nearly just as fast as everyone else. Keep mostly in the right lane. As another poster said. Make sure you don't have to back up. Keep watching your mirrors and make sure you don't cut too close on a turn. Make sure you don't run past any state hwy scales. Make sure in your mind that you are going to drive this truck safely. You will do just fine.
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Old 09-18-2014, 12:48 PM
 
Location: WI
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I don't know about others but I have used U-haul over the years with no problems.
Same here. We used one of their 26' trucks on a one way move WI to SC a few years back, and we just got done making 2 trips back to WI using their 20' trucks (and an auto transport) and everything ran fine and that was including thru the TN/NC mountain portion, etc.


OP if you do make the drive, best to watch for truckstops (Loves, Pilot, etc) for fuel (especially if you need diesel) and for some quick food on the way. Much easier to fill up or park in one of those then some standard restaurant parking lot with a bigger truck.
Same goes for a hotel, find those that advertise parking for trucks and buses, again saves parking headaches.
Drive with caution, swing wider on turns, and even though rental companies tend to say its not needed, if the sign for a weigh station says "all trucks must stop", best to drive thru it rather then take a chance skipping by.
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Old 09-18-2014, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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A good driver can do it, but everything is harder and takes longer. The more you can avoid big cities and steep inclines, either up or down, the better.

Have a good lock for the tailgate.
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Old 09-18-2014, 02:07 PM
 
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I drove one from Cheyenne Wyoming to somewhere in Missouri. I was helping a friend move. It's an automatic and isn't much different from a p/u except of course, the size. That's only a problem when you pull in somewhere. You have to be aware of how you're going to get out once you pull in. Really, stopping at larger gas stations is all it takes. It's not really a big deal.
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