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Old 04-18-2010, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Georgia
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Our next big move will be from Georgia to Minnesota. Do you think I should take a U-haul on the move or hire a moving company? Thanks for your opinions.
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Old 04-18-2010, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Arizona Desert
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Considering how many broken down UHauls I've seen on the side of the highway, I'd definitely hire a reputable moving company!
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Old 04-19-2010, 11:45 AM
 
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It depends on your budget, your ability to pack and move yourself, how comfortable you are with dealing with moving companies or dealing with handling everything on your own.

The alternative is to use those mini container companies like United, packRat etc,. They basically give you the back of a rental truck but with no truck attached. So you get a container on the ground, you load and lock, they come and move it to your new location where you unload it. This is handy if you want to load eveything yourself at your pace, but don't want to hassle with the actual dring to the new loaction. It also helps when you have a delay in getting your new place.

(FYI, the reason you see so many UHaul broken down is they rent so many compared to their next closest competitor. Because of that, the same percentage of broken down trucks would be different if one company rents 500 a month and the other rents 50,000. Its not rocket science!)
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Old 04-19-2010, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Our next big move will be from Georgia to Minnesota. Do you think I should take a U-haul on the move or hire a moving company? Thanks for your opinions.
How much "stuff" do you have?
How long would it take you to load the U-Haul?
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Old 04-19-2010, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Georgia
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We live in a single wide trailer,We don't have all that much stuff(Furniture,Clothes,belongings).
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Old 04-19-2010, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Sun City Center, FL
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Penske is alternative to Uhaul --- my oldest son used Uhaul for a move (SC to MA) two years ago and then used Penske for a move (MA to IL) two years later.

Also Movex.com (we used them 8 years ago) and ABF.com will both provide moving vans. You pack and load the moving van and they drive it to your new location where you unload and unpack.
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Old 04-20-2010, 12:09 AM
 
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Well, considering that you don't have much, hiring a moving company may be too expensive. I suggest you try to research more regarding reputable Uhaul. I'm sure there are many out there.
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Old 04-22-2010, 08:56 PM
 
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Budget or Penske is the way to go. You'll get a coupon for like 10% off when you do your change-of-address.

I really liked the Penske trucks best!
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Old 04-27-2010, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I have used both Penske and U Haul for long distance moves. U Haul was a few dollars cheaper but Penske has the best equipment. Do some price comparisons. If you are moving into an area where there isn't a strong demand for rental trucks they may try to charge you a relocation fee to recover some of the costs of moving the truck to a different area after you turn it in. If you are going to an area where there is a shortage of trucks you might get a deal.
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Old 04-27-2010, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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Budget or Penske is the way to go. You'll get a coupon for like 10% off when you do your change-of-address.

I really liked the Penske trucks best!
We are finding that Penske uses diesel fuel so the trucks get better mileage, but they plate their trucks at a lower weight, so that could mean trouble at the weight scales.
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