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Old 07-17-2012, 03:17 PM
 
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Hi there,

I'm a former Teacher and now that my assignment is over I'm heading back home with all my stuff in a 10' or 16' Budget truck.

I'm currently planning a 3 day trip (10 hour driving days) back to NYC. It's not a road trip and I would like to get home as quickly and as safely as possible.

I'm currently considering the I-59 to I-81 (thanks for the info Kyle19125) or the I-40 to I-81 (may have to stop in Dallas).

Is there any other information that I give that would be useful in helping me out? I joined this forum because I saw someone else ask for help and the insights given were wonderful.

ds

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Old 07-17-2012, 04:14 PM
 
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I've moved a number of times like yourself along the east coast and know it's a daunting task. For starters I would recommend the I-59 to I-81 route versus going I-85 through Atlanta and Charlotte which will ease a good bit of tension. The 10' Budget Trucks handle very well (non truck-like) so you should be able to make pretty good time in terms of moving with traffic, versus worrying about being run over by semi trucks and swerving fast-moving SUVs. When stopping for the night make sure you park in a well-lit area if staying in a hotel with interior access rooms. I would recommend when hauling your belongings to stay in one of the older-style roadside motels with exterior access rooms. It's much harder to break-in to a truck (or car) when the vehicle is in full view of rooms and where one can potentially hear it happening. Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Lexington, Virginia seem to be your 10 hour marks, so would recommend the Best Western Park Plaza in Tuscaloosa and the Best Western Lexington Inn in Lexington. I don't work for Best Western but find them to moving truck friendly when traveling. Ask for a ground floor room where you can see/access your truck easily. Hope this helps and good luck!

Tuscaloosa Hotel | Best Western Park Plaza Motor Inn | Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Lexington, VA hotels | BEST WESTERN Lexington Inn | Lexington hotel
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Old 07-17-2012, 04:44 PM
 
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I've moved a number of times like yourself along the east coast and know it's a daunting task. For starters I would recommend the I-59 to I-81 route versus going I-85 through Atlanta and Charlotte which will ease a good bit of tension. The 10' Budget Trucks handle very well (non truck-like) so you should be able to make pretty good time in terms of moving with traffic, versus worrying about being run over by semi trucks and swerving fast-moving SUVs. When stopping for the night make sure you park in a well-lit area if staying in a hotel with interior access rooms. I would recommend when hauling your belongings to stay in one of the older-style roadside motels with exterior access rooms. It's much harder to break-in to a truck (or car) when the vehicle is in full view of rooms and where one can potentially hear it happening. Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Lexington, Virginia seem to be your 10 hour marks, so would recommend the Best Western Park Plaza in Tuscaloosa and the Best Western Lexington Inn in Lexington. I don't work for Best Western but find them to moving truck friendly when traveling. Ask for a ground floor room where you can see/access your truck easily. Hope this helps and good luck!

Tuscaloosa Hotel | Best Western Park Plaza Motor Inn | Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Lexington, VA hotels | BEST WESTERN Lexington Inn | Lexington hotel

Wow, thank you for the quick reply. I've updated my original message with a little more info. I think I can get by with a 10' if I pack it tightly... though I may pick up some additional boxes for someone and have considered the 16' as well. Is there that significant of a difference between the two?

Also, accounting for the detour through Dallas would I hit the same marks? The route you described is one I've been very interested in as I've read how I81 is more suited for the type of trip I'm making.

ds
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Old 07-18-2012, 07:34 AM
 
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The 10 foot and 16 foot options both share the same base which is usually the same model Ford van. The weight difference and handling/maneuverability isn't that significant unless you really load down the 16 foot version.

The Dallas detour would definitely change your itinerary, as it's 4 hours (or more) from Houston. You might consider leaving a day early and staying over in Dallas to start a full driving day from there, which places you in Nashville, Tennessee after 10 hours. The next day you might drive 9 hours which gets you to Harrisonburg, VA, leaving a 6 hour drive the final day and room for traffic nightmares in the NYC metro. More Best Westerns for this itinerary are below:

Garland, TX Hotel | BEST WESTERN Lakeview Inn | Texas Hotel

Kingston Springs, TN Hotels | BEST WESTERN Harpeth Inn | Tennessee Hotel

Harrisonburg Hotel | Best Western Harrisonburg Inn | Harrisonburg, Virginia
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Old 07-20-2012, 04:11 PM
 
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Most people think they can fit their belongings in a 10' truck. As a former employee of Uhaul, get the bigger truck unless you lived in a studio apartment and threw away half of your things.
I would suggest I-59 to I-81 as well to bypass Charlanta traffic. Make sure you do NOT pass through Baton Rouge during the typical rush hours. It will add significant time to your trip. I-12/I-59 can be hectic as well during rush hour as its part of the New Orleans metro area.
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Old 07-22-2012, 09:01 PM
 
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I have made quite a few long distance moves as well. I would recommend Penske trucks they have been the best I have used. Excellent vehicle, very new, clean, and well maintained.
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