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Old 05-17-2016, 09:30 PM
 
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I am looking for someone to drive a vehicle to ship the following stuffs over 200 miles:

- three pieces of checkin luggage;
- seven small and medium sized cardboard boxes (two 10x10x10", two 15x12x11", one 15x14x14", and two 19x13x15");
- one laundry basket (19x19x14").

What kinds of vehicles will my stuffs fit? for example, SUV, van, pickup truck (open back)?

How do you make similar estimation in general?

Thanks.


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Old 05-17-2016, 10:23 PM
 
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Pretty much anything with flexible cargo design (fold down/pass through seats) will hold it so long as there are no passengers taking up seat space.
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Old 05-18-2016, 08:08 AM
 
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Pretty much anything with flexible cargo design (fold down/pass through seats) will hold it so long as there are no passengers taking up seat space.
Thanks.

I saw several options on priceline.com:

  • car: economy, compact, mid-size, standard, full-size
  • SUV: mid-size, standard
  • van: minivan
  • trucks: pickup trucks
Which are those you mentioned?
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Old 05-18-2016, 08:31 AM
 
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Even a Mini Cooper would handle that with the rear seats down
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Old 05-18-2016, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Finally escaped The People's Republic of California
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Put the stuff in the laundry basket in a box and ship it UPS
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Old 05-18-2016, 10:15 AM
 
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an SUV with fold down seats should suffice

and pack away that laundry
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Old 05-18-2016, 01:13 PM
 
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Thanks.

I saw several options on priceline.com:

  • car: economy, compact, mid-size, standard, full-size
  • SUV: mid-size, standard
  • van: minivan
  • trucks: pickup trucks
Which are those you mentioned?
Any of them will work based on the photo. You don't have that much stuff and nothing is so large it can't be fitted into normal vehicles.

The reason many people have to get a bigger vehicle above what is needed is because the containers won't fit in the empty space available. Take a compact sedan. If the rear seat won't fold down, any unused space in the truck is wasted because you have nothing to fit that exact available space. But, if the seats fold down or have a pass through, you can use that available trunk space along with some space from the rear seat to fit the container.

Unless you are going to be staying overnight and need to worry about the security of your items while parked overnight, for a day drive, anything you listed will do. Now, you may also want to consider the comfort of the ride. If everything fits into some compact vehicle but it's a bit tight, maybe a slightly bigger vehicle will do better.

Start with the lowest cost vehicle and work your way up until you find what you need in space and comfort. To make life easier, you may want to confine the bulk of the goods to the truck, rear seat (below eye level) and the floor of the front seat. This leaves you visibility while driving as well as the front seat to keep all your snacks and do-dads for the trip. (if you are renting, don;t forget to factor fuel cost as well as any drop off fee if returning to another location)
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